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.
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.
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.
|CPU||Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core||$105.00|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-H61M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1155||$39.50|
|Memory||Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$0.00|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$81.00|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 650 2GB||$101.99|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)||$0.00|
|Custom||Display BenQ t905||$0.00|
|Case Aspire SA90||$0.00|
|Keyboard Cordless Desktop MX3000||$0.00|
|Mouse Cordless Desktop MX3000||$0.00|
|DVD Writer Writemaster SH-S203||$0.00|
|PSU Konig 450W CMP-PSUP450RWU||$39.50|
|Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.4GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||34.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||65.0° C|