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Budget Build

by SquelchMuffins

Description

This is a budget build I did as a gift to my younger brothers.

The assembly went smoothly, and they all got to help me assemble the PC while I explained what each part did and how it all worked together. Some good sibling bonding time :)

As far as the price tag goes, I wish I had spent less on the 1050 Ti, but I was under a time crunch and hadn't found any good used deals on video cards. I splurged on a 500gb SSD since they has lots of games and files to store, and I bought several cheap red fans to brighten the case up a bit, they match the cheap red mouse that came paired with the motherboard as well.

I am very happy with how this build turned out - the Pentium is a little beast of a processor, especially for it's price range, and pairs quite nicely with the 1050 Ti. My younger brothers are now happily playing Minecraft! Hurray

I bought all these parts new off Amazon & Newegg.

If you wanted to truly make this a budget building by further cut costs without sacrificing any performance, I'd recommend doing the following:
-Look for used 1050 Ti or its equivalent from AMD or an older generation of cards
-Buy a 128gb SSD for installing windows on, and pair it with a regular HDD for storage -Skip the red case fans and just buy a single 120mm fan to put in the front of the case for airflow.

Part Reviews

CPU

I got this processor for under sixty dollars on Amazon, holy crap at this price you'd be an idiot not to use it! Fantastic little chip for a budget build

Motherboard

I'm happily sticking with MSI for my motherboard needs in the future, they have yet to disappoint me.
This is a good motherboard, had no problems with it. It only has 2 sys fan headers + one cpu fan header, but you can buy a fan splitter if you want more fans in your case. No onboard wifi, but my motherboard came with all the drivers preloaded so I didn't have any troubles connecting via ethernet. This motherboard also came packaged with a cheap, red-LED lit gaming mouse, which is cool I guess if you need one. Plus, not many other motherboards are priced so low while still maintaining a high quality appearance and finish. Great deal for $50.

Memory

Good RAM, runs fine with the Intel G4560 I paired with it. The heat shields aren't as bright red as the photos would indicate, its more of a dark, metallic cherry-red color, which I think is a good look.

Storage

Solid SSD with lots of storage. Can't wait till SSD prices drop down closer to HDD levels.

Video Card

What a fantastic little videocard, this thing is chugging along in 1080p at a solid 60 fps through most everything I throw at it while using way less power than an older GPU would use to produce the same results. This model of the 1050 Ti gets all its power straight from the PCIe slot it plugs into, just connect it and play!
CORRECTION: PCPartpicker keeps mislabeling the edition of videocard after I select it, the card I bought and installed in this build was the "MSI GTX 1050 Ti 4GT OC" Edition, which has dual fans unlike the single-fan edition depicted to the left. I like that this model has 2 fans that keep it nice and cool, the card doesn't have to spin up as much because of this. I'm taking off a star because prices still haven't come down from the 2017 mining craze and are still well above MSRP. Otherwise, the card itself is performing beautifully.

Case

Good case, wasn't hard to build in. The side panel isn't clear like the photos would indicate, it's actually tinted quite dark and makes it difficult to see inside the case. Like other reviews have stated, this case attracts hair and dust like crazy. Keep it off the floor or the plastic view panel will quickly become dirty.
The standoff screws for the motherboard wouldn't install correctly, after 20-30 minutes of carefully trying to screw them in without damaging the case, I gave up and just re-threaded the back by forcing the standoffs in. This shouldn't be necessary.

Power Supply

Good price on a good quality, bronze-rated power supply. Installed smoothly, and the fully modular cables help make cable management a breeze. No complaints here!

Operating System

I'm tired of paying full price for Windows 10 while still needing to uninstall bloatware that comes with it, but I can't complain about the OS itself. Installed this off a USB stick in minutes.

Case Fan

These fans aren't bad, they move air pretty well and are quiet, but they don't look half as cool as their pictures would indicate. The lighting is just four strips of LEDs that spiral outwards from the center, so the fan blades themselves aren't really lit up. Kinda awkward, I'd recommend getting a different fan if you want the blades to light up in a nice bright circle.

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LousyWorm1480 2 points 6 months ago

For only 12 dollars more why not go for the G5400? I mean the performance difference is only 7 percent however like I said before it's only a 12 dollar difference. Anyway great build! +1 from me!

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I don't think the G5400 would work with the cheap motherboard I've got, I believe it needs a newer boards, like the H310, B360, H370 and Z370 mobos, which might add a bit more than $12 to the end price. Thanks for looking out, though! I'll keep it in mind for future builds, since it does seem like a fairly cheap way to slightly increase cpu performance

KEYTONE 2 points 6 months ago

Nice build man! I have mostly the same components as you and was wondering though how the cable management room is on the side panel for the Cooler Master case? Is there a bulge for the panel to allow extra room?

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

I had to be careful while running the thick PSU cables through the back, it doesn't have much clearance between the back of the motherboard panel and the removable side panel. It does have enough room to let cables through, just not as much as I'd have liked.

GetBombarded 1 point 6 months ago

Would this be a great pc build to play games like csgo, league of legends and fortnite on high settings, im looking for a starter pc... my budget is $850 if anyone is wondering.

SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Absolutely it would! If you are able to stretch your budget a bit, try getting a RX 480 instead of the 1050 Ti, it’ll give you a nice bump in performance. You could also look at AMDs new budget Ryzen cpus instead of the Intel G4560 I have in mine, the extra threads would be nice for productivity! Otherwise the build I’ve done is a nice entry level build that’ll let you play at 1080p at a consistent 60fps for pretty much any of the games you listed!

MrX007 1 point 5 months ago
SquelchMuffins submitter 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

That is the exact GPU I used, yes! But PCPartpicker doesn't seem to like me, every time I try to correct it, it changes it back to the other MSI card a day later. Go figure lol