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