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So, I was tasked with making a budget gaming build for a friend in with a micro atx build. I know people are going to ask why not a 950? And I personally agree, the 950 would have been a better choice but mail in rebates ultimately swayed the decision, (not mine) and the 370 still performs very good at 1080p. All in all, things were very easy to put together, the case was fun to work with. I might downsize my build into one of them. I haven't installed Windows yet, I'm waiting on her to get it but everything works and the system posts. I'll update this with more info once I test everything, and see what we can get. Maybe benchmarks if anyone cares about that.

Update: I have now benched this rig. Everything was pretty much run at completely maxed settings, then scaled back to high settings, with all the filtering and AA turned down. I didn't want to download too much onto this rig, since I'm going to be giving it out so while I did have a few more games I could bench, I chose to focus on artificial and a game that's a popular bench and Hitman, to show a modern game and how it holds up. I also couldn't screencap for Hitman, so I just wrote the settings and stuff and I will be posting that here.

Hitman Benchmark:

I did run the built in benchmark in both DX 11 and DX12. I wasn't able to turn everything up to the max because of only having 2GB of VRAM, so the following is the absolute max I was able to get with the card. Also did round the frames that I got, instead of listing them with the decimals. I'm not sure if I did something wrongs, but there really wasn't much of a difference when I had everything turned up as high as I could get it compared to me knocking back the settings a bit, and this is the only benchmark where I had this issue.

DX 11 "Maxed" Level of Detail- Ultra Anti-Aliasing- SMAA Texture Quality- Low (Couldn't change at all) Texture Filtering-16x SSAO- On Shadow Maps- Medium Shadow Resolution- Medium

Results: 5fps minimum, 119fps max, and average of 32fps.

DX 11 Modified Level of Detail- High Anti-Aliasing- Off Texture Quality- Low Texture Filtering- trilinear SSAO- Off Shadow Maps- Low Shadow Resolution- Low

Results: 6fps minimum, 121fps max and 34fps average

DX 12 "Maxed" Level of Detail- Ultra Anti-Aliasing- SMAA Texture Quality- Low (Couldn't change at all) Texture Filtering-16x SSAO- On Shadow Maps- Medium Shadow Resolution- Medium

Results: 3fps minimum, 123fps max, and 30fps average.

DX 12 Modified Level of Detail- High Anti-Aliasing- Off Texture Quality- Low Texture Filtering- trilinear SSAO- Off Shadow Maps- Low Shadow Resolution- Low

Results: 6fps minimum, 130fps max, 34fps average

Part Reviews

CPU

4 cores, and pretty snappy all for 70 bucks? Not much else to say, it's a very solid processor especially considering the price.

Motherboard

Great little board, I'm not overclocking or anything like that for this build so it's overclocking power is something I can't really comment on. But, the BIOS is nice and clean and I might go for an MSI board in the future, if to just play around with it a bit more.

Memory

It's RAM, does what you need it to do and it looks pretty sweet too.

Storage

I've never had an issue with a Seagate drive, and this one serves the purpose of this build just fine thus far.

Video Card

It's a very solid card, it runs fairly cool and the fan never make too much noise plus it just looks pretty cool.

Case

This is a great, great case. I kind of wish I would have gone with it for my own build. It has plenty of places for cable management, it has dust filters all around, a lot of places for fan and it can even take 240 radiator for water cooling, which is very nice. {;us it's not a big deal to probably most, but the front panel and power switch/front usbs can be moved and placed in a spot where you'd like it which is a nice touch.

Power Supply

Works just fine, never had any issues with Corsair's power supplies and this one is no different.

Operating System

I still personally like Windows 10 the most, it's one of my favorite versions thus far.

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Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

For what it's worth, this build is rather nice. Ignore the inevitable Corsair CX PSU complaints; the CX is just fine for a machine like this.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I have personally never had any issues with them at all, they work for me just fine.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a pretty decent build. Personally I would have gone with a PNY CS1311 240GB 2.5" SSD for $60., but I just don't use that much disk space (<30GB). For a HDD... you made the right choice IMO. I wouldn't worry about the R7 370. At that price its a pretty good deal. I don't think the motherboard or RAM were the best value options and the stock heatsink that comes with the CPU is terrible for overclocking, which is almost a given with this chip (though not necessarily) Excellent build!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

She won't oveeclock at all, and it's her money ultimately. I wanted something different fornthe RAM personally, but its not that much more exspensive than others. Also, here was a surprising amount of micro boards that didn't havs front USB connections at all, and the TB hard drive is a must for more games and junk.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair enough. OPM (Other people's money) in a good way (Not like HOA fees). Though looking at your other build as well... seriously, SSDs are wonderful. But if 1TB "is a must for games and junk" at this budget I totally understand. Since this machine isn't OCing I think this build (http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NhWj8d) could go a bit further for a bit less money. Its still a solid build that I can respect and I feel your pain (to quote Bill Clinton) that this wasn't entirely guided by your judgment. :)

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, if had free reign it'd be a bit different. Like I definitely would have gotten a aftermarket cooler to oc a ta bit at least,but I digress. I like SSDs, and i would have gotten one for my personally rig. However, i like this one my other rif is one that I own and can continually upgrade and I plan on probably popping on an SSD pretty soon.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!

+1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build you made there

I'm always a bit nervous when it's other people money, I never know if they will be as satisfied as me with the final result. When it's my money, I can spend all the time I want to find the best deal... and then change my mind and start over. Or start replacing parts less than a year after.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I know what you mean, with my rig I know that I will constantly be replacing things, bit when its other people's money who don't do this kind of thing as a hobby, it become a lot trickier.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I would love to see benchmarks, interested in making a build like this for a friend. +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I will get on that today. She finally bought her Windows license. I don't have the typical suite of benchmarks most sites use though, I'll see what I can do and Incan use my rig as a comparison.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I just built a little brother of this a few days ago. Too bad about only going with the HDD. Mine is an SSD boot with a HDD for storage and programs. World of difference in boot times and OS response times.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It really doesn't take that long to boot in all honestly, but an SSD would be nice.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Well all that really matters is that your friend is happy with it. I was happy with my 9800 GTX+ from when I bought it in 2008 all the way to 2014 when it died. It was satisfactory to me and thats all that mattered.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the case. It is one of the best in the price range, though I could never get the cables as tidy as I'd like. How is the 860k doing in games for you? I was thinking about a 860k-950 build next.

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

I actually now have the pleasure of being able to compare it to my overclocked 8300/380 build, and in gaming there hasn't been really anything I can complain about. This build games just fine, though some settings might need to be turned down. The 860k is a great little chip though. It handles everything just fine.