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NOTE: ANYONE WHO HAS QUESTIONS, PLEASE SEND THEM TO MY NEW ACCOUNT, TheMTech! I DO NOT USE THIS ONE ANYMORE!

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!

Comments

  • 70 months ago
  • 47 points

damn

  • 70 months ago
  • 30 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 37 points

Hah, I showed them! :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

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  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

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.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the graphics clocked to?

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

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

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  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

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

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

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

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

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.

  • 57 months ago
  • 4 points

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.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

like roblox

  • 70 months ago
  • 17 points

Really nice way to budget.

  • 70 months ago
  • 8 points

Thanks!

  • 57 months ago
  • 0 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 15 points

For about the price of 200 McDonalds hamburgers...

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

  • 62 months ago
  • 6 points

That's why they're so fat :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

wow??? i think not

  • 70 months ago
  • 12 points

Thrifty build, Sir!

  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

Thank you!

  • 70 months ago
  • 12 points

give this man a medal.

subbed. hope to see good videos.

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 7 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

ikr, LOL pc all the way

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

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.

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

http://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/5990/do-antistatic-bags-have-conductive-interior-exterior-or-both

"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!

  • 70 months ago
  • 5 points

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?

  • 70 months ago
  • 8 points

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.

  • 70 months ago
  • 4 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure but kudos to you for it.

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Can this game?

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

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.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Bravo!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

That is wicked! :D

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

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 :)

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

That would be damn intense 0_o

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

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?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

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).

  • 70 months ago
  • 2 points

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

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 68 months ago
  • 3 points

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

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Perfect for a linux rig IMO

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

It's actually running Ubuntu 12.04! :)

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

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.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

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!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, sick job! +1 4 Dais

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Would be pretty decent for a gaming build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

did the heat sink come with a thermal paste solution?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy crap

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

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+

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

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)

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

just kidding, im too poor to own a mac

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

Call this the "The Real Budget PC".

  • 49 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

RESPECT. . . praps and epic aplaus...

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't have a gpu so no

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It has GPU, but onboard :P

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

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?

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

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.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

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

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Can the rear fan be swapped for a 120 mm?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build but just turn clockwise your cooler to make the airflow better. Again great build.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I call it humble persistence _^

  • 24 months ago
  • 0 points

Www

  • 68 months ago
  • -3 points

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.

  • 68 months ago
  • 5 points

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.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

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

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  • 70 months ago
  • 10 points

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

  • 70 months ago
  • 3 points

Please keep it civil and polite.

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