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Budget-ish Gaming Build

by atadams44


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Date Published

March 6, 2017

Date Built

Feb. 25, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.12 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


I have been yearning to build a PC for a while now. Both for gaming and general home use. This site and r/buildapc made researching pretty easy. I wanted to stay around $900. Since I needed everything, I had to go for a less costly CPU. Building was fun (and slightly stressful), but overall enjoyable. I would probably start earlier than 9pm next time. I wore my ESD shoes from work to avoid zapping my motherboard.

Used the jet 15% coupon twice, the Best Buy Visa check out $25 twice, and Amazon Prime shipping to keep costs down.

So far I have had a few Windows issues to work through, but the computer runs pretty well. It boots in 15 or less seconds and is fairly quiet (other than the optical drive when it starts).


I had to return my RAM since one of the sticks failed the Windows Memory Diagnostic. This is explains my variety of BSODs I kept getting. I only purchased 1x8gb for now since I noticed definitely didn't need 16gb. I also added a GPU brace (added photo).

Things are running perfectly now with the new RAM, not a single crash yet. No photo update to show the one lonely stick of RAM.

Part Reviews


Excellent budget CPU. Have not run into a bottleneck yet. The included stock cooler is sufficient.


Cool looking mobo with 4 2400 RAM slots (up to 64GB). My only complaint is the the main PCIe 16 slot is too close to the PCI express slot, so I had to put the wifi adapter in the other PCIe 16 slot. It worked out though.


Fast, low profile RAM from a reputable manufacturer. The heat sink feels sturdy.


Doesn't have the highest benchmarks out there, but my PC boots very fast. No issues with this.

Video Card

Running 1080p and 60fps pretty easliy. It has some sag too it, so I added a GPU brace for about $20.


Plenty of room to build, 2 case fans, plenty of HDD/SSD slots. Cables got a bit tight around the back however.

Power Supply

Enough juice for my rig. All black and modular cables.

Wireless Network Adapter

Speedy wifi, has bluetooth.


A FreeSync LED IPS 23" monitor for a reasonable price. Great off angle color.


Great sound for $14.

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LastSecondClutch 2 points 25 months ago

Nice, except that's an expensive wireless adapter... I always recommend powerline.

atadams44 submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

It is expensive, but I needed a good one. I wasn't sure if powerline would work in my 115 year old house. The wiring is a bit...curious...in some areas. Plus this has bluetooth which might come in handy.

jnanof 32 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

I like the idea of using the new Pentium for a budget build. Haters will be haters. I also agree with the RX 480. With rebate they can be found under $150. Best deal around for a mid range GPU even compared to used GTX 970s.
I found the case makes a big difference with GPU sag but your solution works too. Sometimes the power cables drag the GPU down so I try to avoid that if needed.
Great choice on the SSD. It is nearly as fast as the EVO and a few bucks less($20).
I think 16GB RAM is becoming the new standard. It really help resale value too because we all upgrade :) I mean it's only a few bucks more and sometimes it's hard to find a matching stick months later when you decide you want it.
When the time comes that the G4560 is no longer good enough for the OP, he can sell for close to what he paid and upgrade. I think history will be kind to this little chip. I had great success with the g4400 and that did not have hyper threading.

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maggotshero 10 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

They make brackets that you put in your case in order to fix gpu sag, look into one if its sagging too much, if it snaps your really screwed.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

don't consider, just get it.

ARandomNoobz 1 point 25 months ago

Does the G4560 bottleneck the 480? +1 for cable management!

atadams44 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Haven't done an extensive analysis on the CPU yet. I can get 1080 and 60fps on high settings on Skyrim SE. I have noticed google chrome puts my CPIU to 30-35% usage. I think most of my issues have been Windows related so far.

trylaarsdam 3 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Very much +1 for cable management lol. A pre-release Alienware Aroura has better!

Enrico411 1 point 25 months ago

Great build you have here!!

Z3R0-1NT3LL1G3NTS 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

very nice build dude! I think the part choices are near perfect. +1!!

Btw, does the monitor really have freesync? I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere.

Z3R0-1NT3LL1G3NTS 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Thanks man! Didn't even occur to me to check the main site :}

12345nidal 1 point 24 months ago

How was your experience with Jet.com? Did you pay the reg price or did you opt out of free returns and that stuff. I ordered my stuff from them yesterday but I saw some bad reviews on trust pilot from them. How was your experience?

atadams44 submitter 1 Build 2 points 24 months ago

My experience has been great. I did not opt out of free returns since it was only like $3 or something. I have had to return 2 things (ugly keyboard and bad ram) and it is really easy. Their customer service is really helpful. Shipping took 3-5 days.

12345nidal 1 point 24 months ago

Oh alright thanks bro I just needed some clarification as I saw some bad reviews on them. Thanks!!

DaultonT 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Is your GPU sagging or is it just the camera angle? If it is sagging, I think you should fix that. I heard it can damage the motherboard and put stress on the card.

Good build on the budget

Walker93 1 point 24 months ago

Sweet build, I'm about to get that monitor in today, dropped to $99.99 and I couldn't resist

jaden99 2 Builds 0 points 25 months ago

you shoulda got 8gb of ram and maybe like a rx470 and you would have saved enough money for a way better cpu. build look rly good tho

jaden99 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

oh and i would suggest a mouse pad

atadams44 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Picked up the SteelSeries Qck gaming mousepad for $10.

jaden99 2 Builds 2 points 25 months ago

nice i have the same one haha

Condred 1 point 25 months ago

It depends on what you need the PC for. A G4560 and RX 480 is good enough for 1080p60 in most games. 16GB RAM in this build seems a little bit odd though.

atadams44 submitter 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

I definitely over killed the RAM. Wanted to future-proof it since I plan to upgrade my CPU to a i5-7500 later this year.

aprofile 3 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

I have a g4560 and an Rx 470 and 12gb of ram because I upgraded from 4. You do see decent improvements even going from eight to sixteen in some games like forza horizon 3

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turksta26 -3 points 25 months ago

I would not game on a pentium, the dual cores are just not suitable for new games. You might be able to run some, but others will stutter no matter what the cores are clocked at. I would at least shoot for an i3

Enrico411 2 points 25 months ago

This pentium is a dual core with hyperthreading so its an i3 for much less. Its a great cpu.

Synchro 2 Builds 2 points 24 months ago

The Pentium pretty much made the i3 class redundant.
It's mostly on par with the i3-6100 (comparisons show like 5 FPS difference on games such as BF1) , but for a significantly cheaper price. i3's are duel core just as well ;)

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Condred 3 points 24 months ago

Please look up benchmarks before you assume things. That Pentium has hyperthreading and performs almost as well as an i3 for half the price. It's by far the most substantial thing that Kaby Lake has produced.

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