A buddy of mine wanted a step up from his gaming laptop but didn't want to pay a huge price. Figured I would mess around with overclocking to learn for myself and get him a cheap gaming rig. After building the rig and overclocking the CPU and GPU I only tested out Shadow of Mordor. Using auto detect for visual settings I was getting around 40 FPS, lowering the setting to medium I gained 6 FPS.

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OC'd from 3.2 to 4.4 with no problem, I bet it could go even more but I didn't see the point in pushing it further. When testing the stability on Aida64 it ran for 30 minutes at 100% load. While Aida64 was running it was bogged down pretty bad, never locked up though.

CPU Cooler

I added an extra 120mm fan for push pull since I OC'd the CPU. The fan has a blue LED that matched the build perfectly, but I absolutely hate the installation due to it using the stock cooler.


Nice looking MOBO with decent features. The colors don't match the build but its a budget build so it's not a big deal


Got these off of cheaper than anywhere else with a discount because I am a Prime member. Matches the build scheme and does the job.


Snappy SSD for a decent price. Loads Windows in less than 5 seconds.

Video Card

The owner couldn't sell this card so he just decided to trade for beer. I got 2 of these and an SLI bridge. They arent the greatest cards ever but for $25 USD you can't beat it. Gets fairly decent frame rates at medium-high details.


A $50 case is a $50 case. Cable management isn't that great and drive bays aren't removable but that's really the only downside. If I need another case around this price I'll probably Corsair 200R.

Power Supply

Good PSU, never had any problems out of it. Semi-modular. My only complains are the cables/cable sleeves and the price. The cables aren't all black so you have a slew of randomly colored cables hanging out on the MOBO. Plus it's a bit more expensive than other 600w PSUs.

Case Fan

Cheap fans to increase airflow and they did just that.

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  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

This looks like a great build, but I do feel as if you could have gotten a cheaper MOBO and gotten a much better GPU. Other than that, for the price, it's a great build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 3 points

Keep in mind that he bought the GTX 660 used for $25. That's a pretty cheap price for 660. They're selling on eBay anywhere from $40-120.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

The reason I got this motherboard is because I got 2 660s and planned on using them in SLI but my buddy only plays games that don't support SLI.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Great budget build. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, GTX 660 for $25. Jealous.

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

4.4 GHz! Pretty decent OC. +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Good budget build, +1 for helping out a bud