Hello and welcome to my build and well done for all of you who noticed the Star Wars reference.
My name is Maxxed and I am 15. I needed a new PC as I wanted to get into PC gaming. Playing CS:GO on a budget laptop ghetto setup was not a nice experience. I went through weeks of over-analysing every part I needed as when I see some of the builds on PCPP (which have taught me most of what I know about PC building now) I get a feeling I need to try and make something like that. However, on a teenager's pocket money this probably can't happen for a few years. Hence, I present to you -- I don't know, really (I need some suggestions for names in the comments section).
The core build (CPU, Mobo, GPU, essentials etc.) were bought on my own savings with help from parents. As for the case, fans and braided cables: - A Christmas present. The PSU is an old relic I fished out of a build my Dad made over 7 years ago. Nevertheless, it performs wonderfully and I haven't had any problems with it. All the connections were easy.
After using this build since December 2016, now as I write it is almost February 2017 (giving me a good 2 months to test this boi out) I am more than satisfied. It performs as expected for a modest build in this price range. Some benchmarks will be listed soon.
TOMB RAIDER (2013): Average 60 frames, smooth at ultimate settings. Some places, especially some of the parts where thunderstorms, buildings falling apart etc, dropped to 40fps momentarily. Still great.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive Friend told me this is a CPU-intensive game. Probably, since i'm getting avg. 110fps at high. hmm.
League of Legends: Not that intensive, avg. 150fps on highest settings. Love it; no tearing or lag ( apart from the occasional blip in my router :P)
ARK: Survival Evolved: Not optimised enough, according to some. Avg. 40fps.
Any suggestions, comments or improvements? Comment below! I will happily consider them.
CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual Core This CPU was recommended on every single forum and discussion I went on; I was happy about DDR4 compatibility (yes I know, not much improvement over DDR3 blah blah..) and it proved to be snappy and good for my tasks. These include SOME light 3D rendering and gaming, as well as having a fair amount of tabs and windows open at the same time.
All the connections were easy, no hassle. One little problem was that the USB 3.0 port is VERY weak. be careful; you could bend a pin or 2 as I did. I had to spend a good 10 minutes with a knife to bend it back.
RAM. Not much to say.
Nice and fast, boot time to Windows 10 is 6 seconds. Love it, looks good as well.
GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 480 4GB NITRO+ 4GB This dude really got me into the hype. Proving to be better at Vulkan than the 1060 and cheaper had me sold at the beginning. Tomb Raider(2013) 60fps avg. with VSync on.
Building in this was a dream! only problem was fitting all of the cables of my 7 year old PSU in the shroud. nothing a bit of force shouldn't fix!
RGB! I love them, they add a great theme to my build, whichever color I choose to go. Fairly quiet.