Wednesday, June 4, 2014

New Low Cost Gaming System.

It has been a long time since my last blog post. I have started a new job that I love but that means I have less time to blog.

With lots of kids graduating high school, I thought that I would post a new low cost computer that would work well as a gaming computer, work computer or a good system for someone going into computer science.

Let's start our build with the CPU.

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor  ($79.50 @ Amazon) 
The AMD Athlon is a 4 core 3.4GHz processor for only $80. This is an amazing price for the CPU but the really interesting part is that this is the K at the end of the 750. That means that the CPU is unlocked and that you can over clock the CPU to speeds as high as 4.5 GHz with a good CPU cooler.

And now for that good CPU cooler.

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler  ($29.99 @ NCIX US) 
The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO is the best bang for the buck large cooler. You just can not beat this cooler for the price. You can get better coolers but they will cost a lot more money.

Not the cheapest motherboard but an excellent value.

Motherboard: Asus A78M-A Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard  ($59.79 @ Newegg) 
This motherboard is a around $14.00 more than the least expensive FM2, FM2+ motherboard I could find. For that $14.00 you get four memory slots and USB 3.0 vs 2 memory slots and USB 2.0.

8GB should be enough for anyone.

Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory  ($64.99 @ Newegg) 
This is just good DDR3-1600 ram. Using two sticks will give you better performance than one 8 GB stick and with four memory slots you can always add another pair memory modules if you need more than 8 GB of ram.

One Terabyte used to be a lot of storage, fifty-five dollars is not a lot of money.

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive  ($54.44 @ Amazon) 
One terabyte for $55, what more could you ask for? If you want to splurge and give your system a nice performance boost, add an SSD like the ADATA Premier Pro SP600 128GB Solid State Drive to store your operating system.

Wow what a deal!

Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R7 260X 1GB Video Card  ($69.99 @ Newegg) 
This is a great deal on a video card this powerful. No it is not the fastest card you can find but it will play most games very well at HD resolution and will drive multiple monitors for doing real work.

Cases are very personal things.

Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case  ($29.99 @ Newegg) 
This case is inexpensive, supports large coolers, USB 3.0, and I like the red. You can spend more on a case but you do not have too.

The long time favorite.

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply  ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Newegg always seems to be running a special on this power supply. $20 after rebate for a Bronze 80+, 430 watt power supply from Corsair is just hard to beat for this kind of a build.

Total: $408.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-31 22:19 EDT-0400)