I'm just a small-time guy working a normal job as a physician assistant. My passion is building PCs and testing/reviewing PC hardware.
Hello everyone, Will here. Today, I’m going to be reviewing a PC build I just completed yesterday. It’s a PC that I built for my youngest daughter for this upcoming Christmas holiday. She has been asking me daily to use my computer to play Roblox, so it didn’t need amazing specs. So here it is, in all its glory. Enjoy!
So, as I was thinking about building this computer, I was torn between what parts to use. I had a few used parts lying around that I had once had in my personal budget build that I had since upgraded and I was debating on using those or just getting all new parts and going with the AMD Ryzen platform. Well, to save a little money, I decided to use some of the spare parts I had lying around.
First, the Parts
At the forefront of this build, I went with the Intel Pentium G4560 processor that is locked and clocked at 3.5GHZ. It is a dual core, 4 thread processor with hyperthreading enabled and is on the LGA1151 platform. The processor has a 3MB L3 cache, draws just 54watts TDP, has Intel HD Graphics 610 integrated, and supports up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. Again, this is a used processor from my earlier budget build and was purchased for just $79 when initially purchased.
Next, I searched for deals on motherboards on eBay and I looked specifically for the B250 chipset so I would not have to update a BIOS before being able to use the Kaby Lake processor. So, as I searched through eBay, I came across someone with an ASUS Prime B250M motherboard, listed at $70 with the Buy It Now or Best Offer options. I put in an offer for $60 and he countered with $65. I then countered that offer with $62.50 and he accepted. This was a pretty good deal at the time as most places were selling this board for around $80 though now, you can get a refurbished for slightly cheaper with rebates. However, this was essentially a new board and came with everything still sealed in the packages and the static proof bag. I must say, I was very impressed that the listing was 100% correct. This board offers the LGA1151 CPU socket, Intel B250 chipset, and supports 4 modules of DDR4 RAM with speeds up to 2400MHz and a total of 64GB. With the G4560 CPU, the board offers the integrated graphics and has a DVI-D port, VGA port, and HDMI port for output to video source. You get 2 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 ports at the rear as well as a gigabit ethernet port and audio output jacks. You will get front audio ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and 1 USB 3.0 port; standard power, reset, and HDD LED indicators. This board supports 6 SATA ports rated at 6GB/s. This microATX board does not support SLI or Crossfire, however. Overall, great board, though and fairly easy to work with but you can find out more about that in a review I will be doing later.
Next, I used the Palit GTX470 graphics card which I also pulled from my previous budget build. You can find these cards used on eBay for around $25 or so. I purchased this gem, which sports 1.25GB VRAM, on eBay for just $20. I have self refurbished this card by taking it apart and cleaning it thoroughly and adding new thermal past from Noctua. The card runs really smoothly for how old it is and will play Minecraft and Roblox just fine. However, given the age of this card and only supporting DirectX 11, I will be upgrading this card in the very near future, most likely with a GTX 1050ti or GTX 1060 3GB version just to give some headroom if AAA games come into the picture with my daughter.
I had thought about using the Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 8GB RAM module from my old computer but instead, I decided to sell that (sold for $60 on eBay) and turn around and purchase 2 modules of 4GB, DDR4 2400MHz RAM of the same brand to install in dual channel configuration as most “experts” agree that dual channel setup is better for gaming. So, I purchased 2 modules of Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz RAM, 4GB per module, from B and H Photo/Video for $69.99. It works great and the ASUS board recognized it out of the box at 2400MHz so, I won’t need to fiddle with the overclocking settings on the RAM to get the stated performance.
Finally, the minor components that do not ever really get a lot of discussion but I have a 500GB, 2.5in hard drive I pulled from my broken Xbox One that I formatted and will be using for the storage space but will be getting a Solid State Drive in the future. I purchased an EVGA BQ 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular power supply and I’m thankful that I got at least a semi-modular supply once I started building in the DIYPC DIY-F2-P PC case. I chose this case because my daughter loves purple and this was very purple. It’s not a bad case and does have decent space for its size and is actually pretty decent quality. I went with the Netgear WNA3100 USB wifi adapter for internet connectivity and I went with the CoolerMaster Devestator II keyboard and mouse combo.
Overall, this is a pretty good system which I was able to piece together for under $350 and will be fantastic for someone wanting to play esports games and dabble in some AAA games on medium settings. I do know that this system can handle GTA V on medium to high settings as I was able to play GTA V on my budget system which was essentially the same as this system. I enjoyed putting this system together and look forward to the future upgrades which will be happening.
Pentium G4560 Benchmarks
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
William Cobb (author) from Columbia, SC on September 16, 2017:
It's not that hard... Just read the manual with your components and you're good to go. ;-)
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on September 16, 2017:
Goodness, I wish I could build my own computer. I could do with a new one lol.