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Norsk's Budget Gaming Build

by Norskamerikaner



Date Published

June 29, 2015

Date Built

June 13, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.202 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz
Note: This completed build is pending moderation. Once approved by a moderator it will appear in the list of completed builds after being processed.


After five years, I decided to upgrade. For years I played on a laptop sporting 4GB RAM, a GT 310M GPU with a weak Intel i3 and a desktop with 8GB RAM a slightly better i3 and integrated graphics. Unfortunately, the games outpaced my available computers.

I am extremely happy with my build. I spent around $800 on parts. The Core i5-4590 is a very capable CPU that will run most any task with ease. It has a great amount of processing power per dollar.

The NZXT case is fairly basic, but it easily met my needs. Toolless installation was a great feature of this case, as were the two included fans which run quietly. It also features a USB 3.0 port on the front of the case, which I liked.

At this point, no one could go wrong buying Western Digital's Caviar Blue 1TB hard drive. It's cheap and it works really well.

EVGA's 650W power supply I bought for this build is Gold rated and offers room for future upgrades should the need arise.

I'm so happy with this build. The price was most definitely right and the performance is excellent.

Part Reviews


I got a good deal on the 240GB Patriot Blaze SSD. This is my first SSD and I am very impressed with the OS boot times on it. After experiencing five-minute boot times with my older PCs, I am happy to say that time is 6 seconds (I timed it!) with this build. Unfortunately, there is no spacer included to fit it to a 3.5" slot, so one should be bought separately.

Video Card

I cannot begin to extol the virtues of PNY's overclocked version of the GTX 750 Ti. After going from struggling with frame rates at lowest settings on most games, this card allows me to play games such as World of Tanks, War Thunder, and Skyrim on their highest possible settings at more than 60 FPS. The card is very quiet. Even during graphics-intensive moments there is almost no noise. For those it matters to, the card is also remarkably small and requires so extra power input despite offering the best performance of any overclocked GTX 750 Ti.


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