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What Qualifies a "Budget Build"?

Tatertotsz
  • 14 days ago

I have been sitting on this question for a while and thought I would bring it to OT. What do you guys qualify as a budget Build?

Me personally, As long as the build is under $600, it is a budget build.

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  • 14 days ago
  • 4 points

Budget build is kind of a vague term, in my opinion. I feel it gets thrown around kind of loosely.

Budget could be anything really.

  • I have a budget of $600

  • I have a budget of $1600

  • I have a budget of $300

Instead of saying

"I'm trying to put together a budget PC"

it could be

"I'm trying to put together a low (mid, or High) budget PC at around insert amount of money here* "

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

Depends on the person i would say really. Some would say $200 and another would say $3000.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I am genuinely curious about what some people qualify. I have seen a lot of posts talking budget builds from $300 to $1000. I just want to see people comment and maybe explain why they think so.

  • 7 days ago
  • 0 points

The person who says $3000 is a moron.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Not if it's a high end database server machine with 10TB of enterprise grade SSD and 512 GB of memory. If I thought I could build one of those for $3K I'd jump on it in a heartbeat.

  • 14 days ago
  • 2 points

Depends on the use.

Budget rendering workstation can be way more expensive then a budget gaming rig for example.

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 points

Under $600 or $500. 'Budget' implies low cost regarding of use case. It implies needing to compromise and choose which components to go on the cheap side of. It is about dollar value.

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

Since I use the word "budget build" meaning "low cost pc", it's about ~$1000 USD or less

  • 14 days ago
  • 1 point

A budget build for me consist of these:

  • Above, or $1000 in average cost
  • Mid-graphics card
  • No i7, no Ryzen 7
  • 1080p monitor

A i3, Ryzen 3 build, under $600 I would qualify as a "low-end" or office build.

Budget for me means the middle ground.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

No i7 , no Ryzen 7...why not Ryzen 7? Ryzen 7 2700 goes for some 150U$ , probably more famous 1 the 2700X goes for just 170U$ or even less. On some special deals durings some sales such as Black Friday or whatever it can can as low as 130$ or so. So 150$ for monitor with 850$ left... . Well assuming that Windows 10, mouse, keyboard and some cheap speakers, maybe headset/headphones are included around 650$ - 700$ are left. 2700 might have a place in there, assuming you are ready on some compromises .

Like this for example:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Ryzen 7 2700 3.2 GHz 8-Core Processor $154.44 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI B450M PRO-VDH MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $79.98 @ Amazon
Memory Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $61.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Blue 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.99 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6 GB SC ULTRA GAMING Video Card $228.98 @ Newegg
Case Cougar MX330 ATX Mid Tower Case $44.00 @ B&H
Power Supply Corsair CXM (2015) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit $99.99 @ Amazon
Case Fan ARCTIC P12 PWM PST CO 56.3 CFM 120 mm Fan $10.81 @ Amazon
Monitor AOC C24G1 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor $144.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Cooler Master Devastator 3 Wired Gaming Keyboard With Optical Mouse $31.68 @ Amazon
Speakers Logitech Z313 25 W 2.1 Channel Speakers $35.98 @ Target
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $1037.82
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $1002.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-02-25 00:05 EST-0500
  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Personally, I think it depends on a couple things, such as what the user is doing with the PC and what point does further investment in parts hit diminishing returns.

That second point is how I define mid-range; for example, once you get beyond cheap 2060 Supers or so you start paying a pretty hefty premium for extra performance. But, you can get a pretty solid performance increase for the money going from a 1660 Super to a 2060. So for gaming, if the budget is constrained below these types of parts, I'd consider it a "budget build" or perhaps more accurately "entry level." Such as a 2600+1650 Super on a B450 board with a small SSD and used HDD and Corsair CX PSU in a Cougar MX330 would probably be close to an upper boundary for the category.

For an intensive workload like rendering video though, beefier CPUs are commonplace and adding cores may be important. Some programs also don't take much advantage of GPU acceleration, or need more RAM to work properly. An entry level build for these tasks would look different, such as having a 2700x and 32GB of RAM whereas a high end build in the same category may have a 3rd gen Threadripper part.

For some generic office work though, much of the workload isn't intensive and a budget build could involve a Ryzen APU on A320 and a tiny SSD.

So yeah. Depends on the workload. With the right workload there could probably be a case for a 3950x/2070 Super to be a budget option, if it is far more common or preferred that people use Threadrippers and Quadros for the same task.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Hardly a rigorous definition, but I generally think of it as one where you have to make at least some compromise on parts due to budget limitations. So it's not really a fixed dollar figure thing, it's more of a trying to save every penny yet the build at least mostly satisfies the requirements or desires.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

This topic has been moved from "General > Off Topic" to "General > General Discussion".

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Lol good question but $600 means different things in different countries. 600USD=800CAD=900AUD.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I view budget builds as something that performs it's intended task adequately, without too much compromise.

So for example running the desired game on medium settings at 60fps.

(Depending on price) Budget builds ignore the unnecessary, such as RGB. And budget builds usually see the owner shopping for the best bargains, and sometimes waiting weeks for sales etc.

It all comes down to each person's perceived cost v's benefit.

  • 3 days ago
  • 1 point

When it comes to U$ my general impression is up to 600$. Ultra budget being 400$ and below. Or 600$ with full set(Monitor,OS,Peripherals…)

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