Description

My mom needed a new PC at home for office work. Her old PC was well over 6 years old and needed some tuning, but I decided to go ahead and replace it entirely.

I went with this super cheap build after reading some reviews of the new Sempron 3850. In addition to what you see below, I used an old 30GB SSD drive, and a 500GB data drive (which is not in the photos because I'll plug it in later)

Overall, I'm happy with everything, the case was what you'd expect for $33, I was surprised to see that it has thumb screws :) The biggest issue with it is that all the internal 3.5" bays were "shorter" because of the intake fan at the front. I might need to drill new holes once I put the 500GB drive in. The power supply that came with it also had the exact amount of connectors I needed for the build, so I was pleased with that.

All in all, this came out to $185 CAD after taxes, not including the $15 MIR for the mobo, so in due time the whole thing will end up costing $170, which is fantastic.

Once I finish installing the OS, I'll update this with the info in the sidebar.

---Update Aug 23 Windows installed in around 10 minutes (from USB source). I've updated temps on the sidebar as well. I'm surprised how cool this things runs. It's not going to win any marathons (it won't win anything actually), but it's perfect for what it's for, which is office work (office 365) and some web surfing.

Comments

  • 64 months ago
  • 17 points

Why are people downvoting this? I like it, it captures the idea of a budget build, and its a computer that should run for awhile. Though I may have gone with a different processor. But seriously guys, leave him the hell alone, its a damn good computer for its price

  • 47 months ago
  • -2 points

because its a budget build and because its not intel based.

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

What's wrong with AMD? Just because they aren't as widely recognized it doesn't mean they make bad processors.

  • 34 months ago
  • 0 points

Run hotter, not as effecient and are older .Once Ryzen comes out though things will change GREATLY. I think I will get a 1400x and retire my 8350 into a tv system or a server or something though my xeon works fine for server issues.

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Love the really small budget build, you did a good job. +1

Your mom's new PC can even do this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-0nu1IdhWA

  • 64 months ago
  • 3 points

Love it, love the little Semprons, this computer should serve your mom well, I still love the idea of a real budget build, I just picked up an old intel pentium 4 2.4 ghz with a big whopping 256 mbs of ram at a garage sale just to see if I could get it to work, the old emachine needed a power supply, which I had laying around, building or fixing for the love of it, is what matters the most...Nice build +1

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

My best find over the years was a dual P-Pro 90Mhz motherboard with I think 16MB of RAM, I ran it as an internet server for my roommates and I back in university.

I kept the CPUs when I scrapped the box. Fond memories.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

If there was ever a budget pc, this is it. I suppose it's enough for basic daily use, though.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

It'll work fine for basic tasks. I built a similar system for steam game streaming and it works fine for that. The price is a bit misleading without some form of storage device and operating system in the list though.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Because obviously everyone uses paid oses... linux is a thing, after all.

But yeah, not having storage listed is very misleading.

And, why yes, I am commenting on a 3 month old thread.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Great to see some non-gaming budget builds on this site! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

What a lovely build at an excellent price.

Glad to see that some people do understand that not everything requires top end components. c:

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 just because you said "solid-state-drive drive"

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

love it

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

HOW!!! how is it sooo cheep but still working? but yah where is the rest. but still great job.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep, still works great, no complaints. Her usage basically comes down to facebook, email and the occasional youtube video.

In hindsight, of course I should have put the cost of the SSD and the old HDD into the build, didn't think of it at the time.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'd take care with that power supply, but I guess technically if it works for now it's okay. (Still needs to be replaced, that thing is still a ticking time bomb.)

  • 64 months ago
  • 0 points

1.3GHz for real?

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, it's excruciatingly slow for compute tasks, for example to stress the CPU I ran Prime95, ran for 10 minutes on the first round alone.

This build isn't meant for power computing though, just some office work here and there, and some light web browsing.

  • 12 months ago
  • 0 points

NO GOD!

NOT A LOGISYS!!!

Logisys power supplies are SO BAD. Better than a Diablotek, but still TERRIBLE. They fail all the time.

I don't care if it works.

Get a replacement immediately.

+1 for everything else.

  • 62 months ago
  • -2 points

really for a true budget build without compromising on performance look: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/swVYcf

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  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

This APU runs faster than my 1.5GHz Intel Pentium Allendale. I can tell you that with my lousy Pentium with HD 4000, I can run Libre Office seamlessly, watch cartoons (don't ask me what cartoon) and movies at 1080p, play some nostalgic games at med settings (GTA:SA/HL2), War Thunder on Ultra low and it's still running fine.

  • 64 months ago
  • 2 points

I think that's what is in her current machine, e4300 maybe with 2GB RAM. This should be a nice boost.