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My buddy messaged me a few days ago saying it was his oldest sons 15th birthday in a few days and was wondering how cheaply I could put a build together as a surprise gift (this is the same friend that I made and basically gifted one of my previous builds on here for. The build titled grey matter). His son is super into fortnite right now, so the rig being able to run that well was really the only requirement besides keeping the price under $250ish. Since fortnite will basically run on a potato I figured it wouldn’t be too tricky to accomplish the build for the price point. Then I started thinking about the fleeting tastes of a 15 year old and figured I needed to build a machine that would be capable of playing other much more demanding titles for when he decided he was into something else that probably wasn’t going to be so easy to run.. Thus the budget box was born. I had a few cpu/mobo combos laying around to choose from, along with most of the other parts needed. All I ended up buying new was the thermaltake case and 480gb ssd. Those two items came up to $150 (was very short on time so I wasn’t able to wait for a sale to pop up unfortunately. And regardless of the budget I wanted him to have a ssd). So that left me with 100$ budget for the cpu/mobo/ram/gpu/psu/fans/etc. Normally I don’t think I would be able to work with that budget, but it’s his birthday plus I hear he’s doing really well in school plus helping out a lot around their home AND it will be his first pc, so I figured what the heck and cut him a pretty decent deal. The i5 2400 pairs really well with the gtx 1050 ti. Better than I thought it would at least. I did a little bit of benchmarking and came up with pubg @1080p high settings 65 FPS average. Fortnite @1080p high settings 100 FPS average. Far cry 5 @1080p medium settings 50 FPS average and lastly the firestrike score was 6350. I didn’t do any overclocking. Figured I’d leave that for him to learn to do if he wanted. I did run an apx 12 hour cpu and gpu stress test to make sure everything was stable and the cooling was adequate. Passed with flying colors. Cpu maxed out at 48c and gpu maxed at 56c. So that’s that. Feel free to leave any questions or criticisms. Sorry about the lack of any good photos btw. I took a few in progress shots but Didn’t think about taking any completed shots until after I had already boxed it all up.

Comments

  • 15 months ago
  • 9 points

It's always nice to see veteran components be rededicated to the youth. +1

  • 15 months ago
  • 3 points

noice

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice budget build. Awesome work!

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to see an i5-2400 getting some more love. Those Sandy Bridge i5s are still awesome little budget chips. Perform on par with even Blank Lake 4/4 c/t's.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I was incredibly impressed with it. So much so I hunted down a good deal on a 2500k and bought it just to mess around with. I hear it has some amazing overclocking head room and want to see for myself :)

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Ya sweet. I got a free 2600K and 16GB RAM from my grandpa's old PC. I gotta buy a motherboard and I'm gonna have me a sweet little Plex server.

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

Great looking box. He should be very happy with it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I think this is an awesome build for an awesome reason. I am sure that he was insanely happy with it.

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  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for your kind words. That motherboard didn’t have any internal usb 3.0 headers but the case only had front panel 3.0, so I thought it would be better to adapt it to 2.0 than to have the front panel ports not working at all. The 4790k is a phenomenal cpu. If you can find one for a fair price I highly recommend it. I do need to update that build though, it has gone through several upgrades since I posted it. For all my used parts I just keep an eye out on local selling sites as well as Craigslist and eBay. It’s tricky finding any good deals right now, but they are out there. It’s just a matter of finding them before someone else lol. I got that i5 2400 and mobo off an app called letgo