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So this is a build that my first build actually started from, when I finally fished up building 'Ice Phantom' my brother approached me insisting that I build one for him as well. This was a teaching/family bonding build. I based it off of his need to play games such as Runescape or WoW, as well as being able to play currently gen and last gen games, albeit not on max settings but he has that option. I selected the parts based on price to performance ratios and am pretty confident that this build won't be touched for it's price point. Thoughts? Cable management was done as best as the case allows, I hid most of the unused cables in the second available 5.25 inch drive bay underneath the optical drive to get it as clean as possible. I think it was pretty successful and it doesn't look like heat will be an issue with the dual fans. Overall, I'm very proud with this build and think it packs one heck of a punch for its price point. You just can't beat it :D

CPU-Honestly the highest benchmarking CPU south of $80 with overclocking capability if he chooses to swap the board and add a cooler. Overclocking is currently NOT on the to-do list, but there's always that option. I would've put this cpu in my personal build but went with the fx so that I can upgrade later if needed.

Mobo- Cheapest trusted name brand board that I could find and also has 6gb per second sata ports, some other cheapo boards I looked at didn't have this option, plus I trust Asus. Board is nice, just wish they had another fan header but thats a minor complaint.

Ram-Board only has 2 slot for ram so i put in a single stick of 4gb so if he wishes to upgrade he can just buy another 4gb stick and be set. He currently doesn't need 8gb of ram because he doesn't do much other than video stream or web surf, and play runescape.

HDD- As I said, he doesn't need anything close to a 1tb hard drive and frankly I think that's overdoing it for most builds nowadays, but that it's become more of a 'standard' of pc building. If he fills this (unlikely) we can add another one later.

GPU- I love this gpu, you just can't beat it for $100 and is practically the highest price to performance card on the market. Sure I could have thrown in an extra 20-30 bucks and got a ti, but he doesn't need it and I wanted this build as close to $450 as possible with quality parts. This card will also play current and last gen games just fine at 30fps.

Case- Pretty sleek looking case and have seen this featured in other budget builds as well. It has 0 room for cable management but as long as you're not trying to cram too much into it, it's fine.

PSU- Didn't need more than 430w and it's also enough for him to add a bigger GPU if he starts playing more demanding games and wants high resolution.

Optical drive- basic.

OS- He wanted windows 8.1 because he is familiar with it. Also the current OS for Windows.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice bang for the buck, altough it is worth what it cost. This is a good pc.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

good choices overall, though getting some parts in bundles on tigerdirect or newegg approaches your costs once you add the os :) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=9674936&Sku=B69-00546

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

well the thing with combos like that is you don't always get the parts you want, that gpu in that combo is crap haha so if you factor in buying a new gpu (in this case, gtx 750 at $100) and also adding the os, you're talking well over $500 and you end up with parts you don't need. Nice combo deal just not a good fit for my brother's needs. That 2tb hdd and 8gb of ram is WAAAAAY overdoing it, I would rather they cut those out and add a better gpu. Thanks for the comment :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

when i did the math, adding your video card at its cost and the os at its cost would have been 5 dollars more after rebates. but if anything is worth doing, it's usually worth overdoing :P

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

well i'm not really a fan of rebates because you're not 'guaranteed' to ever see that money, its more like 'oh we never got it in the mail SORRY'. If your heart is set on that combo, go for it my friend. I just wanted to make a build with 0 rebate at a great price and no 'i got it on sale' parts. I usually just dont wanna buy what I don't need.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

i was just stating it as an option since you wanted to see if it could be beat in some manner lol, i've got my build already and am waiting on new amd cards to come out this summer.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's always fun waiting for the new parts to come out so you can upgrade :) Good luck to ya! make sure to post back when you add the new parts.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I personally would have gotten the FX-6300 or FX-4300.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Agree, that's why I added that cpu to my personal build :) but as I said, I wanted it as close to $450 as possible so if i would've thrown in an fx chip it would've put it to nearly $500. The thing with budget builds (for me) is not adding that tempting 20-30 bucks and then you end up upgrading everywhere and before you know it, you're upwards of $550 haha thank you for the comment

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, something I've found is that you could bring the price down by $200 - $300 by buying the GPU, CPU, and RAM used.

  • 61 months ago
  • 3 points

If i'm gonna build a computer it's got to be brand new parts so that I can vouch for it. Also, buying new comes with warranties incase he shocked any of the components or dropped them or something exploded lol so I probably should have clarified all new parts, no rebates, no sales. Straight up best bang for the buck any day of the week.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

For instance, the build I've currently have would be $800 new but since I bought the SSD, RAM, CPU, GPU used and use Linux Ubuntu, it's only $582 dollars :3

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

I also think that the money saved is worth not having a warranty.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's just personal preference I have nothing against used parts I just like knowing what i'm buying has never been used and (for the most part) guaranteed to work.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking that 750? Good build!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the 750 I can't say enough about it, if I can play one of my favorite last gen games (dead space 3) on maxed settings over 30 fps its a winner in my book. This card is also in my personal build which is also on this site 'Ice Phantom.' You can't beat this GPU for the price.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

No

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $62.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard *MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $42.98 @ Newegg
Memory *Team Elite 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $26.99 @ Newegg
Storage *Hitachi Ultrastar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $42.00 @ Amazon
Video Card *PowerColor Radeon R9 270 2GB TurboDuo Video Card $149.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case *Cougar MG100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $28.99 @ SuperBiiz
Power Supply *EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ NCIX US
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $96.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $485.92
*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-18 14:20 EDT-0400
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'am still a beginner to all this. I have a 500W PSU (http://1-life.eu/?product=1life-psjet-500w-120mm) from my old computer which is it's a bit old so I don't know if I should use it if I proceed to buy this build without buying the listed PSU. My final plan was to not buy an OS (since I already own it) (-$82.00), in my opinion the optical drive is unnecessary (-$21.10) and maybe has I said, use my old PSU (-$35.00). I would prefer 500Gb of storage at least and 8Gb of RAM too (this would rise the prices a bit but still lower than the default listed build I think). What do you guys think about this "plan"?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I think if the psu was lightly used or isn't more than 2 or 3 years old you could use it...however, are you really ready to risk the other parts for the build to save $40 on a new brand name psu? Think about it, if your psu pops it could destroy everything else in your build. A 500gb wouldn't cost much more than a 320gb one and adding another stick of ram should only be about $40 so it all depends on your budget. In my opinion, if you're deciding on building a quality computer, put in new, high grade quality parts.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I have never heard of that PSU brand before. You may want to toss it depending on how old it is.

I took the liberty of putting together a build list loosely based off of this build. Keep in mind that these prices are all based off of online retailers, you might be able to get better deals used/stores like MicroCenter. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $73.87 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-L9a 57.5 CFM CPU Cooler $42.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus A68HM-Plus Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $52.99 @ Amazon
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $54.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $53.49 @ Directron
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card $132.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design Core 1100 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $49.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $491.19
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-03-18 17:33 EDT-0400
  • Same CPU and Motherboard.
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua makes high quality coolers, provides thermal overhead if you want to overclock or if you plan on being CPU heavy (games, applications, etc.)
  • Ram: Cheap 8GB stick in case you want to upgrade to 16GB in the future (this motherboard only has two slots)
  • HDD: Went with a 7200RPM 1TB since it was only $15 more than a 5400RPM 500GB. If you absolutely don't need 1TB: 5400RPM 500GB
  • GPU: While the 750 Ti only offers slight boosts over the 750, at the time of making the list there was only a ~$20 price gap. This card or the one used in this page's build would suffice, get whichever you can find cheaper for this build level.
  • Case: Either case will be alright as they are cheaper (~$30) cases with not a lot of features. I believe that Fractal Design makes better cases than Rosewill, hence my choice.
  • PSU: Threw this in because you may end up needing it. The different between this one and the one in the page's build is that this one is semi-modular to help with cable management in the small case.
  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a bad build at all

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That cpu is a little meanie for a sub $100 cpu, love it personally for budget builds. And your right, 750's price to power ratio is fantastic. Just sucks that the FM2+ chipset advancements are looking bleak... Would love to see a 6 or 8 core FM2+ processor in the future. But well built none the less. And from (assuming here) a 2 GHz dual core laptop with DDR2 2 GB RAM to this.... MAJOR upgrade! Sibling of the year award goes to... ;)

  • 61 months ago
  • 0 points

Not bad with the operating system included. Good job.

BTW...I'd recommend another stick of RAM (4GB) so you can run your RAM in dual channel mode so your system speeds up a little bit and your not bogged down by only 4GB of ram. When you can afford it. :)

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that was my thinking when I picked the parts for his computer, it's up to him when and if he wants to add another stick. For now I think it's gonna run like a dream compared to the laptop he has now that can barely handle a minimal requirement game like runescape lol Thanks