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Well, I saw a video on YouTube saying I could build a gaming PC for $250. That was my initial goal, but then I started researching and researching, and you know the drill, right? We always end up getting better/more expensive components than we thought initially. Overall, I'm very proud of it. I tried to get the best deal in each part and spent a total of $676 on the PC.

Case: NZXT H200 white - $40 I fell in love with this case. The size, the layout... Everything is just beautiful. Cable management is ok, I wish there were more cable routes and places to hook up zip ties in the back. Case was designed with negative air pressure (there's a couple of videos on YouTube about that), and after trying several different fans configurations (including Noctua 120mm and 140mm), the best configuration was NO fans in the front and 2 airflow fans in rear and top. Included NZXT fans performed the same as Noctuas, so I decided to send the Noctuas back and just stick with the NZXT ones. When I switched to a CPU AIO cooler, I had to use the radiator in the front with only 1 fan because of the size of my GPU. More on that later. I got this one for $65 open box on eBay. When I got it, I noticed a couple very small blemishes and the panel for small PSU was missing. I complained to the seller and he gave $25 back, so I ended up paying $40 for it.

Mobo: Asus Strix B450i - $105 I got an open box from Newegg. Good price, but it was only the board and I/O shield! No wifi antenna or cpu bracket. Very frustrating! I'm not sure if I'll do open box from Newegg again. The mobo is pretty cool though, backlight LED and looks awesome.

CPU: Ryzen 5 1600 - $70 I got this from a guy on Facebook marketplace. Good price, great CPU. I don't feel I need a 3600 at this point. And AMD is the way to go these days, right?

GPU: Red Dragon Vega 56 - $223 I was trying to get a 1070TI on auctions on eBay, but I wanted the EVGA FTW2 version. They were always going for over $250, so I decided to get this one from Amazon Warehouse - price was $275 but they were giving 20% off and I decided to try it. GPU came as brand new, but it is huge! I can't install 2 fans on the radiator because the GPU is so big. Since it's huge, it does a great cooling job. Fans at 100% are kind of loud. I undervolted and OCed and I ended getting a good performance out of it. 9600 on Superposition 1080p high, 7200 graphics score on Time Spy and 23000 on Fire Strike. With OC and undervolt, case fans 100%, GPU fans 75%, and radiator installed in the front blocking the front air intake, I get 65C - not bad.

CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X52 - $40 What a deal! I got this from a guy on Facebook Marketplace. They had Coolermaster 120 pro RGB instead of the original NZXTs. Slight OC on the 1600 (3600mhz at 1.25V), 100% load on Aida64, and I get a max of 55C with only 1 fan (pull).

Memory: Corsair DDR4 16GB 3000MHZ Blue Led - $50 Got it from a kid on Facebook Marketplace. I turned the LEDs off since I have enough RGBs going on.

PSU: EVGA G3 Supernova 80+ gold 750w - $55 Got it from a nice guy on eBay. A little bit more than I needed, but Vegas are very power hungry and this one is modular :)

Memories: Kingston A400 240GB $25 - Intel 660p 512GB $55 They work well and are fast. Got both from Amazon brand new

RGB Strip: $13 Just got one on Amazon. RGB = FPS + MORE KILLS

Mouse: Glorious Model O Matte Black $55 Got it used on eBay. Couldn't wait the item to be stock in their own website

Keyboard: Fnatic Streak $65 B-stock with $15 coupon on Best Buy. Pretty cool keyboard

Monitor: Dell D2719HGF $149 I got this one on Prime Day. 144hz, Freesync, 27 inches. One of the cheapest 144hz I could get. There's a BenQ 144hz for $199 that is geared towards FPS games. Since I play a lot of Counter Strike, I still think about this one. But I'm not sure if I should switch monitors now...

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

clean build. looks like you got some good deals too

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build. little suggestion is you swap out thaat 240mm rad for a 120mm and out another fan below it

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I got a Kraken M22. CPU temps weren't as good as with the X52 so I'm thinking of returning the M22 to keep the X52. I couldn't pass the X52 at $40. I believe the best option for me would be the X42 (140mm), as its radiator is bigger and the pump is not installed inside of the radiator as it happens with the M22. And I want to stick with NZXT AIOs because I love the look of the pump :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah! i mean in a h200 if you dont have an SFX psu your gpy gets choked for air, a fan next to the GPU will help thermals

  • 2 months ago
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I'll try to add a 80 or 92mm fan on the top of the GPU heatsink or under the GPU somewhere to try to help with GPU air flow.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

if you replace that 240mm rad with a 120mm rad and add a larger fan underneath it helps alot

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Just did that. NZXT Kraken M22 on the front, and Noctua 140MM in bottom front bracket. Results were basically the same. GPU at 65C in both cases. CPU around 53C with the X52 and 55C with M22. Mobo was cooler with the M22 and Noctua vs the X52. I also tested without the Noctua 140MM and just the M22, same results. I'm getting a SFX PSU this weekend and I'll test that as well.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I like your kitchen in the reflection +1!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahahha, yeah I didn't notice that. You can see my toaster and microwave in the pictures.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Aesthetically pleasing and very solid for the money, I like it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Love this budget build! Could we feature it on our site (WePC.com)? Full credit will be given to you, of course!

Let me know

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course! Let me know if you need more pics, and please send me a link of the page when it's posted :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Great! You can check it out here - https://www.wepc.com/tips/best-gaming-setup/

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build! It looks amazing and you got the best deal on every part so excellent job! I'm wanting to build a mini itx pc in this exact case because I love the look of it with the kraken cooler

  • 2 months ago
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It does look pretty cool! I saw some builds with the H200 case and kraken cooler and I thought they looked awesome, that's why I decided to try.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice build!

I have the vega 56 red dragon, but cant decide whether to go for h200 or h400.

How loud is the system? Is the top fan intake or exhaust?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Top and rear fans set to exhaust. I believe that's the best way for the H200. There's a video from Gamers Nexus on YouTube about the case airflow. With no AIO radiator in the front, I got better temps with NO intake fans in the front, weird right? They came up with the same conclusion in the video.

If you undervolt the Vega 56 Red Dragon, it can get to good temps with low RPM. I get 69C with a radiator blocking air in the front and fans around 1800-1900rpm. Not that loud. I'm currently running it at over 2000rpm after 60C and the temps rarely goes beyond 65C. But in this configuration, it gets a bit loud.

I think it's kind of hard to find a H400 at the moment, isn't?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Job well done!