Description

After 3 years with a trusty i3-4160 and GeForce 750Ti, I decided it was time for an upgrade. Always excited about choosing and putting together a PC and this is my second build from scratch to date.

I originally based this build of the "budget Intel build" listed on this website, but decided to make a few modifications and shopped around a bit for the parts. The general idea when building was to pick parts which were mostly listed as "free delivery" for the whole of the UK i.e. Amazon, Ebuyer etc, as I live in the Highland region of Scotland and delivery charges are usually in excess of £5-£10 which can rack up, especially if you're ordering from several websites which the parametrics tend to default to. Alongside this, I wanted to stray away from my old white/blue colour scheme and ended up (by chance) going for a red/black scheme, which worked out really well!

While I haven't stress tested the machine yet, the idle temperatures seem very good for the time being and I will edit to include the loaded temperatures for those who want to see!

Kid in the image is my modding-enthusiastic little brother, so proud!

Part Reviews

CPU

Cheap as anything, only heard good things about this CPU and so far performs way above expectations!

CPU Cooler

A bit of a fiddly setup required as per most aftermarket coolers, but what stood out to me was that there was no paper manual included. You had to go to a website to make sure you were following the procedure correctly which for me as a second time builder only was necessary. Other than that, looks slick and stays very quiet.

Motherboard

Easy to navigate BIOS with plenty options and capabilities for overclocking if you're into that. Red/black scheme fit perfectly with the rest of my build and the red LED strips/lights top it off aesthetically.

Surplus of fan headers, extra DIMM slots for RAM expansion, M.2 slot should the prices for NVMe storage come down, "EZ Debug" LEDs should your POST encounter a problem and 2 PCI-e slots for potential SLI/Crossfire.

Memory

RAM is RAM, but I would implore anyone to shop around for a well-known brand such as Corsair because the chances are it's cheaper on websites which aren't listed on the part picker. I got these of Ebay new with free delivery for nearly £15 cheaper than the next price option.

Storage

The cheapest 240GB SSD I could find, all the more reason to shop around for parts which aren't listed on the part picker. Works exactly as intended.

Video Card

Quiet fan, awesome potential and the added bonus of not needing a PCI-e cable to route to your PSU means one less cable to manage! Comes with software for boosting your PC for gaming i.e. halting background processes.

Case

Positives: - Oddly managed to buy cheaper with the window than without, which is unusual, however looks slick as anything. - Came with two fans pre-installed, always a bonus.

Negatives: - Acrylic window will scratch super easy so recommend using microfiber cloths for cleaning. - An odd choice to have the Power-on LED blue while shipping with a Red LED fan.. - Large mesh cutout on the top without dust filter attached, obviously intended for a 360mm+ however I was not planning on watercooling so this just acts as a huge gate for dust and other particles to get into my system which is quite annoying...

Power Supply

Semi-modular is highly recommended for those who do not need custom coloured cables like myself. Due to the components in my system only needed to add one extra cable to the PSU. Cheapest reliable option out there.

Case Fan

Don't shine too brightly which is excellent - nothing worse than an overpowering LED.

If you choose to hook one of these up to split with the CPU fan in the CPU fan header in the motherboard, it will emit a low buzzing noise due to the extra RPM output of the CPU fan header.

Case Fan

Unfortunately I was misled by the name of this item and thought 2 fans would be coming in the pack.. Not the case! Decent, quiet fan regardless, used as an exhaust in the top of the case.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

Digging the build man, I’m throwing together something very similar for my younger brother soon. I agree with your reasoning on the G4560 - fantastic budget CPU and pairs quite well with the 1050ti. Good on ya mate, ignore the haters. I’m buying some red case fans as well - I think my little brother will like those a lot so it’s worth the extra cash.

I’m curious why you went with an aftermarket cooler since the stock Intel fan is fine for the non-overclockable G4560. Were you extending the red & black theme I see going on? Looks nice either way!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for commenting!

Yeah turns out the red fans were the cheapest decent branded option I could get which is a bonus. I had Corsair AF120's in my previous rig and they were quiet as anything.

I'd heard the stock cooler was quite noisy in most cases, and I think it's quite ugly.. Had some cash spare at the end of the budget to throw at a decent looking cooler which just so happened to fit the theme.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Man :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I picked the parts for a future rig I plan to do in 6-7 months and its also a budget pc. It’s also my first build so yeah. It has a 1050ti, Ryzen 3 1300X, and 8gbs of ram. The full specs are here https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/VjDQcY . It’s a lot cheaper but because I have no ssd. I was wondering if SSD is neccecary for casual gaming and productivity like 3D animation and photoshop and 4K video editing.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm sure if you're looking to build in 6-7 months the prices of certain parts (better parts) will be a bit lower, so I would personally re-evaluate closer to the time. I kept an eye on my part list for the best part of a month before building whilst checking competitive upgrades for price drops. For example, any Ryzen 5 might have dropped, but thats wild speculation.

With regard to the purpose of the SSD, it is purely to decrease boot/program loading times - compared to a HDD it is night and day. Your actual rendering/work for animation and editing is very much based on the CPU/GPU combo as well as memory capacity. As far as I'm concerned, memory capacity is the most important of those however don't take my word for it! I'm sure Youtubers (Linus) will answer those particular questions quite well. For casual gaming that system is near perfect - the addition of the SSD will make your experience much better I feel.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with you quite well, it’s just that my friend has been telling me to get an at least 256gb ssd since he has one and he sees quite a difference in performance. It’s just that they are so expensive and I don’t think its worth the extra 200$. And for the Price drop subject, I haven’t really thought about that. I guess I’ll use my current part list as a reference of the kind of power I will be wanting. The thing I’m worried about is if prices for PC parts do the opposite of what you stated and will go UP in price. But unfortunately there’s nothing I can do about that.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked to get a 250GB capacity to install my frequently used programs and OS on. I'm looking on the Canadian list and seeing a 250GB SSD for < $60 there, and 500GB for < $100. Shop around!

Best thing to do is keep an eye on them, prices only go down once newer products get released. The exception there is GPU prices because of cryptomining but that isn't a massive deal.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah but now that Cryptomining isn’t such a trend, Gpu prices are starting to go down to their normal price.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

how is it now? I might build it whats the benchmarks and av fps?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

The build overall is great, the only thing that I think I would have changed is definitely gone with at least an i3-8100 for multitasking, you won't be able to really do anything besides one task at a decent pace with a dual core.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU was my first option when I started looking into the new build, but at more than double the price of the G4560 in most cases I couldn't justify purchasing without skimping out on other parts. The problem is the sky-rocketed GPU prices these days, unfortunately, so you'd be looking at £250 minimum for JUST the GPU/CPU combo, easily breaking £600 for a decent enough build, by my standards at least!

As to your statement, I'm yet to put it under serious load and I can't do that until I move back to my Uni city (MUCH better connection) but my previous i3 was a dual-core and had little problem performing multiple tasks with dual-screen (videos playing whilst gaming etc) which is about the extent of my tasking.

Thanks for viewing and commenting!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm looking to make a build with similar parts! I think I'll use some of the parts you listed. Thanks for the help!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, definitely recommend most/all of the parts here, happy to help!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

get a 1060 3gb at least with a ryzen 5 1600

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the cpu cooler come with thermal paste?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Good evening, I know this was a few months ago, but I was wondering if you ever bought a dust filter or similar for your case's top? I'm probably going to order one for mine, but was asking around on completed builds. ty

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Shoulda gone ryzen.

  • 11 months ago
  • -3 points

Lol "budget build" with a mobo 50% more than the CPU and an air cooler on a locked chip that also almost costs more than the chip.

  • 11 months ago
  • 4 points

I'd prefer a more critical response, nothing you've said helps in any way to create a discussion.

  • 11 months ago
  • -3 points

My point was do not call something budget oriented if you spend foolishly

  • 11 months ago
  • 4 points

Considering these parts were the best options for me in terms of price and performance for the purpose I'd say I did just that. My budget was £550 and I stuck to that, yours might be £500 or less - budget is subjective. Sure I could've saved a few £ here and there but I was happy to spend the extra for the looks.

I think your reaction would be justified if I called a 1080/Coffee Lake water-cooled rig a "budget" build ... I'm not sure why certain parts have to be cheaper than others for it to be acceptable, you scoffed at my choice to pair a £60 board with a £45 CPU (which is a 25% difference, FYI) as if that was the wrong thing to do. Should I have spent more and gone over budget so that my CPU was more expensive? No, because that defeats the purpose of a "budget" build. The Mobo supports the CPU therefore it is acceptable and if you read the review (which I think you didn't) you'd see that I chose the CPU based on the reviews as well as the price point.

Healthy discussion is great. Being flat-out rude is not. If you wish for me to take your opinion seriously then I suggest you re-word your argument.

  • 11 months ago
  • -2 points

Yikes

  • 11 months ago
  • -3 points

People say they want criticism but then get triggered. You bough led fans and a beefy CPU cooler and choose to ignore the fact that it will not help your rig in any way. Rather than understanding this point you choose to get self-righteous and suggest that I am being rude. My point was not that your build was in any way broken or wrong but rather it was not created with a price to performance mindset.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

If your opening gambit is:

Lol "budget build" with a mobo 50% more than the CPU and an air cooler on a locked chip that also almost costs more than the chip.

Then I'm hardly inclined to take you seriously. IF you had opened with something along the lines of "I think some parts here and there could be re-considered to match the budget mindset" then we would be having a different conversation.

I'm open to critique as you can see in other comment threads on this post when they are put forward in a logical way.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

While the Coffee Lake Pentiums are newer, they're still dual-core just with slightly higher clock speeds. I hadn't heard any positive reviews of these, while I had heard a whole bunch about the Kaby Lake one, hence my choice!

I'm sure the stock cool would do just fine however I always go for aftermarket purely for the aesthetics and eventually this thing is gonna be stressed somewhat.

Thanks for the comment!

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