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Axis (First build) (Budget PC)

by AdamAnDrone


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Date Published

July 16, 2015

Date Built

July 12, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

47.0° C


I didn't have any money but I wanted to build a PC so I set out to build the cheapest PC possible. This was my first build so I didn't really know what I was doing but now that It's done I'm very confident in my knowledge of computers.

Parts: I know this says it was only $140 but if you decide to build an Axis of your own it will probably cost you a little bit more. Anyone can download and install the windows 10 technical preview for free from a USB flash drive, however, if this will be your main PC I recommend purchasing a full copy of windows 8 or 7 and upgrading it to normal windows 10. While usable, the windows 10 preview has crashed on me twice and had trouble saving pictures among some other small glitches in the two days I've been using it. The power supply is a 300 watt from an old computer. If you can't get a PSU from an old computer I recommend the 430w from EVGA because it is cheap and it has a good review score on jonnyguru.com. I opened up an old Seagate portable drive and found it had an OEM SATA 5400rpm drive in it and I'm currently using it but its slow and constantly ticking away next to me on my desk, so I would recommend spending $50 on a 120g SSD. If you were to build this with completely new parts it would cost you about 90 dollars for windows 50 dollars for the SSD and 40 dollars for the PSU coming out to a grand total of 320 USD, not bad.

Performance: I don't have any games other than Minecraft to test on. I can turn everything all the way up at 1360x768 and the game is surprisingly playable at 30-40 fps. If you wan't the best experience you'll have to turn the render distance down to about 15 because if you play at 32 the game can studder while loading chunks. I attribute this to the slow hard drive and an SSD would probably remedy that issue. Because we are using an APU with integrated graphics higher bandwidth memory directly impacts frame rates in games. I accidentally selected the 1866mhz version of the memory and the a4's memory controller is capped at 1600mhz so 1600mhz memory would be the better option. The motherboard allows us to run the memory in dual channel so when we decide to upgrade later a second stick of the same memory will significantly improve performance.

Conclusion: The Axis is definitely a budget PC, but it has the potential to be upgraded into something much more powerful. A graphics card would make this PC a capable gaming machine. The motherboard allows an fm2+ kavari APU such as an a10 7870k to be installed for maximum performance. It's expandability and upgradability make it the pinnacle of budget PCs.

Edit: The load temp can't be found. It was jonnyGuru not toms hardware. Grammar. Minecraft is more like 30-40 fps than 40-60fps.

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IMojoe134 1 Build 6 points 40 months ago

well its damn good looking for a 140 dollar build

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Thanks! I wish i could have done better for cable management but the case didn't have a lot of options.

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TechyinAZ 14 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

Looks great for $140. It's also upgradeable too so when you have money in the future you could turn that puppy into a high performance PC.

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks! Upgradability was really important for this build because I plan to keep it for a long time.

m52nickerson 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Nicely done, does not look like a $140 PC.

Jamega 2 points 40 months ago

Very cheap for something that can run Minecraft better than my $400 laptop. You could definitely slap a GPU and upgrade the CPU on that and turn it into something better.

BigAll 5 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

I'm liking that case, I haven't seen it before. (And I've spent at least an hour looking for good, cheap cases.) This build truely is a blank canvas, just waiting for an upgrade. Good job. (+1)

kurkuro 1 point 40 months ago

We have the same monitor! I also like how this is really cheap, like IMojoe24 mentioned.


malymilo 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

For 140, it looks excellent. good cable management for a cheap case. Well done.

FunnyRock 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Hey that's not bad for $140! It looks great too! Over time you can upgrade the cpu and maybe add a gpu. My first pc I built was also a dual core amd and I spent probably $250-$300 on that build. It took me 3-4 years of craigslisting and sales to have an amazing build that I am grateful for and proud of. +1

xLamee 1 point 40 months ago

Hey my dude. I am 14 year old looking for a first computer. I don't play Minecraft but I am strongly considering this computer. The only problem I have with it is I don't know how reliable it is. Can you tell me how fast the internet is? I won't be using this computer just for gaming. If you can give me answers that would be great man. Thank you so much!

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Well, if by internet you mean network connectivity it has a gigabit LAN port which is as fast as it gets, really. If you mean wireless you'll need to add it with a USB or pci adapter. If you mean internet browser it is very fast and reliable for that. I don't recommend windows 10 technical preview unless you really want it or really need it, because it is not very stable. Otherwise this build would suit your needs quite well. If you do decide to build it put on pcpartpicker and message me the link as I'd like to see it. Thanks -Adam.

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Wow! I didn't realize I was less than an hour to respond. Not bad!

xLamee 1 point 40 months ago

That was pretty quick! You answered my question perfectly thank you.

UncleBunky 1 point 39 months ago

Amazing build for price, mine is very similar but I had to buy the mouse, keyboard, monitor, everything. I managed to keep it right around 300 dollars. +1

chilly601 1 point 39 months ago

What can i say, it looks really nice, however it does look like it would run a bit hot. the temperature it is running at when idle is the same temperature a gaming pc would be at when running under a load, you really need to get a cooler or you risk damaging the CPU. RAM should be fine, its enough to run most games, would recommend upgrading CPU to a Quad core for betting game performance. however the one you have has enough GHz to play games. Hope this helps

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

I'm actually not too sure about that number. There is an issue with either a series processors or the socket but I cannot find any program that accurately represents the temperature of the apu. FurMark says it is 7 degrees for my gpu at load, which is obviously not correct and other people are having this problem as well. This is just what the bios gave me once.

Devopc 1 point 37 months ago

did the cpu come with a heatsink?

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

I think your camera cost more than the build :) Your pics are nice and sharp, good job.

You get what you pay for :) Now you can think about build no 2

Hacked Portable Drive $0.00

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago


CheesecakePC 1 point 32 months ago

Im still confused about the case... Does it come with an optical drive insert?

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

Nope, dosent even have a real HDD mont.

CheesecakePC 1 point 30 months ago

Dang. Well ghettoville hoovertown said to use zip ties next time you build in this case lol

DominicSmith 1 point 29 months ago

How did you get Windows 10 for free?

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

I used the windows 10 Technical Preview. You have to be a windows insider, but I don't know if it's still good. [REMOVED]

ThoughtA staff 1 point 29 months ago

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Well shoot I didn't know that!

ThoughtA staff 1 point 29 months ago

Unsurprisingly, sellers aren't too keen on transparency with their products. Thanks for understanding, by the way.

DominicSmith 1 point 29 months ago


BassGould 1 point 23 months ago

For a cheap PC this looks great, and all the people saying to upgrade the CPU are obviously speed freaks because my laptop clocked at 1.3 runs minecraft like nothing, and it has 4 gigs of ram and no graphics card. I've added a cheapish GPU to a similar build of mine, and I am getting two sticks of 4 gb ram, and a 3.7 ghz CPU, although looking at the cost of that CPU vs yours, it's like two dollars cheaper, and .1 ghz is worth more than 2 dollars to me. Overall good build, and as a note, a small (like tiny) ssd around twenty gigs is all it really takes to make things speed up a lot. Having your OS boot from SSD makes it take less than ten seconds (in my experience) plus having the other stuff on a much (much) larger 2 tb HDD for the cost of your 128 gb SSD is significantly more worth it. Especially for gaming, considering that a game like GTA V can take over 100 gb. Good work for a first build though, keep at it!

Nate_Norris 1 point 22 months ago

Nice build!

elektrikrobot 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build!

I was going for something that was pretty much the same, but included 2x the RAM and a harddrive and a power supply and the cost is just over $200.


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BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

WHAT COMPANY WOULD REBRAND LOGISYS PSUs! replace it now, it may not be a bad one but these things have no protection on them and is connected to basically every part on the computer so if it goes out it can take out any part there and even cause fires. Get an evga psu, they are cheap, good, and most importantly have propper protection on them. (Also, evga psus are the same as equivalent coarsair psus but usually cheaper, they are both rebeanded flower power)

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BigAll 5 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

the high end ones do, if I remember it usually gets more expensive than corsair when they add semi/ full modular cables. getting a 450 or 500w is almost always bottom price (or the reliable PSUs). Not saying that SeaSonic doesn't make nice PSUs, they're the best. The best is usually more expensive though.

AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I wasn't very sure about it either but it was free. My logic was that it has been working for a few years it should be alright for a while but I'm probably going to switch it out after a when I can.

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AdamAnDrone submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Thank you! Worked hard to earn the money but I'd say it was worth it.