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.
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!
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.
Basic motherboard that's able to handle some serious overclocking. No built-in WiFi adapter is the only con.
Great RAM! No problems on memtest.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.