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First (Albeit Temporary) PC Build - Fighting Computer Prototype (OUTDATED)

by Dabeavis

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16 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 26, 2016

Date Built

March 25, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.25GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

2.75GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

Outdated, new version here

After having to deal with an Acer laptop and an HP desktop with their dated dual cores and integrated GPUs for as long as I did, I decided in 2014 to build my own computer with some assistance from my uncle.

Although I've slowly but surely bought most of the parts (mostly through Amazon whether it's Warehouse Deals or sales like the PSU), it'll be quite some time before I get the parts I had in mind. That's when my uncle brought up the idea of just getting it up and running with cheaper parts, thus I bought a cheap pair of green DDR4 RAM, an H110 motherboard and a compatible Pentium processor as well a second-hand 750ti.

"Fighting Computer" is a reference to Warsman from the 80's wrestling anime Kinnikuman which is the predecessor to what's known as Ultimate Muscle here in the west.

Tested Games/Benchmarks

Dota 2 - Runs 60+ FPS maxed out.

Fallout 4 - Gets about 50-60 FPS most of the time on Medium settings except with Ultra textures as well as Godrays & Motion Blur off.

Far Cry 3 - Gets about 60 FPS on DX11 medium-low settings

Heroes of the Storm - Runs 60+ FPS on High preset with AA, Ultra Textures and Medium Physics.

Metro 2033 - Runs around 60 FPS High on DX11 without Advanced DOF or Tesselation

3DMark11 Firestrike - Scored 3613 overall

3DMark11 Sky Diver - Scored 9780 overall

Unigine Heaven (Extreme Preset 1600x900) - Scored 690 with an average of 27.4 FPS (Min - 15.4, Max - 59.9)

I'm probably going to make a new build page once I get my new motherboard and RAM. I already have an RX 480 and i5-6500 installed in this, but for this list I'll keep in the cheapo parts.

Part Reviews

CPU

A good entry-level CPU that's perfect for basic builds, don't expect it to do so well with more demanding games though.

Motherboard

Good cheap motherboard, it lacks fan ports and other features like RAID but that's to be expected.

Memory

It's decent enough RAM, not so fond of green sticks but I can't really see them anyway. I'll probably buy some Ripjaws X or HyperX sticks to replace them later.

Storage

My first SSD, Windows 10 boots up in seconds now!

Storage

Stores my games, videos, and everything else just fine and is from the brand I'm most familiar with.

Video Card

Perfect card for most games, especially if you play a lot of F2P or not-so recent AAA games.

Case

A really good case for the price, although the front panels a bit of a pain. I bought this to replace the Core X9 I won in a giveaway since that case was too big for my liking.

Power Supply

I bought this on Amazon back when they were on sale in December, a great PSU for the price.

Wireless Network Adapter

It does the job, but the it's not the adpter's fault my wi-fi connection can be finnicky so I bought a power-line adapter.

Case Fan

It's a good fan, but it seems to be a bit loud even on 3-pin so I stuck it in the back of my case.

Case Fan

A good fan given you have it running on 3pin, a bit too slow on 5v (it used to stop at times) and too loud on 12v obviously.

Monitor

I might have went with a cheaper 24" monitor, but after seeing this I'm glad I didn't!

Keyboard

Great membrane gaming keyboard for the price, not to mention I'm a fan of Thermaltake. I might consider getting a cheap mechanical keyboard once one of the particular models I'm looking at goes on sale.

Mouse

It's a great mouse, but it has some little annoyances regarding the lack of lighting modes and having to lock your color every time you plug it in/turn the PC on.

Speakers

Really good speaker set for the price, I personally don't need enough bass to justify a woofer and I wanted more than typical PC speakers so this is just right for me.

Comments Sorted by:

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Very good budget gaming build!

+1!

Dabeavis submitter 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I do love me some bargain hunting after all. Aside from the Chassis (Which would have been $150 had I not won it) and the PSU it's definitely a great example of a budget build.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

gg

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

How did you win it?

Dabeavis submitter 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Thermaltake basically held a series of giveaways (which all had various Thermaltake, Asus and Axevir products up for grabs) on their community forums to coincide with their first ever CaseMOD Invitational competition from last year (Where everyone was using Core X9's). I won the X9 in the last giveaway in that event where you just had to 'nominate' a case-modder that you'd like to see compete in the next event and why to get an entry.

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Ah, congrats man! Nice one.

bobdude_01 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

You got a lot for your money! Nice build +1

S0nny_WarBucks58 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I love the price, I can't wait for the benchmarks to come.

Upvoted

Gaetano- 1 point 19 months ago

Hi guys , can i ask if should Buy g4400 or amd fx6300-8300 for a Low budget gaming/streaming pc? Amd seems better But intel can do more upgrades ( new skylake things)

Dabeavis submitter 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

At the sub-$100 range AMD's only better for overclocking and multi-core applications (I think Streaming is) ATM (Price not so much with H110 boards being as cheap as they are), otherwise I'd say the Pentium's the better option for single core performance and clearly more future proof hardware.

Gaetano- 1 point 19 months ago

Honestly idk maybe i'll go for amd for video rendering , streaming And things like moba games . I need Just a decent pc wich doesnt freeze when alt tabbing with a good or decent gpu ( Even 750ti is ok ) i dont realy need future upgrades, maybe Just The GPU and a ssd

BodaciousBuddha 0 points 18 months ago

Look at my saved parts list for some builds that range from $350 to $550. They only include the CPU, mobo, cooler (if necessary), memory, storage, case, and PSU. All are either mid-level parts, or I threw them in there to represent an average price for each mid-level part. If you fiddle around, you can find a cheaper product of similar quality.

The AMD-Intel decision isn't easy. Given that you want to stream videos and play MOBAs, then here's my preference ranking: i5 > FX-8350 > FX-6300 = i3. If you want to edit videos, settle for the FX. If you want to stream to a TV while playing a moba on your PC monitor, then settle for an FX. Nevertheless, my general recommendation is the i5-4590 build for $410 or the i5-6500 [on an H110] build for $430. Either will be perfect if you're not heavily editing videos while streaming movies and/or playing a MOBA.

Add $100 to $160 for the desired GPU. For $100, get the Zotac GTX 750 Ti. For $125, the R7 370. These'll stream/render video and play moba games decently. The R7 370 is worth the extra $25. For $150, get the MSI R9 270X GAMING 2G (price-wise, it's better than a GTX 950). Finally, for $160, Sapphire's got a weird promotional offer on an R9 380 ($195 - $15 MIR - $20 newegg gift card = $160). Price per performance, the Sapphire R9 380 is an excellent deal, if you plan on buying something from newegg and don't mind spending 10-20 minutes of your life to get the mail-in rebate.

Finally, don't be too afraid of looking at open box parts--if you know what you're doing. If not, avoid them or bring a knowledgeable friend.

aeden25 1 point 17 months ago

G4400 or 860K, your preference, as they have nearly identical benches.

floridaboz 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Good build, and honestly, the pictures are not that bad, I seen way worst on here.

Dabeavis submitter 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Yeah, it just feels like I could do better.

Shikkun 3 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I have that same monitor, I got it a few months back and have been loving it so far. Great budget build, btw.

Also, It looks like we have the same desk lol.