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I wanted to introduce my brother to the PCMR in the most cost effective way possible. He wanted a cheap computer that he could game on and also do Mixcraft Studios on. He had a maximum current budget of <$500 which made this build pretty difficult compared to more expensive ones.

PROCESSOR: I picked the i3-4160 because its single core performance for gaming was relatively good for the price. I told him he could start cheap now and move up to a much better processor later down the road (The joy of Intel). The cost of OS was also included in this build. We bought Windows 8.1 on XDigitalForrest for really cheap and then immediately upgraded to 10.

MOTHERBOARD: The motherboard was super cheap and that's why we bought it. I wasn't really impressed with it, it felt really, really cheap just to hold. The PC express clip broke off, thankfully it didn't affect any part of the build.

STORAGE: There is no HDD included in the build because he had hit his current max budget with an SSD and a HDD. I told him to get an SSD first in order to float him for a while until he had the money for a Hard Drive. The BX200 performs very well for the price, I was pretty impressed. Boot times were under 15 seconds from complete power off.

GPU: We ordered a GTX 760 from GPU Shack for a really good price. I was impressed with Alex's (the business owner) attention to detail and customer service. My brother uses an older 1440x900 monitor and the GTX 760 powers through all games on High/Ultra without any hiccups, I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised.

CASE: The Azza Cosmas is probably the best case for the money. It is super light and cheap feeling, but looks awesome with the red fan and side panel window. For a mid tower case, it is super small.

PSU: I was not impressed with the PSU. I told my brother to spend a little more, but he wanted to save money. We ended up not having enough power cords to run to the GPU, so we had to use molex to 6-pin for the GPU. I am hoping he will be upgrading the PSU in the future as I hear the CX PSUs like to blow up. So far, it has held up fairly well.

Overall, it has held up fairly well. No major hiccups or issues whatsoever, I am actually impressed with how well it performs for being such a cheap PC. My brother enjoys it and is on it all the time now. If I could change just one thing about it, it would be the power supply.

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Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

"I wanted to introduce my brother to the PCMR in the most cost effective way possible."

Congrats! You did it.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

super budget!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

You know it! Thanks!

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 but buy him a bigger ssd or hdd at some point

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Like I said, he'll get around to it at some point. He didn't have money for an SSD AND an HDD so he had to pick one. Figured it would be easier down the line to start with an SSD so you could install the OS on it and not have to worry about moving it over later.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm happy to see you like Biohazard :P +1

  • 45 months ago
  • 2 points

What?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

RE=Biohazard