Herewith I want to show you my new little gaming PC / Console, that was built on a 500-600€ Budget. I currently live in the Netherlands, but ordered all parts from my home-country Germany ( Amazon.de & Mindfactory.de).
Story: After playing many games in my youth, I kinda stopped over the last few years, mainly due to loss of my computer and other interests. Since half a year I have a new housemate and friend, smoking joints and playing games all day and now the fever got me again, I finally wanted to be able to play some more current games again, so I saved some Money and started researching.
The idea: I wanted to build a hybrid, a computer that is as close to being a console as possible, but can give full functionality of a personal computer when necessary. I wanted it to run every game that exists until today on very high - ultra settings. (less concerned about future AAA titles).
A miniITX case is supposed to give it more of a console-look.
The Setup: After around two days of research, I found what seems to be the best value you could get for my budget.
Processor: The g4560 is the all praised messiah of budget hunters and keeps surprising me in the strength it offers for a dual-core processor.
Motherboard: Nothing fancy, the board offers all in- and outputs I need and was the cheapest mITX board I could find.
Ram & Storage: Just went for the cheapest. Wanted a small SSD of 120GB for booting my OS and something bigger as storage for games.
GPU: This is the only thing I didnt buy new. My Budget calculations told me to buy the GTX 1050ti, but I decided to go dealhunting and rather get something better. I found this baby on Marktplaats.nl ( the dutch eBay ) for 180€ ( compared to 145€ for a new 1050ti ). Im very happy with this decision, the GPU is doing a really great job.
Case: My decision fell on thec10 becaue its cheap, very pretty and more importantly fits a SFX PSU + any long GPU, which gave me more possibilities to stay in my budget.
PSU: I actually use a 450+ watt Bronze PSU by Sharkoon.
The Software: The computer boots Windows 10 directly into steam's big picture mode and can be completely controlled with a gamepad ( Im using xBox360 ). The possibility to add non-steam games and customize their Icon & banner makes it very complete. Im going to change Windows Bootlogo to a SteamBackground to make it seem more fluent. It basically looks like steamOS, but really is Win10.
NB: Again, this is my first Build & Post ever, so please be kind. Im still waiting for the SSD, but everything else is is complete and Im really happy with it. SInce the SSD is still missing, the cable management is not final, so please don't judge :D. It effortly plays new titles on mostly all-ultra settings. I am back to gaming !
Further I want to show my appreciation for this community, none of this would have been possible without you guys!
Best regards, Dominik