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Lame Build No. 3

by Chuck38

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35 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 20, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

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 Sorted by:

frostmaster468 16 points 16 months ago

Not a lame build. +1

Vergere 7 Builds 11 points 16 months ago

(#)nolamebuilds

Fraglepuss 2 Builds 4 points 16 months ago

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

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 3 points 16 months ago

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

Xiroed 3 points 16 months ago

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

Chuck38 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 16 months ago

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.

Triniking 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

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

IncognitoGamer123 3 points 16 months ago

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!

Chuck38 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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. ;)

mostly9mm 2 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

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

jlcordrey 2 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

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.

Chuck38 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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!

WIthdraws 2 points 16 months ago

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!

lightbox69 3 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

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

lightbox69 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

Chuck38 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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! ;)

lightbox69 3 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

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

Ahmed_Kamal 2 points 15 months ago

Great build, not lame.

aGoat 7 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

OccamAsylum 14 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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!

lightbox69 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

Hambopro 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

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

Chuck38 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

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

thedankestmemes420 1 point 13 months ago

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!

Chuck38 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

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.

thedankestmemes420 1 point 13 months ago

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

Thank you!

Shamangue 1 point 11 months ago

How did you get all this parts for 0$

LJ4G 1 point 10 months ago

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

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aGoat 7 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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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aGoat 7 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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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aGoat 7 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

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aGoat 7 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

Chuck38 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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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Chuck38 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

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

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