Budget Computer October 2016

This is the first in my series of computer builds. I will scour for components for various systems that can be built and present them here for your critical analysis, purchase, or request for me to build for you. Links to the parts are provided from Amazon and I will try my best to choose Prime qualifying components. If you choose for me to build the system for you I charge 10% per $100 (a minimum $50). A system that includes water cooling will have an additional $100 for water cooling install.  All systems I build are stress tested. And now I present for you the first system with the total cost at the end.

The Budget Computer October 2016


AMD Athlon 5350 AD5350JAHMBOX 2.05 GHz Quad-core Desktop Processor (Personal Computers)

New From: $126.00 USD In Stock
Used from: $99.00 USD In Stock

Quite simply the AMD Athlon 5350 is a cheap processor that pulls its weight. I start all my builds choosing the processor first. This processor uses a Socket AM1 which is harder to find a motherboard for now. It comes with a heatsink unit in the box. Plug this processor in and your ready to go. While I would not recommend this system for gaming, some of the buyer reviews state it handles some popular PC games fairly decently (Linux systems running Steam).


Gigabyte AMD AM1 FS1b Socket HDMI D-Sub mATX Motherboard GA-AM1M-S2H (Personal Computers)

List Price: $39.00 USD
New From: $34.99 USD In Stock
Used from: $29.77 USD In Stock

This Gigabyte motherboard is a true budget saver. Like many motherboards it encompasses a few necessary components on the board itself. It has your built in sound, built in LAN, and your built in video. It has room for 2 expansions, 2 memory slots, and 2 SATA drives. What more could you want from a basic desktop.


Crucial 4GB Single DDR3L 1600 MT/s (PC3L-12800) Unbuffered UDIMM Memory CT51264BD160B (Personal Computers)

List Price: $31.99 USD
New From: $23.00 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

I like to stick with brands over value when it comes to memory. If there is one thing that can ruin your day it is a memory module that has suddenly gone bad. This system is a DDR3 1600 build and 1 stick of Crucial 4GB DDR3 should do quite well.

Hard Drive

Toshiba 1TB Desktop 7200rpm Internal Hard Drive (Personal Computers)

List Price: $54.99 USD
New From: $5.12 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Solid State drives are catching on quite popularly for their speed and efficiency of data movement. However their prices do not seem to be dropping. So for this build I selected a tried and true old fashioned hard drive.  This Toshiba drive is a 7200rpm work horse. You could go with less storage than the 1 GB drive I selected here, but why would you? In this ever expanding digital you need the space for pictures and family videos. This drive gives ample space at a good price.


Zalman T3 Micro ATX Mini Tower Computer Case (Black) (Personal Computers)

List Price: $34.99 USD
New From: $5.12 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

The part of the system you actually see, the case! You can select any case cheaper or higher priced. I chose this one because it did not look corporate. If you were looking for a system for a business environment there are other cases you can choose that fit the basic square design. This one has a little more design for the home setting. It has some curves, some edges, front media ports. It has just enough expansion room. It will even allow you to rebuild the inside in the future if you wish to.  What is not to love about this simple, yet “designer” case.

Power Supply

Coolmax 240-Pin 400 Power Supply with 1×80 mm Low Noise Cooling Fan (I-400) (Personal Computers)

List Price: $14.99 USD
New From: $15.49 USD In Stock
Used from: $14.00 USD In Stock

The last and very important component. The power supply. This is just a simple basic power supply. SO let me just try to make it sound cool. Chuck Norris said if he were to be a computer power supply, he would be this one right here. Alright maybe he didn’t, but he could if he were a computer geek.

So the moment of truth. How much does all this cost?


The charge if I build for you is $259.49.

You may have noticed that I did not include Microsoft Windows 10. Many people use other operating systems and they may want to install those instead. In other words the systems I build are about choice. Microsoft prices Windows 10 at about $99 to $119 and it may be downloaded to a USB from Microsoft or a USB drive may be purchased. The computer system here does not include a DVD drive but one may be added if you order a DVD.

Don’t like some of my choices? What would you do differently? Let me know in the comments then buy the components above.

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