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Small case, ~$300, hybrid games/HTPC

TheOwlGod
  • 54 months ago

No OS needed --- will be running Linux.

Trying to beat an i7-2670QM + GT 555M laptop.

Show me what you can do at such a low budget. Bonus points if you come in under $300!

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not under $300, unfortunately, but the Skylake i3 offers a suprisingly substantial iGPU that makes it a great contender for a build like this. A less expensive alternative would be the Skylake Pentium, which has a slightly lower clock speed without hyperthreading which can do well in the lower-requirement games.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $123.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock B150M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.98 @ Newegg
Memory Panram Ninja-V 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Case Apex DM-318 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $318.84
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-21 17:00 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Then this would be the other major option. The AMD APU route. This one will get under $300 and performs roughly equivalent to the 6100 in gaming, at the cost of lower single-thread performance (which I think you'd be hard-pressed to reach the limit of either, really)

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-7670K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $101.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock FM2A68M-DG3+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $44.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory G.Skill Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory $44.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Case Apex DM-318 HTPC Case w/275W Power Supply $39.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $276.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-21 17:03 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Have you used the Apex case before, or seen it? I'm a bit wary of products that haven't been reviewed or listed at used in a build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll encourage you to look at the reviews for it yourself. There are a few bad reviews (there are bad reviews for everything), but overall it seems like a decent choice given its low price, plus it has a PSU included. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154062

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the idea of the case with included PSU, and your suggestion for the iGPU. I played around with those ideas (dropped down to the Pentium to save $50) and pulled out a $250 build. I think I'm looking for a bit more power in this one, but I'm going to keep the $250 "bang for the buck" in mind for an upcoming project at work. Also intrigued by the A8 --- definitely need to read more into it!

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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd stick with the laptop..

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Unfortunately the laptop is dying.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Shame.. how high do you think you could go to make this worth your while?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I've got a budget of ~$300, but depending how negotiations go at work this week, that might come up to closer to $400.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $44.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Mushkin ECO2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $31.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.95 @ Amazon
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card $109.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Antec 450W ATX Power Supply $32.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $318.80
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-21 17:12 EST-0500

That's what I would do, I run something similar myself in the living room while I'm waiting for bargains to upgrade it. It will overclock nicely even on the stock cooler, the 750Ti is more than capable of 1080p gaming as long as you are realistic with the settings in AAA titles.

The reason for wanting extra money would be to make it smaller with more storage..

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

This is one I put together that comes to $325.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.00 @ Amazon
Motherboard ASRock B85M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $49.99 @ Newegg
Memory Team Elite 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $17.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card $99.99 @ Newegg
Case Thermaltake Core V1 Mini ITX Tower Case $39.60 @ Directron
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $24.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $366.45
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $326.45
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-21 17:16 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd double the ram if you think you could go that bit extra but it's an easy upgrade down the line of course.

It's a good build though, nice find on the mobo as well!!

The PSU is less than amazing but you can't knock it at the price. I'd just be a little wary of big overclocks.

EDIT: I didn't notice the rebates but if you are happy with them then it's all good.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the build idea and the comments on my post!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor $46.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard ASRock AM1H-ITX Mini ITX AM1 Motherboard $47.99 @ Micro Center
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory $38.36 @ Amazon
Storage OCZ Trion 100 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $43.99 @ Amazon
Case Silverstone ML08B HTPC Case $72.50 @ Amazon
Power Supply Silverstone 300W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply $48.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $298.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-21 17:06 EST-0500
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  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

The problem is that the laptop is dying; it's the gpu in particular that's going off. But you're right, it's hard to match. The two options are:

1) Have a GPU (GT 750 Ti, for instance), and cut costs other places. Above in the comments we came up with ~$320 builds like this.

2) Go for a newer iGPU, as was suggested by Fellway. It looks like the integrated Intel HD 530 and Radeon R7 benchmark higher than the GT 555m I had before.

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