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$1250 "Great Gaming" Build (February 2017 Featured Guide)

by BoyScout


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Date Published

Feb. 25, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.632 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


For this month's featured build guide video, we started with our Great Gaming Build Guide, but added a few tweaks.

We wanted a motherboard with RGB LED support to allow us to easily add a software controllable strip along the LED light channel in the DUKASE V2. The ASUS Strix B250F with Aura support fit the bill perfectly. We also wanted to upgrade the CPU Cooler to something a bit nicer than the stock cooler just to improve the look of the build through the case's large side window.

One other change we considered was replacing the included rear fan with either a non-LED fan or something that could match the RGB lighting elsewhere in the case. If you wanted complete control of the colors, that'd be a good choice, but we decided to embrace the static color fan and power button LEDs. We used the lighting zones provided by the ASUS Aura software to create a complimentary lighting scheme around them.

A special thanks to ASUS for providing the motherboard and graphics card used in this build.

And now, some benchmarks:

Benchmark 3DMark Score Graphics Test 1 Graphics Test 2 Physics Test Combined Test
FireStrike v1.1 12822 88.87 FPS 74.78 FPS 21.27 FPS 30.11 FPS
FireStrike Ultra v1.1 4262 24.19 FPS 16.19 FPS 2.49 FPS 10.76 FPS
Benchmark Score Average Minimum Maximum Settings
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0 2393 95.0 FPS 9.0 FPS 203.8 FPS Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Custom Preset: Quality: Ultra, Tessellation: Extreme
Unigine Valley Benchmark 1.0 3835 91.7 FPS 29.5 FPS 177.1 FPS Direct3D11, 1920x1080, 8xAA, fullscreen, Extreme HD Preset
Game Settings Resolution FPS
Overwatch Ultra 2560x1440 111 FPS
Overwatch Epic 2560x1440 86 FPS
Battlefield 1 High 2560x1440 101 FPS
Battlefield 1 Ultra 2560x1440 85 FPS

If you have any questions about the build or components we used, feel free to ask here or on the Build Guide.

Comments Sorted by:

starlightnay 1 point 25 months ago

Looks awesome!

SebTheCat 1 point 24 months ago

Battlefield 1 @ 1080p?

Feras___nassr2002 1 point 24 months ago

Yea bro, the graphics card can run bf1 at 1080p with 90fps max settings. 30fps at 4k (bf1). You can basically run any game at 1080p with at least 60fps.

edselholden 1 point 24 months ago

too good - could this same config support an i7 with a 1080 instead, and an AIO water loop?

Great build !

Cherish 1 point 24 months ago

Have you noticed the Asus Strix B250F Motherboard Boot_Device_LED stays lit after waking up from sleep mode? Wondering if anyone else having the same issue.

BoyScout staff submitter 21 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

We usually don't have sleep enabled during our testing, so it didn't come up. I believe that system is still built though. Can try to see if ours does it. Are you running the latest BIOS/motherboard drivers/etc?

Cherish 1 point 23 months ago

Would be really great if you could help test it. I'm on the latest BIOS and Motherboard drivers. Thanks.

tussiez 1 Build -5 points 25 months ago