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The $200 PC

by SEWComputers



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C



EDIT: I feel sorry for the guy who spent $4600+ and probably hours of work for an ultimate editing rig, while I spent $200 and two hours building and filming a video and am drowning in karma. Sorry to /u/wvondrak!

As a pre-note, the prices may seem low. But they are. I had to patrol Ebay for quite some time to find these deals (i.e. people who sold new or like new items with one hour bid times (to pressure people into bidding, I presume), hoping the bidding would reach over market value). But I won. I won them all. So, I decided to make an extremely cheap build. RAM was free with motherboard, and I already had the TX3 from a previous build. Most parts were either new in box or "like new"

Sorry for the lack of pictures, but in my defense, I was filming a YouTube video. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvdBf8xYQZo

Everywhere on PCPartPicker, I see the word "budget" being thrown around lightly. $500? $750? Even $1250?!? No. They are all wrong. THIS is budget.

For about the price of 200 McDonalds hamburgers, I forged the [nearly] perfect MicroATX system, one that could actually sort of game. However, this build did not come without challenges. Cable management was almost non-existent, the bottom panel connectors were a PAIN to get in, and my stock heatsink was faulty, nearly destroying my so painstakingly earned CPU. But, in the end, everything worked out fine, and I actually think the cable management isn't too bad for a case this size.

This case pains me. It gave me cramps from trying to install the front panel connectors, it made me pull a muscle (if that's even possible), and it has little to no airflow. I barely made it work, but it was all worth it.

Thanks to everyone at Ebay who sold me stuff! I love you!

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DjArtifact 48 points 50 months ago


JoeOC 1 Build 29 points 50 months ago

Just look at the Toms Hardware forums user created "budget builds". The average price of the AMD builds is $700

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 36 points 50 months ago

Hah, I showed them! :D

Fr33Th1nk3r 4 Builds 1 point 34 months ago


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RRRilind 4 points 37 months ago

I don't think his PC is meant to run games, and if he felt like it he could do some gaming. Light obviously but yeah still.

chiuonthis 1 Build 3 points 37 months ago

an A10, with enough ram (APUs love RAM), with a lower screen resolution (720p) and graphical settings set to medium on BF4 can achieve 60-80 FPS.

RRRilind -5 points 37 months ago

and no video card? no, he has to have atleast an r270x

tussiez 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

like roblox

mikeythegamer 3 points 37 months ago

Actually, he can. With my A8-5600k OC'd at 4.1GHz (Practically same specs w/ OC), I get ~125fps on BF4 and about 85 on Cry 3, along w/ 55 on COD: Ghosts. These are extremely intensive games.

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

What's the graphics clocked to?

mikeythegamer 0 points 35 months ago

1109MHz. If I was to lower the CPU overclock I could get a higher graphics clock, but meh.

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FunkTheMonk 6 points 37 months ago

He didn't mention what resolution or graphics settings...

mikeythegamer -3 points 37 months ago

Ooooh, we got a fanboy of Intel and nVidia here!

sketch24 9 Builds 17 points 50 months ago

Really nice way to budget.

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 8 points 50 months ago


RRRilind 0 points 37 months ago

Great build in terms of what its meant for. +1,000,000 if I could :)

lmao234 14 points 49 months ago

For about the price of 200 McDonalds hamburgers...

Sh*t hamburgers are $1 in America? I gotta go there. Dayum... dat build.

StewieMonSta 2 Builds 5 points 41 months ago

That's why they're so fat :P

RubyJunk 1 point 27 months ago

That's us americans... We've got the reputation for being fat. LOL. I hate fast food, I don't understand those people. Yech.

tussiez 1 Build 0 points 7 months ago


tussiez 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

wow??? i think not

TerraPosse 1 Build 12 points 50 months ago

Thrifty build, Sir!

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 4 points 50 months ago

Thank you!

dgb1119 12 points 50 months ago

give this man a medal.

subbed. hope to see good videos.

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 5 points 50 months ago

Thank you! I probably will be posting one in the next two weeks, I'm kinda busy.

Apach3 3 Builds 7 points 50 months ago

lol and console players complain that good gaming PCs are expensive...

zoopy 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

ikr, LOL pc all the way

shapaza 3 Builds 5 points 50 months ago

This is probably one of the cheapest computer builds I've seen on this site. Price-wise that is, not cheaply built ;)

If this is meant to be a gaming build though, you should probably get a discrete video card like a Radeon HD 7770; it'll still be pretty cheap (~$300 for the entire build) and run most games at medium to high settings.

Also, what'd you do for the OS?

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 8 points 50 months ago

Thanks! I might add a 7770 later, but I don't really need it now. Battlefield 3 runs at low settings with 1080p with this thing, although I suspect that I could get medium if I had 1866 or 2133 RAM.

Currently, I'm running this thing on Ubuntu. I might get Windows later, I'm looking into what my school offers.

islushi 4 points 50 months ago

0;50 in the youtube video ; the outside of the anti-static bag does not conduct electricity, its just a manufaturer warning that once you take it out of the bag, the bag cannot protect it from static shock. On the other hand, however, building on carpet might be quite dangerous since you can actually build up static.

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 5 points 50 months ago


"A GOOD bag has antistatic properties on both the inside and outside of the bag’s film construction."

While this is sometimes true, not all antistatic bags have the coating on both sides. It's always better to be safe than sorry, in my opinion.

I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to watch the video!

jekhari.lovett 4 points 49 months ago

Now this is what i call budget with style i don't think i have the patience to shop that hard and i still want enough power to play with the big boys so i concede defeat on trying to top this I'm happy if i walk out the door under $700. AWESOME BUILD

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Thanks! It takes quite a bit of work unfortunately, I think I spent about 6 months picking out and gathering the pieces.

jekhari.lovett 1 point 49 months ago

I'm sure but kudos to you for it.

zoopy 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

Can this game?

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

At low settings, yes it can do 1080p battlefield 3. You may have to turn the resolution down/use directx 10 if you don't have faster RAM.

BC1096 2 points 50 months ago


fizzwizz15 2 points 50 months ago

That is wicked! :D

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 2 points 50 months ago


gabegabbert 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

This is such a steal! yay ebay!

Just wanted to tell you I got the same HDD on newegg for 37$ open box. Could have saved 13$ haha.

Truly well done though! Love seeing ACTUAL budget builds.

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

I guess, but the hard drive was new in box and I don't exactly trust open box nearly as much, especially for delicate items like a hard drive.

gabegabbert 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

You're definitely right, but this build could have been the 187$ Build.

Though I admit it doesn't have the same ring to it! hahaha

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 3 points 49 months ago

I might actually try to get a $100 build done. If I get an A4, a hard drive, and a motherboard at an especially good deal, I could probably do one of those :)

gabegabbert 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

That would be damn intense 0_o

You might HAVE to go with open box to fit that budget, like it or not haha.

Itroitnyah 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

I think people say budget for $700 builds because in relativity to every other build on this forum, most are around the $1250+ mark, so $700 is a huge step down from that.

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

I personally think $200 is a pretty big step down from $700 :)

Itroitnyah 1 Build 3 points 49 months ago

It is, but when you have an average of $1250 builds being displayed on this site (I don't know the actual average), $700 is a pretty cheap build. Obviously not as cheap as this build, of course, haha. What do you even plan on using this computer for? Did you just build it for fun, or is it your main computer?

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

My philosophy is, if you can afford a decent discrete video card, it's no longer budget, although compared to everything else on this site, $700 is relatively cheap. This build actually isn't for me, it's for a relative of mine who needs a computer. The 6800k is sort of overkill for all intents and purposes, but it was the best bang for the buck!

Itroitnyah 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

Ah, alright. Nice. Hope your relative enjoys it :)

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I'm sure she will. Thanks for the feedback!

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Dat comparison (I would have gone for the hamburgers though) XD just kidding, epic build +1. Enjoy!

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

I would gladly sacrifice 200 hamburgers for this :/ haha, thanks for the feedback!

SneakyBastardSword 2 points 42 months ago

I don't have to sacrifice hamburgers: I'm a vegitarian lol. SAVE THE COWS GET A COMPUTER!

Bluesmurph 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

LOL... I was making a Part List for a cheap *** computer... and I saw this build when looking for my last part (the case). We have the same exact parts picked out (except I have a 500gb hard drive).

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Nice! I hope you have good luck building yours! It's a great experience.

Duelix 2 points 48 months ago

This is an amazing build. You just redefined budget gaming :D Are you gonna add faster ram in the future? You'll benefit pretty well from it.

xIMcCloud29Ix 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Well budget does not necessarily mean "as cheap as possible" (it can be) but more so that it pertains to one's personal funds. Regardless this build is really cool, and I agree that $1,250 isn't really a budget in any way, shape, or form.

8F01C198997 11 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

"Budget" doesn't always mean small budget, though it is overused on PCPartPicker.

Mincading 12 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

looks like you got the motherboard from NCIX_OUTLET? can you confirm? im planning on getting it from them. how long did it take to ship?

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I didn't get the board from NCIX Outlet, unfortunately, so I can't comment on them. Someone was selling the board and RAM for $50 combo deal, so I took it. I hope you have luck building your system!

Medsport 1 point 49 months ago

Wow and I thought I was looking for a budget build. The CPU and PSU were particularly good deals. I may have to check out ebay, but then again I'm sick of searching the web for deals and advice already.

tazukia 1 point 49 months ago

Did the A10 work in the MSI out of the box or did you need to flash the BIOS? If it worked out of the box, where did you purchase it?

It appears only v2.0 MB's support a A10-6800k out of the box.

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I got it from Ebay for this particular build, but this is my go-to motherboard for any FM2 APU build. It's cheap, reliable, and I have never had a problem with it (besides funky temperature readings, but it could be the CPU). I have purchased it from both Newegg and Amazon, and both have always provided motherboards with BIOS that support Richland. I think it used to be a problem with earlier motherboards, but I have never run into that problem.

tazukia 1 point 49 months ago

Thanks. I will give Newegg and go and hope for the best.

GMC_TheLegend 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

:O How'd you get an A10 for $70 ?!?!?

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

Ebay. Some sucker nice young man was offering a bid that started at 70. I was the only bidder. :) Needless to say, he was slightly upset.

BradleyGijsen 1 point 48 months ago

Can this APU run Battlefield 3 on medium or Crysis 3 on low with a 1366x768 resolution?

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 3 points 48 months ago

Definitely BF3, maybe Crysis, although I'm pretty sure it will. Use 1866 or 2133 RAM for best results.

candy 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Perfect for a linux rig IMO

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

It's actually running Ubuntu 12.04! :)

candy 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Nice! Which desktop do you like the most? The default, xfce, kde, or the LXDE? I like the KDE and default the most

TheGamerator 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Nice, you could also make this into a home theatre pc too just add a blu ray drive and voila

Nightwulf64 1 point 41 months ago

He could also make it a decent SteamOS PC by using the new In-home streaming thing. It has the processing power to decode the H.264, so if he has a beast rig elsewhere in the house, he could do it.

Sandor11 1 point 48 months ago

Ok so I am looking for my first computer build I am primarily going to be gaming. The games I plan on playing are Sniper Elite V2, Minecraft, GTA. Would this be a good build?

TheMTech 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Hi! This is my new account! (Check old profile, it says so) The answer is, yes and no. The 6800k is a good processor, but a 5800k will be just as good, the only reason I chose it was for its bidding price on Ebay. Also, you might want to go 8 GB of 2133 RAM instead of 4 GB of 1600 RAM, the speed difference will be noticable.

The 5800k is capable of running Minecraft on max settings (1080p), GTA at a reasonable frame rate (don't be installing tons of HQ mods or stuff), and probably Sniper Elite as well.

coryjamesking 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Hey dude nice build. about to build my own cheapo with with case. case you get the side panel shut with that cpu cooler??

galadriei 1 point 46 months ago

I seriously love you because I have spent the past several days attempting to figure out a proper budget PC. I came upon the integrated AMD AMU chip and it led me to your build. You are my PC savior! Thanks!

liquornmoney 1 point 45 months ago

Good job, but you might want to add a second stick of ram to get dual channel, improves performance a good bit.

Jozmtr 1 point 45 months ago

Dude, sick job! +1 4 Dais

vitexo 4 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

is there any room for the case fan when you are using this aftermarket cpu fan?

Forester 1 point 44 months ago

How is the A-data RAM performing? I'm looking into buying one of those.

MaskedGamers 1 point 43 months ago

Would be pretty decent for a gaming build.

BlastXin 1 point 43 months ago

this truly beats those 900$ Intel Integrated GPU laptops in gaming!! And wow, you really got a steal on ebay! I guess if I would build the same setup (and adding 30$ to 8GB RAM) it would get to 300$ and plus 100$ for windows. How are these sellers even earning money from this price?

mrsuicide 1 point 41 months ago

did the heat sink come with a thermal paste solution?

UmarIbrahim 1 point 41 months ago

Honestly man! I call these peace of art! Lovely! Shame on the shelfish High price, low-quality companies who sell there ****. U rock

gregkolodny 1 point 41 months ago

I commend you sir. My build took me a comparable period of time. And Ubuntu is a great deal, just as this is. The only way to go cheaper is to find a free case when someone gets rid of their old computer, like a local library. But that's only a 15USD cut. I wonder what would be the cost of this in China, since you don't have to cover the overseas shipping in the product price. Probably the same with new components. Anyway, now that the doctorate is done, I will ask you if the shipping price was included.

UmarIbrahim 1 point 41 months ago

Didnt no ram's and cpu coolers grow on tree's

Nightwulf64 1 point 41 months ago

I doubt this could do any crazy gaming. Maybe BF4 on low settings at 720p. But If you wanted a budget upgrade, finding cheap, fast RAM on ebay (2133 or higher is fast), you could easily get a lot better framerates. Awesome build.

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

fantastic, to bad the case didn't have USB 3.0. overclock the ram, the mobo supports it and it'll give you more performance with the apu.

parsani 1 point 40 months ago

everywhere I checked your system costs at least 300$+ you have halved most of your prices man it is cheating!

mcsmoke14 1 point 39 months ago

I'm new to PC, and i'm trying to find a good pc for a cheap price, because im on a budget. would this pc be a good start for people who are new to pc gaming? i dont have a issue building one but i just need some advice.

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

If you're looking to play AAA titles, this won't do too well even now. I'd recommend going at least a 750 Ti to get the best price/performance.

friedfacekkk 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Holy crap

DeathDaSquid 2 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

69.99 for an A10-6800k....i spent 95$ on a A10-5800k why do i suck at life?!?!?!?! :( Excellent build though, my friend always talks of "Ghetto rigging" he's own case but you actually did it! 1+

-Zane 1 point 36 months ago

Very good build just the right parts for a pc which is widley capable for the common pc user... +1

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Have you over clocked? An oc and a 900p resolution would give you some pretty sweet performance

DavisTheWalrus 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

the 70$ apu is a fantastic deal, almost half of retail

TheAmorphousStalker 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago


soccer13024 1 point 32 months ago

First of all how did you get an a10 processor for $70 dollars? And second, the only reason the price is $200 is because you got half the stuff either for free or for Unbelievable prices. (seriously I think this build is a scam)

ChinaTownNoob 1 point 21 months ago

These offers happen rarely, I got FX-6300 for 50$ :)

190n 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I used that case too. Feel your pain. Had to remove a fan before installing the motherboard.

DreamIT 1 point 29 months ago

pfsh... my macbook air could totally be better than this.

just kidding, im too poor to own a mac

Geode1010 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Call this the "The Real Budget PC".

-HH- 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

my cpu alone is worth about 3 times this build...

wassupg2dank 1 point 28 months ago

This is a nice system and all, but could you go cheaper on the HDD and maybe even the case to get a better motherboard, so that you can achieve better overclocks, or get faster ram as in benchmarks it directly effects frame rates? Anyway, create budget build as I could only get one down to around 350 dollars, but those were with some reliable parts, but a quite janky power supply.

JheyoDELperu 1 point 27 months ago

RESPECT. . . praps and epic aplaus...

potatomanflavor 3 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

Did you need to purchase thermal paste for your CPU cooler?

ChinaTownNoob 1 point 21 months ago

Thermal paste comes with every NEW cpu cooler bought...

wilhelmpeltzer 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I bet it can run Assasins Creed Syndicate, GTA V, and Witcher 3 on ultra at 120FPS!

notpoopman 1 point 22 months ago

It doesn't have a gpu so no

ChinaTownNoob 1 point 21 months ago

It has GPU, but onboard :P

notpoopman 1 point 22 months ago

yo this doesn't have a gpu how does that work im a little bit of a computer noob but how does that work?

ChinaTownNoob 1 point 21 months ago

That PC has and APU ( CPU + GPU in one). So, while the gpu is not present in your case, and you cant see it, you will get the gpu that the APU says it has in it, if that makes any sense. Watch NCIX Tech Tips of what is apu : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAOV09kdjzM

ChinaTownNoob 1 point 21 months ago

500$ is pretty budget oriented pc, considering Linus spent 30k $ on his 7 gamers 2 CPU (dual CPU mbo) in this month...

LabtecLCS 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I made a $180 build. No hard drive or case, but it would be work XD

wynj 1 point 19 months ago

okay but what if i don't want to troll ebay all day. what's my price point then? my first build, a gaming pc i named phaeton, had me spending way too much money simply because i tried to get away with using pre-owned parts. lets say i'm traumatized from those events. how much does this box cost now?

christianos 1 point 17 months ago

Finally a build where someone knows how to spend money. I see people all the time build the exact same build and spend up to $400+ or the venture to best buy and get a pc with the same specs as this one for $800. Also people who think this can only do light gaming need to check again. You do not need a supercomputer to play most games. I have the same processor but with a 750 ftw and I can play games like rust on ultra with 60fps (I throttled my gpu to 60 fps on every game so it lasts longer) and other graphic and processing intense games. Also I love that this build has a small psu. Most builds I see people waste their money on 600-750 watt psus when their computer only runs at 200 watts max. Last i'm glad he didn't waste his money on a ssd. I know ssd's are very helpful and increase the computer's launch time and the game's speed but the price of the ssds are just too much for my taste.

TheGreenManiac 1 point 16 months ago

You could have used a graphics card. I see you do not have a graphics card in oyur build, so the build obviously isn't for gaming. I understand the CPU (editing rigs need good CPU speed), but a GTX 750 Ti 4GB DDR5 RAM would have sufficed, for about another $130 USD. Dedicated GPU's really benefit an editing rig. Cool build though.

Sleepless_Nightmare 1 point 13 months ago

I'm trying to pull off a similar thing for a friend down to 350 sofar

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lucas1945 -3 points 48 months ago

I hate when people call stuff like this a 200 dollar PC, Like changing the price of a 100 dollar item to 30 bucks, and calling that PC "cheap" But still, Nice parts chosen.

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 5 points 48 months ago

I didn't buy them retail? I got them off of Ebay/a few from Craigslist in either new condition or "like-new". I assure you, I DID pay $200 for this. I agree, deals like that don't come often, but I was patrolling the internet for MONTHS.

lucas1945 2 points 48 months ago

Ohhh ok! I thought you were changing the price just to break records or something like that :P

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MaskedGamers 2 points 43 months ago

It's an APU. It probably can run most games at 720p.

TheInfamousR 3 Builds -7 points 50 months ago

Cutting corners will hurt both component life span and you may in-fact end up spending more down the line.

That being said "one that can game" should be used lightly, holding this build to the bare minimum standards of modern titles, it would not suffice.

Additionally these are some great finds, sometimes when I'm bored I try to build the cheapest gaming PC possible, or challenge myself with certain specific requests, a lot of fun you must have had here.

@JoeOC My $460.00 AMD Gaming Desktop Project that can run most modern titles on high-ultra, http://pcpartpicker.com/user/TheInfamousR/saved/2ldz

SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 6 points 50 months ago

I didn't really cut corners. Most of the parts was new in box, except for the case and the power supply. I should've put it in the description.

TheInfamousR 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

By cutting corners I mean extreme budgeting.

saw1833 1 Build 4 points 50 months ago

To be fair, I don't think there is a device on the market that could play a game of any sort as well as this could for the same money. All the parts he chose are name-brand and reputable. The only thing in any system that can typically "degrade" part-life expectancy is the PSU and the CX builder series are good PSUs. That said, a cheap GFX card could still put it under the price of most devices in general and make it a better gamer all-around, if he were serious about playing a game with it.

TheInfamousR 3 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Air flow is most important in todays modern builds. With the heat components give off, especially that of AMD processors, there needs to be streamlined airflow to remove hot air from any case so the components have continual cool-air for ongoing use and component longevity.

saw1833 1 Build 3 points 50 months ago

He just needs to mod the case. Those particular components won't get THAT hot especially without a dedicated GFX card. If he cut a fan mount into side panel, that'd solve probably any air cooling issues he might have.

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SEWComputers submitter 4 Builds 10 points 50 months ago

Not poor, but I have no source of revenue, being a student and all.

manirelli staff 8 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Please keep it civil and polite.

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