Description

I wanted a simple computer to play some games and do my school work and programming, but I had a very small budget so I opted into building this computer. I went without a video card because the integrated Intel 4400 graphics looked like the would support my games well and have, in fact, supported most of my games quite well.

I've been able to play the Borderlands series, Sid Meier's Civ series, and Source Mods without any lag and at 30-60 FPS so I don't regret my decision. I also opted out of purchasing Windows 7/10 Home Premium because I wanted to save money and I've had some success with Linux in the past. This will limit the number of games I can play, but with SteamOS increasing the Linux game base I think there won't be much trouble with Linux gaming in the future.

So far the computer performs well with most of my steam library and I've only faced minor problems with the OS (Currently running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS). If I could change anything I'd most likely spend less on other parts and opt into a 2GB GTX graphics card, but I would definitely still not get Windows. It simply costs much too much.

I use an old dell monitor that I had lying around as well as a dell USB mouse and Keyboard (with 2 USB hub), but they seem to work decent with gaming. The Logitech speakers where a gift and they have some trouble working with Ubuntu, but after a little work they function well.

UPDATE

Since I built this computer a few months ago I've decided to go ahead and add a graphics card since I have some extra money. I chose the Gigabyte Windforce 750 Ti 4GB because it had great reviews and was a pretty low cost card for the kind of power that it's boasting.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

A great motherboard for a decent price, but I've had some trouble within the case. The stacked SATA ports make it difficult to plug in 90 degree cables, but it works with straight cables. I've had some troubles with the system fans starting up at first, but after a while they'll kick in and spin. Otherwise no problems.

Case

This case has great cable support and seemed to flow well, but I don't much like having only 1 3.5" HDD drive bay. It'd be nice to have another, but I doubt storage will ever be a problem with SSDs and a TB HDD, so not a real drawback. I lover the look of the case and its proven rather easy to clean the vents.

Speakers

Pretty good speakers with a pretty nice sub, but I've experienced some troubles with the 5.1 channels properly playing (yes, the wiring was correct). Still pretty good for $60 or so speakers.

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Comments

  • 49 months ago
  • 4 points

That's a nice machine, +1 for Linux

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Deep down we all know that Linux is the way to go. The only problems are application support, but thats a market problem which would be solved by an overnight switch to Linux. Viva la revolution.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Got Linux on my school laptop :)

I need direct x to play blizzard game tho :(

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

You could get a better build for less money. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/aeden25/saved/PzkNnQ Considering this is a Skylake processor, I had a hard time finding a better mobo for cheap.

Also no Intergayted Graphics But +1 for Linux

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

The difference in our computers is that I'm not willing to purchase a processor with less power than an i3. I understand some people are confident in the power of Pentiums, but I would rather have a better processor with integrated graphics with a chance of adding a graphics card when I get money instead of strapping myself in with a relatively slow processor and having to shell out more money to replace it when I want to upgrade my computer.

I like your build, but there were somethings about my build that I wanted a higher quality for a low cost. That's part of why I scrapped the graphics card in favor of the dual hard drive and a faster processor.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/parts/partlist/

This is one I decided to put together on here a few weeks ago. considerable amount cheaper. :)

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you sent a different link? That one doesn't go to your computer. I really would like to see other ideas so I can prepare myself for building another computer.

Thanks!

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/3vBPxr

Sure thing! This is my main rig, its a little more expensive than yours, also, I kind of regret the case decision. Cable management on it is awful.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Avoid that Biostar board, the VRM solution on it is crap. I started getting vdroop bluescreen errors on a stock clocked G3258(53W TDP, nowhere close to that in use) after about 3 months.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. :-) Which games are you playing at the moment?

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

I play a lot of CS:GO with my friends, and some Borderlands by myself. Both games run seamlessly on high quality.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Really? With the i3 iGPU? Noice!

  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the Intel 4400 graphics don't seem too bad. I don't own any really intensive games that run on Linux so I've not been able to push it hard, but all my games seem to work well with it.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Is better than Gt 730

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

What resolution are you playing at?

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

1440x900. It's the maximum resolution of my Dell and Compaq monitors.

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  • 49 months ago
  • 2 points

Integrated graphics would be terrible for a graphics intensive game, but since there's a huge selection of great games which do not contain intensive graphics it hasn't really been a problem.

Check out Source Mods like Half-Life 2, Stanley Parable, Left for Dead 2, Portal 2, or Borderlands games, or Civilization games if you're into simulations, or perhaps CS:GO if you're into FPS games. Unless you're playing a cutting edge game like Grand Theft Auto V, which needs 4GB video ram, then you'll be fine with integrated graphics.

  • 49 months ago
  • 3 points

MOBAS also work decently on integrated graphics, though there are some performance issues with 4000 and League.

I played WoW and League on integrated graphics for a long time when I owned Macs. Up until last year when I built my first PC actually haha.

  • 49 months ago
  • -1 points

same here.

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