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The gf's "budget" build

by staples93



Date Published

Feb. 11, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.241 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


Okay, so first off let me say that this started off as a budget build for my girlfriend. She streams her games through twitch and she used to do it through an old laptop and it was killing that laptop, so we decided a PC was in order. She originally wanted to stay around $800, but things happened and it went over. This is primarily a twitch streaming and gaming build. It came out pretty good I think, and it runs very quickly so she's happy. Check her out if you have time: www.twitch.tv/cahlaflour

CPU: We got the i7 because of the video streaming and gaming at the same time, I figured an i5 would be more burdened. Plus, microcenter had a sale and put the price pretty close to the i5 so I figured why not. It runs wonderfully, and she loves it. It will be overclocked soon, but for now we are worrying about downloading all the software she needs for it.

Cooler: Cheap, common, and good at what it does. Will be fine for the modest overclock that will be put on it in the future.

Motherboard: I like MSI and it has a plethora of USB ports that she needs to connect everything, it also matches the color scheme so that's why it was chosen.

RAM: This was the first part I chose for the build actually. The 8gb of RAM from the laptop wasn't cutting it and when I saw this go on sale I told her a blue build would be better and this is where it began. It runs fine, it doesn't run at the full 2400 since it requires 1.6V and I haven't changed that yet but it runs at 2000 and that's fine for me, I may change this later.

Storage: It's storage, it stores things, and it stores things well. Boot time is about 6 seconds from completely shut down which is nice.

GPU: She doesn't really play any heavy games and the GPU will handle them fine if she ever does decide to play them. Her streams generally are from her Xbox one or ps4 so the computer is more processing than anything. That is why the 960 was chosen above the 970, that and the price factor. I know that the gpu is underpowered for the cpu, but it makes sense for this build. This card was massive when we got it, I didn't expect it to be, but it's wonderful. The blue glow of the windforce was nice since I expected it to be green like the rest i've seen, so that is nice that it matches.

Case: I really like this case. It's all metal and very easy to build in. The only thing I don't like is that the front headphone jack isn't working right now. I know it's connected right so it may be a software issue so I will have to look into that, if anyone has any suggestions as to what to look at that would be appreciated.

PSU: it's a good one, modular, and the cables are all completely black so it's nice. She won't need any more power than this.

Other: she is running windows 8.1 pro since I'm a student and can get it for $70, it's really not as bad as people think. Pretty similar to 7 and once windows 10 comes out she will be upgrading it, so it will do for now. I installed 2 SP120 white LED fans on the front for intake, and then used the 2 fans that came with the case on the back and top. I have not had time to benchmark or put it under any stress, so I only know the idle temperature for now, I will update it later when I get a chance :)

The dogs got tired trying to help us build, so I had to give them an honorable mention.

Feel free to comment! Thanks for looking!

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mlach 4 Builds 8 points 50 months ago

That's a pretty setup. +1 for the sleeping buddies.

Mike767 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

although I really like the build, I'm gonna be that guy and say; a 4690k/GTX 970 combination would've been better. kinda made the same mistake about a year ago when I went with 4770k/770 instead of 4670k/780, still regret it, anyways have fun with it.

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I'm aware the 960 is underpowered compared to the i7. And I edited and explained more in the description. But she games on her consoles and uses the pc to get the game to twitch. Because of this, a strong gpu wasn't needed. And I tried to keep the price down. I can always add another 960 if she needs it. But for now it's fine

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JustAnotherGamer 2 points 50 months ago

-Has 'budget' in the title

-4790K and 960


staples93 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Hence the quotes.

JustAnotherGamer 1 point 50 months ago

I know. Just saying it's kinda funny with a build that has 'budget' in the title and yet it has a 4790K. Regardless of quotations I just found that kinda funny.

asleader12 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Clean Build. +1 for the hard working dogs

Katawakii 2 points 36 months ago

I really like that, gg build staples93's GF

Txhqno 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Did the 24 pin power not fit in the cable management block? It's going out the back and around instead of straight to the power connector. +1! Nice build!

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 0 points 50 months ago

it did fit, but the cable braid around it is very stiff and we didn't want to bend it that much. That cable management area is really just a raised metal piece so it's open on both sides. It was more comforting to not have to bend it so extremely.

Txhqno 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Okay, thanks! I really like this case in white but it is sold out everywhere!

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

We got it at the local microcenter for $50 and they had it in white! Maybe check there?

Txhqno 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I will try. Closest one is about an hour away :(

wtfcowisown 4 Builds 2 points 50 months ago


epicnerdgreg 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

STOP YOUR WHINING i am 4 hours from the nearest microcenter that place is like computers heaven ;-; (seriously tho the prices there are insane how do they keep profit?)

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Very nice. (: +1

bmxican654 1 point 50 months ago

very clean setup. +1

tou_v10 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


XperiaHD 1 point 50 months ago

So this PC is for twitch streaming and you don't link her twitch channel ? Kappa

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Wow, can't believe I did that. It's in the description now thanks. FailFish

epicnerdgreg 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

+1 for dogs

and also for a really nice build with solid cables

Corbindalllas 1 point 50 months ago

I would go for 6 but since its more of a "Console" streaming PC, its ok. Although I would go for the AS Rock X99KillerM. Good though im going all out in mine 1632 dollars. man

c4pnmorgan 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Great Success!

Laquel 5 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Very nice and clean. Dat Brown PCB though :/

brandonhu 1 point 50 months ago

"Budget" build.

WDParsell 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Good build for what it's meant to do +1. Have you tried that 960 out for a spin yet? How does it perform? I'm thinking of getting the exact same GPU for my build , and once I do, I think these two build will look nearly identical.

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

it works great! She loves it! it runs everything she wants to at a decent enough fps when she runs games. I'd recommend it!

WDParsell 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago


andrefoster 1 point 50 months ago

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one nice build! +1

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

It's great! she really loves it and I liked building with it. The boot times from this computer using intel's quickboot and MSI's Fastboot are amazing. It boots up from off in 5 seconds, which is crazy. I'd recommend they motherboard definitely

andrefoster 1 point 50 months ago

OK thank you very much

CptMold 1 point 49 months ago

A good build, for the most part... but why a 960? AMD beats Nvidia in the Budget Cards field, and you'd get much better performance with an R9 270x or 280.

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 3 points 49 months ago

Her money, and her father had input in the build and didn't want AMD. The first mock up of this build had AMD processor and GPU, but he didn't want AMD so it was switched. The 960 is a good card, and will do what it needs to do. Not my money! I just built it :)

Elias7235 1 point 44 months ago

You probably would have saved a bit by using an an Amd 6300 instead of an i7 processor its about 90 dollars and has 6 cores so it would be great for streaming games smoothly and you would have stuck to your budget. Besides that it looks like a very nice build for streaming.

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I could've, yes, and originally I had an AMD setup, but she didn't want the AMD and it was ultimately her money so that was the reason we went Intel. It was a loose budget, and she's still thrilled with it so I'm okay with it! Thanks for the suggestion though :)

Wcschuyler 9 Builds 0 points 50 months ago

i do agree though the i7 and 960 are unbalanced per price, i would have considered using an 8350 for streaming, but its a nice build though regardless

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

I know they're unbalanced. I did it on purpose. I thought about AMD, but she told me she wanted Intel and an i7 will do just fine. It's her money ultimately so I listened where she had input. Thanks though:)

Austinthemighty -7 points 50 months ago

Watch out for windows 10 people are saying it is going to be subscription based, free when it comes out than a year later it is going to cost you $$$

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

it won't be upgraded right away, and if that is the case I will downgrade it, but thanks for the heads up!!

Austinthemighty -1 points 50 months ago

i dont think you can down grade with out wiping the system and do a clean install, so wait about a year after it comes out but any way nice build +1

staples93 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago


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Echocookie 6 points 50 months ago

There were cables in there? Oh.

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