Description

I built this 5 months ago. I do admit that the part choice was a failure, but I was able to buy all of this for only $250 out of my own wallet, which is practically a steal for these kinds of components. I will admit that; and it was my birthday, so this was a great gift to me.

Pictures included are the best I could do, I'm a "broke 13 year old", if you will, though not as broke as I could be, which is great.

PC works fine and as intended, though I'll admit that it could've been better. But hey! Only $250 for me to buy really!

I should mention that I picked all of these parts without pcpartpicker, without asking for assistance from reddit, without consulting anybody besides myself, which is why I'm calling it a failure after using it for 5 months. I also should've gotten a 240GB ssd.

Part Reviews

CPU

I would give this CPU 3.5 stars, but it does very well, almost packing the power of a Ryzen 3 1200, at much higher TDPs mind you, but it does have very great power for being made in 2013. Whilst I should've opted for the more energy efficient Ryzen 3 1200 and OC'd it, I still think this can hold it's own a little bit.

CPU Cooler

Great cooler, especially for only $20. Practically a steal, heck even $30 still makes it worth it. While the sensors on the FX 8350 are wrong, my idles I'd assume are very low, and at 125W TDP, it never goes below 60 degrees C ( 140 F ). Excellent for the price!

Motherboard

5 stars because it automatically undervolts my CPU and does everything that I wouldn't have to worry about.

Memory

It's ram. Doesn't have any problems thus far.

Storage

Not the best choice, but a nice-to-have for $35. I'd have to admit that I should've gotten a 240GB SSD, but you can live with it as long as you have 300GB+ of extra space.

Storage

Not sure why it's $50, considering I could get 3TB ofr $80. 4 stars because of pricing, but it was fairly nice.

Video Card

Doesn't perform all that much better than a 750 Ti, but it still does fairly fine, though it is noticeable.

Case

For $100, this is not acceptable. Cable management wasn't a breeze or easy compared to a $100 alternative ( in 2017 ), so I'd recommend anything rather than this, Tesseract BW is a nice budget one, and the Fractal Meshify C or Define C are both very good options rather than this hunk of junk. But it is old, and it still does a fair job, with great build quality, and since I can still get the job done in it & it was good for it's time, it's getting 3 stars instead of 2.

Power Supply

Nice Corsair power supply. Needs more modular cables though, pickup one of EVGA's G3/2 series rather than this,

Optical Drive

Speedy opens and closes! Sweet!

Operating System

Windows 10 is too much privacy invasion for me atm, I'd have to get use to the privacy sneaks soon, or I'd just move to linux.

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Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Cant believe you chose that case and its 100$ too, so many better options. Corsair 400c, phanteks p400s, fractal define c.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I know :p

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah getting a whole system for $250 (even a old FX based system) is a win in my book. +1 good job on the deals. Try for 4.5Ghz on the CPU that should be relatively easy with the mobo and cooling you have.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

pretty good for 250$ +1 dankest budget pc

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know man. This is a pretty solid $250 build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

This will do just fine.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Build: M5A97 LE R2.0 8320 1050 SC 8GB PSU 700+

I have a build close to this but I have this problem when I install my GPU my PC stop working like restarting randomly, restarts when opening program, and random errors thank you.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

have you tried clearing the CMOS by any chance removing any OCs you made and also reflashing/updating the bios ( last precaution, do this when all else fails. you can brick your mobo if you do that :D )

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually the gpu is much better than a 750ti isn't it?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Not much better, but slightly. It's barely noticeable.