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.
|CPU||AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core||$35.00|
|Motherboard||MSI A55M-P33 Micro ATX FM1||$30.00|
|Memory||Corsair 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333||$30.00|
|Video Card||Sapphire Radeon R7 250 2GB||$40.00|
|Case||NZXT Phantom (Black/Green) ATX Full Tower||$50.00|
|Power Supply||Corsair 500W ATX12V||$30.00|
|AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor|
|CPU Clock Rate||3.46Ghz|
|CPU Temperature While Idle||10.0° C|
|CPU Temperature Under Load||30.0° C|