So I recently left my old job and had to sell all my old computers which was really sad, but now I have a new job and wanted to make a great budget build for mostly playing league, but also for Skyrim, Bioshock, and other single player games that I plan on getting into.
Since I live in a remote part of Alaska, I can mostly only get stuff off Amazon using prime, or at least that's what people told me, so that's where I got all of my parts. Looking back, smaller things like drives or a cpu probably could have been shipped from Newegg, but I didn't really try. Either way, this is why some of the parts are not as cheap as I could have gotten them (or I could have gotten a different similar part).
I will be uploading more pics of the whole system soon, once I can borrow my roommate's camera again, but so far it runs like a dream, especially for the price! I will also be running benchmarks to provide less subjective commentary of the build. Without further ado, let's talk parts:
This is what the computer was built around. When I saw a quad core processor for $110, I knew I had to try it out. So far I have it overclocked to 3.8GHz on the stock cooler, which is good enough for me. On Cinebench, it scores around a 500, which I thought was amazing for the price! Userbenchmark rated it as in the 70th percentile, which I was happy to see. Also, the stock cooler looks amazing with the rest of the build. Much sleeker than stock coolers for Intel chips.
For the mobo I went with the cheapest B350 motherboard I could find on Amazon, plus I wanted a lot of I/O, which this had two additional usb 3.0 ports as compared to a similarly priced one. I don't like that it only has two fan headers, so if I get any more fans, which I do want to do to increase air flow, I will need to get fan splitters. Other than that, it looks nice, fits with the aesthetic, and got a decent overclock. I also would have liked to have gotten a motherboard that could attain a higher RAM overclock, but at the time I couldn't afford much more, and regardless this is a budget build so I don't mind the few fps I might be denied.
For RAM, since I was getting a windowed case, I needed one with a heat spreader. Along with this, I wanted it to fit with the black theme, and it also needed to overclock to 2666 since my motherboard could only go that high. Hence the vengeance LPX, which is a classic in many youtuber builds like on Bitwit and Paul's Hardware.
Storage For storage, even though it's a budget build, I wanted an ssd. Not only that, but my motherboard could support nvme, so why not go for it! When I saw a sale on Amazon (it was so sad to see many nvme drives go on sale on newegg), I knew I had to grab it. It runs like a dream, and from pressing the power button to getting to my desktop it's around 10 seconds (will time IRL soon and post). Along with this, I needed mass storage, so I decided to get the 1tb Seagate drive. When looking at both WD and Seagate, I didn't think there would be that much of a difference, but when I checked out userbenchmark, I was floored at how much better Seagate was, so I snagged that for a good price off Amazon.
GPU For the GPU, I didn't know what to do. When I checked around a month ago, the bottleneck for the Ryzen 3 1200 was around the rx480 or gtx1060, and also when these were getting really expensive. A year ago I could get one of those for $150, but I had to settle for a 1060 3gb for $210. It looks alright, although I now wish I had waited for a dual fan to go on sale just so it filled up the case more, and so it could hide some of the cables. Regardless, I get 200fps on league at 1080p, so I'm a happy guy.
Case For my case I wanted something windowed, small but not mITX since there weren't a whole ton of motherboards available, and it had to be $60 or under. Well, this case fit exactly what I needed. It was pretty easy to build inside, although hiding the cables is really a task. I like the inverted motherboard, as it allows the ability to show off the GPU more. However, if I want, the case is designed so that I could throw the window on any side, so if I don't like that view or want to show off other parts, I could switch it to the top. Either way, I really like the case!
Power Supply Mostly just wanted a semi modular bronze 80+ certified PSU, and found that with the Corsair CXM. It definitely helped with the overall black theme, and the cables were really easy to work with.