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Completed my first build in 2 days with parts that are bought with a $900 budget in mind. I tried my best to find high-end parts with a low price and did quite some research beforehand. Some parts are transferred from my old PC (hard drive/SSD, monitor, keyboard, OS etc.) which helped me stay within budget.

For budget builders, skip the SDD (optional: downgrade hard drive to 1TB) and use a cheaper 450W power supply, that should bring the total down to $1000 with minimum impact on performance. You can also switch the CPU with Ryzen 5 1600 to get similar performance at a lower price (suggested in the comments)

I think the natural red light from the motherboard and the white from the cooler matches pretty well with the case so I didn't invest extra on LEDs.

Feel free to comment any thoughts/improvements!

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Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

(Looks like the budget got blown out, just a bit; happens to a lot of us.) It would be easier to see how close you actually got by changing the part list prices to what you actually paid for each part; there's a spot to do that for each item in the list when you edit it. For all-round use, I think you might have been better served both price and performance-wise by going with a Ryzen 5 1600 (or 1600x if you can stretch $15 or so) and a good B350 chipset motherboard; 2 more cores, simultaneous multithreading for up to 12 threads, unlocked multiplier, the IPC is close, and the CPU / MB combos will be less money. Then there's the fact that the stock cooler is pretty good so you don't need to go aftermarket right away. Unless you need a WD Purple for your home security system, I'd also suggest saving a few bucks and getting a Seagate BarraCuda 3TB (64MB Cache) bare drive (I try not to buy boxed drives for bulk storage if I can help it; bare is generally cheaper). SeaSonic makes a M12II 620W 80+ Bronze full modular power supply that's going for $60 new on NewEgg right now (not as well known as EVGA or Corsair, but just as good or better); I'd probably gone with that instead of a used, discontinued Antec p/s. The monitor and keyboard cost should only be included if you didn't have them beforehand and bought them just for this build. (1600x900 is a small monitor, especially for a setup that will push a 1080p past 60fps in most games out there. Did you get that used as well?) In summary, what you built is ok, but I think it could have been better (and still under budget) with some changes.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for all the suggestions! The price are manually inputted except for the drives. I totally ignored Ryzen when choosing the parts since I have never come across one before. However now that you and many out there recommended it I will definitely consider it with Intel for my next build! I did not pick the purple Seagate drive myself but rather it was bought by my dad for my last pc and I honestly don't know why he picked that :p As for the Psu your suggestion is great but I don't have much choice at my local store but I will look around for my next build. And yes the monitor and keyboard are 6 year-old from my very first pc. Many thanks for the input.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

(Looks like the budget got blown out, just a bit; happens to a lot of us.) It would be easier to see how close you actually got by changing the part list prices to what you actually paid for each part; there's a spot to do that for each item in the list when you edit it.

Their original pricing was below $1,000, somewhere in $900~ until Wulf_Hunter mentioned MSRP was preferable. I don't get why OP changed their pricing when they were the one who made their purchases in the past. It was fine to leave as it was earlier.

  • Keep in mind they had their monitor and peripherals already.
  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Keep in mind they had their monitor and peripherals already.

That's what I thought from the prices given, but I thought I'd just cover the price correction ability to be sure.

Edit - I see the description was changed while I was (slowly) typing. :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I thought from the prices given, but I thought I'd just cover the price correction ability to be sure.

No worries. It's understandable to ask for the sake of clarifying the uncertainty. Instead of rough estimating / guessing an idea though I'm certain most of us can by now.

Edit - I see the description was changed while I was (slowly) typing. :)

You are correct. :)

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

80 degrees on stock with an aio seems odd

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

First, let me be clear. Now is not the time to be building any sort of budget computer. RAM and GPU prices are making it impossible to make anything that costs less than $700 without buying something used, from a scrapyard, etc. That said here are a few recommendations for cutting the price.

Seeing as R5 1600 comes with a stock cooler that performs only 2-3 °C worse than CoolerMaster's Hyper 212 Evo, you don't really need an aftermarket CPU cooler, if you don't mind running a bit hot.

As for Ryzen motherboards, I would recommend either of Asus' ATX B350 offerings. While I prefer the STRIX, the PRIME is a solid choice for those willing to make a few sacrifices.

While it is often a few dollars more expensive, I would recommend using one set of two sticks of RAM, rather than two sticks bought individually. This ensures that your RAM will run in dual-channel configuration, which is well worth the price and the lack of hair-tearing-out.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build! Great work for a first build -- high quality parts and a good looking finished build. How is the cooler working out for you? Why'd you decide to go with that cooler over an air cooler? I've got the same MOBO, and the 7700k, and I'm torn between a MasterLiquid Lite and either the Cryorig H7 or the Hyper 212 EVO.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Or just get a really tiny SSD (60 GB or so)

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw your radiator is mounted at the back of the case which makes no sense. The radiator is an exhaust and the fan is on the other side of the radiator so there is no airflow. I would change the radiator to the top with the fan facing in or the front with the fans facing out.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a good point, I will change the price. For the CPU I have always preferred Intel so I haven't really considered Ryzen, though I will look into it now since you mentioned (and it's a good suggestion!). The motherboard was the cheapest Z-series in my local store though, so I'm not sure if it can get any cheaper:/

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

You don't need to change your prices just because Wulf_Hunter said they felt unhappy about not seeing MSRP pricing. This is your build that you finished and are sharing to us, not what one comment prefers to see on this build. Most of us can figure out a rough estimate per build, and if you found great deals per item than don't change it. If earlier the title was causing confusion then changing it was fine, but you don't need to change your part list prices since you purchased them.

Enjoy your build and you do have a good one. You can certainly research Ryzen, but you already have your complete and it should serve you well for quite some time until the next upgrade.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the support! Though I think he meant the price for the 2 drives I owned (listed as $0 purchased before) which might mislead budget buyers as they need to buy them to attain this build. It is really nice to see such friendly and knowledgeable community here. I look forward to seeing your builds and share my next build with you all (god knows when).

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Of course. Well I saw them before too, but I don't think it was too confusing. I just guess you already had certain items for a while or had been given certain components ahead of time. (Like a present).

And thank you. I'm looking forward to your builds as well in the future! Enjoy and welcome to our community.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't have any local hardware stores where I am, but all my friends that do get killer prices on sales that way! Nice Build! I hope you get a lot of miles out of it!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Plus, if you bought stuff over time and pieced it together, posting the as-purchased prices gives a truer representation of what you actually spent; that's what I'd like to see.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

The tone of your post is probably why it got downvoted. There are ways to constructively comment on someone's first build that don't sound like "I'm right, you're wrong, you suck at this" when you read it.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Constructive criticism is best. Not with negativity. Sugar coating is not helpful.

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

Ok, as long as we're being upfront... if I were the OP and you had said that to me, I'd delete or ban your comment. If you can't understand why, then that's your problem. To be tactful is to be respectful of the efforts of those who are trying but might not know as much as you; another word for it is coaching. It's not sugarcoating. Now if the OP had done several builds before and made the same mistakes, I'd been more direct; but there wasn't a need for it. Trolling noobs to a hobby isn't a sport for me, neither now or in the past. You should expect to get downvoted when you post comments in that tone, if it's not warranted; I'll be more than happy to do it when I see you do that again.