Description

Hello everyone,

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

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice job dude hope you enjoy it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice small form factor build. Love how you "simulated" SteamOS haha.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man haha I like Linux and the whole idea behind SteamOS but the low comptability scared me off.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Me too, and without the compatibility issues that comes along with the real thing.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job! How is it going with the noise?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! When not gaming you barely hear it, although when in games its getting rather noisey, since Im using only the stock cooler. Its nowhere close to being annoying.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Great job! I always enjoy budget builds, especially SFF ones.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man happy you like it

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build! +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

All you need is a Radeon sticker and then call it a GameCube

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

That was actually its projectname! It IS a gamecube overall haha

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Love it, looks awesome! Some people don't like big picture mode, but I think it's great. Do you have it plugged into a TV for couch gaming? I'm interested to see what your setup is like.

You did a great job picking the parts for a budget build, by the way. Very nice work.

Also, I would recommend getting a Steam Controller. I've had mine for almost 2 years now and I love it. You should look into it. They're great for HTPCs, you can use it as a mouse and keyboard to do whatever you need to do.

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot Vairfoley!

I also think Big Picture is beautiful, and once I added the Banner to all Non-Steam games in the library it gives you a proper console feeling. Now that my SSD arrived, also boot times get closer to "the real thing" As you guessed, I'm primarily hooked up to the TV, which is hooked up to the speaker system.So it's basically push the bower button - take controller and lay back.

What Im missing is the possibility to startup the computer via controller. Is that possible to the steam controller ? Im also considering upgrading to an xBox One Controller.

Best regards, Dominik

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

The Silicon Power SSD should work great, I have one as a boot drive in my son's PC and it works well. Plenty of speed too. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

It finally arrived and works great indeed ! very pleasant boottimes hehe

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i use ASRock - B150M Pro4 for the pentium G4560

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Generally I think you can use them together, but you have to make sure when you order, that the MoBo will be sent with the newest bios (>p7.00), otherwise it won't boot with the g4560. You can only do the update yourself if you have a compatible CPU( skylake) so you should ask, when ordering, if the retailer can make sure they deliver it with the newest bios.

In my case, the shop where I ordered offered to update the board for 7Euro. Best regards, Dominik

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Can i use ASRock - B150M Pro4 for the pentium G4560

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

On my list it says you need an older CPU to update to bios do you really need to or is it Pentium ready ?

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I didn't do that yet, it is what I have planned once my SSD finally arrives. I thought I remember reading about people who achieved exactly what we have planned, it might have been for older versions of Windows anyhow.

Please let me know if you find any solutions, will keep you updated if I find out anything myself.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats what I found too, I'll look more into it and let you know what i find !

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