Building and testing a ≈$220 “Gaming” PC (CSGO, Rocket League, Doom and more)


Not long ago the people on the official LowSpecGamer
discord decided to have a PC Build contest where different people from the community
competed to get the best value or cheapest PC Build. This gave me an idea, while I am not the best
PC Builder out there there is just something exhilarating about building a computer and
giving it life. So I decided to contribute my own flame to
this fire, and I built this budget PC build that is around $220 or around $260 if
you want to do something silly with it… you will see what I am talking about in a
minute. And when you see this computer you might think
it is a bit underpowered, but with a little bit of LowSpec magic I will show you that
you can get a lot of good moments out of a machine like this. Cool? Let’s start. Links to the build are in the description,
but keep in mind I will be using the prices I payed for these components new, in Europe
and I have transformed the price from Euros to dollars so if you look for these parts
in the US, or better yet.. buy them used, the price is likely going to be much lower. First. For the hearth of our PC I will be
using the AMD 5350, one of the cheapest quadcore CPUs I could find clocked at 2.05 GHz and
with an integrated Radeon HD 8400 / R3 series GPU. Which cost me about 46 dollars. This will be on the ASUS AM1M-A. A motherboard
which has all the ports that we will need and was quite the bargain at around 45 dollars. For memory I will add a single stick of Kingston
4GB ram, valued at around 32 dollars. Since we needed a hard drive I looked for
literally the cheapest HDD in Amazon and ended up with a 22 dollar 320 GB drive. It would
take forever to boot up, update or install anything but… it will do. To power it all up I used something that I
got for another project, a 500 watt iChoose power supply. Although, if we wanted to take
this build to under $200 this would be a good place to start, since the whole build apparently
uses less that 200 watts although… well, you might want to do some research before
buying a cheap power supply. To wrap it up there is this very cheap NOBEL
case that I originally intended to use but we are building a really powerful gaming computer
so why not use something more fitting. This is the Nova TG a case aimed at giving
a gaming feel for a more budget oriented price. I have had this sitting on my desk for a while
and I have been looking for a project worth using it for. You know, this could use some LED lights but…
those are really expensive. But a PC, no matter how good it looks, does
not really matter if you can’t game on it right? So, what can the mighty AMD 5350 do? Let’s start with the obvious. Skyrim on
the lowest settings and a resolution of 1152×648. It does really well without any help. Not exactly
60 FPS but perfectly playable and enjoyable and if you want start removing things to make
it better I got videos for that buuut as I said, it does fine as it is. Although I do want to point out that this
one one cool little CPU. I don’t mean that as an expression, even under load the temperature
never exceed 30º. Low power usage and low temperature, I am really impressed. Right, but maybe you want something a bit
more multiplayer, something to play with your friends. I decided to try Rocket League. It
required a bit of help from the internal resolution scaler, to keep it over 30 FPS but once done
the game performed very well for any type of online match. I did had a couple of intense
online matches with no problems whatsoever. I am often asked to try CSGO on almost every
machine I own and given its popularity I could not ignore it for this computer. And interestingly enough in the same resolution
I was using for Skyrim and minimum settings the game outperformed my expectations. It is worth nothing that this, being an AMD
gpu, even if it is integrated, it subject to the LodAdj trick I showed on my AMD csgo
video, meaning that by adding the right value to register we can drop the quality of the
textures much further that the game usually allows. Interesting that this is possible
on an integrated GPU nonetheless. But those are all a tad old aren’t them?
What if we want to play something a bit more modern. Doom was my favorite action game of 2016,
but its minimum requirements are obviously way over what this machine can offer. However, I have done a couple of videos on
FPS boosting for Doom, and the newest one has a command for reducing shadows that can
be quite game changing. So I set the resolution to 800×600, used all my tweaks and decided
to see if it was possible. So something that I also wanted to add is
that Doom has this fantastic nightmare mode for showing metrics. I have more numbers that
I know what to do with. So now you have alike a complete, full detail of everything that
is happening on this computer while I am playing. Here they come, so if you thought there was
no way in hell you could, like, possibly get close to playing doom in a machine like that,
well… look at me now. It is not perfect but it is definitively playable.
And… that is it… Well… How about that? So there you have, against all odds this budget
computer can game. Sure, there are tons of ways to improve this
build, I am sure you will all be throwing them at me in comments before the video is even
over so I might as well ask you. Let me know, how would you improve this computer? Thank you for watching, and or for contributing
in Patreon so I can continue doing videos. See you on the next one!

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