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First build ever : Budget Gaming PC

by Kornaynewb

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20 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 22, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.03GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

Description

I did a lot of research about cheap parts ^ I went over my partlist a few dozen times I think. What I play with this computer :

Cs:go Max Settings 1680 x 1050 at 120 - 200 fps Doto2 Max Settings 1680 x 1050 at 60fps+ not sure bout the number as its apparently capped at 60fps *League of Legends Max Settings 1680 x 1050 at 200 fps

Sorry for the potato pictures. Also I did some cable management but didn't bother to open the case again <.<

Building :

Had troubles finding the correct screws for everything & building in the front fan :l ... Also totally went into my 16yo back as I built it on the ground. Was extremely careful as I never built before and was afraid I might break anything .

CPU :

I went from g3258 to fx6300 to 860k to i3 to g3258 to fx6300 ... endless ! In the end I went with the g3258 and I dont regret it. I overclocked it to 3.8Ghz , but it wasn't even needed. ( Stock cooler )

Mobo :

Was told that I need a Z97 mobo to overclock, so I went with one haha. Was a easy choice, went with probably the cheapest one ? Totally fine.

RAM :

Went with just any 1x 8gb stick ( I plan to get a 2nd 8gb stick in the future , thats why I didnt buy 2x 8gb sticks ).

Storage :

I want my stuff to boot quick. I plan to get a HDD soon ( 1tb ) .. sometimes I regret that I dont have a HDD ... but then again I don't have much stuff to download yet ^ .

GPU :

Absolutetly satisfied. I would've loved a GTX 960, but the budget was tight. But it's absolutetly fine as said.

Case :

Mhm I regret this at some points. Cable management was hell. Screwing in the stuff was also hell ^ . But has dust filters .. ^ .

PSU :

Went with a reliable PSU ^ Upgradabillity is there I think.

Comments Sorted by:

SirSpacey 2 points 19 months ago

Excellent looking build, glad you chose a good PSU. For the games that you play, everything is good though I think you should've just went 2x4GB for dual channel. 8 GB is more than enough for years to come, especially for the games you play. Again, for the games that you run, your CPU was a very good choice. I personally prefer the X4 860k just because its a quad core, but I also run more demanding games with a GTX 960

Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Pentium because of the upgradabillity :p If I got a 860k I'd need to change the mobo as well <.< Costs :s

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Very nice budget pc for the time being, it will be capable of a nice upgrade if the prices of 4th gen i5/i7 will drop or you will be okay with getting one used in the future. Upgrading processor will allow to upgrade to high end cards aswell, so with very few upgrades this pc would last a long while, nicely done.

Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

thanks ^ I thought my gpu was 5th gen ? <.< Skylakes 6 gen right?

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Yes, Skylake is 6th gen and no, Haswell/Haswell Refresh is 4th gen. The socket you are using, LGA1150, is compatible also with 5th gen intel processors Broadwell, but as far as cpu performance they're not better than Haswell, so it's not actually worth using them. The best processor you can get for a motherboard like yours would be an i5 4690K or an i7 4790K (which is the best both in single thread and multi thread operation).

Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Oh haha thanks a lot for clearing my missconception !!!!

So the LGA1150 holds both the 4th as well as the 5th generation ?

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Precisely. It's been that way for a while I think, search up the "tick tock intel" methodology if you want to understand better, but in any case it seems that has changed a bit with skylake and future products.

Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Alright thanks :]

HaXTOTHEMaX 1 point 19 months ago

The uhh pentium there is looking uhhh.... nice? XD

Vergere 6 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Fantastic budget computer!

Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks :)

AfricanWarlord 1 point 19 months ago

"Was told that I need a Z97 mobo to overclock, so I went with one haha. Was a easy choice, went with probably the cheapest one ? Totally fine." Uhh... No you didn't go with a Z97. You bought a H97M...

Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

what mightyalfred said ^ gonna change it now

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I think he missclicked when entering the part, if you look in the pictures you will see Z97 Anniversary written on the mobo :)

Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

^ ye my bad haha

Teamtaylor 1 point 19 months ago

Would this be a good entry level computer for my son to play games on steam?

Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

What games does your son play ? Do you know that perhaps?

Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

this build offers some upgradabillity i think, which is why i chose these components. ( e.g CPU to a haswell i5 / i7 for about 170 - 350 bucks , 2nd 8gb ram stick .. )

this build is very very likely better than any prebuilt computer you can buy in stores for the same price.

but keep in mind i built this computer with the maximum of 450€ I wouldve liked to go a few bucks above but i couldnt . ( e.g the r9 380 instead )

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Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

correct but I also want to get the new farcry etc :D but ill manage on med settings i think :P

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Kornaynewb submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks :))