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HELP! Budget $150 PC Build

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello there, 

 

My son wants to get into PC gaming and asked me to build a PC for him. My budget is $150. Used parts are fine and I live in Toronto. Which parts should I choose? I have no idea what parts to pick, lol!

 

Any help is appreciated!

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$150 is quite low, but I think we can make something work!

 

Track down an Optiplex 3010 Mini Tower on your local reselling site, I'm not sure if you have Craigslist in Canada, and spend the rest of your money on a GPU. 1050Ti is usually the go to. Don't even waste your time trying to buy new parts, as it won't work out.


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I mean, what games are we talking about here? The easiest thing to do at that price point is find a mini-tower Optiplex 790 and add a GTX 750 Ti, 1050 or GT 1030. The issue is that Opti 790 prices are still stupidly unpredictable, and you might be able to land a steal with an i5-2400, a 500GB hard drive and 8GB of RAM locally for $50. You're more likely to run into idiots selling their Opti 790, complete with its i3-2120, 4GB of RAM and no storage whatsoever, for $250.

 

Your only option, really, is to troll local ads, find a suitable prebuilt (Sandy Bridge i5 or better, 8GB of RAM, 500GB HDD or greater), lowball the hell out of the owner then spend whatever's left on a GPU.


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9 minutes ago, Shawarma said:

Hello there, 

 

My son wants to get into PC gaming and asked me to build a PC for him. My budget is $150. Used parts are fine and I live in Toronto. Which parts should I choose? I have no idea what parts to pick, lol!

 

Any help is appreciated!

Youre gonna go budget as possible so the go-to budget PC in my experience is a lynnfield xeon

A supermicro x8sil motherboard, xeon x3440, 8gb of ecc ddr

When looking at ebay buy a board that comes with a cooler, either the intel slim stock cooler or one of the rackmount slim passive coolers, though if you get a slim passive cooler you will need an 80mm fan and some double sided foam tape (command strips work well)

Any gpu, cheap name brand PSU like a corsair vs450 or thermaltake smartpower whatever.

Used 560ti's or 750's are under 45$ on ebay.

 

With a cheap rosewill srm or fbm series case for under 30 usd and a basic psu for around the same, all thats left is a drive, get whatever is cheapest in the capacity you want, an SSD may not fit into the budget if you need more space, but 240gb ssd's are around 20$ usd.

Go linux, i cant tell you to pirate windows, but you can run windows 10 unactivated with a watermark and no customization.


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Raise your budget to $450 or don't even waste your time, don't even try because your son would be very disappointed.

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3 minutes ago, lansing said:

Raise your budget to $450 or don't even waste your time, don't even try because your son would be very disappointed.

150$ makes this hard, but there are cheap enough platforms where you can get a very cheap and effective PC.

The above mentioned lynnfield xeons are a good example.

 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

The games he will be playing are Apex Legends, Fortnite and Rainbow 6 Siege. $300 is probably the better option. I just wanted to see what $150 would do.

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29 minutes ago, Shawarma said:

The games he will be playing are Apex Legends, Fortnite and Rainbow 6 Siege. $300 is probably the better option. I just wanted to see what $150 would do.

300$ makes this a lot easier and makes for a better build longterm. There are some compromises that still have to be made though.

 

This will play games. Probably not in 1080p, probably not at max settings, but there are tons of benchmarks on the 2200G to see how it performs.

The compromises here are a B450 board with only two ram slots, and as such this has a single 8gb stick of ram.

Dual channel ram is better, optionally get a second matching 8gb stick for 16gb if it's needed.

 

The psu is mediocre but adequate, add a better dedicated gpu in the future if it's needed.

The case is as plain as it gets but it's still a solid little Matx case.

The ssd is only 240gb and if you need more bulk storage you can add another drive without issue.

Stock cooler, case included fans, etc

 

Very basic but this means you're on the AM4 platform which allows for much better future upgradability than buying a Xeon from 2011.


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Do not put one stick of RAM into a system that uses an APU for graphics.  


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2 hours ago, SenKa said:

$150 is quite low, but I think we can make something work!

 

Track down an Optiplex 3010 Mini Tower on your local reselling site, I'm not sure if you have Craigslist in Canada, and spend the rest of your money on a GPU. 1050Ti is usually the go to. Don't even waste your time trying to buy new parts, as it won't work out.

Do not go for a 1050Ti. This will perform the same if not better and is cheaper than even a 1050 non-TI and it has RGB for that extra performance. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks guys for the help! I was looking through used parts on Kijiji and found some awesome deals for a $300 pc build!

 

CPU - Ryzen 5 2600 - $80

Motherboard - MSI B450 Gaming PLUS - $40

RAM - 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz- $40 (I know its not the fastest RAM, but it should work fine on the Ryzen platform)

GPU - Zotac GTX 1060 3 GB OC - $80 (Am going to overclock it for better performance)

HDD - 500 GB - $10 (Do not know exact model)

Case - NZXT Phantom 410 - $10 (ATX case)

PSU - 500 W Corsair - $20 

 

Total Price: $280

 

I'm pretty sure this is a great 1080p max setting gaming/streaming PC!

 

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