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Gaming PC with "huge" budget (bro build)
by Matthijs_2000
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Hi all,

I am Matthijs, I am 13 years old and this is my really small budget gaming PC, this was build with the help of my big brother (known as ReDnAx1991 on PCpartpicker.com). He tought me everything about PC hardware and I really thank him for that.

Some history:

My brother has a rather strange hobby, he goes to the garbage dump once every month to check out the "Electronic container" he always brings crazy stuff from the dump.

Over 2 years ago he brought home a complete PC with Windows Vista on it. The PC came with:

CPU: Single core Intel Celeron 360D running at a wopping 3.46Ghz Memory: 512MB Unknown brand DDR2 RAM (replaced with 2x 512 MB Kingston DDR2-800 sticks, also found on the dump). GPU: None (placed a ASUS Radeon HD 4850 guess where my brother got that from).

The PC was used by the family for browsing and music streaming for over 2 years.


My brother bought an entire new PC and I was kind of jealous because he could play the games that I also wanted to play. My Notebook wasn't powerful enough to play those games, for example Far Cry 3.

So I asked him for his help and he told me that we could use the Acer PC as a base and upgrade the components to be able to play the games that I wanted to play.

Reasoning for the parts:

CPU: We were first going to buy the i3-3220 but the 3240 was only 3$ more expensive and has a +200mhz clockspeed Motherboard: Cheapest that we could find GPU: Our favorite GPU brand is EVGA and this one was for sale at a local vendor, performs great. Storage: I like to download movies so I needed a lot of disk space PSU: The PSU is made in the Netherlands and has some high quality components, great price/performance ratio.

Future purchaces:

Caching SSD: I am planning to buy the 32GB SanDisk ReadyCache SSD to speed up my PC some more (they go for about 35$ where I come from). Monitor: 1080p

Thanks for reading my story and I hope you enjoy our little build.

PS. Cable management is really hard in this Case, so we tried everything we could to get a decent airflow.

Part List
Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle34.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.20Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle38.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load71.0° C
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fsma92 [2 Builds] 5 points 18 months ago

I would love to have the same hobby as your brother but I don't know where to look..

ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 4 points 18 months ago


Yeah my family makes fun of it all the time, however I find the funkiest hardware that is still somewhere out there. I am going to post some dump builds when I find time to build one. When I was still in University I tried to make one every month with the parts I found or I tried to upgrade the last build :P

With this method I learned to build PCs and how to destroy them. Dump parts are free so you can open them up and see how they work without any worry of breaking them.

Just try to find out where the closest garbage dump is to your home, ours is only a kilometer from our house :P

fsma92 [2 Builds] 1 point 18 months ago

Dump as in city dumb where the garbage trucks take the garbage?

Would be kind of hard to find computers..

ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 3 points 18 months ago

Our dump seporates everything so Electronics has a different container, I always climb in it :P

People throw away perfect operating PCs, however they can be rather old (sometimes I get lucky and find some decent quite new parts).

fsma92 [2 Builds] 3 points 18 months ago

Here everything goes in the same truck so I'm guessing it goes to the same pile.. which is really dumb cause computer hardware has really hazardous heavy metals..

I'll try to ask around..

LeMonarque [3 Builds] 1 point 17 months ago

Dude, dump builds would be hilarious and epic at the same time! You've got to do it :P And I honestly am jealous of your hobby.

ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 2 points 17 months ago

I'm going to post some in the near future, will use Ubuntu or Mint.

Radicult [2 Builds] 3 points 18 months ago

DUDE, I have that EVGA wallpaper, it's in my background slideshow thing! Btw, nice build!

Apach3 [2 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

this ain't half bad for something that would be considered a "budget" build. personally i would've looked into AMD's APUs, but there's nothing wrong with an i3 for this purpose.

SangeetKhatri [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

You mentioned that cable magement is difficult. But still you did a great job with the cables there. So, I think you did great.


Matthijs_2000 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you very much!

CbassFishin 1 point 18 months ago

I would have gone with the phenom ii 965 for the extra 2 cores and can be overclocked, but your build.

ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

Thank you for your comment.

We have looked at that CPU however we found this: http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Core-i3-3240-vs-AMD-Phenom-II-X4-965

They have about the same performance, but the Intel CPU uses a lot less power because of its much newer architecture (2012 in stead of 2009).

Due to this fact we chose for the Intel CPU in stead.

CbassFishin 2 points 17 months ago

I see, well made build though. It's just my opinion and i3 is still a great cpu for the price.

n1kkoFTW 1 point 12 months ago

This is honestly a really great build for what you paid. Cable management is actually great considering the case. I use that wallpaper as well. Haha.

keevisgoat 1 point 10 months ago

that moniter must suck

cyanghost109 [7 Builds] 0 points 17 months ago

Why did you get Win 7 Ultimate? You could have saved yourself about 80 dollars by getting the Home edition.

ravagex 1 point 17 months ago

It doesn't show any cost so either had a copy or you know ;)....

PirateCoffee -3 points 18 months ago

How would that be "huge" budget? Edit - I'm worried about the PSU.

Matthijs_2000 [Submitter] [1 Build] 4 points 18 months ago

Sarcasm :P

Don't worry about the PSU, below some information on the vendor and the CE mark:

Vendor: http://www.konigelectronic.com/en_us/computer/power/Power%2BSupplies%2BComputer/1113590

CE (Conformité Européenne) mark: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CE_marking