Description

This build exceeds my expectations.

Brain: The Skylake i3 6100 is very calm, FAST, and cool! I can not feel any less performance from my previous experience with previous gen quad cores. I edit photos, videos and demanding games. The Hyper Threading from intel is friggin powerful, I don't see any lag on multi-tasking on this dual core. I use standard CPU cooler and was planning to upgrade to aftermarket coolers, but to my discovery this chip is so cool that playing "Dying Light" only maxes it at 46 Celsius.

Mothrboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-A is tiny as you would expect. No raid, no M2 slot, and of course no OC. So invest more on this part if you want it to be more futureproof. But it works flawlessly. Don't use Mem speed more than 2133 though, as this Mobo only use the slowest DDR4 mem speed (although it's still friggin fast)

Mem: We bought two single 8gb on amazon cuz weirdly it's cheaper than the duo set. The mobo detected it fine and sets them as dual-channel automatically.

Storage: Now this probably why my PC felt waaay faster. Almost no loading on anything except for a few second on demanding games installed on the SSD, and this is not even the best of ssds.

The XFX R9 380: FAST BEAST. YOU CAN MAX OUT STUFF AND PLAY HEAVY GAMES ON THIS CARD. I set ultra on Skyrim on 1080p max out on every single settings and this card DOESN"T BREAK A SWEAT, temp only reached 37-47! (idle temp is 31) I haven't reached 60 degrees C so far. I had some issues with the PSU (non performance related) that i will discuss on the PSU section.

The Heart (PSU): This PSU work flawlessly and seems to provide constant power to the PC parts It's efficient 80+ gold meaning only 3-7% of power turned into heat, making the build cool and silent. But I would suggest a gamer PSU for gamer GPU since I have to use molex connector for the one of the 2 6pin power on the GPU. Using a branching cable 6pin is not recommended since the cable can get very hot that it can melt plastic. This PSU comes with two 6+2pin Pcie power connector, meaning it provides more than enough for the 190w (max) 2x6pin GPU like the R9 380.

Case: Apevia qpack 3 is decent. But I like the internal build quality, it's roomy, easy, and has a good airflow and heat dissipation. The PSU take fresh air from outside of the casing and blowing it out outside again without giving warm air to the system. You might want to buy another fan (120mm) for exhaust. For installation this case is very easy because of the swiveling top part. Minus two stars for not supporting SLI/CF and you can't install 120x2 radiator in this case. Better opt for the Thermaltake equivalent for just $10 more.

Part Reviews

CPU

FAST EFFICIENT COOL AFFORDABLE

Motherboard

Spend more on a higher spec MoBo. But this works just fine.

Video Card

If you're happy with 1080p THIS CARD MAXES OUT ANYTHING ON THAT RES.

Case

Cheap finish. No room for SLI/CF. No room for liquid coolers radiator. Better suited for non enthusiast. Good frame built quality.

Power Supply

Cool (not even warm) and quiet. No crashes whatsoever. Efficient.

Wireless Network Adapter

Plug and play. Very good signal.

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 5 points

i3 and a 380, what is not to love?

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Finally someone uses this case!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Benchmarks?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Dual core is a little low IMO. You can't play some games with that at all. Some require a quad core CPU minimum.

But you did say that it is a budget build. So I don't want to knock you too much for that. It fits your price range and if it performs for you than it is good.

  • 49 months ago
  • 5 points

Hyperthreading

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Some games see the dual core as four core because of hyperthreading so think the OP is ok.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

It has two physical cores, but four logical cores due to hyperthreading. Games that always require quad-core processors, like Battlefield 4, have been proven to run on this.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you saying to buy a different power supply and upgrade to a Thermaltake case? These two comments aren't clear to me. Thanks.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The power supply performed well since i have no problem with OC-ing my GPU from 990 to 1000Mhz, and memory clock from 1375 to 1425. GPU now pull 220+ watts max. It's just the connectors that i have problem with. I would choose something with two separate 6+2pin Pcie power.

Definitely buy this instead for the case: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-ca1d500s1wn00

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean by "not supporting SLI/CF?" I just finished an install in the same case and you should be able to fit a second card in there without too much difficulty, so I'm confused on this one.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? I was trying to upgrade my main board and adding another GPU, but pcpartpicker said the case would not be compatible with two R9 380. It's the drive/optical bay, preventing another long dimension GPU.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok my mistake I guess it was the wireless card that's making CF impossible. So yes you're right.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

ha i like those last pictures. How many fps does gta 5 get on max?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't have GTA V, but it should run fine but maybe not a constant 60fps. I read two R9 380 is really-really close to a single 980 ti but for $200 less.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

K thanks I have that gpu right now and i am upgrading to that cpu

P.S. when you upgrade to a i5 gta V will get like 100 constant so it would be better to get a i5 before another gpu

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I'm thinking to upgrade to 6600k/6700k are you interested in buying my i3 6100? Never been OCed and I worked for a computer shop before so I know how to handle ESD sensitive device.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

yes i am

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

How much?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you still selling it?

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey sorry for the late reply. I'm kinda on the fence now since I'm suddenly quite busy, where are you located? I'm thinking of letting it go for $98 and if you're interested, the mother board is also for sale at a low price.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what I will be doing soon http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xgYWVn

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool! Check out BCLK overclocking, the i3 6100 should be blazing fast at 4ghz, faster than any i5 because i3 6100 single core speed is like godlike. Your motherboard should be able to do that with a bios update or something.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude! How is 800 bucks a budget build? Maybe I'm just a peasant lol. Great build BTW!

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet!!! You should try to make a variation of this: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/zpv9nn

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

i3? pentium hyperthreading wont matter

  • 49 months ago
  • -3 points

Might wanna replace that PSU

  • 49 months ago
  • 5 points

It's a Rosewill 80+ Gold..? What's wrong with it?

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Unless you have proof and can support the statement then don't comment things like that. It really does not help, and there is nothing wrong with the PSU...

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I like to talk about stuff.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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