Description

I bought an Xbox during thanksgiving but did not feel good about paying $350 for substandard hardware so I returned it and set off to build my own gaming PC for about the same price. I was lucky to find deals that all lined up together!

Got processor for $89 + Tax from Micro Center. Motherboard was open box for $44. Micro center had combo deal ($40 off motherboard when processor is bought so got the motherboard for $4!). Ram from Amazon. HDD from bestbuy price matched to microcenter. Video card, used from craigslist. It is actually a reference HD 7950 card from AMD. Did not have a choice for that on this website so picked the XFX one with the closest clock. This card is equivalent to the R9 280. Case from Frys for $36 - $10 mail in rebate. Power supply from newegg for $60 - $20 mail in rebate.

Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 11 points

great job finding those deals! i wish i lived near a microcenter! I'd have a field day lol +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 8 points

you really now how to budget yourself, nice build. suprised you still got a quality psu in it.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes sir.. No compromises there, although I wanted to get a 750w gold rated one for potential crossfire in the future but stuck to this for sake of staying within console budget...

  • 58 months ago
  • 6 points

It's funny how this $400 build is actually a lot better then PS4 and XBOX1. Even though they're supposed to be "next-gen"

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

seems to be good i think benchmarks would be nice too.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Don't you just love those Micro Center deals? People bash AMD all the time...but honestly if I can get away with an FX-6300 combo and build a good PC for less than ~400...that's a stellar deal I'd say.

Congrats on PC Master Race, hope you enjoy it. Looks like a solid build. Just out of curiosity, did you plan on going back and doing some cable management? It would help improve airflow and make your build look cleaner. Just a tip :)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. I plan to do some cable management for sure. At this point, I'm busy gaming! ;)

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol that 5 buck motherboard (yeah, IK, Micro Center must rock). I really love the deals that you kicked in this hell of a build. +1 to say RIP ps4.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I think this is the best console like build and story so far on pcpartpicker .. a real console killer.. congrats on your build and your deals.. good job.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I love microcenter for the awesome deals they give. When I built my first pc, I got my mobo with my i3 2120 for 15 bucks. Unfortunately, I have to drive 1.5 hours to get to one...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

What in the name....those deals....wha....

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Very awesome build! +1!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Shiiittt....

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Good part list at a really good price, really good job.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do you have a Micro ATX board in a ATX case?

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I may switch to an ATX board if I find the right deal. I got this micro ATX board for $5 so couldn't resist getting it. BTW, the case supports micro ATX also so no compatibility issues.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

How do u get video card for only $75? It cost like ~$300+...

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

craigslist

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Console Killer? You must be humble. Thats essentially a r9 280 in a 400 dollar build. Thats insanity. Console Melter or the Console Shredder would be appropriate.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but could you find some better RAM because you should go with 2 sticks of 4GB for the dual channel But other than that awesome build, might use it lol thx

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

I have this same case but I can't get the power light to work at all. I have on an older build but idk what's up.

  • 58 months ago
  • -2 points

How'd you get the mobo for $5?

  • 58 months ago
  • 5 points

If you read my description, you will see that this was bought with micro center's $40 off motherboard with purchase of CPU. This motherboard was on sale for $44 so I got it for $4+tax.

  • 58 months ago
  • 6 points

no one reads descriptions anymore and it really makes me angry

  • 58 months ago
  • 5 points

i read descriptions as i find it interesting what the person has to say in why and what they think of the parts they chose

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Magic, that is how.

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I'm not sure I can directly compare those with any existing benchmark. What is public knowledge is that the Xbox uses a <7790 equivalent and ps4 uses a <7870 equivalent. The one I bought is a 7950 which is at least 20% faster per online benchmarks... This is evident by the fact that I can play battlefield 4 at 1080p while the Xbox version runs by default at 720p only and ps4 at 960p only.. Thanks!

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  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I totally agree and spent time thinking about it. The motherboard has only 2 ram slots so did a single module for now, may add another 8 gigs if the deal is irresistible..

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

probably leave one dim open for an upgrade

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

the difference between dual channel and single channel is really small

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

exactly.. that't why I was fine not going dual channel

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