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Budget Gaming PC

by LoganNoster

Description

I am currently in the process of upgrading my PC, so I have temporarily removed this description.

My old video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhiCsAiv41M

Part Reviews

CPU

Wonderful! No compatibility issues, comes with thermal paste and cooler, great pricing, and it's Intel!

Motherboard

Nice design, looks nice and has all of the features I need. Includes built in gigabit LAN input and even has USB 3.0's and USB 3.1's! But, it's a very tight fit on my processor which is a bit concerning. Also, the plugs for the fans are placed in some of the most awkward places. On top of that, it's definitely not preferable for overclocking.

Memory

Perfect amount of RAM and is even DDR4-2400! Only one stick though and doesn't have heat spreaders. Of course, I can always just add another stick and have 16 gigabytes and make sure I have plenty of air flow going to it.

Storage

It's a hard drive, and it's Western Digital. A hard drive is a hard drive, so I may as well give this five stars.

Video Card

Slightly older, but will run all of my games satisfactorily. Actually did defeat my expectations on performance. But, any game is very taxing because it is only 2GB so I have to make sure I don't have too many programs running at once.

Case

Nice looking case with plenty of space to access your parts. Feels really sturdy for a budget case. Lots of room for cable management.

Case Fan

Easy install, moves a lot of air, nice LED's, fairly quiet, even comes with an adapter to connect the fan directly to the power supply.

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TiGGa 6 points 37 months ago

Glad you're happy with it, and grats to you!

one thing of note- that PSU, man, it's a Tier 4: http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

"Built down to a low price. Not exactly the most stable units ever created. Very basic safety circuitry or even thin gauge wiring used. Not for gaming rigs or overclocking systems of any kind. Avoid unless your budget dictates your choice.

LEPA MX-F1 series (Trigger-happy Overcurrent protection and very poor quality capacitors) Channel Well Technology "

I'd hate for you to risk all of those parts you bought an time you spent creating this build to an incapable PSU that could fry it all. Soon as you can, you should replace it, there are better options available around that same price point, and way better options for 20 bucks more that wont risk your entire system. Only trying to be helpful. :)

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Thank you for the feedback! I replaced the PSU with an Antec, so I'm hoping that will be a little more reliable.

TiGGa 2 points 37 months ago

Grats man!

526christian 1 point 37 months ago

The MX-F1 they listed is for the CWT ones, not Yue-Lin like this one.

TiGGa 1 point 37 months ago

?? I searched the whole list for LEPA, and saw they have a Tier 1 by Enermax, and a couple Tier 3's by Enermax. All different model names. They had a few that weren't tested/rated yet, but this CWT one was the only one with model name MX-F1.. I'm a little confused on this different manufacturer, Yue-Lin, wheres that coming from? They have 2 manufacturers making same model? Genuinely curious to know! Thanks, man.

526christian 1 point 37 months ago

They have 2 manufacturers making same model? Genuinely curious to know!

Yes. Well, sort of. Making power supplies from the same series.

fn230 8 Builds 4 points 37 months ago

It's good that you're pleased with this machine. However, power is not just power; please don't cheap out on the PSU like that. For a computer, it's roughly the equivalent of a bad heart transplant and it would be a shame if this machine got fried by a lousy PSU. D:

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I replaced the PSU with something that's going to be less likely to fry my machine. Thank you for the feedback. :)

fn230 8 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Sounds good to me. That one's actually a solid budget option. :D

526christian 4 points 37 months ago

No complaints whatsoever.

I sure have some.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/02/03/lepa_mx_f1_600w_power_supply_review/3#.VrpKaFI4f3U

Here we see an old design - non active PFC, group regulated, half bridge. These are designs you'd find in a power supply from 15 years ago. Seriously. We are greeted with cost cutting on the capacitors. On the bright side, the secondaries are 105C, but bleh. Both the brands used are known for, well, sucking. If one of those goes out, well, that would not be good at all. There's more bad traits to note too.

Because this is a non-APFC unit, we need to see things like a MOV in the transient filtering stage (so the stage where the power from the wall goes to first). If you're lucky, this green thing here isn't a thermisistor and is a MOV.. Otherwise, I hope you're using some kind of surge suppressing device.

http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/02/03/lepa_mx_f1_600w_power_supply_review/7#.VrpOuVI4f3U
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/02/03/lepa_mx_f1_600w_power_supply_review/8#.VrpLr1I4f3U

Oh, oh my oh my. It's like seeing a beheading video. Got horrendous test results here. Although they did test at high temps. But it's still worrying to think about how things would be even at regular temperatures. If you would be experiencing this then hardware damage would happen.

Then there's the short protections list... This thing is just terrible. You're doing yourself a disfavor if you don't replace it.

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 4 points 37 months ago

Thank you for going through the effort of writing this comment. It was very helpful and I replaced the power supply the day I saw this comment.

Acostadude 1 Build 3 points 35 months ago

Can I steal (take as an example) your Build??? Love it!!

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

No problem bro. Really great budget gaming build.

Red_Eagle 2 points 37 months ago

Well, if you were to save up for a while you could definitely get a bigger budget for a better budget build. But this is a good for most games at 1080p, but not at max settings.

shanepl 2 points 37 months ago

I don't know what Fry's return policy is but you can get a more reliable PSU for around the same price range. Here's a good one for a pretty good deal:

https://pcpartpicker.com/part/evga-power-supply-220g20650y1

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

I was able to return the PSU with no issues. Thank you for the feedback!

shanepl 2 points 37 months ago

Glad to hear, hopefully the upgraded one will serve you well!

ROG2000_PCs 2 points 37 months ago

I'm questioning the 6600 pair-up with the 750 Ti... Personally a 380 or 960 would make more sense, but I guess if it works...

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah I've heard that a lot. I am planning on replacing the GPU with something a little stronger later on. But, for now, it works fine for me.

ROG2000_PCs 1 point 37 months ago

I bet! And good plan. At least it isn't like my dad where he has 16GB DDR2 2400MHz CL9, i7 4790K with a Cryorig H7 cooler but no discrete GPU so he basically has a 730 XD

Junior1210 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

I generally like your build. I can appreciate not needing a super gaming beast and building accordingly.

Don't want to pile on, but you've been given good advice here about that PSU. It would be in your best interests to change it as soon as practical. Otherwise a good job. +1

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Replaced the PSU! Thank you for thee feedback and advice.

Junior1210 2 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

Good choice for a replacement. I hope you enjoy it. http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/antec-vp450-power-supply-review/

Hillzy248 2 points 34 months ago

Hi, I stumbled across your build and it was basically the same list I was making for my bro. I was curious as to what games you play and how it preforms.

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

The GPU is really underpowered. Make sure to get something that has more than 2GB of GDDR5. Other than that, it runs smoothly. Very satisfactory.

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Coming back to this comment, I was really curious as to what your build actually consists of. After looking through the parts list for Mark, here are some of my conclusions:

Pretty solid build in terms of the motherboard, RAM, SSD, GPU, case, PSU, and OS:

Motherboard runs excellent, easy install except for some really tight plugs.

RAM card is up-to-date, should run anything you need. You may want to upgrade to 16 GB sometime down the road.

SSD is an excellent gaming option. Load times are much quicker than an HDD. Although, you might want to get either a bigger SSD or a small HDD to run with the SSD. 120 GB might not be enough if you're doing anything other than gaming.

The GPU is powerful, and thankfully has more than 2GB of video RAM.

Case looks great. Big, sleek, budget, and has a window.

PSU is pretty reliable. It's a tier three, so it's less liable to blow up in your face. Its also an 80+ Bronze certified power supply that outputs 600 watts. It should be more than capable of running all of your parts. But, you might want to upgrade to a tier 1 or 2 if you want to be 100% sure heavy gaming or overclocking won't blow up your PC.

OS is obviously going to be great. Windows is compatible with everything.

Now, I do have some issues with this parts list:

The CPU is an i3. Thankfully it is up-to-date (6th gen). Not very powerful. It has a significantly lower core clock speed than its counterparts. It also only has two cores, whereas the i5 and i7 have four. The i3 would be great for a work/family desktop, but for gaming I would recommend an i5 or i7.

Hillzy248 1 point 33 months ago

I appreciate your input. I never looked for a Gold PSU until you mentioned it. I know there is other spaces i can improve, once the money$ figured out more/less adjustments will be made.

Potato_ 2 points 18 months ago

The CPU power cable going over the cooler makes me cringe.

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

Yep but you've gotta do what you've gotta do.

plasticturkey 1 Build 0 points 24 months ago

Lol if you get any sort of power surge, you are screwed, that power supply is AWFUL xD.

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

You talking about the LEPA? I replaced that over a year ago bro, and replaced it AGAIN a few months back.

plasticturkey 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

ohhhhhh

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fn230 8 Builds 4 points 37 months ago

An i5 and 750 Ti are actually a workable budget option for CPU-heavy games, if you don't care for graphics quality. It's the PSU that really bothers me.

LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I replaced the PSU with something a little less cringeworthy. :)

Also, I plan to replace the GPU further down the road.

Thank you for your feedback!

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LoganNoster submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah, I was in a hurry to get my build completed when I bought it. I returned it to Fry's and bought a different PSU.