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The $200 PC
by SEWComputers
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EDIT: I feel sorry for the guy who spent $4600+ and probably hours of work for an ultimate editing rig, while I spent $200 and two hours building and filming a video and am drowning in karma. Sorry to /u/wvondrak!

As a pre-note, the prices may seem low. But they are. I had to patrol Ebay for quite some time to find these deals (i.e. people who sold new or like new items with one hour bid times (to pressure people into bidding, I presume), hoping the bidding would reach over market value). But I won. I won them all. So, I decided to make an extremely cheap build. RAM was free with motherboard, and I already had the TX3 from a previous build. Most parts were either new in box or "like new"

Sorry for the lack of pictures, but in my defense, I was filming a YouTube video. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvdBf8xYQZo

Everywhere on PCPartPicker, I see the word "budget" being thrown around lightly. $500? $750? Even $1250?!? No. They are all wrong. THIS is budget.

For about the price of 200 McDonalds hamburgers, I forged the [nearly] perfect MicroATX system, one that could actually sort of game. However, this build did not come without challenges. Cable management was almost non-existent, the bottom panel connectors were a PAIN to get in, and my stock heatsink was faulty, nearly destroying my so painstakingly earned CPU. But, in the end, everything worked out fine, and I actually think the cable management isn't too bad for a case this size.

This case pains me. It gave me cramps from trying to install the front panel connectors, it made me pull a muscle (if that's even possible), and it has little to no airflow. I barely made it work, but it was all worth it.

Thanks to everyone at Ebay who sold me stuff! I love you!

Part List
AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.1GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle39.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load54.0° C
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DjArtifact 37 points 12 months ago


JoeOC [1 Build] 24 points 12 months ago

Just look at the Toms Hardware forums user created "budget builds". The average price of the AMD builds is $700

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 26 points 12 months ago

Hah, I showed them! :D

SuperHax0r 0 points 4 days ago

you're a dumbass with a crap pc that can't even run the games of a pc with 400 dollars.

mikeythegamer 1 point 1 day ago

Actually, he can. With my A8-5600k OC'd at 4.1GHz (Practically same specs w/ OC), I get ~125fps on BF4 and about 85 on Cry 3, along w/ 55 on COD: Ghosts. These are extremely intensive games.

SuperHax0r 1 point 1 day ago

Nice lying. Dude your APU is never worth the CPU plus GPU combined. 125 fps on BF4? Hey dumbass, the GTX 780 is barely even capable of running BF4 on 120 fps let alone your cheap crappy APU.

mikeythegamer 1 point 8 hours ago

Ooooh, we got a fanboy of Intel and nVidia here!

sketch24 [6 Builds] 16 points 12 months ago

Really nice way to budget.

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 7 points 12 months ago


TerraPosse [1 Build] 12 points 12 months ago

Thrifty build, Sir!

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 4 points 12 months ago

Thank you!

dgb1119 11 points 12 months ago

give this man a medal.

subbed. hope to see good videos.

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 5 points 12 months ago

Thank you! I probably will be posting one in the next two weeks, I'm kinda busy.

lmao234 10 points 12 months ago

For about the price of 200 McDonalds hamburgers...

Sh*t hamburgers are $1 in America? I gotta go there. Dayum... dat build.

StewieMonSta [2 Builds] 3 points 4 months ago

That's why they're so fat :P

Apach3 [2 Builds] 6 points 12 months ago

lol and console players complain that good gaming PCs are expensive...

zoopy [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

ikr, LOL pc all the way

shapaza [2 Builds] 5 points 12 months ago

This is probably one of the cheapest computer builds I've seen on this site. Price-wise that is, not cheaply built ;)

If this is meant to be a gaming build though, you should probably get a discrete video card like a Radeon HD 7770; it'll still be pretty cheap (~$300 for the entire build) and run most games at medium to high settings.

Also, what'd you do for the OS?

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 7 points 12 months ago

Thanks! I might add a 7770 later, but I don't really need it now. Battlefield 3 runs at low settings with 1080p with this thing, although I suspect that I could get medium if I had 1866 or 2133 RAM.

Currently, I'm running this thing on Ubuntu. I might get Windows later, I'm looking into what my school offers.

islushi 4 points 12 months ago

0;50 in the youtube video ; the outside of the anti-static bag does not conduct electricity, its just a manufaturer warning that once you take it out of the bag, the bag cannot protect it from static shock. On the other hand, however, building on carpet might be quite dangerous since you can actually build up static.

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 5 points 12 months ago


"A GOOD bag has antistatic properties on both the inside and outside of the bag’s film construction."

While this is sometimes true, not all antistatic bags have the coating on both sides. It's always better to be safe than sorry, in my opinion.

I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to watch the video!

jekhari.lovett 4 points 12 months ago

Now this is what i call budget with style i don't think i have the patience to shop that hard and i still want enough power to play with the big boys so i concede defeat on trying to top this I'm happy if i walk out the door under $700. AWESOME BUILD

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks! It takes quite a bit of work unfortunately, I think I spent about 6 months picking out and gathering the pieces.

jekhari.lovett 1 point 12 months ago

I'm sure but kudos to you for it.

zoopy [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

Can this game?

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

At low settings, yes it can do 1080p battlefield 3. You may have to turn the resolution down/use directx 10 if you don't have faster RAM.

BC1096 2 points 12 months ago


fizzwizz15 2 points 12 months ago

That is wicked! :D

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago


gabegabbert [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

This is such a steal! yay ebay!

Just wanted to tell you I got the same HDD on newegg for 37$ open box. Could have saved 13$ haha.

Truly well done though! Love seeing ACTUAL budget builds.

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I guess, but the hard drive was new in box and I don't exactly trust open box nearly as much, especially for delicate items like a hard drive.

gabegabbert [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

You're definitely right, but this build could have been the 187$ Build.

Though I admit it doesn't have the same ring to it! hahaha

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 3 points 12 months ago

I might actually try to get a $100 build done. If I get an A4, a hard drive, and a motherboard at an especially good deal, I could probably do one of those :)

gabegabbert [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

That would be damn intense 0_o

You might HAVE to go with open box to fit that budget, like it or not haha.

Itroitnyah [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

I think people say budget for $700 builds because in relativity to every other build on this forum, most are around the $1250+ mark, so $700 is a huge step down from that.

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

I personally think $200 is a pretty big step down from $700 :)

Itroitnyah [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

It is, but when you have an average of $1250 builds being displayed on this site (I don't know the actual average), $700 is a pretty cheap build. Obviously not as cheap as this build, of course, haha. What do you even plan on using this computer for? Did you just build it for fun, or is it your main computer?

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

My philosophy is, if you can afford a decent discrete video card, it's no longer budget, although compared to everything else on this site, $700 is relatively cheap. This build actually isn't for me, it's for a relative of mine who needs a computer. The 6800k is sort of overkill for all intents and purposes, but it was the best bang for the buck!

Itroitnyah [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Ah, alright. Nice. Hope your relative enjoys it :)

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I'm sure she will. Thanks for the feedback!

bigpete08 1 point 6 months ago

Well a budget doesn't necessarily mean that you have to spent as little as money as possible it just means that you have a budget and you are tying to make the most out of it. To me budget builds simply means that your money is tight and you are trying to make the most out of the that tight money. Not trying to take anything from you, this is art.

ReDnAx1991 [6 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Dat comparison (I would have gone for the hamburgers though) XD just kidding, epic build +1. Enjoy!

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

I would gladly sacrifice 200 hamburgers for this :/ haha, thanks for the feedback!

SneakyBastardSword 1 point 4 months ago

I don't have to sacrifice hamburgers: I'm a vegitarian lol. SAVE THE COWS GET A COMPUTER!

Bluesmurph [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

LOL... I was making a Part List for a cheap ass computer... and I saw this build when looking for my last part (the case). We have the same exact parts picked out (except I have a 500gb hard drive).

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Nice! I hope you have good luck building yours! It's a great experience.

Duelix 2 points 10 months ago

This is an amazing build. You just redefined budget gaming :D Are you gonna add faster ram in the future? You'll benefit pretty well from it.

xIMcCloud29Ix [3 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

Well budget does not necessarily mean "as cheap as possible" (it can be) but more so that it pertains to one's personal funds. Regardless this build is really cool, and I agree that $1,250 isn't really a budget in any way, shape, or form.

8F01C198997 [8 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

"Budget" doesn't always mean small budget, though it is overused on PCPartPicker.

Mincading [10 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

looks like you got the motherboard from NCIX_OUTLET? can you confirm? im planning on getting it from them. how long did it take to ship?

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I didn't get the board from NCIX Outlet, unfortunately, so I can't comment on them. Someone was selling the board and RAM for $50 combo deal, so I took it. I hope you have luck building your system!

Medsport 1 point 12 months ago

Wow and I thought I was looking for a budget build. The CPU and PSU were particularly good deals. I may have to check out ebay, but then again I'm sick of searching the web for deals and advice already.

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tazukia 1 point 11 months ago

Did the A10 work in the MSI out of the box or did you need to flash the BIOS? If it worked out of the box, where did you purchase it?

It appears only v2.0 MB's support a A10-6800k out of the box.

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

I got it from Ebay for this particular build, but this is my go-to motherboard for any FM2 APU build. It's cheap, reliable, and I have never had a problem with it (besides funky temperature readings, but it could be the CPU). I have purchased it from both Newegg and Amazon, and both have always provided motherboards with BIOS that support Richland. I think it used to be a problem with earlier motherboards, but I have never run into that problem.

tazukia 1 point 11 months ago

Thanks. I will give Newegg and go and hope for the best.

GMC_TheLegend [1 Build] 1 point 11 months ago

:O How'd you get an A10 for $70 ?!?!?

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Ebay. Some sucker nice young man was offering a bid that started at 70. I was the only bidder. :) Needless to say, he was slightly upset.

BradleyGijsen 1 point 11 months ago

Can this APU run Battlefield 3 on medium or Crysis 3 on low with a 1366x768 resolution?

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 2 points 11 months ago

Definitely BF3, maybe Crysis, although I'm pretty sure it will. Use 1866 or 2133 RAM for best results.

candy [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Perfect for a linux rig IMO

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

It's actually running Ubuntu 12.04! :)

candy [2 Builds] 1 point 11 months ago

Nice! Which desktop do you like the most? The default, xfce, kde, or the LXDE? I like the KDE and default the most

TheGamerator [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Nice, you could also make this into a home theatre pc too just add a blu ray drive and voila

Nightwulf64 1 point 3 months ago

He could also make it a decent SteamOS PC by using the new In-home streaming thing. It has the processing power to decode the H.264, so if he has a beast rig elsewhere in the house, he could do it.

Sandor11 1 point 10 months ago

Ok so I am looking for my first computer build I am primarily going to be gaming. The games I plan on playing are Sniper Elite V2, Minecraft, GTA. Would this be a good build?

TheMTech [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

Hi! This is my new account! (Check old profile, it says so) The answer is, yes and no. The 6800k is a good processor, but a 5800k will be just as good, the only reason I chose it was for its bidding price on Ebay. Also, you might want to go 8 GB of 2133 RAM instead of 4 GB of 1600 RAM, the speed difference will be noticable.

The 5800k is capable of running Minecraft on max settings (1080p), GTA at a reasonable frame rate (don't be installing tons of HQ mods or stuff), and probably Sniper Elite as well.

coryjamesking [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Hey dude nice build. about to build my own cheapo with with case. case you get the side panel shut with that cpu cooler??

galadriei 1 point 8 months ago

I seriously love you because I have spent the past several days attempting to figure out a proper budget PC. I came upon the integrated AMD AMU chip and it led me to your build. You are my PC savior! Thanks!

liquornmoney 1 point 8 months ago

Good job, but you might want to add a second stick of ram to get dual channel, improves performance a good bit.

Jozmtr 1 point 8 months ago

Dude, sick job! +1 4 Dais

vitexo [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

is there any room for the case fan when you are using this aftermarket cpu fan?

Forester 1 point 7 months ago

How is the A-data RAM performing? I'm looking into buying one of those.

MaskedGamers 1 point 6 months ago

Would be pretty decent for a gaming build.

BlastXin 1 point 6 months ago

this truly beats those 900$ Intel Integrated GPU laptops in gaming!! And wow, you really got a steal on ebay! I guess if I would build the same setup (and adding 30$ to 8GB RAM) it would get to 300$ and plus 100$ for windows. How are these sellers even earning money from this price?

mrsuicide 1 point 4 months ago

did the heat sink come with a thermal paste solution?

UmarIbrahim 1 point 4 months ago

Honestly man! I call these peace of art! Lovely! Shame on the shelfish High price, low-quality companies who sell there ****. U rock

gregkolodny 1 point 3 months ago

I commend you sir. My build took me a comparable period of time. And Ubuntu is a great deal, just as this is. The only way to go cheaper is to find a free case when someone gets rid of their old computer, like a local library. But that's only a 15USD cut. I wonder what would be the cost of this in China, since you don't have to cover the overseas shipping in the product price. Probably the same with new components. Anyway, now that the doctorate is done, I will ask you if the shipping price was included.

UmarIbrahim 1 point 3 months ago

Didnt no ram's and cpu coolers grow on tree's

Nightwulf64 1 point 3 months ago

I doubt this could do any crazy gaming. Maybe BF4 on low settings at 720p. But If you wanted a budget upgrade, finding cheap, fast RAM on ebay (2133 or higher is fast), you could easily get a lot better framerates. Awesome build.

DavisTheWalrus 1 point 3 months ago

fantastic, to bad the case didn't have USB 3.0. overclock the ram, the mobo supports it and it'll give you more performance with the apu.

parsani 1 point 3 months ago

everywhere I checked your system costs at least 300$+ you have halved most of your prices man it is cheating!

mcsmoke14 1 point 1 month ago

I'm new to PC, and i'm trying to find a good pc for a cheap price, because im on a budget. would this pc be a good start for people who are new to pc gaming? i dont have a issue building one but i just need some advice.

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 1 point 1 month ago

If you're looking to play AAA titles, this won't do too well even now. I'd recommend going at least a 750 Ti to get the best price/performance.

imapie4688 1 point 15 days ago

I came to see if it was actually 200$, was not disappointed.

friedfacekkk [1 Build] 1 point 2 days ago

Holy crap

lucas1945 -2 points 10 months ago

I hate when people call stuff like this a 200 dollar PC, Like changing the price of a 100 dollar item to 30 bucks, and calling that PC "cheap" But still, Nice parts chosen.

SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 4 points 10 months ago

I didn't buy them retail? I got them off of Ebay/a few from Craigslist in either new condition or "like-new". I assure you, I DID pay $200 for this. I agree, deals like that don't come often, but I was patrolling the internet for MONTHS.

lucas1945 2 points 10 months ago

Ohhh ok! I thought you were changing the price just to break records or something like that :P

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SEWComputers [Submitter] [4 Builds] 9 points 12 months ago

Not poor, but I have no source of revenue, being a student and all.

fsma92 [2 Builds] 5 points 12 months ago

hes not poor hes incredible smart.. lol

manirelli [Staff] [1 Build] 3 points 12 months ago

Please keep it civil and polite.