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Whisper "The Modest" Dwarf

by Al_EhsanOlive

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24 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 27, 2018

Date Built

May 22, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

Description

Before I introduce my new rig, let me tell you all about my old PC system. I bought the PC around 2006. The processor is Pentium D 820 2.8GHz with Asus P5GC-MX/GBL motherboard socket 775. Around 2014 I upgraded the processor with Pentium Dual Core E6600 3.06GHz. RAM was DDR2 (2+2)GB 800MHz after the upgrade but the motherboard only can support less than 3GB memory. The GPU is Zotac 9500 GT but I bought it around 2009. Before that I use ATI Radeon but cant remember the model, unfortunately was burned because probably too hot.

"P.S.": Actually the Zotac 9500 GT memory size is 1GB with DDR2 type. The SSD I bought on April 2016. I still use my old monitor which is ACER V203HV with 1600x900 max resolution, 5ms response time, 60Hz refresh rate and 16:9 aspect ratio.

So most of the time, I use PC for browsing the web. Also doing office documents like Word & Excel. I also do some gaming but I am not hardcore gamer. I play games like Defense of The Ancients, Counter Strike : Condition Zero, Pro Evolution Soccer series, Total War series etc. I think the most intense game I played before was Medal of Honor series. The last sequel was MoH : Warfighter but it too lag on the old PC. I also do some graphic editing before but it really take a long time to complete the task.


So I decide to build new rig but still there are certain areas I will upgrade later. I will upgrade the CPU when the time will come but not in the near future, maybe around 5 years later. The priority is to add another 4GB RAM later. For now the RAM running at 2400MHz because the i3-8100 supported restriction. Of course after I upgrade the CPU to i5/i7, so the RAM can run at 2666MHz. Another important part is GPU, I hope to obtain probably GTX 1050 Ti or the same equivalent on next generations. Also, I will add 1TB hard drive for plenty storage. Lastly, I will get aftermarket CPU cooler if really needed.

At the end, I am so glad with my purchased even with limited budgets and looking forward the plan for next parts upgrade.

Please, I really appreciate any comments. Thanks.

28/5/2018 :

Added the photos of the old rig (Images 1st to 4th). I already removed the Zotac 9500 GT from the rig and now using Intel UHD Graphics 630. Bought Logitech G100S Gaming Combo.

29/5/2018 :

Fix some cables from damaging components on motherboard. Added photos of inside the case after removed the 9500 GT and improved the cable management by routing rear case fan cable to top through behind motherboard (Images 21th to 24th).

7/6/2018 :

Re-cable management for ready to add parts later and prevent foam mats at side panel from damage by thick cables behind motherboard tray, so the case can be closed smoothly. Then, install another cheaper identical 4GB RAM and 1TB HDD storage with partition. Added photos after the re-cable management & parts installation (Images 25th to 30th).

18/1/2019 :

Install Cooler Master Hyper H411R CPU cooler. Run CPU stress test by AIDA64.

CPU Package Temp ; Idle : 38.1 C & Load : 59.4 C (Ambient Temp : 27 C)

Part Reviews

CPU

This is the first generation of Core i3 with 4 cores & 4 threads CPU with affordable price. I choose Intel because for AMD Ryzen to get best performance, it need higher RAM speed but the price are like rocket.

Motherboard

I think it among the top mainstream motherboard at the market and affordable price. Had 4 slots RAM for future upgrade. Good features. It not for overclock the processor.

Memory

People always say it, RAM is RAM. Will add another stick later. Already install another cheaper identical RAM.

Storage

Not the best SSD but still did good job for boot up the Windows 10. It take around 30 seconds from pushing the power button until all the icon applications program appear & ready on the screen.

Storage

Good & reliable storage. Install it with partition.

Case

Small, light and adequate space. Good materials.

Power Supply

More than enough power for the system and suitable for next GPU upgrade.

Optical Drive

Good 24X DVD+RW optical drive.

Keyboard

Very affordable keyboard & mouse combo price and still good quality items. Easy to install the hardware, just plug into the ports and ready to use. Corded keyboard & mouse so very effective for gaming and no need battery to power it like wireless one.

Comments Sorted by:

Planemaster 8 points 9 months ago

The integrated GPU in the 8100 is actually more powerful than the 9500 GT http://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GeForce-9500-GT-vs-Intel-HD-630-Desktop-Kaby-Lake/m7816vsm178724

LabtecLCS 3 Builds 6 points 9 months ago

Beat me to it. It's actually a lot better- I would pull that old card out ASAP.

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

All right.

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the link. Really useful to me.

TheNeedle 1 point 9 months ago

actually it has UHD 630 Coffee Lake for i3 which is little bit better than HD 630 Kaby Lake https://ark.intel.com/products/126688/Intel-Core-i3-8100-Processor-6M-Cache-3_60-GHz

YouthfulHawk 3 points 9 months ago

Let me just say... Your motherboard is way over priced for the price point and for the rest of the components. But thats just me

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yes you right. The motherboard price is quiet expensive here. Also, the shop where I bought the parts at first did not have that motherboard, so they charging to get from somewhere else.

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

quite expensive

N00bKnowItAll97 2 points 9 months ago

Very nice and to the point build. Love seeing these good old rigs. How is the i3-8100? Can it stand up to the tasks without getting overwhelmed? Its one of my options for cpu to pair with my gtx770 gpu. I was leaning towards a i3 with 4cores/no hyperthreading vs the 2 cores w/ hyperthreading.

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks. Of course the i3-8100 are good processor for the performance/price. For tasks, I think should add more RAM. It better to get 4 cores CPU than 2 cores 4 threads for doing tasks and also enough RAM at least 8GB.

Fishboy9449 8 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Love the back story to the ole PC. +1

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks. I am very exciting also when composing the old story because i have been study the parts to build new rig for about 3-4 years.

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

I saw your thumbnail and was really confused, "how could a build with brand new components look like that?" Then I read your backstory. :P

I would have put a little more time into cable management, though. It really helps you a lot in the long run.

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Haha :D

Probably I did not plan properly for that cable management. Yes, I will try to fix it later.

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Actually, it a bit hard for cable management since it non-modular power supply in this mini-tower case. I look into some PCPP builds in this case, there are much worse cable management from mine. =)

Maybe while I getting new GPU later, I can find way for better cable management. Anyway, I already fix some cables from damaging components on motherboard.

jakeSpot 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Haha yeah a modular PSU always helps in a small form factor!

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I already added photos of inside the case after removed the 9500 GT and improved the cable management by routing case fan cable to top through behind motherboard.

What is your opinion?

jakeSpot 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Looks a lot better! Cable management can be one of the most frustrating things about building a pc.

MadTheSwine 2 points 9 months ago

Bet that upgrade felt soooooooo nice!

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Yes you right. Thanks.

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Planemaster 2 points 9 months ago

Hive minds perhaps ;)

Al_EhsanOlive submitter 3 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for your comments. Yes the leftover HDD is IDE not SATA. It Maxtor brand with 80GB storage size. So I plan to try get a 1TB HDD as soon as possible.