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My sisters chrismtas gift. EXTREME BUDGET BUILD

by senstalex



Date Published

Feb. 25, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.8 GHz


I built this pc as a gaming pc for my sisters Christmas present, so it had to be a tight budget build. Almost all the parts I got on sale from black Friday, eBay or Craigslist and they all worked fine except that I had a defective cpu which took a lot of my time to figure out and eventually replace..

Cpu: Obviously this cpu is a no brainier for $85, especially for a budget build like this one!

mobo: cheap is I could find for the mobo. I'm sure it will work just fine.

GPU: I did a huge amount of research on these and figured out that the best possible deal on eBay for price to performance for under $100 was the 7870. Especially when I won a cheap auction and got it 13$ cheap that the average price point. Everything works great on it and it came with the box with everything. eBay is the best place for gpu's for budget builds. This thing blows away the 750ti and its half the price. haha

HDD: Got this gemstone of Craigslist for $5.. Its slow as crap but it holds 320gb and thats what matters most.

case: Dirt cheap micro atx from a good brand. The case had decent cable management and it feels sturdy. I really like this case, considering I rebuilt this computer 4 times trouble shooting the cpu...

psu: Whats not to love? EVGA is a good brand. this thing is heavy and feels quality. Cheap after rebate and good reviews, also 500 watts is just perfect.

Monitor: I got this off craigslist for $10. Yup, why buy new when you can get something that works for way cheap. Budget builders need to take time and look at c list and eBay everyday for the right moment to bid or call on a product!!!

Overall, this build was frustrating to work on because of the defective cpu, I was just that one in a thousand I guess. My sister loves playing guild wars 2 on this thing and apart from the hard drive it works really fast, but its amazing how much of a difference having a legitimate hard drive will make for the speed of your pc.

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seesamsea 5 points 46 months ago

Great budget build bro. I do the same thing when it comes to budget building! eBay is the way to go for cheap, powerful GPUs

APEBuilt 3 Builds 4 points 46 months ago

Best $300 Build I've ever seen. All good parts, too. +1 for eBay and craigslist advice.

myselfdotcom 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

great build, Microcenter has the similar MOBO and CPU combo if you are near one

ZeNinja864 2 points 46 months ago

May I ask how was the CPU defective? Like did the system fail to post? Also I would like to say that this is a great budget build and I hope your sister enjoys it.

senstalex submitter 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

The mobo and everything had power. I replaced the mobo, my tried starting it with the case disconnected. Then I replaced the cpu and it started right up. I just had amazon send me a new one, but it was still a headache.

ZeNinja864 1 point 46 months ago

Ya I hate that crap when computer hardware breaks because its a hassle because the companies don't know if it was broken on their half or the buyer accidentally broke it. Glad you got a replacement though!

Diox 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

+1 all day for the craigslist and ebay recommendations! I can't stress to people how much you can save from buying used parts. Almost all of them are taken good care of and will work perfectly. I've looked at getting a 7850 or a 7950/70 for the 80-130 dollar price range used. It's amazing what deals you can find, and damn! What a fricking deal on that monitor.

senstalex submitter 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

i just bought a 3gb gigabyte 7970 ghz ed for a different pc that i got a c list, which I am now redoing and will be up soon. I paid $160 for that on ebay. Here's that build actually, the parts are coming in as we speak. Also, that first pc I built on here I used for 2 years then just sold it this week for $620 after putting less than 400 into it.. haha!

Diox 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Good job man! Neweggs ebay store was offering a 7950 for 139 bucks..It sucks being a jobless high school kid with broke parents.. xD

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Haha I feel ya bro

Diox 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Yeah. I rock an optiplex 755 with a 2.33 ghz core 2 duo, 3 gigs of ram and a geforce gt 610. The thing literally screams at me xD

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Haha niceeee

senstalex submitter 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor Purchased For $120.00
CPU Cooler Thermaltake Frio 101.6 CFM CPU Cooler Purchased For $35.00
Motherboard MSI P67A-GD65 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard Purchased For $60.00
Memory Kingston 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory Purchased For $80.00
Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $100.00
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Purchased For $40.00
Video Card Gigabyte Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB Video Card Purchased For $160.00
Case NZXT H440 (White/Black) ATX Mid Tower Case Purchased For $100.00
Power Supply EVGA 600B 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply Purchased For $35.00
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $730.00
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-02-25 15:26 EST-0500
senstalex submitter 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

not to mention I got led lights and white braided cable extensions for it. Going to try to make 500-600 for selling this one after its complete.

AlexisGarcon 1 point 46 months ago

For a budget build, it's pretty impressive. Much quality for the low budget. Congrats!

RinHato 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

How the hell did you get that for $300

senstalex submitter 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

What part of it. All the new parts I got on rebate except for thee 6300, it was $85 on amazon around black Friday. The rest of the stuff takes lots of patience checking c list an Ebay everyday for the right price on something. It took me a few months to get the stuff at the right price.

RinHato 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I'm just astonished is all.

Xequit10 1 point 45 months ago

This is the wrong PSU. That on the picture is a 80+ Bronze. While the PSU You put on the parts is the 80+ One.

senstalex submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Oh, I didn't catch that. I built this pc before Christmas and just posted stuff now. That's probably why I missed that little detail.

robertmcao 1 point 43 months ago

Where did you find a 7870 for 83 dollars?