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(The original title for this machine was Ultimate Budget Build, but I wanted to rename it because that title seems like a little MEGA HUGE cliche so I came up with something new.)

Hello Everyone :)

This is my Updated budget build, from July 2016. The goal was to build a cheap PC with pretty decent specs, also compete with my friends build which he built for about $700. I went for half of that, $350. I ended up going over that but that's ok, because the end product is awesome!

The CPU, GPU, Optical Drive, and Monitor I got either for free, from friends, or craigslist. Came across awesome deals for parts with a good life ahead of them. The rest of the parts were bought with my money on retail stores.

The CPU is currently overclocked to 4.4 GHz, stable at about 1.49 volts (don't remember exact number). Works great for the applications I run, mainly Da Vinci Resolve, Hawken, Gmod, some Minecraft, or whatever. The CPU and GPU make a great team on this computer. Can run all the above games on max settings, don't quite have stable 60 FPS on Hawken though, but on slightly less settings, I can have a stable 60 frames. Neither of these components run too hot. The CPU idles at about 33 and the GPU at about 36, under load, the CPU has never surpassed 54 and the GPU about 61 (ran tests a while ago, these numbers are kinda ball-park ish).

Memory works, hard drive works, optical drive works, not much to say there.

The motherboard is pretty nice, no issues with BIOS updates or anything. Supports all my hardware and it's ASUS so it is holding up pretty well. Only complaint is it doesn't match color scheme, but not a huge issue, it was pretty cheap compared to other MOBOs so I was willing to have some blue in there.

The case is good for the money, but remember, you get what you pay for. Too many hard drive bays, has a floppy bay (no idea why...) and the fans that came with it are pretty loud (about 36 decibels at idle). But the outside looks nice, pretty good sized window, and respectable cable management.

The monitor is fine, but what a failed to realize when I put it on my Christmas list was that it was 1600x900. Rookie mistake. It's tiny too, only 19". So next time, I'll do more homework on monitor purchasing.

The keyboard is pretty good. Only has one lighting mode, and one color, but not too bad because it was $30. Comes with mouse too, with LED's, mouse feels pretty good in my hand, and has onboard DPI switch so that's nice too.

That's about it, the building part was really fun (being a first build). Hope to use it for several years to come. Also, thank you PCPP community for inspiring me with your works of art and encouraging words. Can't wait to do another build on this site. Thank you so much for reading, constructive criticism is always appreciated. See ya! :)

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

The original title for this machine was Ultimate Budget Build, but I wanted to rename it because that title seems a little cliche

A little?

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

The original title for this machine was Ultimate Budget Build, but I wanted to rename it because that title seems like a little MEGA HUGE cliche.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

That case looks strangely good for its price... Nice build!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot man! It's a good looking case, but not the best for performance (airflow, cable-management). But for only $40, it was a deal I couldn't pass up.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

that monitor seems so depressing compared to the rest of the pc. I'm assuming you already had it lying around :P

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks fine to me my newest pc monitor is a gateway fpd1975w form 2006 with max resolution of 1440*900.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah its pretty sad that it isn't full HD and much smaller than I would like it to be. Yes it was lying around from last Christmas when I was first putting together this build. But its ok, it looks similar to full HD, but I can tell the difference between this and 1080p. This Christmas I'm gonna try to replace it with something better. It is kinda sad, but it won't be around forever.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I know that feel, bro. When I first started pc gaming, I had a flatscreen hand me down monitor from my grandma, it was 1440x900, which wasn't terrible. It was also IPS, which was nice, but it wasn't 1080P HD , which was the whole reason I started pc gaming, i upgraded that christmas :P

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! IPS is really good looking on a monitor, I sometimes play tf2 on my friends IPS monitor, looks much better. Since I will be upgrading, do you have any suggestions for good monitors for the money? I preferably want one that is 144hz for a future build that I'm planning too.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I would just search around the completed builds and definitely look in the monitors section, I can't personally recommend any displays because I'm using a 60hz TN panel and haven't really thought about upgrading :P

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Love your style and setup. All the red and its awesome for the price.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You're awesome dude! yeah doing a good quality build is tough, but you can find good deals from legit sources besides retail and save a TON of money. I guess I got lucky XD

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not gonna be a hater or anything but I just dont like the case. I'm using a Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case it may be more expensive but I like it better, I'm just that kind of person but really nice build though, and for other people do you guys know if theres any case thats red/green cause I'm gonna need one for christmas.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

I totally understand, I don't particularly love the case either, I just saw that it was cheap, red and black, and looked cool, so I bought it (huge rookie mistake). I didn't realize that there wasn't much room for cable management, a large quantity of drive bays i didn't need, and under-optimized airflow. But it's still a case and houses components so things could be worse I guess... thanks for the feedback though! I don't really know of any green and red cases out there, but what you could do is get a red case and accent it with green spraypaint (drive bays, pcie slot covers, etc) to give it a little green on it. Better than nothing, but I don't think there are many cases on the market as of now that are good quality, from reputable brands, and have the colors you want (to my knowledge, could be wrong). But I hope you find a case you like and enjoy your computer once it is completed :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. :D. one more thing do you think I should go with the Intel core 3 or 5 not too sure of it cause right now I'm more in the Intel core 3 right now. And wow so tempting and I clicked the do not click. evil.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol tricked u XD what's ur budget for the CPU? If you are willing to spend about $90 more, you could probably get a 6600k and overclock it for a huge performance boost. But if you are going for straight budget and not doing anything CPU intensive, then an i3 would be plenty of power

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

thxs

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

but so far it costs 800 dollars how can I bring the price down a bit and make it so its good with gaming because I'm thinking to change it to something else. What do you recommend im a newbie here lol. heres the link to check it out: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/GxZ8TW

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Imo, I would get a cheaper motherboard unless you absolutely need the extra features it has. You could find one of good quality but much cheaper with only less fancy features. Also, unless your sure you can get >144 fps on games you wanna play, I would go with a 60 hz monitor or 75 hz. Unless you plan to upgrade later, it would save you a lot of valuable money to buy a monitor with a smaller refresh rate

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Keyboard and mouse combo looks so good with that mouse pad. What's the name of the mouse pad???

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and setup but 1 thing i dont really like is PSU...it show the different colour at the cable...if i were you i will choose CORSAIR CXM series with all cable is black that will make your pc look more clean IMO :)

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I just had a revelation...It's my Logisys fan that is making all the noise. I took it out just now and the system was a lot quieter. Definitely that one. My case fans are plugged into molex headers that are zip tied in the back of my case so I can't test the case fans rpm, but they are probably a lot quieter than previously thought. My mobo has a fan rpm monitor on it, but not a controller.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

You can do a quick molex mod to have the fans run at 7v instead of 12v, it would probably be a lot quieter

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I might try that later, thanks for the tip Josh!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

any other fan hub recommendations? I've been having a hard time looking for a decent one. Thanks for linking that lol

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help! It was really starting to bother me how loud it was, but I thought it was just that I bought cheap fans and that happens with cheap fans.