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This was the first PC I have built myself. I have previously had 3 laptops and a prebuilt prior to it and have become quite interested in the act of building a PC and the advantages of it. As I am relatively new to PC gaming due to having mainly gamed on consoles prior, I decided that I shouldn't get the best of the best components.

As a 15 year old with a minimum wage job, I gave myself a low budget of about $500AUD or about $390 USD. After a lot of research and bargain hunting, this is what I got:

CPU: I was originally going to get a Ryzen 5 1600, but then I saw a great deal on Gumtree for a Ryzen 3 1200 for $50 ($35USD) and couldn't pass it up

Motherboard: It has red LEDs and I had heard at the time of purchase that MSI hadn't been updating their BIOS so I went with ASUS to be on the safe side.

RAM: Was the best value I could find, at $3 more than 2133mhz, fits with my colour scheme and is a reasonable price.

HDD: Was cheap and 7200rpm, nothing more needs to be said.

GPU: Got it for $18 shipped and arrived working perfectly. Not the fanciest GPU but runs most of my games at 1080p high 60fps (Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Fallout NV, Payday 2, etc.)

Case: Found it for $15 ($11USD) with a small crack in the window. all fans were working and it had a window in it. I decided it was a good deal for $15 considering the fact that it had great airflow.

PSU: Grabbed it off gumtree for $25 ($20USD) and while it's non-modular, it's a great deal for that money. served well so far, and should hopefully work well until I can grab a modular one.

Headset: Got it for $20 off online. 7.1 headset sounds great and the mic is clear and loud. IMO better than my brothers Cougar Immersa Pro apart from the lack of RGB

Monitors: Got the Dell one for $15 ($11USD) working fine and 24' 1080p so great deal there. also got the G225HQ for $40 used. Nothing wrong with either of them and great to work with.

Steering Wheel: Was left over from my family's old PlayStation 2 and I noticed that on the box it said "Compatible with PlayStation 2, 3 and PC". I wasn't expecting there to be windows 10 drivers compatible with it but then I searched it up and saw the last driver was compatible with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 so I grabbed it and put it in my build so that I could have a wheel for NFS and any other racing games I got in the future.

Speakers: Found in a dumpster. Bass is dodgy but when the bass is turned down the audio quality is surprisingly good and can be turned up a lot while still sounding good.

Anyway, This build should be good for a while until I can afford to upgrade. Sorry about the lack of build photos and the crappy camera quality. Photos were taken with my phone

Part Reviews

CPU

Great value chip, overclocks like a dream, stays cool with an amazingly good stock cooler.

Motherboard

Easy to overclock with, was a bit confusing at first with the bios but got there in the end. Fits well with my colour scheme and overall is great for a budget PC

Memory

Cheap and overclocked perfectly to 2800 without any voltage increase

Storage

Cheaper and faster than my dads SSD

Video Card

Not the best gpu but performs amazingly with the newer titles considering its age

Case

doesn't have the best cable management but for the price I paid I got a premium quality case for a bargain price

Headphones

Great Headset and great mic. bass sounds good, mic is clearer than you would expect at this price point. cheap way to get 7.1

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Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for sharing your build. I'm pushing 60 and probably will start my first build ever, so your experience will be helpful.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheap builds are the best builds (in my opinion). So long long as it does what you want it to, then its always a good computer.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the turning radius on your racing wheel? Would you recommend it for American Truck Simulator?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Or farming simulator 2017

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't turn very far but it works. I'm not sure how it would go on ATS though as I haven't got any of the truck simulator games

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you know any 900 degree racing wheels?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

No sorry. I don't really know that much about them. I only have this one because my family had it.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The Thrustmaster T150 is a pretty good racing wheel. The PRO package(the one I own) that includes the pedals with clutch costs 250U$, the basic model is just 200U$. The G29 is a good offering from Logitech too, but more expensive and in comparison to the T300(Its Thrustmaster rival) I feel that its down to you. Those were PS3/4 compatible options For Xbox, you have the TX(equivalent to the T300) and the TMX(equivalent to the T150) Hope it helps

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

go for a thrustmaster t150. price is around $120 to $180 usd depending on where you get it.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

mannnn they need gumtree in the States

  • 23 months ago
  • 0 points

You guys have Craigslist. We don't.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for sharing! I have the same video card as you, got it from a garage sale for $20, and i was looking for inspiration for what to do with it. I decided to get another one on ebay to do crossfire. where did you find such a great deal on the Ryzen 3?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I found the deal on the Ryzen 3 on www.gumtree.com.au

Honestly I want to upgrade the GPU but unfortunately that requires some $$

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly the sexiest build on this site