For this build, I was sent some parts (CPU, RAM, and PSU) and went hunting to find the rest before putting everything together into this system. Franken-system!
The idea here was to have something that could play Fortnite (easy enough) and PUBG (not so easy!) at 1080p right now, and that could be upgraded over time.
The i5-2500K could do 4GHz on auto voltage (in practice, about 1.25V) and no doubt could be pushed higher, but there simply wasn't the thermal headroom with the stock cooler. A budget air cooler would be a good upgrade to allow a decent overclock, and almost a necessity if/when the CPU is upgraded to an i7-2700K or -3770K (the CPU upgrades that make sense here). Even at stock, though, this CPU can get its game on, and is a good enough match for the graphics card... speaking of which:
The card here was yoinked out of a different system that hadn't sold quickly enough, and it made for the biggest problem with this build: it wouldn't fit in the case (a solid af old Antec Solo), by the barest few mms, but nevertheless, it wasn't going in without something drastic happening.
Something drastic happened!
Look closely at the pics, and you may be able to tell the card is nude :O
The fan shroud was removed. Does that matter, except to looks? I didn't do on/off testing for comparison, because something like that needs to be done in the same case (the case being a major factor when it comes to component temps) and the whole problem was the card didn't fit in the case with the shroud on, hence no scope for a clean test. Temps are actually fantastic, though, so make of that what you will...
Aside from stripping the card, the build was mostly straightforward, but the case being an older one, it did lack 2.5" drive bays, so I had to get a little creative mounting the SSD. Just because you're ghetto-mounting doesn't mean all standards go out the window though, hence, my effort at color-coordinating :D
So, there it is: a used-parts budget build that'll handle PUBG at 1080p and can be upgraded to stay capable for a while yet.
Let me know what you think here, or find me over on Facebook where I'm Sensible Systems.