Description

I built this PC to replace a 1st gen i3 that was on it's last legs. I do mostly web and office work along with some light gaming amd video/ audio editing for my internet radio show. The total build cost was right under $700. I was able to re-use my PSU and DVD RW drive from my previous PC which saved a few bucks. The WD blue SSD is speedy as hell with a total Windows 10 boot time, from post to login, in about 8 seconds. I have regrets though because the WD digital black version of this m.2 drive should be even faster with the MSI mobo and is currently only about 15 bucks more than the blue.
I originally wanted a Radeon 480/580 for this build but thanks to the Crypto Miners those cards were through the roof at build time, fortunately the 560 performs better than I expected. I do not have a 4k display so I cannot speak to that, but the rig plays pretty much all the games I've thrown at it flawlessly on high settings in 1080p. Forza Horizon 3 can maintain 50-60fps on high settings. Many games like Xcom2 and Cities skylines and Planet Coaster I can run on Max settings without any slowdown or stutter. Batman Arkham Night even runs 60fps on High settings. Overall I've been very impressed with the performance of this $100 video card. I had no problems with the build process. the CPU cooler is bigger than I thought it would be but the ability to mount it in any direction gave me flexibility. I ended up exhausting the air out of the top fans and bringing it in through the front and rear. The M.2 Drive disables the 1st SATA slot which I forgot about despite the notice on pcpartpicker. Overall a great built experience. I'm most impressed with the Motherboard, this MSI Z270 board has many features for the price and the red LEDS are subtle but look great, I was looking for a mobo that would give me some room to grow as I plan on upgrading to Vega eventually and probably also to an i7. Feel free to leave any comments or questions.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude why didn't you go for the g4560???

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Gaming4life22 is right. g4560 is almost the half of the price for just 12% less performance of an i3-7100 It also comes with hyper threathing like the 6 and 7gen's-i3

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Also what's up with that motherboard lol z270 for an i3??????

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

well hes probably a starter

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I considered it but availability was scarce and the i3 was on sale at the time ;-)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

can you get 60 fps on 1080 high with this build?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I can maintain 60fps on High @1080p but not Ultra. I've seen a few framerate drops while Playing Forza Horizon 3 on high but everything else runs flawlessly. Very impressed with the GPU performance and I haven't even messed with any of the overclocking features yet.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

but forza horizon isnt a hard to run AAA title, meaning most pc's can play this game

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I don't know about that, the system requirements for Horizon are pretty high (at least for GPU): CPU: i7 3820 @ 3.6GHz GPU: NVIDIA GTX 970 or NVIDIA GTX 1060 AMD: R9 290X or AMD RX 480 VRAM: 4GB RAM: 12GB Hard Drive Type: HDD Available Space: 55GB Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Still 99% of the time the game runs flawlessly, just a few frame-rate drops here and there, I suspect due to driver or compatibility issues with ATI.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

whats the point of having an i7 if you are putting in a 6gb gpu a 1070 would be the best

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

anyway it is mainly because of the FOV even a fast GB GPU could probably live up to the 1080p high's expectations

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

you also do not need a 250gb ssd with those specs. it is only probably gonna load games faster and you also do not need 650 watts

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Ylu got a z270 board? I would ha e gotten like b250 to save money. But great build.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Read his description.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya, Thanks, I plan to upgrade to an i7 later and I liked the value of this board.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay i underatand. Good build.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you try your best for cable management ? c:

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot to take a pic after cable management was complete. I'll try to upload one soon.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok :) Witch game are you playing ?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I do believe your CPU heatsink is installed backwards. The fan should be blowing hot air out of the case, not into it.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure what you mean, the heat-sink can be installed in any direction and the fan can be mounted on either side. Due to the Ram height I wasn't able to mount the fan facing that way so I set it up so the rear exhaust fan exhausts air directly from of the CPU heat-sink fan, then out the back of the case. The top fan also exhausts air out of the case. What I failed to mention (or photograph) is that I also mounted two fans to the front of the case which pull air in through the bottom filter and side ports.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the reply, and the extra details. Let me explain my own thinking.

Take a look at Page 3 labeled Cooler Orientation. https://www.arctic.ac/us_en/downloads/dl/file/id/1224/freezer_i11_installation_manual_english.pdf

You can see that the CPU Heat Sink Fan has an A Arrow, indicating the direction is pushing the air. This, along with the close proximity of an opposing fan in your case, and the instructions, shows that the CPU Fan and Heat Sink are not installed to work together.

This means your CPU Heat Sink Fan is pushing hot air the opposite direction of your rear case fan.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I understand what you are saying, just keep in mind I flipped the case fan around after that pic was taken so that they work in tandem, I believe that would achieve the same affect as flipping around the heatsink. In otherwords, my setup should be functioning like Image 1 on page 3.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, the old bait and switch. could you update the photos just for me please ;w;

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

The g4560 and the i7 7700k are the only chips worth looking at in the intel line up at the moment. The i3 is really badly priced. Your motherboard was a good deal though, shame you didnt go for a r5 1600.

Nice looking build though, I like the style.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, keep in mind I paid $80 bucks for the i3 and at the time the G4560's were out of stock. I plan on upgrading to the i7 next year.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

It's similar to what I did tbh. I got an i3 with a z170 board. I'll put a 6700k in it at some point

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