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1000$ Budget Gaming Build

Hello! This is a 1000$ Budget Gaming Build someone requested me some weeks ago. The price may go up or down, at the time of making it, it was at 947$.

Processor For the processor I went for an Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor. It has multiple cores, but it keeps the Ghz down to provide good performance while keeping the price down.

CPU Cooler The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is a cheap, popular and efficient cooler that keeps temps low while having a price tag for under 40$

Motherboard The motherboard was not an easy option. In the end, I went for the Asus B150M-C D3. It has no on board graphics, but it doesn't matter. I'd only recommend this motherboard if you are doing a budget build where you are going to buy a video card. Other than that, it's a great option. 64GB of RAM as maximum, givin a lot of capability and upgradeability. It also includes USB 3.0 headers. Another issue is that it does not have SLI or Crossfire support, but, as I said earlier, this is not a motherboard you want to buy if you are not going to do a special kind of build. For any other purpose, an X99 will do fine.

RAM For RAM I went for the Mushkin Essentials 8GB. It's on the borderline of gaming capability, but if prices go down you can buy another module and have 16GB for much less. Also, there's a minor voltage maximum issue with the CPU, but don't worry. You can swap it by another one or ignore it. I personally tried this out and it works fine, only some MBs are lost due to the issue.

Storage As this is a budget build, I was not able to keep the price under 1000$ while including an SSD boot drive, so a Western Digital Blue 3TB HDD will do good for mass storage. You can swap the 3TB HDD for a 500GB-1TB SSD while keeping the price still around 1000$.

Video Card The MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB card is a great option. You can still run most games on Medium-Low graphics with 4GB, but it is clocked at a higher speed, so it shouldn't be an issue.

Case As this is only for esthetics, a cheap but nice looking case will be enough, so the Corsair SPEC-03 Red is a good choice. You can swap it by a cheaper one, too. Just watch out for ATX sizes. I wouldn't be able to tell you how many times I've needed to wait to build a new machine because of the case not being big/small enough.

Power Supply The Rosewill 450W 80+ Bronze Certified PS is enough to feed the system and still have some to spare. You can swap it by a pricier Gold 80+ Certified one, but this was as good as it could get with 1000$ of budget.

Optical Drive Nobody cares too much about the OD these days. As long as it can read game install disks and play movies, we are spared. The Asus DRW-24B3ST OD will be more than enough.

EXTERNAL

OS The OS is a personal choice. You can install Windows, Linux... hell, you can even install MacOS! In this case I went for Windows 10 Home.

Monitor The Philips 243V5LSB 23.6" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor is a great budget option. It sadly has no IPS, but it's enough to not be too small and still be cheap. It's what I call a NHD (Nearly Hight Definition).

SWAPPABLE STUFF

Keyboard We had to go sh!tty on this one of the budget wouldn't fit under the 1000$ mark, so a Verbatim 99201 works good. I'd personally go for a mechanical, but if you want performance and non mech switches, either this Verbatim or the Logitech K120 will hook you up. (I know Logitech is not the best, but it has cheap options XD)

Mouse We actually could go gaming on this one. A Razer Abyssus is an optical mouse that will do good for gaming and normal use. With a fast response time also.

Speakers And, to top it off, we have speakers. The Logitech Z200 are a good enough option. Nothing else to say.

Thank you for reading the guide! The Ryzen guides are coming soon. Bye!

Compatibility: See notes below.

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CPU Intel Core i5-6600K 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
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Thermal Compound Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver 3.5 g Thermal Paste
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Motherboard Asus B150M-C D3 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
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Memory Mushkin Essentials 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
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Storage Western Digital Blue 3 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive
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Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB Video Card
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$157.09
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$147.09
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Case Corsair SPEC-03 ATX Mid Tower Case
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Power Supply Rosewill 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
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Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS DVD/CD Writer
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$22.99
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Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
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$109.89
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$99.89
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Monitor Philips 243V5LSB 23.6" 1920x1080 60 Hz Monitor
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Keyboard Verbatim 99201 Wired Standard Keyboard
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$9.08
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$9.08
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Mouse Razer Abyssus Wired Optical Mouse
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$31.00
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$31.00
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Speakers Logitech Z200 0 nW 2.0 Channel Speakers
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$26.99
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Base Total: $755.26
Mail-in Rebates: -$30.00
Total: $725.26

Part List Promos / Discounts

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Compatibility Notes

  • Note:The Mushkin Essentials 8 GB (1 x 8 GB) DDR3-1600 Memory operating voltage of 1.5 V exceeds the Intel Skylake-S CPU recommended maximum of 1.35 V+5% (1.417 V). This memory module may run at a reduced clock rate to meet the 1.35 V voltage recommendation, or may require running at a voltage greater than the Intel recommended maximum.
  • Note:Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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