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.