I HAVE UPGRADED THIS BUILD SINCE THIS WAS POSTED. THE NEW BUILD CAN BE FOUND HERE
I apologize if the pictures are bad quality. I used the only camera I could find.
Before I begin, I know the cable management isn't spectacular. In fact it's pretty terrible. I plan on working on it sometime in the near future. The 2 pin molex large fan connector is the bulk of the ugliness. Once I get some new case fans the computer will look much cleaner. So, let's just not pay attention to that at the moment. That's all :) EDIT: Cable management has been done since this was posted. I must say, it was extremely worth the time and effort. It looks clean and nice in there now. I've added a picture of the adjustments! I hid the horrible 4-Pin molex connector to the fan so the case would look a little better. I'm looking to get some nice Corsair case fans so I don't have to look at that ugly 4-Pin Molex anymore.
As a 16 year old without a job, I could really only afford to build a "bang for your buck" build. I will mainly be using it for gaming and surfing the web. I purchased all of my parts from Newegg.com.
CPU: Arguably the best budget processor you can get right now. I may overclock it once I get an aftermarket cooler, but I think I'm content with 3.5GHz.
Motherboard: A nice ATX motherboard that I got with the CPU on a $20 combo deal. I like the color scheme and it can hold 64GB of RAM if I ever feel the need to go completely overkill. The BIOS look really outdated, but I'm not concerned about that.
Memory: Matched the red on the Motherboard. I would have gone with 8 gigs of RAM, but as I'm sure you all know, the prices have sky rocketed. I will be getting another set of this RAM eventually, but 4GB will suffice for now.
Storage: 1TB HDD. That's pretty much all I'll need for now. There's not much to say about this other than it's been reliable so far and I've experienced zero problems.
GPU: Great budget card. I chose the best 750 Ti out of the bunch, I suppose I didn't need to, but I got kind of greedy. The ACX cooler is great and this card comes pre-overclocked at 1.19GHz. I can run Skyrim on ultra with 60+ FPS and Battlefield 3 can run ultra, but the FPS fluctuates too much for my liking. I recommend staying on the high settings, as I get at least 70 FPS at all times. I really, really recommend this card to someone with a budget.
Case: Sleek, awesome looking budget case with a side panel window, and good airflow. The cable management is okay. Nothing too spectacular. The stock fan gives out minimal air, but I'm hoping to get some new ones soon anyway. Definitely recommend this case if you're building a budget PC.
PSU: I was planning on getting a 430 watt power supply, but like the graphics card, I got kind of greedy. This is a semi-modular 500 watt PSU with 80+ Bronze efficiency. I haven't had any troubles with it so far.
Monitor: Got this for free as a gift. No complaints. Does everything I need it to.
Gaming Keyboard: Got it for free from a friend who didn't use it. Works well, and has been pretty useful so far.
I got $20 off on the CPU and motherboard on a Newegg combo. The real price of this build is $558.92
|CPU||AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core||$119.99||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Biostar TA970 ATX AM3+||$69.99||(Purchased)|
|Memory||G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600||$45.99||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB FTW ACX||$174.99||(Purchased)|
|Case||Enermax ECA3253-BW ATX Mid Tower||$47.98||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||$59.99||(Purchased)|
|Monitor||Dell P2213 22.0"||$0.00|
|Date Published||June 20, 2014|
|Date Built||April 17, 2014|