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So I was at work and I got a Core i5 - 760 for $35.
Afterwards, I decided to build a PC around this with nothing but used, clearance, and/or free parts. All right, I'll get into the parts list, and why/what I chose.

First, the CPU. As you know, I got this at work. The motherboard I got on eBay. It came with a Pentium G6950, which is not even worth $5, so I made a keychain out of it.
The RAM is 3 sticks of 2GB DDR3 clocked at 1333 MHz. Paid about $6 per stick, got them at work on clearance. The SSD I pulled out of my old MacBook Pro. The hard drive is a laptop hard drive, I know, but I paid $15 and it's 7200 RPM. With the storage devices, I had to use a 2.5" to 3.5" caddy. It wouldn't mount to the normal HDD mounting point, so I had to actually mount it in the floppy drive bay.
The GPU I got for $36, it's an HD 7770. I was having a hard time getting at least a decent GPU for a good price. It seems like no matter where I went, they were price gouging everywhere. When I got the GPU, I had to take it apart, clean out a lot of dust and put on new thermal paste. The PSU is an Antec EarthWatts unit. It's only 380W, but it is 80+ bronze certified. I got it from my co-worker. He had no need for it and was going to toss it, so he gave it to me. The WiFi adapter, I got for free from my boss. I had to buy an extra SATA cable. I got one free from work, the other I bought. The fan I bought with my employee discount at work.
The case I pulled out of the dumpster. Cleaned it up real good afterwards. It's the case from an old Dell Inspiron 530. It was missing a side panel, so I had to order one off of eBay.
The keyboard I got for free from work also. We have an entire box filled with these old Lenovo keyboards, and a bookshelf filled with old Dell and Microsoft keyboards. [REMOVED] I have a bunch of spare mice everywhere, I'll throw one in with this. I did try to overclock the GPU, but no matter what I would overclock it to, Windows wasn't having it. (I did check AMD drivers). All in all, this came in less than $200, and it beats out the current gen consoles (barely).

So what am I going to do with this PC? I'm going to sell it. I have no need for it, I did it for fun. So I'll sell it and make some profit.
But yeah, here's the Super Budget Build!

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Comments

  • 44 months ago
  • 4 points

+1. It's cheap, it's cheerful, and you get a nice keyring out of it. Come to think of it glances at spare core 2 duo

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Run little Core 2 Duo, run!

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice budget build :3

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the last pic alone. lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

I figured I might as well put in the new keychain.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

very nice scrap yard build man

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for the Inspiron 530 case, I have one of my own lol

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol, it's not a bad looking case for an OEM one.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I quite enjoyed the look of it while I used it :p

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I can agree. It's not an eyesore.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Wait, this beats out current gen consoles? Wow, had no idea they were so weak...

Nice build.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Just barely. Of course some games look better on consoles because of console optimization. But for the most part, this build is on par/slightly better than what consoles have to offer.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 Nice job! Good mix of components.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Sale of software and keys from that site often violates the ToS or are resold licenses purchased via fraudulent credit card. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

Alright, didn't realize that website was fraudulent. I just used it after a Paul's Hardware video.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Where the heck do you work? Lol.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

The Computer Store.

  • 44 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah nice! Keep those free/or cheap coming! Lol.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll try to as I go along.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a few old sempron processors, (am2 processors). i might make a keychain with them

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd say do it. It's actually pretty neat little thing to have.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a case left over, from the 530, would love to build a sleeper build with that case. Not sure how good it is on cooling with limited air flow.

  • 38 months ago
  • 1 point

It's decent. Not to bad.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

that motherboard doesnt have sata iii 6gb/s ports..as for as i know, so the ssd or HDD couldnt performn as they should- i guess? nice build, so ... long time has passed'... ^ 1 year. nice build

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

SSD will still be faster than a hard drive regardless of SATA II or SATA III.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

i thought that... Am1 motherboard, in previous experience tell me other thing :/ but anyways, thanks for answer ``¨¨´¨¨¨^

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

you think that a bluray will work 100% performance with this motherboard?.. because it only have Sata II, .. Blu-ray drive's need sata III?..thanks

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

It'll be just fine. Shouldn't have any issues, just put a Blu-Ray drive in.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

^ Nice! thanks... a client have this same motherboard..

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

I want to DIEEE

  • 44 months ago
  • 3 points

it a good build, chill. its just like school computers only better

  • 44 months ago
  • 0 points

Yeah but are school computers have autism and mine gets thrown on the floor a lot, which doesn't help its core duo processer.

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