Description

For anyone looking to get into PC gaming, this PC offers a lot of great performance right now via the dual-core, hyperthreaded Intel Core i3, and 4GB Polaris-based RX 470 GPU, with parts available in the $500-$600 range provided you do some smart shopping. With the new AMD RX 470 providing performance around that of a GTX 970 in DX11 games, and promising better than GTX 970 performance in DX12 and Vulkan games, this PC should be able to kick out 60+ FPS or better on Ultra and 1080p, for all but the most demanding titles. Here's a FireStrike result using the OC Mode: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/9861840

Note that I actually built this PC for my wife and these are my actual costs including sales tax where I had to pay it. I purchased a number of the components - CPU, MOBO, HDD, RAM, PSU - at MicroCenter and ordered others from Jet (GPU), Amazon (Case, Fan Splitter), and NewEgg (SSD).

I also tried to keep an eye on future upgrade paths. A couple of easy upgrades would be flipping the i3 into an i5-6500 for a true quad-core CPU, and adding another 8GB RAM stick. At some point the GPU could be upgraded, such as to a 1070 or similar card, without changing out the PSU, thanks to the low power requirements of Pascal. Though I would note that if that is your plan, consider going with a 500W or 550W PSU just to be on the safe side.

Looking far ahead, I chose to purchase a nicer case so that the GPU, CPU, PSU, and motherboard could be sold and upgraded in the future, retaining the HDD, case, and RAM, if one wanted to do more of a complete rebuild. That said I'm not sure I'd recommend the BitFenix Prodigy M for a component list like this, as the drive mounting is bizarre if you have both a 3.5" and 2.5" drive, and the front drive bay isn't usable with the MSI RX 470. Instead of mounting the 2.5" drive via the bracket that obscures the window, I attached it to the drive bay via some Sugru and that helps conceal the wiring. Also while the motherboard was extremely cheap, it isn't exactly "feature rich" and in fact only has one case fan header, so I had to purchase a splitter to power the two fans included with the BitFenix Prodigy M. Finally I didn't include the cost of a USB WiFi adapter, so add $15 for one of those if you're not using a wired connection.

All in all for the cost I'm blown away by the performance of this machine. As an example, it runs Overwatch at 1080p on Ultra at 100% scale at between 80-100 FPS. Considering the availability of 1080p 144hz FreeSync monitors in the $200-$300 range, you can get one fantastic gaming experience out of a PC like this and leave plenty of upgrade room for the future.

Comments

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

How sweet of you to make this lovely computer for your wife. You definitely have my one for making this. Great job!

  • 41 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks!

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

Just FYI, on the other side panel there is a plastic cage that can mount two 2.5 drives. You didn't have to stick your SSD on the 5.25 bay and can in fact remove the bay entirely with a philips head screwdriver for a less cramped look.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build for your wife! I'm sure she loves it! Thumbs up bro!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad at all. +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

i was looking into building my brother a pc at the end of the year and i would like to know how you got the motherboard for $21.49? i see that you bought the motherboard at microcenter and i cant find it for that price. great budget build for the price!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It was one of their CPU/motherboard bundle offers. They have a section of combo discounts that is really good.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the case!, If only I had Microcenter prices or bundles near me I'd be building no stop haha.

How is that motherboard treating you?

+1 btw

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It posted no problem and is working fine. It obviously lacks features like M.2 and USB3.1, and only one case fan surprised me, but for the price you can't beat it for a basic build.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah at $21 nothing beats it for sure haha, when creating separate build I found that the B-150 chipset offers quite an improvement for not much extra cost, well, at normal cost of course haha, the H110 is at $50 when a considerable upgrade to a B-150 is at $70, I'd still go for the H110 unless I really want more stuff though. Specially at your price. 1 fan header? how do you even? Is it hot?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

From what I understand you can safely split up to 3x fans from one mobo fan header. So this one has 1x CPU Fan and 1x case fan and I used a 1-2 splitter to power the two fans that came with the case, which I left where they were. Bottom fan pulls air in as the case is elevated thanks to the "feet" on the Prodigy design, then the rear fan pulls out hot air from the CPU while the GPU vents out of the top. I haven't had the chance to do much stress testing but given the high amount of open air in the case plus the low power requirements on the CPU and GPU, I can't imagine there will be issues with heat.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/tgh4d6 my build i wanna do is almost the same +1

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - curious on your build, is there a reason you're going with an AMD CPU over an Intel i3?

  • 41 months ago
  • 0 points

I feel like the i3 is weaker than that AMD CPU but i honestly just got into computers 2 weeks ago. A guy at work is telling me what he got, and im going off of it. Any advise would be great lol. Good at operating them, but not so good at knowing the internal. Didnt know what a PSU was till 2 weeks ago..... xD

  • 41 months ago
  • 2 points

For gaming an i3 is better. That being said you could go amd and overclocking the crap out of it but Thats alot of hassle for new ppl. Games need good single core performance which is what the i3 does well. The quad core requirements of some games can be met modestlt by hyper threading on the i3. Also keep in mind that an amd 8 core is really more like a weak quad core when it comes to gaming.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking good, similar to the build i did for my wife not long ago, except here in AUS parts expensive couldnt go red theme.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I hope your wife enjoys it. It's a solid budget build. My only concern is the 430watt psu for future cards, but as you said in the description, the cards are getting much more efficient these days.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

With the i3 6100 I found that faster ram let's say 3200mhz can improve the fps by 10 on some games compare to a 2400mhz

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Will that work on an H110 board though?

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Not it wouldn't Should of seen that.