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First Budget Gaming Build

by 90ldfinch



Date Published

Aug. 12, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 1, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

9.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C


My laptop died, so I decided to build a desktop as I also decided to switch from console to PC gaming. I researched the components online for a few weeks, and this is what I came up with.

This works for me as a decent budget gaming rig.

The Hitachi drive was salvaged from my laptop. It's got a Linux OS which I use just for web browsing and streaming music. I use a HD Sony TV as a monitor. I'd got a mouse already, and I bought a generic keyboard for £3.23.

I'm very happy with the components, and it was great fun to build my own PC. Having four drives meant the cabling was tricky to keep tidy, but I've seen worse.

The optical drive spoils the look of the front of the case, but it's a necessary evil. Maybe white paint is the solution....

[update] I've come to my senses and removed the optical drive. Photo added.

Comments Sorted by:

azidhsu 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

first time seeing a neos build !! but damn that optical drive realy does not match with the colours. other than that pretty solid build !

mcwilliams117 2 points 38 months ago

like the case, hate the optical drive haha. Why is it a necessary evil?

Also you list Windows 8 in your part list but the description says Linux so which are you running? +1 anyway looks like a nice balanced build

90ldfinch submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I use both. Windows for gaming, Linux for everything else.

septiczz 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

god that optical drive makes the front so ugly hit it up with some white paints but otherwise nice build +1

haza07155 1 point 38 months ago

Nice build, but 4gb of ram? +1 for the cpu

Sprocket30 2 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

They sell dvd face plates in all colors . Nice build +1

pcaddiction 1 point 38 months ago

lol...**** that sapphire 270x xD.....with its 2 fans..shouldve gotten a twin fez when u had the cash bro :D

90ldfinch submitter 1 Build 2 points 38 months ago

why's that?

NeonMane 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

What's wrong it?

FGCU_James 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Only thing to do now is to pop that DVD drive out and paint it white. Other than that, good job with the build.

D42RAW 1 point 38 months ago

welcome to the master race :P

Gshep71 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Nice! Haven't seen a Neos build and I'm looking at this chassis for my build. What is your take on it?

90ldfinch submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

I love it. Very well thought out in terms of different drive bays/cable routing options/dust filters. However, I suggest it's essential to add 2 intake fans to the front (iirc, you get 1 for free with the windowed version). They are silent, but make a big difference.

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Maddinaski 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Nice build, looks much better without the optical drive. You can pick up an external USB optical drive for under £20.

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