All of these amazing builds that I've seen on here have inspired me to keep upgrading my computer. This is a simple first time build that I originally started by compiling free parts from my friends. I was always a console gamer and mainly used a laptop for low-end games but decided to start learning more about building my own PC.

I started with an old HP tower with super old components then added a new cheap 500W PSU to get it to stop crashing. The tower was tailored and built for a specific business so upgrading any other components pretty much required a brand new case. I then decided to upgrade the CPU/MOBO to an AMD FX-6300 and Asus M5A97 R2.0. This game that's in alpha stage called Squad had trouble with the AMD processor which just couldn't handle the load under single-core usage. I decided to shell out the money and finally upgrade to a better build while still keeping it affordable. Here is the list of parts, where I purchased them or got them from, and for how much:

CPU: Micro Center = $219.99

Cooler: = $23.99

MOBO: Micro Center = $134.99

Memory: Micro Center = $71.96

SDD: Micro Center = $59.99

HDD: Old HP tower

GPU: Friend after he upgraded to a GTX 970

Case: Gift from cousin retail about $60

PSU: Micro Center = $161.55 - $20 rebate = $141.55 (Should have ordered from Amazon but hindsight is 20/20)

Drive: Old HP tower

OS: If I told you I'd have to kill you

Monitor: Brother after he upgraded to high-end dual monitors

Keyboard: Some POS found in storage that works just fine

Mouse: mouse not listed but price is similar) = $9.99

Headset: (actual headset not listed but price is similar) = $9.99

Total Cost to me: $732.45 not including items from friends.

If you've made it this far, then thank you for reading all of this nonsense. You're a kind human.


  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

I would make a joke about mom's spaghetti, but the cables are black, so I won't. Lol. But 4 reals, cable management?

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

It's bad, I know. The cables are extremely stiff and it was the first time I even tried to rework the cables to fit better. I'm still getting the hang of it. Next time it won't look like Eminem's sweater.

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

kk. Nice to know that you knew that was Eminem. I respect You. Lol. 4 reals tho, I understand. I actually have heard about that PSU having stiff cables before.

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