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 So the parts in the photos are outdated as of December 12, 2017.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.
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.
Inexpensive yet effective in moderate everyday use.
This Western Digital Cavier Blue 1TB hard drive is perfect for either just playing games, watching movies or a little bit of both.
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.
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! =)