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My Cheap Gaming PC
by M0JOJ0JO
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Overall I think I did pretty good on this build! It was my first time making a computer and I already want to do it again! I built this mainly with gaming and video editing in mind and so far, it's done very well. I don't see anything that's wrong with it as of right now, except maybe cable management. It wasn't very easy but I don't think I did too bad for the size of the case. Sorry for the crappy pictures, I had to use my little brothers iPotato touch to take them, but at least you get the jist of what it looks like :P. I wanted to save as much money on this as I could and I don't think I did too bad!

Best pro: Runs Minesweeper at 30FPS on medium :D Now I can finally play the game everyone's talking about!

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Future Plans: Add another 8GB or 16GB of ram Upgrade to an overclock friendly motherboard ( Current one is not liking any overclocking ) Add another SSD ( Maybe 500GB or more? Not sure yet. ) Add another HDD ( When I feel it will be needed) Upgrade GPU Water Cooling

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Purpose: Cheapest But Good Gaming, Video Editing & Rendering, ****, Other Stuff PC

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CPU: Love it! No problems whatsoever! Works great and was cheap. I got it at MicroCenter and was able to knock off a bit of money by asking them if they'd take off a bit of money!

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CPU Cooler: Stock. Will probably upgrade to a liquid cooler sometime in the future when I get a new motherboard to go along with it so I could overclock.

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Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5, don't know what else to say :s

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Motherboard: Works great for what I need at the moment and was very easy to work with! Only downsides for me are no SATA 6gb/s and could only overclock CPU to Turbo speeds ( 4.2GHz ). I'll probably get something in the future that's better at overclocking and has SATA 6GB/s ports. Got it for $65 but it just went down in price by $10 apparently TT_TT.

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Memory: Its good. Very low CAS at just 7. I got it for $65 thanks to a deal that was going on at Newegg a while back! I'll probably get another set of these in the future.

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Storage:

 Hitachi 1.5TB HDD

I have no problems with it. It works wonderfully and was cheap too! I'm probably going to get another one of these or a 2-4TB HDD in the future though.

 Kingston SSDNow 120GB SSD

Works great! Love it! Instead of putting Windows on it, I decided to put my video editing and recording software on it ( Photoshop, Sony Vegas, Adobe After Effects, ect. ), as well as the files I'd be editing at the time. Would like to get a bigger SSD in the future though.

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Video Card: Holy crap. This is probably the best deal I got out of anything. I actually got 2 of these bad boys after Amazon sent me another by accident and didn't want it back! So 2 7950's for $172? Yup. I'm probably going to use the second one in a build for my little brother on his birthday though, since this motherboard doesn't support crossfire. If I do upgrade the GPU in the future, I'll probably get a 780Ti or whatever is the best gaming graphics card in the future, and hand down this GPU to my little brother too.

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Power Supply: Don't have a problem with it. Semi-modular and at that price, it was worth it in my opinion. Cable management was kind of finicky, but I'll be getting around to fixing it up a bit more when I get a PCI-E WiFi adapter. I had to buy a power cable for it, but that still kept the price very low.

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OS: Windows 7 Ultimate. Got it for $0. Want to know how? Here's a hint. What am I: Arrg ye scaliwag!

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Case: Absolutely love it! It fits where I needed it to, and supports 2 way Crossfire/SLI! This is probably one part I would get again at full price if I needed to again! LOVE IT! However, cable management was tricky...

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Peripherals:

 Monitor

Great monitor, has built in speakers I didn't know about! I think it was worth the $120.

 Keyboard & Mouse

Had them from previous computer. They work great and have no problems whatsoever.

 Webcam

Got it with the PSU for an additional $15. I say it's worth it. Now I can use Skype and people can see my beautiful face!

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Quick FAQ I thought people might ask:

Q: How'd you get this so cheap?

Look for deals, ask employees for more discounts, and be frugal as f**k. Helpful link I thought people might like are:

http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/

http://www.reddit.com/r/hardwareswap/

http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail/latest/index-landing.aspx

http://www.pricewatch.com/

Theres more but those are probably the most helpful I found.

Q: Why didnt you get an Intel based system?

http://i.imgur.com/kVVJ6pM.gif

Q: Why are there many different kinds of twist ties and such?

I ran out of black zip ties and has to use what was left around the house :(

Q: Why are pics so bad?

Im sorry, I have no good camera :(

Q: My question is not here?

There's a comment section down below ;)

Part List
Details
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle25.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load45.0° C
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate900MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle40.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load69.0° C
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ARealSandwich 1 point 13 months ago

Why didn't you answer my question? Just kidding, Looks OK, but how's that BenQ working out for you? Iv'e heard good and bad things about them.

 
 
M0JOJ0JO [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 13 months ago

I haven't had any problems with it. It looks crisp and clear, gaming on it is beautiful. My only complaint is that it's somewhat difficult to navigate the menu on it. You have to push one of the 5 buttons on the side and they're pretty close, close enough for me to accidentally press the wrong one multiple times. However, with a bit of concentration, anything is possible! I recommend only using one or two fingers to push the buttons and taking your time to make sure you're going to be pushing the correct one otherwise you'll probably end up turning off the monitor since its right under the 5th button. Its screen is great though! Everything looks perfect and crisp. It was a bit too bright for me, even when using F.LUX, so I had to navigate that dreaded menu. Took me about a minute or two to change the settings after accidentally turning it off multiple times. It's bright enough that if you're into bright crisp monitors, then I'd still recommend this. And it has a 1ms response time, which is a huge plus for me!

 
 
ARealSandwich 1 point 13 months ago

Alright thanks!!! It seems like the biggest complaint is the buttons but that's not that big of an issue to me. The only other thing i don't like is the price, Holy cow! $300+ even $350+ in some instances! Are you kidding me!? Oh well, i'll just wait for cyber Monday, thanks for the feedback! :3

 
 
M0JOJ0JO [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

The monitor I got is just under $190 new ._. Odds are black friday will have better deals than cyber monday, since cyber monday is more of a " we have a sale on things no one wants!" kind of sale day in my opinion. Have a look at http://reddit.com/r/buildapcsales. You can find pretty good deals every once in a while, especially on monitors!

 
 
TNTrocks123 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Wish i had those 120hz monitors.... i cant play games with the screen tear every time i play without vsync which bothers me

 
 
EmperorJewFro 1 point 13 months ago

Great build! Looks pretty nifty in that small case. I mainly buy Intel and Nvidia products, but honestly I do my research and figure out which product is the best value and performance for my money. So really I go for any product. +1

 
 
M0JOJ0JO [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks :) I mainly focused on price to performance and getting the best bang for the buck. I would have probably have gone with intel and nvidia if I had a bit more money to spend. I still ended up going over my $800 budget but I think it was worth it to spend a little bit more in the end.

 
 
noob2pcz 1 point 13 months ago

can this run battlefield 3? or any high end games?

 
 
M0JOJ0JO [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Well I actually dont own Battlefield 3 >.> However, Bioshock Infinite runs just fine on max settings :) I personally don't own many high end games. The ones I think would be high end are Bioshock Infinite & Portal 2, both of which run without a problem on max settings. I need more games xD

 
 
noob2pcz 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks man, and can I ask what you think of my build. Im new to pc and I want to have a good experience with my first build http://pcpartpicker.com/user/noob2pcz/saved/2UrY

 
 
zpadi 1 point 12 months ago

Are you experiencing any stability issues with an 8 core cpu on that mobo? I read that those two paired lead to an unpleasant gaming experience where the mobo throttles the CPU. Is there any truth to this? I'm considering purchasing an FX8320 with that mobo tonight and am at a loss.

 
 
M0JOJ0JO [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

No, I don't see anything being throttled. Everything is fine and it can go turbo for 4.2GHz with the CPU. Just don't expect to overclock with it ;)

 
 
jtc2793 1 point 13 months ago

I'd replace those twist ties with zip ties when you get a chance. Although twist ties are wrapped in plastic they are still small pieces of aluminum, you probably don't want those moving around in your case.

 
 
M0JOJ0JO [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah, I know. I just need to buy some more then I'll be able to open it up again and replace those twist ties. So far, it looks like there not going anywhere, so that's good enough in the meantime.

 
 
Mattios 1 point 13 months ago

Really nice well done.

However I recommend a USB wifi adapter. I have just had to return a PCI-E one that had terrible reception when my old laptop had got 5/5 bars. There are some really good USB ones on Amazon :)

 
 
M0JOJ0JO [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

I bought a PCI-E wifi adapter already... I still have the usb one though since the PCI-E one had to be RMA'd :s If it doesn't work the next time, then looks like I'm sticking to usb for the time being! My PCI-e wifi adapter had good reception, but wasnt giving me my regular internet speeds. It never gave me anything over 1 mb/s :(

 
 
Mattios 1 point 13 months ago

I had a similar issue - webpages loaded fine but videos and media did not load, I think it was just dropping the connection. Good luck anyway :)

 
 
Plastictree 1 point 13 months ago

I need to know. How well is that 8350 running on your system? I had a huge angry discussion on a forum about 8350 on the 760 chipset. Have you ran into any problems at all? Any heat issues or idk

 
 
M0JOJ0JO [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Its been running amazingly. Theres no problems with it whatsoever. The only real downside is that the motherboard doesn't let you overclock past the Turbo, but other than that, there hasn't been any problems. It doesn't overheat, works great for gaming and video editing/rendering, and, like I said, have had no problems whatsoever!

 
 
Eatin_Sundip 1 point 10 months ago

It doesn't let you clock past the turbo? Man, I wanted this board but I love Overclocking :/ That's a bummer. I have an AMD FX-8120 and on my current 970A board I have pulled 4300MHz from the stock 3100MHz.

 
 
EcoMCG [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

How's the PSu?

 
 
Royced 1 point 10 months ago

+1 for being a scarvy devil.

Really ******* neat how you got such a good deal on that GPU though. I can't believe the 7950 is almost $400+ now though.

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skemble [18 Builds] 5 points 13 months ago

Please use a little bit of your brain when you comment.

 
 
M0JOJ0JO [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 13 months ago

I do have an HDD? Look at the bottom of the list. It's a Hitachi 1.5TB HDD. The webcam is mainly for Skype and such. The power connector is to connect the PSU to the wall socket? Lol...

 
 
manirelli [Staff] [2 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Please refrain from commenting if you cannot be polite and civil.

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