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$700 Low Power Budget Gaming build

by josh9731



Date Published

March 27, 2014

Date Built

March 20, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.189 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C


This is the first computer that I decided to build and I wanted something that could play average games with good framerates, but I also didn't want a noisy box that needed a lot of power to run. And I really loved the look of this case so I went with the mini-itx form factor.

Cpu- Intel i3 4130- The haswell chip so it isn't as power hungry as some older chips, and it has hyper-threading which is great for increasing performance.

Motherboard- Went with an asrock because I was looking for something that wasn't too expensive but had some good features. Doesn't support overclocking, but neither does my cpu so that's fine.

RAM- Decided to go with the corsair vengeance because everybody seems to love the stuff and it looks pretty cool. Decided to only get 1dimm of 8gb simply because the motherboard only has 2 slots. Just in case I ever want to get more.

HDD- Decided against an SSD for now, simply due to price, but probably going to upgrade to one in the future. Just an average hard drive. Not too noisy.

Video Card- Went with the 750ti because you really get a lot of bang for your buck here. It's overclockable and stays very cool and quiet, even under a full gaming load. Made with nvidia's new maxwell chip, which helps a lot with power consumption. Plus you get all of nvidia's features with it.

Case- The inside layout is the exact same as the Prodigy, but without the handles. (which I heard were quite unstable) Plus I love the aggressive look and the side lighting is awesome. The pictures don't quite do justice. Cable management was a pain in the ***, as there are no places to hide cables. So I just grouped them the best I could

PSU- Didn't need a whole lot of wattage, and corsair makes good quality stuff.

Optical drive- The one that EVERYONE has

Monitor- Average 21" monitor

Keyboard- Full size mechanical keyboard but without the number-pad, no backlighting, but that wasn't a must need for me. Its a great size and the quality is superb.

Mouse- Ended up getting the g600, I love all the buttons that I can program and it feels really nice in the hand. Thank you guys for all the suggestions!

Comments Sorted by:

Retroman 6 points 60 months ago

Nice price to performance here with room to upgrade.

$630 before adding your peripherals is a good build :)

coolguy562 2 Builds 3 points 60 months ago

The Logitech G600 is and amazing gaming mouse for $70, I'm currently using it and give it five stars. It os a little bigger than you typical mouse because of a third click next to the right click. It has a "rockable" scroll wheel 2 more buttons under that and a 12 button thumb pad. It can have 3 profiles stored on it or automatic game detection. With the software you can download for it it gives you full customization over the LEDs on the 12 key thumb pad as well as being able to customize the DPI from 200 up to 8200. Also the best part is, is that every single button is fully customization as well in the sense that you can bind any key to any key on the keyboard as well as you can record button combos like "E,W,G,Q" and with the press of one button it will preform those actions in that order. Hope this help :D sorry for the long description but I love this mouse and just wanted to inform you on everything about it :D

josh9731 submitter 1 Build 3 points 60 months ago

I was considering the G600, but I was worried that the side buttons would be uncomfortable or easy to accidentally press, is that the case or no? :)

coolguy562 2 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

No not in the least, it does take a day or two to get used to it as well as the size but is is very comfortable and the buttons need enough pressure so they wont be accidentally pressed but not overly so. Each half of the thumb pad keys is angled so you have 2 "section" so it is really easy to know what button your pressing unlike some other mice cough razer naga cough

josh9731 submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Thanks for the help, i'll definitely look into it :D

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

happy to help.

UncleSteve32 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

If you don't have enough feeling to move around the razer naga, you're just not ready for overly- complex gaming. But I understand, some people just don't like it.

coolguy562 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

I can use a naga perfectly fine, I used to have one it just took me longer to get used to it than the Logitech one so I generally recommend that one over the naga however the new naga has adopted the angled keys like the Logitech.

skemble 24 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I too own this mouse and use it for gaming as well as productivity. I agree with every single thing he said above.

VoxPop 1 point 60 months ago

I personally use the G602 wireless mouse. The thumb buttons are a godsend for the extra keybinds when both your hands are occupied. They take some getting used to depending on how your hand sits on it. Hold it too far up like I do and the back 2 buttons become hard to use. Overall great mouse for a really good price. I would recommend anything Logitech or Steelseries.

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godofchuck 1 Build 1 point 59 months ago

right? I love mine.

Astros 1 point 56 months ago


deathfromup 6 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

great build, every part fits together well, would be a great setup to take to LANS.

gregkolodny -4 points 58 months ago

Lugging around $800 for a party in a case not designed for it sounds great.

therodrisan 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

nice case!! :)

FrznFanta 2 points 60 months ago

That case is .... BEAUTIFUL!
But seriously, nice build for the price, some internal pictures would be nice though, +1

skemble 24 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

This is an excellent build! The i3 vs 6300 argument can go on for days, but after testing the 4130 myself I was blown away by its' performance. I love your choices in this situation.

restrada 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Great build and parts list.

Red_dino 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Would have gone with a FX6300, but otherwise it looks good. This the LED, that case looks epic. Like something out of a (really cool) video game.

Akut 1 Build 6 points 60 months ago

While the FX 6300 is in the same price range as the i3, there are no mITX form factor motherbaords that support AM3/AM3+ socket, due to the power hungry nature of AMD CPUs.

Akut 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Welcome to the world of mITX, where there's zero room for cable routing. Best you can do is keep the fans clear.

Very good budget build, with one piece of criticism, 230 bucks for a 750Ti, why not spend another 20 and go with the 760? I understand noise is an issue, but many OEM coolers are just as quiet as that little guy.

Other than that, great job, and welcome to the community! May you game on!!! +1

josh9731 submitter 1 Build 3 points 60 months ago

I managed to get 750ti for $190, didn't really feel like I needed to spend the extra 60 for a little more performance that I don't really need. But thanks :D

Akut 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Well justified :D

Mike1527 1 point 60 months ago

How was building/putting in all the components in the case? I'm currently looking at the prodigy right now and now seeing this it looks amazing. The only concern I have is cooling, does it have vents on the side? I know there are vents on the top and front but just curious if they're anywhere else. Nice job!

josh9731 submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

This case does not have venting on the side, but my graphics card runs very cool, so that's not a huge issue. But if you're going to go with the prodigy, I'm pretty sure that it has side vents for the graphics card.

josh9731 submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

And working in it isn't too bad, a little cramped, but not a big deal.

erik4boss 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

That case is VERY sexy! What I have to complain about is that you got a 500 GB disc instead of 1 TB which you would get for $7 more. You could also get a $20 cheaper RAM stick.

josh9731 submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

I'm never even going to use 500g, but I still agree that I'm an idiot for not paying a little extra, lol.

canders 7 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Nice build. Like that case. Haven't seen that one before.

messingaround 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Nice build. Liked how the PSU was such a good price. The EVGA 750 Ti is very cool under load.. any thoughts how you did it? Really curious about your CPU temps under load as I'm also using the stock i3 cooler.

josh9731 submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

My CPU temps under load are ranging anywhere from 48-58

messingaround 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Nice. I'm also getting something similar. I had re-set it and was worried about the temps so now I'm feeling better. The fan's super noisy though!

josh9731 submitter 1 Build 2 points 60 months ago

Yeah, sometimes it gets noticible,some games heat it up more than others, but if you're wearing headphones it doesn't really matter.

jamesmason 5 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I do really like how that case looks, but with the cramped space of an itx build, i'm concerned for how heat is moved through the system. I'm planning to put together an itx build someday soon but i'm going to use more higher performance parts, and thus generate more heat, so I'm going with a coolermaster elite 130. I suppose rocking the 4130 and 750ti to reduce your temps by alot, and they are what I usually go to for the $600-700 builds.

Lineman72 1 point 60 months ago

If you want a mouse go with Razer. They make real quality stuff and they have many different mice for things like MMORPG's and FPS games. http://www.razerzone.com

KtheNU 2 points 58 months ago

The G600 is a great mouse, I've been using it for a year or so now and I can say I love the product and the software it comes with. I've lugged my G600 to university and back multiple times being thrown in a backpack and it hasn't stopped working or been visually damaged. Though I can't compare it to the 'Naga', as I do not have any experience with one, but I can say with certainty if you want a large mouse with tons of buttons the G600 is a great choice.

Levyrat 2 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

This is really well done. The combination of a low-wattage CPU and a 750Ti gives you a great balance of performance, cost, and power usage. I'd recommend this build to anyone wanting to build a gamer in the $600 to $700 range.

Fault_Line 3 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

Very nice build. Great work

Get a razor mouse. I have one at home(Black Adder) and one at work(Salmosa). I'm sure there's others that compare, just haven't found them yet because there's no need :)

Keep an eye on NCIX Outlet Store, sometimes you can get a great mouse on there.

malcar11 4 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I love the case! and the parts selection is nice. I wonder... how do you like the Core i3? is it decent enough for gaming? Have you tried AA games like Battlefield 3 or 4, Bioshock Infinite or COD Ghosts? I want an Intel build for my room, but don't want to spend a lot in the processor. Thanks in advance, and congrats!


Mr.UnlimitedStrikes 1 point 60 months ago

Corsair M45 and Logitech G400s are my recommendations for a gaming mouse and nice build

mrluabringer 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Awesome Job! That case though.... it's beautiful.

TheNewGuy01 1 point 60 months ago

How did you end up plugging in both fans? Did you plug one in with molex and one into the motherboard?

I am wondering because I am looking at making a build with this case and that motherboard.

josh9731 submitter 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

I plugged in one fan to the motherboard and purchased a molex-3pin adapter for the other fan.

bluesmaw 1 point 58 months ago

My build I plan to be building once I have all the cash is very similar.


piggykid1 1 point 57 months ago

I just bought that PSU and GPU yesterday and it came today I am so happy big upgrade from integrated graphics lol

bluesmaw 1 point 56 months ago

+1 for an amazing budget build! I do have two questions:

1.) Do you use wired or wireless internet? (if wireless, what adapter do you use?)

2.) Where did you get your desk? (I love the color)

Help_Please 1 point 55 months ago

Hi i was just wondering if you motherboard come with inergrated wifi or how you are able to get wifi to your pc. thanks in advance.

NoobPCMater 1 point 50 months ago

Awesome build but that case is just too bulky.

amaru 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

great build

Newbie12 1 point 45 months ago

Your video card from my own experience is one of the best video cards. my computer cost $430 and I run assassins creed 4 with an average of 34frames using the same card

patryk270301 1 point 42 months ago

Hey bro i have the same case, and I can't seem to get the LEDs going. Help pls

DrunkLeprechaun 1 point 40 months ago

what kind of stuff would it be able to run?

iValiant 1 point 37 months ago

Beautiful build . +1

JackAllender 1 point 34 months ago

Would you say that the i3 is good enough for casual gaming?

istealunderwear 9 Builds 0 points 60 months ago

kinda wanna build something like this with a i3 and 760 or 750 ti aswell. hmm very nice build sir, only thing i disagree with is psu, would've gotten a high quality 350 watt probably from seasonic or xfx but that's about it. Very nice build +1

mrluabringer 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

There's nothing wrong with Corsair. In fact, I'd argue that Corsair is better.

istealunderwear 9 Builds 2 points 60 months ago

are you saying that Corsair is better quality than Seasonic?(xfx)

mrluabringer 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

Depends, some of the cheaper ones are pretty lacking in the aesthetics department. In terms of the high-end ones, it's debatable. Although I have yet to see a decent Seasonic power supply that performs well, looks good, and is only $19.99 .

Here's an example: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430

istealunderwear 9 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

http://www.overclock.net/t/1431436/why-you-should-not-buy-a-corsair-cx read this, become smart, never buy cx again, be happy about it. btw i think the cx series power supplys are both bad and not very aethesticly pleasing, cx 600w < xfx 550w I've got a xfx 550 as a test psu, I have had pulling 620w for 3 hours my cx600w blew up at around 630w. so yeah. and they're basicly the same price.

cx series are bad at pulling high wattage and keeping a steadu ampage and that's VERY import when it comes to having a graphics card. so never buy a cx power supply for a gaming rig. they're designed for office rigs and that's it. the 750w cx is okay, It's basicly a tx750 with less ampage and worse voltage regulations. Oh and btw all top end corsair PSU (ax and hx) are both Seasonic OEMs only thing corsair did was make the case and whatever software that intergrated into it. (corsair link for the axi series).

mrluabringer 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago

"cx series are bad at pulling high wattage" Whether they do or not is fairly irrelevant as this build pulls approximately 173 w (which is not high wattage, by the way).The graphics card only pulls 60 w. I would disagree with your statement about the CX-series being for ONLY office builds. It's for LOW voltage builds (hint hint like this one).

Also, "I have had pulling 620w for 3 hours my cx600w blew up at around 630w." Seriously? Why would you go that? First of all, it's a 600 watt PSU, it's not even rated to perform at 600w (up to 85% load), moreso OVER 600w

plgdg 1 Build -2 points 60 months ago

Should have gone with a "P" version i3 and a more efficient power supply :)

lego9frog -2 points 56 months ago

Should have gotten 2 x 4gb instead of 1 x 8gb. dual channel is much better, That as rock motherboard is crap, I use to have that. If you going to only spend 125 on a possessor you are way better off with AMD. I have worked at a computer store for 7 years now. Do more research next time.

ThePCMaster 3 points 46 months ago

First off AMD can't make an mItx board with the FX series because of how power hungry they are, Second mItx boards only have 2 ram dims so a single 8gb stick is cheaper and helpful if an upgrade is needed in the future and lastly don't be such an a** next time with your review.

ColbaltHD 3 Builds -3 points 60 months ago

I really don't like the i3 my motto is i5< or AMD FX-6300<

mrluabringer 1 Build 4 points 60 months ago

There aren't any mini-itx motherboards that support the AM3(+) sockets.

bluesmaw 3 points 58 months ago

sadly :(

hitmaniac 1 Build -6 points 60 months ago

I am thinking AMD FX 6300 would be better than that i3 for that price brackets. And more "future proof" too

Akut 1 Build 6 points 60 months ago

no mITX MOBOs for FX CPUs. You'd need a mATX, and a new case.

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