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First Budget Gaming Build

by 90ldfinch


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Date Published

Aug. 10, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

9.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C


My laptop died, so I decided to build a desktop as I also decided to switch from console to PC gaming. I researched the components online for a few weeks, and this is what I came up with.

This works for me as a decent budget gaming rig.

The Hitachi drive was salvaged from my laptop. It's got a Linux OS which I use just for web browsing and streaming music. I use a HD Sony TV as a monitor. I'd got a mouse already, and I bought a generic keyboard for £3.23.

I'm very happy with the components, and it was great fun to build my own PC. Having four drives meant the cabling was tricky to keep tidy, but I've seen worse.

The optical drive spoils the look of the front of the case, but it's a necessary evil. Maybe white paint is the solution....

[update] I've come to my senses and removed the optical drive. Photo added.

Comments Sorted by:

azidhsu 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

first time seeing a neos build !! but damn that optical drive realy does not match with the colours. other than that pretty solid build !

mcwilliams117 2 points 7 months ago

like the case, hate the optical drive haha. Why is it a necessary evil?

Also you list Windows 8 in your part list but the description says Linux so which are you running? +1 anyway looks like a nice balanced build

90ldfinch submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I use both. Windows for gaming, Linux for everything else.

septiczz 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

god that optical drive makes the front so ugly hit it up with some white paints but otherwise nice build +1

haza07155 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Nice build, but 4gb of ram? +1 for the cpu

Sprocket30 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

They sell dvd face plates in all colors . Nice build +1

pcaddiction 1 point 7 months ago

lol...**** that sapphire 270x xD.....with its 2 fans..shouldve gotten a twin fez when u had the cash bro :D

90ldfinch submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

why's that?

NeonMane 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

What's wrong it?

smittypantz@hotmail.com 13 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Very clean build nice work. I agree with the others you should do something about that dvd drive.

FGCU_James 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Only thing to do now is to pop that DVD drive out and paint it white. Other than that, good job with the build.

D42RAW 1 point 7 months ago

welcome to the master race :P

Gshep71 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Nice! Haven't seen a Neos build and I'm looking at this chassis for my build. What is your take on it?

90ldfinch submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I love it. Very well thought out in terms of different drive bays/cable routing options/dust filters. However, I suggest it's essential to add 2 intake fans to the front (iirc, you get 1 for free with the windowed version). They are silent, but make a big difference.

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Maddinaski 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Nice build, looks much better without the optical drive. You can pick up an external USB optical drive for under £20.