This is a re-upload. My first job at publishing was not great so I am going to do a better job at it this time.
I am a student with a part time job. I study engineering so I need a computer that can run CAD software well and I also like to mess with video and photo programs. With the release of next-gen consoles my Xbox 360 is now obsolete. For these reasons I need to make a new PC and one that is not very expensive.
I decided to go with an amd based build because of the price-to-performance ratio.
CPU: I went with the AMD Athlon X4 760K Quad Core. at just over 80 bucks it is a good deal. It performs well with the minor computing tasks I do (e.g. 3d CAD rendering) and multitasking. in case anyone was wondering one bad thing about it is it doesn't have integrated graphics so you have to have a GPU for this particular chipset. I was able to overclock to 4.6 GHz no problem.
MOBO: it is a very cheap mobo with only 2 slots for ram but it performs well for the price. it has adequate USB slots and both VGA and DVI (but I don't use them) and the integrated sound is fine for my purposes.
RAM: it's 8GB. It's Kingston. Works Great. No difficulty installing. I already had one in an older PC that I reused in this one.
Storage: I would have preferred to have SSD's but they are to expensive for me so I went with a terabyte drive along with an older 250GB drive I had from an older PC. they work fine although the write speeds are a bit slow. I had no difficulty installing either one. I would highly recommend to anyone on a budget.
GPU: WOW! that is all I can say. at 129 dollars this GPU exceeded my expectations so much. I was able to overclock it to 1188 MHz safely and under load it still only went to 38C. (N.B. I always keep my GPU fan at 100%, which doesn't bother me because I use headphones). Check the benchmarks in the photos to see what I mean. What's even better is I also got two games free with it through AMD rewards. I chose Thief and Hitman Absolution. Great deal!
Case: Pretty Standard. It has all the things a case should have (USB 3.0, Headphone, Mic) and even some other stuff that surprised me for a <$40 Case. things like a preinstalled 120mm case fan in the front and a side vent are nice additions to this case that make it worth it. the plastic is not the best but at 37 dollars who am I to complain.
PSU: This is great highly rated PSU. if you're looking to buy a well priced PSU the CX line from corsair is a solid buy.
Optical Drive: I just grabbed an old one that I used a SATA converter on.
In my opinion this is one of the better pc's I could have built at this price point.
Benchmarks: So far I have only been able to benchmark Batman: Arkham Origins, Thief, and Skyrim
for Arkham Origins I played on the highest settings on 1080p and achieved an average fps of 46. Nice!
for Thief I played on the highest settings on 1080p and achieved an average fps of 34. decent
for Skyrim I played on the highest settings on 1080p and achieved an average fps of 59. Wow! I might need some graphics mods to help that go down.
I'm super happy with this build and I would highly recommend it to any one on a budget.
I will be doing benchmark on bf4, hitman, and planetside 2 soon.
Edit (18/03/2014): I just ordered a corsair k60 and deathadder. I'll review them soon.