Description

I built this as an upgrade over my 2011 Macbook Pro as a station for doing school work, using the internet, and a little bit of light gaming. Matlab, Microsoft Office, Multisim, and general computing all seem to be pretty noticeably faster than my Macbook, and it's definitely a lot more comfortable to use a nice mechanical keyboard, wireless mouse, and 22" monitor than it is to sit at my laptop. The timing of this build also happened to coincide with the Steam sale, and the AMD A10 with integrated graphics performs pretty well at the highest settings on the cheap old <$5 games that are within my budget such as Bioshock and TF2.

My budget for this build was strictly $300 and the keyboard, monitor, mouse, and OS I already had. I would have made it too if my Comcast modem/router combo could actually be moved to a different room, but the house is too old for there to be more than one cable connection. In the end, I had to buy a PCI-E wireless card which pushed me over $300, but close enough that I'm still satisfied.

Most of the parts were purchased secondhand locally from other college students selling PC parts or used on Amazon. I didn't haggle too much on them, but the prices still beat sales on Newegg, Tigerdirect, and Amazon due to tax and shipping. The AMD A10-5800K was acquired for a very nice $85 used off Amazon and doesn't appear to have any problems. Buying used parts was surprisingly painless and ended up saving me a lot of money considering the budget.

Comments

  • 75 months ago
  • 19 points

For $300, this is impressive. I would probably get about as far as a motherboard and run over budget.

  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

This is the kind of computer I want.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here xD

  • 72 months ago
  • 7 points

I love the build. I especially liked the first part involving you switching from a Mac. :3

  • 75 months ago
  • 6 points

nice, i admire you, i cant budget for the life of me

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  • 75 months ago
  • 4 points

Be proud of this one. It's difficult to even mount a decent CPU at the $300 price point. Nice work.

I wish I could get this degree of savings on my build!

  • 75 months ago
  • 3 points

Consider overclocking the RAM.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build for the relatively small budget. Is the stock 5800k fan loud? I'm thinking of using it for my personal rig.

  • 75 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, it's definitely not quiet! I don't mind the noise though, my room is the front room of a house that faces a rather busy street and the white noise generated from the fan helps drown out the outside noise a little. That being said, you probably want a quieter one.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

At high revs it makes this high pitched noise, most likely from the bearings.

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  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

You shant really overclock with it anyways, so its all good! With an 8350 its barely keeping it at an acceptable temp.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice, What games do you play on this?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Did your CPU come with a stock fan?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. I'm not really bothered by the volume since it's just white noise, so I can't really tell you if it's loud.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

nice job. i could get the same thing if not worse performance wise for $600

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the help i think i might slightly tweak it then build it

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude! Just a little iffy about the PSU, I always go with Corsair with PSU.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally would get a mid level graphics card like Radeon HD 7850 making it a $500 budget to play games like Sleeping Dogs and BF4... But for a $300 budget, this is nothing but AWESOME!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

DId the motherboard fit with the case you bought? the notes are telling me that the case has front panels and the mobo has back usb.. im new to all this

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

lol this is an old reply but idk if you know this but yes the mobo fits in the case, you just can't use the usb the case came with.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

is the wifi adapter good?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

nice budget build! +1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I hate when i see builds like this, they remind me that i have to spend 200+ on OS and monitor and peripherals like keyboard and mouse and wireless adapters

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

If you already have a windows disc you can get windows for 30 bucks (8.1 with free upgrade to 10) Keyboard and mouse can be like 20 dollars and with a console you need a TV either way so i mean i think it's pretty fair

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This an impressive build for this tight of a budget... How are your upgrades coming along?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice on budget. You did well to pick that power supply. Its very good, most people get a real POS for $20-30.

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

add a good video card and thi could be a gaming build,

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really Impressive but ok

  • 45 months ago
  • 1 point

Gotta love budget pc gaming.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I think this pc would be great for my first build, only I can't seem to find all the parts. Suggestions?

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

if you were to upgrade put in a GPU

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking to put in a 7870 or 7950 about a year from now, and maybe a jump from FM2 to AM3+ with an FX-8xxx since I think FM2 is on its way out.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

The next is FM2+, it will fit Trinity, Richland, and the up coming Kaveri.

  • 75 months ago
  • -1 points

Prices are great. Hard to beat this for the price. Why not 2133 RAM for light gaming? I'm assuming it's a budget issue.

  • 75 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I'm just too cheap to buy faster ram really. If I had a bigger budget I'd probably go with an AMD FX and a discrete GPU but I don't even really have the money to buy games outside of <$10 ones during the steam sale.

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