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Updated build guide...... RX 470 replaced my GTX 960.....

System benchmark results : http://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/1493431 GPU is not great vs every other RX 470 at stock settings but using Wattman you can get a decent 10-15% overclock.


This was my first PC build and I wanted it to be low cost and current. This led me to look for either a Skylake i5 or i3. I found a great deal on the i3-6100 and the RX 470 so that is what I went with in the end. I may occasionally use this for 3D CAD work and/or rendering as well as gaming.

Since I have installed the RX 470 , I have been able to run 1080p ultra everything and it has been fantastic.

The only real problem I ran into during/after my build was that the BIOS/Boot Menu was displaying too large and I was not able to navigate those settings. This is probably due to my cheap 24" 1080p tv that I am using.

I also had to solder the 2 case fans' wires together since there is only 1 fan header.

Stuff I purchased this year.

CASE: Newegg got me started by offering the Monster II case for $34.99 AR.

PSU: Newegg also had the CX430m PSU for $24.99 AR.

CPU: I then saw a slickdeals post about a deal for an i3-6100 for $89.99 on antonline/ebay.

MOBO: Newegg has fluctuated this motherboard a bit and I got it when it dropped to $35.99.

RAM: JET had this ram for $58.16 and it is one of the few with blue heat spreaders.

SSD: Amazon had a lightning deal on this highly reviewed SSD with cloning software for $64.99.

GPU: Jet had a nice deal using 15%off coupon for this Sapphire RX 470 OC for $171.14.

Out of Pocket AR: $438.16


Pulled from my Dell Inspiron 620 (5 yr old)

The Windows 7/10, 1TB hard drive, wifi card, dvd drive


This website was a huge help with seeing what graphics cards I can upgrade too and to verify compatibility between parts. The price drop and price trend features are also a big help when making a budget PC.

My case is not listed on PCPartpicker but it is the RAIDMAX Monster II ATX-A08WB case from Newegg and yes I know it is huge. I kind of wish I would have gotten a smaller case but it has been fine. I was able to sell the Inspiron 620 i3-2120 cpu for $55 and board for $35 on ebay so that brough my cost down as well. Btw, I apologize for the crappy phone camera but I wanted to post my build with gratitude towards the community/site.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

This is definately a budget board and it seems to limit my cpu a tiny bit and my ram a decent amount. The single fan header placement leaves something to be desired, but it does what I need it to at the end of the day.

Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget build, if you decide not go with a newer GPU you can pick up a GTX 750 Ti or something equivalent for around $100 to complete your budget setup. You can grab a Gigabyte GV-N75TOC2-2GI GTX 750 Ti for $84 after rebate from Amazon right now:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015E9VDC0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3J0OYMHWNZCIL&coliid=I751QPK1B9Y2P&psc=1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a very good find and very tempting. Thank you.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 to that. Obviously you're not going to be able to run Shadow of Mordor on high graphics at 60fps on this thing but 750 Ti is still a very capable little card for the price. And has a very small power envelope to boot.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Or a r7 370 for about $20 more

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't do the gtx 750 ti but I found a zotac gtx 960 2gb amp! for $129.05. Should complete my build nicely when it arrives.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice buddy, the 960 will work well for 1080p

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Sold my GTX 960 before RX 470 dropped and got basically what I paid. I then spent ~$171 and got the 'reference'-like RX 470. Wish I would have gotten the Nitro but this runs excellently. My system passed the Steam VR ready test using this GPU.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice blue themed build! ;-)

+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, blue is a tough color to go with atm. Everything skylake and graphics card seems red themed currently.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep!

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend the r9 380 if you're gonna game :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Brand recommendation? I had been looking at the 'Gigabyte Radeon R9 380 4GB SOC'. Hoping for $160-170 soon.
I also am looking at the cheaper 'EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB FTW ACX 2.0' and hoping for $120.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

MSI R9 380 is usually $175 and not so long ago, a EVGA 950 dropped to $125 but it got sold out. The best variant of the R9 380 for me, is the Sapphire version.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll get better performance out of the 380 but at the cost of higher power draw and heat as well as a worse driver experience. Sapphire is known for being the closest to OEM AMD GPU partner, but it's card by card as always.

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  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

$309.11. You did awesome and scored some great deals.

+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate the praise:) Sometimes I feel like I should be a personal shopper instead of a tech guy.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol well a personal tech shopper...would that pay the bills? I figure you would need a website setup like this one.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job on the research and hunting for those deals. Great build :) +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad case for the price. How's the build quality? I'm always curious about these lesser known brands.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It is very good once you realize that the 'handles' on top are not handles really. The cable routing, tooless 5.5" bays, and single screw HDD/SSD bays are nice. Thumbscrews hold the side panels on and fans are ok quality. I don't have a lot of experience to say it is the best for its ~$50 price, but it is worth a try for sure.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. What are you going to use all that RAM for though?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I do some CAD work/rendering so I may use it??.... Didn't want to shortchange it:)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the motherboard like? I am considering using it in my next build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

It seems to be pretty decent quality. It came packaged in a nice enough box with an esd bag. Board is actually a super dark brown but looks black in low lighting. The case fan header would be nice elsewhere on the board, but it works. USB 3.0, 4x 6gb/s sata connections, and lga 1151 were my 'have to haves' and this met it. The board seems pretty sturdy when mounted in case because I installed ram, cpu, cpu fan, etc while in the case. The board came with 2 black sata cables.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you game on it?If yes how does it perform in the games you play?I'm kinda doing the same gig.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I played the Walking Dead Season 1 & 2 on it fine. I played Borderlands 2 @ 720p and low-mid settings at 30fps. You really need to add a 750ti to play 720p at good settings and frame rates. I am looking at a gtx 960 to game at 1080p.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Well I was hoping for CS:GO XD. I'm trying to go for a budget APU build that looks nice (the theme is asiimov).I can't decide between the AMD A10 7850k or the i3 6100k.I heard AMD has better intergrated graphics.However some people told me that for the games I wanna play (CS:GO,LoL and similarly demanding games) I should look for good single core performance.Now the obvious choice here would be the Intel Pentium 4400,but then I'd have to get a GPU,and that'll break my budget.Opinions? Here's the build: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/y6j8hM

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like that AMD A10 is the way to go for gaming without gpu.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you manage to use the 2400mhz ran on 2133 mhz dims? Wobdering because im planing on using this mobo and have spare 2400mhz ram

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

It downclocks the ram to run at 2133mhz. I just bought the cheapest 'blue' ram with decent reviews.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok thanks for the info and nice build overall!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you had any issues with the WiFi adapter?

Nice build. +1

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

No, none so far.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I ran some benchmarks (userbenchmark.com) and my RAM and CPU seem to be throttled a bit due to the cheap mobo but not too drastically. My GTX 960, SSD, and HDD are running above average.