Description

When Doom 2016 released, I got excited. And after I got an internship, I could finally afford to build a PC for myself and get back to gaming after nearly 10-15 years of a dry streak. Hence the name The Redeemer.

I have overclocked the G3258 to 4.2GHz@1.2V, though it was stable at 4.3GHz and 75C on prime95 Small FFT load, it seems to have risen to 82C after a couple of days for unknown reasons. I know my choice of CPU may not sit well with many of you out there, but that's all I could afford right now, and on doing a lot of research, I believe that it should serve well for the short term. I will replace it with AMD Zen or an i5 depending on how Zen turns out.

I am including ALL the parts including cables, furniture and what not that I needed to get for my gaming setup, including the NY state taxes. I already had the keyboard, headset and thermal paste. Rest are all new except G3258 which I bought used off eBay.

I've been playing Hotline Miami and Undertale. I'm waiting for my RX 480 to arrive next week to test out other games I bought during summer sale!

UPDATE: Got my RX 480 today! I'm in love. Keep in mind that my monitor is ultrawide resolution at 2560x1080, so more load on the GPU than standard 1080p. It is very silent. My case fan seems to be the only noisy part on my build.

Benchmarks:

2016-08-12 00:11:18 - DOOMx64 OpenGL 4.5 Nightmare settings

Frames: 16242 - Time: 251421ms - Avg: 64.601 - Min: 44 - Max: 90

2016-08-13 22:21:50 - Rise of the Tomb Raider DirectX 11 Highest settings

Frames: 50449 - Time: 1195469ms - Avg: 42.200 - Min: 19 - Max: 165

2016-08-14 03:50:55 - CS:GO Highest settings

Frames: 23222 - Time: 217781ms - Avg: 106.630 - Min: 38 - Max: 183

2016-08-14 04:32:42 - Witcher 3 Ultra settings

Frames: 48161 - Time: 1133031ms - Avg: 42.506 - Min: 25 - Max: 57

FRAPS doesn't work with DirectX 12 and Vulcan, so couldn't benchmark those, but Rise of the Tomb Raider in DirectX 12 mode runs at 40+ FPS with all settings maxed out, DOOM with Vulkan API runs at 80-100 FPS with all settings maxed out at Ultra/Nightmare!

UPDATE 2: Added on Logitech Z313 speakers. And got rid of the uncomfortable chair which I was bearing with for a year finally and got a good one!

Part Reviews

CPU

This CPU seriously kicks ***. Couldn't be happier at $55. Overclocked 4.2GHz@1.2V, so far so good on ROTR and DOOM without any stutters. Not good for multitasking.

Motherboard

Basic motherboard that's able to handle some serious overclocking. No built-in WiFi adapter is the only con.

Memory

Great RAM! No problems on memtest.

Storage

My first SSD so I have nothing to compare to. HUGE performance difference since I'm coming from 7200RPM HDD. Got it at a great price on Prime day. Great value for the price.

Video Card

What a beauty! My first graphics card. Keeps my ITX build cool with blower style and it isn't noisy at all. Runs games really well. ROTR at 40 FPS in DX12, DOOM at 100 FPS in Vulkan, all settings maxed out in 2560 x 1080 ultrawide resolution!

Case

Just what I was looking for. Portable enough to fit in my carry on bag, and yet fits a standard GPU length, a non-modular ATX PSU, three 2.5" drives (or one 2.5" drive + one 3.5" drive). I wouldn't advise going with a non-modular ATX PSU and AIO cooler with this case, with air cooling it's fine. Even as a first time builder, it wasn't too hard to work with as I had imagined from the reviews.

Power Supply

Wanted to go for a stable high quality PSU. Works good and is silent enough!

Wireless Network Adapter

Upload speed is fine, but not sure why I'm being limited to 10 Mbps download speed on my 20 Mbps connection, even though they advertise as up to 150 Mbps wireless data rates. It's definitely the adapter's problem since I get full speed on LAN.

Monitor

Great for someone like me who has been on 14-15" laptops for years. The height may seem small for people used to bigger monitors. The ultrawide resolution is truly immersive in games. Not sure why the specs say 75Hz refresh rate, it seems to be running at 60Hz, haven't tried overclocking it.

Keyboard

Basic keyboard which I had got for free. Feels clunky and don't like typing on it at all. Compared to my Lenovo Thinkpad keyboard, this sucks!

Mouse

Good gaming mouse with dynamically changeable DPI. RGB lighting and software is good. Simple and works very reliably without any hitches even in FPS games.

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build, can you update me on how the 480 fairs when you get it? I have to same cpu and have thought about get a 480. also, you might want to flip that front fan to make it an intake so there is positive pressure in the case

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for pointing it out! I googled just now and found out about the Arrow pointing towards the exhaust side as well as the X like support thing on the exhaust side. Boy, am I glad I took pictures of the whole build process and posted it here. I should technically get better temps now!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

lol yeah I was just about to say that, and yes temps should be a lot better now especially when you put in the reference 480 because the blower style fan on the card will help exhaust heat

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Updated about RX 480. Let me know if you need something specific.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you have any problems overclocking on windows 10

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Well yes, if you have a Z motherboard, it wouldn't be a problem, but Intel worked with Microsoft and released a Windows 10 microcode update to block non-Z overclocking, but all I had to do was rename C:\Windows\System32\mcupdate_GenuineIntel.dll to something else. There were some steps I found on the internet for obtaining permissions for that file alone to rename.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job being the boss of that CPU and pushing it to the max! -1 for cookies but no Mt.Dew, but +2 for the nice gaming environment overall. :D I like cubey cases and that Silverstone is nice. I'm working on my first build and it looks nice on the desk. Was it easy to work with?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

No Mountain Dew yes, but no +1 for Craft Beer? :<

I love the case and did a lot of research about it before jumping on it, especially with a non-modular ATX PSU. I was sure I wanted only an air cooler for this since I didn't want trouble from the TSA when taking it as carry on. I don't think you would want to go for non-modular ATX with an AIO cooler with this case, it would be almost impossible to work with. SFX PSU + AIO cooler would be good. Other than that, I don't really know about some of the fuss I came across online with a non-modular ATX PSU and this case. It wasn't all that hard as I had imagined it to be.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

If that's all you could afford then you should be bought a 950 or weaker......

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

That SeaSonic PSU makes a whole difference for me :D

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup I read everywhere that a good PSU is important :) It was really hard resisting the temptation to get a really cheap one.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

hows that cpu cause i made a pc build my first one and i went with amd and i have some bottlenecking issues with some games so im wondering if that cpu would be a decent replacement or if its on par with my 8350

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll test it when my RX 480 arrives this week, but so far it's good with games like Hotline Miami and Undertale, and normal use unless I try to do too much multi tasking.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

thatd be awesome if you could try it with more intensive games cause i wanna build a portable pc so idk if thatd be a good contender for the build!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

It will definitely bottleneck a card like RX 480. I'm just having it temporarily and play non-CPU intensive games until I see how AMD Zen performs when they release it the end of this year.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

yea i could see that my fx 8350 bottlenecks my r9 390

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Updated with RX 480. Let me know if you need something specific.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Great setup. I love doom on vulcan with amd gpu. Amazing performance.

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :) Yea I was stunned by it. And seeing 30-40 FPS performance on average on other games so far, I'm thinking of not even upgrading the CPU as early as I thought I would!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, I want to know how good the Pentinum is at multitasking. I want to be playing a game like Overwatch and watching a stream/ video at the same time and wanted to know if it can really handle it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply! Didn't notice the message. It's not very good at multitasking. I certainly don't recommend it if you want to do what you said. I'll try it and let you know.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I just tried it with Rise of Tomb Raider (sorry I don't have Overwatch) in DX11 at 1920x1080 resolution. The 1080p video stream stutters badly (unwatchable) while Tomb Raider runs fine at 40-55 FPS. The video streams without problems if the video's window is in focus though.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

That seems like an awful lot of thermal paste. But +1 anyways!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree that you deserve +1

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

How could you afford to build a pc on an internship?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, internship in the tech field pays decently. While most people save that money though, I just blow it away....