DISCLAIMER: I KNOW MY CABLE MANAGEMENT IS TRASH, THE CASE WAS 17 DOLLARS IT OFFERED LITERALLY NOTHING IN TERMS OF CABLE MANAGEMENT. I DID THE BEST I COULD.
The idea behind the build was to get the most power out of a $500 budget gaming build by sacrificing anywhere I could.
Ill go through my though process here:
I started by choosing the GPU. I went with the 7870 because it had the best price per benchmark performance in my price range. I thought 200 for the GPU would be the most i could spend in a 500 dollar build and that was pushing it. I looked around and Sapphire had some of the cheapest cards but still has a decent warranty and cooling set up.
The CPU comes next. I wanted something that would be fast enough to not bottleneck the 7870 but still cheap. Again i decided on the 6300 because it had good price per benchmarks and it is fast enuf to not bottleneck the GPU.
The motherboard prices lead me to go with a microATX board and case because they were significantly cheaper than the ATXmid prices. There weren't many choices when it came to Mobo for microATX. Ive always been partial to ASUS and the mobo had a USB3.0 which i really wanted to squeeze into this build.
The case was a shell shocker deal on newegg and was literally the cheapest case i could find. This is where i could cut corners because Case has the least impact on performance so i went with the cheapest one i could find. I do regret this a little but after i put it together its not so bad.
The RAM is standard 8GB 1600Mhz at the cheapest sale price i could find that still had heat spreaders.
PSU was a tough one to find for a good price, with a good wattage and quality. corsair is just fine especially for a budget build.
Harddrive i went with the seagate barracuda which is pretty standard fast harddrive with decent size and cost. Found a sale for about 10 dollars off.
Case fans are there because cooler parts last longer and perform better. Case fans are cheap and worth it in my opinion.
Next up would be a second seagate barracuda to set up RAID0. I want faster speeds but i still don't want to have to worry about running out of space on any drive so the RAID 0 setup is a good compromise.
Coolermaster hyper 212 EVO for a mild overclock. Nothing that will draw too much power because my PSU is only 500W. But again cooler parts are happier parts.
|CPU||AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core||$119.99|
|CPU Cooler||Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing||$9.99|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+||$54.99|
|Memory||A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$44.99|
|Storage||Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$59.99|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB||$169.99|
|Case||Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower||$15.99|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||$29.99|
|Case Fan||Masscool BLD-09025S1M 45.2 CFM 92mm||$4.99|
|Kingwin CFY-012LB 40.0 CFM 120mm||$4.02|
|AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||4.0GHz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||27.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||50.0° C|