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$500 Budget Beast

by ejrdrifter

119
94 Comments

Details

Date Published

May 5, 2016

Date Built

April 26, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.15GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.63GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

41.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

84.0° C

Description

Hello

Here is my $500 gaming computer. I tried to pack as much performance in this as possible. I included an SSD, 8GB of RAM and a cheap case with some back cable management. Overall it was a great experience. The case was a little hard to work with because of the cheap metal used, but I got by.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor for the money. It does have some trouble in AAA games because of the lack of cores, but overall a great processor.

Motherboard

This motherboard lacks a lot of features, and the bios leaves much to be desired, but you can't beat the price. It has USB 3.0.

Storage

This is a great SSD. PC boots up very quickly, and overall browsing through the computer is quick and snappy.

Video Card

Great graphics card for the money. I love the extra 2GB of Vram, and it has very good cooling. I overclocked this to 1150Mhz core clock and 1630Mhz with a 100 over voltage.

Case

This is a great case for its money. The price definitively shows though. The metal is low quality. There is back panel cable management. The drive mounting mechanism is odd, and the power supply is on the roof of the case.

Power Supply

Great power supply, has not given me any problems so far.

Comments Sorted by:

EngageDynamo 23 points 12 months ago

Someone actually made a good budget build with the proper parts!

+1 for understanding value

cj_yobi_keith 3 points 12 months ago

I agree I think this is one of the best budget part lists I have seen in a while.

EngageDynamo 0 points 12 months ago

People usually get terrible things like Pentium's at this price point... I once saw a $2000 build with a G3258 once...

cj_yobi_keith 1 point 12 months ago

LOL

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ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds -2 points 12 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/7rgLrH

Best G3258 Build period haha. It was for his son though and he had parts laying around if I remember correctly

EngageDynamo -1 points 12 months ago

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/KTTH99

I'm just leaving this here, I'm not going to say anything.

Stycks32 1 Build 0 points 12 months ago

Holy **** that guy has no rhyme or reason for the parts he puts in his computers.

creedman7 16 Builds 4 points 12 months ago

Excellent budget build with room for expansion. You can also upgrade to a i5 or i7 and more ram down the road. Great job. Rosewell makes some good stuff, and their higher end case are good, but their lower end cases SUX. At least the case looks good, working with/in them is awful.

Eltech 14 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Excellent budget build with room for expansion. You can also upgrade to a i5 or i7 and more ram down the road. Great job.

I agree.

Rosewell makes some good stuff, and their higher end case are good, but their lower end cases SUX. At least the case looks good, working with/in them is awful.

Indeed. At least the SRM-01 case is a little bit better for cable management. Their older, cheap cases do require a bit more creativity to manage the wires.
creedman7 16 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Ya. I used a Rosewill RANGER-M in this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/jgVYcf

Worst case I've ever used. Awful and put a 2" cut on my thumb.

ejrdrifter you did a great job.

Eltech 14 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Ya. I used a Rosewill RANGER-M in this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/jgVYcf

Likewise, that was my first time to ever make a custom build myself. I am hoping to fix it soon for better cable management since I fixed my grandma's Mini HP laptop that is an Intel Atom with a Samsung 850 EVO 120GB and 2GB of RAM.

Worst case I've ever used. Awful and put a 2" cut on my thumb.

Ouch! You too? I cut my fingers when I was forcing the metal PCI slots that you have to remove. I know how you feel there.
ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks :)

cj_yobi_keith 3 points 12 months ago

Great build, I'm sure this budget beast kicked ***.

tardigradethompson 2 points 12 months ago

Nice build, really good bang for your buck for light gamers.

auldae 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

This is a $500 build to take pride in. Great build, great pics. +1

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks :)

Gzav 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Great build.

I would have taken a 850 evo instead of a SP550 tho and still be under 500 !

LibriLector 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I'm thinking of getting a cheap SSD too. Why would you recommend the 85o over the sp550?

jnanof 32 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

+1 great budget build! great looking build as well.

OccamAsylum 9 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Damn now I feel bad about being lazy with routing non mod cables in this case lol. Nice job dude.

FloatingMLGBob 2 points 12 months ago

Great budget build +1

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks :)

Beckeeri 2 points 5 months ago

Me personally because I like to have a game, Teamspeak, and Spotify all running i would go for a quad core

Aceboyz 1 point 12 months ago

THAT PARTLIST THO...

Mind Blown.

A solid +1 for building something that has peaked Price/performance in both aspects

PS i plan to make a PC practically the same except the case

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Which case?

Aceboyz 2 points 12 months ago

Cougar Spike since its cheaper in my area, its like $23 here

creedman7 16 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

1+ for the Cougar Spike. I've built two pc's with that case. Not the best for cable management, but overall a good solid case and its cheap.

Aceboyz 2 points 12 months ago

meh its fine for me, imma just shove cables at the 5 1/2" Drive bay XD

creedman7 16 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Hahaha, That's what I did.

FACUNDO 12 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

+1

Finally someone who follows build guides! :-)

190n 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Nice-looking build. Do you have any benchmark results you could post?

edit: Could you also take a picture of the "full" build (with side panel)?

Khaosix 19 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

This really is a great build in all aspects. Also, that's a lucky price on that 4GB 380. Where did you find that?

+1 for a proper budget build.

PS: Your picture game is ON POINT!

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I got the R9 380 off of Newegg. There was a $25 mail in rebate which I redeemed, and it was on sale.

Khaosix 19 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Sick. I have clients that would be jealous. Thanks for the info.

Squishbean1 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Probably the best price/performance I've seen on this site.

jellobeast 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Price beats all, hands down.

legonate416 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Funny how when someone posts a build with a W1 PSU people are like

"You used ALL the right parts! AWESOME!"

But when someone posts a build with a CX PSU (which is actually better than a W1 PSU) everyone loses their minds

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TheEthernet 6 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Great pics!

WhizleyGaming 1 point 12 months ago

Will this PC run any game 1080p and run smoothly because i am a noob and want a budget gaming PC, if it cant what parts would need upgrading. Thanks

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

It can. I will be posting benchmarks soon.

Michiel04575 1 point 12 months ago

I like this one, nicely done +1

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks :)

romanvalkre 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

+1 Love that bang for buck!

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Nice budget gamer

Thumbs up

normel23 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Legit Budget Build! , fps please on some common games.

djdirka 1 point 12 months ago

i bet that graphics card was a bish to put in

Claymoresama 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Great job. I built a rig in the same price bracket about a year ago and had similar results. I hope youre enjoying that build. How is that SSD? Ive seen it alot but heard mixed things about its performance.

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

It is an amazing SSD for the price. I got it for $34.99 and it boots windows in 4 seconds and makes overall browsing a lot faster.

yunggamer03 1 point 12 months ago

price to performance ratio is amazing!

WhyHatePancake 1 point 12 months ago

How does this run? I'm thinking about remaking this build for my first 1. :)

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

It runs all games flawlessly. Best price for performance imo.

WhyHatePancake 1 point 12 months ago

So if I re make this build. Can I expect similar performance ( different case and ram?)

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yep.

WhyHatePancake 1 point 12 months ago

sweg :)

WhyHatePancake 1 point 12 months ago

One more question. What should I expect in upcoming games and Dark Souls 3?

Bentzkast 1 point 12 months ago

Is there any better case that I could use?

Harbenja 1 point 12 months ago

What games could this build play at the moment wow, Overwatch etc

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Everything really...

thetortuga747 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Fallout 4?

Can you get 60 FPS in diamond city?

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Sure, but not on Ultra settings...

zing523 1 point 12 months ago

An actual budget build finally

Scadoosh118 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

You scared me when I was reading your review on the case, it's actually on the ceiling.

TheB0SS37 1 point 12 months ago

Will this run bf1? Also how long do you think it would take before I would be forced to upgrade to an i5 6500 or 600

Penguintheman 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

What are the firestrike benchmarks for the PSU?

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

It didn't give me a score for the PSU

Greekfir3 1 point 11 months ago

Amazing build in terms of bang for u buck and good work on keeping it nice and clean.Only think i think i would change is the sdd for an extra 20$ u get double the storage.

Sapan.xda 1 point 11 months ago

How about some benchmarks buddy? If it's too much of a hassle for you to bench games then I'm sure people would love to see some firestrike scores :)

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Scored a little over 7000 when overclocked in Firestrike.

TacoNinja 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Quick question. I have about the same specs, but I can only do Windows 32 bit. Do you have 64, and if so do you know how I would do that?

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

You have to buy the 64 bit version of Windows.

fluidd 1 point 9 months ago

Nice! Also very good pictures

+1 ♥

SwedishK 1 point 9 months ago

To those familiar with desktop builds...

I am not too familiar with building a desktop, but would this build still be good now, if not what would you update? Because I am thinking about creating this setup?

(also, I was wondering if I should stay with the I3 processor or upgrade to a I5)

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Today I would go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $99.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $51.88 @ OutletPC
Memory PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $29.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB Video Card $239.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Rosewill SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 400W ATX Power Supply $27.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $524.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-23 21:23 EDT-0400

If you are strict on $500, get the RX 480 with 4GB of vram for $40 less.

SwedishK 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! I had a couple questions to ask you...

I assume the AMD FX-6300 Processor is better than the i3 Processor you originally posted? Also, I might go over $500 if I can add a SSD (Possibly 128Gb). What is the max ram I can upgrade to?

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

I actually changed my mind a little bit and went with the i3, though it lacks cores, it is a much newer chip and will be easy to upgrade to a better processor like an i7 6700k in the future (if necessary). It also uses DDR4 which is a lot newer. The FX 6300 has aged a lot, and intel will be a lot more reliable. The intel i3 beats the FX 6300 in most games but not all, games that require more cores perform better on the FX 6300. Make sure that you get the RX 480 with 4GB of vram if you want to stay under $500 (excluding the ssd). An SSD is a great idea and will speed up your boot time for your operating system of choice. The maximum amount of ram that you can upgrade to is 32GB, but 16GB is more then enough for gaming.

CBKxNinja 1 point 8 months ago

i know this is dumb to ask but ive never had a pc before and just started about thinking of getting one just like a week ago should i get a wireless mouse and keyboard or a wired one?

CBKxNinja 1 point 8 months ago

also am i able to use wifi with this?

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago
ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I would get a wired one, wireless mice and keyboards can have some latency depending on which one you get. Wireless also costs a lot more.

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yes it will, it works great too I have one.

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BenRichards 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Planning to build something just like this only change will likely be a Rx 470 or a gtx 1060 :) great build

mindhoney 1 point 8 months ago

Looks like the video card is no longer available, could you recommend another that stays around the budget?

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I would look at either the RX 480 or the RX 470

HaloLegend98 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

How did you install that HDD there? My case has a piece of metal perpendicular/sticking up on the bottom on the drive bay.

Edit: Your GPU has a side connector for power which allows you to use the lower drive bay. Mine does not...

And does your fan move any air? I'm looking to install a front fan but I dont know the type to install (I.e. static pressure vs air flow). The front of the case is kinda obstructed by the panel and the grill. I'm not sure if it's worth it.

HardPlay 1 point 8 months ago

I dont know about the prices in your country but Herr in Germany you could have gotten a 2x8gb RAM Kit for 10-15 bucks extra wich would be nice because of dual channel (besides Double the RAM amount). Nice build anyways!

ol 1 point 7 months ago

Awesome build, ".... this is how we do it".

tobuildapcyoumustbethepc 1 point 7 months ago

What can you make better about it if you have a $600 budget?

ejrdrifter submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H110M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $38.42 @ Newegg
Storage PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Best Buy
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB 6GT OC Video Card $249.00 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 400W ATX Power Supply $26.17 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $591.04
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-22 20:58 EDT-0400
moonman32 1 point 6 months ago

Nice build, i only will later on put a better processor in, like a i5 or something

mindhoney 1 point 6 months ago

I just built this PC a couple months ago, bought everything recommended except for the graphics card. I got the Sapphire R7 370. Everythings perfect for what I needed, and great performance for the price. Like you mentioned, the case kind of blows :P really had cram stuff in there, but it's cheap and has all I need. Thanks for the build!

jujusubaru 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

really nice!

TheFluff12 1 point 3 months ago

Amazing, your build is so neat and compact.

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