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"PCPP Has Taught You Well." - Modest Gaming Build for 2017 and Beyond

by Maxxed


Hello and welcome to my build and well done for all of you who noticed the Star Wars reference.

My name is Maxxed and I am 15. I needed a new PC as I wanted to get into PC gaming. Playing CS:GO on a budget laptop ghetto setup was not a nice experience. I went through weeks of over-analysing every part I needed as when I see some of the builds on PCPP (which have taught me most of what I know about PC building now) I get a feeling I need to try and make something like that. However, on a teenager's pocket money this probably can't happen for a few years. Hence, I present to you -- I don't know, really (I need some suggestions for names in the comments section).

The core build (CPU, Mobo, GPU, essentials etc.) were bought on my own savings with help from parents. As for the case, fans and braided cables: - A Christmas present. The PSU is an old relic I fished out of a build my Dad made over 7 years ago. Nevertheless, it performs wonderfully and I haven't had any problems with it. All the connections were easy.

After using this build since December 2016, now as I write it is almost February 2017 (giving me a good 2 months to test this boi out) I am more than satisfied. It performs as expected for a modest build in this price range. Some benchmarks will be listed soon.

TOMB RAIDER (2013): Average 60 frames, smooth at ultimate settings. Some places, especially some of the parts where thunderstorms, buildings falling apart etc, dropped to 40fps momentarily. Still great.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive Friend told me this is a CPU-intensive game. Probably, since i'm getting avg. 110fps at high. hmm.

League of Legends: Not that intensive, avg. 150fps on highest settings. Love it; no tearing or lag ( apart from the occasional blip in my router :P)

ARK: Survival Evolved: Not optimised enough, according to some. Avg. 40fps.

Any suggestions, comments or improvements? Comment below! I will happily consider them.

Part Reviews


CPU: Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual Core This CPU was recommended on every single forum and discussion I went on; I was happy about DDR4 compatibility (yes I know, not much improvement over DDR3 blah blah..) and it proved to be snappy and good for my tasks. These include SOME light 3D rendering and gaming, as well as having a fair amount of tabs and windows open at the same time.


All the connections were easy, no hassle. One little problem was that the USB 3.0 port is VERY weak. be careful; you could bend a pin or 2 as I did. I had to spend a good 10 minutes with a knife to bend it back.


Nice and fast, boot time to Windows 10 is 6 seconds. Love it, looks good as well.

Video Card

GPU: Sapphire Radeon RX 480 4GB NITRO+ 4GB This dude really got me into the hype. Proving to be better at Vulkan than the 1060 and cheaper had me sold at the beginning. Tomb Raider(2013) 60fps avg. with VSync on.


Building in this was a dream! only problem was fitting all of the cables of my 7 year old PSU in the shroud. nothing a bit of force shouldn't fix!

Case Fan

RGB! I love them, they add a great theme to my build, whichever color I choose to go. Fairly quiet.

Comments Sorted by:

jl140 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Good effort for a teenager using their own pocket money! +1

Maxxed submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks. :)

Razorwing02 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

PCPP Has Taught You Well

Step up your game guys. Really? Why would you do this? A stock intel cooler? Alright who is responsible....

Jk nice job +1 for story and +2 more for referring to it as "boi"

(giving me a good 2 months to test this boi out)

Maxxed submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Well I figured that on a tight budget I couldn't fit in a cooler YET but that is one of the upgrades I shall do in the future.

Yahtadi 1 point 21 months ago
Adrew24 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Very similar, but you have a pentium.

Yahtadi 1 point 21 months ago

Lol. Itd share exactly same performance, my pentium probably faster if we really go to every second xD

zombieyasuo123 1 point 21 months ago

I am interested in copying your build for my first pc would this build run league of legends with no frames dropping at 150 frames?

Albert_shurl 1 point 21 months ago

Whats the keyboard and the cost? im also going to do a build with a $1700 budget any recommendations? It will be my first build and im 12 and a nice build but the cooler needs an upgrade

Maxxed submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Its called the Steelseries Apex 300. There are better options at £80 (~$105) like corsair or razer keyboards. I bought this one purely for RGB and I'm OK with it, but 1) i use 0 of the macro keys, i doubt you will too, and 2) the space bar sometimes refuses to work. I say go with corsair or razer.

Albert_shurl 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah im buying the corsair k70 rapidfire thanks!

FarawayThrower 1 point 21 months ago

The graphics card was a really nice choice.

Maxxed submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks, I picked it for price/performance; gtx 1060 was £50-100 more and it was out of budget.

zombieyasuo123 1 point 21 months ago

Hey Im new to building a pc and I have been playing league of legends on my macbook pro laptop getting only 60 frames that drop to 17 when team fighting I want to copy your build as you say you get 150 frames no lag at all but I looked up all the parts and it totals over 900$ is there a place you recommend to get a lower price? also what kind of monitor would you recommend?

Maxxed submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Hey, depending on which country you are in, there are different prices so i can't really help you there. However, as a LoL machine that I use regularly, it really does well. For a monitor, I use this and its got all I need. Unless youre gonna get 200 frames, where a 144hz monitor would work (no need for one in this build)

Gokez 1 point 20 months ago

Im looking for a low budget computer to play league of legends on with capped out FPS. Is this the way to go or do you think I could get a better deal? Thanks for your help in advance!

Maxxed submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Hey, sorry for the short reply. In LoL, I get an average 150 fps, it is really great. If you REALLy need the frames, get an i5 and downgrade the gpu. But for an all-rounder its amazing :)

Nolanrulesroblox 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

what brand are the fans?

Maxxed submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

They are by Thermaltake called Riing RGB.

Nolanrulesroblox 5 Builds 1 point 11 months ago


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Maxxed submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah, thats one problem. I only have around 30gb left so I will get a 1tb hdd soon, they aren't too expensive :)

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