Picture Quality Note: All of my pictures were taken with an S4 quality camera, and I realize that a fair number of them are blurred slightly. I swear that when I took the pictures they seemed perfectly clear, but they came out blurred :P. Hopefully the number of pics makes up for the lower quality!
I've been saving up for a few months / researching budget parts and past eBay listings to find the right components to use in this build. My intent with this project was to prove to my parents, I'm 15, that building and reselling computers was a semi-worthwhile side job that could bring in some profit each month. It took some searching, and researching to finally find, what I would consider, a worthwhile parts list. I do realize that it can be a time consuming, and difficult, process to build and sell PCs for a profit, although I feel that given enough time I can definitely make this little side business worth the time.
Here I'll go through what I purchased, and why.
CPU: I've heard really good things about the Athlon x4 760K and figured it would a perfect CPU for my budget ($500). As of writing this I haven't tested it much, but it runs Linux Mint off of a bootable USB drive fast enough. Beyond the good reviews and low price I wanted to try out some of AMD's Athlon CPUs to see if they'd be worthwhile in possible future builds.
Mobo: I picked this motherboard for a few reasons. The first being that it was cheap, for $70 I got a fair number of bells and whistles, while still sticking to my price range. The second being that it was an A88X chipset, which when paired with a 760K means that OCing is completely possible. The third being that I wanted the board to be quality, I didn't want to purchase some POS board and try to resell it for twice its value to some unsuspecting person, I wanted to be sure that I was selling something of quality to a person, and know that they wouldn't be disappointed when they got it. Beyond those reasons this motherboard has been great so far, the BIOS is easy to use, and I'm going to try my hand at the OC Genie 4 before I list it on eBay later this week.
RAM: I know, I know, I could of gotten cheaper RAM. The thing is I picked up this RAM, plus the PSU, used from reddit's r/hardwareswap for $90 shipped. When you work out the math I essentially paid face value for the RAM and got the PSU free, and offer I couldn't easily pass up. Besides the deal I got on it the RAM has been working great so far, and it's clocked @ 1600Mhz, so it's plenty fast.
HDD: I picked this hard drive up @ Newegg when it had a $10 off coupon on it for $54.99. That's cheaper than WD's Cavier Blue, and when you're on a budget every dollar off counts. So I decided to chance it with Seagate, and so far it has been an awesome HDD. It's speedy, and whisper quiet.
Case: I managed to get this case from Newegg for $50. It's an amazing case, and I really enjoyed building in it. It has 3 USB ports on the front (2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0), Audio, Power, and Reset. Along with that it has a 5.25" bay, and a 3" bay in front so you could slap in a hotswap and DVD/CD/Bluray drive super easily. On the inside of the case it's all black, and looks very clean. Cable management inside was a tad tedious, but nevertheless I enjoyed building in it, and give it a solid 4 stars.
PSU: As mentioned above I basically got this PSU for free, so I can't complain. It fits my power needs perfectly, and still has headroom in case I want to OC in the future, or the perspective buyer wants to. Beyond that there isn't much to say about it other than it looks damn good!
ODD: Besides the fact that it's ASUS there isn't much that's special about this drive. I got it for $5 off @ Newegg and paid a whopping $14.99 for it when it was all said and done! You really can't beat that price for a reliable ODD.
OS: I got it for $11, that's all I can say.
GPU: This was probably the best part about the entire build, getting to buy, and use, a brand new GPU! I've heard that when you could get one the R7 265 was the best budget card available, as it is basically a rebranded 2GB 7850. That being said I really haven't gamed much on it because I don't want to have to reformat the HDD and reinstall windows, or delete and leave behind remnants of a game or two.
I really enjoyed building this PC, and I'm really hoping that I can resell it easily via eBay. I'd like to thanks you for taking to time to view this post, and to look over my thoughts on the various components of my $500 BTS build.
P.S: All the parts were purchased through Newegg as I don't have a Microcenter nearby (unfortunately), and it was a price difference of ~$5 total (I believe) to order from three different sites rather than one. And thus that is why I ordered all my parts from Newegg, plus free shipping and 3-4 day delivery on everything was an added bonus! :D
P.P.S: After doing some tests it would appear that the top temp on my CPU was 104 C... personally I feel that this is a failure on HWMonitor's part, but if anybody else has used this CPU and gotten results like that could you say so in the comments?
|CPU||AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core||$89.99|
|Motherboard||MSI A88XM-E35 Micro ATX FM2+||$67.99|
|Memory||Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$44.89||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$54.99|
|Video Card||MSI Radeon R7 265 2GB||$149.99|
|Case||Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower||$49.99|
|Power Supply||Corsair 430W ATX12V||$44.89||(Purchased)|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer||$14.99|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro (OEM) (64-bit)||$11.00|
|Date Published||April 20, 2014|
|Performance Preset Score||P5600|