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[In-Progress] $260 Scrap Yard PC Project - AMD Excavator, GTX 465, 8GB RAM

$260 Gaming PC - is it possible?

should take about 3 weeks to complete

Introduction

My little brothers needed a PC for school and their budget was about $250. I could have potentially bought them an APU and called it a day, but being the nerd I am, I researched a bit and decided to build them a somewhat decent gaming PC for $260. Here it goes

 

The Parts

Purple - ordered, Green - arrived

CPU: Athlon X4 845 - AMD's new Excavator core. It has not released yet, but I decided to pre-order it because I know it will be enough for what they do. Also, I want to try out and review Excavator & Carrizo - great time to do so. $62

Motherboard: ASUS A68HM-E - the cheapest motherboard that supports the new Athlon refresh. That's basically why I chose it. $51

Memory: 8GB DDR3-1600Mhz - cheapest 8GB kit I found. 4GB is not ideal for any type of gaming, even for multitasking to a certain extent. $29

Storage: 250GB HDD SATA - again, cheap cheap cheap. Yeah, it's small, but they can always upgrade if needed too. Their games are like 10 GB MAX each. $11

GPU: GTX 465 1GB GDDR5 - Good, old fermi. I was able to pick this up for only $45 which is a very good deal IMO. I'm excited to see how it performs in newer titles. $45

Case: DIYPC Case - Cheap, has LED fans, and USB 3.0. Perfect. $25

PSU: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified - Cheapest power supply that can properly power the entire build (with some headroom for OC'ing if wanted). $37

 

Total: $260

 

Part 1: Parts Arriving!

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Parts just came in (excluding the 860K - will be here tomorrow). Warning - large images. I'm using a Canon Rebel EOS SL1 w the Yungnuo 50mm lens. 

 

Graphics Card - Galaxy GTX 465

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Motherboard - A68HM-E (supports Excavator!)

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RAM - Averix 8GB DDR3

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PSU EVGA 500W

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Case - DIYPC (forgot model)

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250GB Seagate Used HDD

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Gaming Benchmarks:

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WAIT PLSSSSS

CPU Benchmarks:

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pls :(

Comparison to Steamroller (Athlon 860K)

 

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y u no listen

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3 minutes ago, ONOTech said:

$260 Gaming PC - is it possible?

should take about 3 weeks to complete

Introduction

My little brothers needed a PC for school and their budget was about $250. I could have potentially bought them an APU and called it a day, but being the nerd I am, I researched a bit and decided to build them a somewhat decent gaming PC for $260. Here it goes

 

The Parts

Purple - ordered, Green - arrived

CPU: Athlon X4 845 - AMD's new Excavator core. It has not released yet, but I decided to pre-order it because I know it will be enough for what they do. Also, I want to try out and review Excavator & Carrizo - great time to do so. $62

Motherboard: ASUS A68HM-E - the cheapest motherboard that supports the new Athlon refresh. That's basically why I chose it. $51

Memory: 8GB DDR3-1600Mhz - cheapest 8GB kit I found. 4GB is not ideal for any type of gaming, even for multitasking to a certain extent. $29

Storage: 250GB HDD SATA - again, cheap cheap cheap. Yeah, it's small, but they can always upgrade if needed too. Their games are like 10 GB MAX each. $11

GPU: GTX 465 1GB GDDR5 - Good, old fermi. I was able to pick this up for only $45 which is a very good deal IMO. I'm excited to see how it performs in newer titles. $45

Case: DIYPC Case - Cheap, has LED fans, and USB 3.0. Perfect. $25

PSU: EVGA 500W 80+ Certified - Cheapest power supply that can properly power the entire build (with some headroom for OC'ing if wanted). $37

 

Total: $260

 

Part 1: Parts Arriving!

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Wow 0_0 that's amazing spending only $260 for a decent working desktop

Intel i7 6700K | MSI Krait Z170A MSI GTX 980 w/ NZXT Kraken G10/x31 Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD/WD Blue 1TB HDD NZXT H440 | K70 RGB/SteelSeries Rival

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Just now, verydogesuchwow said:

Wow 0_0 that's amazing spending only $260 for a decent working desktop

Thanks! It took hours of research but I finally settled for this.

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Just now, Cereal_Killer said:

I'm looking forward to seeing how it all turns out

Be sure to follow the topic so you get instant updates :D

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Just now, ONOTech said:

Be sure to follow the topic so you get instant updates :D

Thanks, I'm quite new to this forum and didn't even know you could follow threads :)

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  • 2 weeks later...

Parts just came in (excluding the 860K - will be here tomorrow). Warning - large images. I'm using a Canon Rebel EOS SL1 w the Yungnuo 50mm lens. 

 

Graphics Card - Galaxy GTX 465

IMG_0839.thumb.JPG.59bbff17ff90be91c6ed3

 

Motherboard - A68HM-E (supports Excavator!)

IMG_0846.thumb.JPG.646f35b226f10479b49d3

IMG_0850.thumb.JPG.7b864c7b15032943b9d88

 

RAM - Averix 8GB DDR3

IMG_0852.thumb.JPG.dd056225bae6444324dd6IMG_0855.thumb.JPG.939655bad9221bed6c5f9

 

PSU EVGA 500W

IMG_0856.thumb.JPG.e9306ed0fcdce0c8c9d8f

 

Case - DIYPC (forgot model)

IMG_0859.thumb.JPG.045419313d8b610dc913b

 

250GB Seagate Used HDD

IMG_0863.thumb.JPG.93d6ccdfc8c24de8a9b08IMG_0866.thumb.JPG.1fa42b2c5347bdf56c654

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I always thought those Galaxy cards looked funky, lol. Is that he kind with the movable fan?

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7 hours ago, Frosty said:

I always thought those Galaxy cards looked funky, lol. Is that he kind with the movable fan?

Yeah, I don't really like it all that much either. Lol and yeah I believe so. I'm too scared to find out for sure thgouh 

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4 hours ago, ONOTech said:

Yeah, I don't really like it all that much either. Lol and yeah I believe so. I'm too scared to find out for sure thgouh 

That card is INCREDIBLY tacky wow!  The plastic!  Has a neat, late 90's-ish transformer vibe to it.  It's growing on me.

Current build project "Orange Crush"

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2 hours ago, 2dfx said:

That card is INCREDIBLY tacky wow!  The plastic!  Has a neat, late 90's-ish transformer vibe to it.  It's growing on me.

It's slowly growing on me lol, but it is very tacky. Let's hope it runs well

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Computer is up and running. It's surprisingly quiet. Currently downloading a few games to benchmark.

 

Unfortunately, I won't be doing any CPU benchmarks because it's the 860K and not the 845 like I had hoped. :(

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I love those colourful front I/O connectors, lol. Not a bad little machine, I think!

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4 minutes ago, Frosty said:

I love those colourful front I/O connectors, lol. Not a bad little machine, I think!

Right? I guess DIYPC was feeling falmboyant when designing this. Bench-marking SMITE, Far Cry 4, Fallout 4, and Dirt 3 right now :D

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I just realized that I never finished this. Sorta an abrupt conclusion, but everything is running very well. Here are some benchmarks

 

SMITE (ultra, full AA) - Min 35, Max 150, Avg 51

Dirt 3 (ultra no AA) - Min 34, Max - , Avg 46.1

Fallout 4 (med preset) - Min 19, Max 65, Avg 38

Far Cry 4 (med preset) - Min 10, Max 60, Avg 29

 

Also, a video log if interested.

 

 

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2 hours ago, ONOTech said:

I just realized that I never finished this. Sorta an abrupt conclusion, but everything is running very well. Here are some benchmarks...

 

 

Ooo, nice video man! Not bad for 260 bucks.

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