I've been planning on making a gaming PC for quite some time now, and have been keeping up with the latest in what's good and what's not for about a year. In May I began really keeping my eyes peeled for deals, and told myself I would try to get the absolute best price I could on every single component without skimping out of part quality. I've been playing around with builds on PCPartPicker since February, and have worked hard to stay within my $650 budget the entire time. I think that's the sweet spot for me as far as price/perfomance goes.
Back in May when I began getting parts, my pcppartpicker build looked VERY different, it's amazing how fast the technology moves and prices fall. Originally, it was going to be an R9 270/FX 6300 combo, but that quickly changed once I began saving $5-$10 here or there on all the little pieces. Every piece is brand new; no used/refurbished items allowed.
I think I did pretty well in getting the right deals. I've seen a lot of other "budget" gaming pc builds in the same price range, so I've always had an idea of what kind of computer I could get for the money; and this beats 90% of them spec-wise.
I have two more 120mm fans to install that came as a combo deal with the 8320 (Included in the $110!) that I plan on putting on the side/top exhaust, and I had a great time with cable management. It was strangely satisfying.
|CPU||AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core||$110.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A97 LE R2.0 ATX AM3+||$70.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Memory||Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600||$63.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Storage||Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" SSD||$40.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM||$48.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Video Card||VisionTek Radeon R9 280X 3GB||$215.00 USD||(Purchased)|
|Case||Rosewill R5 (Black) ATX Mid Tower||$49.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Power Supply||Corsair 600W ATX12V||$37.99 USD||(Purchased)|
|Total (United States):||$633.98 USD|
|Date Published||Aug. 1, 2014|