Description

Nipping this in the bud, I know the power supply is junk. Flame on. I also know the 212 fan ought not to be mounted horizontally, but the layout of the board left me no other options.

I enjoy building PCs. Why does it have to be so expensive? This is my attempt at turning a profit. I went full-speed ahead when it comes to price, and throttled heavily on performance. Don't like it? I don't need your approval.

Seriously, though...my goal here was to make an extremely affordable PC...a "budget" PC, as the kids say. My intention is to sell it for more than what I paid for the parts so that I can turn around and do it all over again. This build taught me a LOT about prices, where to buy parts, and also reminded me that I have big ungainly hands.

I won't run down every part, but I will highlight some of the interesting bits. I didn't know enough about power supplies when I was purchasing parts. I have now done my due diligence and know better (plus, the way they made it "modular" was an absolute joke), but feel free to rail on me anyway. I'm already over it. I was surprised at the quality on the case. For what I paid, I was expecting it to be more difficult to work with.

A very smooth, simple build from start to finish.

Comments

  • 69 months ago
  • 11 points

You will name your build just like you will eat your vegetables!

Nice build hope you turn that profit! I feel your best bet is something like ebay or craigslist so good luck!

+1 for putting the research in but keeping that budget in mind

  • 69 months ago
  • 7 points

Very nice build, hope you make some profit! I have just one question, is the PSU any good? I mean, you can't judge it on price.

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

I own the 630w i heard they explode or catch fire if they get close to max load but it's never even happened for me.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

That would give you quite a fright if it exploded.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

I would * myself if that ever happened

  • 66 months ago
  • 3 points

I like explosions :P

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

same

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you for the compliment and well wishes. The PSU looks fine, runs fine. It has no business being billed as "semi-modular" though.

  • 69 months ago
  • 6 points

Didn't even need to read the description or look at the pictures or parts list to upvote this.

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed.

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

Build pricing looks awesome. Like most other posters, I hope your dreams of building the "RustyBaker's No Name PCs" Empire comes to fruition.

That said, if you really didn't need to name your build, you wouldn't have felt the need to explain your action in the build title space. :) So the way I see it, really, your name is just more verbose than other builders.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Point taken! I will attempt to leave that box blank for my next build.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

Ha! Instead I'd recommend categorizing the build vs. naming it. On the flip side, I think names are more important as we get older so that we have an easy reminder as to why we built what we did (I lump myself in the older category).

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

The A10s benefit from faster RAM in gaming. If you build another A10 you might want to get 2133 instead of 1866, it is worth it. http://hexus.net/tech/reviews/cpu/46073-amd-a10-5800k-trinity-needs-faster-ram/?page=3

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

I am aware. I wanted faster, but faster cost more. Profit margins, blah blah.

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

Which was not the price when I was purchasing parts, and is still more than I paid. Yes, it's only 7 dollars. See above comment.

  • 69 months ago
  • 3 points

I know I was throwing that out there in case you wanted to buy it for future builds.

  • 69 months ago
  • 4 points

True that, it's good info regardless. Thanks!

  • 69 months ago
  • 2 points

As someone who has also been making builds for profit/upgrades for my computer. I still think it is worth it to get a good power supply. The last thing you want is someone to come back in a month and complain that the computer blew up and its your fault. There are plenty of PSUs you could have gotten with for 25 dollars that are better than the Raidmax one.

I just personally bought an Antec VP450W for 17 dollars that I'm using in a low end build. I think waiting out for a sale on a tier 3 PSU would be worth it.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

How in the world did you manage to fit all that in the back of the case? The challenger is a great case, but it's cable management it terrible. I can't even fit the 24 pin connector back there and have it close.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess it came down to little things. The "semi-modular" cables and lack of graphics card reduced the number of runs I had to do, and really, I felt like the room was adequate. There's a little ridge on the edge of the back side of the motherboard tray that I used as a guide. I kept tinkering with my cables until I got them as flat by that ridge as I could. There was a teensy bit of bowing on the right side panel, but not nearly as bad as my current setup in a crappy Azza Solaris.

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Including such items as SSDs and aftermarket coolers in a "budget build" should do well to attract customers. Best of luck. Oh, and great build.

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like that case I'm about to build a pc and thinking of that case would you recommend it.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

For the price I paid, it was a fantastic case. I don't think it would be worth full price ($50?), but the included fans felt like they were moving air well. If you can get a good discount, I'd definitely recommend it.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

3edgy5me

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

Great idea on using the APU instead of a cheap CPU/GPU. +1

P.S. - if you didn't already come across it, this PSU tier list was very helpful to me for the two rigs I recently built.

http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html#.

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

That PSU is fine, yeah it's not 80%+ efficiency but the build only uses 204W, so it could be a <50%(not too much less though) efficiency and not matter!

  • 69 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a raidmax shoot fire out the back (and it still ran for a while after that). Just don't put a discreet gpu or anything expensive attached to it and it will be good enough for what you have. Everything else looks very well balanced and great for under 500.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

"flame on"... lol

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahah, party on Wayne! Sweet cheap *** build. Good luck selling it man, I'll bet you'll have no trouble.

  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

mounting the 212 that way wont really do anything. just isntalling that one ram stick. But most people install the ram first anyway so there really isn't a problem. Very nice build!

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  • 69 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks for the constructive criticism!