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This was my first build, and, to give you some idea of my requirements, my last computer was an unmodified Gateway SX2800. It could still more or less keep up with my usage patterns, too, since I generally don't have much going on other than Word, a media player, a download or two, and maybe a dozen Firefox tabs.

Unfortunately, as my trusty Gateway neared its seventh birthday, it started making some worrisome rattling noises. The hard drive was getting full, as well, even though I transfer most stuff to external storage.

My new computer didn’t need to be especially fast, then, but I wanted it to be quiet and budget-friendly with a much bigger hard drive. Quality/reliability was important, too. To that end, I looked at parts' ratings on here, Amazon, and NewEgg, and picked nothing scoring less than a four out of five.

Now here's the fun part: I made the admittedly iffy decision to order an AMD A6-5400 dual-core processor (TDP: 65 watts). I was sent an AMD FX-8370 eight-core processor (TDP: 125 watts). That seemed way too powerful (and power-hungry), so, with eBay's help, I traded down to a Pentium G4400 (TDP: 54 watts) – and $62.74 more than I started with. The prices I've listed are technically accurate, then (counting rebates and combo deals), but the true cost of this build was just $317.71!

Some additional thoughts on the shipping mix-up: The FTC says, "Finders, keepers." Also, as things stand, the company might not realize their inventory's off for weeks or months, never mind figure out who goofed. If I report the error, some poor warehouse drone will almost definitely be punished.

UPDATE, 11/21/16: Ugh. Just got a price alert on the Deepcool Gammax 300 CPU cooler. This computer's quiet, but for a shot at better cooling performance (not that I need it) and even less noise, I think I'm going to pull the trigger.

UPDATE, 11/26/2016: CPU cooler's in. It's definitely quieter than the stock one. Temperatures seem about the same, but I won't pretend to have monitored them closely before and I'm not sure they could get much lower, anyway. (The CPU package is currently idling at 27° C in a coolish room.) The computer's true cost is now $327.70.

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice budget build. +1 from me

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks.

  • 34 months ago
  • 3 points

Can we all just take time to appreciate how clean his carpet looks? God Damn.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Hahaha. That may not be the normal state of things . . . .

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, if you cleaned it up for the glamour shot, good form :)

+1

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Especially since he has a cat

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Right? Haha

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I made the admittedly iffy decision to order an AMD A6-5400 dual-core processor (TDP: 65 watts). I was sent an AMD FX-8370 eight-core processor (TDP: 125 watts). That seemed way too powerful (and power-hungry), so, with eBay's help, I traded down to a Pentium G4400 (TDP: 54 watts)

lol the psu could've resisted the AMD CPU...

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ha, yeah, true. I was just shooting for something efficient . . . I didn't need an eight-core monster gobbling electricity.

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Eight -core monster? maybe if you compare it to a potato

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

0/10 no titan X's. jk. did you already have the PSU when you decided to not keep the 8370? because I probably would have just gotten a bigger PSU and kept it its a good processor. nevertheless this build is an excellent home PC

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the PSU deal was just about the first thing I swooped on, and I figured the 8370 might've been overkill for my needs. But thanks!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I've generally always preferred seeing budget builds like this over the typical i5/i7/1080/1070/1060 builds. They're more interesting to look at.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

What's the cats name it's adorable also you need dual titan x's and x99 platform for those word documents and internet it great value I promise

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Her name's Leeloo, and thanks, she's my baby. But I might have to pass on those parts for now. ;-)

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Using this to help aid me in building my first (budget) build.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck! Thanks to Google and sites like this, it's not bad at all.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, you're right. Not the actual process though; just finding decent parts for an upgrade. I have an HP from 08 I believe and I've come to find out that the motherboard is causing harddrive errors. I think I can handle a future build say for my personal gaming needs but this would just be for the home desktop that everyone can use. Thanks.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Although, I am curious as to why you went with 1 stick of 8gb instead of 2x4gb? Was it on sale?

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, that's all. Right this moment, it looks like you've got to spend at least $41 for 8GB (DDR4-2133), and that's with a CAS latency of 16. Mine was $38 with a CAS latency of 14 . . . not a massive improvement in either respect, but good enough for me, I guess.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Budget PC. +1 for the cat

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Fx 8370 to Pentium G4400. WOW.

Not too bad, should throw in RX 460 or GTX 1050.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, but I don't game.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Does not GAME but still does a Good build, Hmmm... the pc master race has truly touched us all. Your Great.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Kitty!

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