Description

Goal: build a gaming desktop for $450 or less, that could game better than my laptop (850m gtx) and do it at a lower temperature. My laptop gpu can get into the high 70s/low 80s...

I also just wanted to build a PC.

For storage, I had a pile of Samsung 250gb HDDs from who knows what, put 2 of them in along with a Seagate Barracuda 750 gb HDD from a previous desktop. - That died after a month, so I threw in another 250gb Samsung :p

I finally picked up an SSD for it, got a cheap SanDisk one. I felt rather underwhelmed after experiencing a Samsung 850 EVO in my laptop.

Had difficulty getting the CPU cooler and the RAM installed, they took a lot of brute force. And here I thought computers were delicate.

So far I've been able to play Borderlands 2, Dead Space, and CS GO at 60 fps or above, max settings, and at 1920x1200 resolution.

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid CPU for gaming on a budget. Have yet to overclock but plan to soon.

CPU Cooler

Alright fan for stock cpu speeds.

Motherboard

Great budget mobo, worked out of the box with my AMD x4 860k. No heatsinks on the VRMs, wouldn't recommend overclocking. Maybe a small overclock.

Storage

It is what it is; a cheap SSD. Can't complain too much for the price.

Video Card

Plays the games I want (mostly titles from a couple years ago) at high settings, 1080p.

Case

Good case for first timers I think, and has a lot of features for a $30 case. Cable management takes a bit more effort. (effort I didn't put in :p)

Power Supply

Solid PSU. Didn't want to go any cheaper than this.

Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

I think you did really good, price for performance, on this build. I will always be a budget build fan!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice budget build, next thing you should want is an ssd.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I'm looking at getting a cheap one around 120 gb.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I did read the desc. and I did see that, I don't get your point.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

There are no SSDs listed there...

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes there are, it has always been in the description, and at least now it's in the part list.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing for a first build, how's the case by the way? I might get it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! I like it a lot, has a lot more features than I would expect from a budget case. Here's a good walkthrough I looked at before buying it: http://www.tech-critter.com/2014/10/unboxing-review-thermaltake-versa-h21.html The only difference is their case has a window.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, and has any of the parts caused you problems?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Not so far, it's been working very nicely.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! That's great to hear, and was building the PC hard? I haven't built my PC yet but I will soon.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Not too hard, YouTube tutorials made it easier as the manuals that come with the parts aren't very good. Except the mobo, that had a decent manual. Good luck on yours!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice. I would run the CPU power cable through the notch in the GPU near the back of the case. That's what it is for.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip! I'll try running the cable through there.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought computers were delicate

Hehe. I thought that too at some point, but there tough!

Sexy build though, how's the gaming? I run mostly games that are older as well but that 370 should push out them frames and get you the magical 60 FPS!

+1

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, thanks! It's been great so far, haven't played many games yet. Dead Space and CS:GO run at more than 150 fps but they're not super graphically intense. I want to try Metro Last Light Redux on max settings next, that'll be fun. That tasty 60 fps!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

I love a good budget build. Nice job. Good work with the cable ma.... oh wait never mind!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

lol :p Even without the pressure of having a windowed case to see the cable mess, you have a point. I will look into some cable management guides.

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  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

u hav a different gpu in the system than what u have it as - slightly different model/edition/whatever u wanna call t

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I replace the GPU with a GTX950?

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure can

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Get a Ryzen 3 2200g, a B450 ATX motherboard, 8 gigs of 2 X 4 DDR4-3000 RAM, a Phantex Evoo ATX case, a 500 gig ssd (240 if you can’t sfford 500), and a EVGA Seasonic or Consair PSU.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! BTW where'd you get the mobo from? Just wanna make sure I get one that has an updated BIOS.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I got it from Newegg.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice built for price

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

ASUS gtx 950 is 130$ with 30$ mail in rebate and better!