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So, this is my first build, so don't expect anything too fantastic. This is a PC aimed at giving me enough performance for as little money as possible. And, after many hours of research, I saw that this price point is the ideal. So, for someone like me who doesn't have much money, but still wants a great PC for the money, here you go.

The CPU of this machine is an AMD Athlon II X4 750K. And i have to say, It's fantastic. It's great for those who want a budget processor, bur don't have the money to spend $125 on an i3-3220 or A10-6800K. It doesn't have integrated graphics, but for this build, that isn't needed. The performance is great, and it powers my build perfectly fine. Also, this CPU is a great overclocker, if you need to get a bit more performance out of it for gaming or something. Overall, I am very pleased.

My motherboard, the MSI FM2-A75MA-E35, is also great. As quoted by a Great YouTuber, Austin Evans who inspired this build, it gives you everything you need, and you don't, which i find to be very true. it supports SATA 3, USB 3.0, overclocking, all speeds of RAM from 1066 MHZ to 2133 MHZ, and has an amazing BiOS GUI. for my build, it worked like a dream. There isn't anything bad that i can say about it. So basically, it's great!

For the RAM, well, it works. It's fast, good looking, and basically, there's nothing wrong with it. That's all. My hard drive, the WD caviar blue 1TB, is great. it loads things fast, and it has more than enough room for anything I could want to put on there, since there's a whole terabyte of space. It has SATA 3 connectivity, so it moves along quite fast. Also, a nice thing about the motherboard is that it comes with 2 SATA 3 cables, which is a nice thing.

To be honest, I could have made a better choice for the graphics card than the XFX Radeon HD 7750 1GB. It is a good card in that it is a low power user, it only takes up one slot, and it looks pretty good, but to be honest, it just isn't that great for my build. I'm trying to get all the performance I can, and with other faster cards in the same price range, such as the Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHZ, I would recommend that you buy one of those if you choose to use my part list as a reference. However, this card isn't all bad, as I can play Minecraft at a solid 60 FPS, and do many graphical tasks at ease, although I haven't been able to test with any of the more demanding games, such as Battlefield, Bioshock, or Crysis 3, I doubt it has the graphical power to play any of those games very well. However, I expect it could easily hold it's own in games like Portal 2, Terraria, TF2, and any of the games that are maybe a few years old, or less demanding. But still, you should probably get a faster card anyway.

Because we live in the age of the internet, I decided to put in a nice and cheap WiFi adapter, the Rosewill RNX-N250PCe. It works great, at least for things like streaming music via spotify, watching YouTube videos, downloading a few things, and most importantly, web browsing. And at $15, it's a steal for any PC.

The only big-ish mess up I made with my build is with my case, the Cooler Master Elite 430. don't get me wrong, it's not like there isn't any airflow, or my hands were bleeding every time I touched the inside of the case due to bad build quality, it's just a bunch of smaller bad things that are annoying. First off, the instructions could be a better. It took me a while to figure out out to put in the motherboard. And also, when I put my micro-ATX motherboard, there are not locations to put standoffs on the right side of the board. That caused some scary looking bending when I pushed in the 20+4 power cable. Also, the one fan that came with the case does not work. I was a bit disappointed, because the only thing that really makes the case look cool was the blue LED fan in the front. Also, the dust filters are coming off after just one or so month of use. Not that great. Also, the power LED on the front is INSANELY bright. seriously, you could make a proper flashlight with just that one LED. Also, the HDD LED doesn't even work. I'm going to try to upgrade my case to an NZXT source 210 pretty soon, and you should probably start out with one of those instead of this lackluster case.

Onto the better side of things, my power supply, the corsair CX430 is great! It may not have as much wattage as other power supplies, but for most budget builds, 430 watts are more than enough, especially since my build only needs 240 watts, which gives me about 200 watts of wiggle room for upgrades. Also, it is 80+ bronze certified, and for the price, that's quite good.

So, now onto some extra facts about my PC, it boots up in Windows 8 in only 10-ish seconds. Windows 8 is blazingly fast. My motherboard has an amazing Bios, which allows you it over clock with a click of your mouse. you can adjust many settings in there, all with ease. Almost all of these parts have cheaper parts that you could choose to save some money. For example, there are cheaper FM2 socket CPU's that could fight into my motherboard, and speaking of motherboards, there is another motherboard the is $10 to $20 cheaper than this one that basically is the same minus SATA 3, USB 3.0, a few ports, and an expansion slot. But if you ask me, you should keep those bonus things. you could also get a cheaper version of almost all of these parts, but only if you feel like sacrificing a good deal of power and reliability, except for the case, which is just rubish.

So there you have it. A great ~$450 PC, which can give you all the power you need for as little money as possible. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me. I will give updates of any major improvements, like the i3-3220 I am planning to install at a later time, when I have the money. Also, I would appreciate any ideas for upgrades for the future. That's all for now, so thanks for taking the time to read this, and be sure to stay tuned for any other builds that I want to build in the future. Fare well! ryry81200

Comments

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Maybe format your wall of text next time. Pain to read, but good job.

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha I saw that and I was just like, nope, pictures and build list.

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, sorry about the huge description. A little bit excited, since this is my first build, wanted to make a good impression. I'll make it shorter next time, and thanks for the criticism!

  • 73 months ago
  • 5 points

No, long descriptions are good. Just organize them by using paragraphs. :)

BTW, that's a good case for the price. Used it for my first gaming PC back in 2010 or 2011 (sometime around there).

  • 73 months ago
  • 2 points

When you upgrade your processor, the i3 3220 isn't too great of a choice. A much better choice for what I believe is cheaper would be an fx 6300. Other than that as long as it does what you want I think it is a great build for the money!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, First off good job I am building a mini itx with many of the same components just waiting on some of them to be shipped to me, anyway I was wondering how well it handles some of the newer games or if you have benchmark scores that would be great, thx