Description

This build was strictly for fun as I have been wanting to put together a CAP (cheap as possible) build for a long time. My requirements? Well, just...cheap. I had no expectations in terms of performance so with that said, the part choice is rather obvious when trying to build a basic home PC while going easy on the wallet.

I will say, however, that even though the parts are cheap, this system actually feels rather snappy and it still blows my old(ish) laptop out of the water. It is perfect for basic web browsing and other light tasks. I haven't messed around with it too much yet but if anyone has any specific benchmarks that they would like me to run, I'd be more than happy to provide that information for you. Normally, this build would cost a bit more but I was able to score deals on almost every piece.

Build Notes

  • Motherboard was on sale at Micro Center but only after I purchased the CPU at full cost. (That's how they get ya)

  • RAM, HDD and Chassis were all purchased on craigslist. HDD was brand new.

  • I'm not familiar with this CPU but the idle temps seem a bit too high. I will be adding a silent 120mm fan to see if this makes a difference.

  • The clearance on the CPU cooler is very limited. I think I may be feeding the PSU all the hot air but oh well.

  • I absolutely HATED installing the CPU heatsink. The two push pins were difficult to mount in a somewhat simultaneous pattern while trying to avoid bubbles in the pre-applied thermal paste.

  • Did you notice the floating HDD? I didn't realize that this chassis does not have support for a 2.5 HDD. Instead, I just mounted it with 2 screws in place of the 3.5 bay. If you plan on using this case with an SSD or 2.5 HDD, be sure to purchase a cheap 3.5 to 2.5 converter.

UPDATE - added a 3.5 to 2.5 HDD adapter. (Last pic related)

Thanks PCPartPicker!

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Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build! Reminds me of when I made my little AMD 5350. Except my case was different... and had its own issues. The only difference is, I don't have a Micro Center. Awesome deals and awesome build for its intended purpose. +1

  • I forgot to ask. Do you intend to change the PSU down the road? Just curious since I'm switching my crappy PSU from my AMD 5350 build at the end of the year.
  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks Eltech! Yeah I'm not sure if this chassis can support a PSU swap since they came together? If anything it would have to be an SFX form factor. Maybe sometime but for now, I'm not using it that much.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Love cheap builds like this. +1

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you fn230. I must say, it is so much more rewarding when building with a strict budget than it is with an unlimited budget. It forces you to get creative and squeeze the build for every last drop in performance.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely agree with you. It's very fulfilling to see minimal or outdated hardware punching far above its weight. For the last couple of years, I've had a netbook with an E2-1800 APU and got it to do everything from basic tasks to video editing and rendering. It served me well, so I've grown attached to it and am currently repairing it to put it back into service.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The CPU Cooler is fighting for air, not feeding the PSU. And the PSU fan will beat that poor little fan like a bully for lunch money. Low profile cooler or some new form of forced intake of cool air overtop the motherboard and those temps should level right out

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment ziggurat666. I realize that both fans are blowing in the opposite direction so they are technically fighting for air but the surrounding heat that is disbursed from the mobo and CPU is the only thing around for the PSU to eat. That is what I meant by feeding the PSU.

I agree with the solution, the forced intake from the side panel is on my to do list.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Add a gtx 750 ti to it and it will be able to handle 1080p games

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure if I can fit one in there? It would need to be pretty slim. Either that or I'm misjudging the size. Thanks for commenting!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

The gtx 750 ti is a very small card should it shouldn't be a problem. Great build btw!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I will have to look into that. Thank you!

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

tiny_voices will have a word with about that PSU

there is one issue with one sided mounting

when the HDD is spinning

it will be vibrating quite badly

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with all your points. Even though this PSU is horrendous, it came with the chassis and I have no need to replace it with another at this time. Can I fit an SFX for factor in there? I'm not sure but I will do some research.

Also, I will be buying a mounting bracket soon. Thanks!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes this PSU sucks, but OP is probably pulling 50w from it MAX. It is certainly not doing the components any favors, and it is only a 192w PSU, but it should be ok until he can get something better in there.

YEs any SFX PSU will fit. Silverstone make many excellent ones.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

So far I've made two 5350 build and I can relate to the pushpins. They just totally destroy your fingers, I hate them very much.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for having plenty of pictures! It blows my mind that people do builds and post one or two low quality pictures. Neat little build. The 5350 is a nice cheap lower power cpu. Currently using it in my HTPC setup.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the case come with any case fan?

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

No fan at all. In fact, I'm not even sure if I recall it having any mounting for one.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn! System overheat

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

They say "thermally designed"...

I think they must assume that anything that is going to use the included PSU (250w) must not be that demanding. The PSU technically grabs the heat from the CPU. If you are planning on using it, just make sure the hardware isn't too crazy. It doesn't even support a 2 slot PCIe card so it cant be that crazy.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Try... an A10-7860K, with the intent of light gaming like Tera or CS:GO

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah temps might creep. I did see a guy fit a 120mm fan on the side in place of the HDD mount. That might be your best bet. Or, just get a different chassis.

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  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I will try this today and report back soon.