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Murphy's Box

by wyattcole72



Date Published

Feb. 21, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.303 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


This is my gaming build, and this little box has a big story behind it.

A while back in September, I found a website by the name of PCPartPicker. I thought the idea of building my own computer was interesting, but I was 99% sure it wouldn't happen because I'm a 12-year-old, ergo, I had no money. Also, looking back at it now, I had no idea what I was doinf at the time and just threw together what looked interesting. I would post a part list to one that I made, but it was horrid to look at. I'll spare your eyes now and tell you, it was BAD.

Then, as I got farther and deeper into the whole thing, I got more and more confident I could make one.... y'know, if I happened to stumble across a thousand-dollar Micro Center gift card. But then, Christmas was near. I talked to my parents about it. They liked the idea, and said if you could get the money for Christmas, you could do it.

And then, after gathering all the Christmas money, I was ready to build the box. And after eight hours of hard work...

...the computer didn't work.

On my dresser it sat for a good month or so. I didn't really have the courage to tell my dad it didn't work, but I eventually went to tell him. He understood, and took it to his friend from work, and, within a day, it was working again. (I accidwntally plugged the front panel cords in wrong. Whoops.)

And thus, the box was alive.

I chose the graphics card because I didn't play many graphics-intense games before, but now, I guess I can! Until I get an operating system, it runs Ubuntu.

I called the computer Murphy's Box because I dedicated it to my dog. Sounds crazy, but I love him, and Murphy may or may not have the mental capacity to love me back.

I am proud of what I have done here. This was fun, and I'd definitely build one again.


Part Reviews


After using it for about a month now, I have to say I'm SUPER impressed with what this little chip packs. I haven't had a single struggle with any of my games yet (paired with a 1050 ti).

Best budget Skylake there is.


Installing Windows 7 was a struggle, and an external WiFi adapter was required, but other than that, it works great! No other issues as of now.

If you want to save time and not get a WiFi adapter, choose the H110M-ITX/ac variant instead.


It's fast, affordable DDR4. It's been working great. No complaints.


Speedy and affordable. Fits my needs perfectly.


An excellent case, but the case was cramped, making cable management a chore. It worked. I can't complain.

Power Supply

My computer hasn't exploded yet, so that's a plus.

Did what it was supposed to. I can't complain.

Comments Sorted by:

jfish871 4 Builds 9 points 26 months ago

You see Ivan, you no keed keyboard and mouse to control PC, you control pc through Wii U controller and random cable.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 3 points 26 months ago


Bodom0511 5 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I just threw together essentially the same build to serve as my secondary system and LAN rig. What type of games are you playing with that i3- 6100 and 1050 ti pairing? Im on the fence about whether to get a gtx 1050 ti/ rx 460 or stretch for a gtx 1060

wyattcole72 submitter 1 Build 3 points 26 months ago

Normally, I don't play many graphics-intensive games (mainly because of my craptop having the capabilities of a half-empty box of cornflakes), but now that I have a better one, I'm hoping to play more graphic-intensive games like Rocket League, Universe Sandbox 2 and a couple others on ultra.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 3 points 26 months ago

I have a GTX 1060 3Gb and it is pretty much a beast, it can play games that aren't super intensive at max settings at 60-120p. I play games like World Of Warships, Civ, and CSGO and the 1060 is a great. It is also very good if you want to try your hand at VR in the future. I bought it knowing that I definitely can run pretty much any game at good settings if I ever get into more graphics-intensive games.

JCMsergox 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Cute lil' thang, love the fact that you dedicated it to your doggo.


limelight55 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Murphy's box, what can be built, will be built!

MasterofTag 2 points 26 months ago

Hey bro we got the same specs! i3-6100 1050ti 8 gigs of beautiful ddr4 and more!

peigolfer 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Super cool machine. Love the story behind it, and the cost effectiveness is really good. You can't do much better for the price.

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

welcome to the wonderful adventure of pc building!

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

No, this is Patrick's box

darkus_f 1 point 26 months ago

More pics please!

Prof.Hue 1 point 26 months ago

Is it just me that is so tempted to pair the i3 6100 with an RX 480 8GB? (Yes, I know bottleneck but I have seen some drop to $220) I like the 1050 ti tho, very small card that packs a lot of power and makes a great pair with the 6100

l.davies54 1 point 26 months ago

Doesn't bottleneck, there is actually a bug with the 480 ATM that means it can only ustilize* 2 CPU cores

kwwu1 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I find this case to be very good to grow into.I have the same case with custom wires, and you can almost use it as a ITX test bench given how easy it is to take apart.

The only thing I struggle is to find GPUs that fit. Zotac is the largest and beefiest card I can get in there, even with custom wires.

No a lot of space to tuck wires in, but the centrally located PSU means you don't need to route cables and wires in awkward places either.

I'm thinking about doing a paint job with automotive paint. Thinking gunmetal and changing the blinding LED to red.

Happy building.

P.S. https://pcpartpicker.com/b/CZtJ7P

JMR6 1 point 25 months ago

Great job man!

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