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:
- Get a better processor of a different socket. This one is okay, but you can do better.
- I suggest getting 8 GB of RAM instead of 6.
- Do not use this case whatever you do.
- Throw in a decent $100 or so Graphics Card. It will help. A LOT.
- Get a better keyboard and mouse.
Enjoy This Build!
Poorly build. Very cheap. Highly recommended against using!