Jump to content
Search In
  • More options...
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
Shawarma

HELP! Budget $150 PC Build

Recommended Posts

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!

Link to post
Share on other sites

$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.


Brands I wholeheartedly reccomend (though do have flawed products): Apple, Razer, Corsair, Asus, Gigabyte, bequiet!, Noctua, Fractal, GSkill (RAM only)

Wall Of Fame (Informative people/People I like): @Glenwing @DrMacintosh @Schnoz @TempestCatto @LogicalDrm @Dan Castellaneta

Useful threads: 

How To Make Your Own Cloud Storage

Spoiler

 

Guide to Display Cables/Adapters

Spoiler

 

PSU Tier List (Latest)-

Spoiler

 

 

Main PC: See spoiler tag

Laptop: 2020 iPad Pro 12.9" with Magic Keyboard

Spoiler

PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/gKh8zN

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core OEM/Tray Processor  (Purchased For $419.99) 
Motherboard: Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula ATX AM4 Motherboard  (Purchased For $356.99) 
Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB (2 x 16 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory  (Purchased For $130.00) 
Storage: Kingston Predator 240 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive  (Purchased For $40.00) 
Storage: Crucial MX300 1.05 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive  (Purchased For $100.00) 
Storage: Western Digital Red 8 TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive  (Purchased For $180.00) 
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB WINDFORCE Video Card  (Purchased For $370.00) 
Case: Fractal Design Define R6 USB-C ATX Mid Tower Case  (Purchased For $100.00) 
Power Supply: Corsair RMi 1000 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply  (Purchased For $120.00) 
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer  (Purchased For $75.00) 
Total: $1891.98
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-04-02 19:59 EDT-0400

身のなわたしはる果てぞ  悲しわたしはかりけるわたしは

Link to post
Share on other sites

Get something used, and try to find a GPU. 


CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X  |  Cooler: Cryorig H7  |  Motherboard: MSI B450 Mortar  |  Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini  |  RAM: Team Vulcan 16GB  3000MHz  |  GPU: EVGA 1070ti Gaming (Kraken G12 Watercooled) |  PSU: Corsair TXM650  |  Storage: Samsung 860 EVO 500GB + WD Blue M.2 500GB  |  Network Card: Asus PCE-AC56  |  Monitor: Acer Nitro VG270U  |  Audio: Sennheiser HD6XX + Schiit Fulla 2

 

Laptop:

Lenovo s540:  CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U  |  RAM: 8GB DDR4 2666MHz  |  GPU: AMD Radeon Vega 8  |  Storage: 256GB NVME SSD

 

Other builds:

Spoiler

Workstation 1:

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700X  |  Cooler: NZXT Kraken X62 Rev 2  |  Motherboard: MSI X470 Gaming Pro  |  Case: Corsair Crystal 570X  |  RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB 3200MHz  |  GPU: Nvidia Quadro P5000  |  PSU: Corsair TXM750  |  Storage 1: WD Green 120GB  |  Storage 2: WD Blue 1TB  |  Storage 3: Seagate Barracuda 4TB  |  Monitor: LG 27UD68

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

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.


Unimatrix 3600 - Ryzen 5 3600 - GTX 1070 Founder's Edition - Gigabyte B550I Aorus Pro AX - 16 GB Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4-3466 - 1TB Western Digital Black SN750 M.2 NVMe - 500GB Toshiba XG5 NVMe - 1TB Inland Professional - 960GB SanDisk Ultra II - Seagate Barracuda 4TB - EVGA Supernova GM 650W - Cougar QBX - Deepcool Gammaxx C40

Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

Link to post
Share on other sites

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


AMD Ryzen 3900X  |  Fractal Design S36 360 AIO w/6 Corsair SP120L fans  |  Asus Crosshair VII WiFi X470  |  G.SKILL TridentZ 3600CL15 2x8GB @ 3800MHz 14-16-14-14-34  |  EVGA 1070 Ti SC GAMING ACX 3.0 Black w/NZXT Kraken G12 Cooler  |  Samsung 970 EVO M.2 NVMe 500GB - Boot Drive  |  Samsung 850 EVO SSD 1TB - Game Drive  |  Seagate 1TB HDD - Media Drive  |  EVGA 650 G3 PSU | Thermaltake Core P3 Case 

Link to post
Share on other sites
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. 

Link to post
Share on other sites
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!

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


×