Build the best budget workstation PC

So, I built an entry level productivity/workstation PC for my friend. He wanted it to perform as fast as it can in video editing and other basic tasks at the budget of around $550. He didn’t wanted it for gaming and wanted to use the fastest cpu, ram, storage devices etc. for this price.

So I went for the following parts:-

CPU: Intel Core i5 6500 @3.2Ghz

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H110M-S2

RamCorsair Vengeance LPX 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4 DRAM 2400MHz(downlocked to 2133Mhz)

Storage: Kingston UV400 240Gb

Power supply: Antec BP450S 450watts(Alternate PSU: Antec VP 450W)

Case: Corsair Carbide series Spec-01

I chose these components based upon the availability and price. I don’t think that I could have found better than these at this price. Of course, prices of components in India are too much, so this was a fair deal. I chose a SSD instead of a hard drive and the cheapest motherboard that can support the i5 6500.

I did the work of assembling and O/S installation on the system. And in the first go, it worked(why shouldn’t it?).

Some pics of the system:-

 Case front

case inside

Backside 1

Cable management was easy and I think I did fine job. It could have been improved, but I did my best I could.

Now it was time to install the drivers and I used the USB drive to install the drivers from internet. I downloaded them on my personal pc and transferred them on the USB drive. From there I connected it to this newly built PC and installed all the drivers and the programs I had to benchmark with.

The skylake i5 series processors are very much close to each other and from the following benchmarks, you can see that the 300mhz of i5 6600K helped it in a little boost over the i5 6500. I was satisfied with the new build and because of the SSD, the productivity is as fast as it can. The windows start in just a couple of seconds and shuts down in a couple of seconds, even faster than mine.

Benchmarks

(Comparison done with i5 6600K)

I compared the two processors with three programs: Cinebench, Handbrake and Passmark for overall performance. The Cinebench and the Passmark were to test the CPU and whole rig respectively. The new build failed the test on Passmark with 3D graphics as it did not had any graphics card. So I did a fair comparison of CPU. The Handbrake on the other hand is for getting an idea of how fast the pc can encode the videos. So, I tested a 1.55Gb of Gameplay video which had a resolution of 1080p at 60fps and converted it to 1080p 30fps. You can find all the scores in below images.

Cinebench comparison of i5 6500 and i5 6600K 1

 

Passmark cpu comparison of i5 6500 and i5 6600K 1

Handbrake comparison of i5 6500 and i5 6600K 1

 

Conclusion

This PC is intended only for entry level workstation works and basic video editing purposes and not for gaming. I think, it performed pretty well in these tests and can be upgraded to a gaming pc in future as well. If you ever buy all these components, then you can upgrade to a Gtx 1060 or a Gtx 1070 which won’t get bottlenecked by the processor.

If you want to build a better workstation than this then head to this article: Best workstation computers

Let me know if you want any other tests on this rig!

Sarfraz

I am an engineer and a certified Hitech computer technician who loves to play CSGO. But this is not what else I love. I love to dive into the computer hardware and same goes for you. That's why you are here! AND YES IGNORE MY BAD ENGLISH:)