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[Build Complete] First build, small town Craigslist/ Salvaged Parts $235 total "Gaming" PC
by T0mmygun
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Well I got to say I am quite pleased with this insane budget build. I live in a town with about 75,000 people so small town is pretty relative but I basically bought every used part I could in my town and low balled the hell out of everyone (they didnt seem to mind!)

I should also mention I haven't been into PC gaming since 2005, I mostly work on Hot Rods, motorcycles, and stuff like that. But I still consider myself fairly computer capable.

So it started with me finding my old desktop from 2004 an HP m 1070n, it was a fairly good PC 10 years ago but I wanted to upgrade it. I found a Sapphire R7 250 on Craigslist for $60, I offered $40 and he went with it. After a little research I decided I would eventually build my own PC so why not now? I then found a slightly used NZXT Phantom full tower case. He wanted $80, I got it down to $50. Next I found another guy with the A8-3850, MSI Mobo, 4gb Corsair RAM, and the CX500 PSU, he wanted $175, got him down to $125. But he broke a fan blade on the stock cooler and I told him no problem and bought a Cooler Master Hyper 101 from a local PC store for $20.

I salvaged my old 160 gb hard drive from the desktop and an old DVD player I used in the build. I'm aware the case is way bigger than I need but I plan on upgrading the Mobo and CPU in the next 6 months. I did this all in one weekend with $235. I obviously salvaged some old stuff, I'm running it on my 37" 1080p TV till I get a 1080p monitor around 23".

I bought a Windows 8.1 key for 12,000 Dogecoin in /r/Dogemarket as well as BF4 for 14,000 Dogecoin. I've got the A8 overclocked to 3.46 Ghz and she stays cool as a cucumber, it's only got to 32 degree Celsius while playing BF4 on High settings in 1080p. I definitely have a lot of plans for the future, SSD, more RAM, and eventually do the rest over again. And I didn't really try any wire management the first time around as you can see. My girlfriend and my roommate didn't even believe it would work at all and to be honest I was skeptical in my skills and the used parts as well.

Part List
AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.46Ghz
CPU Temperature While Idle10.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load30.0° C
Sapphire Radeon R7 250 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.8GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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xx116xx [3 Builds] 3 points 11 months ago

That budget. That budget. You might want to update prices, they are great.

LeviMaslauskas 2 points 11 months ago

what fps you getting on battlefield 4?

Grazzert [2 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

why can't i ever find deals like this on craiglist :(

spongebob123 1 point 11 months ago

420 lol

houseoftyrone 1 point 11 months ago

Wow does it run?

jdm12983 [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Not bad for a first time build and the prices. Good job.

desync408 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Dubs. 99W?!?!

gabegabbert [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Well done man! Kickass prices! whatchya riding?

Ride safe brother!

Duelix 1 point 11 months ago

Lol, your case is the most expensive part x). You really got some solid prices on the components, nice job! +1

Jwood013 [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

Upgrade to 1866mhz RAM ASAP. It'll improve your gameplay a lot. Or just add a dedicated GPU like the 750ti.

xxhansonmaxx 1 point 11 months ago


username22 1 point 10 months ago

amazing what 215 can get you. epic pc dude

Variable.variables 1 point 1 month ago

Do you wanna sell me the case for $30... ;). +1. Love the case!

Nepgear 0 points 11 months ago


YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 0 points 11 months ago

why pay 14k dogecoin for bf4 when you got a freaking Windows key for 12k?