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Greetings Fellow PC Building enthusiasts!

I just finished a super-low budget build for a friend that's made up of mostly older/used hardware but still works great ! He had a budget of about $400 and wanted to be able to run games at 1080p around 60FPS on med-high settings and based on the benchmarks I feel like we definitely accomplished that goal!

Not a whole lot to say about the parts, went with an i5-3570 because I saw a good deal for the MOBO and RAM combo on eBay. The rest of the parts were based on that hardware, scooped up an HD 7870 for cheap on Reddit and the PSU is something I just had lying around as a spare. Unfortunately the 8-pin cable for the CPU was super short so I had to route it in front of the MOBO but I tried to make it look as clean as possible. I also went with an SSD instead of a HDD to start off with because I've noticed it's easier for people to start with an SSD and add a second drive later rather than starting off with a HDD and getting an SSD later (since re-installing the OS onto the SSD after the fact is more of a pain).

Thanks for checking out the build, feel free to leave a comment and I'll try to answer any questions/concerns/comments you have!

-Brandon

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  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool budget build love the intel I5> Plus 1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! Yeah, the i5 does really well even in modern games/applications lol

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hope it serves you well. On another note thank you so much for severing our country in active duty.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Way to take care of your friend.

Thumbs up.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

For sure, he already loves it! Thanks!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

We've been seeing more of these Sandy and Ivy bridge parts lately. I approve.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! And I agree, I think it has something to do with the fact that they still perform really well when compared to modern CPU's and the second hand prices really can't be beat lol

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good +1

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! =)

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm starting to become a fan of budget builds vs high end ones haha, makes me want to reuse my prebuilt computer from best buy and polish it up.

+1!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

This is good! You did your friend a great favor and he really owes you for that. Honestly the only thing i'd upgrade after a while is the gpu cause it's getting a bit long in the tooth.

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh definitely, it does pretty good for now (considering his budget) but I told him that as soon as he gets an extra $200 to scoop up an RX 470 or GTX 1060 lol The i5-3570 should last him a little bit though, it's surprising how well Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge CPU's hold up still!

Thanks for the kind words!

  • 39 months ago
  • 2 points

Mind if you give me some thoughts on a build I'm working on? http://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/Vnk84C

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a really great build!

The parts compliment each other really well (color wise and performance wise) and it's well budgeted too! I'd say the only thing I might change would be to try and spring for a GTX 1070 (if you can) to better reflect the price but if you can't find any good deals on 1070's in your area then the 1060 is a great buy too!

Cheers!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 XDDDDD

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It's good but, change that PSU asap, it won't resist the i5 and the 7870.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

We'll see, so far it hasn't gone above 350watts under full CPU and GPU load so I'm pretty confident that it should be alright. We didn't overclock the CPU (since it's not a K model) or the GPU so it should remain pretty stable lol

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm glad too, thanks!

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  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! But I think that "Major frame drops" is a pretty big overstatement, it does a great job at 1080p (better than a GTX 750ti + 860k combo) so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out lol