Description

This build shows the entry level of of "console killer" class systems...or in this case "console matching" systems, we arnt talking about ideal for 144hertz+ monitors or 150FPS+ 4K gaming... we are talking about 900p to 1080p with averages of 40FPS to 60FPS on "high" default settings in games like doom 2016 or GTA-V ment to be setup to a normal 60 to 120 hertz 1080p HDTV via HDMI... ALL FOR UNDER $398 Canadian before taxes or under $450 after taxes (in Ontario).

Ok this system uses: (note no optical drive to save the $20 lol)

MOTHERBOARD: Asus A88XM-A Micro ATX FM2+ It has a A88X chipset, USB 3.0, gigabit LAN, pci express 3.0 , 6 6GB/s Sata ports and 4 DIMM slots maxing out at 64gb support. its overkill for the buld but @ $50 its a solid pick.

CPU: FM2+ X4-845K @ 3.5Ghz (3.8Ghz in "turbo" mode) More than enough for everyday tasks and "high" settings 900P gaming in DX11/DX12 (even some 1080P gaming in many) plus it wont be bottle-necked by the GTX1050

RAM: Corsair ValueSelect 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory A single 4GB DDR3 1600mhz DIMM at the $25 price its a solid starting point if we are aiming at the lowest starting price point we can get without limiting upgrades to much (we could still hit 52GB keeping the DIMM)

HARD DRIVE: Toshiba 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM 32mb buffer 6GB/s At the price its a solid pick and 1TB should allow 15+ HUGE 60GB games, windows 10 and basic apps...you can always add another one in the future

VIDEO CARD: Zotac GeForce GTX 1050 2GB Mini Good old zotac, a good "budget" brand that isnt crap, the 1050 wont bottle-neck the X4-845K... 4gb version would be better but at the price point the 2gb version is a best choice

CASE: Logisys CS301BK ATX Mid Tower Case w/480W Power Supply At $40 how can you say no to this its just the case really. Sure the PSU is only 330W really but we only need 223W, CON: no front panel USB 3.0 but i'll liv with it for the cost, and plug into the rear ports)

Results: all set to 1080P with medium defaults on a 60hertz 1080P HDTV (eat that PS4/XBOX ONE)

CPU overclocked @ 4060MHz 106.85 MHz x 38 (or +6.85% manual turbo clock "always on") getting us over 4Ghz

RAM GPU all overclocked 10% (RAM 1760mhz, GPU 1600mhz in Boost clock mode)

Rocket League Aquadome map: 60 FPS+ (max TV can do)

Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition: 59 FPS average

Rise of the tomb raider: 40 FPS average

No man's sky: 46 FPS average

Dragon Age: Inquisition: 60 FPS+ (max TV can do)

DOOM (2016): 58 FPS average

All this on a sub $400 PC

EDIT: Rosewill FBM-05 MicroATX Mini Tower Case + CoolMax 500W ATX Power Supply could be a better choice for case and power supply just for the front panel USB 3.0 (but shipping would ding you an extra...$5?)

see; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKCevh7eaGE

Part Reviews

CPU

nice CPU beats a x4-860 at stock clocks http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/AMD-Athlon-X4-845-vs-AMD-Athlon-II-X4-860K/m84491vs3265

overclocks to a stable 4060mhz @ 106.8 x 38 (well its 105 x 38 but becomes 106.8 x 38 oddly when applied in bios though) http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/amd_athlon_x4_845_cpu/3.htm

cool, quite, best bang for buck for 2016. Ideally paired with a GTX 1050 to minimize bottle necking of gpu by cpu

Motherboard

A88X chipset for $50, good to pair with X4-845 for an aprox $130 Canadian combo

could use better overclocking features, but for "basic" OC its ok

Memory

good, cheap, and works 100% @ 1760mhz

Storage

for the cost its better than 500gb, great for budget builds

Video Card

can i just say BEAST card for its cost best budget gaming rig card out there. Best paired with X4 845 to minimize gpu bottle necking by CPU

Case

480W is really 330W, but for its cost its fine. Would be 5 Star if it was all plastic to avoid denting or had front panel USB 3.0. Would i buy again? probably not after looking at separate cheapo 500w range PSU's And cases that had usb 3.0 front panels. Not to say its bad, they did include 1x 80mm exhaust fan

Comments

  • 36 months ago
  • 3 points

Where are the pictures of the actual computer? D:

  • 33 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice build! I've always felt like the term "console killer" was a misnomer because the primary advantages of a console are price and some level of ease of use, with the latter being more than debatable. So a $2500 award winning rig that can max all the AAA titles for years doesn't really address a console's strong suits of cheap and no-hassle gaming. It competes in a different class, if not sport, so it can't really "kill" a console.

But yours... man. Same price point, equal or better performance, and able to be a computer when not gaming. AND upgradable to keep it relevant at far less than a new console. THAT'S killing a console.

Only thing I could ask for would be a couple of pics under the hood.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I know that your PC is based on the price, but the games of today become more in more demanding you will have had to invest a little more for the future

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

i agree, but of mid range games it should be ok. Heck it can rock doom 2016 set to ultra preset over 40fps on 1080p

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Min. 60 fps for a good experience in games

  • 36 months ago
  • 6 points

thats elitism.. this build is for people moving over from consoles. most console games are 900p to 1080p @ 30fps. saying 60fps+ is a must have is just being elitist, but if you must have 60fps, this build can do it, just customize in game settings to get there

  • 36 months ago
  • 6 points

I dont agree - as long as you're above 40 fps you can have a good experience. Of course once you move on to higher framerates and better graphical quality, you'll never want to go back.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

My budget is $400 USA plus shipping and I have a 1050ti and 8gb of ram and I also have a much cooler case all for $346 no mail im rebates either. And 30fps on ultra is just fine for games like Ark

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

You realize that this was in CAD. There is a sizeable difference in currencies.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

You should at least choose a bronze psu from brands like seasonic, evga and corsair Anyway it is a nice budget build!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a nice budget build you got there!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! Why did you choose to go with only 4gb of ram? Is 8gb not necessary?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Other than lacking in RAM looks pretty good. Gonna guess you didn't add the mouse/keyboard since you are using a controller on TV or something? Don't really know. Wish you had pictures and stuff of your setup though. Good budget build generally

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Will this thing overheat without a cooler?