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Lil' Mike : The Budget Build That Could

by tbhpcbuilder

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35 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 26, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 23, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.303 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

I wanted to build the cheapest and smallest computer I could under $500. After seeing these cheap deals at my local Micro Center, I knew that it was time to pull the trigger and build a LAN box.

I’m amazed with this rig. Just eleven months ago, I built a 700-dollar computer that can’t even compare to this computer’s performance. Although some components in my part list are priced at $0, they could be replaced by cheaper components like a $36 DDR4 RAM stick @ Newegg and a $30 EVGA 430W Power Supply @ Amazon/Newegg.

Overall, this build went smoothly and performs very well for its price. I could’ve added an extra thirty dollars for an RX 480 but I’m not a fan of AMD and extra heat inside an ITX case. I also think it’s pretty cool how my build is very identical to PCPP’s newest budget build, congrats to great builds! ~

EDIT 11/26/16 10:01 PM:

Computer plays The Witcher III @ Medium /w Anti Aliasing Off, Bloom Off, 1920x1080 60 FPS /w Vsync

Computer plays DOOM @ Ultra, 1920x1080 60 FPS /w Vsync

Computer plays Bioshock Infinite @ Ultra, 1920x1080 60 FPS /w Vsync

Computer plays Assassin's Creed Syndacite @ High /w Ambient Occlusion Off, Anti-Aliasing Off, 1920x1080 60 FPS /w Vsync

Part Reviews

CPU

Got it for 99.99 at Micro Center. The i3-6100 with a budget motherboard is the best way into gaming, hands down. Two cores, four threads and sitting at a base clock of 3.7Ghz. Strong single core strength and really fast for gaming. Stock cooler is quiet and keeps the processor at 60c @ 75% load.

Motherboard

Got it for 39.99 with -$30 Combo Discount at Micro Center. I really like this board for the price of 39.99. It has Bluetooth, WIFI, and the PCI-E bracket is really neat. The colors are ugly but what more can I ask for? The UEFI BIOS is clean and smooth; it even has four settings for the CPU Cooler fan speed.

Memory

Had it laying around but this cost me 43.99 three months ago. These are speedy and very beautiful.

Storage

Got it for 42.99 at Micro Center as a bare drive. I love WD drives, they are quiet, cool, and fast. I’ve tried other brands and they don’t contain these three qualities. I avoided putting an SSD into this computer because thirty second boot times don’t bother me.

Video Card

Price matched this at Micro Center with Newegg and got it for 129.99. Let me just say this, for 140 bucks (taxes included), this card is amazing. It plays everything at 1080p, high to medium settings with a solid 60 FPS. This card reaches 55c @ 100% load.

Case

Got it for 24.99 at Micro Center. It was a refurbished deal. There were no missing pieces or damaged parts on this case. I’ve worked in this case before and I love it. Tons of space and has a very clean look.

Power Supply

Had it laying around and I actually have the 620W version of the M12II in this build. It cost me 64.99 three months ago. Still working strong today and it’s modular with black cables.

Comments Sorted by:

m00f 6 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

very nice budget build and good writeup! That case and PSU should last you for upgrades to come

Ethan_Nathe 2 points 29 months ago

I wish I lived near a Micro Center :(

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Yeah I love Micro Center. They have every mainstream component and it's only thirty minutes away from me. Paying the extra 20-30 dollars for taxes is always worth saving that 3-4 day wait. Sometimes the taxes usually balance out with the MOBO + CPU combo too.

nakaman 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

It's a blessing and a curse of you have no money atm

WaterTriber 2 points 29 months ago

that's like the size of a thing of bananas

SR91 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Nice pictures and cable management. +1 from me.

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks

SR91 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

You're welcome, it's a nice build and I hope you get a lot out of it.

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

My shoes won't even fit in that box! How did you manage?

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Time, patience, and probably 3 to 4 renditions of routing cables.. lol but in all honesty, having a modular power supply is the trick.

80-wattHamster 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

Thanks for including the actual price paid for the components. That's almost worth a +1 by itself, IMO.

Oh, and, uh, nice build, too.

wyattcole72 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Really good! Small case on a budget is exactly what I'm trying to shoot for right now.

+1 for the name Mike

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks! I love ITX builds as well but they're so expensive.... Without the CPU/MOBO combo and refurbished case, I don't think I would've pulled the trigger. But I do love the size and strength.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Although some components in my part list are priced at $0, they could be replaced by cheaper components like a $36 DDR4 RAM stick @ Newegg and a $30 EVGA 430W Power Supply @ Amazon/Newegg.

cheaper

u mad bro?

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

Hahaha what I meant was, the ones listed are a bit pricier than budget orientated components...

ClanScorpia 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

RX 480 but I’m not a fan of AMD and extra heat inside an ITX case triggered Its roughly the same temps

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Oh, I wasn't aware but I thought that an RX 480, which draws more power from both the motherboard and PCI-E cable, would generate more heat. It's okay though, still not a fan of AMD, muhahahahaha.

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

do u have cinebench benchmarks? i'd like to compare it to my fx 6300 at 4.8 ghz. +1 though, really really really like that case.

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I don't, sorry but I don't think an i3-6100 would keep up to an FX 6300 clocked that high. Nice overclock by the way...

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

haha thanks lol

ElJuego1977 7 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

This a great case for Itx. I did a LAN box in it, patterned after the Alienware Alpha specs and truely a dream for cable management!

God bless us, every Micro Center!

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Agreed! I bought the Fractal Core 500 once and tried a build in it, was a bit tougher. I want to do an RVZ02B or Node 202 build but SF power supplies are so costly and the cases as well lol....

ElJustice 1 point 29 months ago

Nice budget build man. How does it run Overwatch? I'm looking at building a very similar 1050ti/i3-6100 rig as an upgrade over my current and also slightly downsize in case since my current CM is the full behemoth which i dont need. Don't think ill go quite as small as yours since i want to use the InWin 303 white but it is a bit smaller.

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Hi, I don't play Overwatch but I have tested games that require a lot more graphical and processing power such as The Witcher III so I'm positive the i3-6100/1050ti combo would serve you well @ 1080p. Comparing my personal benchmarks with many other rigs, you'll probably get 60 FPS with Ultra settings.

Xyphthebuilder 1 point 29 months ago

I wish i had ever seen a micro center

cdizzle60 1 point 28 months ago

I'm doing a very simaler build to thius same mobo cpu and ram I think no gpu yet though don't know if my dad will need one

Carib0u 1 point 28 months ago

How does the i3-6100 hold up against the AMD FX-8320E 8-core at 3.2GHz (if you know, because I'm curious;I am going to build a new budget PC with a 1050ti)?

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

The i3-6100 is the best budget processor right now. I'll give you a list of advantages per processor but I'll also be blunt, do not get any FX processors. If you want AMD then just wait a month or two for Zen.

i3-6100 Advantages: Strong single core performance with each clocked at 3.7Ghz Base, upgrade-able to i5/i7 Skylake down the road, runs with standard DDR4 = lower power draw from processor/ram, runs relatively well with stock cooler, HT meaning faster cores and four logical cores.

FX-8320E Advantages:8 logical cores, good for multitasking, editing, and DX12 utilized games.

Carib0u 1 point 28 months ago

Alright, thanks dude. So for games like CSGO and Overwatch would the i3-6100 be the way to go?

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Yeah, definitely. Those games aren't demanding at all and an i3-6100 would process those with ease.

Craver41 1 point 28 months ago

So would you recommend for first time builders? I have an old Hp with an alright graphics card, can only play world of warcraft setting 3 (1-10) with about 35 fps , windows 7 32 bit , im looking for a way up to date build , but nothing thats going to break the bank , im not streaming, just simple vid games with great out put , music and on the web.

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Definitely, an i3 paired with a GTX 1050ti is great. It plays nearly every game and will handle most newer games at Medium to High for the next year or so.

DA_BOSS123 0 points 29 months ago

you should at least have an intel i5 processor if youre going to use that at home

tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 2 points 29 months ago

I believe you highly underestimate an i3-6100. This dual core, four threaded processor is one hell of a beast for 1080p gaming, especially when paired with a 1050ti. It barely reaches 100% load when gaming.

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tbhpcbuilder submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks!

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