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Hi guys, first ever build here!

In a nutshell... The goal of this build was to create a gaming PC that strikes a balance between being both affordable and future-proof. It will mainly be used to play World of Warcraft and League of Legends.

I did not have anything to start off with, so had to get absolutely everything brand-new. This site was hugely helpful in selecting compatible components! Computer part prices in Australia are okay, but not the best. However, I did manage to get most things for 10-15% off RRP. Bringing the total cost down to $1,544.07 AUD, which equates to just over $1,200 USD.

Have not played around with over-clocking as of yet, but have stress tested the PC at stock settings. In an ambient room temperature of ~24c, the CPU idles at ~34c. Under full load, using Prime 95 (v26.6) the CPU reaches ~64c. The CPU fan curve was set at the default 'standard' setting. As for the GPU, under full load it reaches ~67c with the GPU fan usage maxing out at around 67%. Don't think I've heard the whole PC make an audible noise even once - quiet as a mouse :)

Overall, it does what it was intended to do very well indeed. Holds 144fps in WoW on most occasions, at 1080p ultra settings. And obviously blows League of Legends out of the park. The GPU appears to be bottle-necking the CPU for now, so that'd probably be the first upgrade needed in a few years if I become interested in a new game that is more graphically demanding.

To conclude... The build went quite smooth, and I am stoked with the end result. She fires up within seconds, and the i3 8350k is lightning fast, even at stock. Never thought I'd see the day where an i3 could be associated with high performance.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

My i3 6100 was pretty much perfect for gaming, and it was a dual core. I think with the new coffee lake i3, they will be seen as adequate for gaming.

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  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, I figured newer games will probably start to struggle with it. As much joy as it brought me for such a low price, I do love my new 6600k ;)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here. 1050ti/i3 6100 for me. I am upgrading to a 6700k sometime if I can find one for a decent price used

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmmm. It seems I have a red counterpart. I have a similar build with the black and blue version of the case, an i3 7350K, and a 1060 6GB. But, you did a better job with the cable management and is obviously more powerful. Great job.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Seems to be a good value case! I was considering the black & blue, but noticed the red & black one didn't have little vent holes in the side window - which I found more appealing. Also didn't realise until after it's all set up, but it matches my Mario Odyssey edition Nintendo Switch! xD

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking good +1.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

the new i3-8350k is the poor man's 7700k, just fewer threads. also, you will need a z370 mobo

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I would overclock it to like 4.2 ghz

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I really should, otherwise it'd be a waste! I'm hoping to get 4.5ghz @ 1.2volts, hopefully didn't lose the silicon lottery :P

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I got my 8350K up to 4.5Ghz at 1.27v, and that's only to ensure stability; it still runs at a cool 60c under load with the GPU under load as well. You will very likely be able to hit 4.5Ghz and could probably even go higher!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

it looks kinda oddly similar to the build i gave my parents side from the outside iew of the case and the GPU.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

funny how your motherboard cost almost as much as your cpu

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yes... But the equivalent 7th gen cpu was a fair bit more expensive, so I thought I may as well go for 8th gen and put those savings towards the motherboard, etc. Which also wasn't the absolute cheapest one due to having WiFi onboard (much cleaner imo)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build +1 but I don’t see at all how a 1060 6gb is bottlenecking an i3

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

That i3 is basically an i5-7600k since its unlocked and has 4 cores and 4 threads. In pretty much any game you throw at it the graphics card will be the component that's limiting framerate.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah I see, I read it wrong sorry

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for storage more expensive than CPU

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't really need a hard drive any more, with Netflix and the like! So I figured I'd grab a SSD big enough to hold all the games/apps I'd ever need :P

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  • 26 months ago
  • 3 points

Unless you wanna play games that makes load time important... like who wouldnt want to load in quicker

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

True, but quick load times in games is always good. I also just wanted something I could guarantee was reliable, and was m.2 form factor.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

You could try overclocking to 4.3 then 4.5 then 4.7 and then maybe 5.0. I got 5.0ghz stable on mine but I forgot the voltage for it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

your ram and motherboard seem like overkill- very expensive - you can get that same type of ram for 170$