Description

This was my first build from "scratch". It was built under a strict budget under $500. I plan to use it for gaming, image editing, programming, schoolwork, and watching videos, among other things. The name is based on the fan LEDs, and that it is a "monster" compared to my previous PCs. Sure it is pretty puny compared to some build here, but I felt that this was the best for my budget.

Part breakdown:

Power Supply - I tried to get a good one that fit my wattage requirements.

CPU - went with AMD-6300 since it had so many cores for such a low price. I doubt I will use them all, but the 3.5 GHz is still solid for any core speed.

CPU Cooler - Stock. I don't think I will do overclocking. 3.5 GHz is pretty fast compared to my old 2.4 GHz dual core.

Motherboard - just picked something that fit my needs. I wanted full ATX with USB 3.0 support. Gigabyte seemed like a good brand.

Video Card - this seemed like a steal for $63 on Best Buy clearance. I just wanted something in the 740-750 range, but found a 650 for a lot cheaper. Not being picky about it being up to date, I went with the older model. I'm sure it will handle the type of games that I play just fine. I may upgrade it in the future.

Hard Drive - This is only a 320 GB drive, but I don't think I will be needing that much. I haven't even filled up the 140 GB partition on my current 640 GB drive. 320 GB was a lot cheaper than the 500 GB and TB HDDs. I got a used OEM disk off of Amazon.

DVD Drive - I got this used at some local store for 5 bucks. It works, but is a little slow. I may get a faster one.

Memory - I was originally going to put 4GB in this build, but a local store had some 8GB stick for about $80, and since I had saved so much on other parts, I upped the memory capacity.

Keyboard and Mouse - I picked these up for $5 used at a PC parts store. Old Dell ones.

Operating System - None right now. I have some 64-bit Linux builds I am considering installing. When some more money comes in, I will add a Windows hard disk or partition for dual boot.

Notes:

The 4th case fan blows inward. This seems to contribute to a 5℃ difference in idle temperatures.

This took 7h to build from start to finish. Lots of frustration along the way. I work pretty slowly.

Cables were redone on Nov 22. The air should be flowing through the box more efficiently now.

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Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty good budget build, too bad your picture's too blurry, the fourth fan that you're talking about must be the side panel one, it doesn't really matter whether you put it as an intake/exhaust since the only thing that's going to run hot in your build is the fx 6300, you should use some cable tie's and tidy them all down or re-route some of them. +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I added some clearer pictures of the innards. I was using my tablet camera and even a slight movement gives motion blur.

I tied most of the cables up high, but down low I left a mess with all the power cables. It's out of the way of air flow, so it may not be too bad. I think it is more of an aesthetic concern.

I tested both intake and exhaust directions on the 4th case fan, and the intake cools it down by six degrees. The CPU's idle temp also goes just below acceptable range with intake, and just above with exhaust. I'll stick with intake. I just hope my room is cool.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Why a 650 and not spend something around 40-50$ more on a much better 750ti

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

He said that he found a great deal on the 650, and that he wasn't too picky about having something brand new. He also said he may upgrade later if he needs to. Did you even read the description?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes genius I did read it I know there was a deal on the 650 but that card still isn't that good

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

If he's only gonna play games on low-medium settings, that card is just fine. Some people don't care if the graphics aren't on Ultra.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

A 750ti isn't gonna give you ultra but it will give you substantially better frame rates for 50$ more

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

God job on the build. I personally love the 6300, how's it working for you? Later on, if you do plan on upgrading your GPU, I would recommend the 270X over a 750ti. The 270X has about a 30% performance boost over the 750ti, and they cost about the same. Hope to see more from you in the future!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

It's working fine now. I disabled two cores to cool it down a bit. Now it is like 31C idle and 50C under load.

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