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The Broadwell Sloth

by Estbarul

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Date Published

Jan. 10, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 20, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

850 MHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

Hi, this is my little PC, at least my PC build in progress, I wanted to build a PC for the first time and finally made it, I bought all the parts in the US on Black Friday and shipped them to Costa Rica except for the 5775C that I bought from a friend who works on Intel, still damn Fedex raped me with shipping charges and taxes, more than any other company I’ve used before to bring stuff from USA, but I can’t complain, got a good deal. Too bad for us buying parts is so expensive, I spent almost $150 shipping all the parts to my country and it is still cheaper than buying them here.

I obviously wanted a video card but with the shipping of the parts and grabbing deals in a consumist way I ditched my original plan for a smaller budget machine and decided to buy the video card when Pascal/Polaris is up, I also can’t buy some cards since a few wouldn’t fit in my case, a small caveat from buying an ITX case, but I don’t mind waiting a few months more, if not then anyway today’s cards will drop in price a little more and get in my price range again. There are good deals on the 290s cards buy too much heat/space to work with, and since my budget is limited I can’t get top end card (looking at you Fury X).

I got only 8GB of ram at the beginning, buy after seeing how performance of the iGPU is better with dual channel I ordered another stick, should have went with 2x4GB from the beginning instead, well got a nice black n white dual channel form in then end Also I helped out myself with the cost by using a sited called Prolific Academic where you make money by answering college surveys, if anyone is interested I can leave a link (not sure about referral policy here), ask me in the comments, I think around $40 were saved this way, ez money.

For the upgrades I’m thinking some sound system, mechanical keyboard, a GPU, Liquid CPU cooler and who knows what else, maybe some other SSDs later on when they are cheaper, for now, this small build keeps my happy and playing.

Part Reviews

CPU

The CPU is a monster, I know most people don’t like it but it’s awesome, the Iris Pro is on par with a mobile 650m or 750m card and plays almost any game on medium 1080p and all at low 1080p, I know it’s not the same as a dedicated GPU by any means, but it holds me up until the next batch of cards arrive.

Motherboard

This motherboard is pretty small, I’m used to bigger ones, I had to flash it to the newest version cause of problems with the Broadwell CPU but it was ezpz. Works as advertised, I will be trying overclocking in a couple of years tho, for now I don’t really need that much power. I WILL absolutely change the CPU cooler, looking at the Silverstone TD03 slim right now because the stock cooler is shiet, I don’t like the temps on my case.

Memory

Not much to say, work as supposed, make a nice color scheme imo. Maybe I could overclock it for some higher iGPU performance, tho I’ll have to get the cooler first so I can also overclock intel graphics.

Storage

Originally I was going to buy a 240GB ssd this one came pretty close in Price so I got it, awesome speeds of course, not much to say, get an SSD if you don’t have one.

Case

A Little a pretty nice case, I like the air intakes but it’s missing some dust filtering stuff on the sides, in the upper part is not much of a problem because the PSU exhaust the air to the outside not letting much dust in. I made a dust filter with my keyboard box and some unused panties in the house, until now it’s working fine but I left 1 other side untouched because I’m afraid temps go out a lot, another reason to get the Liquid Cooler installed.

The case is made of aluminum I think but it’s not as sturdy as I would have liked, it’s awesome and would buy it again for its low price, but it’s not as durable as it seems, just something to take in mind, Silverstone had to cut somewhere in the budget but still a top class case for the price.

Power Supply

My only regret. I should have waited to save up more to get a modular or semi-modular PSU, for now I don’t really have a problem with the cables and airflow, but when I install the CPU Cooler AND a GPU, damn, I’m gonna have a hard time putting those up. Still it’s a really nice PSU and works well, makes a lot of noise but it’s not that bad. In the end it does the job.

Monitor

Those speakers…. Sound bad and low. They should have saved up that money and do a better visual design of the monitor and a better stand. Image quality is really nice, tho I’ve only used laptops displays I don’t want to anymore, can’t take my eyes away from this IPS screen. Don’t regret buying this monitor at all.

Comments Sorted by:

Sandarka 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

uh; que buenos deals se jaló, ese SSD de 480Gb por ese precio yo compré el mio de 250 :|, ni que decir las RAM y el monitor es un robo descarado XD, Le quedó una buena máquina y le va a aguantar batante mientras la completa.

Estbarul submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Mae le recomiendo https://jet.com/ para que compre las varas, tienen códigos de descuento la primera compra donde rebajan hasta un 20% del total, así fue como compré, una sola tanda y terminé ahorrándome bastante! PV igual la suya esta tuanis! Faltan las GPUs ;)

GentlemanShark 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Do you think it is pointless to get the i7 5775c over the 4790k if you are using it for gaming with a discrete GPU?

Estbarul submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Well it isn't pointless depending on the price, if the price difference isn't a lot (less than 40$ or so) I'll say go for the 5775C, if it's the same or the Haswell a lot cheaper go for it.

The broadwell is a really good CPU and does as good as Skylake in gaming. IMO for gaming this is the best mainstream processor out there.

Gshocked 1 point 35 months ago

Did you have any problems with installing the power supply? Silverstone's website says its maximum is 140mm (5.5") or 150mm with a 9.3" gpu and removed drive bay. My PSU is 6.3" long and my gpu is 10.47" long (might barely fit).

Estbarul submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

No problem at all! tho there's a lot of cables and I really recommend a modular PSU.

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Estbarul submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Yeah and I get why, if I didn't get it by intel I'll prob have gotten a Haswell i5. The price tag for Broadwell is too high. Still, it's even better than Skylake for gaming imo.

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Estbarul submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

It Overclocks kinda good also, I think people understimate it because it's clocked lower, but the overclocking capabilities measured in % of clock speed it's standard. Also the L4 cache is helpful in gaming. But still, price in store is not worth it imo.

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Estbarul submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

can't go back now lol