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I'm famous among my family and friends to try to get the most from my money. I try to shrink the most from my financial transactions since money, at least for me, historically has never been an asset I've had the most, so I have to take all the advantage I can from it. That being said, I had to stick to a $400 bucks budget I've managed to gather since I started working, since I didn't want to wait more time to start building my Battlestation (which, by the pictures, right now looks like your grandma's computer with AOL-dialup connection). My profile of Computer user is: Light-to-mid gaming, streaming a ton of videos, a lot of browsing and Photoshopping much.

I'll start by the pictures order, mentioning why, it's benefits, the store and the price after tax, of course.

CASE - Deepcool Tesseract from Newegg. I got it with free shipping. I'm aware that doesn't have the side-windowed door but does have all the minimum exhausts I was looking for. I could place up to 6 fans to keep the inside cool and the correct airflow to deliver endless performance. Isn't the sturdy-est case in the world but when you put all the components together feels satisfactory all-right and capable enough to be a keeper. $29.99. (I recommend it BTW).

FANS - Artic F12 Value-pack from Amazon. I got it with Amazon Prime. I've read some fine reviews from Newegg from them, so I said "what the heck, lets freeze the sh#t out of my rig". They are loud...if you're taking them to the max setting. Sometimes, less than maximum is enough so they are quiet and good enough for my rig. And they work beautifully. I'm thinking getting a water-cooler and a future, if I'm not pleased with the default fans, I'll use this ones. Final price, $21.99.

MOTHERBOARD + CPU - MSI Z97 PC MATE + INTEL PENTIUM G3258 from Microcenter. I got it taking the 53 Briar Forest up to the new store at South Rice St. (fellow Houstonians, what's up?). Let's face it, this was PERFECT. I wanted to use $100 or less into a Motherboard and CPU, the closest I had got was going with an FX-6300 and a Gigabyte 970 Mobo but that up to $160. Of course there's no margin of comparison between "six average-men" and "two Avengers" (or there is?) but according to my budget, I can always dream of getting an i5 K version afterwards and save this Pentium one as collection. Two weeks after getting it has performed beautifully. YT videos are sometimes biased but in this case, all good props have been true. I've been able to play Max Payne 3 maxed, ran a movie on the background and stream another YT video without much of a hassle. Of course as any good man, a virile alpha developed male, I did overclock my chip up to 4.4Ghz, 1.305v. Motherboard? It's good, it's all right, resolves. Has nice OC and Windows 8.1 features. It's bundled software, apart from the nice feature of upgrading my BIOS, is compared to my dog's sh#te. After taxes, picked it up at $109.99.

PSU - EVGA 500 B 80 PLUS BRONZE from Newegg at $29.99 into a flash deal. Now it's twenty bucks more, I think I was lucky. Of course, ain't modular, but have had good reviews on the Egg's website, so didn't hesitate on grabbing this offer. It's 80 PLUS BRONZE, has nice warranty, nowhere to get lost at.

GPU - GIGABYTE WINDFORCE R9 270X from... /r/hardwareswap. I tried my luck asking for a very capable GPU for under $100 and my friend /u/EarendiI sold me his. GPU was in an inmaculate state, I've tried benchmarking it quite a few times, playing a lot of Max Payne and Crysis and performs beautifully.

RAM - Kingston HyperX FURY 8GB Kit from Amazon... Warehouse Deals. This ones were tagged with "Like-new" and were at $64.99 with Prime. Ain't the lowest but it's around the price I was thinking. Plus, they look neat with my white case. They perform nicely.

SSD + HDD - Mushkin Atlas Deluxe mSATA (with Enclosure) 120Gb + Hitachi Travelstar 5K1000 1TB. Since I didn't buy them, they have been two loyal partners with me through time. I've bought the SSD two years ago, no hiccups at all. The HDD is one an old laptop I had without warranty and that, well, died. Both loyal, and stuff. Whenever I can I'll upgrade to a 256Gb SSD and an 2TB HDD.

WIFI ADAPTER - Rosewill RNX-N600PCE from Newegg. Performs as expected, mostly for $19.99. Installation was a pain in the buttocks since you've got to install Windows, and the WiFi adapter drivers BEFORE even thinking of installing the adapter on the Motherboard. I was almost crying that some other device was giving issues and I had to return it... but no, was this thing. It's a big flaw, IMO since a less tech-savvy users could get more frustrated easily.

MONITOR - Dell SE178WFP from... Goodwill Computer Works. Yeah, it's the awesomest store, I mean, they have sometimes hidden gems for neat prices. I saw this monitor, it's 1440x900, 8ms, 17"... but for $19.99, quite a bargain. The next cheap one (when I went) was at $40 (of course, an 1080p). It's quite old, display is nice, I'm pleased, I might keep it as second monitor whenever I'm able to buy a better one.

OS, KEYBOARD and MOUSE - Had a Windows 8.1 license around, an old USB keyboard and my daily driver Wireless USB mouse. For now, it's good.

In the end, I was able to nail a nice budget build for less than $400 for my Gaming-User profile.

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Comments

  • 65 months ago
  • 7 points

Wow, $20 monitor, you are serious about this!

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah how on earth did he score a monitor that good for 20?

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

Check if in your city there's a Goodwill's Computer Works. As I said, there are hidden gems sometimes. The other day they were having a 2K monitor (2K!!!!) in $80. I think they did confuse it with a 1080p, I didn't have the money to buy it though :(

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

Yea people there have no ideas wtf they are doing I saw a pentium 4 build for $500

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

I will have to do that. Pretty sure we just have the normal goodwills, but still... could be nice. Thanks.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

you can buy old dell 1440 monitors ridiculously cheap all the time if you buy used. My friend has three 19" 1440's with 1ms and 75hz he got all for under 100$.

  • 65 months ago
  • 6 points

You sir just built the budget build of the month.

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

LOL, honoring the "Black-friday" month, I guess. Thanks mate!

  • 65 months ago
  • 4 points

This thing is actually very good for 400 bucks. And it doesn't reek of cheap...

+1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I appreciate it!

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a super good budget build man, well done.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much man!

  • 65 months ago
  • 3 points

woah, best budget build i've ever seen.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

how did you get these parts at this price?

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, I did some research from a month prior of (gathering the money and) buying the parts. I had to get clear which where regular prices, which were offers, and which were bargains. As example, long time ago, I didn't see a lowdown on PSU prices (I even thought of having to spend more than $60 in a decent PSU) but then I waited until an offer came across and I was not dissappointed.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice budget build, i would've gone for a slightly bigger psu so you can crossfire in the future. But anyways, nice build.

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I thought, but then again, I had to stick with my budget. In the future though I might pass this "torch" to my little sister and make a nice build (always bargain-ish) with a proper PSU and GPU, you know.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, very impressive

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol the Houston microcenter is where I got my CPU and this build is awesome for <$400

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! Was a pain in the b*** getting to the new one... mostly since I knew about the new one until I got to the old one, and riding the bus ain't funny sometimes, lol.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

This really is the budget build of the month LOL! Sleek style, low cost, and looks like it should perform well! I like it! +1

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

It rocks!! Performs nicely, I'm trying to beat it a bit more than the usual just to test and has rocked anything I've thrown to. Cheers!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

I wish my car wasn't costing me cause I want a couple of Gsync monitors and I can't get them now! :( I hate cars!

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for posting the direct link to that bundle!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Anytime, bro.

  • 65 months ago
  • 2 points

Can I give my money too you next time I build a pc. Most people make their pc fit a budget but you seem to make your budget fit the pc!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL! Absolutely man! I'll be glad to help! I try to max out my resources 'cause no one gives you money away that easy... at least to me, haha!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

LOL

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build! Really impressive what you were able to accomplish with such a tight budget. I have a question for you related to your power supply and video card. Did you use the daisy-chained PCI-E power cord to connect the power supply to the video card? I am using the same power supply as you, and I only see the one PCI-E power cord with the additional daisy-chained cord attached, but I'm not sure if maybe I'm missing something! Could you possibly include a more close-up picture of the connection form the power supply to the video card?

Thanks, mate!

And congrats on the build!

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely, let me do some pics for you and post them here soon! I did connected it with the PCI-E power cord it comes with. Didn't have to use extra connections. Anyway you'll check the pics soon ;)

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Here're the pictures! :D One and Two. Let me know if you use more!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome! Looks just like mine. Thanks, mate

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

That Pentium G3258 overclocks sooo well. 4.4 on a stock cooler was practically unheard of until this thing came out since Intel stopped supporting overclocking on their budget CPU's. +1 For that!

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, it's an awesome surprise. I'm pleased since this rig it's gonna be my sister's birthday present in a few months, so she'll be able to take advantage of it.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. I'm going to be building a budget build soon and this processor is perfect for it, as well as almost all ~$500 budget builds these days.

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not very experienced, so, could someone please explain why the monitor in the list is different, please? I own an SE178WFP and I wanted to add it for compatibility check but I couldn't find it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

That's why is different, I searched for a monitor with specs "alike" but our monitor wasn't here.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

The funny thing is, this is also the pricerange where you expect to see almost entirely used parts, monitor and OS not included. The fact that only your OS, storage, and monitor were under full price is just insane.

Yet, you didn't skimp out on anything but the case and HDD size, and you have a perfectly respectable build that some would have a $500 setup for without the monitor or OS. I'm genuinely impressed.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much man!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

all of those extra fans was unesssesary

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah... but they look cool! ;)

  • 65 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah but you could have gotten maybe a tiny bit better computer for that extra money

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, $20 won't make a big difference when you've got an AMD card that can't disperse its heat. Imagine the issues an R9 280 would run into with heating.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

WILL IT RUN CRYSIS

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I'd say it would get 40 FPS on ma-- oh, wait, this was a joke. ****.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

What desk are you using?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

love it! But are all the fans nessasary?

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

WOW you saved 100 dollars on that video card

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice budget build but you may want to take down picture 19 unless you like everyone knowing your full name and address... its on the box under your iron.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for insane budget build! If I were to do a sub-500 build I would basically follow this one but maybe get a better gpu. That cable management is pretty good, too!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Why do u need 5 case fans lol?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

do the arctic fans glow?

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