• Log In
  • Register


Lunchbox (first budget build)

by svefn



Date Published

Aug. 30, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 28, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


Have been using this rig for a year+ now and happy with it. It was a long overdue upgrade from an old LGA 775 Pentium D, ancient Windows XP with 2GB ram and a 80GB hard disk. Finally completed build with Pascal and added SSD. Not all the parts were new as my budget was tight, so total price may not be accurate.

Somethings in hindsight: Wish I had went with mATX/mITX as the case feels big/heavy. Also could've stuck with stock cooler, but wanted to try the legendary Cooler Master 212. It kept the CPU at 68C with prime95. Gaming load about 50C-57C, idle temps from 39-43C. The stock fan is quiet IMO, with fan speed controlled with Asus fanXpert. The PSU's 24pin and 8pin power cables seem to be a little too short and I could not manage to route it behind the tray as it would only barely plug in with some straining.

Part Reviews


Found a used OEM unit which helped stretched my budget. It does turbo up to 3.6-3.7Ghz automatically. iGPU is actually pretty nice for older games.

CPU Cooler

It's quiet and mostly unnoticable. Was a struggle to install this for the first time, had to apply quite a bit of pressure to screw down the X bracket as it kept see-sawing to one side, was terrified I'd break something lol.


Marketing gimmicks and LED probably got me on this one. Nice Realtek ALC1150.


Single stick for now. It is 1600Mhz CL10. Also I hate running memtest86+ but this one is good.


5 year warranty and good performance. Great to include in first builds if you don't need lots of space, saves some time reinstalling/cloning Windows from HDD.


Have three Seagate 2.5" Momentus drives (120GB/250GB/500GB) and 2 already have bad sectors. This one was barely used and it does click audibly sometimes when the head parks.

Video Card

Runs cool and quiet with 95mm fans, does not need high RPM to keep it at 60-65C. Wider PCB makes it a large card and might not fit some cases. Fans not ball bearing unlike MSI 1070/80 variants. MSI GAMING APP utility needs to run in the background to control LED settings, no temperature / fan speed modes for LED.


Found a barely used unit. Just wanted a case with a side window, dust filters and cable mangement room. Modular drive cages is also convenient. Came with a 200mm fan in front. One of the cons is front dust filter is not easily removable as both side panels need to be taken off.

Power Supply

It was the only Seasonic model that was available locally at the time that fit the budget. I guess 620W is ok for extra headroom. Non modular but came with velcro straps. Newer models have 2x8pin PCIE for GPU. One gripe is the motherboard power LED does not turn off when shutdown.

Comments Sorted by:

ezapata1 2 points 26 months ago

She looks nice.

svefn submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

thanks! :D

Velox33 1 point 32 months ago

is that mobo actually $760? or is that an error?

svefn submitter 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

i did not list a price here, so an error maybe.

ogkeef 1 point 30 months ago

I have a i3 6100, will these two be a good combo?

svefn submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

you mean with GTX 1060? yes it should be fine, but it's better to get an i5 to avoid bottleneck in some games, and a few games run better on quad cores. but if you're budget tight, it is ok to get an i3 then upgrade to i7 later on Skylake.

MARCOzid 1 point 29 months ago

what is your gpu idle temp?

and is your country cold?

svefn submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

idle temps about 39-41C without air conditioning.

no it's nearly on the Equator, so it's hot all year round especially in the afternoons.

MARCOzid 1 point 29 months ago

and gpu fan off?

[comment deleted]
MARCOzid 1 point 27 months ago

do the 2 GPU fans spin together at 60c? or only 1

svefn submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

GPU fans should spin together by default. in my case, yes both does.

_Julian_ 2 points 27 months ago

so will the 1060 bottle neck my i5 7600k?

eproman14 2 points 22 months ago

It shouldn't. I'm running an i5 4690k OC'ed to 4GHz with no issues at all running AAA games at max settings at 1080p.

svefn submitter 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

nope i don't think it will in most cases.

MARCOzid 1 point 27 months ago

what is the idle GPU temp while fans don't spin?and is ur country cold or hot?