Description

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.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

Cheap, well balanced. Not a bad rig for the price.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

+1 for that awesome plant, planting around in the background.
+2 for the amazing build, and non potato pictures with a low budget build
+3 for the awesome budget
+4 Just because

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

lol. thanks man

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

One of the best budget builds I've seen!!!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol we have the same web-cam :P

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

great price-to-performance there too

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Great price per performance!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for XFX Video Card.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a really good build for the price!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

How's the GPU and CPU? I am thinking of getting the CPU

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're getting them for gaming they are great for the price. however if you will be doing work that involves hyperthreading or intense amount of calculations then you might want to go with something a little more powerful. the Gpu is great though. 10/10 in my opinion.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Great! +1

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

You could've gotten a much cheaper 2x4GB set if you got the set as a whole, not just one stick at a time. But other than that, that's a really good build. I should have gotten that power supply from the get go myself. My Tier 5 Rosewill RD-450 scared me this week when it wouldn't power my system, I thought it had died on me even though I hadn't used it in months.Goes to show how serious you should take power supplys, can't skimp on them for cheap man.

TL;DR 10/10 Build.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

I had one stick of ram from a previous rig but anyone that is building should look for a kit for cheaper. I was watching linus and reading here on this site about how the power supply should be nice because everything else depends on it. thank you for the rating.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the power supply going? I heard that you should have a 500w one or more.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

so far so good. pc part picker estimated ~350w for my parts so it shouldn't be a problem. And the PSU is very reliable.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build for the price, Just wanted to know what are your gaming performance with your setup? Thanks

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

there are a few games in the description above. i can play most games in high and max on 1080p at decent fps. the only games I can't play on 1080 on high or max are metro last light and crysis 3 so far. but considering how much I payed for this build I am not disappointed. N.B. decent fps for me is over 50 fps in stable condition

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish CA wouldn't tax everything we buy from the states. It's not fair. My rig went from 2500 to 3400 from import duties and shipping. :(

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

that sucks man. move to VA.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad at all for a budget build :)

How's that card working out for you? I'm thinking of Crossfiring two of them next month...

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

it's working really well. it's been two months now and all my games work really well. I get excellent fps for all my games except Metro Last Light which I have to lower the graphics settings for. I play Batman, Bioshock, Counter Strike, Planetside 2, BF4 and Natural selection 2 and they all get excellent fps on high at 1080p (~50-150fps). very satisfied. just a suggestion: if I were you I would go for a card that is valued at the same price as 2 r7 260x's so that when you want you could sli/crossfire it. for example the gtx 760 or the r9 280. however you choose to configure your gpu's, I'm sure you will get good performance. good luck

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

We have the same Samsung monitor!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

haha nice

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Too bad its only 900p

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

they might not be the same then, because mine is 1080p

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Mine said 1600x900 which is 900p