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Cheap Craigslist PC

by Cookies81



Date Published

Nov. 29, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.253 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


I bought this computer for $300 CDN on craigslist about a year ago

So I used to have a x-fire 7970 i5 4460 build a few years ago (https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/f3xYcf) , and after I graduated high school, driving was more important to me; I sold the pc and bought a car. Fast forward 2 years, and I want to get back into PC gaming. I am more on a budget now than I was with my previous rig.

I picked this up from a college kid who had been bought a new PC by his parents, and he was trying to get rid of this one asap. It is a Digitalstorm prebuilt system from a few years back, I tore the system down and tried to match the parts as well as I could to what is available on this site.

All in all, the system performs great for what it is. I game at 1080p , and have yet to find a game the system can't handle. I play mostly Payday 2, CSGO here and there, Skyrim and Forza horizon 4; not real demanding games, so I am not asking much of it.

CPU; It is great! The i3 6320 has help up well, even while using two monitors and multitasking with schoolwork and such. The Zalman cooler is very ugly, but does the job well!

Motherboard; the h110 Asus board does what I need it to. My only issue being it's a mATX board, I love SLI and was hoping to do that in the future with the 960. Oh well

RAM; DIGITALSTORM branded ram, I was unable to find what manufacturer they were sourcing from at the time the system was built. It is 8gb of ddr4 and 2666 mhz, so I am not complaining

GPU; ASUS Strix 960 4GB. I am super happy with this card in a $300 system. It runs everything I have thrown at it without ever dipping below 30fps. I only game in 1080p so this is perfect.

PSU; EVGA 500w 80 plus rated. It is no 80+ gold unit like my old system, but I am glad to have an evga unit. I have had 2 corsair psus crap out on me in the past.

Case; It resembles a Corsair 200r in my opinion with the window and all, but I cannot find any branding other than digitalstorm!

Storage; The only think I added to this system after i bought it being this SSD for 60$ new at the time. Works great.

Most importantly, it has RGB! That will give me a bump in fps for sure

All in all, man it is a good system for $300CAD!

If anybody has any suggestions for upgrading/future proofing on a budget with the existing motherboard please let me know :)

Comments Sorted by:

Grandfeatherex 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

i'm kinda glad you didn't find the exact case you have, because i like the one you linked more, so it works for me lol (hard to find something without a window and parts without strobe lights on them)

it is an odd choice to have a micro board in a mid tower (especially with the window showing that off) but for $300 that's a great deal... even more so if it came with the McD coffee stickers lol

as for upgrading i'd say 2 x 8 or 16 gig sticks of ram first, then if you do get another comp later you should still be able to use that ram in a new set up https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/y9rcCJ/corsair-memory-cmk16gx4m2a2400c16 or https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/qFgPxr/corsair-memory-cmd32gx4m2b2800c14 (though that's more than the comp cost you, if you keep the ram it came with and eventually get a new PC you could pull the good ram and try reselling the PC and h

Cookies81 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Thank you! I appreciate the advice. I agree i was bummed about the board, but it is what it is. As for the ram, 8gb doesnt really cut it these days so probably should upgrade that next. Thanks!

Vairfoley 30 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

Great build for the price!

You could go up to an i7-7700K with that motherboard so you have plenty of room to upgrade. If you're on a budget, I'd go up to a 6600K or 7600K when you can. That way, you'll be able to swap in a better GPU down the line without any issues.