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A $300 dollar budget "eMachines" Build

by konjoe

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3.6GHz

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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 It only had a single core, 1 gb of ddr2 ram, and all that outdated stuff, so my dad and I decided to build a $300 budget computer out of spare coins that had accumulated over time (around $300 worth of coins).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!

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talby 9 Builds 4 points 26 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 26 months ago

ty:)

on_droid 1 Build 2 points 26 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 26 months ago

thanks

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 26 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 26 months ago

thank you

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konjoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

thank you

MadBadger 1 point 26 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 26 months ago

thanks

saw1833 1 Build 1 point 26 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 26 months ago

thanks

elpidio 7 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

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

konjoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

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

Apach3 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

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

konjoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

:D

Mattyice47 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

How much RAM did you allocate to the iGPU

konjoe submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

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

sneakyturkey33 1 point 22 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 21 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 1 point 19 months ago

I love new builds in old cases...

kruzmissile17 1 point 17 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?

Maple 1 Build -8 points 26 months ago

you could have gone with 4 gb of ram that is 1600

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 4 points 26 months ago

1866 Mhz ram is a popular option to match up with AMD APU's as they really do boost the performance. Also, you never want to go with 4GB of RAM. 8GB is the necessary default, and if you don't get 8GB of RAM, you'll need to upgrade quick.

Maple 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

Oh sorry my mistake xP Forgot you got an apu XP

on_droid 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

While agree that he should go with 8GB of RAM I disagree that 8GB is necessary. This machine will probably never go over 4GB of RAM usage and having more doesn't make your computer any faster. I doubt this build will ever be doing anything intense enough to use more than 3GB. My build at full load, gaming and multitasking with a few webpages and system monitors rarely eclipses 4GB. I would still go for 8GB for those extremely rare instances when RAM usage is heavy but mostly because the price difference from 4GB to 8GB is so small that there is really no reason to downgrade. Also, you are spot on with RAM speed and APUs. This is the only situation where I would suggest spending a little more for faster RAM.

Apach3 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

i have 4GB of RAM, and at times i wish i had more... though, to be honest, the only time i use more than 4GB of RAM is when i'm installing a program via an ISO file. still; it'd be handy to have that RAM laying around