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$350 budget build.
by mattive29
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Description

I built this computer because my laptop was crapping out and thought it would be fun to give it a try to build one. It took me 5 months to gather all the parts while looking for the best deals I could. With everything together it cost me (out of my own pocket) $308 which includes a fan splitter cable that is not listed below. The Hard drive was given to me as a Christmas gift from my parents, so if I had to buy it the build would have been around $420. The Hard drive I was looking at was $60; so if I were to buy the HD, I would have still been under my $350 budget.

I plan on getting another 8 GB of RAM, possibly a video card (which one would work great with the 5800k?) and possibly a 3.5 peripheral (whatever that may be). I had to buy a cheap crappy keyboard that cost me $13, I already had the monitor, mouse and speakers. I will eventually get a wireless keyboard. I put Linux Ubuntu 13.10 and will probably never go back to windows.

I can now say that I have the bug and already want to build another computer in hopes to selling it. I also want to try and overclock this computer to around 4.0-4.2 ghz. I just have no idea how to do it.

Anyways, I am very happy with this build and want to build another computer soon.

(Edit). I added a Corsair 430W ATX12V in replacement of the coolmax V400 and it is really nice. It's quiet and I love that it is more ventilated. Still under my $350 budget.

Details
AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
XFX Radeon HD 6670 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate800MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.3GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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carson564 14 points 8 months ago

I'd definitely get a new psu as soon as possible. Otherwise your computer may turn into fried chicken.

 
 
Atechless [2 Builds] 4 points 8 months ago

While I would normally agree with you, this PSU has over 100% clearance. Sure it's a POS PSU but there's nothing stressing it at all and if it didn't fail within the first day it's probably not going to for a while. OP can always whip out a multimeter just to make sure though.

 
 
Neutral1ty -1 points 8 months ago

I agree with you, you have nothing in that box that is going to tax your PSU... people have a perception that you need a 750 or higher... crazy!!!

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 4 points 8 months ago

I agree. While it is a crappy quality PSU, no way this rig could even hit 200W total power draw. You're safe... for now... Edit: If you plan to overclock, swap that PSU first. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430 Not exactly the fanciest, or most efficient PSU, but at least it's a reputable brand and Bronze efficiency. Oh, and only 20 bucks after mail-in-rebate at Micro Center.

 
 
Martel04 1 point 8 months ago

It's Corsair and it's 80+ Bronze. It's great for the money and more than enough to power the machine as is.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Which brand of psu is good? Which is bad?

 
 
aludka 4 points 8 months ago

It's not the wattage that most people are referring to when they say "get a better psu." Its the build quality. A PSU with a "lower" quality has a much lower mean time between failure, ie it has a higher failure rate, and with lower quality comes the chance that it could take out a piece of hardware with it.

As far as names go, most Corsair, EVGA, SeaSonic, XFX. Sometimes it is tough to tell because the "name" on the unit is almost never the company that actually makes the unit. For example, some but not all XFX are actually rebranded SeaSonic units, but at a lower price. And so it goes with the other brands aswell, one is usually a rebrand of another.

Whats generally important about the name is how they handle RMA's and customer issues. All hardware will fail eventually.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Also needs to be reasonably priced.

 
 
Noozy 2 points 8 months ago

I dont know if you should overclock .. you have the stock cpu cooler , you could try but it will be hot

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Ok. Well, it was a thought. I'll just add another stick of ram and just call it good.

 
 
Noozy 1 point 8 months ago

If you plan on overclocking buy a Hyper 212 evo Its 30-40 bucks and its very good ;p

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I will look into that. Thank you.

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Looks like a Hyper 212 will fit. Just be sure to clean up those cables.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Yeah I've tried cleaning them up. Now I have more excuse to when I get a new CPU fan and PSU.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

So I understand my PSU sucks and I will look into a better one, but until then I will buy another 8 GB of RAM. What if I were to oberclock the RAM?

 
 
uin12nerfer 2 points 8 months ago

dont get 16 gigs, its not worth it yet. Go for a better psu, like a seasonic or corsair.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

That will be next on my list.

 
 
mynamexsh [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

16GB of ram really DOES NOT make a difference. I had 8 and when I added another 8 for my a10 6800k it gave it 2.1 GB of VRAM but made almost no difference in games

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Look into getting 1866Mhz speed RAM. That onboard GPU loves faster ram. Unfortunately, going into higher speed memory also dictates a higher price premium.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f314900cl10s8gbxl 80$

It's the fastest RAM that board can support, and you can drop in another (completely not required) 8GB stick later.

 
 
Dubesta11 [5 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Truthfully, it wouldn't be the smartest move to go from an APU to an APU (CPU+GPU) with another GPU. For the price of the A10, it would be possible to get an FX-4300 or so, or an i3. But this also requires a new motherboard, which should cost at least 60 dollars more.

Since AMD APUs are designed to be used as a standalone CPU+GPU, the only budget-friendly thing you can do is crossfire a Radeon 6670 (or whatever is crossfire compatible with that APU).

Also the APU likes them fast ram, since its used for both components. (and please, spend at least 40 dollars on a power supply if you trust it to last over a year)

So in short, if you want to upgrade, you almost have to buy a more powerful CPU along with a dedicated GPU. If you wanted to get just a graphics card, it would be fine, except that the CPU would bottleneck the system.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the input. In will be looking into a PSU for right now.I will think about the GPU part of it.

 
 
Dubesta11 [5 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

The GPU should be fine for most low-setting games, so I would put money into other parts (such as the PSU, aftermarket CPU cooler for better overclocking, and even look into some very fast ram, as it will increase the performance a lot.)

Edit: After doing some reserch, looks like the ram makes a huge difference in games: http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/46073-amd-a10-5800k-trinity-needs-faster-ram/?page=3 Your best bet is to get a new motherboard and high performance ram as a future upgrade if you are looking to gain ~10 fps.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Not looking to game much. Just use steam for now. I will be getting a new PSU and CPU cooler in the future though. It has been decided.

 
 
Bladedrummer [3 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Hey, for that price, this is fine. It was a very ambitious price point to work with.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks. It runs and works very well for what it is. I will change a few things on it but a little ways down the road.

 
 
bunnykilla [1 Build] 0 points 8 months ago

You have an interesting choice of ram. Why not 1866 MHz, 2133 MHZ, or at least dual channel with that APU?

 
 
candy [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

price

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

My motherboard only supports up to 1600. I didn't know this until it arrived in the mail, otherwise I was going to use 2133.I was dissapointed. I'm on tomshardware all the time, never thought the psu was that big of a deal. Thanks for the heads up.

 
 
aludka 1 point 8 months ago

If/when you choose to, 42 @1600MHz will be faster than 18 @1600MHz because of dual channel, if you motherboard/APU supports it. That is unless you choose to eventually go 2*8 (which is far more than most people need, unless you do a ton of multi-threaded activites, photo and video work and stuff.)

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I just want to try OC to see what is is like and to learn more. But I might do that with my other build for practice. Thanks.

 
 
aludka 1 point 8 months ago

OC away then my friend. I didn't think I'd be much into it when I built my first last year but I've had a ton of fun learning about it, doing it, and actually seeing it work.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I'm getting a ton of parts from a friend for a cheap used parts PC build. I'll prob OC on that first to try it out and when I get the hang of it I'll prob try OCing my PC.

 
 
Neutral1ty 0 points 8 months ago

For what he has he wouldn't see any difference between 1600 or 1866... lol even in a new rig you are not going to notice a bit of difference between 1600 and 1866...sorry, that is just how it is...

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

well, in an apu build that is where the high memory frequency IS noticeable due to the integrated graphics using the systems RAM

 
 
mynamexsh [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

Slightly noticeable. Ive used 1333 and 1600 in mine, not very much of a difference

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 0 points 8 months ago

there are two things you could've done better: different power supply, and better RAM. unlike most platforms, APUs better leverage faster RAM due to the integrated GPU inside of them, and DDR3-2133 is about as ideal for an APU as you can get. the good news is, getting a set of DDR3-2133 RAM is hardly more than a few dollars more expensive than DDR3-1600, so you could've gotten much better performance using graphics-intensive programs for not much more than what you already paid.

as for your power supply, you really should've taken a look at what brands were known to be reliable and what brands will eventually make you spend more money than if you bought a higher-quality unit in the first place. Coolmax is one of those very unreliable brands; thus, you should take our advice and buy a better brand before your $25 unit causes more than that in damages. for future reference, Tom's Hardware has a great guide detailing who makes what for each brand, and Newegg has an unofficial forum thread regarding quality power supplies. i suggest you start your research there.

 
 
mattive29 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

I have a guy getting me another CPU that I will use in a computer to mess around with. I will probably take my PSU out and use it in that computer and buy a new psu for my comp.

 
 
Eschaton [2 Builds] -1 points 8 months ago

The GPU for you would be a 6670. But not before you get a better PSU.