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$900 Gaming Budget Build

by devin94x



Date Published

Sept. 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C


Built this for a customer who had a specific request to play Games at high settings or better and to leave room for upgrade. He gave me $900 to pull it off, and he said he LOVES it. The design, the speed, everything about this PC. I know there are areas where corners could have been cut, but I tried to get the best bang per buck for the budget given. I am pretty proud of the results and the parts chosen. Let me know what you think, and areas I could have improved. Thanks guys!

Part Reviews


Quick, Cheap, Quiet. And 3.7GHz!!


I love this board, I never have issues with MSI. Great quality mobo with the necessary features for a budget build.


Great brand, great price. Wish it was a little more appealing like the others available for this price.


Cheap for a 480GB ssd. Able to fully boot to Windows in 25 seconds. Not bad.

Video Card

Beautiful design, cool LEDs, silent under load. Remains at 59 degrees under a furmark stress test for 5 minutes. My favorite card series available for budget builds at the moment.


For the price of this case, I am very pleased with the cable management. Has all the features you would need to create a very appealing gaming rig. Also got it on sale for $25 and free shipping through newegg. Can't beat that.

Power Supply

Fantastic price for a fully-modular PSU. Love SeaSonic.

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RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Nice build, very budget friendly while still packing a decent punch. +1 for build, +1 for AData SSD, +1 for i3 CPU and a final +1 for DIYPC Case. People tend to avoid them but they're pretty good for what they are.

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

Thank you! I agree. I love DIYPC cases. They arent all bad, and for the price! You can't beat it. I was also very surprised how quiet the fans are! Typical LED case fans are often.. disappointing, but these are pretty nice. The side case fan hovers directly over the GPU which I really like.

RhettRO55 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

I have my edit rig in the DIYPC Cuboid (about to combine the better hardware in it with the better hardware in my gaming rig into the Thermaltake Element G and sell the leftover frankensteined rig) but the Cuboid was very satisfying for its price. And the fact that the fans it came with are 3pin DC (I chopped off that ungodly molex adapter) and are fairly quiet too. Ive got my living room HTPC in their "Media HTPC" case and its nice too, had to add a 2nd 60mm fan for exhaust but its got decent build quality.

zion_89 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

What are your thoughts on the motherboard? +1 :)

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

I am not huge into overclocking, but honestly it is a nice looking mobo. DDR4, and its cheap for a good brand. I recommend it highly for a budget :)

sporedude 3 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Nice build but I would have gone with a 120gb ssd for the operating system and then gotten a 1tb sshd for around the same price as your one ssd but other than that very good clean build +1 for the rx470

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Thank you. I also agree with that, but when I ran it by the customer, he told me he would rather just have a larger SSD. I could have shaved off a few $$ by doing so.

tadashi 1 point 31 months ago

Nice pictures of the GPU fans.

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago


FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Hey! I think you have listed the wrong videocard :o

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

I do you are right. The card is an MSI RX470, and when the build was originally purchased they were out of stock on the Gigabyte one. I suppose it worked out. I will edit right away.

daniel13306 1 point 30 months ago

Why a i3 man?

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Because i5s are nearly $100 more. If Windows wasnt needed it would have been possible. But this had to be everything together.

ElJustice 1 point 28 months ago

I've been slowly accumulating parts to do a very similar i3-6100/RX 470 build. Nice to hear he likes it. Know what kind of games he runs? Overwatch is probably the most demanding game I'll be playing.

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

He was into playing SIMS and such. I can tell you for a fact that this build would shred Overwatch on max graphics. With easily 60fps @ 1080p

Daevster7498 1 point 14 months ago

I realize this PC was built almost 2 years ago, (time flys) but I'm not sure why you included an optical drive even in 2016, windows 10 was also free in 2016, not sure why you went with 4gb of ram that PC will probably run like crap when it comes to 2018 titles. Humm what else... I mean it isn't a terrible build but definitely not the best. Ram was also cheaper in 2016 so 8gb should of been do able. But I'm sure you spent less than $200 for that Rx 470 but it still doesn't make up for all the additional expenses you made, how much was this when you first put it together?

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Net-Daggere 1 point 31 months ago

1060 will be fine :D

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

You should be just fine with the 1060 :)