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$550 budget gaming build

by lolzy454



Date Published

Feb. 12, 2015

Date Built

Feb. 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6 GHz


I have recently completed this build and I really like it. I'm hoping to upgrade to a core i5 and 8 gigabytes more ram as well as another video card to run crossfire. But this build is working great for me. Anyway I have tried running a few games on it and they run with acceptable fps on high settings, one game I have tried is Payday 2 and it runs smooth and looks great with this build.

Part Reviews


This cpu works great for most games and the hyper threading is a great bouns which gives you four threads.


This motherboard is a great micro Atx motherboard it has two pci express ports for future upgradability, as well as four ram slots, and finally because it has three 6 gigabyte sata connecters.


This ram is great for a budget build because of its price but later on you might want to add another stick just to run games nowadays.


This is the best budget harddrive you can buy, there is no other choice in my opinion.

Video Card

This is a perfect graphics card for this build because you can overclock it, which gives extra performance and because of its cheap price point its great. As an added bonus it has two gigabytes of gddr5 memory.


This case is absolutely fantastic its easy to work in, and is pretty quiet, also it has great cable management on the inside for better airflow which is especially important for a small case like this. Finally its great price for less then $50 makes it great for this build.

Power Supply

This power supply is definitely enough for this build and provides some space to upgrade in the future. The semi modular cables also help because you don't need to install them all in this build which helps with air flow.

Comments Sorted by:

GZUS96 3 Builds 7 points 50 months ago

Cable management bro.

dabenjiz 2 points 47 months ago

Also, you could have saved a lot of money if you downgraded the i3 to a Pentium G anniversary, because it is just as good for $40 cheaper, and it has the ability to overclock up to 4.0 gigahertz. You also should not have bought such an expensive motherboard for a budget build. A 40$-50$ motherboard would work just as good :) Although, this build is very nice :) Oh, and work on your cable management a little bit :)

Rectangle 2 points 42 months ago

Nice build! I only have one real issue with it... 4GB of RAM for $40 USD? No thanks, that's like $10 per gigabyte! As of right now, you can get 8GB (2x4gb) of the same type of RAM for only $45... And I'm sure even cheaper options than that exist either online or locally.

Danaw 1 point 13 months ago

Not now

Ben28282 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

So sad

helpmeimdumb 2 points 28 months ago

great build, you should add some 4 or 8 more gb of ram and try and get a overclockable cpu

DogHouse 1 point 50 months ago

Im not the best at building computers, but i have a 500$ computer that has a i3-4160 and a radeon r9 280, also 8 gigs of ram, 1tb hard drive, and a 430w power supply, So you could get much better for 50$ cheaper. :P

List of things i have: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/N8g799

lolzy454 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Thanks. But I am planning on upgrading this so it will have 12 gigs of ram and a better graphics card as well as maybe an i5.

DogHouse 1 point 50 months ago

Im just saying, you could have got a much better start for cheaper.

lolzy454 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Where I live PC parts are a lot more expensive which is why this might not have been the best start.

CptMold 1 point 48 months ago

Not a bad build. Technically it's only $500 now, with the R7 260x being $80...

dabenjiz 1 point 47 months ago

You really should upgrade to at least 8 gigs of ram :)

iTSSALGAMING 1 point 46 months ago

is there an available 6 pin connecter to connect to the graphics card for power? please respond i need to now.

RandomPart 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

You can't do crossfire with a 430watt PSU. And the motherboard was $101! Like there are cheaper alernatives out there. Other than that, great build.

techniponi 1 point 41 months ago

It's cute how you think this is good for a budget build, but http://pcpartpicker.com/user/techniponi/saved/36zcCJ

Gizster5 1 point 37 months ago

Do you know the total wattage?

GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I got 8 gigs of RAM for cheaper than that o.O

KurtCobain 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Nice build. Like to see more pics and maybe on a day you have some free time fix up the CABLES!

Muttonsourdough 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Seems like most everyone just whiffed on the part where you said you were planning to upgrade. I like it man. I also got some advice on my first build that seemed to miss the part where I said I wanted to make upgrades as easy as possible. Changing out the PSU won't be the easiest part of your upgrades, but I think it was smart to get the motherboard you want upfront.

Have you made any upgrades to it since you published?

ugothit111 1 point 27 months ago

Change the video card to 1050 ti and upgrade ram to 8 gigs....

Evan92800 1 point 26 months ago

I would switch out the RAM to 8gb, it'll save you money in the long run.

Sherli 1 point 9 months ago

Hey man, DO NOT GET AN INTEL CPU, they are overpriced, have lower threads, cores and overcloks, but have higher temperature, I would recommend you to get a ryzen 5 for the price of an i5

personguymandudebro 1 point 5 months ago

Not budget, not good

Xequit10 0 points 48 months ago

I though the GPU needs 500 Watts?!

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