A huge thanks to PCPartPicker on having this wonderful site! It gives me a ton of ideas and inspiration on building my first ever budget gaming PC.
It took me a year to plan and buy the pieces. I even watch all videos of LinusTechTips and other PC youtuber enthusiast to gear me up my way to PC building community. And since I'm on budget, i didn't bought all parts all together and some of my parts were salvaged from my old build. Here's my old system before the upgrade:
MOBO: MSI k9n6pgm2-v2 PROC: Athlon athlon ii x2 240 @ 2.8 ghz RAM: Single 2GB 800 mhz GPU: Inno 3D GT 9500 (old) & Asus GT 420 PSU: Orion 500w
The only thing i salvaged from my old PC was my hard drives, a one 500gb and 160gb, a 900p VGA monitor and my trusty A4tech keyboard and a simple Acer optical mouse.
You may notice some of my part's price are little bit higher that with the other country since i'm here in the Philippines, and it's original price are converted from PHP to USD as of this writing.
I'm so happy with my current build and proud since i built it with my own! Leave any comments or suggestions on how can i still improve this build. I might ended up on a high end PC as well :D
It's a huge upgrade for me ever since i used my athlon X2! Yeah i know i can go with a higher CPU like i5, but i considered first what will i do with the CPU and i clearly choose the I3 to save up some money, and since I only just do some gaming, web browsing and watching Youtube.
This is the most cheapest mobo that can support a DDR4 and a skylake proc i ever found. Its also a micro-ATX which i always prefer. it has an ample amount of SATA ports for storage upgrade and can support newer CPUs like kaby lake. I also don't have any plans for overclocking so it fits my build.
I was very happy to have a dual kit DDR4 since its a big upgrade from my 2gb 800 MHz ram! Just imagine the difference between the two! 800 vs 2133! (its a 2400 kit but i3 has only supports for a 2133 max) and i can just add another dual kit in the future, but for now, 8 gig is my sweet spot :D
I was originally looking for a Palit GTX 950 Jetstream, but the shop refer to me their last stock of Gigabyte GTX 950 xtreme gaming with just a 5 bucks difference. it was not listed on their price list but being gigabyte and can overclock more than the Palit, i grabbed it and boy, I hit 60+ fps on all games at stock speed! custom settings ofc, especially with The Division! I can't imagine how i did reach the level 30 in the game with just using the GT 420 and an athlon x2.
The only reason why i buy this case is because of its dust filter, its side window that can be replaced and its form factor. haha, but kidding aside, this case can support water-cooling and it has many positive reviews. It can also support long GPU like the GTX 1000 series, which i'm looking forward for an update.
It's the best and well reviewed product! 520w with 80+ bronze that will keep my components well juiced. It has a nice flat styled cables and all of them are black. I think this can also support a single 1080 just in case i upgrade my current GPU.