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First PC Build (Budget)

by Craftain



Date Published

Oct. 29, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

902 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz


This build, even though not made with high end parts, means quite a bit to me, mostly because I've been gaming on a laptop for about 3 years now :P Now I know instead of getting the apu, I should've gotten the Athlon or something, but I was on a rly tight budget, lol.

Now on to the build story

Took me about a week to build, mostly because I've performed probably every rookie mistake in the book. Wanna know them? Let me start. The first (and one that I'm legitimately embarrassed about) was that instead of plugging my monitor display port to the gpu, I plugged it into the onboard graphics, so I wasn't getting video. Afterwards I thought it was a problem with the parts I brought, so I did a ton of research, and I finally found out that I plugged it in to the wrong port. Felt so dumb after that xD

Another one was that I didn't find a port for the case fan on my mobo, so I thought it wasn't compatible with it. Then I found the PSU plug for it 2 days later when I saw a build on YouTube.

Last one was that I realized that the gpu covered the PCI-E slot I needed for the WiFi card, so yh.

If you're wondering, no, this build is not to play games that are too graphics intensive. I mostly play Minecraft and other games using basically the same amount of graphics power. At least I get 300fps max, but I get a lot of frame drops, so I limited it to 120. I get 90fps with shaders on, which is the same fps I get on my laptop with low settings :P

So yeah, all in all, pretty proud of it, does what it needs to do. Light gaming and occasional school work. It was for my 13th bday, and I'm pretty happy with it :D

Part Reviews


Decided to get this cpu mainly because it does pretty well for its price, and it's doing pretty well for me so far :D


Nothing too fancy or too decorated, but it's doing quite well for me so far ;)

Video Card

I don't play too many graphics-heavy games, so this card is pretty good for me.

Comments Sorted by:

bobdude_01 3 Builds 6 points 42 months ago

Cool build! You probably could have gone with a Radeon HD 6670 to take advantage of the AMD APU that is in your A6-5400k, and get better performance in games. But overall a nice build.

+1 for buying a tower/psu combo then buying a better psu XD

Eltech 20 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

I agree with this. OP could have increased the APU's Frame Buffer Rate to 1GB. Gigabyte's UEFI DualBIOS > Peripherals > GFX Configuration > UMA Frame Buffer Rate > select 1GB. Or less like 512MB/256MB. I wouldn't have paired a GT 730 with any APU.

  • I had to do this with my sister's build since I had so much stuttering. I think adding in 2x4GB, 1866 of RAM helped a ton too but still had some stutters. Though this APU I bought was on Amazon at 2014 as new for $29.99. When I decided to use it this year of summer, it had 5 bent pins... And I almost broke one off when trying to fix it. It works, the last time I saw it at my sister's place.

If OP really desired a GPU, they could have seen a list, something like this Recommended graphics cards for AMD dual-graphics. Sorry that it's a year old but just something to read about. Or even what the box suggests is an HD 6450 or HD 6570. The list I hyperlinked mentions about something even more. It's not a need but some of us might be curious to try it or some other possible reasons.

Otherwise, it's a good starting build!

Craftain submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Yeah, I should've probably gotten something compatible with Dual Graphics, so if I'm ever planning on getting a new GPU, I'll probably take advantage of the APU, or get a better CPU + GPU combo. Probs the Athlon x4 860k with a GTX 650 or something like that. No need to get any better GPU except for the 650 since I don't really play graphics-hungry games :P

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Hey, it's all good. I had my fair share of mistakes too so it's no bigge. At least you have up-gradable options or adjustments if need be with this build. So you will be set on what you need I think!

  • Darn, wish I could sell this GTX 650 to you if were a local for a "I'm getting rid-of-it" price tag. I have this unwrapped, unused PNY GTX 650 1GB that sits in my room doing absolutely nothing. I bought it last year but it had the wrong connectors that I needed. So for a year and a half it sits on my bookshelf, and tries to look pretty. Such as life. :)

I wish you for the best with your new PC, enjoy it!

Craftain submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Yup, loving it so far! Don't worry about the 650, I'm planning on using the 730 for a long as it serves me well :P Thanks though!

Eltech 20 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Glad to hear! Hey, now I just got an idea on what to do with this GTX 650. I think I can use it by the end of the year. Thank you too. :)

Craftain submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Um, I got a separate PSU, it's on the part list. Reviews weren't too good for the PSU that came with the case, so I decided to play safe and get a better one. I got an EVGA 430W ATX12V /EPS12V

xDiiThy 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I think the interated apu could have been better not worth spending on a gpu that is relatively close in performance again the hd 6670 would have been could but other than that smart choices.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

I guess you could update the bios and throw a 860k when you have the money (then recycle or resell the a6). I think the 4 cores vs 2 will make a nice difference. Then in the future add something like a 750Ti (should be pretty cheap by now) or a 950 / 380 and you're good to go for quite some time!

KraeganEpsilon 2 points 42 months ago

heck yea they're under $100

Craftain submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Actually was planning on getting the 860k when I have the chance, lol, but thanks

KraeganEpsilon 1 point 42 months ago

Your laptop is better than mine. I'm saving up for a build, and my laptop runs on a Celeron Duo, 29FPS Minimal settings if im lucky

miscbuchanan 1 point 42 months ago

I just want to point out that to save some extra $ you could have not used the Optical Drive.

Blue51 1 point 41 months ago

IF it was just the APU then I would have said get faster ram (and more ram) Also when you earn some more money I would suggest upgrading the CPU.RAM.and the GPU

+1 For Budget System

iiEros 1 point 41 months ago

please tell me you didn't actually spend $90 on Windows

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Craftain submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yeah, I used a lot of the budget on everything else (along with the WiFi adapter I'm not able to use :( ) before buying the GPU, which was not a smart move on my part xD It works fine for the games I play anyway

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Craftain submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Yes, it definitely can. Also, I'm less of a noob with computer parts now, this card isn't too good for it's price imo. You should get the 750ti instead, if you're willing to spend a bit more. It's way better for the price. http://pcpartpicker.com/product/NMqdnQ/evga-video-card-02gp43753kr