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Mini Budget Gaming Rig 2016 A.K.A "The Box"

by ogag003



Date Published

Nov. 20, 2016

Date Built

Oct. 20, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C


Hi Guys! This is my first ever mini budget gaming rig. I prefer mini because I work abroad and it is much more easier to carry if it is a SFF rig. I live also with roommates and somewhat stays awake late at night. so it was a perfect fit on my bed.. haha!

Performance: Mostly AAA games are on 44+ fps (Ex: Witcher 3 WH, Rise of the Tomb Raider) at 1080p max settings. its fine by me. Non-demanding games like World of Tanks, Dota 2, CS:GO, will run 80+fps on all Max...

Its been a month playing with it and there are no problems detected.. i'm happy with it.. :)

Update 10/5/2017:

Added 1 more 1TB HDD.. Improvised a bit since the case can only handle 1 2.5"... ; )

Part Reviews


Since its a budget build i started on a i3 skylake proc.. works fine with the GPU. Gonna wait for the next gen cpu arrives then I'll upgrade to i7-6700(non-k) in the future.


The only thing available at that time, the Z170N is much pricier. Not a fan of OCing so i think this is a good choice.


Cheapest and high rated HDD out there. planning to add a SSD later.

Video Card

I chose the 3gb model because the 6gb is almost double price in our place vs the 3gb..

Pros: Works like a charm on 1080p max settings. In terms of price to performance on FHD resolution I think this is the best budget card to buy.

Cons: Card runs hot.. @ 80c on full load using furmark for 15mins.. Fan is abit loud too on 100% speed.


Nice SOLID case IMO. Components are well spaced from the PSU. Temps are a bit high probably because i still don't have a 120 or 140mm fan in front. I thought it would bend since i put my 32inch LED TV at top but nothing at all..

Update: Cable management done!! Unused cables are located at the side of the PSU. Put a 120mm Intake fan on the front too. Still have space below for an Additional SSD in the future. :)

Power Supply

Well-known brand, enough power for the GPU. Its non-modular but if you got some effort in managing the cables, it will be fine for any case.

Comments Sorted by:

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

I like it.

Got anymore pictures

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Hell yeah

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks! :) sorry for the lack of pictures.. i'll snap some more after work.. ;)

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

This looks great, thanks!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Mostly games are on 54+ fps

Cool! Mine are over 36.733333

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Same Specs dude? How come?

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

it was a joke

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

lol okay.. :D

dukenukemman 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Nice build,how is the gtx 1060 doing in games for you?

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

54+ fps average at 1080p single monitor on games like witcher 3, ROTTR, GTA V, Shadow of Mordor on max settings. its pretty good despite its a 3gb model. im satisfied with it. :)

ZEROGRAVITYZZZ 2 points 28 months ago

could you fit a full size gpu like the evga 1070 SC? with all those psu wires...

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 2 points 28 months ago

Yeah since if you check the specs on Silverstone Sugo SG13B, it is Compatible up to 10.5” long, width restriction-5.11" and EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC GAMING ACX 3.0 is 10.5". :)

Johnnyquick95 2 points 27 months ago

Very nice build and straight forward as well. Congrats

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

thanks!! i'll be upgrading the proc soon since kaby lake is out now... probably they will make 6th gen i7 cheaper :)

MikeMichail 2 points 21 months ago

Looks like it has low airflow, the gpu you have runs hot?

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

80c max....Yeah but only on 100% load.. single fan cards really suffer on this part imo... As of now i don't have any temp related problems on this rig so i think the airflow is fine.

MikeMichail 2 points 21 months ago

I asked because im planning to buy a cheap 1060 and this one is the cheapest, good information ill buy some fans for the case to have good air flow, another guy with a similar build and the same graphics card got high temps and he fixed it with some extra fans

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Yeah extra fans and a very good cable management will make the case airflow good. As of now i don't have any heat related problems and any other issues in my build. such a cost worthy build for me.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Awesome getting another hdd in there.

Just stumbled by again and saw the update.

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Hello! Gooberdad, how are you?? Yeah, Slapped a 1 TB again.. Its almost a year now :) Planning on upgrading things bit by bit...

Whats your thoughts about the 8th gen i3? would it work on my board?

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I'm good. Sadly the 8th gen cpus require the new motherboards to go with them. Z370 and so on. Those new i3s look like last generations i5s with the "Turbo" turned off. Sounds great for by kind of build. Shoot, I would set and an unlocked i5 to whatever GHz and bypass Turbo anyway.

Nice to see the AMD competition is making a difference for us PC lovers.

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Sigh.... The i3-8100 was actually faster and much cheaper than the i5-7400 and just on par with i5-7500 in terms of specs. yet its 300 series boards are very expensive compared to the 7th gen i5's..

w/c do you think is the best upgrade choice?

Change my mobo and cpu to 8th gen


Just upgrade my cpu to 7th gen i5?

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Honestly, I get torn about upgrading a build's CPU unless it was a real stinker performance wise. You could go for the gusto and drop an i7 7700 in there, but I'm not sure what you would gain over the i3 and a 3GB 1060 in gaming. When I think about a new CPU, I really start thinking about a whole new build. Unless maybe you could sell your i3 when you get the new CPU to recoup some of the cost of the purchase. Considering that makes the upgrade more palatable going with a 7500.

ogag003 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

It's so hard to decide on what should i upgrade first.... The i5-8400 is now out in my place and it has the same cost as the i5-7500..... damn........ now i'm re-evaluating all things again...

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