Description

Cause there's lots of used parts.

Heh.

Welp, this is a build for a good friend of mine who was in need of a gaming desktop. The budget was approximately $600 for the entire PC itself(excluding monitor, the keyboard was owned by him for months before this). We did go over a bit, but we didn't want to skimp on anything.

The CPU, CPU Cooler, RAM, and Case were all parts that I had previously owned, and sold to him. The GTX 580 was purchased off eBay for $88 + $13 shipping. The SSD, Hard Drive, Mobo, Power Supply, and Monitor are all brand new parts bought for this build.

This PC will be used for lighter games(LoL and Indies) as well as few intensive games, digital art, possible video editing and live streaming, and maybe some Virtual Machines. Possibly.

Used Parts

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor $120.00
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $0.00
Memory Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $40.00
Case Corsair 500R Black ATX Mid Tower Case $20.00

These parts are all previously owned and used by me, and cause I was a good bro, I gave major discounts on almost everything. The CPU Cooler is a gift to celebrate the building of his first custom desktop.

The FX 8350 will do everything he needs to, he desperately wanted 16GB of RAM for some wonky reason, and he fell in love with my old case. So, this PC was born from these parts. Essentially they were chosen because I had them on hand, but if I had to buy all new parts, it'd be somewhat similar with a FX 6300 and cheaper RAM/Case.

GTX 580

Type Item Price
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Video Card $100.00

And this is where I love eBay. We got this GTX 580 for $101 total including shipping, and so far it's performed marvelously. In comparison to lower end GPUs like the R9 270x or GTX 760, it's a much better deal in terms of price/performance. It's only a touch slower than a GTX 760 and a bit more powerful than a 270x. It's lacking slightly in the VRAM department, but it can still play Far Cry 4 at Medium Textures(high everything else) in 1080p at around 50-60FPS with no hiccups. It was a great deal, and I recommend eBay GPUs if you're on a budget. We sorta lost out since the week after we bought this, a 2GB GTX 680 was sold for $97. That would've been a much better purchase, but whatever.

Motherboard

Type Item Price
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard $73.49 @ Newegg

Needed a budget board with all the necessary features. It didn't have to be a strong overclocker since this system will not be overclocked, but it did need to have a good color scheme. Sadly I forgot about Gigabytes cut down ATX boards, so it doesn't take up all the space an ATX board should. It's not a gripe with performance, but it's annoying in terms of aesthetic appeal. However, there is no window on the case, so that's okay.

Storage

Type Item Price
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP900 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $59.74 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.99 @ Newegg

Standard SSD + HDD layout. He wouldn't accept not having an SSD, so we got this 128GB SP900 for $58 from Amazon. A great deal if you ask me.

PSU

Type Item Price
Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $114.99 @ Amazon

Now here's the odd one out. Dan, why did you let him buy a $115 PSU? Well that's simple, this build will see a lot of changes and additions in the future, and skimping on the PSU was not something we wanted to do.

Also cause we could only buy off Amazon. And Amazons prices for lower end PSUs are absolutely stupid. So, we just went slightly higher end and got a fully modular gold PSU with a 5 year warranty and great specs. This won't ever need replacement.

Monitor

Type Item Price
Monitor Acer H236HLbid 60Hz 23.0" Monitor $135.98 @ Amazon

Ya know, I actually fell in love with this monitor a long time ago, but I never had the chance to use it or even see it. I recommended it to a friend in Cali and he absolutely loves it, and since my friend is gonna be doing artwork stuff, I decided to recommend this to him. And needless to say, I am super impressed with this thing. The thin bezel is amazing and the colors pop out just like they should. The base has a magnetic section for keeping small metallic things, it came with every cable necessary(HDMI, DVI, VGA, and Power), and it's a great size too.

It's a beautiful piece of technology.

Final thoughts

At the moment the build is not up and running yet, since the SSD and Wireless network card were only ordered yesterday. They should arrive tomorrow(5/14/15) due to Amazon Primes 2 day delivery shtick.

I've used the 580 and FX 8350 in my old rig, and the performance should be identical. It'll be one hell of a budget boss.

Any questions? Critiques?

Thanks for looking/reading!

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Comments

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

nice looking build and good parts used as well.

I would suggest rotating the cooler to exhaust out the back of the case so it's not pulling in the heat coming off of the video card.

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice clean build. I agree with your reasoning behind getting that power supply. 5 year warranty on a power supply is fantastic.

+1

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

good build but that much ram is not needed

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Not immediately, but it was on hand and future VM usage will appreciate the extra space.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

that ram is still not needed unless you run two intensive programs/ games on two monitor i have two and i would suggest getting two you dont know what you are missing till you get them

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

plus you could have gotten a little better graphics card with the money

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not "needed" for gaming but it's very nice to have, especially since it was already owned and already on hand. As in I owned both 8GB kits before I sold it to my friend to create this PC. He wanted 16GB of RAM, and he got it. Considering this thing is primarily a gaming machine with other uses in the future, 16GB of RAM will help. Art is done on this, and the Virtual Machines that will be ran on this PC in the future are going to take segments and chunks of RAM, so it's better to have more.

Plus, the GPU was a good deal on Ebay, bought before most of the rest of the parts were even decided.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I know it's late but no one addressed the elephant in the room. Wtf is your friend doing with a desk that almost doesn't fit his keyboard...

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Iirc, it was just a temporary stand as he was getting a new desk that hadn't arrived yet. Don't worry, he doesn't game on that lol