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First Budget "Gaming" Rig

by STRYK3R15



CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

820 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.15 GHz


This is my first build and I was on an extreme budget. My parents bought me my AOC e2243Fwk monitor on sale for $99, and I already had some headsets. I decided to go from console to PC, and everything works wonderful. I wish I could have gone higher budget wise, but I'm quite content with everything. Sorry about the pictures! I have no idea why they came out like that.

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Dat_name 2 Builds 14 points 72 months ago

I always feel that if you can not afford a SOLID power supply, then you should not even build a computer in the first place.

PSU's are the one component in a build that always gets neglected, and i think its because most people think along the lines of "well if its cheap, powers my computer, and has semi decent reviews its good enough for me." but its the only thing in your computer than can totally destroy your components should it fail.

The reliability on those PSU's are volatile. Some people don't have any problems with them, but i bet 10% of those things fail within a couple years. The reviews on those PSU are probably from people who just installed them in their computer and were happy it powered on. There is no way in hell i would ever power any of my PC's with one of those things.

Read the bad reviews on that PSU, that you bought, there is a very large proportion of people that have reported these thing frying their motherboards and psu's. 15% of people on Newegg voting 1-2 eggs.... thats pretty terrible man.

hdmiller610 1 Build 4 points 72 months ago

the phenom II x4 965 BE is only $2 more

edman545 10 Builds 2 points 72 months ago

Excellent budget build. I'll agree that the power supply is risky and should be replaced at the first opportunity, but at the same time I have a HEC that has been running a frankenstein of old parts for over 2 years now(athlon64 3800+, ddr400, hd 3870). If it blows, I don't really care because the parts are kinda junk anyway, but it has been solid so far.

Also, if you had better power, you could overclock a bit. My 7750 runs at 875 mhz/ 1200mhz ram just fine.

So start saving and watch for a sale. You should be able to nab a decent one for $40 to $50

ViolentBoo 2 points 66 months ago

The only thing I recommend is to replace the power supply with a CX430, Corsair is a trusted brand.

andrewl14 1 Build 2 points 56 months ago

Upvote for joining the master race. And awesome build!

Hydro 1 point 72 months ago

This is pretty good! I wouldn't have skimped out on the power supply though... I would have gone with dual channel memory too...

How do you like the 7750?

STRYK3R15 submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

I originally wanted to go with a Corsair Power Supply, but I really could not afford it and this was the next best, and it really is not all that bad, it's holding up great. I should have gone with dual channel, don't know why I didn't. The 7750 is great for older games, I haven't tried any newer games other than PlanetSide 2, and I can only do medium/high graphics. I plan to get $1000 to do a whole new build, and better.

Hydro 1 point 72 months ago

That's good :)

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Mincading 12 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

hows the case?

STRYK3R15 submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Not great, not bad.

Oliver 5 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

Only thing I see is the lack of dual channel memory which the memory supports. Great other than that!

Booth21209 3 points 72 months ago

You do realize dual channel is not a property of memory..... It's the CPU capabilities

Oliver 5 Builds 2 points 72 months ago

Yes, sorry, meant to say CPU, but was thinking about memory when typing it!

FokMaster 2 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

Should have went with the 7770 though. its only 10-20 bucks more expensive now these days.

STRYK3R15 submitter 1 Build 4 points 72 months ago

I know, but my 7750 was on sale for 85$, though not too long after that sale, an ASUS 7770 was on sale for $90. Sales are a pain.

gman23rules 2 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

Not a bad build at all. Things I would've done differently would be to get rid of the cd/dvd. theyre getting phased out for the most part in most builds now a days considering the fact you can get an OS on a thumb drive now, and i would've taken the money and put it to the PSU. the 955 is a great chip and the 965 is only a few dollars more so you could've gone either ways on that. the 7750 isn't a bad card for mid level gaming but i'd save up for a 7770 or a 7850 if you want to play some more intense games. but its not a bad build it shows just how much performance you can get even on a slim budget. going AMD was a good choice IMO because going Intel on a budget is pretty hard, especially when your going for gaming. i'll take a 965 BE over an i3 anyday but thats just me

jpm0830 1 point 72 months ago

lol at the pictures, saw another like this :P

Jayden_ 1 point 48 months ago

Did you have to purchase fans for the case? I'm looking into this case myself.

keevisgoat 0 points 59 months ago

no offnce i dont understand why people dond go with the athlon x4 750k its cheaper and has similar proformence to the phenom 955 a

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STRYK3R15 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Sorry to replay so late, but I did have to buy a new one, do not go with it.