Description

Built this for my friend for budget gaming and it's been working very well. It runs Overwatch on high at avg 90 fps and PUBG on high at 60 fps. Not very costly so it is doing very well for the price.

CPU: i5-7400

The i5-7400 is an alternative to the i5-7600k that is much cheaper. It also enabled us to save money on the motherboard. We ran into no problems with the CPU and it runs games well. That's really it: it's nothing special but it does it's job.

CPU COOLER: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

I chose this because of both the price and the popularity. However, the first one we ordered broke. One of the screws got stuck in a hole, and we had to send it back and got a new one. We had tried for hours to unscrew it but it must have stripped the screw somehow. The second one came and it still took at least 30 minutes to get in because of how it is set up. I do not recommend getting this cooler as it is fairly low quality and very hard to install when you can either use a stock cooler for non-overclock-able CPUs or a better one for overclock-able ones.

MOTHERBOARD: MSI B250 PC MATE

I chose this because of it's price. It turned out to be a good buy. The BIOS was great, it is labeled well, and all the other good things. The one problem i had installing this was the IO shield was very low quality and got in the way of the motherboard but we eventually got it in.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 1 x 8gb DDR4-2400

We chose this RAM on the basis that my friend would buy another 1 x 8 stick later and that Corsair is probably the most reputable RAM seller on the market for cheaper RAM. There have been no problems with it whatsoever and it looks nice.

STORAGE: SanDisk SSD Plus 240gb 2.5" and Western Digital Caviar Blue 1tb 3.5" 7200rpm

Even though it's a budget build I wanted to make sure he had space for extra things on the computer but it still boots fast, so we got both an SSD and a hard drive. These both were easy to install.

GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4gb

This thing, even though it's a little ugly, is totally worth the price. We overclocked it a little (i believe we got it to 1.5 Ghz) and it runs all games 1080p on high over 60, for only $140. The 1050 ti a super cheap alternative to gpus due to mining driving up the prices of all higher numbered ones for nvidia. No problems with it, just wish we had gotten a better looking one after seeing it in person.

CASE: DIYPC Ranger-R4-R ATX Mid Tower

This case was probably the skimpiest part of our build. The fans and LEDs are nice, it looks really good, the front IO is fine too. The problem starts with taking off the side panel; this actually took me 10 minutes to figure out! There are no grips for it, but you have to push to the side as hard as you can for a second before the panel pops out. Secondly the 2.5" and 3.5" slots are horrible made and in bad spots. The instruction manual is unreadable as it is only black and white pictures where everything is black with 2 word captions. The front IO wires were almost not long enough to reach the M/B ports. The expansion slot covers come out permanently so if you upgrade it could make the back look worse, and they are hard to get out. There is also no PSU shroud, nor are there many other cable management helpers. I would really not recommend this to anyone as it is a really crappy case to work in and gave us a lot of trouble.

PSU: EVGA B3 450W 80+ Bronze Fully-Modular ATX

This PSU is amazing. The cables look nice and, not having a PSU shroud in the case, we needed a fully-modular or semi-modular PSU for cheap that got the job done. It is labeled well, too.

Overall the build turned out fine. The 2 worst parts were the CPU cooler and the case; we probably should've gone with a more popular case. It would've been worth the money. Thanks for reading this, and:

Tell me what you think about the build!

Part Reviews

CPU

The i5-7400 is an alternative to the i5-7600k that is much cheaper. It also enabled us to save money on the motherboard. We ran into no problems with the CPU and it runs games well. That's really it: it's nothing special but it does it's job.

CPU Cooler

Got the first one and a screw got stuck in a hole so had to get another.

Took 30 minutes to install due to having to push super hard for all the parts. Not fun.

Works well, though!

Motherboard

I chose this because of it's price. It turned out to be a good buy. The BIOS was great, it is labeled well, and all the other good things. The one problem i had installing this was the IO shield was very low quality and got in the way of the motherboard but we eventually got it in.

Memory

We chose this RAM on the basis that my friend would buy another 1 x 8 stick later and that Corsair is probably the most reputable RAM seller on the market for cheaper RAM. There have been no problems with it whatsoever and it looks nice.

Video Card

This thing, even though it's a little ugly, is totally worth the price. We overclocked it a little (i believe we got it to 1.5 Ghz) and it runs all games 1080p on high over 60, for only $140. The 1050 ti a super cheap alternative to gpus due to mining driving up the prices of all higher numbered ones for nvidia. No problems with it, just wish we had gotten a better looking one after seeing it in person.

Case

This case was probably the skimpiest part of my build. The fans and LEDs are nice, it looks really good, the front IO is fine too. The problem starts with taking off the side panel; this actually took me 10 minutes to figure out! There are no grips for it, but you have to push to the side as hard as you can for a second before the panel pops out. Secondly the 2.5" and 3.5" slots are horrible made and in bad spots. The instruction manual is unreadable as it is only black and white pictures where everything is black with 2 word captions. The front IO wires were almost not long enough to reach the M/B ports. The expansion slot covers come out permanently so if you upgrade it could make the back look worse, and they are hard to get out. There is also no PSU shroud, nor are there many other cable management helpers. I would really not recommend this to anyone as it is a really crappy case to work in and gave us a lot of trouble.

Power Supply

This PSU is amazing. The cables look nice and, not having a PSU shroud in the case, we needed a fully-modular or semi-modular PSU for cheap that got the job done. It is labeled well, too.

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Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice budget build. Great parts list. +1

I did something similar too with a $600 budget. Managed to squeeze a 1060 in the budget.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, I actually have a very similar build :P I have the same power supply but it's the non modular version, same SSD, same motherboard, same CPU cooler, same RAM (I have 16gb of it but it's vengeance lpx), and I chose the i5-7500 because it was on sale for less than the 7400 was, which was what I was going to get at first. I have a seagate barracuda 1tb mechanical drive, and an EVGA 1050 ti, so actually very similar PCs :P And yes I agree the IO Shield is CRAP. I had to cut these little pieces off of it cause it was covering some of the ports. I got my wifi adapter stuck in between the board and IO shield and the entire gold plated usb covering broke off lmao. It still worked though but shortly after I went to Ethernet. Nice build!

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Be very very careful to not get any where near needing 450W.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/evga-450-b3-psu,5160-11.html

In the end, it may not matter because the 450 B3 has other, more serious problems. It looks like Super Flower made a huge mistake in its design, which poses a major safety risk. We noticed that the over-power protection triggering point is set way too high. Even under normal operating temperatures, one of the primary FETs in our store-bought sample, along with some other components, blew up. Either SF should set its OPP point much lower or use components able to handle higher amperage. We were also disturbed by the fact that, after the primary side shorted out, the PSU's fuse didn't blow. Every time we applied power, we saw sparks. Obviously, that's a fire hazard.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

looking at building my son his first pc and this looks like it ticks all the boxes

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I would recommend the Hyper 212 EVO because despite the cooler being fairly old now it is still a great CPU

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were to redo this build I would get either an Nzxt s340 or a phanteks p400 and instead of the i5-7400 go with a ryzen 3 or maybe ryzen 5. It would end up around the same price and be much better.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

if getting 1050ti I would go with a dual fan one

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm going to build with very similiar parts with this. except the ram,mobo,case. is there any downside ,if i was using a h110 mobo not the b250 one?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I would say go for a b250 motherboard from a good brand if you are using that cpu because you will get the best performance for the price.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

This case was probably the skimpiest part of my build. The fans and LEDs are nice, it looks really good, the front IO is fine too. The problem starts with taking off the side panel; this actually took me 10 minutes to figure out! There are no grips for it, but you have to push to the side as hard as you can for a second before the panel pops out. Secondly the 2.5" and 3.5" slots are horrible made and in bad spots. The instruction manual is unreadable as it is only black and white pictures where everything is black with 2 word captions. The front IO wires were almost not long enough to reach the M/B ports. The expansion slot covers come out permanently so if you upgrade it could make the back look worse, and they are hard to get out. There is also no PSU shroud, nor are there many other cable management helpers. I would really not recommend this to anyone as it is a really crappy case to work in and gave us a lot of trouble.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a question. I have this case for my first build and I was wondering where the hell you mounted the hdd?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yeah the case manual is black and white pictures of a black case so that was fun. i will ask my friend and get back to u