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This was mainly a test/first-time build to get my feet we to the Pc building community, I will use it for some light gamming. I tried to match a blueish theme, tried... All the parts except the case and PSU were bought at MicroCenter. I had fun with the build and tried to make it as neat as possible, the hardest part of the build ill admit was putting on the Hyper 212 Evo.

Cpu - This thing is a little beast for coming in at only $50.00, I haven't really gone at OC this thing yet, but with just moving a few sliders I've managed to get to 4.2 ghz without changing Voltage.

MoBoard - I had a friend that had an Asrock board before and I helped him set it up, I really liked the UEFI and other features of it; Therefore I went with an Asrock board here. If you're wondering , yes I know they unlocked the Pentium on the H97 boards too, however I did build this with upgradability in mind.

Memory - Yes this is EVGA memory. Its an exclusive at MicroCenter (at least last time I checked) and it is clocked at 2133. It was the same price as the 1600 and 1866 modules , so I was like, "Why not?"

Video Card - If I could do this build in hindsight I would have gotten a higher wattage PSU, because, while the 750ti was my first and eventually final choice, I really wanted the Sapphire Vapor-x 270 when I laid my eyes on it , I always liked the look of the 290x Vapor-x , but didn't know that there were 'lower' tiers ones. But alas The 270 required more wattage and an additional 6-pin connector. Maybe when I do eventually upgrade ill finally get my Vapor-x Card.

*EDIT there was a price drop on a 960 from micro center so I took the 750ti back and got the 960 for only 20 more.

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Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice parts choice for keeping a low cost, but enough power to play most game at a decent setting.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately I haven't been able to throw some real tests at it, but it runs Skyrim at Ultra at 720p and a mix of high and medium at 1080. Ill let you guys know more when i get more games installed.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow. Cheap, but still powerful. Great job man!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice to see EVGA ram being put to use. Putting together a similar build with the same cpu/mobo. How's it working so far?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Great, It's really easy to overclock with this board, and since they're both the anniversary editions they seem to work in pretty much harmony.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build overall, the G3258 at 50$ sounds like a good deal (usually sits around 70$). Nice upgradability overall, the case also looks pretty solid to house more high end components and the cable management looks good.

If planning on upgrading I would have went with a higher watt psu but not to get a 270/x vapor-x (which I got for one of my friend and is really nice) because it would have costed more and quite wasted the concept of budget build, but still when you'll want to upgrade you'll need a better psu, so could be wise getting a better one in advance. It also depends on how much in the future you intend to upgrade though, so still nice job! +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Got to love getting CPU's from microcenter. They undercut everyone on CPU's by a lot, you can get the i5 4790k from microcenter for what you would pay for i5 4790 on newegg.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

With the RAM check the bios and make sure its running a 1866, it will normally run at 1600 unless you make it run faster. From your picture it looks to be in fact running at 1600, wont make a huge difference in this build but why not.

As far as the hyper evo 212 it works like a champ but I have always hated installing them.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea, I fixed the RAM speed, That was just my first boot test. And if its hard for someone else maybe ill give air coolers in general another chance.