Description

The build is for light-gaming and every-day use. Budget: as cheap as possible without using poor components. Unfortunately the bills keep rolling in :-(

  • CPU: £47.94 from Aria. Ideally wanted a Skylake Core i5. Couldn't afford it. Needed a quad-core for Elite:Dangerous.

  • Mobo: £34.97 from Amazon. Cheapest mATX or ATX mobo I could find. Yes it's a mATX mobo in a ATX case. It leaves plenty of room.

  • RAM: £29.99 @ Amazon. Cheapest 1600/1866 RAM I could find with a heat-spreader.

  • SSD: £49.99 @ Amazon. Cheapest I could find at the time about 6 weeks ago. At today's prices, I would have bought the Samsung 850 EVO.

  • HDD: £0.00 2 recycled Seagate Barracudas from decommissioned rigs.

  • GPU: £129.98@ Novatech: GTX 950 is the minimum budget card I would accept. Cheapest dual-fan version I could find. Ideally would have preferred a R9 380 4GB.

  • Case: £28.63 @ CCL. Heard some good things about this budget case and I am not disappointed. Yes, it will look odd to some housing a mATX mobo. It doesn't bother me. There are no rubber grommets for the cut-outs, but the edges have been ground smooth. Reasonable space behind the mobo tray for cable-management. If I'd have had the money, I probably would have chosen the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M.

  • PSU: £37.99 @ Amazon. Ridiculously cheap at the time, so I grabbed it. Would have preferred a modular PSU, but couldn't afford it.

  • Monitor: £0.00 Recycled from a rig sent to the attic as the test rig.

  • Mouse: £16.99 @ Amazon. This is actually the optical version. It scored as highly as the G502 in PC Format.

  • Keyboard: £14.99 @ Aria. Would have liked a mechanical keyboard, but couldn't afford it. Saw this while researching the Skarkoon mouse and it grabbed my attention. Nice WASD and arrow rubberised keys. Can't say I like the single-width backspace key though.

  • PWM Fan Splitter: £3.20 @ Kikatek. Unfortunately the mobo has just 1 Case Fan header. Chained the rear-exhaust fan to the CPU fan.

  • Fans: £8.16 from Kikatek. So they are budget fans for my budget build. They aren't particular silent, but that doesn't bother me. Both mounted to the front panel as intakes and chained to the single CPU fan header on the mobo.

  • Shipping: £8.95. Unfortunately Aria use DPD and the minimum charge is £6.95. Waited until the CPU was reduced before purchasing.

Part Reviews

Case

This is an excellent budget Case. This is the windowed version.

OK, so the Motherboard tray cut-outs don't have rubber grommets, but the edges are ground smooth.

Plenty of room for cable-management.

Plenty of Case Fan options. Tool-less front panel fan system. Front Panel USB 3.0. Easy installation of components.

Plenty of room for a long Graphics Card, but customisable 3.5/2.5" drive bays if you have a really long one.

Really impressed how good it is for the budget price.

Comments

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

as cheap as possible without using poor components. Unfortunately the bills keep rolling in :-(

That's always the tough part when buying anything, you want to best you can get, but your wallet says otherwise.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yer, thanks.

And they still keep coming :-(

  • 50 months ago
  • 3 points

Finally someone besides me decides to pair a Athlon 860k with a GTX 950

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Yey.

Sure, it's not a killer gaming rig, but it does what I need it to.

And I could just about afford it.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

You will be surprised at its performance on some things.

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

It's certainly playing E:D very nicely :-D

  • 50 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic job with the cable management! If the system get too loud under load, you can add an aftermarket cooler to reduce that noise. I'd recommend a Hyper 212 Evo or a Hyper T4. Also, with these, you can squeeze out some more performance out of your chip. +1

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

Yes, that's my intention once I've got a bit of spare cash and then see how far I can over-clock.

It's also pleasing to see that WD Blue 1TB is going for £35 at the moment.

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely agree with you there.

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Super budget gamer +1

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

What kindve upgrades would you be looking for in the future?

  • 50 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not looking to upgrade anything other than add in a CPU Cooler.

I am determined that my next build will be Core i5 based. This will be demoted to the Secondary rig then.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

How many case fans did the case come with

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there.

Just one - a 120mm rear exhaust fan.

http://www.thermaltakeusa.com/products-model.aspx?id=C_00002383