Description

This is Idiot Box, my main gaming and editing PC.

I play CS:GO and Fortnite with this PC. Before that, I was using this PC as a general home PC for browsing the web and doing homework before I realized that I could play CS:GO bot practice for free. (Before CS:GO was made F2P.) I was running Ubuntu 18.04 LTS before switching to Windows 10 at the time of upgrading, whose key I got from my friend.

Right off the bat, you might think, "A dual-core CPU in an editing PC?" Well, my uncle bought two of these Core i3-7300s for the price of one ($73 each) because he works at Intel and he is able to get discounts on Intel products through the Employee Purchase Program (EPP). He also gave me the kit of RAM that is there in the system.

A lot of the components, including the motherboard, SSD, power supply, etc., were actually bought in India before moving to the States. I bought a USB 3.0 3.5"-bay Front Panel made by QuantumZero (P/N: QZHB04) to add to the case, since I actually used it in a previous build, where the case was very old and did not have USB ports at the front. While the FBM-01 has a pair of USB 2.0 ports at the front, it's just not good enough in 2018, so in it went.

The graphics card was a gift from my friend, who I built his gaming PC with, because he felt sorry for me not being able to play video games with Idiot Box at its former state. He bought this card for $98 on eBay, and, needless to say, it is a SPACE HEATER. The GK104 reaches about 80 degrees C and boosts up to 1228 MHz under full load. The GTX 760 still proves its mettle in modern competitive titles like Fortnite. With everything set to "Epic" and disabled shadows, Idiot Box manages an impressive 70-80 FPS at 1080p as long as there isn't a lot of action going on in the screen. (Let me confess, I am a NOOB at Fortnite.) Using Fraps, I found out that the GTX 760 performs surprisingly well in CS:GO at 1080p, at over 150 FPS in most places in the Nuke map. I haven't bothered to test other maps because I love the Nuke map.

The 430W power supply from EVGA might be one of the only limitations of this PC. While EVGA does technically recommend a minimum 500W power supply with 30 A on the 12V rail for the GTX 760, this PSU does 34 A. During gaming workloads, the air coming out of the PSU feels super hot when I feel the back of the PC. I don't know if it is because of the power draw of the graphics card or if it is the hot air coming from the heatsink of the graphics card, since the FBM-01 only allows for the PSU to be mounted at the top of the chassis with the fan facing down. Either way, it would be better off getting replaced by a better PSU as long as this graphics card stays inside this system.

The above screenshots of 3DMark and Unigine Superposition are NOT altered in any way and display the actual score attained by the computer.

EDIT: I added a Seagate 500 GB hard drive using an Amazon gift card.

Part Reviews

CPU

Lacklustre at best. Scores about 427 cb in Cinebench R15 and DO NOT edit videos at any resolution higher than 1080p with this CPU. Not bad for gaming though. Dual-core CPUs are basically dead for gaming at this point.

Motherboard

PROS: Solid motherboard for $70. M.2, four RAM slots, six SATA ports... internal connectivity is sufficient for most people. CONS: The PCI-Express x16 lock makes removing a dual-slot card very difficult. The expandability with a dual-slot card is limited to one PCIe x1 slot, which is occupied by a Wi-Fi card in this case. And where is USB Type-C?

Memory

The only way I can guarantee that I have enough RAM for all my applications and still eliminate the page file to increase the SSD's life span.

Video Card

I highly recommend buying used graphics cards if you want to get your foot in the door of PC gaming and save money in the process. This card performs excellent in Fortnite, attaining about 70-80 FPS at 1080p when all the details are cranked up to "Epic" with the exception of shadows, which are disabled. For the record, I play with Vsync on. If you play Fortnite at 1080p with a 60 Hz monitor, I wouldn't see any reason NOT to buy the 4 GB GTX 760 other than its power draw (170W TDP). It will struggle at more demanding titles like PUBG, which is not optimized as well as Fortnite. The only bad thing about used cards is that you might experience very high temperatures and annoying coil whine. The performance of this card is limited by how hot the GPU runs and it hits 80 degrees C under full load when measured in MSI Afterburner. Please replace the thermal compound if you can.

Case

Avoid this case (and any case under $30) at all costs if you are using hot components. It only has a 120mm fan at the front and an 80mm fan at the back, plus the PSU fan for exhaust. Okay if you are using low-powered components like a GTX 1050 Ti, but not if you have anything more power-hungry.

Power Supply

Total space heater with a GTX 760. I have used this PSU for a year but with the card installed, it disappoints me with very hot exhaust air when I feel the rear of the PC. It can run a GTX 760, but it will limit future expansion. It should stay within 80+ efficiency even when both the CPU and GPU are stressed as the combo probably draws about 300-320W under load.

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