Long story short, my little brothers wanted a computer for Christmas and their budget was $250 ish dollars. Me, being the person I am, decided to go ahead and build them a decent gaming PC with the money, and so, this is what I came up with.
There is a video version of this build log as well if you're interested. If not, then let us commence! I'll keep it short and sweet.
|Motherboard||Asus A68HM-E Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard||$50.98 @ Newegg|
|Memory||Team Elite 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||$29.00|
|Video Card||Galaxy GeForce GTX 465 1GB Video Card||-|
|Power Supply||EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply||$37.08 @ Amazon|
|Other||GTX 465 1GB GDDR5||$46.00|
|Other||DIYPC M89-R Black/Red USB 3.0 Micro-ATX Mini Tower Gaming Computer Case||$24.99|
|Other||Athlon X4 860K||$62.50|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-02-25 16:26 EST-0500|
CPU - Initially, I wanted to go with Excavator because it's allegedly 20% faster for a cheaper price, but the X4 845 has is not stocked in stores just yet. I succumbed to the 860K which is a great little CPU, especially when you find it for $62. It'll be more than enough for what my brothers plan to do
Motherboard - The primary (and honestly only) reason I chose this motherboard is because it supports Excavator, so when if they want to upgrade to something better, they can. Other than that, it's not a very good motherboard, but it works.
Memory - 8GB DDR3 memory. My brothers could get away with 4GB easily, but since I wanted the PC to have gaming potential, I put 8GB in there. Works great. Clocked at 1600MHz.
Storage - 250GB is not a lot of storage at all, but remember: my brothers just wanted a PC for school mostly. 250GB will definitely be fine for what they plan on doing. Fortunately, if they decide to game, they'll STILL be fine since all of the games they play don't go over 10GB installed. Storage is also very upgradeable and cheap right now.
Video Card - Good 'ol Fermi. Found this sucker for $46 and I couldn't say no. Runs games surprisingly well. I haven't OC'ed or tested temperatures just yet, but I will report back when I do. Benchmarks are below.
Case - Cheap and solid. USB 3.0 but unfortunately my mobo doesn't support it :( (at least I don't think it does). The pre-installed fans are a nice touch, too.
PSU - I was originally going to go 430W, but when I purchased the 465, I upped it to 500W to calm my mind. Fermi eats up a lot of power, and if I wanted to OC, I would need some headroom. So far, so good.
Benchmarks - I only tested 4 games, but these are the scores. Everything @ 1080p, stock. No OC on CPU or GPU.
SMITE (ultra, full AA) - Min 35, Max 150, Avg 51
Dirt 3 (ultra no AA) - Min 34, Max - , Avg 46.1
Fallout 4 (med preset) - Min 19, Max 65, Avg 38
Far Cry 4 (med preset) - Min 10, Max 60, Avg 29