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The Orange Supreme - First PC Build - $270 Console Killer

by BasikSystems

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Date Published

Nov. 9, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

Description

For a first build, I can't say it was amazing. There were some bumps in the road as the first cooler I bought (Cryorig M9i) was not agreeing with my motherboard for some reason and also I dropped it on the carpet and bent the heatsink so... Lets not talk about that! It was not intending to be my main rig, since I already had a Lenovo prebuilt with superior hardware. It only became my main because of the SSD I bought which I would take over slightly better hardware since I was only using this PC for eSports titles and basic desktop usage.

It wasn't too tidy, since I was dealing with an old PSU with a bunch of useless cables and a case without too much room for cable management, but it worked.

As for benchmarks, I am averaging around 120 to 160 or 170 on CS:GO 1080p max settings, and around 180 fps on Rocket League mixed settings.

Since I couldn't put the graphics card review in the review section, I put it here. The GTX 760 is still a great budget choice today and will beat a 1050 and near a 1050 Ti in performance. It's a little loud, but for $70 I'm not complaining.

All the prices marked as $0 were either pulled from an old PC or I already owned.

Part Reviews

CPU

For $40, this was a banging deal. 4 cores, 4 threads, and great gaming and desktop performance. Only downside was the max power consumption didn't match my cooler's supported TDP, leading to some high temps. Also, mobos on this socket are a bit expensive these days.

CPU Cooler

Quiet, cheap, and cools better than stock. Needed the Alpine 11, not the GT, but it doesn't really matter.

Motherboard

Bought it for $60, but could've gotten a cheaper one if I searched harder. No USB3 and not many nice features except for the fact that I think it looks pretty cool.

Memory

I've used these sticks for a long, long, time and it has never wronged me once. RAM is RAM.

Storage

Light years ahead of a mechanical drive in terms of speed. Windows boots in literally one second and programs open the moment I click them. A great upgrade from the mechanical drive I had for a small time in this PC.

Storage

I didn't need much more than 500GB and this was what I was looking for. Works for me.

Case

Looks sick af and comes with 2 case fans. The exhaust fan was loud and ugly and you couldn't see inside the case with the tinted side window so I replaced it with a new one. It wasn't too much of a hastle too work with so I would recommend this if you need a cheap case.

Power Supply

Been using it alongside the RAM forever. 650W leaves a lot of room for upgrades, although I might get a modular supply in the future.

Operating System

I got it on ebay for $4, and it's an OS. Yeah.

Case Fan

Pretty quiet, although the LED is bright. Really bright. Looks and cools better than the stock exhaust fan from my case though.

Keyboard

For the price, it kind of sucks. Membrane for around $50 is not that great and I'm looking forward to picking up a cheap mechanical keyboard very soon.

Mouse

Great eSports mouse! Light and stylish.

Comments Sorted by:

ThriftStoreRaider 8 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

Wow, this definitely beats many of my attempts at a budget build. Recently I built a Pentium machine for about half the price and man, does this thing crush my build by more than triple. Kudos! +1

BasikSystems submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

Thanks! I wasn't really expecting these many compliments for this build.

ThatOneAccount 2 points 12 days ago

Raidmax case looks wonderful. I've had my eyes on it for a long time.

Socialkonstruct 4 Builds 2 points 12 days ago

Is that case super heavy at all?

BasikSystems submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

Not really. It's pretty light.

cheezmeister 1 Build 2 points 12 days ago

What?! an 1155 mouse BIOS? Worth the price. I need one of those for my i7 2600 that's collecting dust

rocketracer111 1 Build 2 points 12 days ago

Yep. Sandy Bridge Supports Uefi. Had Sandy Bridge-E used myselffor years.

BasikSystems submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

Actually just found a B75 mobo with USB3 for the same price that I bought my motherboard for.

cheezmeister 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

Sweet! I'm gonna look that one up.

MrHappyH 2 points 12 days ago

Wow, what a cheap but yet good build! I will recommend it to a friend of mine who wants to buy a ps4 but this is much better! But how did you get a key for Win10pro for 5$ ?

BasikSystems submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

I got it on eBay.

MrHappyH 1 point 11 days ago

But how can you avoid being scammed there?

BasikSystems submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

They send a message with the windows key through ebay. Make sure that the sell count is high and that it specifically says in the title "windows 10 key" or "activation key." The price is so low, though, that even if you do get scammed somehow it's such a small amount of money that you can just look for a different seller. The seller I used was dancole2, if that helps.

MrHappyH 2 points 10 days ago

Thanks! I will try that out.

Phildilf 3 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

Extreme budget build. Looks great.

BasikSystems submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 days ago

Thank you!

TheDankKn1ght 2 Builds 2 points 11 days ago

$270

Has a Supreme sticker

BasikSystems submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 days ago

I mean, that was probably the bulk of the price you know? Also adds 100 fps in every game I play.

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Phildilf 3 Builds 3 points 11 days ago

"should have just used the stock intel cooler and put that money towards a better graphics card." What would $10 more get him?

eesti 2 points 11 days ago

The used market holds many surprises, maybe he could've found a 680 or a 7970

Phildilf 3 Builds 3 points 11 days ago

My whole point is that for a system under $300, how can anyone nitpick the pricing of some of his components?

eesti 3 points 11 days ago

For $300 it is one of the best values, but something makes me think it could've been better

PrivatePengu 2 points 11 days ago

To be fair, I think he would've found that deal (if it had existed) regardless of the CPU cooler situation.

Judespace 2 points 11 days ago

Probably couldn’t have used a 7970 with only 650 watts, that card has a 250w power draw.

BasikSystems submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 days ago

The 760 can keep up with a 1050, in fact beat it. I said it nears the performance of a 1050 Ti, not surpass it.