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$600 budget PC (first build)

by Dogmatix



Date Published

May 15, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.404 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


This is my first PC build. Its a pretty standard​ budget build but it performs quite well on the games I've played. I haven't tried any demanding triple A titles but it's runs great for indie games and older ones. It's a big step up from my ****** laptop and overall it's tons of fun.

For the parts I went with the Pentium g4560 because its probably the best value budget cpu out there and is pretty much equivalent to an i3. I went with the msi 1050 because it was the cheapest on the market at the time and does have a slight overclock. Ram, storage, and psu are all standard parts you'd find in most budget builds and the wireless Network adapter works quite well despite being only $20.

I mainly went for the diypc case because it was advertised as being 13" tall which would fit under my desk and I also really like micro ATX format. However the actual height was closer to 15" so it didn't fit under my desk. Currently I've just been using my nightstand and I'm planning on getting a new desk but it is a minor annoying to me that the case exceeded the advertised height which was the main reason I bought it. It's still a solid budget case however with a nice design and side window.

Overall, hardest part of the build was cable management because of the non modular psu. Tons of fun to build and play with. Thanks to everyone who made parts lists for me on this site and helped me build this!

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arom 3 points 23 months ago

You made a 600$ budget build's aesthetics look very nice, props to you.

Dinozad 2 Builds 3 points 23 months ago

Talk about bang for buck, great job. Would love to see a couple of pics with side panel open.

TheseShiftyCtrls 2 points 23 months ago

Where you by any chance roughly following the Photon 4.0 build from Austin Evans?

Dogmatix submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Roughly yeah. I watched a multitude of different budget build videos including that one. My original build list had an i3 and a 1050 which was back in December so most of the build was based around modifications to that list.

TheseShiftyCtrls 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah I had a assumption

Issacsweg 1 point 19 months ago

Hi Dominic

TheseShiftyCtrls 2 points 19 months ago

No leave me alone

Issacsweg 1 point 19 months ago


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zk_2017 1 point 23 months ago

You should have gone for EVGA GTX 1050 ti 4gb. It is selling for $184 on amazon.ca. My build is very close to what you have but I put an SSD and 4gb gpu. I have played Just Cause 3 at ultra settings and I was getting 30 to 40 FPS on average. You should be able to play triple A games at Medium to High settings. My build cost around $750 excluding the monitor.

Dogmatix submitter 1 Build 4 points 23 months ago

Yeah I thought about getting a 1050 ti but main reason I didn't is I dont plan on playing any recently released triple a titles, mainly just casual and indie games as well as some older ones. Also I had to deal with taxes so I wanted to avoid spending more if I could

CoryRaulerson 1 point 23 months ago

I think you could of gotten a cheaper monitor just to make this build a tad bit stronger.

Dogmatix submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Probably could have yeah but I got the monitor on sale and I wanted a solid 1080p monitor. Most 1080p monitors are around that price anyways

JosephRG14 1 point 23 months ago

I personally would've gone with a 470. A league better than the 1050ti for only a bit more.

DPRutledge 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I have a soft spot for White and Blue. Nice job _^

rvoss5 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

very nice build! i would have gotten a bit cheaper monitor to at minimum put the os on an ssd. the 1050 is only a hair slower than a 1050ti. ive owned both and i think you made a good decision (would have went with amd 460 4gb myself after owning both 1050s)

i would have just not added a price on the monitor and posted this as a sub 500 build... its a great build nonetheless so props

Ericthecow 1 point 21 months ago

Hey so that wireless adapter works well right? Trying not to use an ethernet cable as it would be complicated in my house