UPDATE (4-3-2015): I have moved my setup into my room and I just have to let my brothers use the AIO in my room. I have also acquired studio monitors from my dad and I've added them in the description. I have also decided to get a summer job. I will be saving up about $2K and spending it on my next build and some more games. Here's a link to my plans for it: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/cookie_yoda_365/saved/RPHbt6 This also means I will not be upgrading this computer any more. I just have to hope my PSU doesn't explode until my next PC. I have uploaded more pics of the updated setup.
I've been wanting this computer for ages now! I've been on a super budget because, being 13, you don't really make a whole lot of money. I used a lot of spare parts and got some used ones. I chose to have a blue color scheme, but it still looks ugly because of the case and PSU, but I'll upgrade those later.
The goal of this was to get the best bang-for-buck ratio within my price range. I'd say I did a pretty good job on that. I can get med - high settings and even max out some at 60 fps. This is a huge improvement to what I was using before: a Toshiba all in one that's about 3 or 4 years old. I would have to downscale the resolution to 720p and have it on the lowest settings to get 30 fps, even on minecraft! Now I get a minimum of 80 fps on singleplayer. All this for under $300!!!
CPU - I went with the AMD FX-6300 because on cyber Monday it was only $85 and was the best bang-for-buck CPU I could find for the money I had. This is a really great CPU and can easily run a game, Skype, chrome, steam, and spotify all at the same time! It runs really cool too! I am able to touch the heatsink, it's barley even warm! I got a aftermarket cooler because at first I was going to get a used dual core AMD (not sure what model) processor that didn't come with a heatsink. The fan is pretty much silent and looks nice in there too.
MOBO - This isn't really the best motherboard, but it does it's job. No HDMI out, only 4 USB 2.0 ports and only 2 fan headers. I only got this because of it's price. I wish I had done a better job picking one out. I also bought this one on cyber monday.
RAM - This was the first part I actually purchased. I bought it a while back in last spring I think. I only have 4 GB atm but I will be buing another 4 later.
Hard Drive - This I got from my mom. Her work had a few extra external hard drives and one day she brought them home.
Video Card - This is the part I researched the most. I had a really tough time picking this out because I couldn't find a whole lot of reviews of the cards in my price range. I wanted to go either with Sapphire or EVGA because I've heard good things about them. I really wavered between some cards in the $110-$130 price range, but I didn't have that much at the time. I finally decided to look at some used ones on EBAY and I'm glad I did. I got this one used but made sure it had a return policy. I finally won the auction for $86 + $5 for shipping. Now I can get a new game. I'm going to buy Titanfall because it looks fun and it's only $20 on origin.
PSU - This is also a used item, it's fairly quiet, but nowhere close to how quiet the cpu cooler it. I will upgrade this in the future.
OS - Windows 8 trial version. Look it up. You just edit a value in the ISO and it installs a trial. It will pop a screen up every few hours and ask you to activate windows. You just click activate then exit out of it.
WiFi - Found this laying around our house.
Mouse - I've had this mouse for about 4 years now and don't plan on upgrading. Really dependable mouse and I think you can get it now for about $5 - $10.
Keyboard - Standard Microsoft keyboard. The keys are slightly curved. I'll be getting a ROCCAT mechanical keyboard in the future.
Headphones - Afunta Sades SA-709. I am blown away by these headphones. The sound quality is amazing, waaaaaaaayyyyyy better than beats for a 10th of the cost! The microphone it very good too. You can barley hear the keyboard and the voice quality is great. For only 20 dollars, these are truly the best bang-for-buck headphones.
Speakers - My dad had some studio monitors but only used them once or twice, so he's letting me use them (yesss!).
Monitor - I'm using the all-in-one for the monitor because it's 1080p and has HDMI in. The next part I will buy is a monitor because I'm currently having to share with my younger brothers.
The rest of the parts are listed as custom parts.
I hope you enjoy this build because I certainly do. Please feel free to leave feedback and suggestions!
Update (4-3-2015): I have moved my setup into my room and I just have to let my brothers use the AIO in my room. I have also acquired studio monitors from my dad and I've added them in the description. I have also decided to get a summer job. I will be saving up about $2K and spending it on my next build and some more games. Here's a link to my plans for it: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/cookie_yoda_365/saved/RPHbt6 This also means I will not be upgrading this computer any more. I just have to hope my PSU doesn't explode until my next PC. I have uploaded more pics of the updated setup.