Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Budget Build February 2014 $665

Good evening everyone!

Like the title goes this post will be a budget gaming build. This system is purely targeted for decent gaming at a very low cost and also this system will be enough for daily usage like internet browsing, watching high definition movies, preparing school/college/university presentations, using audio video or picture editing software and all!

Hope this system will give you the best bang for the buck!

Even with a budget system like this you will be able to play most recent games and upcoming games!
You can use steam to get games at appealing price!

This will be an AMD build, will post an Intel build later.

So, first stop the Processor :

AMD FX-6300

Now, I know many of you will argue like AMD processors are not good or they don't perform well! Let me explain the reason for choosing this processor!

First of all this is a Hexa Core processor (it has 6 physical cores) so when it comes to multi-threaded workload it beats the similarly priced Intel Core i3 ( 2 physical cores / 4 hyper-threaded core)  and like I was saying this is purely a gaming build and most games depends mainly on the Graphics card so a 6 core FX-6300 will be enough for a budget rig. 

If you play games like Crysis 3 you will see noticeable performance difference in i3 vs fx-6300. 

One more thing I'm not going to drop in a R9 290X or GTX 780Ti so we don't have to worry about the CPU bottle-necking the GPU.

This CPU has higher cache memory, although this is not the only thing that makes a processor better still it is a reason.

This CPU in unlocked so this can be overclocked easily. ( I'm not going to overclock this one though)

If you consider other applications, like watching movies, browsing internet or using software for editing most application will run almost the same! You won't feel any difference.

Intel CPU comes with integrated graphics card, as this build is targeted for gaming a discrete card will be used so no point of paying for the integrated GPU!

Though this processor has some negative things too, first of all it might have higher amount of cache memory comparing to similarly priced Intel processors, but it's cache memory is significantly slower than Intel's processors. One other thing it burns way more energy than Intel's Quad core Sandy bridge, Ivy bridge or Haswell parts.

To keep the price lower I am not going to use any aftermarket cooler but if you have a bit more money to spare you can take a look at this one.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO

With this cooler you can overclock to 4.3GHz without any problem. That will give the whole system a bit more processing horsepower.

Cooler will cost around 30$ or 2.8K BDT.

Processor will cost around 110$ or 12K BDT.

Now motherboard!

MSI 760GMA P34

MSI is a reputed brand and they manufacture stable products! The reason for choosing this board is it's cheap but supports FX-6300, it has SATA3.0 6Gbps ports, USB 3.0 ports, PCI Express 2.0 X16 slot, decent audio, front panel USB 3.0 connector. A very nice choice for a budget build. Though one negative side of this board is it has only two RAM slots. Still for a budget gaming build I will use this one for now.

It will cost around 55$ or 5K BDT.

You can also take the 970 board, with that you will get more headroom for overclocking.

Now for the RAM!


For now DDR3 8GB 1600MHz will be enough. Many of the today's games needs 6GB RAM so taking 4GB will reduce performance. Reason for taking a single 8GB Kit is this board does have only 2 RAM slots, so I will just keep one slot free right now. And AMD systems doesn't benefit much from dual channel mode so I guess using single channel won't do much harm. 1600MHz is currently the sweet spot so will stick to that one. You can also use two 4GB sticks.

You can take the AMD / Patriot / Transcend modules. 8GB 1600MHz will cost around 85$ or 6.7K BDT.

Better if you can find 1.5V CL9 RAM.

(AMD modules are actually Patriot modules)

Now the most important part of this build the Graphics Card!

Sapphire HD 270X Dual-X

As a strictly budget build I can't fit anything better than this one, this card is pretty good for running any games with decent frames per second on a full high definition display. 

This card is armed with 1280 stream processors, 2GB memory of 256bit which is pretty much enough for handling any new game.

This card doesn't burn a lot of energy so we wouldn't be needing a beefy power supply unit. Even under full load it only takes 170W.

It runs really cool and quiet, thanks to the dual-x cooling, that means it has headroom for overclocking, even slight overclocking would result in slightly better performance in gaming.

This card has Single Link DVI, Dual Link DVI, HDMI, Displayport everything, 2GB frame buffer is also pretty much the sweet spot for full HD gaming.

This card also has a 4GB edition, with a little extra cash you can take that too!

Let's take a look at a few benchmarks then.

From the benchmarks we can see this card can run all the games at very decent frames per second. Only Crysis 3 is running very slowly, it's because this game is very heavy. Still if Anti Aliasing is turned off it will be playable.

This card will cost around 270$ or 22K BDT.

Now the power supply unit

Thermaltake Smart 530W

When it comes to power supply I always prefer single Rail, so that I don't have to worry about load balancing. Next I prefer semi modular, less contact point, less contact drop or wastage of power and better cable management. 

This particular power supply unit has a single +12V rail with a current rating of 38A, which is pretty ample for this particular build. 

This power supply is a 80+ bronze unit, so its efficiency will be well over 80% all the time! Now some people might mislead you saying that the efficiency effects the output, no it doesn't! A 600W power supply unit with 80% efficiency can provide 600W output but it will take 750W as input power from the AC outlet, that means 150W wastage of energy! This efficiency rating will just effect your electric bill and UPS backup time.

Though some people said this power supply unit doesn't have good power regulation and actually have dual rail inside, you can also buy Corsair power supplies too. They are also good.

This power supply will cost around 65$ or 5.3K BDT.

Take a look at the PSU buying guide for more!

Now time for the storage.

Western Digital Blue 500GB SATA-III

No SSD? Yes no SSD. For a budget build can't manage a SSD. A mechanical HDD will be enough. I would have suggested Hitachi drives but they are no longer available I guess so western digital. It is also a well known manufacturer of hard drives. This drive is a SATA-3 6Gbps drive and 7200rpm so its speed is good and access time is also low. It is good for storing operating system and storing a few games for now. 

Tip: Before buying WD drive make sure to match the model number with their site. The drive on the picture's model is WD5000AAKX which is the 16MB cache edition. This drive also has a 32MB cache edition.

It will cost around 60$ or 4.6K BDT.

Next optional items. First optical disk drive.

Asus 24X ODD

I actually don't remember when the last time I used this one! Though I have one connected to my computer! It can be used for installing operating system or maybe games though operating system can be installed from USB  and games can be downloaded and installed!

This might cost around 20$ or 1.6K BDT.

Grand total $665 or  57.2K BDT(without the price of operating system).

Next the case!

Just take any cheap case you like!

Take a look at this one! Can't find any good picture!

For the mouse I can suggest this one!

A4tech Bloody V3

This might cost around 35$.

Take any good keyboard and UPS!

Learn more about UPS!

So that's all for now, hope this will help you to take good decision!

To see the Intel Build Click Here!

More are coming!

Happy Gaming!

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