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A $300 dollar budget "eMachines" Build
by konjoe
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Description

The computer at the house was an emachines that we have had for over 6 years, and it was very slow, and it was in need of an upgrade. It only had a single core, 1 gb of ddr2 ram, and all that outdated stuff, so my dad and I decided to build a $300 budget computer out of spare coins that had accumulated over time (around $300 worth of coins). I used the emachines case just so that I would fit around the budget and so that it would fit under the living room space that I normally put it in.

So far it runs great and much better than last time, and it is a needed improvement from the last computer that was over 6 years old!

Details
AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.6GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
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talby [8 Builds] 4 points 13 months ago

You forgot the pic of the coin jar :) APU is a good choice for this type of build (or should I say refurb? lol)

cheers

 
 
konjoe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

ty:)

 
 
on_droid [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

It is very rare when I cannot find something to criticize about a build so congratulation, this is pretty great little budget build.

 
 
konjoe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

thanks

 
 
Norm101 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

A loose change machine? LOL That is awesome. I've never heard that one before. Now I want to go start digging in my couch. Nice job.

 
 
konjoe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

thank you

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konjoe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

thank you

 
 
MadBadger 1 point 13 months ago

Planning a similar build for my Dad, didn't come out anywhere near $315 though. Well done. This is one very solid build for 3 bills.

 
 
konjoe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

thanks

 
 
saw1833 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I almost imagine if that e-machine was a few years newer you might have had to spend ever less money. My guess is the biggest change was the connector style, you probably had some IDE drives, if not all IDE drives.

Money well spent, I'm pretty impressed with the pro recycling skills at work here.

 
 
konjoe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

thanks

 
 
elpidio [4 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Nice. Been thinking about doing almost the same thing to my old eMachines.

 
 
konjoe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

thank you, you should to save a little bit of cash

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

lol now it ain't an eMachines PC anymore! :D

 
 
konjoe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago
 
 
Mattyice47 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

How much RAM did you allocate to the iGPU

 
 
konjoe [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

800mb of ram was the default, so i just left it like that

 
 
sneakyturkey33 1 point 9 months ago

nice job especially for the budget you had, except you probably could have saved just a little bit of money on the ram.

 
 
hobo122013 1 point 8 months ago

duuuude emachians are awsome had mine 10 years then i had to shove a metal rod though the motherboard to kill it

 
 
cbrown67 [2 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

I love new builds in old cases...

 
 
kruzmissile17 1 point 4 months ago

This wouldnt happen to be an emachines T3604 case, would it? Looking to do a similar build for cheap. Also, would you change anything? How is the build holding up?