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The Budget FPS Dominator

by cramstr



Date Published

July 11, 2018

Date Built

June 3, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.354 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


Note: I actually built this a couple of months ago, but only had time to post this now.

So this is my first ever PC build. I got my inspiration from a friend who also built his own PC, and I found all of this really cool as I originally found all of this really confusing and how my everyone makes it seem so easy.

I was going for a budget, beginner build that would give me sufficient FPS to play my favourite games like Overwatch, CS:GO, TF2, and a bunch of others. I do not stream, make videos, or do any heavy work, only gaming and school stuff.

I was also planning to get all my parts in store, as I did not want to risk getting things from etailers, and in the case that they did not work, go through the RMA process. The advantage was that I managed to get most parts on sale. The disadvantage was that they did not sell every part, and the lack of selection was surprising. I was originally planning to get a much cheaper Ryzen 5 chip, but since they only sold 2nd gen ones, I had to go for the cheapest Ryzen 2 chip. I also originally planned to go for Intel, but they only had 1 motherboard (B360 for i3-8100) for it, and it was unfortunately the most expensive model.

PC newbie struggles...

Anyway, this is what I managed to scrape through with. The SSD itself was cheaper than the combined price of the HDD and SSD that I was planning to get (1TB WD Blue + 250GB Crucial MX500), so I had to make do with the smaller SSD. The 75hz monitor was also a steal, as it was as cheap as the 60hz ones. I also managed to get a free BIOS update from the store.

I get (uncapped) up to 130 fps on Fortnite (medium), up to 100 fps on medium settings for Overwatch, and 200+ fps in TF2 and CS:GO on med-high settings. My temps are average, around 36 C on idle for the CPU and GPU, and around 65-70 C under load. The final price was around $1300 CAD, after tax.

At the end, am I happy? Definitely. It went better than I planned for my first build, and I look forward to using it for the next few years!

Part Reviews


Great 6 core processor, a great budget for 2nd gen Ryzen. The stock cooler is also pretty good, and is not loud.


Its a decent motherboard, but not the best. The USB 3 port is at a terrible spot at the bottom (it would be so much better at the side), making it very hard to route the thick USB cable. The motherboard felt very flimsy on the edges when I push down on it, and the BIOS is a little confusing for overclocking (I still dont even know if I can overclock in the first place yet).


Good, fast memory. Also looks really stylish with the heatsink design.


Very fast SSD, great price to performance ratio. No complaints anywhere.

Video Card

Excellent card for budget builds, gives great frame rates for the price, and is very quiet.


Good budget case from Phanteks. Cable management is extremely easy with PSU shroud and lots of space underneath. Solid build quality, it seems like its all metal. Only comes with 1 case fan (which isn't that good), the LED implementation is very small, and the dust filters on the front are tiny, causing lots of dust to enter.

Power Supply

No problems so far, works great, very quiet. A definite recommend for budget builds.

Case Fan

Great fans for the price, keeps the interior of the PC nice and cool, and is relatively quiet.

I only wish the LED was brigther, as you can barely see it during a bright day.


Excellent monitor, the stand looks very stylish (it does have red stripes and is not color neutral), all the images are sharp and well defined. Also a definite reccomend for budget setups.

Comments Sorted by:

IdiotOnTheInternet 1 point 9 months ago

I absolutely love how clean it is.... GOOD JOB! :)

cramstr submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! :)

The PSU shroud was absolutely wonderful and made the cable management so much easier.

NoShadows 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Really nice one bro. Congratz

cramstr submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago


droem 1 point 9 months ago

Awesome build! Plan to do similar. +1

BTW do you notice any screen tearing with at LG panel when it's paired with the 1050 Ti?

EDIT: Also what is your keyboard and mouse? Thanks!

cramstr submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! Good luck on your build!

I have never seen any screen tearing in any game or application with the monitor ir the graphics card. I thought I would, but the 1050 Ti performs a lot better than expected.

The mouse and keyboard came together, its the Cooler Master Masterset MS120, got in on sale for $70.

droem 1 point 9 months ago


aferr1973 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Very nice build! I absolutely love that case it will be the next case I use!

cramstr submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! The cable management is superb for this budget case, and makes building so easy!

aferr1973 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

It certainly looks that way! I have a Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 3.1 and it isn't as cable management friendly, but I was able to make it look as clean as I could!

Compersa 1 point 8 months ago

I was looking to build a new pc with the Ryzen 5 2600 using the same mobo. However in my parts list it says:

"Some AMD B350 chipset motherboards may need a BIOS update prior to using Pinnacle Ridge CPUs. Upgrading the BIOS may require a different CPU that is supported by older BIOS revisions."

I was wondering if you had any any issues or if this is just one of those false alarms pcpartpicker gives on occasion?

cramstr submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

It is true, the Ryzen 2s are not compatible with B350 motherboards out of the box, an you do need a BIOS update.

The store in which I bought my stuff was kind enough to give me a free BIOS update.

I personally wont recommend this board. Its cheap, and lacks a lt of features. Try to go with a new B450 board which is around the same price and is compatible with 2nd gen Ryzens.

Compersa 1 point 8 months ago

Could you send me a link? The only ones I'm finding are like 120+$ and I wasn't really looking to spend that much.

cramstr submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

The only B450 boards that are comparable in price right now are Micro ATX. However, they are very new, which explains why some of them are even more expensive than X470 boards. I feel like prices will drop in a couple of months.

But that's too long to wait for.

Honestly, B350 is fine if you could get that BIOS updated. However, I would recommend another board, not this one. There are no overclocking features, the drivers are confusing to update, the board feels cheap, etc.

Compersa 1 point 8 months ago

Okay thank you.

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cramstr submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I wish I got it for $128 CAD as it says on the list!

I actually got it for around $160, because the store just wants to suck everyone's money out of their pockets.

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