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Build Update: I increased the ram to a pair of 8Gb 1866 Cas8 G.Skill I had lying around because I was using this to stream AND RECORD live gameplay at 1080p, and I added the extra RAM would help with that work load, even though it handled the streaming at 1080p pretty respectably with only 4GBs. The MB limits me to running it at 1600 Cas8 though.

Bought and built this simply because I've been suggesting it to people as the best you can do on a budget. Mine's a bit more expensive because I like to use Mi-i ITX parts, but the price difference between this and a M-ATX version is probably only $30-50.

I overclocked the MSI Twin Frozr to match EVGA Super Clock because the TF was $10 more expensive but with a much better cooling system at lower clock rates.

The Twin Frozr is also MUCH bigger than i was expecting for a 750ti, it's nearly as large as my Gigabyte GTX770 Windforce, but CMElite130 doesn't care either way, they both fit fine.

I have no use for it currently, other than to match my real gaming machine, as it is basically its little brother: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/XNJxFT

I could take more pictures of the inside if you really care, but it's nothing special to look at.

Amazingly, I can stream 1080p to Twitch with this while maintaining a 50-60 FPS in some games I stream.

Game benchmarks: (all @1080p)

All games below here were with 4GBs of Ram

Skyrim: Settings: Ultra Preset Avg:52 Min:35 Max:62

TF2: Settings: Default high settings. Avg:121 Min:0 (probably a loading screen) Max:300

GW2: Settings: Best Appearance Preset Avg:50 Min:8 Max:80

WOW: Settings: Ultra Preset Avg:76 Min:62 Max:96

Minecraft: Settings: High Settings Avg:191 Min:0 (loading chunks) Max:393

Rust: Settings: Fantastic Avg:64 Min:0 (being dead) Max:107

Battlefield 4 (x86): Settings: Low (x86 forces lowest settings it seems) Avg:115 Min:70 Max:201

Battlefield 4 (x64): Settings:Medium , no AA Avg: 94 Min: 49 Max: 168

Battlefield 4 (x64): Settings:Ultra Preset Avg: 40 Min: 19 Max: 66

Diablo 3: Settings: High, Medium Shadows Avg: 101 Min: 9 Max: 135

Watchdogs: (driving around town) Settings: High, see pics Avg: 35 Min: 30 Max: 42

Watchdogs: (boating around like a maniac) Settings: High, see pics Avg: 37 Min: 30 Max: 45

World of Tanks: Settings: Maximum, With FXAA Avg: 51 Min: 0 (most likely a loading screen when i went back to the garage) Max: 63

World of Tanks: Settings: Maximum, Without FXAA Avg: 47 Min: 35 Max: 62

ARMA2: Settings: Very Low Avg: 74 Min: 65 Max: 83

ARMA2: Settings: Normal Avg: 35 Min: 20 Max: 43

ARMA2: Settings: Very High Avg: 11 Min: 9 Max: 13

All games below here run with 8GBs of ram

FIFA '15 (demo): Settings: High rendering, 2x MSAA, no FPS cap, windows aero turned off Avg: 134.407 Min: 56 Max: 163

Witcher 3: Settings: Mix of Ultra and high, see pic Avg: 40-45

GTA V: Settings: high/very high Avg: 53-65

Fallout 4: Settings: Ultra Preset Avg: 40 Min: 30 Max: 61 some suggestions of more games to benchmark would be nice as well.

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Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. Came here for the case.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. Came here for the case.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

It would be nice to see how it runs World of Tanks...

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure thing I'll try and get some results for it by tonight/tomorrow, just have to download WoT.

I played it for about when I got an interview with the WoT company, but I didn't the job so I dropped the game :p (I needed a job at the time and didn't need to get involved in another game)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, well, it runs ultra fine/okayish, but because WoT is such a slow game, you can't even tell because nothing moves fast anyways.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you jamesmason. Your buid is fine for me then. Cheers mate :-)

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, are you able to make arma 2 dayz mod benchmark. Im really considering this type of pc but i really wanna see dayz benchmarks. Thanks!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Well for Arma2 it performs fine at very low, minimally acceptable at normal, and probably unplayable at very high.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not know much at all about computers but if I were to purchase this exact list and put it all together would I be able to run minecraft on servers with 120 fps? Also is there anything else I need to add to the list before I purchase? Please help me!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be able to, if the server has a lot of or a big complicated redstone machine it might perform less than that. There's no big benefit to running minecraft above 60FPS anyways since it's such a low action game.

My part's list is a bit special, I listed things like upgraded ram, but the minecraft results were done on only the 4gbs of ram. I also added a USB wifi adapter because I wanted it, but it's not necessary if you are going to use a wired connection.

Something like this might be easier to build for a newbie: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/jamesmason/saved/gMhrxr

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I came here because of your review on your graphics card on newegg. i like your build but if you want to run games like arma 2 better you could have went the amd rout and got a AMD 860k it has 4 cores and would run games great and be great for live streaming or you can just upgrade to a i5 which i would do.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Trading better performance in most games for only 1 poorly made game series is kind of a bad trade off. Upgrading to an i5 would cost more money. And the i3 is decently capable of streaming, within reason.

This is also just one of my backup computers, in the description I even say it's the little brother of a bigger system, which has also actually since been superseded.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes i understand and this was made a year ago so i can understand now