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Help Me Judge This Budget Build!

PeekOfGaming

37 months ago

Hey everyone! Christmas is coming up and I wanted to see if I couldn't get a part list together for a PC my girlfriend could use. I would build it for her and her parents can gift her the money to fund it, so I pretty much am just an advisor to it. I love using my desktop with amazing performance while her $800 laptop is struggling to play Skyrim @ 900p. She wants the PC to be small because she only has so much room. I love my Full ATX case but this should be a fun challenge.

Anyway! I came up with a part list and I want you guys to tell me what you think!

Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/PeekOfGaming/saved/KKP3CJ

CPU: The newest Skylake Pentium allows for plenty of strong single-core performance with a budget and upgradeability.

Cooler: I know how relyable Noctua is so I decided to get one of their compact coolers for this tiny build.

Mobo: Just look at its specs. It's budget, has 4 DIMM slots, and many other features.

Ram: DDR4 is crazy fast normally but HyperX had been the brand for really excelling even at budget. There is no question it is good.

SSD/HDD: I really wanted to blow her mind with an SSD. Her load times for games are long and it takes her 5 seconds to QuickSave... that's not quick. So I went with ADATA for a quality budget drive. The HDD is for extra storage so that can be mediocre.

GPU: THIS IS SUPER TEMPORARY. I want for her to be able to kill games at 900p at LEAST. I've been debating on buying a R9 270X/HD 7950 used which would work, or maybe a GTX 960 used? Let me know what you guys think. The 750ti just is there.

Case: This case is tiny but has a lot of nice features like USB 3 Front IO ports, volume and fan controls. DIYPC has been mostly postive with the community and I wanted to give them a shot. With a length of 14 inches, this baby PC will be a beast.

Lastly, but not least: PSU: Since I was going for upgradeability, a higher wattage power supply with Gold efficency was my plan. It is the second most expensive part in my list but having a relyable well known PSU is worth the money.

Let me know guys! We've plenty of time before all is said and done! Thanks!

Comments

  • 37 months ago
  • 2 points

Do your girlfriend a favor and build a proper gaming rig.

CPU: The i3-6100 is a better value for gaming with dual cores and hyperthreading.

Cooler: Is not needed. Instant savings.

Mobo: I chose a better board with an Intel NIC and superior power delivery which is important if an i5/i7 will be used in the future.

RAM: Changed to the cheapest 8GB stick because the heatspreader on the Kingston memory does nothing for gaming performance.

SSD/HDD: Changed to the Crucial 275GB. Add a mechanical drive later when/if necessary.

GPU: This is where most of the money should go and so I selected the AMD RX 470.

Case: This I did not change and see no reason to. The case has great reviews.

PSU: A gold rated power supply is nice to have though it's efficiency will not be realized with a low power system. I picked a lower wattage bronze rated unit that still leaves plenty of room for upgrades.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $110.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock B150M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.99 @ Newegg
Memory Crucial 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $35.99 @ Directron
Storage Crucial MX300 275GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $69.95 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card XFX Radeon RX 470 4GB HS Triple X Video Card $184.99 @ Newegg
Case DIYPC DIY-N8-BK MicroATX Mini Tower Case $42.88 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $564.77
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-31 15:49 EDT-0400
  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I have seen people reccomend the i3 over the Pentium so I suppose. This is a pretty good build. Thanks for the recommendation; I appreciate your indepth insight. I suppose I'm not the master budget builder but you live and learn I suppose!

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

On a second note, I already have a extra corsair 430w I can spare for the PSU. I do kinda want/need a cooler because the PC will an airplane otherwise. (Gotta love stock coolers) I will be using your build though! Thanks again.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, the 750Ti is decent at 1080p, even. I would recommend probably an RX 460 or 470 for your GPU, or maybe a 1050Ti or RX 480.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

The 750 ti is a great card, but its old. I would suggest getting an Rx 460 or 1050 ti, although the 750 ti wont perform bad.

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