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Budget Gaming PC for resale

by blakers

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47 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 4, 2015

Date Built

July 3, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.4GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

Description

This build was fun, I am really happy with the total cost of everything.

Fire strike Score: http://www.3dmark.com/fs/6136180 Before you yell at me in the comments. I am aware of the massive bottleneck the CPU puts on the GPU. EDIT: No bottleneck anymore, upgraded to a good budget quad-core.

I put this PC together for the sole purpose of reselling it, I tried to get the most performance per dollar I could.

CPU: This build originally had an A4-6300, but I eventually upgraded it to an Athlon 860k because I wanted it to be able to run games that require a quad core.

Motherboard: It was cheap, it had good reviews, hard to go wrong.

RAM: Great quality RAM for the price. Originally just had a 4GB stick in it, but I added another because people have been asking me on the listing if it can run Starwars Battlefront, and that game requires 8GB to run, so I made it 8 to see if those people will buy it now.

HDD: I got a good deal for this Hard drive on eBay.

GPU: I was originally going to put a much less powerful GPU in this machine, because the CPU seemed a bit slow for this card, but I scored the card on eBay for about $80 and I couldn't not use it. It isn't a problem anymore since I upgraded it to an 860k. I was able to easily overclock this card quite a bit and still have it running nice and cool.

Case: Super cheap case that looks very nice for the price it's at. Cable management is a nightmare and I ended up shoving all the cables in the hard drive bays. The drive bays are awful, I don't even think I should call the bays, because its just a vertical sheet of metal with screw holes, and you just have to screw your drives into it and they just hang there and you just have to hope they don't fall. I would call them drive mounts. Edit: I zip-tied all the cables into a bundle and duck taped them to the side of the case behind the drive mounts. (there is absolutely no space to put cables behind the back side panel)

PSU: I had it sitting around. Only has 50w overhead when you add the max power usage of all the parts, which is a little sketchy but a torture test proved the computer stable. I will probably upgrade the PSU before I ship it just to make sure it doesn't burn my customer's house down.

OS is not pirated, Windows 10 Technical Preview is free to insiders, which is how I got my hands on it for free.

Part Reviews

CPU

Outstanding price for a decent quad core. Perfect for people who want to upgrade their APU systems with a dedicated card and a nice processor, without buying a new motherboard.

Motherboard

Seems like a solid motherboard, great for budget builds. Its a bit finicky though and takes patience to set up properly. The BIOS has lots of options including some basic overclocking.

Memory

Great for budget builds, stable and cheap.

Memory

Great value: runs fine and is super cheap.

Storage

Quiet and relatively fast drive.

Video Card

Great video card, super easy to overclock, and very quiet even while under large loads.

Case

Pros: Great case for budget builds. Decently Sturdy. Looks super nice especially at this price point.

Cons: Cable management is a nightmare. Hard drive mounts are super sketchy, it's just a vertical sheet of metal with screw holes in it, so you have to screw your hard drives in on one side and they just hang there only attached on one side.

Power Supply

Reliable and quiet power supply. Plenty of connectors for expansion. Only complain is that the fan is a bit noisy under load, but it's probably just because my system doesn't have many watts overhead, so it's probably straining to run it close to max power usage.

Comments Sorted by:

xaramanga 1 Build 2 points 29 months ago

This build is like my laptop's big brother. So you are now part of the family :)

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

how so? (just curious)

xaramanga 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

My laptop got A4-5000 :)

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Nice :)

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Ochoaadilson 2 points 28 months ago

How much are you selling it for?

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

about 350

Ochoaadilson 1 point 28 months ago

I thought it was $260 Haha

blakers submitter 4 Builds 3 points 28 months ago

yes, it costed $260 to build, but I've gotta profit somehow :)

Sebas152286 1 point 26 months ago

Have you tried overclocking it and if so what was the speed of the cpu plz reply

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Not gonna even attempt overclocking the CPU, it runs very hot as is. I'm assuming you are asking about the A4-6300 because you asked this a month ago.

ManaRichie 1 point 29 months ago

Does that cpu support 1600 mhz ram? Im wondering since i might do a linux build with it

ManaRichie 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

I must warn you that this CPU really isn't the best, I used it because I had it laying around, not because its good for much. I don't know what you plan to do on that linux build, but if you are going to be doing anything CPU intensive I don't recommend it.

Cam363 1 point 26 months ago

Did u sell it yet?

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

sadly no :( taking longer than I expected

Cam363 1 point 26 months ago

How much FPS does it run in games such as ARK or 7 Days to die?

blakers submitter 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

I haven't tested either of those games, nor do I have them, but here is the approximate performance I get on the games I have tested: Guns of Icarus Online: Max settings, FPS locked at 60 and I've never seen it duck below 60. Left 4 Dead 2 (Mostly Multiplayer Campaigns): Max settings, 60 FPS lock, and I occasionally drop to 58 but it isn't even noticeable if I'm not paying attention to the FPS counter. Guild Wars 2: Let me start by saying that this game have very high CPU demands, and the CPU in this PC isn't really the best, but I can put my game at medium settings and get 55-60 FPS (locked on 60 max may be higher) most of the time, although whenever the CPU load increases a bit I drop down to 30 for a little bit. TF2: Solid 60 FPS (once again, I lock my frames at 60) If that gives you an idea about the performance, hope that helps. I will say that this PC has a really hard time with games that are CPU heavy (Guild Wars 2 as an example), but it's absolutely fantastic for GPU heavy games. So I guess long story short, if ARK or 7 Days to Die require a pretty beefy CPU, the performance probably won't be great, but if they are pretty light on the CPU it should perform pretty well.

Cam363 1 point 26 months ago

I wouldn't say it's worth that much maybe $300 or $280

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Noted, lots of other people have told me its overpriced, so I lowered it a bit

Sebas152286 1 point 26 months ago

In tf2 what are the settings set at?? And have you tried overclocking it and if so qhat speeds have you gotten

blakers submitter 4 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

TF2 settings are maxed except for Anti-Aliasing, which I have set to 8xMSAA (I can't tell the difference if I increase it any further). Overclocking the CPU seems like a bad idea, it runs very hot under load already, and I'm using the stock cooler. The video card gave me a super awesome overclock. I got the GPU from 900MHz to 1050MHz, and the memory from 1200MHz to 1400MHz. Card stays at around 45 C even while under load and overclocked that much.

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Just upgraded the Processor to an Athlon 860k, and I added another stick of RAM for 8GB total. Performs way better on CPU-demanding games, and now meets minimum requirements for Starwars Battlefront.

Zeobro 1 point 23 months ago

I would like a quick update, what are you selling it for right now after you added that CPU?

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

I sold it a few weeks ago for roughly $410. I felt like the cpu and ram upgrade warranted that kind of increase, as I had gotten rid of the two major problems holding back the performance.

I used the money I got from it for the next build to sell, that will be posted soon :)

Tikismell 1 point 22 months ago

No Fan?

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

the case comes with a large blue LED fan in front.

Tikismell 1 point 22 months ago

Sweet getto af

Tikismell 1 point 22 months ago

Oh the cup came with a fan too. I don't know how good it is

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

The only thing I really go off of is whether or not the chips stay cool enough, and it seems to be fine so I'm content with what it came with.

akaSehq 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Is it ok to build this?

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

What do you mean?

Johncefena51 1 point 19 months ago

Not bad gpu is basically a ps4 equivalent and other parts will do just fine looks all good to me brother.

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

The GPU would destroy a PS4

GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Hey!Check my build out. Is some GPU+the Athlon X4 a viable upgrade path? Oh and also if there's something wrong with the build please let me know.

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

That looks pretty good to me. I wouldn't spend money on an Athlon 860k, as I've heard that the 860k doesn't provide very much more performance than the A10-7850k. I would definitely add a GPU later on.

GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

That's my plan.Do you know which CPU+GPU combo would be an ideal upgrade path?Thanks for the reply!

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Unfortunately the Athlon 860k is literally the best CPU (that I'm aware of) you will get on the FM2+ socket. The A10-7850k is already pretty up there, and the performance increase you would get from an 860k probably isn't worth the money. If you want to upgrade the CPU, you might have to get a new motherboard. I would recommend either getting something on the AM3+ socket (FX CPUs). The FX-6300 is a good choice, but you also might get an FX-8350 if you have extra to spend. If you are able to go a bit more expensive, I would get an Intel board and an i5 or i7, but price/performance is probably better achieved in the FX line up.

As for the GPU, I would get something used. I know a lot of people don't like to buy used PC parts, but if you look on eBay or craigslist you can probably find a Radeon HD 7850 for around $80 (if you really dig). If you are able to go a bit higher than that you might find a Radeon HD 7950 for around $120.

If you must buy new, I would go for one of these: Radeon R7 260 Radeon R7 260X Radeon R7 265 Radeon R7 360 Radeon R7 370 GeForce GTX 750 Ti GeForce GTX 950 Radeon R9 270 Radeon R9 270X Radeon R9 380 (not ordered in any way at all) Those cards generally have really good price/performance. I'm probably missing some good ones, but those were just off the top of my head.

Note: If you are really tight on cash for a GPU, you can find used Radeon HD 7770s for around $60 on craigslist and eBay.

GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I'm actually fine iwth used parts,as long as they work :P The general idea was to build an used PC,inspired by a video from Tech YES City "$70 CS:GO Potato". I found an R9 270 that I like,it's like $110,but I wanna start out with intergrated because I'm tight on the budget right now,but it will be easy to upgrade part by part.Also craigslist isn't used here in Croatia,there are litterarly 0 posts in every catergory.

So does the FX line have good intergraded graphics? If yes I'll try to adjust my build.

GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Well the issue with the FX-8350 is that it seems VERY overkill.What am I gonna use all those cores for?CS:GO?Nope.I could DEFFINATELLY squeeze it in,but it seems like too much.I will upgrade anyway,don't need to overkill.

GreenWard 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Oh hey I just found this.What do you think? http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad640kokhlbox

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

The FX line doesn't have any integrated graphics that I know of.

The A6-6400k is not a CPU I have ever used, but it might serve you very well. Most builds I've seen this in are for HTPCs, but if you pair a GPU with it later it should game nicely. The build on this post originally had an A4-6300 rather than the 860k, and I was a bit surprised as to how well it was doing with games. Of course I wouldn't be running Crisis 3 on it, but it was smooth for the most part.

An R7 270 for $110 is a pretty good deal, and I could see myself buying that for a build like yours.

If you get an A6-6400k now you can save money now and get a GPU later. If you find yourself desiring a betting CPU after that you can upgrade to the Athlon x4 860k, so I would say its a good bet.

mikedelfino 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

you have to screw your hard drives in on one side and they just hang there only attached on one side.

I'm quite positive that you're supposed to screw the hard drives vertically, like this guy did: http://pcpartpicker.com/b/XYkTwP

blakers submitter 4 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Yup, I figured that out later on during a later build that used the same case. In the review I left about the case the second time I used it, I mentioned that I was wrong about the drive mounts the first time around. I also left a link to a guide I made showing how to mount the drives. It wasn't very intuitive, or I might just be stupid, one of those. :P

KennyAlmkvist 1 point 13 months ago

Why did you go whit two different brands of RAM instaed off the same? Im pretty new to PC gaming so it's probally just me that is really stupid rn.

blakers submitter 4 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Hey look a 1 year old comment that Im going to finally reply to LOL I originally only had a 4GB stick of RAM in there, but then I was having trouble selling it so I added a second 4GB stick for 8GB (cause ya know, 4GB of RAM isn't that appealing especially since I was calling it a gaming PC in my listing). So when I picked out the initial 4GB stick, I just got the cheapest one I could find. But when I selected a second one to upgrade, the cheapest one available was of a different brand. Tbh its probably just safer to get 1 8GB stick or get 2 of the same ones in a kit.