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Summary: This is Project Beastmode, the under 400$ budget pc! I suppose your wondering why the only thing listed for a price is the gpu and the case.... well I bought used parts the i7,8gb of ram, and everything besides the gpu and the new cooler was for only 230 after shipping, then I found an r9 380 4gb for only 120 on ebay like new still in box so I grabbed it. I put the r9 380 in the pc, powered her up and boom she was running fine. so I installed graphics card drivers and updated every other driver, then I did a few test on her and had an issue... she was hitting 80c under full load after only seconds and I couldn't have her be burning up like that so I went to newegg grabbed the first decent looking cooler I could find for 25 and waited for it to be shipped. installed the cooler, everything went smoothly and went into bios and auto oced to 4.6ghz and under load only 70c while that's not to hot I couldn't have that so I turned it down to only 4.4ghz and now under full load after an hour highest tempatures are around 60c

When I started planning way back when I first joined pcpartpicker I was about a month or so into looking for parts as I had discovered a video over pc gaming and new I just had to join the master race, about that time I also became interested in youtube. I put to together so many list, watched so many tutorials, and was ready to get down to building so I started saving my money. (also side note this is not my original pcpartpicker account, I just lost my other ones user and pass lol I started researching and planning to build a gaming pc in 2014 when I was only 14) well I had enough saved in 2015 then something happened and I had to help my family out, so I went back to saving what I could and the summer came I got a little farm hand job and had made some decent money and then boom had to help my family out again.. eventually 2016 came along and I was watching as all my friends would get there pcs built, but I was still stuck getting side tracked by issues popping up. so this year 2017 I had my money saved up and was going to build new and then something happened and I only had around 400$ left, but I knew if I didn't atleast attempt to get some sort of pc together I would never get it done so I started thinking, when I seen a guys video of how he talked about buying an old pc and throwing in a good gpu in it and making a nice gaming pc for cheap. so I went to ebay and started looking under used gaming pcs and I ran into this little steal it came with I believe a gtx 470 and I knew I had to upgrade that, the guy was wanting 200 for it and 50$ shipping, so I tried to haggle him down to 150, and he counter offered with 180 so I said alright and accepted the counter offer. I then began to look for a gpu on there and ran into a couple r9 380s one in very used condition, the other still in the box barely used only as a temporary one while the guy waited on his new gpu to come. he wanted 120 and free shipping so I picked it up...

performance honestly I love this pc it does everything I need it to do, the only thing I wish I had done was someone picked up an ssd as the hdd load times are a bit slow lol.

upgrades ram: id love to upgrade from 8 to 16gb of ram at some point I defenitly will ssd: this is an important upgrade, and ill probably do so soon enough lol

youtube as I mentioned I was interested In youtube so I started my own channel at that time uploading terrible videos over a terrible browser game.... well its been a couple years that channel is a dead channel with 250 subs and ive restarted with a new channel focusing on better quality content, Ive uploaded a pc setup video(its outdated kinda as ive rearranged my setup now, and I don't believe I had the hyper 212 led in it either lol but here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-dfLjAZY0M

yes this build was done in February and I'm just getting around to posting this.

tv,kb& mouse, mic I actually had all of these before getting the pc lol over the years ive been buying things for the pc knowing one day I would finish it, as for the tv well was for my ps3 back when I was a console peasant, but don't worry its 1080p

Thank you so much for checking out my build. :) and the last picture just shows you, yes I cleaned up that horid desktop lol

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build for the price good job at searching for all the parts

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Actually, really good for the price. +1 :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

ty

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Congrats on your first build, You did really well for $400. Enjoy

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

nice!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build for 400 man!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Money well spent!

Picture #3: I'm not sure why you route some usb 3 cables from inside the case to the back ports? Your case has usb 3 ports and your motherboard has usb 3 header onboard.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

the usb headers on the case only have a normal usb plug, so you have to hook them up to back panel of the motherboard. its honestly kind of strange, and irritates me a tad but its whatever.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright can someone help me? Do you guys think this is a good pc for gaming and editing. Can this PC run most up to date games above 60 fps (Like CSGO and H1Z1) and do you guys think i can record the games and still maybe run good? Is this pc good for me? Please Help :D

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

oh yes it indeed can lol. i run a youtube channel myself and it runs like a charm on anything i throw at it ie the crew, assassins creed 3 at max settings, tried mass effect Andromeda and ran it on high around 60fps while recording when i had the 10hr origin access trial. csgo ran well on my old laptop with an i3 @2ghz and 4gb of ram so im sure this pc would destroy csgo frame wise lol. and im current doing a lets play of the original borderlands and its at max settings constant 60 (would be more but the games locked at 60 lol) and as for the other borderlands games constant 110 fps ish never dipping below 100(presequel, borderlands 2) and i edit using adobe premiere pro and never have any issues, the only thing i wish i had rn was an ssd and maybe 8 more gbs of ram so i wouldn't have to worry as much when doing an effect and after effects. Also another side note, if your going to build this with new parts not worth as this is an old i7, and there are faster cards than this r9 380 for the price of it being new. I bought all my parts used from ebay excluding the cooler. so in short: the answer is yes long answer: if buying new parts only, buy different parts lol

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for replying. I have a few questions. What things do you suggest me not to include from this build and get cheaper/expensive parts and what recording software do you use?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

well if you dont care about being able to save two audio tracks seperatly theres actually a built in video recorder by the name of amd relive built into amd drivers. however i use bandicam as i can save the audio tracks separate so i can balance the audio. If your buying new dont get an a i7 2600k, unless you can find an r9 380 for like 120 dont get an r9 380, if you want to spend like 200$ on the gpu get an rx 480, or the newest revision the rx 580 both of nicer cards, however id assume the 580 is probably low on stock and its just a spiffed up rx 480 tbh may not be worth the extra money rn (unless its like 10$ bucks then go for the 580 lol) id say a current gen i5 would be nice, but if you wanted to take amd for a spin(plz do i want to see a ryzen 5 build lmao) get one of the ryzen 5 cpus. also id advise like squeezing in an ssd for boot drive, as i hate hdd load times lol. and get a cheaper case, this case is like 150 new lmao. bassically unless you can find some these parts used for cheap ,the only thing id say is good deal new is a 1tb hdd lmao and id almost say see if you can find a 2tb for a bit more storage.