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Intro

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.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
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 250GB HDD $10.98
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
Total $261.53
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

Comments

  • 47 months ago
  • 8 points

when i get finished looking at the 22,000 dollar builds i look at these to help me cope with my horrible paying job

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

It will always be here for you <3

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice work buddy, great you gave it to your brother. +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bud :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That gpu is sick! Nice one bro!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish they still made gpus like this :(

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the crazier art style. It grew on me, but I know what mean. Designs are too "sleak" nowadays

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, i agree

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

that is some extreme budgeting, well done! That old gpu looks badass and I assume you can triple SLI since it has 2 slots for sli bridges. Your brothers must be happy

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Ughhh SLI'ing these things would be awesome but idk if I can. At first I hated the Galaxy look, but it has grown on me the last week. And thank you! They're lovin' it right now

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

You're a nice big brother for building a computer for your little brothers. Also, it looks nice. ._.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Doing little projects like this one reminds me that I'm at least a half decent human being...(only kidding). The nice pictures are thanks to my handy DSLR & 50mm lens.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm selfish. MY COMPUTER IS FOR NO ONE!!!!!! Except for my sister whenever she wants to play a game on it.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sooo selfish with my PC as well. I don't like anyone else touching it lol

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing budget build, plus it comes with a actual video, great job!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, I'm actually in the same position as you were. I have to build my friend a gaming pc on a strict budget ($350ish). Btw were did you find those cheap parts? Very nice build though.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha wow, small world. I explained part of that in the video ;)

CPU: Jet.com Mobo: Newegg RAM: Newegg GPU: eBay Case:Newegg PSU: Amazon Storage: eBay

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. If you can get a decent cpu cooler and OC. I'm willing to bet you would see some great improvements! I too love builds like this because this truly is the market most people are in and they feel they can't make a capable gaming pc. Kudos to you and your build!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I'm planning on picking up a T3 or possibly CM 212 if it fits the budget. I can't wait to OC both.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Really good for the price! +1

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Man this is awesome! It's kind of adorable!

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

hehe thanks bud

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually this is the first LEGIT CHEAPEST PC EVER that ive seen so far

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I'll take that as a compliment

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed it does. I wonder where Galaxy has been