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Long Distance Lover

by Mananoy


Built this as a cheapest you can get no overkill ultra 1080p gaming, multimedia build, complete with OS and daily use niceties such as large hdd and ssd for quick use and media storage too. Very quiet but cheap and cool build the only thing I can hear is the hard drive. Why long distance lover? Landed here in Canada a few months ago, been working my *** off but left my girlfriend back home. Need something to invest in for now before I get her to live here with me.

Part Reviews


Coming from macbooks, i7 gaming laptops, this is way faster. Games I've tried like Fallout 4 and Witcher 3 are solid at ultra 1080p and everyday tasks are smooth. I'm happy I've never tried desktop i5 or i7's cause I don't have anything to compare it to cause it's just that fast that I don't feel any desire, envy or need for i5's or i7's.

CPU Cooler

Quiet. Keeps my skylake i3 pretty cool.

Difficult to install. After installation my motherboard temps got higher, I think cause the heatsink is too fat/wide and it fights with airflow. Will replace with tower cooler soon.

Thermal Compound

Honestly no difference from pre-applied stock compound of intel cooler and arctic cooler. But you just have to have one especially if you plan on switching or upgrading coolers.


I don't really know what to write about motherboards. But this one is dead simple and all advertised functions work. Even has fan control for non-PWM fans. If you plan on using more than 1 case fan be sure to order splitters as it only comes with 1 case fan header and 1 CPU fan header. Also the RAM slots are close to CPU slot so even though the RAM I'm using has low profile heat spreaders I had to install my low profile CPU heatsink in a different orientation from how it was supposed to be installed.


Low profile but has sleek heat spreader, no overkill look and the black with white text is just aggressively simple.


Can't ever go back to HDD for OS, and this is plenty fast for plenty cheap too!


2 stars for being cheap for 2tb, missing 3 stars cause it's just noisy at idle! Doesn't even follow windows 10's power control management!


Cheap! Cheap! Small enough micro ATX case without too much compromise. I mean check it out, you have cable management area in the back, removable drive cage with slide rails for 2 hard drives, you can install up to 5 120mm fans with 2 in front 1 in back 2 up top, there's 5.25 slot, lots of SDD mountings and the PSU installs the right way (intake at the bottom). Only thing I will change would be to use rubber for feet and rubber hdd rails to replace the plastic ones they use that's kinda noisy.

Power Supply

No need for "semi-fanless" cause I've never heard anything from this PSU even if I stick my ear on it's surface. No vibrations too! If only they used flat cables it would've been 5 stars.

Optical Drive

Simple. Cheap. Doesn't turn on when not in use so super quiet. What more can you ask for?

Case Fan

Lowest setting has same performance of higher settings so just set it low and be amazed how silent and cool your rig will be. Also got them for $6 at NCIX a piece!


Keyboards good nice feedback sometimes too much sound like when typing at night I kinda go softer to not wake up everyone in the next room, and with dedicated media keys. Keyboard has no internal memory you have to press scroll lock on each boot to enable backlight otherwise you won't be able to read the keys. Mouse is pretty bad out of the box the scroller squeeked and it's too small for wired desktop mouse your hand will cramp up DPI switch also doesn't have memory. The wire is standard too not braided so it gets in the way.

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Tosua 1 point 34 months ago

But why i3, why don't you spend a little more on i5

anyways +1 for budget build seems neat

northkinhang 4 points 34 months ago

Simple, the i3 has lower TDP therefore the stock fan is more than efficient even while under load. On top of that, the dual core processor's gaming capabilities outmatch all of those AMD processors at the same price range "at stock". On top of that top, the i3 is about 60-80 dollars less. That 60-80 dollars could be invested into an i5-6600k with a z170 board down the line.

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 3 points 34 months ago

Yup what northkinhang said. Basically spent days reading and youtubing lol came down with that conclusion. And yup with the goal (high/ultra 1080p gaming) no hiccups so far witcher 3 and fallout 4 at 60 fps

Its actually $100 Canadian cheaper

PKGamer 1 point 21 months ago

an i3 is pretty much an dual core i5 with hyper threading. Therefore it acts like a quad core processor.

GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Wait the R9 290 is as strong as a GTX 960?Or did I get something confused

+1 for the nice build!

HamilkarBarka 2 points 34 months ago

The 290 is as good as the 970 if not better in some situations

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago


Nope. My original plan was to get gtx 960 for low power gaming, but a refurb from newegg came up and cheaper than the gtx 960 so obviously i bit that haha

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

I'm also a long distance lover T_T


Mananoy submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago


jstech11 1 point 34 months ago

Hey this is an amazing build and I wish I could afford something like this lol, but for anyone who knows how long does it normally take for a build to be verified by the admins and put on the builds list?

Growliff1234 1 point 34 months ago

An hour or two, but you have to have pictures to get it approved.

jstech11 1 point 34 months ago

Thank you

Growliff1234 1 point 34 months ago

No problem.

jstech11 1 point 34 months ago

Where would I go for help if I have questions about a build of mine but haven't ordered it

Growliff1234 1 point 34 months ago
Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

What growliff said :)

Also you can ask builders with that specific part /combination of parts too for any concern since they would actually have experience in that specific part or build

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks! Its actually super cheap if you consider it actually includes EVERYTHING except speakers since i already have that and a nice audiotechnica ref headphones. Some builds here just list the price for the tower and no os even.

I posted it a few hours ago

northkinhang 1 point 34 months ago

+1 for the i3-6100. After testing this out with a H110 chipset, I'm convinced that AMD CPU's have a long way to go before they match up. I love the fact that this dual core chip's TDP is so low the stock cooler sounds silent. A lot of the completed builds don't feature any 3rd party cpu coolers and it gets to me. Having a computer that sounds like a jet engine sucks!! Very nice though.

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks.. Still sounds like a jet engine cause of the 290 though.. Thats the only let down ive had for the build (and the question of why my motherboard's temperature spiked ever since i put in more fans ans changed cpu hsf)

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Idk if you would need that foam underneath casue you have hard wood flooring, but whatever, its just my ocd talking. Noice m8.

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago


Try it for sound muffling for real. Like i can hear the wood floor vibrating a little. But when i put it up the soft gray foam i swear by it its waaay more silent

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

OOOOH ok, I thought it was because you were concerned about the suffocation of the psu.

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Haha yup surprised with the sound reduction really you gotta try it out if you got hardwood floors. I just cut out the rear to let the psu breathe

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

my computer goes on my ikea linnmon table top, there is really no vibration noise, although I can sometimes feel vibration on the desk. idk if I could live with myself having a piece of foam under my computer right in front of me.

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Haha i get you. Well the noise i think is mostly cause of my gpu i think. And with limited tablespace had to keep it down (and also helps to move tho noise farther away from my ears) so the foam for now does the trick ghetto rigging from parts packaging. Looking to buy actual soft foam/rubber feet in the future

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Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

yup the foam's basically hollow in the middle and the 4 plastic feet of the case are right on the edges

MannyPCs 1 point 34 months ago

Great build. Canadian dollar must make it difficult to build a decent gaming pc without it costing an upward of $2000.

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks! I know i had pcpartpicker to thank for that. All the shippers listed were great, given i only ordered from ncix newegg and directcanada

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ThundahhChunkay 1 point 34 months ago

How's the keyboard and mouse? I'm trying to buy it but I wanna know how others feel about it.

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

keyboard is a winner.. a bit chunky for a minimalist like myself. but if you're into "gaming" peripherals this is very nice. make sure you download the automatic turn on backlight keyboard app just type it in google. I like it since it has media controls (i usually spotify) so its so much easier to press something in the keyboard for volume and media control. the typing is awesome, though a bit clickity-clackity.

mouse is ok never had issues with buttons and scrolling or responsiveness but i dont really like wires and this one isn't braided. just bought it as placeholder until i get to convince myself to buy a good wireless one. if you don't mind the wire, and ok to re-select the dpi after each boot, i can honestly say its worth it with the bundle.

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Ogammi 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Sorry to crash your build but I'm looking at moving my rig into this case, so I have 3 extra fans like yours. did you needer a cable to have more fan headers or were there enough?

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

no worries bro.. the case itself doesn't have any fan headers. my motherboard had only 2 fan headers, 1 with pwm for cpu and 1 without pwm (but the gigabyte software of my mobo is really good in controlling the speed of system fan even without pwm) i had to buy 2 splitters for the system fan header to be able to connect the 3 arctic case fans i put in

Ogammi 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I see thanks :) Do you mind me asking what splitters did you buy?

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

no prob. i think i have it on my parts list its way at the bottom try clicking on it its the cheapest i could get from ncix. not pretty but works lol. if you cant find the link here in the parts list try typing startech in ncix

peace1818 1 point 30 months ago

What monitor was that? + 1

bunnuii 1 point 29 months ago


DvoLogic 1 point 27 months ago

Sorry, noobhere but how did you attach the ssd to the case, I have the same one but I have yet to actually assemble the pc and the website didn't specify if it had a 2.5" bracket so I wanted to know how you attached it.

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SR91 1 Build 3 points 34 months ago

Built this as a budget high/ultra 1080p gaming rig, why would they need a 1070 in a budget build? if you had read the description you'd know that they got that 290 refurbished as part of a deal from newegg (which should be more than enough for gaming), and that the 1070 was recently released, expensive, and availability is scarce. Also, you're not gonna have an account here for long if you keep insulting people like that.

526christian 2 points 34 months ago

... a refurbished r9 290 so i got that cheaper than a gtx 960

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago


TheBuilda 1 point 34 months ago

Still gtx 1070 would cost only a lil more and perform WAY better

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

i don't think its just a lil more. it may perform WAY better but i bet its also WAY more expensive. check out how much i got the r9 290 from newegg

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Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Thanks! Yea really pulling my hair out and contemplating on trying out a tower cooler? What do u think? Or save up and change the gpu or upgrade to kraken g10 and keep the 290?

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Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

Yea thats what i was thinking a kraken g10 + a cheap corsair hydro. will cost at least $100+ though. Hopefully soon maybe haha still feeling the dent on my bank account

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Matthewtina2015 2 Builds 2 points 34 months ago

He's talking about watercooling the GPU, not the CPU

Mananoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

ok definitely not the gpu's fault for the motherboard temp.. i think its really the wide heatsink of the arctic 11 pro cpu hsf blocking something in the motherboard from proper air circulation. if it doesn't hurt the temps of everything else then i guess i don't have to mind it for now. but definitely looking at gpu watercooling

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