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I'm a very competitive individual, so when someone tried telling me I couldn't build a PC significantly better than his XBone for under $500, I decided to try my damnedest. I already swapped out the PSU for a 750W and the case for a Corsair 780T I had laying around, but this is the initial build. All the parts were found on either /r/hardwareswap or the Columbus Craigslist. I'll add on some of the results of my testing for this rig, each test was 2 hours of actual gameplay, not just random benchmarks, so it's actually good info. My next plans are replacing the mobo with a Sabertooth X58 (current board has major voltage droop holy hell. 1.28V in the BIOS nets me 1.2V in CPU at full load) and maybe a Xeon Upgrade, with an H115i for sure. Maybe even a second 7970.

The bench FPS results are:

Overwatch, Ultra Preset: Min: 10 Max: 156 Avg: 85

Bioshock Infinite, Ultra Preset: Min: 26 Max: 213 Avg: 72

Tomb Raider 2013, Ultimate Preset: Min: 42 Max: 78 Avg: 60

Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Medium Preset (Soviet Installation and Geothermal Valley are the culprits...), DX11 (DX12 had very weird flickers): Min: 9 Max: 145 Avg: 61

Shadow Of Mordor, Ultra: Min: 30 Max: 252 Avg: 58

Rocket League, Ultra: Min: 130 Max: 250 Avg: 200

Basically, it's a very capable rig. I currently use it as a plex server and so that when a buddy or girlfriend come over they can game on it instead of bringing over a PC.

The MSRP of the parts when they were released all totaled $1,599, and I paid $335, for a difference of $1,264. I started this project before the RX 480 came out, but this will still beat most brand new PC's under $500 in the CPU department.

I also added a 1TB WD Red I had sitting in my main PC that was holding my movies and music.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

an lga 1366 build :o

+1 for showing that PC gaming can be cheap and perform well at a low price.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point
That's very cheap and good for the price. Congrats. :)

+1

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It helps heat my room now that I've got an RX 480 in my main rig instead of a Hawaii card.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

why was the hdd bay removed ?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

probably just better airflow, I would imagine.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

No clue, but for $20 what do I care. Zip-ties for life yo

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think it would run CSGO??

ANd if i had 100$ more to add what should i upgrade??

Fans?? graphics card?? anything?

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

It would run CS:GO easily.

More cash into the GPU is always the best idea.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, extra $100 gets you a used 290/x

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Well considering an xbox is only $250 new and you're not including things like speakers, an operating system, keyboard and mouse, etc - not really a good comparison.

Build a PC that can run all the games xbox one can, include things like wifi, a controller and an operating system for $250 using only new parts, then you can make a comparison.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

the xbox will still be an xbox... I dont have one but our pc's can do so much more right

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need speakers if you hook up to a TV, because HDMI Audio, same as an XBone, Keyboard and mouse can be picked up for like $5 at a thrift store, or most people have them laying around. You can land a Windows 10 key online for like $10.

Why should I limit myself to new parts anyway when I can get a better deal used? But you know what, **** it, I'll try to get close.

Alright, I got a total of $270.24 before shipping, I'd say it's pretty ******* close, and steam sales put you ahead. It ain't a great CPU, but it should get the job done well enough.

http://pcpartpicker.com/list/HQGskT

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That would smash any Xbox One! The Xbox One is about the same as a ATI (yes ATI. Not AMD ATI) HD5770 looking at the specs of the console GPU and the 5770. Well done I would like to see that guys reaction to this build

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

XB is more akin to a 7850.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

The XBone performs about the same as an HD 7770 actually. But yeah, he wasn't super happy.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Great system! I have an old 930 with a GTX 660 lying around, they're still great CPUs.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

recently got my own i7 920. +1.