Description

EDIT: I've added load temps!

After running my FX-6300 for about 4 years, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Initially, I was going to upgrade to an R5 1600, but I couldn't afford it. I looked at the other options and finally chose the i3-8100 -- The new 4 core (real cores) i3 in the coffee lake line up. Great little CPU so far.

Everything marked as $0.00 is from my previous build or already owned!

I know the cable management in the back isn't that great, but honestly it was the best I could do. And yes, I am aware that my GPU should probably have more space for airflow. I'm looking into some solutions for this problem.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

A family member gave this to me for Christmas last year and I haven't had a build to use it in until now. Only problem I had was one of the standoffs didn't fit through the hole in the motherboard and I actually had to widen the hole in the motherboard for it to fit. Besides that it's a great little cooler.

Motherboard

Went with a Z370 chipset because it will allow me to easily upgrade to an unlocked processor in the future and it's the only chipset compatible with Coffee Lake available right now. Really nice motherboard. It's priced reasonably and comes with all the features you would expect on a premium motherboard.

Memory

I've been a fan of Crucial since my first build, so naturally when it came time to upgrade to DDR4 I went with Crucial. Great RAM, runs at 2400MHz just like it's suppose to.

Case

This really is an incredible case and I got it while it was on sale on Newegg. I love the small form factor of it and I was able to fit my massive 180mm PSU in there without to much difficulty. Obviously though, I would suggest getting a smaller PSU for it, but I already had my big one from my previous build and didn't want to spend extra for a new one. Only gripe is the lack of a dust filter for the top air vents.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 16 points

Not a lame build. +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 11 points

(#)nolamebuilds

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

Great build! I'm sure the i3 is a big step up from the fx6300. And as you say the upgrade path is good with the z350 platform. Also you can Oc your ram. +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Very smart build!!!! Nice to see one for a change haha

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

question: how are the load temps? i have the nano s and i've been told to get a blower fan due to the constricted airflow, and you don't have one. has it melted yet? btw +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

I just played a little Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands for about 30 minutes, and under about 98% load it never went over 73 C. I don't know much about temps, but that seems pretty good.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice. Ghost Recon Wildlands is one of the games on my wishlist. How were the benchmarks if you took any?

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

If you're saying it's a Lame build because it doesn't look the best on the inside then add something you like. Maybe a figurine. Whatever you want. Anyways I love Coffee Lake so +1!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the simplicity on the inside. I may cover up the PCB on my graphics card though. I call it a lame build because compared to all these i7, GTX 1080 Ti builds mine is quite humble. Works for what I need though and that's what matters. ;)

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean build. Looks great, and I am sure it offers very respectable performance--not lame.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the build! It such a great benefit have parts that haven't been used or used from a previous build, it saves a ton of money. I love the Fractal Design cases.

Was your CPU cooler easy to install? I have a noctua cpu cooler and it was a cinch to install.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly. I just had one problem. One of the stand offs, or legs I guess, was to wide for the holes on my motherboard. Seems really weird since the other three were just fine. It was probably just a manufacturing error. I gently widened one of the holes on my motherboard and then it slid on with ease. So besides that it was very easy!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

It's great to see more people buying Coffee Lake CPU's now, and I still think its crazy cool that i3's are now quad cores! Very nice build!

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow It"s almost the same build I"ll be doing in few days. unfortunately C7 will be late so i'll think about it later after checking the noise and temps.

congrats

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to ask; did you need the upgrade the BIOS before utilizing i3 (how come it can be possible anyway)?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, no update required. Make sure you get a Z370 motherboard. These new Coffee Lake chips aren't backwards compatible with Kaby Lake or Sky Lake motherboards. Have fun with your new build! Looking forward to seeing some pics! ;)

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks, i have the same mother board as your, will post photos soon as soon as my ram stick arrive

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, not lame.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful cable job. Nice work. I would have gone with an i5 7600k or i3 8350k and a cheaper board with that budget , but oh well. +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The cheapest board you can get is still over $100 right now for that platform. Though I see your point, but ya know... new and shiny!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

you can score some nice/cheap i5/i7 coffeelake in the future ;)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the PSU limit the cooling capabilities of your GPU a lot?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't noticed any serious cooling issues, but I think it probably does cause the card to throttle.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m building a Mini ITX build and I’ve got my eye on the same MoBo. I also have the exact same CPU cooler. Have you had any issues with that combo? I think I’m going to go with the i5-8400 so I’m not worried about OCing, just the installation.

Thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Only problem I had was one of the standoffs on the cooler didn't fit through the hole in the motherboard and I had to widen the hole in the motherboard for it to fit. Besides that it's a great little cooler and I haven't had any issues with the motherboard.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay perfect. Hopefully that was just a special case. ;)

Thank you!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get all this parts for 0$

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

To be honest the build is very good for it's budget.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

After a 5 min google search, I can't find a single instance of someone else having this issue. If it was a problem with build design wouldn't other people have the same problem? The tesseract frequently gets recommended by tomshardware as best budget case under $50, year after year.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

First off, that's a terrible way to determine quality. The case costs literally $27. After skimming those reviews, I can see that most of the people reviewing were upset that the $27 case only came with features found in $50 cases, and features found in $200 cases were left out.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Consumers don't have to,, because its not a problem with the case :)

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The tesseract is a great case, voted best budget case at one point. It unplugging your HDD is probably installation error lol

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Perhaps you should take a second look at the part list. I'm using a Fractal Design Define Nano S, not a Tesseract. ;)

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, ok. I see what you mean. Thanks for the heads up. :)

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