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My First Budget Gaming Build

by dragontooth182



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My first build. Was aiming for relatively low budget while still achieving moderate performance and using reliable and reputable brands. By taking advantage of some good sales and rebates, as well as a couple of "used" parts from Reddit Hardwareswap, I was able to get a solid rig for a great price if I do say so myself. I bought the PSU, HDD, and case back in July and the rest of the parts in September.

Future upgrades - new HSF (don't really like the stock one, though it'll do for now), monitor (currently using old 19" TV), wireless adapter for convenience, optical drive/Blu-ray drive, SSD.

Part-by-part breakdown (All prices listed are after rebate):

CPU - Was aiming for an AMD quad-core and with a sale and subsequent 1-day 10% off Newegg promo, I couldn't turn away from the 4130. I'm sure I'll get criticism for not choosing either a 4300 or a 6300, but the price was too good to turn down and I don't think I really needed the extra 6 cores.

TIM - Was originally just going to use stock TIM on the stock HSF, but I had trouble initially mounting the fan and ended up taking it off and messing up the pre-applied TIM. So luckily I had this lying around after buying it when I reseated the HSF on my mom's Dell desktop.

MB - Bought this off of /r/Hardwareswap for relatively cheap in like-new condition; was never mounted before, only tested for POST.

RAM - Also bought off of /r/Hardwareswap - unfortunately had to wait for it as the last piece before building because it shipped from Canada.

HD - Got lucky by coupling a $15 promo code with a Shell Shocker deal = steal for a 1 TB HDD.

GPU - I had been planning on a 7850 since I first started planning to build a PC and this 2 GB version was perfect. Slightly above what I had allocated for a GPU, but I was willing to go a bit over for this. I only plan on gaming on one monitor at 1080p, so this has all the power I need.

Case - Was cheap and has a good number of features for being such a budget case - bottom-mounted PSU, all black interior, cable management options. Only came with one rear fan installed, so that's why I bought the additional 120mm fans. I only have one intake fan in the front installed, though I may install a top exhaust and side intake later on.

PSU - Cheap after I coupled rebate and promo code for $15 off (split between this and the case). Provides enough power for a single GPU, non-overclocked rig like I've got.

OS - Had an extra key after Dell gave a new key when my mobo on my laptop crapped out after a bad BIOS update. Ripped the iso from an install disk I have from my laptop and put it on an 8 GB flash drive and installed via USB. This also eliminated the need for an optical drive, though I may plan on getting one later anyways.

Mouse - Wanted to get a solid mouse to replace the random wireless Logitech one I have. It has adjustable DPI and 5 buttons and works really well.

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DishRagBoy 3 points 49 months ago

Pretty solid build for under $450. +1 keep on building!

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Only thing I would change is the PSU, but otherwise, nice build. :)

dragontooth182 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

what would you change about the PSU? modular, higher wattage?

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Higher wattage (maybe 500-600W), and better internal components. The CX series is good enough, especially for the price you paid, but it's probably the weakest part in your rig. Just something to keep in mind when you think about upgrading anything. :)

dragontooth182 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Fair enough. Having a modular, or at least semi-modular, PSU would definitely help with cable management. The excess power cables did give me some trouble when it came to getting the back side panel back on. Thanks for the input.

polarbehr 4 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

That case is a steal at $17 nice build

timmyd 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I like what you have here, you got some very awesome deals there. I'm thinking about a sub-$500 build.

dragontooth182 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Yeah I just caught some good breaks on things. You can make a pretty solid rig for under 500 thanks to AMD :)

Mixingtone 1 point 48 months ago

quick question if you don't mind me asking i keep seeing sub-build in alot of places what do you guys mean by sub?(bit of a noob at the terminology)

steven97 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Sub=less than/under

Mixingtone 2 points 48 months ago

Ah ok thank you

timmyd 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

meaning a build that costs under $500.

Mixingtone 1 point 48 months ago

thanks for clarifying it to me

JasonUK 12 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Very neat, good job.

CravinR1 2 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

If have went with a fx 6300 for $10 more. Over all good deals

GMC_TheLegend 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

How'd you manage to get Windows 8 OEM for free???

dragontooth182 submitter 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

The mobo on my Dell laptop crapped out after a bad BIOS update, so they had someone come out and change out the mobo and for some reason the tech gave me a new DVD and key for Windows 8. Idk if they thought I'd need a new key because of the mobo change or what, but hey I'll take it.

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Maybe he's a student? I know some colleges/universities have free licenses.

edit: guess not

ravagex 1 point 49 months ago

Good budget build . Dont need a lot of pics of the boxes though

Erikus 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Way to stick with your budget! Your parts will really compliment each other. Good choices of parts, and happy gaming.

duramax08 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

That stock CPU cooler is much better then the one from a new fx-6300 I just built. Mine is just a chunk of aluminum, thats it. Atleast yours have some copper pipes.

gabegabbert 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

such steals! well done budget build man! that case and psu are sooo cheap. Even that graphics card is ridiculously cheap.

dragontooth182 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Yeah the sales just lined up right for the case and psu and prices on AMD cards have dropped recently with the new line coming out soon.

gabegabbert 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Man I've been looking for a 7850 for weeks and I can't find them for less than 145$ before rebate. By the way, How is that mouse working for you? was tempted to go for that one, but went with some crappy second rate import mouse and am regretting it.

dragontooth182 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

so my 7850 was 155 but there's a $30 MIR which brings it down to 125. the mouse is good - it's a little bit big but I've adjusted. I think it's worth the 15 after MIR that I paid for it.

gabegabbert 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

OK cool, that's a good price for a 7850. I'm so over MIR's though, they're such a pain in the *** for a prepaid card I'll probably never use... Ahh thinking about changing to that mouse when I find a deal on it, thanks for responding!

shapaza 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

The PSU you have has fairly low wattage if you plan on doing future upgrades. I'd get at least a 500W or 600W PSU.

Otherwise, great performance for the price you paid! I have an HD 7850 2GB as well and can pretty much play all modern games on high settings

Notjo 1 point 48 months ago

Does the case have good cable management? I'm looking into adding that to a build.

dragontooth182 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

it's not bad. there are a good number of punchouts in the mobo tray to put cables through - the only thing it's missing is a punchout for the 6 pin mobo power cable. i also wish there was a little more space behind the mobo tray for cables to go (i ended up with a bit of a bulge and trouble putting the side panel back on but a modular psu would help with that too), but otherwise it's pretty solid, especially for the price the case goes for.

LividSoldier 1 point 48 months ago

how much fps u get

dragontooth182 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

I'm only gaming at 720p right now - just bought a 1080p monitor so it should arrive next week and then I can benchmark and let you know.

LividSoldier 1 point 48 months ago

kk thanks

dragontooth182 submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

alright so I tested a few games at 1080p:

Sleeping Dogs gets avg 28 FPS w/almost max settings.

Metro 2033 gets 30 FPS with High presets (very high dropped the frames under 20)

Those two are probably the most demanding games I own right now so hope that helps.

KernelKaramilk 1 point 40 months ago

Good cable managemaent! +1

salazar75 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Good build, you did well with the cables considering you didn't opt for a modular power supply

codecougar 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Nice, solid AMD build at a GREAT price. Great to see someone using the same power supply as me. +1.

BLC 0 points 49 months ago

Amazing build for the price, mate, well done !