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My First $450 Budget Build--Vela

by Cumputur

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16 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 23, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.165 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.61 GHz

Description

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.

Specs!!

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.

Thank you for visiting! And I hoped this helped

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

Video Card

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

Case

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.

Power Supply

Its a PSU that works. Non-modular though which would have been appreciated but its not necessary.

Operating System

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.

Comments Sorted by:

ThoughtA staff 1 point 31 months ago

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ShaneRSPC 1 point 31 months ago

I really like the build props to you! I have the N200 case next to me waiting for the rest of the parts to come in soon so be sure to check my build in a few weeks, also you think you can post a photo of the inside non zoomed and the backside of the case for the cable management, would love to see it!

Cumputur submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Sure, will do! Be warned I am a rookie with a non modular power supply so there was a little cramming xD

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

Simple but very powerful! Those are the words that describe this build. :)

Cumputur submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

haha thanks man

Eli2001 1 point 31 months ago

use fraps to get a frame counter i find it really good

DannyBoi23 1 point 31 months ago

This is a very nice budget build.

firemaster1771 1 point 30 months ago

Could it run GTA 5

Newbietoeverything 1 point 24 months ago

Did the case come with all the screws needed and mounts pre installed

YoonInPace 0 points 31 months ago

Is it possible to change the motherboard? Changed it to MSI H110M Pro-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard. Would that be fine?

Cumputur submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

yeah that works as long as it is an lga 1151

YoonInPace 1 point 30 months ago

Thank you.

Alexius_ -1 points 31 months ago

I would recommend replacing the i3 with a G3258 pentium and just overclocking it to 4.5ghz with the help of a Cooler Master EVO 212. It will provide significantly better performance.

Tultamaneli 2 points 31 months ago

In games that use more than 2 threads, no it wont. The i3 will win in most situations.

Alexius_ 1 point 31 months ago

hmm... I thought thought i3 processors are dual core as well, and only i7 processors have hyperthreading.

Tultamaneli 2 points 31 months ago

i3 is Dual core with hyper threading... Essentially a quad core.