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I can't stop building these things as little side projects. The value is so good on this generation of parts right now, and this kind of build still performs really well for 1080p gaming as a gateway into the PCMR. This one started off with someone selling an H61 motherboard and i3 3220 for $30 on my local Craigslist, and after that everything just fell into place! Most of these deals were found on OfferUp or Craigslist in the SF bay area, or on eBay in the case of the RAM and CPU. For me, the parts hunt is half the fun and I really enjoy the process of optimizing these budget builds.

Last night I was testing it and playing PUBG with my friends on this rig at a stable 75-80 FPS. I have a G-sync monitor for my main PC and plugged it into this machine and it was a surprisingly good experience. I couldn't believe how well the game was running on a sub $200 PC, given it was at 1080p and low settings.

The cable management in this case isn't excellent and the PSU I ended up with has way more cables than I needed, so apologies for the little nest down by the drive bay. The case was for sale on Newegg for $27.99 with free shipping which was a steal!

Also blegh on the stock cooler, but a budget is a budget and it doesn't go above 62 C while gaming.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Impressive for the budget.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I love this kind of stuff. I've been looking for a deal on a similar board and CPU for my sons scrapyard PC for a while. If I find a deal like the one you found, I would snap it up right away. Good job on the price to performance. +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Can't stop, won't stop.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Great example of something I'd like to do, despite my local area being a PC parts wasteland. I think a lot of us underestimate the capabilities of these less-hyped parts, and their viability years after release. I would like to build the cheapest possible 1080p system & I suspect I'm overlooking a lot of items that can get the job done just fine.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I would definitely recommend giving it a go! You can usually sell the system and break even or make a few bucks to make it worth your time as well.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I dont care how common it is, 2nd, 3rd and 4th gen intel systems are always welcome on PCPP!

Also what a deal on that 770! Still around a 1050ti in gaming if i recall.

+1 easily.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I was stoked on the GPU deal too. I was suspicious at first but when I met up with him he seemed legit :).

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

A good deal indeed and should last you a few more years if you like higher FPS at anything but like max.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Great little build, very solid value.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

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