Description

The aim of this build is to end up with a minimalist, power efficient machine for streaming video, surfing, basic office functions and light photo editing. I was interested to see how cheaply this could be done.

It's been some years since I bothered building a PC and I'm very happy with this. Everything in Win 10 absolutely flies and the on-board graphics have absolutely no problem outputting DVD and streamed video to my new HD Monitor. It's a perfect Netflix box. It's surprising how much can be done while spending so relatively little.

Part Reviews

CPU

It's cheap and has decent graphics. Up to now I've used a Haswell Pentium and it's served me well. The only area where it occasionally stumbled was graphics, however the various reviews indicate that this baby should be slightly better in that respect.

Motherboard

A basic mobo, from a good make which has HDMI output. On the downside, pretty much any GPU covers up the PCIe slot. Doesn't matter to me but worth considering if you intend using discrete graphics.

Memory

It's RAM. It looks cool and it does RAM stuff.

Storage

For me, the perfect compromise between cost, capacity and speed. Probably the largest single performance boost there is. Boots the system in seconds.

Comments

  • 45 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice budget build, components, and description. +1

Also, can we have a look inside the case with all the components inside?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

What case is that?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a CiT Templar - a budget brand popular with OEM builders in the UK. Haters are gonna hate, but it comes with a 500w PSU and it doesn't major on cable management! I know of several PCs with these cases and none have blown up yet. I'll get a picture up.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It certainly doesn't look half bad.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build for $200. It's nice to see ultra cheap rigs like this. :)

You could of gotten a much better bang for your buck by going to the Intel Celeron, but still it's a good PC. :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so attached to the Pentium G3258, but this AMD is cheaper and is clocked higher. hmm.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice $200 build. Great choice of parts:

Not bad!

+1
  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

That vengeance ram looks really big for some reason. Probably just perspective :/