Description

I named this build "Samson"
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Intagram post about it / Same build, different description / Upgrade List
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OC:
CPU is currently overclocked to 3.75GHz with 1.3375v
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Benchmarks:
Laptop (Previous computer): Heaven Results
New build (Stock): Heaven Results / Intel XTU Score: 414
New build (OC): Heaven Results
Laptop vs. Stock Comparison: Heaven Comparison
Stock vs. OC comparison: Heaven Comparison
Laptop vs. OC Comparison: Heaven Comparison
FPS Comparisions: (comming soon)
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Temps:
Idle: ~50°C
Intense JC3 scenes on ultra: No higher than 80°C
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STORY TIME!!!!!!!!!!! (For actual description, scroll below the story)

Me: Friend updates his current build Hey, remember that PC build I came up with a long time ago?
Friend: Ya. What about it?
Me: I think I'm gonna build it!
Me: Looks at old build that cost $1.5k Ok, maybe not....
Friend: Dude! I found this 780ti for $75!
Me: Holy Crap! Creates build around that 780ti Man... That's still $800
Friend: Why don't you just buy all your parts used or factory refurbished?
Me: That's a great idea! I mean, as long as they are working, it's not like their performance goes down with more use.
Me: Creates a build using a used AMD FX-6300 CPU, a used Asus 970 PRO GAMING/AURA motherboard, a used GeForce GTX 780ti, and all other used parts This isn't too bad. Only $482 for what should be $820.
Friend: Why did you get an AMD CPU?
Me: Because I did some research on Intel vs. AMD, and it turns out AMD CPU's are just as good, but way cheaper.
Friend: Well, I found out that Intel Xeon's can outperform an i7, and that they are on Ebay for only $30
Me: Still chooses to go with the AMD FX-6300
Friend: Why didn't you chooses the Xeon?
Me: Because I don't know if a CPU from the 2000's can outperform a CPU from the 2011's.
Friend: Sends me a video where the Xeon outperforms an i7 in a couple of newer, heavy games
Me: Checks at the $75 780ti, realizes that the price is now $875, and get really disappointed, so I tell my friend
Me: Dang! I know what my new CPU is gonna be!
Friend: Sends me link to an Intel Xeon X5650 for $28.50
Me: I'll put it in the build
Friend: sends me a link to a cheap Intel motherboard that's compatible with the Xeon since all the ones I found were expensive There's only one left, so you better buy it quickly.
Me: I don't know about buying it yet since I don't even have all the rest of the parts picked out or all the money.
Me: Spends one hour thinking about it Whatever. I'll buy it. This thing is cheaper than it should, so if I don't end up using it, I can just sell it and make a little money.
Me: Buys motherboard
Me: Thanks for helping me out.
Friend: No problem.
Me: Completes the build by finding cheap parts that are compatible
Me: Build is complete. Now all I have to do is earn $500
Friend: Sweet. Good luck!
Me: Grinds over several days to earn $250 (I already had $250 that I got from birthdays over the years)
Me: Alright... I got the dough!
Friend: Cool! You gonna buy the parts?
Me: Nah. I'm about to leave for vacation, so I'm gonna wait until after we get back to buy them. The only thing I'm gonna buy now, is the GPU, since it's an auction, and it's ending soon.
Friend: Cool.
Me: Goes on vacation
Me: Buys GPU during vacation and also ends up buying ram during vacation
Family: Why are you buying/building a new computer when you have a perfectly good one?
Me: Because this one will be way better, and way cheaper.
Brother: Has the laptop you have now ever not been able to perform well on a game?
Me: Not really... I mean, the only trouble it has is with Just Cause 3 and the Forest.
Brother: Then why are you buying/building another one?
Me: Begins the rethink building the build Begins to change my mind
Me: Well crap, I have already spent $300, I'm kind of committed... dang... I guess I'll all the parts, and if I don't build this computer, I'll sell them.
Me: Get's back from vacation
Me: Does the math and finds out I'm $10 short
Friend: So you gonna buy the rest of the parts now?
Me: Nah. I'm $10 short, so I'm gonna earn that, then buy them.
Friend: You just wanna borrow it from me?
Me: Nah, it's only $10, I'll earn it.
Me: Earns $10
Me: Buys the rest of the parts
Me: I bought them! The build is mostly complete!
Friend: Sweet!
Me: Yep. Now all I have to do is build it.
Friend: When you do, can I come over to help?
Me: Sure, I'll let you know when.
Time goes on and all the parts arrive
Me: You available this weekend? I'm gonna assemble my computer.
Friend: Ya, I'll be there.
Us: Assembles computer and Tests computer It works!!!!
Me: Thank for the help!
Friend: No problem!

And that, my friends, is how my build came to be!!!!!

Note: HUGE thanks to my friend, Matthew, for helping me out with this build. He helped me with research, helped pick out a few parts, and, even though I declined it, also offered to let me borrow some of his money so I could pay for it.
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Description:

All parts were purchased off eBay, except the CPU cooler (NEWEGG), Case(USB 2.0 @ Amazon), operating system (Some Asian website), PSU(Amazon), and keyboard (Amazon)

I'm only 14, so my budget build had to be super budgeted. With a limit of what started as $400, but then grew to $500, I had to keep stuff cheap. Let me tell ya, eBay will do the trick. Stuff that should be $100, you can get for $75-$50, it's amazing!

I use this build for gaming and video editing, but it could also be used for work.

I hope this build helps out someone like me; Someone who had a dream of building a custom pc and looked at budget builds here on pcpartpicker, but only got builds that were under $600 because the creator already had a hard drive, ram, and motherboard (or stuff like that). So go eBay exploring and find you a cheap, but awesome, PC!
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Update 12/24/2017- I received the Razer Kraken 7.1 V2's as a Christmas present
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Update 4/12/2017- I was able to overclock it to 3.8GHz with 1.35V
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Update 4/11/2017- I was able to overclock it to 3.45GHz with 1.3375V
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Update 4/5/2017- I worked on cable management (rerouted the GPU power cable and a few other minor cables) and I switched the blue SATA cable with a red one so it doesn't look so out of place

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Perfect cooler. Cheap, quiet, and effective.

Memory

What can I say, ram is ram... Runs well, heat-spreaders are effective, and these sticks look good (especially with a blue mobo)

Storage

Quick and has plenty of storage for a gaming build. Low price makes it perfect for budget builds (eBay)

Video Card

One word... SEXY

Looks amazing. Great for the price, runs most games excellent

Case

Plenty of space, was able to fit a 12" GPU (Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X) inside this case. Looks great and has decent cable management, even with my non-modular PSU

Power Supply

Pros:
•This thing is quiet (or I just can't hear it over my other fans)
•Powers my computer well
•Looks good

Cons:
•Nothing too major

Operating System

I don't know what the fuss over Windows 10 is. I love it; It runs fast, looks good, isn't very confusing, and does what an OS should without any problems (that I have found)

Keyboard

The most satisfying thing ever? Clicking a mechanical keyboard for the first time!!!!!!

Thing looks great, sounds great, and is quick. Perfect for the price!!!

Mouse

Great for gaming. Not too many buttons, but not too little buttons. Love that the buttons are customizable. Feels great, looks great.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Hello, hello?

oh yes question, where are the pictures?

Good concept tho parts list looks pretty solid.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! You have a pretty solid build too. I was going for an all black/red color scheme, but with mostly all eBay parts, I can't complain. The best I was able to do was have a black/red outside, which is what matters the most.

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I am still waiting on components to be delivered, but I will upload pics as I receive them. All photos will be up by April 6

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhh gotchu. Just remember when you finished, there is no "why" in pc building. Only "why not."

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

So lemme get back to you on this,

One thanks for responding and being active in the community.

Description is on point and I love it, if anything look into some cable ties for cable management and have fun!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem!

I used some cable ties to tie up the extra power cables and excess fan cable, etc. behind the hard drive bays. Do you think it could still use a little more? To me, the only wire that's out of place is the GPU power cable, and there's not much I can do about that. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Wait, can you not route anything behind your motherboard?!?!?!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I probably can, I just thought it would be easier to run the wires straight behind the hard drive bays

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The benchmark(s) for the stock build will be up tonight, I'll msg you when I upload them

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Heh love the story but WE NEED MOAR PICS (sorry for yelling) you get +1 when more pics added

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Glad that the hard work that went into typing that is appreciated ;)

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I am still waiting on components to be delivered, but I will upload pics as I receive them. All photos will be up by April 6

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The benchmark(s) for the stock build will be up tonight, I'll msg you when I upload them

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for invisible components. Also - ebay is awesome and congrats on getting a bargain.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I am still waiting on components to be delivered, but I will upload pics as I receive them. All photos will be up by April 6

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries, just messing with you. Great prices on the parts, glad they weren't garbage like the CPU & mobo I just ordered via a third party on Amazon...

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Dang... were they garbage because of the part you chose, or garbage because of what they sold you?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What they sold me. Or more accurately, what I paid them for but never received. Thankfully Amazon has a really good refund program...

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh, that sucks. Ya, Amazon is really good about refunds

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The benchmark(s) for the stock build will be up tonight, I'll msg you when I upload them

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Freaking dank budget build. I love they ebay and used finds. +2

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The benchmark(s) for the stock build will be up tonight, I'll msg you when I upload them

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I like that motherboard

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. I would prefer a black and red ASUS, but like I said to EpikMark0123, with all eBay parts, I can't complain. It does have a nice blue look though.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

The benchmark(s) for the stock build will be up tonight, I'll msg you when I upload them

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great!

Also, kitchen rules: -No Complaining -No Substitutions -No Late Arrivals -No Special Orders -No Grainy Phone Pics Of PCs -No Lame Builds

You have passed all of the above. Solid build, kudos

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

According to those rules, I didn't pass. All the pics are grainy phone pics, except for the ones of the actual build lol

Thanks. I'm still waiting on my HDD, so I don't know how solid it truly is, but I bet its pretty solid.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

How much actual gaming performance have you gotten out of this build? I'm curious because I may build something like this, but I want it to perform well with modern games.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

At stock, I was getting an average of over 60fps with ultra settings in Just Cause 3 and an average of 80fps with max setting is CS:GO. I wish I had more, but that's all I have played so far. Hope that helps and good luck!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, sounds amazing! Glad to see that there doesn't seem to be a bottleneck! I may just build the same thing you've built!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

There is a bottle neck. If you look at the benchmarks for the stock build, you can tell the gpu wasn't reaching full potential. The games still run great though! I wonder how well they would run if the Xeon was over clocked...

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, yeah, forgot how powerful the GPU is. Yeah, you should try to OC. I would also suggest turning up your fans to run at a faster speed if you don't mind the noise so you don't overheat on an OC.

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

wow. this is the longest dicription ever! 1+! but the pictures are missing

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I know, lol. Spent like 30 min typing and editing it

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I am still waiting on components to be delivered, but I will upload pics as I receive them. All photos will be up by April 6

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

cool

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

The benchmark(s) for the stock build will be up tonight, I'll msg you when I upload them

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

That's cool!