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£190 - $300 Proof of concept

by MattFraks


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Date Published

July 11, 2015

Date Built

July 9, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

48.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C


Basically, My girlfriend was going to buy a laptop for about £250 against my suggestions that for less I could build her one with greater power for most likely less money. I was right :P I also Included an old optical drive and a USB wifi adapter I had around our apartment. It hits games like Minecraft well, on decent settings. It does poorly on newer triple A titles such as Farcry 4 and Crysis 3, However it was never designed for games such as that, it preforms decently on games like Dota 2, Diablo 3, Stardrive, Civ 5 etc pretty well on decent settings.

I will be upgrading it for her in the future, Most likely with a new GPU around Christmas (most Likely the Gtx 950 when released) And possibly an extra stick of R.A.M or an SSD

Thanks for reading, I will Probably put my Pc on here at some point

Part Reviews


Idea for a Build on a Budget, excellent performance per Pound Hyper threading is extremely useful! Especially paired with the Ideal 3.7GHz base clock. If you are looking for a Lg1150 socket i3 Chip, THIS IS THE ONE TO GET


Solid card, One Gpu slot Ideal for a budget build no USB 3.0 front panel connectors. Decent Overclock good Pairing with a i3 or Pentium (G3258) CPU.

Video Card

Cheap, Cheerful does the job. Upgrade to a better card soon after this is recommended!

Comments Sorted by:

m52nickerson 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Nice, cheap, simple build.

jipster69 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I hate it when people do this, but I'm gonna do it...

I would have gone with the G3258, but that is probably heavily skewed for me because I've been itching to completely destroy one of those with a monster overclock. That might have freed up enough money (after the added expense of a cheap air cooler and beefier MoBo of course) to then purchase a better GPU 2nd hand through say... a popular auction or classified website. Although, this is all speculative, and based on the silicon lottery that is overclocking CPUs, so it could all be for not. Not to mention the slight risk in used GPUs and the struggle to find the right one at the right price.

Your choice was a safer and more reliable path to budget performance. It might also just be a viable option to consider in my region, I understand prices vary.

Don't get me wrong... your build is GREAT as is, considering the build cost (I will be clicking +1 in a moment). Also, it was just supposed to best £250 laptop, and you nailed it. Well done.

ajpinton 11 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I just picked up a G3258, I'm waiting for the right weekend to cook it. :D

Skylord 1 point 22 months ago

Just out of curiosity how does this perform in Minecraft?(since you mentioned it)

MattFraks submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

By that...? On everything cranked up to max no tp it runs 30 to 40 fps minus render distance is at normal

Skylord 1 point 22 months ago

That's really not to bad!

MattFraks submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Its really not that Hard to run :p

Skylord 1 point 22 months ago

I know, my 7+ year olds laptop I picked up used for$20 can run it at a decent 30fps with high settings

AwesomeJakeman 1 point 19 months ago

What's the case?

xDGx_L3G1T 1 point 19 months ago

Very nice budget, I commend you on this creation with a 1+ :)