Wanted to build something to replace an old 2008 laptop. Something that could game but not cost more than $600 dollars (on a budget here). Only parts that could be re-used were an old keyboard, mouse, and printer. Had to buy everything else, including the monitor and operating system. Found some good parts at cheap prices thanks to PCPartPicker.
For this budget, I had the following builds in mind:<br> 1.(Pentium G860) + (HD 6670) + (1155 Mobo) + (1333 RAM)<br> 2.(Athlon II X3 455) + (HD 6670) + (AM3+ Mobo) + (1333 RAM)<br> 3.(A8 3870K) + (FM1 Mobo) + (1866 RAM)<br> 4.(A10 5800K) + (FM2 Mobo) + (1866 RAM)<br>
All the other parts would have been the same. Just had to decide which CPU/GPU/Mobo to get. Each has its pros and cons in terms of performance, upgrade-ability, and cost. In the end I went with the A8 3870k, since Newegg put on sale. Bought everything from Newegg except for the Monitor and ODD which I picked up from Microcenter. Here are the prices I paid for everything:
APU = $85<br> MOBO = $70<br> RAM = $25<br> HDD = $70<br> ODD = $20<br> PSU = $20<br> Case = $30<br> Monitor = $100<br> OS = $80<br> <br> SUBTOTAL = $500<br> TAX = $50-$60<br> REBATES = $60 (get this back later maybe?)<br> <br> TOTAL = $610-$620
So actually ended up spending a little over $600 dollars. I think I built a pretty good computer for that price. Hopefully those $60 dollars in rebates will come back in a few months.
Anyways, my friend and sister helped me put it together. It only took us three hours. Then I spent a couple more hours trying to route the cables behind the case. I got the data cables through, but couldn't route any of the power cables. I found they were either too short and couldn't reach, or too thick that I couldn't put the back-plate back on. I just wrapped together the cables that I was using, off to the side. Then shoved the rest in some corner somewhere. Screw it.
Only game I have right now is Street Fighter IV. This build can play it on max settings at 30 fps, but I find that to be choppy so I turned down some of the settings until I was running at 40-50 fps. Makes me want to overclock the integrated GPU. I'll figure that out later since I don't know how to OC yet. I was also having trouble with the RAM. CPUZ and the motherboard detect it as 1333 MHz. At that speed SFIV was giving me 36 fps. I went into the BIOS and manually changed the RAM to 1866 MHz and then SFIV gave me 48 fps. Don't know why the RAM was being detected as 1333 MHz in the first place. Oh well.
Future Upgrades:<br> -wireless router for home internet<br> -upgrade to bigger desk<br> -upgrade to non-back breaking chair<br>
Once the rebates come back, I'll probably upgrade this with an after market cooler and some extra fans for the case. Then overclock the APU as far as it will go. Either that or get a 6670 and crossfire it with the integrated GPU. Don't know which would be better...
Probably won't have money to buy many games for a while. The games found on this list will have to do: Top 40 best free games you should play today. Gonna try the free games on Steam too.
See any problems with this build or have some suggestions? Let me know!
|CPU||AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core|
|Motherboard||MSI A75A-G55 ATX FM1|
|Memory||Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$50.88||OutletPC|
|Case||Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower||$39.99||Newegg|
|Power Supply||Corsair 430W ATX12V||$48.99||Mac Mall|
|Optical Drive||Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer||$52.99||Amazon|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$88.98||OutletPC|
|Monitor||Gateway HX2001L bmd 20.0"|
|AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||30.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||64.0° C|
|Performance Preset Score||P1106|