Description

This little machine runs great. I wanted to see how cheaply I could build a PC that could run older games at 720P.

The AMD 5350 was perfect for this build, and leads against the Celeron J1900 in most benchmarks. I could also pair it with a motherboard for ~70 bucks. It's pretty fast for 25w.

I work in IT, so we had some extra ram and a 250 GB 7200 HD laying around, so I used those. The case was a super small and cheap - it looks great.

The SSD is the cheapest I could find on Amazon with decent reviews. It works well for what it is - right now it only boots Win10 so I don't need the space. Motherboard actually is decent, and allows some overclocking. I haven't tried but others have hit 2.5 GHz easy. Power supply was the cheapest EVGA, good enough. Case is cramped because the power supply not modular.

Windows 10 was installed over an old Win7 key I stole from a dead PC.

For $160 (not counting some scavenged parts) the PC is awesome. Plays most older games well. I will add a VGA card at some point. Maybe a 750ti or a AMD RX460.

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome CPU for the price. I've seen benchmarks at 2.5 GHz that rival the Q6600, which I know is old but hey - its 36 bucks.

It also runs DX9 games like a champ.

Motherboard

Solid board. Took some abuse as I incorrectly installed the CPU cooler. Has a printer LPT port for some reason - weird.

Would use again for an HTPC. Low power and 4 SATA3 controllers.

Case

Wicked small and supports standard ATX power supplies. Spend the extra to get a modeler supply. Solidly built but a little hard to work with.

Power Supply

So far so good. Inexpensive and EVGA brand.

I do recommend spending the extra 5$ on the 430 watt version. Much better internals and cables are sleeved. The 400 watt also has short 24-pin connector. I only bought because I was limiting cost - I would not run this PSU at the rated capacity for long.

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Comments

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

The cable management work you did here is INCREDIBLE, dude!!! About the GPU, get a 750 Ti or an R6 360, which are more recent :)

  • 46 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, thanks for the info man! It took a while to get the cables untangled :P

I'll update for sure when I get a GPU and post some benchmarks!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you think R7 360 or the new RX 460? They seem pretty similar in performance.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Rx if you have the money

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Try a 7850. They are around half of the price of an rx 460 (used), and in some cases actually outperform the 460

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

can you test Call of Duty: WaW and Call of Duty MW2

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

I know WaW can be maxed out on a Geforce 7900 GTX, which scores a 300 on pass mark. My GPU scores about 400 - you should be able to run it on the IGP.

That being said a old R7 250 can be picked up for $50 bucks and should play that easy with this build. No real upgrade path with AM1 though :/

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Minus the gaming? How does this perform? Did you have any issues with this setup? Looking for something small to do a little light work, strictly VPN work on.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty well, no complaints at all with normal use!

The SSD makes things pretty lively, and boot times at 10-12 seconds including the BIOS with Windows 10 Pro. Onboard graphics are capable of smooth 1080p video and web browsing. I'm not sure what you use for remote, but Citrix Receiver 4.4.2 works great on the system - I use it to remote into work as well.

I've been playing Sins of a Solar Empire and a couple older DX9 games on high, 1080p - works fine. Certainly cannot play any modern games until I get a GPU. Think Core2 Quad Q6600 performance.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh alright thank you. I love the form factor of that case. I like it. I'm thinking about using your guide. Thank you.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, glad you liked the build! I bet you could pull it off for $200 easy even if you didn't have a couple spare parts lying around :)

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

really good pc! will 400w psu be enough for cards that are mentioned? 750ti for example

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Should be, both cards have TDP of about 75w. The rest of the build under load uses about 75w. The inventory list lists the total system wattage under 200w with the RX460.