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Tennager's Budget Gaming PC

by Cryova


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Date Published

July 15, 2015

Date Built

May 5, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

2.05 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C


Hello everybody! This is the very first desktop computer I have ever built! This was built with purely budget in mind! Here I will give you a bit of a rundown! Please be respectful of my part choices here, for I am a 14 year old with not a lot of cash! (I will add more and better images when I can get the chance.)

CPU The AMD 5350 was my choice because it was the best processor I could find for the AM1 socket. I regret using this processor. It is powerful and nice for a basic build, but it just doesn't cut it for me. Next time I plan to probably use the AMD Athlon X2 370K instead.

Motherboard I chose this motherboard simply because it was the cheapest board I could get. This board had a little trouble with the installing of the stock CPU fan, but it was fine everywhere else. The BIOS were very easy for me as a first timer! I defiantly plan to use more ASRock motherboard in the future!

RAM I have this odd mix of RAM simply because it is what was allowed in my budget. I didn't know that integrated GPU's require very fast RAM, so I had gotten these. I over-clocked it to 1600Mhz speed using ASRock's EZ-OC. I dedicated 2GB to the GPU.

Storage I bought this Hard Drive because it had the best amount of storage at the fastest speed that my budget would allow. The only thing I regret with this is next time, I would liuke to get more storage space.

Case Oh god. This case is and was an absolute nightmare. I highly recommend not using this case. Sure it looks somewhat nice, but it is VERY cheaply made. The front panel is peeling away from the rest of the case. Several of the motherboard standoffs would not fit in their holes, so I had to skip them. Cable management is non-existent. The internal HDD/SSD slots are poorly designed. I certainly wish I spent the extra cash for a better case!

Power Supply I bet some of you are probably typing out an angry message of how bad this PSU is already. Quite frankly, I have had zero issues with it. It is nicely silent, and powers everything I need. It didn't come with a power cord, so I had to order a separate one. It had to be mounted on the top of the case which I don't like, but it is a good PSU though!

WiFi Adapter This was cheap, and does the job perfectly for me! I hit internet speeds that are normal for my area if connecting though regular wireless connection. I highly recoomend this little thing if you want a USB WiFi Adapter!

Monitor I got this from a Micro Center one day when I was at a sporting event trip in the city with my father. At first we went in planning to hook it up to our old tube TV. Then the guy there explained how we would need like $50 in adapters in order to do that, and we would get garbage quality. So we drifted into the monitor section, and found this baby! The screen size is the bare minimum of what I would get, but it looks nice and fits on my desk! No issues with it at all either!

Keyboard/Mouse I am telling you now. Spend the extra cash and get a better bundle. The mouse is very tiny. The keys are awkwardly places on the keyboard. At random moments, these things will stop functioning on 90% of the screen and will only fix if I click on my Menu button or restart the whole computer. Defiantly get a better bundle!

Gaming FPS Stuffs This build is okay for very basic gaming. It can get like 20 solid FPS in Minecraft, or 20-24 with Optifine at very lowest settings. It struggles on many of my favourite games like Kerbal Space Program unless I have the absolutely lowest settings.

Final Notes If you are considering building a desktop off this design, please follow the below notes:

  1. Get a better processor of a different socket. This one is okay, but you can do better.
  2. I suggest getting 8 GB of RAM instead of 6.
  3. Do not use this case whatever you do.
  4. Throw in a decent $100 or so Graphics Card. It will help. A LOT.
  5. Get a better keyboard and mouse.

Enjoy This Build!

Part Reviews


Poorly build. Very cheap. Highly recommended against using!

Comments Sorted by:

Laquel 5 Builds 11 points 45 months ago

Pro-tip: on this budget, get used parts. You get way more performance for the same money by getting mid-range/top range parts from a few years ago than getting the absolute cheapest parts you can from the store. I just checked some used parts prices at my local hardware forum and for 200€ I managed to put together a radeon HD 5850, Phenom 955BE, mobo, 8gb ram, 500gb HDD and a decent PSU (that won't explode) and case.

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 0 points 45 months ago

Man. I might have to do that for the GPU. Good idea!

Laquel 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Make sure to something that's not too power hungry with that PSU. No nvidia 4xx or 5xx series atleast!

ITagBack-BlueWaterGaming 0 points 26 months ago

If you upgrade to a new gpu don't go above gtx 750ti performance becouse it won't give you a benefit, a realy good option (in my opinion) is an hd 7850, I got mine (for an htpc) for €40 (second hand) and it does a great job at 1080p.

Performance HD 7850 @ 1080p:
Gta V: medium (some high) Fxaa @ 60-70fps
Tf2: Max 8x msaa @ 120fps
Dirt 3: Max @ 130fps
Paladins: Max @ 90fps
Rocket League: Max @ 80fps
Border lands: Max !1440p! @ 60fps

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Laquel 5 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I think the possibility to get a good quality PSU is really one of the greatest benefits in building your own PC. It's just one of those parts that OEM's like HP etc. just get cheapest possible one that will last the one year warranty period and then "poof".

TheGingerBeard 3 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

I've done a build with a 5350, and with a dedicated gpu and an ssd it is a great pc.

I notice you had in your notes about a gpu - a 750ti is a superb option; get one without an extra power connector so it will be ok with your psu.

Adding the gpu and ssd will make this into a much more powerful pc, and they are things which will be able to move easily to any future build :-)

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion!

gugu96 19 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Gingerbread says it already * am1 processors are only single channel anyway so mixing shouldn't matter, if it boots, it's fine!*

your choice of ram is fine! your cpu benefits from speed up to 1600mhz and uses only 1 channel. sooo got ram? check. got 1600mhz? check. all good!

the only mistake is to go with AM1 cpu/mobo for a gaming build. It's perfect for low power pc or htpc (I've just built a new AM1 htpc, not posted yet) but for gaming they aren't good.

if you add an extra discrete GPU don't expect full performance from it: the cpu is limitd to x4 data lanes on the pci-e connector, even if it has a x16 lanes mechanical. So whatever you throw at it will only get 25% of the maximal bandwidth.

This is your first DIY pc and it certainly won't be your last. +1 for NOT going on the tube TV ;) And thanks for the advice about the case.

TheGhostMan 4 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Not a bad build to be honest. Obviously you could've gotten better performing parts for the price range. Regardless, I do wish for the best of your build and your future builds as well. =)

+1 for effort.

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

You are right. I certainly could have.

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

After reading through the comments, I would suggest not listening to any negativity from people who have 0 builds completed on this website. I'm looking at you kurkuro and thescarybear123. It looks like they never read any descriptions and instead just stalk and criticize.

Be proud that you have a build posted cryova.

kurkuro 1 point 45 months ago

I did specifically point out that it was not meant to put a bad rep or make him feel bad about his build, so please read what other people say next t,e, if you please.

biggles5107 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I defiantly plan to use more ASRock motherboard in the future!

Yeah! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't use Asrock motherboards!

Skylord 2 points 44 months ago

Nice build! I can't wait to see an update :)

Strychn9ne 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Nice little starter build. I remember my first, it was a second hand Pentium 3 rig with an I can't remember what it was PCI GPU and 512 MB of RAM. We've all gotta start somewhere, right? At 900p this would do quite nicely in less demanding games such as Counter Strike GO or League of Legends with an R7 360 GPU or equivalent. Throw a decent $100 GPU at it and it will run quite well for you.

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Yep I plan to come back to this build later and make it better.

Strychn9ne 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Awesome! Remember too that you can always look at last gen GPU's and used or refurbished ones to save a bit more. It's a bit sketchy sometimes but you can buy used GPU's on ebay. Just pick a seller with a high feedback score and you should be safe. I bought a used Phenom II 965 off ebay a few years ago for $80 and it's still humming along today in my old rig. It came with bent pins (UPS sucks) and the seller offered to ship me another one for free after I sent some pics. Instead of waiting on that I straightened the pins, he even said if I broke them trying to fix it he'd still replace it.

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

HAHA! I love this "Power Supply: I bet some of you are probably typing out an angry message of how bad this PSU is already." and this "Do not use this case whatever you do" and this "Then the guy there explained how we would need like $50 in adapters in order to do that, and we would get garbage quality"

Very clever and well written. That alone has made this build, regardless of the part quality. I hope you get yourself a computer that can run whatever you wish it to. As for right now, excellent first time build and descriptions.


Side question: you had mentioned micro center. This wouldn't be the one located in Tustin CA would it?

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

The Micro Center is the one in Denver, Colorado. My next planned build will be able to tank this thing to pieces.

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Keep us posted please! I want to see what system you move to next and share your excitement when comparing specs.

Wcschuyler 9 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

what games are you trying to play just minecraft?

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Also KSP and Prison Architect.

Brendenmc11 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Cool. I'm 13 and I managed to build a $400 budget gaming PC and it works amazingly! With an amd a10 7850k APU 3.7Ghz (@4.0Ghz) 4gb of 1600mhz ram (@2000mhz) which is less ram than you lol. And I max out nearly every game I play. Or at least decent settings. I can play skyrim on high settings at about 20-30 frames and that's the most demanding game I have! Anyways I do plan on following you along your PC building adventures!

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

That might have to be my next build. Or at least some kind of A10. Probably with on die r7.

Brendenmc11 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Cool. Yeah if it does happen to be your next build I'll definitely check it out

aludka 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Parts aside, please clean up those cables...

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

This case has zero cable managment.

gregtour 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

My only advice would be to buy a graphics card, in whatever price range. That would make the biggest difference compared to running everything on the APU. I'm also not sure what operating system you are using but that would also make a difference.

I would also say that you could stick with 4 GB RAM instead of 6 GB. It's always possible to upgrade down the road but that amount of memory would probably not be noticeable . That's one way to save $16.

Arandompersonthatbuildspcs 1 point 41 months ago

Get more memory, dual channel, a better CPU too, and an actual graphics card.

JGDowns 1 point 38 months ago

Sell the drums

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

This is a very old build. There is an updated one that shows the GTX 950. I actually need to update it again to show my i5-4690k.

MrBacon4114 1 point 27 months ago

Just thought i'd say this, but we have the same desk.

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

I got mine second-hand for free.

kurkuro 0 points 45 months ago

Yes, I did read the desc. But please take note that this is not to hurt you in any kind of way, this is only some advice. If you are wondering, I am running an 8 year old Optiplex 755 PC with 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD, and a Radeon HD 3450. It still serves me well with casual gaming and net surfing. But do save more money, and if you plan to build a new PC, please remember to not skimp out on any components, for this will cost you more rather than buying a good quality component and do use either Intel Skylake, or AMD Zen on your next build. I also would like to tell you that I'm a little fearful of your PSU because it is a cheap one, and might explode suddenly. Lastly, I do not believe that AMD will be support their AM1 APU lineup anymore and Amd Zen will be using a unified socket which is upgrade-able in case you want to go from APU to the FX lineup.

Edit: AMD Zen will be released next year and Intel Skylake will be on August**

dsargent7 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Telling someone to get CPUs that aren't even out yet for their budget build seems a little counter-intuitive. AMD might have some budget friendly Zen chips near launch, but I don't think they'll be very close to 50 bucks. And you and I both know that a Skylake CPU won't be budget friendly. There are some obvious flaws, but for just over 300 bucks for the whole machine, there isn't a whole lot to lose by going cheap, and if something does go wrong with a part, well, good thing it was cheap and he'll have learned what not to use through his own experience.

The best thing he can do here is to grab a dedicated gpu and he should be alright.

syntaxerrur 22 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

I second this entire comment.

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I third it! This build was quite an exciting and learning experience for me!

kurkuro 0 points 45 months ago

He'll be wasting his money. The PCIe slot only electrically supports 2.0 x4 PCIe. And we both know intel is not budget friendly, but my friend, you forgot to remember the Pentium. Also, the Kabini will bottleneck(a little*) a lot of GPUs, such as the 750ti.


Just remember, that is only IF he wants more performance. Imo, I think that he will be fine with the tasks he will be doing with the Kabini.

dsargent7 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

You can run a low end card on a x4 mode slot. The higher end cards suffer quite a bit, but a lot of low end $100-ish cards will be fine on it and that's all he needs. It wouldn't be a waste. Yeah, a 750ti would suffer a bit, but that's something he might not need. If all he's playing is minecraft and KSP, then something like an R7 260 or a 730/740 would show negligible differences.

Value 0 points 45 months ago

Hey mate, this is a great job! Resembles a PC that I built for myself back when I was only 14 too!

Some changes I would have made:

  1. I would have put out more money for a decent PSU. This is perhaps the most important thing in a build. I know that this is a super budget build, but the PSU is a corner that I don't think can ever be cut.
  2. Spent just a tiny bit extra on a better CPU cooler because they're very cheap and you can get years of use out of them so they carry on through upgrades and different builds.
  3. I wouldn't have bothered with a CD drive. They're noisy and mostly useless these days. The money would have been better spent elsewhere.
  4. Held off until you could afford 2 sticks of Dual Channel RAM instead of going for 4 + 2GB. It doesn't matter on AMD chips though I guess.
  5. For $50 I would have gotten a GTX 8800 or something. They're only $50 these days and they're incredibly powerful if you're only gaming at 1080p. I had one that lasted me 4 years before it needed to be upgraded.

Otherwise nice job!

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

There is only 1 other CPU cooler on this socket. Would that be a good one? I didn't put a disk drive in, the case just came with that silly lid.

Value 1 point 45 months ago

I am not sure which one you mean, do you want to pass a link?

TheScaryBear123 -8 points 45 months ago

No offense or anything but its pretty rubbish. There are way better processers for that price. Why no gpu. Why the 6 gig of ram.

TheGingerBeard 3 Builds 4 points 45 months ago

am1 processors are only single channel anyway so mixing shouldn't matter, if it boots, it's fine!

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

I was foolish and didn't select a better processor. I didn't have the cash for more RAM or a GPU.

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ayy_l_mayo 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

RAM I have this odd mix of RAM simply because it is what was allowed in my budget.

can't you read?

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MannyPCs 1 point 29 months ago

This build was posted over a year ago, he has already built 3 other PC,s perhaps you should read the dates for when these were published as he will probably not respond to this

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MannyPCs 1 point 29 months ago

Well, he probably won't see this anyway

Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Lol, thanks. Yeah, I have a much different, much better build now. Thanks for the suggestion though!

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Cryova submitter 5 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Don't. This build is pretty awful for gaming. I would highly recommend getting a Pentinum G3258.Its a tad more pricey, yet many times better for gaming.

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