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$330 budget gaming rig
by Canadianjoe765
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I built this computer as a way into pc gaming on a tight budget. In terms of performance, it can max out older games like Crysis 2 and 3, Skyrim, Hitman: Absolution, Battlefield 3, Dead space 1-3, Fallout 3, and Planetside 2 at 720p. Newer games like Battlefield 4 can still be played, just not on ultra settings. This build was, at the time, the best price/performance possible. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is trying to get into pc gaming without the premium price (although an extra $100-200 would make a huge difference if you can afford it). My only complaints are of the case (which to be fair only cost $15) and the motherboard, which impedes the upgradeability of this pc immensely. No cpus are using the FM2 socket type and the PCI-E is only 2.0.

Price breakdown by parts: Sentey case: $15 XFX hd7770: $90 A10 5800k: $80 MSIe35: $50 Caviar Green HDD: Had one lying around Team Vulcan RAM: $75 CX430 PSU: $20 Total Price: $330 (plus $4 shipping for the case)

*note to anyone interested in building a similar machine: Don't buy this part for part. Find whatever is cheapest with the most similar specs (E.G., a 430w PSU on sale for $20 instead of buying the one I have for full price)

Part List
AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.0GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
XFX Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.12Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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candy [3 Builds] 4 points 7 months ago

Why didn't you go for the cheaper 750k which is the same as the 5800k except without integrated graphics?

Canadianjoe765 [Submitter] [1 Build] 8 points 7 months ago

If I could do this build again, I probably would have gone with the 750k. Its only 400mhz weaker and would open up enough cash to maybe get a 7790. Lesson learned.

Dj746605 2 points 7 months ago

I was going to do that with my build (I did a very similar build last week) But the 750k was out of stock every where, at the time, I just needed to build it as soon as possible.

candy [3 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

760k then? Or was it not out yet?

Dj746605 1 point 7 months ago

760k was what I originally meant, my bad. I didn't look for a 750k, but the 760k was out of stock.

mat_tech 2 points 4 months ago

But it lacks cache?

brelovix 3 points 7 months ago

Dat APU + GPU.

Canadianjoe765 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

I debated getting an fx cpu, but the 5800k was on sale for 80 or 90 dollars. I feel kind of bad just having those integrated graphics just sitting there.

EcoMCG 1 point 7 months ago

Finally someone has uploaded a build!

Really good Budget build!


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fnapoli [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

can u input prices you paid for each part?

Canadianjoe765 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Sure thing.

fnapoli [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Awesome. Great deals!

JurgaBurga 1 point 7 months ago

Is that a SNES I spot? I want to make sure my eyes aren't deceiving me (Haha!) Anyways I really like the build. I think you could've saved a few bucks by downgrading the RAM to 4gb and gettting a better graphics card. Other than that, I really like this.


Canadianjoe765 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I gave some serious thought to downgrading the ram, but ultimately decided against it as most games I play recommend 8gb. But if I did cut the ram, I would have totally gone for a better gpu. Maybe a 7790.

ryry81200 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Nice Build! I built one that had a lot of similar parts, and it's working pretty fantastic. Same motherboard, PSU, HDD, and a 750K which is a lot like the 5800k, but without the graphics. There is only one thing that I am wondering about; are you sure it can max out Crysis 3? I mean, the graphics are boss, but that's the only problem I have with this. But overall, great build! Keep up the good work!

Eschaton [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

Keep in mind in the OP he's saying he maxxes it at 720p, not 1080. It's incredible how much of a difference resolution makes.

Canadianjoe765 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Perhaps "max" was a little bit of an over exaggeration on my part. I can play one step down from ultra settings with framerates in the 40fps zone. Ultra brings it down below 30. So while I guess its not maxed, I still think of it as worthy of being in that list.

comptech0408 1 point 7 months ago

I believe I see an old Atari... +1

atifahmed33 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

You sir deserve an award , amazing budget build ! Respect.

Eschaton [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Oh man, such a great build. Did you think about doing a dual graphics setup of a 7750 + 6800k?

Blackout2388 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

You win. You still have SNES and GCN hooked up. I love the build too!

cam9 1 point 7 months ago

Very well done with $300 +1

jdwash11 [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

No reason to get a 750K or 760K when the 5800K only cost you $80.

If you want more CPU choices it looks like you'll have to get an FM2+ board

halofreakma 0 points 7 months ago

Those pillows look SO comfortable lol. But seriously, in that price range, I can't disagree with any of those parts. You mentioned buying a $20 PSU which would be a huge mistake. If it isn't 80+ certified, it will most likely blow up. Diablotek is notorious for this. It is much better to spend a fair price on the PSU, otherwise you may end up buying an entirely new computer for cheaping out on the PSU.

Canadianjoe765 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I guess I worded that a bit weird. I meant get a psu that is marked down to $20 (the cx430 was when i bought it). Yeah, getting a 20 psu is a bad idea. I'll edit the description to make that more clear.