(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! :)