Description

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the horrible-ish cable management, this case had VERY limited options for that. But for the price of thirty dollars, what can you really expect?

I am 15 years old and this is my first build. This should last me around 3-4 years I think. After nearly a year of meticulously researching parts, watching prices, reading reviews and balancing costs, I came up with this budget champ. After upgrading from an AMD A8 laptop, this was a HUGE improvement. The primary usage of this computer has been both to indulge my curiosity of how our modern technology works and to have a sweet gaming rig at the price of a console. So far, it has exceeded my expectations in both. The games I mainly play include Xonotic (A great, free game. Just google it!), Portal 2, CS:GO, War Thunder, Minecraft, and very soon Rocket League, when the Linux port is done. In all listed games (except Rocket League, of course) I get well over 100 fps on 900p, maxed out settings.

The reason I went with the G3450 instead of the overclockable G3258 is because this CPU has DDR3-1600 support and higher memory bandwidth, and I didn't want to pay for things like CPU heatsinks, overclocking motherboards, and the risk of shortening the CPU's life. So I am happy with this. Although the CPU is great for playing the games that I like to play, it chokes when I try to record them at any setting. So here is my warning to any YouTubers/Streamers on a budget out there: DO NOT GET A DUAL-CORE CPU IF THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO DO! Please, save up for a quad core CPU like a Core i5 or AMD’s upcoming Zen if you plan on doing these things. You will regret it if you don’t! (btw, I used OBS to record, if it matters)

One issue I initially had was on my part. I did not know that when I bought an OEM PSU that it would not come with a power cord (The lack of packaging also threw me off for a bit). SO, if you are planning on buying an OEM PSU, buy an extra cord.

If you go back into my completed builds link, you'll see that there is a SSD that is not here. I replaced it with my laptop hard drive. I did this because my storage was filling up FAST. So, that is why I put the laptop picture in.

Anyways, thanks for reading. Feel free to give your feedback!

Previous build- https://pcpartpicker.com/b/qngLrH

Part Reviews

CPU

Does what I purchased it for, nothing was broken. Good value if you don't plan on overclocking. However, I would not recommend getting any dual-core CPU after 2015 as it has a tough time dealing with multiple applications at the same time.

Motherboard

Only con is that the SYS_FAN2 connector seems to not be fully functioning. On the other hand, the connectors are placed in logical places, the UEFI BIOS is both gorgeous and easy to use, and the board itself feels like it is good quality. GIGABYTE has earned my trust.

Memory

Looks nice, low cost, works. What else is there to say? It’s RAM.

Video Card

Great, great card. I was skeptical about getting a Zotac GPU because they are generally cheaper and I had never heard of them. I was wrong! The cooler always keeps the chip icy cool. And the 750 Ti itself is still a great card, for both power consumption and price/performance.

Case

Came without any damage, 2 chassis fans included, not flimsy, big power button, nice size, minimalistic. Wasn't advertised, but it came with a 2.5" mounting point at the bottom of the case, so that's a plus. There are some major cons, though. One is that there is absolutely no cable management, so you have to stuff the cables in the 5.25" drive bay. Another is that the front panel cables also run through the 5.25" drive bay, which together means that it will be difficult to fit in a disk drive. Since I don't have this, this is not an issue for my me. For the low cost, I am satisfied with this case.

Power Supply

Good quality, as it is Seasonic. But for a 300 watt unit that doesn't come with a box or an outlet cable, it is awfully expensive. I kind of wish that I had bought the SSR-350ST instead, but whatever.

Wireless Network Adapter

Holds a strong internet connection without drops. It does the job.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 3 points

You seem to be on the right track and it's very good to see that you're actually doing proper research and not just buying things impulsively. Good job!

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Good to see someone review the zotac 750 ti, i was on the fence about buying it because its so cheap but your experience helped me see its good after all. +1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, glad I could help!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have 2 advises 1st its optional but get a corsair cx powersuplies they are cheap a 430watt was like 25$ and its a semi modular psu. 2nd get 8gigs of ram its wery handy in alot of games.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

no don't get a cx psu the one you've got is fine but if you do require one get a evga 500w 80+ white as these have better quality components and where i live, the uk, they are cheaper

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the advise. However, when I said I wish that I had gotten that other PSU, what I meant was that was a little bit better value, not that I need a new one.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea the current seasonic PSU is fine

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know if this can run GTA V?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

And also can it download Minecraft

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nvm read the description

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn, did you actually get the 750 Ti to 1.31 GHz? That's awesome.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice super budget build. But why didn't you go with another motherboard that your case supports which will in turn support an AMD CPU or an APU. You can easily find a quad core AMD CPU or APU for the same price range as your current CPU. I just think you have a sweet graphics card for your budget that can utilize a Quad core CPU. It will also somewhat solve your game recording issue. Something to think about.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice choice of the 750ti. Perfect chipset for budget builds, and damn, that card is cheap.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the gpu so far? has it lasted?

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have Manjaro Linux 16.06 Xfce edition. It is by far the easiest and fastest OS I've ever used.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Because then I wouldn't have a storage device for my laptop

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