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

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish I lived near a Micro Center :(

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

that's like the size of a thing of bananas

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice pictures and cable management. +1 from me.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

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

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  • 36 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

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

+1 for the name Mike

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks lol

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish i had ever seen a micro center

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

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)?

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

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  • 36 months ago
  • 0 points

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

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