Description

Hello

Here is my $500 gaming computer. I tried to pack as much performance in this as possible. I included an SSD, 8GB of RAM and a cheap case with some back cable management. Overall it was a great experience. The case was a little hard to work with because of the cheap metal used, but I got by.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor for the money. It does have some trouble in AAA games because of the lack of cores, but overall a great processor.

Motherboard

This motherboard lacks a lot of features, and the bios leaves much to be desired, but you can't beat the price. It has USB 3.0.

Storage

This is a great SSD. PC boots up very quickly, and overall browsing through the computer is quick and snappy.

Video Card

Great graphics card for the money. I love the extra 2GB of Vram, and it has very good cooling. I overclocked this to 1150Mhz core clock and 1630Mhz with a 100 over voltage.

Case

This is a great case for its money. The price definitively shows though. The metal is low quality. There is back panel cable management. The drive mounting mechanism is odd, and the power supply is on the roof of the case.

Power Supply

Great power supply, has not given me any problems so far.

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 26 points

Someone actually made a good budget build with the proper parts!

+1 for understanding value

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

I agree I think this is one of the best budget part lists I have seen in a while.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

People usually get terrible things like Pentium's at this price point... I once saw a $2000 build with a G3258 once...

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

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  • 40 months ago
  • -1 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/7rgLrH

Best G3258 Build period haha. It was for his son though and he had parts laying around if I remember correctly

  • 40 months ago
  • 0 points

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/KTTH99

I'm just leaving this here, I'm not going to say anything.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy **** that guy has no rhyme or reason for the parts he puts in his computers.

  • 40 months ago
  • 4 points

Excellent budget build with room for expansion. You can also upgrade to a i5 or i7 and more ram down the road. Great job. Rosewell makes some good stuff, and their higher end case are good, but their lower end cases SUX. At least the case looks good, working with/in them is awful.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Excellent budget build with room for expansion. You can also upgrade to a i5 or i7 and more ram down the road. Great job.

I agree.

Rosewell makes some good stuff, and their higher end case are good, but their lower end cases SUX. At least the case looks good, working with/in them is awful.

Indeed. At least the SRM-01 case is a little bit better for cable management. Their older, cheap cases do require a bit more creativity to manage the wires.
  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya. I used a Rosewill RANGER-M in this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/jgVYcf

Worst case I've ever used. Awful and put a 2" cut on my thumb.

ejrdrifter you did a great job.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Ya. I used a Rosewill RANGER-M in this build: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/jgVYcf

Likewise, that was my first time to ever make a custom build myself. I am hoping to fix it soon for better cable management since I fixed my grandma's Mini HP laptop that is an Intel Atom with a Samsung 850 EVO 120GB and 2GB of RAM.

Worst case I've ever used. Awful and put a 2" cut on my thumb.

Ouch! You too? I cut my fingers when I was forcing the metal PCI slots that you have to remove. I know how you feel there.
  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build, I'm sure this budget beast kicked ***.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, really good bang for your buck for light gamers.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a $500 build to take pride in. Great build, great pics. +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build.

I would have taken a 850 evo instead of a SP550 tho and still be under 500 !

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking of getting a cheap SSD too. Why would you recommend the 85o over the sp550?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn now I feel bad about being lazy with routing non mod cables in this case lol. Nice job dude.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Great budget build +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Me personally because I like to have a game, Teamspeak, and Spotify all running i would go for a quad core

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

THAT PARTLIST THO...

Mind Blown.

A solid +1 for building something that has peaked Price/performance in both aspects

PS i plan to make a PC practically the same except the case

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Which case?

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Cougar Spike since its cheaper in my area, its like $23 here

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

1+ for the Cougar Spike. I've built two pc's with that case. Not the best for cable management, but overall a good solid case and its cheap.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

meh its fine for me, imma just shove cables at the 5 1/2" Drive bay XD

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha, That's what I did.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

Finally someone who follows build guides! :-)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 great budget build! great looking build as well.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice-looking build. Do you have any benchmark results you could post?

edit: Could you also take a picture of the "full" build (with side panel)?

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

This really is a great build in all aspects. Also, that's a lucky price on that 4GB 380. Where did you find that?

+1 for a proper budget build.

PS: Your picture game is ON POINT!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I got the R9 380 off of Newegg. There was a $25 mail in rebate which I redeemed, and it was on sale.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick. I have clients that would be jealous. Thanks for the info.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Probably the best price/performance I've seen on this site.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Price beats all, hands down.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Great pics!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this PC run any game 1080p and run smoothly because i am a noob and want a budget gaming PC, if it cant what parts would need upgrading. Thanks

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It can. I will be posting benchmarks soon.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

I like this one, nicely done +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 Love that bang for buck!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice budget gamer

Thumbs up

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Legit Budget Build! , fps please on some common games.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

i bet that graphics card was a bish to put in

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job. I built a rig in the same price bracket about a year ago and had similar results. I hope youre enjoying that build. How is that SSD? Ive seen it alot but heard mixed things about its performance.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

It is an amazing SSD for the price. I got it for $34.99 and it boots windows in 4 seconds and makes overall browsing a lot faster.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

price to performance ratio is amazing!

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

How does this run? I'm thinking about remaking this build for my first 1. :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

It runs all games flawlessly. Best price for performance imo.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

So if I re make this build. Can I expect similar performance ( different case and ram?)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

sweg :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

One more question. What should I expect in upcoming games and Dark Souls 3?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Is there any better case that I could use?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

What games could this build play at the moment wow, Overwatch etc

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything really...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Fallout 4?

Can you get 60 FPS in diamond city?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, but not on Ultra settings...

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

An actual budget build finally

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

You scared me when I was reading your review on the case, it's actually on the ceiling.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this run bf1? Also how long do you think it would take before I would be forced to upgrade to an i5 6500 or 600

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the firestrike benchmarks for the PSU?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It didn't give me a score for the PSU

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing build in terms of bang for u buck and good work on keeping it nice and clean.Only think i think i would change is the sdd for an extra 20$ u get double the storage.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

How about some benchmarks buddy? If it's too much of a hassle for you to bench games then I'm sure people would love to see some firestrike scores :)

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

Scored a little over 7000 when overclocked in Firestrike.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question. I have about the same specs, but I can only do Windows 32 bit. Do you have 64, and if so do you know how I would do that?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

You have to buy the 64 bit version of Windows.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Also very good pictures

+1 ♥

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

To those familiar with desktop builds...

I am not too familiar with building a desktop, but would this build still be good now, if not what would you update? Because I am thinking about creating this setup?

(also, I was wondering if I should stay with the I3 processor or upgrade to a I5)

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Today I would go with something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $99.88 @ OutletPC
Motherboard MSI 760GMA-P34(FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $51.88 @ OutletPC
Memory PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $29.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 8GB Video Card $239.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case Rosewill SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $26.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 400W ATX Power Supply $27.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $524.11
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-08-23 21:23 EDT-0400

If you are strict on $500, get the RX 480 with 4GB of vram for $40 less.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I had a couple questions to ask you...

I assume the AMD FX-6300 Processor is better than the i3 Processor you originally posted? Also, I might go over $500 if I can add a SSD (Possibly 128Gb). What is the max ram I can upgrade to?

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I actually changed my mind a little bit and went with the i3, though it lacks cores, it is a much newer chip and will be easy to upgrade to a better processor like an i7 6700k in the future (if necessary). It also uses DDR4 which is a lot newer. The FX 6300 has aged a lot, and intel will be a lot more reliable. The intel i3 beats the FX 6300 in most games but not all, games that require more cores perform better on the FX 6300. Make sure that you get the RX 480 with 4GB of vram if you want to stay under $500 (excluding the ssd). An SSD is a great idea and will speed up your boot time for your operating system of choice. The maximum amount of ram that you can upgrade to is 32GB, but 16GB is more then enough for gaming.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

i know this is dumb to ask but ive never had a pc before and just started about thinking of getting one just like a week ago should i get a wireless mouse and keyboard or a wired one?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

also am i able to use wifi with this?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point
  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I would get a wired one, wireless mice and keyboards can have some latency depending on which one you get. Wireless also costs a lot more.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it will, it works great too I have one.

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Planning to build something just like this only change will likely be a Rx 470 or a gtx 1060 :) great build

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks like the video card is no longer available, could you recommend another that stays around the budget?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I would look at either the RX 480 or the RX 470

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you install that HDD there? My case has a piece of metal perpendicular/sticking up on the bottom on the drive bay.

Edit: Your GPU has a side connector for power which allows you to use the lower drive bay. Mine does not...

And does your fan move any air? I'm looking to install a front fan but I dont know the type to install (I.e. static pressure vs air flow). The front of the case is kinda obstructed by the panel and the grill. I'm not sure if it's worth it.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont know about the prices in your country but Herr in Germany you could have gotten a 2x8gb RAM Kit for 10-15 bucks extra wich would be nice because of dual channel (besides Double the RAM amount). Nice build anyways!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build, ".... this is how we do it".

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

What can you make better about it if you have a $600 budget?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

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 H110M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $51.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $38.42 @ Newegg
Storage PNY CS1311 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $39.99 @ Best Buy
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.49 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB 6GT OC Video Card $249.00 @ B&H
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $24.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply EVGA 400W ATX Power Supply $26.17 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $591.04
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-10-22 20:58 EDT-0400
  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, i only will later on put a better processor in, like a i5 or something

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I just built this PC a couple months ago, bought everything recommended except for the graphics card. I got the Sapphire R7 370. Everythings perfect for what I needed, and great performance for the price. Like you mentioned, the case kind of blows :P really had cram stuff in there, but it's cheap and has all I need. Thanks for the build!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

really nice!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing, your build is so neat and compact.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing cable management from what I see. :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

actually pretty good for pretty cheap, have my up friend !

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Is this still a good PC to build now? I'm the biggest noob when it comes to PC hardware and specs. So seeing this was made back in May 2016 I was wondering if this is still a good PC to build still.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

use AMD ryzen its 1000x better

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

read the date lol

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

how many fans come with this case?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Maybe someone already asked this, but where did you fit the SSD in the case? Was it right above the HDD?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

No, it's on this door that comes on the case, which holds 2 2.5inch drives. In the picture you can see the sata power and data cable coming out of the door right under the front fan, sort of where the graphics card is

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Oooh! Thanks!

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

What kind of monitor did you use for this build? I am new to this gaming world, but was hoping to build my own following yours. Any advice for what I could do to make sure I don’t make a mistake?

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