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 Post subject: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 8:02 am 
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Looking to build a basic PC for the rents to be used for surfing, word processing, music, etc; old people stuff, nothing fancy. I'd like for it to be very fast at accomplishing these basic tasks and also leave a bit of wiggle room for upgrades to keep it that way for some time. Budget = ~$300

Recyclables as follows:
-Monitor, keyboard, mouse, storage HD, OS, optical drive

I prefer to take advantage of already having the storage HD and going with a SSD. Suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:16 am 
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SameOldSaints wrote:
Looking to build a basic PC for the rents to be used for surfing, word processing, music, etc; old people stuff, nothing fancy. I'd like for it to be very fast at accomplishing these basic tasks and also leave a bit of wiggle room for upgrades to keep it that way for some time. Budget = ~$300

Recyclables as follows:
-Monitor, keyboard, mouse, storage HD, OS, optical drive

I prefer to take advantage of already having the storage HD and going with a SSD. Suggestions?


Pretty much near impossible, especially if you want to add Windows. There goes 1/3 of your budget. Best bet is to get a pre-built PC from the electronics store. I see cheap PCs on sale at newegg, etc.


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 12:00 pm 
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I've got windows covered, so no expense there.

Something along the lines of this looks plausible:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.94 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($54.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $304.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-20 15:39 EDT-0400)

I'd sub the storage for an SSD and drop the optical. Should still keep me around $300. Thoughts on the setup?? Could I do any better with an on sale pre-built?


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 12:43 pm 
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I'm impressed. Nice job! By dropping the HDD and ODD ($77 total), you should be able to get a decent 128GB SSD. In my experience that has always been more than adequate for my parents.

If it were me, I would get an FM2+ motherboard, like this MSi as opposed to an FM2 - it provides you more options down the road when you want to upgrade the CPU (and it should work the CPU you already selected). And that leads me to my next suggestion - any additional money you scrounge up should be put towards a better CPU. In the low-end market, $20 can really mean a difference.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 4:43 pm 
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The best way to save money on this would be to pay attention to newegg deals and such. If you're near a microcenter, they have open-box motherboards. I have seen open-box FM2 boards going for $25. The 1TB harddrives are like the basic size now, but you can probably find a 500GB HDD for $40.

Rebates and deals are good for saving money. Keep those eyes peeled.


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:08 pm 
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phillyj wrote:
Rebates and deals are good for saving money. Keep those eyes peeled.

You still have to pay the full cost if you're planning on saving with rebates.


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 5:18 pm 
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LatiosXT wrote:
phillyj wrote:
Rebates and deals are good for saving money. Keep those eyes peeled.

You still have to pay the full cost if you're planning on saving with rebates.


The net cost will be lower. So, yes, until you get the rebate card and actually use it, you won't save anything. I miss the good old days of rebate checks. Rebate cards = :evil:


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 6:18 am 
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So after subbing the SSD, upgrading mobo and finding a better deal on RAM I've actually ended up shaving a few bucks off:

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Odtg) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Odtg/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Odtg/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad540kokhjbox) | $54.98 @ OutletPC
**Motherboard** | [MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-a78me35) | $59.99 @ Amazon
**Memory** | [G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-mem ... 0cl9d4gbrl) | $40.80 @ Newegg
**Storage** | [Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-in ... 20m500ssd1) | $72.00 @ Amazon
**Case** | [Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/rosewill-case-fbm01) | $29.99 @ Amazon
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx430) | $34.99 @ Micro Center
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $292.75
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-21 10:11 EDT-0400 |

My only issue is the case not having usb 3.0, which is only a minor bummer. I'd now like to throw $20-$30 at a better CPU, any suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 3:15 pm 
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My only issue is the case not having usb 3.0, which is only a minor bummer. I'd now like to throw $20-$30 at a better CPU, any suggestions?

Xigmatek Micro ATX
DIYPC M89-R

A8 5600K
A8 6600K this one might be above your new price target


Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:48 pm 
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Building a budget pc for 300 is not impossible, and in fact, lots of people do it including me haha. I think the information this guy has on the site I've got below will help you out.

http://toptengamer.hubpages.com/hub/bes ... -Gaming-PC

Hope this helps and good luck creating your new comp.


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:05 am 
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Thanks for the input. Finally recieved all my parts yesterday put it all together:

[PCPartPicker part list](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rfwqBm) / [Price breakdown by merchant](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rfwqBm/by_merchant/) / [Benchmarks](http://pcpartpicker.com/p/rfwqBm/benchmarks/)

Type|Item|Price
:----|:----|:----
**CPU** | [AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad640kokhlbox) | Purchased For $51.99
**Motherboard** | [MSI A78M-E35 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-a78me35) | Purchased For $64.08
**Memory** | [A-Data XPG V1.0 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/a-data-mem ... 1600w4g9rb) | Purchased For $34.99
**Storage** | [Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/crucial-in ... 20m500ssd1) | Purchased For $70.26
**Case** | [Xion XON-560 MicroATX Mini Tower Case](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xion-case-xon560bk) | Purchased For $29.99
**Power Supply** | [Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-power-supply-cx500) | Purchased For $29.99
**Operating System** | [Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit)](http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050) | Purchased For $0.00
| | **Total**
| Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. | $281.30
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-12 09:58 EDT-0400 |


Only issue I'm having is temp on the APU. Its going well into the 80s on heavy load. Is it normal for them to run that hot with the stock heat sync? Didn't OC at all and the case has a couple decent fans. I suppose I could exhaust my last $20 on an after market cooler..


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 Post subject: Re: $300 CPU/GPU budget build
PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:20 pm 
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80C seems quite high. According to AMD, the max temperature should be 70C at which point the CPU will throttle back until the temps get under control.

Before you go buying a 3rd part CPU cooler, I would check out this thread - it has a good discussion and raises several points which could apply.

As for a CPU cooler, I've enjoyed this arctic alpine (you can see the comparison to a stock cooler). It's about $20 with s/h.

Hope this helps.


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