Description

I wanted a gaming computer that could offer decent performance ,but only cost around 300$. It needed to handle BF3 and some of my other games atleast at medium settings. Windows Score is 5.9 on hard drive and 7.4 on everything else. To score all these good deals I had to use ebay. I searched for weeks finding the best deals on the market. Using ebay I had 2 main goals 1 only buy new items and 2 only buy from reputable sellers to protect myself from being scammed.

CPU- Very satisfied maybe a little overkill ,but for the price not bad! It preforms very well and is ready to be overclocked right out of the box!

Motherboard- Great budget mobo comes with everything I need and no complaints!

Memory- I know people are going to comment about how 4GB isn't enough ,but honestly its all I need and for the price I'm even happier.

Storage- Not alot of storage ,but enough for OS and most of my games (BF3, CSGO, CIV 5 and so on)

Video Card- No problems preforms decent I would have got a 7770 or a 7790 but for 60$ I felt like this was a good deal.

Case- If there was anything I could change it would be this. Case is very small and hard to work with. It fits everything ,but very unconvenient future upgrades will be a pain. CASE DOES NOT ALLOW FOR GOOD CABLE MANAGEMENT :(

Power Supply- Good solid power supply! Most people go cheap on the psu ,but thats like giving a newborn my great grandpas heart. The PSU to me is very important and not something to cheap out on. So I looked for a 80+ Bronze PSU and got this for 37$.

Optical Drive- Got this at a garage sale for free. No problems works like it should.

OS- Not much to say here its windows and I had a copy of it already.

I will update with my Windows Score ,BF3 Benchmarks Tomorrow and Better/More Pics!

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

A bit of advice, never mix up two different RAM sticks no matter how similar they seem unless they are exactly the same.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

why is that? could it malfunction or you just say that because it could hinder the real performance from running a dual memory kit?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

you can only use 2 different sticks if the size, speed, timing, and latency are the same. Otherwise they will either not work together at all, or in the best case the mobo will by default take the worst/slowest settings or each ram and bottleneck the other stick.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the latter is what I had thought because there's been people who do that and it just slows down the faster ram to pair it with the slow one. So running a DDR2 533GHz with a DDR2 800Ghz wouldn't be a real problem right? because I just bought the 800GHz to match it with a 533GHz of an old PC lol

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

False. I used two 4GB Ripjaws Z's with one 8GB stick of Corsair Vengeance LP. The timings were different on the Corsairs and on the Ripjaws. I OC'd both to 1866.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

there are ways around it if you know what you are doing but i wasn't about to explain how to do it n a quick comment.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

can't really go wrong with a budget build for under $400... are you planning on upgrading your gpu in the near future?... you should look into getting a 7770ghz ed ;)

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

Yea my birthday is coming up soon hoping to get a better gpu.

  • 71 months ago
  • 3 points

cool :) later on you can add another trident 4gb stick and maybe a better case with more storage and you got yourself a well rounded rig... still did a good job for a budget build +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build. When you upgrade get an extra stick of RAM, and some more storage, but don't be afraid to go crazy on the GPU. Your performance ingame is most reliant on the Graphics card.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Nice to see some people making some quality budget builds. By the way, do you have any tips for finding parts on Ebay?

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

To find the best deals I put the filters on buy it now with newest listed appearing first. I bought items that were only posted for like 10 minutes. I could have gotten a Radeon 7770 for 50$ ,but I was still looking around and it sold 5 minutes later :(. So I would know what your looking for and act fast on good deals. Remember to read the whole description to make sure the item is not flawed. Also contrary to popular belief if the item arrives not as described ;even if the seller does not offer refunds you can open a case and get your money back.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, very well done. I'm sorry to say I haven't had similar success on Ebay searching for my fabled 6 core Phenom 3.2Ghz CPU.

You are very right about the PSU and the RAM; most games actually do not recommend more than 4 right now. Sure it's not futureproof, but that's what the other slot is for!

You should look into getting a nice air cooler in here; have a nice little sleeper on your hands.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow nice work I'm impressed! There's always room to upgrade later when there's more money in the bank. Good job.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

OMG! You got some pretty sick deals on your parts? How the heck can you get all this for so low? Please tell me I want need to know!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, dat Fermi...

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Radical build my friend! and for $300 that's the best part, you didn't break the bank and you can still go out and buy some beers and pizza and turn off the lights and immerse yourself in BF3 until you slip into a food coma :P

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

great build for 300 bucks. Fitting a decrete GPU into a 300 dollar budget is impressive, im sure you get some pretty damn good performance out of it too.

My friends little brother is running a hand-me-down 460, and he can play every game out right now, even if sometimes it has to be on low/medium.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

I get 40 FPS on ULTRA in BF3. I'm actually pretty surprised about how well it preforms.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

hah yeah me too, when i saw my friend little bro cranking out 35 fps on payday 2 with it i was impressed too.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You cheaped out so badly on the case but got a good power supply! Wow finally I see a budget build where PSU is not neglected.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get windows 7 and the optical drive free?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

how well is it running bf3?