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Update #3: Finally after months of absence from this site due to work and hiatus, the new and updated version of this build is up! https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/b/CDnH99

Update #2: It's been more than two years since I've posted this build. Since then, I've upgraded to an i3 4170 last year and just recently upgraded the GPU to a GTX 950 (mainly because my Asus R9 270 video card crapped on me due to artifacting and hard crashes whenever I launch a game). So the parts in the photos are outdated as of December 12, 2017. I'll be uploading some photos of the upgraded rig later this week or two.

Update: I've added another RAM stick to my PC so now I have about 8 GB of RAM in total. And yes this PC is able to play games like Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (after patches that is), Dirt Rally, etc on medium settings/1080p/55-60 FPS on average.

After almost two months of trial and error of getting this build to work, I finally managed to get this thing up and running with no issues whatsoever. =)

CPU: This cute little Celeron G1840 surprised me in terms of price-to-performance. While not entirely able to run certain games at 1080p/high detail settings/60fps, the celly does manage to hold up well and paired up with the graphics card, games like Race Driver Grid, Splinter Cell Blacklist and even Grand Theft Auto 5 (to an extent) runs fine on medium-high video settings at 1680x1050 (or 1080p in some cases)/low anti-aliasing (2xMSAA at best)/50+ FPS on average (some times even higher when not multitasking).

Motherboard: I originally got the MSI H81M-P33 but it came Dead On Arrival so I had to send the thing back to get my refund. After roughly two months of waiting, me and my mom went to CanadaComputers to not only get a new motherboard like the Asus H81M-A but a new Western Digittal Cavir Blue 1TB Hard Drive as well. This time, the motherboard does power on. So I'm happy for that.

RAM: The Crucial 4GB memory stick is still good enough for games that at least require 4 GB and this runs fine even on light multi-tasking while playing something like Need For Speed Hot Pursuit and Sleeping Dogs. Plus I managed to buy another one a few months after building this PC. And now I have 8 GB of RAM in total. Sweet. =3

Storage: I originally planned on re-using my old SATA compatible 160GB 7200RPM Hard Drive but sadly the case doesn't have a second hard drive "holder" and the case itself wasn't designed to screw in the hard drive into the bay drive. Still, the hard drive works quite well.

GPU: I got the refurbished video card for roughly $100 on Newegg Canada and for its price, it's really great! =)

Power Supply: The Antec 450W that my mom bought me a few weeks ago runs the build without any problems. Again, I planned on re-using the EVGA 430w 80+ PSU but it didn't work out with the MSI H81M-P33 motherboard though not because of the PSU.

Optical Drive: I simply re-used the DVD Drive from my Acer Aspire M1201 desktop PC and for some reason every time I try to eject a DVD or CD, the thing will only work when it wants to so I had to press the button many times just for the thing to work. I might have to throw it out some day since I only use it to install the operating system and drivers if the internet connection is really really bad.

Wireless Network Adapter: Boring yet pratical is what TP-Link TL in a nutshell though it has better connection than the PCI Wireless Network Adapter from my Acer Aspire M1201.

Case: I found the old HP Pavilion MicroATX case about two years ago and it kinda sucks when I try to open the side panel. Not to mention trying to screw the panel back in is a bit of a pain. Other than that, it works just fine with no problems. I think the model was something like a Pavilion Media Center TV m7000 series model or similar.

Keyboard/Mouse: I found this Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator ketyboard/mouse combo somewhere on the ground near the recycling bins at the backyard. I was surprised that this actually works without any problems though I did have to clean them up a bit.

Other than that, I'm very happy to have built my own computer for the first time and I hope to build another budget office/gaming PC in the near future. For about $350 Canadian Dollars, this performs way better than any of the pre-built office PCs of the same price point (and even better than some of the $400 ones too). What are your thoughts about this build? Is it worth the price under a tight budget? Please let me know on the comments below.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

A bit more expensive than the MSI H81M-P33 but at least it works and it's slightly easier to work with in my personal opinion.

Memory

Inexpensive yet effective in moderate everyday use.

Storage

This Western Digital Cavier Blue 1TB hard drive is perfect for either just playing games, watching movies or a little bit of both.

Power Supply

The PSU is better than the EVGA 430w 80+ power supply but it's slightly expensive than the former.

Wireless Network Adapter

Not perfect but it works fine. It's a lot better than my old PCI network adapter though.

Keyboard

I'm very lucky to have found this somewhere. Really have been liking this budget gaming keyboard/mouse combo so far. I might have to buy one of these things someday! =)

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Comments

  • 58 months ago
  • 6 points

I really love this budget build. I think you did a great job with what you had and may it serve you well! You earned my up-vote!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you very much. :)

  • 57 months ago
  • 3 points

+1

Good job on the build on a budget.

My favourite part is the masking tape on the front.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Have an upboat for the budget build awesomeness.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Seriously? I see a 3DM icon on your desktop..Loved it until I seen that. Sorry bro. I can't justify the use of piracy.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

But I already have a legal copy of GTA 5. This was just to test out to see if the PC was capable of running the game.

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay, I never downvoted the build. And I won't. But that's good that you bought it. Sorry.

  • 58 months ago
  • 3 points

It's fine. No need to apologize. =)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job.

Another cool budget build giving new life to used parts.

Hope you enjoy it

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much. =)

  • 57 months ago
  • 2 points

I think this is a great build! GTAV may have some lag. But a Celeron, besides the 860k and Pentium, is a good budget CPU. +1

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much.

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. =)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Your welcome :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

I see the root beer and chips only.Where's the dewritos?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

Meh Doritos were overrated at the time. BBQ Pringles were where it's at! =P

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Doritos had topico flavored chips, those things totally shredded man. B-)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's a great build :D +1

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were you I would go for g3258. Its a great little chip for only $60. I have it overcloked on a stock cooler to 4GHz. Ether way nice build!

  • 58 months ago
  • 2 points

I did plan on getting the G3258 for light overclocking paired up with the R7 250x or the G3220 for non-overclocking paired up with the HD 7770. Sadly, I didn't have enough money within' my tight budget at the time. Still, thanks for compliment.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Always a fan of taking old cases and parts and throwing together new ones. Nice!

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Scrapyard builds as they have come to be known are always nice to see. Got to live seeing people repurpose old parts in to new rigs. Good budget build.

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Have an upvote for a pretty nice budget build.

(And positive vibes for Tree Hugger)

  • 58 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build Shawn!

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fps on gta v? It's a great build though

  • 57 months ago
  • 1 point

At 900p on average with medium settings/no anti-aliasing, it was around 40-45 fps.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Really solid build here, awesome. Surprised such a powerful gpu goes for so cheap ;o Plus, nice Root Beer and Chrysalis Wallpaper ;)

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. =3

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