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$600 Budget PC Challenge!!! Pretty Difficult to Please, and Will Announce Winner on January 10-11, 2016.

llama_trains
  • 53 months ago

The Winner: Now, I would just like to say that everyone did an incredible job, and I am posting it later than expected because it took me a longer time then I had planned to choose a winner. It really came down to which one was the best OVERALL, with an emphasis on the PSU, CPU, GPU, and some other assorted factors. I really had a difficult time limiting it beyond four of the options, but at the end of the day, I went with this build list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ccRjmG

Congratulations to Barnabus. At first, I thought the 250 HHD was a deal breaker. But it has the 6500 Skylake i5 and the 380x, and comes in at under $650, something a lot of you tried to take advantage of. I allowed all builds under $680 to qualify. It also has a nice PSU. It was, at the end of the day, the best of all worlds.

Feel free to continue to submit builds if you feel you could do better. I congratulate everyone who attempted it, and hope you have a good rest of the day.


I am only looking at actual computer builds, and am willing to go as far as $650. GPU required to be 3-4 Gb vram. No PowerColor brand. ATX or Micro ATX. semi-Modular or Full is reccommended. NZXT S340 is required. Try as hard as you can to fit as much power in it as you can!!! Will try to respond to all posts, and at the end of Sunday/ Monday the 10-11. If you post after this point I will still definitely consider it and will respond if I need to (NOT a bad thing, actually a good thing). Good LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comments

  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

Here is another build for you to consider.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.98 @ Newegg
Memory PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $39.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $35.95 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 380 4GB SOC Video Card $213.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $63.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Fractal Design Edison M 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $655.87
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-07 22:08 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Way to go fitting a skylake cpu in the build! Storage a little on the low side, but it was well worth the sacrifice for better performance.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, If you don't mind a bit less storage and can get another HD like a few weeks or a month later here is a variation with 250GB HD and a single 8GB stick of ram but using a R9 380X.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.99 @ B&H
Motherboard Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $36.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $19.90 @ Amazon
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 380X 4GB WINDFORCE 2X Video Card $233.98 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $63.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Fractal Design Edison M 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $656.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-08 01:36 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Now, I don't think 250 gb is enough for a 600 dollar build, but switching storage for more power was a smart move.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Congratulations, this build has won the Challenge! Good job, Barnabus.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you it was fun :D

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad you enjoyed it! Good job.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-4170 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $44.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill NS Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $33.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon R9 390 8GB Video Card $299.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $63.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $55.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $655.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-07 21:05 EST-0500

$650 build

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting take on the challenge. Really think it's cool that you could fit an r9 390 in. My main concern is that the 4170 may "bottleneck" the r9 390's performance irl. Other than that, great submitted list!!!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

The i3 is still a great cpu. Won't really bottleneck anything expect really cpu-intensive games, and even then, not really.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

You may get inconsistent framerates though that was the case with FTA 5

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

*GTA 5?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

yes

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I never said it wasn't a great cpu, just that the r9 390 is really powerful. But I appreciate you clarifiying that, and I thinking it was a brave/ outside-the-box-thinking move to try and get the r9 390 in the build!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

If you already know what you want, than why don't you just make the build yourself?

  • 53 months ago
  • -2 points

Just supposed to be a challenge to see if anyone puts together a really impressive Build list. Want to see what people do and/or sacrifice in order to meet requirements.

  • 53 months ago
  • 3 points

TBH I despise these kinds of posts. Its not a competition website for who can make the best build for $600, there are hundreds of $600 builds out there, you'll get just enough help from people if you post it in the best part of the day. Now if you suggested a challenge for like a $300 or lower PC then fine but jeez

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Refer to the comment I left the other person who didn't appreciate the post. I am sorry. I didn't realize some people didn't enjoy these kinds of posts. But this isn't just some help site. This is a community. I have requirements In the description, and I thought they were challenging. And, "TBH", if you don't enjoy responding to people that post something negative just because they don't particularly like it. If you don't enjoy it, why'd you click on it? the title even has the word "challenge" in it. Now, if you don't mind, I will return to responding to people who worked on some really cool parts lists.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

so what does the winner get?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Nothing. People keep posting these challenges as if this entertains the people making parts lists for people when in fact they are usually just trying to help.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. I was just curious because you were announcing a winner. Sounds reasonable, lots of knowledgeable people here that give plenty of parts lists worthy of the price.

  • 53 months ago
  • 0 points

Didn't realize people didn't like to complete the challenges. Thought it would be a fun excercise, and while I enjoy/ am entertained by them, I am just trying to see how crafty people can really be in fitting the most power in a budget-end PC. I apologize. I didn't know I was the only one that didn't care if someone built or didn't build my submitted parts list. I am THINKING about building a second, more budget PC like these which incredible people are submitting, which is what this challenge was inspired by. But it is just a thought, and if people really don't appreciate these, I will try t remember not to post any more.

But in the meantime, I encourage everyone to give it their best shot!!! Seeing some really effective, powerful, and creative ideas!!!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I certainly do.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thx, m8.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

cheers

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/personwhoknowshowtobuildstuff/saved/GhJG3C

Uses the new 380X and a i5 4460

EDIT : Changed from a XFX to a gigabyte Winforce

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! While the case is a little hard to work in and not the s340, I see why you did it. You created a seemingly balanced, powerful pc parts list which will pack quite the punch!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea i know what it is like to have a dual core, i'm a tab fiend and often have all my overlays (Uplay, Steam, LOL) open at the same time, When the 380X was released i saw it as the 1080p champion

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the 380x is definitely one of the best price-to-performance cards out their...period.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

yup

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $374.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler CRYORIG H5 Ultimate 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler $46.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $213.98 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $84.99 @ Amazon
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $84.99 @ Amazon
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $84.88 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.75 @ OutletPC
Storage Western Digital BLACK SERIES 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $119.75 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Devil 13 Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $503.98 @ Newegg
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 295X2 8GB Devil 13 Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $503.98 @ Newegg
Case Phanteks Enthoo Pro ATX Full Tower Case $89.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA P2 1600W 80+ Platinum Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $335.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $2679.14
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $2649.14
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-08 23:41 EST-0500

If you want to be 30 USD over budget then you can use the S340. Or, you can sacrifice performance and remain within budget. Your choice, but I recommend sticking with performance. Also, the SSD can be switched for a 1TB HDD.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

........................What? LOL?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

WAIT WHAT LMAO

WRONG PART LIST HOLD ON

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $42.98 @ Newegg
Memory Mushkin ECO2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ NCIX US
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 390 8GB Double Dissipation Video Card $274.99 @ Newegg
Case Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $702.82
Mail-in rebates -$60.00
Total $642.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-09 19:12 EST-0500

Here, this is the one I meant to post... sorry about that...

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL!!! That happened to me once... posted $400 budget build on $1500 build page.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

So anyway, what do you think?

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

That post is the real winner.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, but the case isn't the required s340. Can you send me a build w/ the s340 from 600-650? Thx, m8.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor $130.52 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $27.08 @ Newegg
Thermal Compound Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme 3.5g Thermal Paste $13.78 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition ATX AM3+ Motherboard $96.03 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $52.41 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card PNY GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Enthusiast Edition Video Card $122.77 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $68.46 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $60.23 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $675.37
Mail-in rebates -$55.00
Total $620.37
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-10 00:20 EST-0500

This price is based off my States sales tax of 7% and i managed to theme it black and white because i like challenges.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice, but doesn't meet the 3-4 gb of vram requirement forgpu. other than that, looks nice! Change that, and PLEASE resubmit. looks NICE!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I rebuilt a new list and modified the old list. One is themed, the other isnt. Both are subject to NJ state sales tax @ 7%. One is over one is below budget with Tax included. Why do i mention tax? because ALOT of people dont factor in tax when doing a budget.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor $130.52 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $27.08 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $76.76 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $41.71 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R7 370 4GB Nitro Video Card $164.47 @ Newegg
Case NZXT S340 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case $68.46 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $38.83 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $651.92
Mail-in rebates -$55.00
Total $596.92
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-10 11:49 EST-0500

I even got it under 600 this time. I couldn't do a black and white theme, so i shot for the standard all black approach. Functional nothing more.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

And I appreciate that you do.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320E 3.2GHz 8-Core Processor $130.52 @ NCIX US
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $27.08 @ Newegg
Thermal Compound Gelid Solutions GC-Extreme 3.5g Thermal Paste $13.78 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI 970A SLI Krait Edition ATX AM3+ Motherboard $96.03 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $52.41 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.09 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus Radeon R7 370 4GB Video Card $157.78 @ Micro Center
Case NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $68.46 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $38.83 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $673.98
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $633.98
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-10 12:14 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Job! Nice CPU, CPU COoler, 4gb gpu, and Motherboard. The Corsair Cx line up doesn't perform as well over time, but other than that nice!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I tend to shoot for EVGA 650w Gold fully modular PSU but this isnt a high end build so it works. This is a build thats expected to be a slow upgrade. Starting with GPU and making the PSU about 3rd on the list of parts to upgrade.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6400 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $183.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus H110M-A Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.98 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $36.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.88 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 380X 4GB Video Card $204.99 @ Micro Center
Case NZXT S340 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case $63.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply Corsair CSM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $63.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $691.69
Mail-in rebates -$40.00
Total $651.69
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-10 00:58 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice skylake cpu, 1 tb of storage, great gpu, the s340, and good psu. Awesome parts list!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I know I'm a day late and a dollar short... but here ya go. You actually have a little bit left over from your budget. I can't believe the guy recommended a 250 gb hdd. If you are going that low on storage and upgrading later, go with a 240 GB SSD. You'll start off, you can add a hard drive later, and when you do eventually add a hard drive, you have a super fast boot device that you can also put your most used programs on.

I also went with a blue theme... but that's just cause I like blue. Feel free to change it to whatever color you want.

Anywoozle, here you go. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $138.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $54.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $63.99 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Asus Radeon R9 380 4GB Video Card $219.99 @ Micro Center
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case $64.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $54.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $637.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-01-13 20:01 EST-0500
  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, really good! I mean, the CX series is infamous for unreliable PSUs. But other than that, really good build! Definitely one of the best.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

I've actually dug deeper into it. From people who I can attest to that bought the CX500, it's great. The ones who say it's horrible, usually are the "follow the crowd" type people if you will.

I personally have an EVGA 500B. It's 80+ Bronze just like the CX500, but I've been told it's more reliable. (Though after using it, I wish I went with the CX 500 for the semi-modular PSU)

But the 500B is great if you want to be 100% sure you're getting a great PSU. It's just not semi or full modular.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Not trying to argue, but just out of curiosity, how long have those people had the cx-500?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm... not sure honestly. Never asked.

But, that does bring up a good point. I'll have to ask them sometime.

I just asked them if it was good and if they'd recommend it.

  • 53 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the complaints are from the psu failing over a longer period of time. But there are many people that have said they have had great experiences, so not sure what to beleive. Anyway, great build!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice skylake build, but doesn't meet 3-4 gb vram requirement. So close to a really good build! Nice case (obviously), PSU, CPU, and Storage.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!!! The i5 is in there, the 4 gb 960 is in there, 1 tb of storage is in there, the case is in there, and a really good power supply in in there!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, pretty sure you are the only person who got it in under 600 USD!!! Fit an i5, Asus r9 380x in, and the s340 in!!! Great parts list.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

willing to go as far as $650

We're never not going to take advantage of that lol

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah LOL!

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, good job! Fitting skylake, the s340, and a great GPU in is awesome! The Corsiar CX- series doesn't perform as well over time, but overall this is a really cool build, and you are the first person to include an Nvidia card, which comes with some really cool features (btw I am unbiased in the GPU company wars).

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, so you are an AMD fan? They are the price-to-performance kings, but Nvidia can definitely hold its own in perks, heat, and power consumption.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean? The Zotac 960 4gb is cheaper than all of the 380 (4gb)s right now! They also run a lot less hot. I like AMD a lot too, and think the r9 380 is the better card of the two, but there is an argument for both sides.

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