I started this build with around six-hundred dollars looking to find a gaming PC and monitor for mostly lighter games like CS:GO, Rocket League, and Dota II. I am really impressed with this PC and being able to run better more intensive games is great. I wanted to order all new parts for this build, but if you are willing to look used you could no doubt out perform this PC. I ordered all of my parts off of Newegg and I included rebates for the final price.
Monitor: I didn't include this in the main pricing because I didn't wan to deter anyone with a lower budget that already has a monitor. Anyways I went with the Asus VX238H 23.0" Monitor for only $110 refurbished from Newegg. This monitor is great: it has really fast response times paired with a good quality display. The only things that I am disappointed about are the built-in speakers... they suck. Otherwise great cheap monitor.
CS:GO: On most of the maps it hovered around 175-250 Fps and never went below that 150. -Settings: Most of my settings were at around medium to low but high should be only 25-50 frames lower. Rocket League: 115-150 Fps -Settings: Maxed out settings Dota II: I got around 85-100 fps on Dota. -Settings: I just installed Dota so I have no clue about this game and I stuck with default settings. Crysis 2: I didn't know how to have a frame counter in Crysis but I had it on just about default settings and it ran really well. I might turn down some settings in the future to squeeze out a little higher frame rate but it is great now. Those were all the games in my inventory that have much of an impact on a PC but later I will also be adding Tomb Raider.
Lastly, this section is for anybody looking into a similar build... Upgrades -RAM: This is a really easy upgrade to do that can help boost performance ~I recommend going for 4 or 8GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport LT -CPU Cooler: This is really not as important performance-wise because even under %100 load with Prime 95 the CPU stayed at 60 degrees on stock cooling, but the stock cooler is really ugly and makes a lot of noise. ~I recommend the Rosewill RCX-Z300, it looks really nice and looking through many reviews it is much quieter than the stock cooling. -Side-panel Window: Coolermaster provides optional windows for the N200 on their European store, but I couldn't find the in the U.S.
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Really great Intel Skylake CPU! Stays really cool on the stock cooler. Scored around 1650 on the real temp XS bench. Idle is about 30 degrees and I did a five minute test on Prime 95 and it stayed under 60 degrees on full load. Stock fan is a bit loud though. All-in-all a great budget CPU.
This was the worst part of my build by FAR. The first of my two DIMM slots was broken so I can only use one stick of RAM. Other than that I had no issues with this motherboard.
Good fast RAM what can you say. If both of the DIMMs on my motherboard worked I would upgrade to 12 or 16GB of RAM in the future.
This hard drive has been working really well for me so far. I am thinking of eventually getting an SSD to boot my most important programs. Its still a really nice hard drive that loads much faster than my old laptop one.Only problem is that it makes a really annoying noise that I can sometimes hear over the fans.
Really Good GPU for the money especially when I got it with a 30-35 dollar rebate. Runs all the games I want really well and on good settings. Doesn't make a noise
I love this case from Coolermaster, its sleek, small, and had pretty good room for cables. I got this with a $10 rebate and have only one regret: it doesn't have a window. Other than that It is a really high quality case with nice airflow and cable management space. Important: This case comes with about half an inch between where you mount the motherboard and the side panel. Even though it is a little tight I was able to get pretty nice cable tidiness for such a good price.
Its a PSU that works. Non-modular though which would have been appreciated but its not necessary.
I like Windows 7 more but this is nice. I got this for Free because the college my sister is going to gives their students a free copy of Windows.