I wanted to build the cheapest and smallest computer I could under $500. After seeing these cheap deals at my local Micro Center, I knew that it was time to pull the trigger and build a LAN box.
I’m amazed with this rig. Just eleven months ago, I built a 700-dollar computer that can’t even compare to this computer’s performance. Although some components in my part list are priced at $0, they could be replaced by cheaper components like a $36 DDR4 RAM stick @ Newegg and a $30 EVGA 430W Power Supply @ Amazon/Newegg.
Overall, this build went smoothly and performs very well for its price. I could’ve added an extra thirty dollars for an RX 480 but I’m not a fan of AMD and extra heat inside an ITX case. I also think it’s pretty cool how my build is very identical to PCPP’s newest budget build, congrats to great builds! ~
EDIT 11/26/16 10:01 PM:
Computer plays The Witcher III @ Medium /w Anti Aliasing Off, Bloom Off, 1920x1080 60 FPS /w Vsync
Computer plays DOOM @ Ultra, 1920x1080 60 FPS /w Vsync
Computer plays Bioshock Infinite @ Ultra, 1920x1080 60 FPS /w Vsync
Computer plays Assassin's Creed Syndacite @ High /w Ambient Occlusion Off, Anti-Aliasing Off, 1920x1080 60 FPS /w Vsync
Got it for 99.99 at Micro Center. The i3-6100 with a budget motherboard is the best way into gaming, hands down. Two cores, four threads and sitting at a base clock of 3.7Ghz. Strong single core strength and really fast for gaming. Stock cooler is quiet and keeps the processor at 60c @ 75% load.
Got it for 39.99 with -$30 Combo Discount at Micro Center. I really like this board for the price of 39.99. It has Bluetooth, WIFI, and the PCI-E bracket is really neat. The colors are ugly but what more can I ask for? The UEFI BIOS is clean and smooth; it even has four settings for the CPU Cooler fan speed.
Had it laying around but this cost me 43.99 three months ago. These are speedy and very beautiful.
Got it for 42.99 at Micro Center as a bare drive. I love WD drives, they are quiet, cool, and fast. I’ve tried other brands and they don’t contain these three qualities. I avoided putting an SSD into this computer because thirty second boot times don’t bother me.
Price matched this at Micro Center with Newegg and got it for 129.99. Let me just say this, for 140 bucks (taxes included), this card is amazing. It plays everything at 1080p, high to medium settings with a solid 60 FPS. This card reaches 55c @ 100% load.
Got it for 24.99 at Micro Center. It was a refurbished deal. There were no missing pieces or damaged parts on this case. I’ve worked in this case before and I love it. Tons of space and has a very clean look.
Had it laying around and I actually have the 620W version of the M12II in this build. It cost me 64.99 three months ago. Still working strong today and it’s modular with black cables.