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First Budget Gaming PC Build of a 16 Year Old

by Clbparham

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72 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 14, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

Description

Hey! This is my very first PC build ever. I had a budget of around $650, and this is what I came up with. I use this PC primarily for gaming, but only older games, like World of Warcraft, Minecraft, Terraria, Team Fortress 2, Awesomenauts, etc.

CPU I chose this CPU because I heard it was a great budget CPU and it's an amazing overclocker. As of right now, I haven't felt the need to overclock it at all yet, but my mobo does support a slight OC. I feel like I shouldn't go crazy on this CPU's stock cooler, although it has been plenty cool under load on the stock 3.2 ghz.

MOTHERBOARD I chose this motherboard because it was pretty much the cheapest LGA1150 motherboard I could find from a trusted manufacturer. It supports a slight overclock, which is nice. NOTE: I HAD TO UPDATE THE BIOS TO USE THIS MOTHERBOARD WITH THIS CPU. To do this, I ordered a Intel Pentium g3220, which supports the motherboard's BIOS that comes stock out of the box. I used this CPU to boot into the BIOS and flash, which is extremely easy, just use a flash drive and click on the M-Flash button in the UEFI BIOS.

MEMORY I actually used a 1x4 1600 mhz DIM out of an old build which is unbranded, but this is the cheapest RAM I could find that's like mine, for those of you who would consider my build. 4 gigs is really all you need, but the motherboard does have 2 DIM slots if you want to upgrade to 8 gbs later on.

STORAGE This is just a very nice HDD for the money. 1 TB is plenty for my needs. I have pretty much all of my games from my Steam library and from Blizzard installed right now and I'm only using around 350 GB out of around 950GB (1TB of storage isn't ever truly 1TB)

VIDEO CARD This is one amazing little video card! I mean, for around $125, you're getting a very solid mid-range card that even I haven't been able to push to the limit quite yet. WoW runs perfect on this, I get 60+ FPS on ultra settings in 25 man raids, and around 110+ FPS just standing around in Orgrimmar or Stormwind. Dungeons or questing hubs run around 120 FPS. I should get a 144 hz monitor!

CASE Now, I know some of you are gonna go crazy in the comments, but no, I did not replace the PSU that comes with this thing. I know, I know. It hasn't blown out on me yet, which is a miracle beyond belief. I'm going to replace it with the Corsair 430W PSU. But as for the actual case, it's nothing special... But, that doesn't mean it's anything bad, either. I mean, it has a solid build quality and the LED's on the front of the case is a nice touch that other $20 cases don't have. I didn't spend a ton of money on the case just so I can aquire some better hardware instead. Overall, a pretty solid deal for the money, especially if you're tgonna be using the PSU.

OS You know, just Windows 7. Standard. Didn't want Windows 8, had it on my old PC and it sucks without a touch screen.

MONITOR OMFG. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS MONITOR ENOUGH. It's SUCH a great deal for a measly price of only $140! Not only are you getting a HUGE 24" display, but it's 1080p, 60 hz, AND it has an only 2 ms response time, which is something you don't see that often down in this price range. Picture quality is AMAZING, and if you get this monitor, just a side tip. PLEASE don't use the blue-light magic thingy or whatever it's called... It strains your eyes and the color with this enabled is just atrocious. But with this feature turned off, it looks picture-perfect!

KEYBOARD/MOUSE Again, another peripheral I cannot recommend enough! Solid build quality, and the LED's are bright and noticable even with other lights on in the room. The DPI switcher on the mouse is a GODSEND. If I had to describe the keys in a few words, I'd say they're light and clicky. I really quite enjoy the typing experience on this keyboard. The travel is a bit spaced out compared to what I'm used to, though, but it only took me a few weeks to really get used to it.

HEADPHONES/HEADSET I actually bought these a few years ago from a deal on Amazon where I got them for $50. Durability is... meh. The paint on the bit that actually goes up over your head (headband???) is starting to peel off on the back. But, it's been a few years... The sound quality as far as listening to music is absolutely AMAZING. They have some nice bass and a nice, punchy sound to them. The mic quality is decent enough, not the best I've ever heard, but definately nothing to sneeze at. My cousin on the other line of Skype never complains.

SPEAKERS Just some cheap USB speakers for when I want to take the Kraken off.

OVERALL CONCLUSION I feel this is a great build if you're on a budget! It runs all my games very well. I can Skype call, listen to music, have Steam open, and play a game full-1080p at 60+ fps all at the same time, it's truly amazing. So much better compared to my APU build I had a while back.

By the way, sorry about the limited amount of pictures. I'll be taking more this weekend to upload, including hopefully internals! Also sorry about the quality, they were taken with my LG Volt.

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazing little processor for the money! It runs very fast even on the stock 3.2 ghz, and I still have the option to overclock if I ever need that extra horsepower. Overall great CPU for the money!

Motherboard

A standard, well-built low end motherboard. Doesn't have as many features, but for my needs, it's perfect.

Storage

Absolutely outstanding HDD! Loads everything on my build super fast. 1TB is plenty of storage. The price/GB on this thing is amazing as well!

Video Card

A great mid-range card for anyone on a budget. Runs older games (WoW, Minecraft, Terraria, TF2) on the highest settings @1080p without breaking a sweat.

Case

Decent enough for my needs. Solid build quality.

Monitor

Absolutely amazing monitor for your money.

Headphones

Meh, ok. Decent enough to get you by, but you'll want nicer.

Speakers

Decent $10 speakers. Not amazing but for $10, you get what you pay for.

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ItsCanada 6 points 26 months ago

I'm sorry you bought that headset. I bought the kraken 7.1 and had a terrible experience. They got uncomfortable after short gaming periods and the usb cable broke after 1 month of use. They also felt cheap. I'm pretty sure razer sponsors every gamer to use their stuff so people think it's good. I also bought the razer deathstalker but it feels quite low quality as well and the spacebar started making squeaky noises after 2 months of use. Anyway nice build!

Griesyburger 3 points 26 months ago

Only Razer product I've ever liked is the Deathadder mouse

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

The Kraken isn't too bad honestly, can't go wrong for $60 really.

-HH- 1 Build 3 points 26 months ago

All I can say is HyperX Cloud.

I used it for a while (krakens) and the bass seemed very awkward while trebles weren't really present. except from that... +1

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

HyperX Cloud?

Griesyburger 1 point 26 months ago

It's a Kingston headset for $70-$80. Very high quality

Griesyburger 0 points 26 months ago

This guy knows what's up. Love this headset

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Clbparham submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Really? Ive never had such issues out of my Kraken... Just the paint peeling and that was it. Thanks for the compliment!

ItsCanada 3 points 26 months ago

I would like to see some pictures of the actual computer though :p

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Yeah, definately. I'll upload more this weekend and reply so you know when they're up. :)

ItsCanada 2 points 26 months ago

awesome!

jamzio1234 2 points 13 months ago

youy never uploaded pictures of the build

Bor3alis 4 points 26 months ago

Nice build! And you NEED to get the corsair 430W psu. It's cheap, reliable, and awesome.

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Yup, that's my plan! Thanks for your kind compliment!

Killabyte 3 Builds 3 points 26 months ago

Sweet build!

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you! It runs everything buttah smooth :)

Killabyte 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Can you upload pics of your pc?

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Sorry wasn't able to this week, didn't have a camera handy. I will have more up next week, sorry I know its a long time to wait. Just sit tight and ill reply to you so you know when i upload more!

RudeTree 1 point 20 days ago

its been 2 years

TheOpDragon 1 point 19 months ago

Plus, your case has a low quality PSI built in to it so switching to the CX 430W was a great idea!

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I still haven't done that yet... I'm still using the PSU that came with the case. It hasn't let me down yet.

TheOpDragon 1 point 18 months ago

Oh. Well I wouldn't recommend that PSU but if u like it, go with it. Also if u think about changing ur PSU, I would recommend a Corsiar CX 430W or a Antec High Current Gamer.

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

If this PSU dies on me, I'm getting a Corsair.

Minimc199 3 points 26 months ago

you need some ram buddy if you plan to play any games at a good fps, 4gbs is kinda cutting it short if you ask me

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Well, I only play older titles such as World of Warcraft, Terraria, Minecraft, Awesomenauts, Team Fortress 2, etc. I don't really need much more than 4 gb for those games, although I will definitely upgrade in the future. Though, 4 gb for my needs is plenty.

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910TECH 2 points 26 months ago

Nice build. I am thinking about building one like this for a friend. Cheap as possible though... also the Pentium can get a huge performance boost if you overclock. I haven't built my pc yet (I plan to) but I've done my homework.

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Well, all I can tell you is that this is an excellent PC. Good luck!

maggotshero 9 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

If you're looking for a good, cheap, reliable cpu cooler, many would say hyper 212 evo, and I would too, but I have the Arctic Freezer A11, this thing is great, I went from 3.4 to 4.1 and haven't really seen it go above 50c on heavy load, just beware, the instrcution manual is terrible.

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Yes, yes... One of my friends recommended that cooler, and I've looked at reviews. It looks like an amazing cooler for $30. I'm getting it as soon as I get a job this summer. Thank you for the suggestion!

AstralWolf 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Cool build!

1.why do u have 2 monitors?

2.I assumed I would have to get an extra cpu to flash the bios too but I didn't. I had a pentium g3258 and an asus h81m-c. It would boot into the bios but not to the OS. From there, I just downloaded the BIOS and placed in using a Usb stick. The extra cpu wasn't necessary for me.

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I have two monitors to play my games on my main monitor (the BenQ one) and the other one is for music and keeping up with Skype, Steam, and other social media. The smaller one is an Acer, but I can't remember the model and I dont have the box, sorry. It's only a 1600x900 monitor though, so you're not missing much.

Yeah, some motherboards are compatible with Haswell CPU's out of the box, and I've heard of people actually getting the g3258 and this motherboard that I have (MSI h81m-p33) to be compatible out of the box, too. Although, sadly enough, this wasn't the case for me.

Jroc117 2 points 26 months ago

Does it work fine

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Yes! It works excellently for all my games, listening to music, surfing the web, and talking on Skype seperately, or even all at once! It was extremely easy to build as well, with the 750 ti not requiring an external power source and various other get-arounds like that. Good luck!

bloodroses75 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Decent starting build for cheap. Upgrades to do later (in the same order): 1.) Power Supply; which you have mentioned on planning to replace. Logisys PSUs are known to blow; many times taking out components with it. I wouldn't even think about OC'ing with it.

2.) Another 4GB of RAM. You will really notice the difference and your hard drive will thrash less.

3.) After market CPU cooler. Plenty of choices with the Hyper 212 Evo and Zalman 9000 series being the most popular for cheap. It will definitely help for overclocking.

4.) SSD drive. Booting and game loading will be faster.

Makes for a fun project and welcome to the world of computer building. :)

AstralWolf 2 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I upgraded my Pc from 4gb to 8gb ram; and I didn't notice any difference AT ALL. With firefox, movie maker and a couple of apps opened the usage was still under 3.5GB..

But I could finally play Advanced warfare with 8gb ram :D

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Yeah, that's the thing about the games that I play, is that they don't require very much RAM at all. I don't really play any newer games like Advanced Warfare so having 4 gb doesn't really affect me that much. World of Warcraft is really my main game and it runs butter smooth, so I'm happy with what I have.

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

For me, my upgrade priority is PSU -> CPU Cooler -> 8 gb RAM -> SSD.

The PSU needs to be upgraded ASAP. The CPU cooler is going to be nice for overclocking after I get a better PSU. 8 GB of RAM isn't really needed for me right now, but as you said, it may be a considerable upgrade. The SSD is something I'm not really worried about ATM because all my games boot up plenty fast on the Western Digital HDD that I have.

Thank you for all the suggestions, I had not even really considered an SSD until you brought it up. Might be something to look into.

Wadeee 1 point 26 months ago

Where's the best place to buy a case for this build? (I'm a real noob)

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I got all my parts off of amazon because i have amazon prime so i get lower prices and i get it mailed to me quicker. If you don't have amazon prime, i'd look around at your local tech stores.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Terraria FTW! Beaten fishron yet?

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Yes, I actually farm it with my cousin whenever we need some quick money, hahaha. I play with the turtle armor so i sorta tank it all and he has the spectre set so he gives me ze healz. Works out pretty well. :)

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Nice, I currently use beetle offense w/ vamp knives and terrablade, but I haven't beated fishron yet :D

AndrewOnPC 1 point 26 months ago

How much fps do you get with optifine on minecraft?

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I dont use optifine but on Vanilla minecraft I get 120+ fps with max settings.

blasttank18 1 point 24 months ago

Thank you so much for putting in the os. No one else does that and it adds like 86$ to the build.

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

No problem. I understand the struggle. Most people pirate their OS but if you don't have a purchased and registered copy then you may be ineligible for updates, like to Windows 10 etc.

Zeobro 1 point 19 months ago

I am probably just seeing an updated price on the Windows 7 OS that you bought, but I have to ask... did you actually pay $178.98 for Windows 7? And if you did, do you not know that there are people on Reddit for example that sell copies of Windows 7 for around 10 dollars?

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Lol no. I got it for $50 for sale on Amazon. I upgraded it to Windows 10.

Zeobro 1 point 19 months ago

Ah, gotcha. :P

Sh0tclockgaming 1 point 23 months ago

Does Your Video Card handle two monitors well? I am thinking of using the same card but i'm not sure if i should go with dual monitors or not What do you recommend and how was your experience?

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Well, it depends on what you're using the monitors for. For me, I can play Team Fortress 2 or World of Warcraft (the two most intensive games I have, and yes I know they aren't anything compared to, say, GTA V) with no issues at all with the game running on the BenQ monitor (1920x1080) and then music programs or browsing or looking at Skype or whatever on my other monitor (1600x900). When I disabled my 1600x900 and went for a single display again, I realized that I had been having about 15- 20% of a performance loss with two displays, and I'm sure that if you had more than one 1080p display, that loss would be even greater. But to answer your question, I really have no problems with two displays other than a bit of a performance decrease (which should be expected).

Unorthodocks 1 point 21 months ago

Don't get a cx430 they're not built for gaming. Mine gave out after 3 weeks carrying a load under 400w, they're infamous for their how unreliable they are in gaming rigs. Look up a power supply tier list to see what's better

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

To be honest with you, I am still using the power supply that came with my Logysis case and it's holding up fine; I haven't overclocked anything yet in my system, however. But when I do get some money I will buy a new PSU and cpu cooler. Thank you for your concern, I will consider getting a different PSU. :)

Pcdestroysconsole 1 point 20 months ago

You could have gone for an AMD Apu instead of a 750 ti since it seems like you are only playing lower end titles.

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

That's actually what I had before in an old build, and it just was not cutting it for me. I was getting around 45 FPS in WoW with all the graphics on lowest quality. I want at least 60 fps to play my games, regardless of quality. Usually if I have a solid 60+ FPS in a game, I typically turn the graphics up to where it only dips to 50 minimum

Pcdestroysconsole 1 point 20 months ago

Ok then, nice choice for the graphics card.

DouvleX 1 point 19 months ago

To be honest I'm quiet impressed by this build as I'm going to build one this summer. My build is going to be very similar to yours just without all the other peripherals (monitor etc.). The only thing I would've recommended is [pcpartpicker] (https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvr736oc2gd) instead of a 750TI. Also do upgrade to 8GB of ram because it makes a huge difference to your PC's speed. Other than that awesome build! :)

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Yes... My build has 8 gb of RAM now. And I'm thinking about purchasing a new graphics card. I also have a Logitech g710 keyboard (Cherry mx Blues) and a g502 gaming mouse. Maybe I will post an updated build someday. If I do I will tag you in it for sure. Good luck on your build this summer! :)

DouvleX 1 point 19 months ago

Actually looking at your build again dont upgrade your GPU past a GTX 960 as it will probably get bottlenecked by the G3258

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

The 750ti is bottlenecked by the g3258 at clock speed. Gonna overclock the g3258 once I get a better cooler so that it isn't much of an issue anymore.

DouvleX 1 point 19 months ago

Im considering buying a GTX 750Ti for my build is it good for AAA titles or have you not tried it on those yet?

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

No, a GTX 950 would be better for your money. The 750ti was around the same price as the 950 is now when I got it. The 950 is one of the best price/performance GPU's you can currently buy. From NVIDIA, anyway.

The most graphically intensive game that I own would be Skyrim. The 750ti can handle it without breaking a sweat, on max graphics and 8x MSAA. So, it's your call. The 750ti is around $100 and the 950 is around $130. I would spend the extra $30. But, if you find a cheap deal on Amazon or something for the 750ti, then it's your call.

MaxGamingPrime 1 point 19 months ago

Its a very nice build and I like the case so I'm going to use it in my build tell me what you think http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/MaxGamingPrime/saved/2jdRsY

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

OMG that is really nice... I would maybe bump down to 2x4 (8gb) RAM and get a 1080p monitor, though. But other than that, that's a REALLY nice build for that price! :)

TheOpDragon 1 point 19 months ago

Great build!

DNAzombie 1 point 14 months ago

You got scammed on your keyboard and mouse, they normally sell for £20-30

Clbparham submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Well, keep in mind this PC build is over a year old. When I bought the set, it was $30 USD on Amazon, which is approximately £26.82. So, I don't think I got ripped off too bad. And right now, the set is $25 which is approximately £22.35 so yeah

DNAzombie 1 point 14 months ago

On your parts list it says it is $100?