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Extreme budget PC-The Wampa

by EchoSoldi3r



Date Published

Aug. 11, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 8, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.176 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

51.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


I needed a new PC with what I had in my bank account, after my other PC decided to die on me, I know it's not the best in the world, but it works for me :)

Ill review the parts in order:

Intel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz Dual-Core: I really love this processor, for the money it's doing it's job very well, and never ever gets too hot, unless I play a pretty intense game on very high settings, recommended for budget builds

MSI Z97-G55 SLI ATX LGA1150: Very good design, the heatsinks on the chipset is very pleasing, especially when I look over and I see a black and blue striped box in the panel window

Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600: Nothing much to say, they don't look fancy, but they do the job I need.

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM: It's a hard drive that makes little to no noise

EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked: This little card packs a big punch, I usually play very casual games, rarely any "WOAH GRAFIX" games, but when I run StarCraft II, this card does an amazing, it does get hot, but that's why it has a vent, it get's pretty hot on the panel vent, and behind the computer was a little warm, but nothing that will damage the computer, and it is a major step up from a GT 430

EVGA 750W ATX12V / EPS12V: The fact that this is a modular power supply, at 750W, for 75 bucks is an amazing feature, it allows upgrade ability, but works to make the inside look very clean, because you don't have to use the extra worthless cables. Also, an extra bonus: they are sleeved! And very easy to work with.

Thermaltake Commander MS/I Snow Edition (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower: This case is interesting, it has a total of 5 areas for case fans, with a blue LED fan installed right above the I/O shield, it is made completely from metal, except obviously for the mesh expansions on the front and other black parts, and a HUGE advantage is tool-less installation of HDD/SSD bays and DVD W/Rs, and they are very easy to install. Very roomy for a mid tower case. And has alot of room for PCI-E cards. Now the bad parts: The panels are confusing at first, as I found myself reading the manual on how to get them off, but they were very vague, and I just ended up pulling them off myself. The front panel is very easy to take off, but an Olympic sport to put back on. Also, they is no room for cable management, at all, I found myself having to tie down some cables to the expansion cages. One last gripe about the case is that, why have Blue LEDs on everything, like the case fan, and the front panel LEDs, but have the tool-less install keys be red? It doesn't make sense to me, but I got over it quickly as you rarely see the keys. All in all, I'm happy I bought this case

LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer: Reads and writes very fast, which is a plus, but it sounds like a jet engine is taking off when I boot up a disc, which I'll never do now that I have the drivers installed. And it was an open box deal at MicroCenter for 14 bucks, so I can't complain too much.

Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit): It's an OS. Woohoo

Very happy with this build, as it was my FIRST and I built it in under 2 hours. And I will likely keep upgrading it as it goes along

Feel free to tell me your opinions!

P.S. It's a Star Wars reference

Comments Sorted by:

alako18 3 points 57 months ago

Anyone can build a fancy high-end build. It is the budget-build that takes careful skill and patience. +1 build for me!

torrin1234 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Hey man, you take really good care of your cuticles. I respect that.

Also good budget build. Any reason why you mounted your stock cooler that way instead of upright? Think it woulda fit either way. Cool that it works with the rest of the blue in your build.

Drunken upboat.

Scallawagers 2 points 57 months ago

Im guessing its because if the amount ow wire was there to plug fan into the mobo. he twisted it to shorten the slack from the wire it looks like.

tabascosauz 3 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

I wouldn't consider a i3-4360 good value and the EVGA 750 Ti at $149 is nothing to sniff at since it comes down to $129 frequently, but this is a pretty good build.

H97 would've saved you a handful of bucks but 16GB 1600 at $75 is simply insane. Good job man.

nickmlo 4 Builds 1 point 57 months ago

that $700 was well spent bro. Where the heck did you find 16gb of ram for $74!!? Lucky! You probably never needed 16gb but that's definitely a steal!!

ACVoong 2 Builds 1 point 57 months ago
  • You lucky S.O.B for getting 16GB RAM for $75. You might not need it, but it's definitely a steal.
  • 750W is way overkill for this build, but since you're upgrading, it should be fine.

You deserve a +1

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EchoSoldi3r submitter 1 Build 1 point 57 months ago

Micro Center has really good sales that are not online :P

mcwilliams117 1 point 57 months ago

Not going to lie, I'm envious of the price you paid for that ram. Looks like a nice balanced build, and definitely +1 for the sw reference

milesknight 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

I used the same ram from microcenter its amazing.

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tabascosauz 3 Builds 4 points 57 months ago

$400 isn't a small amount for everybody. Don't say things like that.

Keep in mind that $700 includes windows as well.