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Greetings PC Building Enthusiasts!

After taking a bit of a break from making budget builds I finally accumulated enough parts to slap something together for an appealing price point. I sold this build to a family who's son wanted to get into PUBG and Fortnite, it plays both games extremely well with the relatively high clocked i3-4360 and GTX 770 which still plays most AAA titles extremely well in 1080p. It originally had 4GB of RAM when I sold it but the buyer recently upgrade to 8GB to run PUBG better, gotta love those memory intensive games lol I also slapped a magnetic LED strip from Bitfenix in there to add to the "gaming" aesthetic that the GTX 770 gives off.

Not much to really note here, it's not an ultra high-end PC but it gets the job done for gaming on a budget and looks good to boot!

One thing that did surprise me though was the case, I loved how easy the Cougar case was to work with and had no issues with cable management or airflow. It regularly dips down into the $30-$40 price range and I think it's a steal considering similar Corsair cases are more expensive and aren't as easy to build with.

Feel free to leave any comments/questions and I'll try to reply, thanks for reading!

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

i love this build and the way it looks, i am very impressed with what you have done here, i understand that the 770 still performs just fine but how does that i3 4360 perform.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah being 3 or 4 generations old it still performs pretty good, my friend has one.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And yeah, the 4360 performs really well for an older CPU, it doesn't hold back the GTX 770 much (if at all) in gaming. Only downside to a build like this is the lack of cores/threads for things like video encoding/streaming but otherwise it's a great little gaming PC!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

So as you said this is good for Fortnite and PUBG. IS this good for both of them? Because I love both games mostly Fortnite and I always play. I understand this is a older CPU, could that affect gaming? I'm 12 years old and new to pc gaming I play Fortnite on my ps4 but not on a pc. I also live stream on twitch. Would I be able to stream Fortnite and get good FPS like over a hundred or would I have to upgrade some of the parts? I don't know what part I would have to upgrade though. Thank you for your time and I hope you reply!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Absolutely, it's actually being used by a 12 year old right now and he's been playing PUBG constantly. You could definitely get over 100FPS in Fortnite but you would have to bump some settings down to achieve that, which isn't too bad considering Fortnite runs at low-medium settings on console.

Builds like this aren't without compromise though, that's why it was only $400. If you wanted to upgrade any of the parts I would say the DRAM would be first, 8GB is pretty much required for un-optimized games like PUBG. The GPU is pretty much the best thing you can get at this price point in the current market since crypto currency miners have had such a negative impact on pricing. The CPU is pretty much the last thing I would upgrade but if you're looking at streaming on Twitch while gaming then it might be more important than the GPU; getting something like an i5-4690 or i7-4790 (non-overclockable) would be a must for multitasking workloads.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

What kind of games can this thing run? I'm completely new to PC gaming myself and looking to get a cheap build to start me off rather than paying an arm and a leg. Would the parts youve listed be all thats needed or...? i mean i know i would need a monitor and mouse, that kind of stuff, but does it run games good? sorry if i sound idiotic lol

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries, you don't sound idiotic! Yeah, this ran games great, I would recommend having at least 8GB of DRAM though if you plan on playing PUBG since it tends to be a memory hog. The family I sold it to upgraded the RAM pretty much immediately but now he's playing PUBG, Trucking Simulator and all other sorts of games with no issues in 1080p lol

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey mate! Is this better than a GTX 460?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Only if you pair it with a first generation i7 LOL

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey dude!!

A question, do you know if the case would it fit on a carry on bag or in a suitcase? I think that It would but I just want to make sure. Also, would it fit a 1050 ti there? and are also the other pc parts compatible? i'm thinking to build this but upgrade it in the near future, but the most important thing for me is the case, I like the MG110 cougar for the size that it its.

ps: can you run dayZ and Gta V with this ,right? with the 1050 ti and without?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment!

It runs games like GTAV and DayZ (even though it's poorly optimized) really well, the GTX 770 is no slouch even in modern games lol Surprisingly enough, a GTX 1050ti would be about 10%-20% slower on average in gaming even though it has more VRAM. This is one of the reasons why it's good to look at older GPU's for budget builds because a brand new 1050ti in today's market will run you almost twice as much as a used GTX 770.

As far as the case itself is concerned, I'm not really sure if it would fit in a carry on, it's pretty big and I think you might have a hard time even fitting it in a suitcase to check into a flight. The only difference between this case and a normal mid-tower is about 2-3 inches of vertical height because mATX motherboards have less height than normal ATX motherboards.

Hope this helps!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, I may build this as my first build because of how well you said it could play Fortnite and PUBG. Green was a good color for this build if I do say so myself.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking about getting this case, would you say it's smaller than most Micro ATX cases? Also does it have good air flow?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

It's an average sized case but yeah, I'd say the airflow is actually very good! I'd recommend buying an extra case fan or two just to help it out lol

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Definitely doesn't but thanks for the feedback! 7200RPM HDD speeds are more than enough for budget gaming, especially in the $400 price range lol

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I tend to agree that a "cheap 50$ ssd" would have been a "nice to have" in this build but like I said before, it's not necessary at this price point. If I were making a build with leftover parts from an HP that I didn't have to pay money for then I would have definitely used an SSD or even gone with a newer GPU but as it stands I had to buy all of the parts separately for a specific budget.

Additionally, having a "cheap 50$ ssd" would significantly sacrifice the amount of space available for games, we're talking about an SSD that is 12% the capacity of a 1TB drive. The performance difference (specifically in gaming) of going to an SSD was simply not worth the sacrifice in capacity, no matter how quickly the OS boots up.

I have two 1TB SSD's in RAID 0 my main rig and while it's nice to see the computer boot super quick and games load marginally faster it's not viable in a budget system, it's important to make that distinction when building computers for clients.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, lots of people buy both but what I've been saying from the beginning is that it wasn't in the budget.

Great "suggestion" though it seemed more like you said that it was more of a requirement from your original comment.

"great build but needs a ssd"