Once again, we're back with another PC build. We're gonna focus on what someone could build with a modest amount of cash, but get as much power as possible. This is really going to be a Cheap Performance PC. This means speed in every area of the build, no compromises, and not cheap parts. The cost of the entire machine will be cheap, not the parts themselves. As always, links are to Amazon US, and prices are USD, so let me know in the comments if you need a regional equivalent. Let's get started.
CPU: AMD FX-6300
The FX-6300 is so cheap, even if you aren't currently looking for a machine, you should buy it anyway. If you have $100 lying around, just buy it, it's so good. Six core processor, fast enough to do almost anything, overclocks like crazy, and costs about as much as a week of Starbucks. It's an amazing processor for the money, and that's why a ton of people recommend it for their builds.
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G43
Since it's no compromises, the MSI 970A-G43 will give us great bang for the buck. 8 USB ports in the back, USB3.0 header, 32GB RAM support, and 6 SATA 6Gb/s ports. This board can take a ton of stuff, and will stay running for a long time. Also, because it uses a 970 chipset, the CPU will overclock nicely with this board, even a .2-.3Ghz with the stock cooler.
So there was some 1866Mhz RAM for cheap so I decided to put it on here as well. It won't help much in gaming, but if you're doing video rendering or anything down the line, it'll be faster than 1333 or 1600Mhz. It's only single channel, so you'll have room for expansion as well, just make sure the other RAM is 1866Mhz as well, or you'll have to underclock.
So we'll put a decent SSD in with this build cause who doesn't like booting up faster? No one, that's who. With 120GB, you'll have more than enough space to put your OS and your favourite programs, maybe even a few older games. For $50 after rebate, can't go too wrong with it.
Seen it a million times on here. It's cheap, it's quality, it'll be enough to store plenty of games and whatever other stuff you people put on your computers.
We'll go with the new 1080p monster with the R9 280. Down from an MSRP of around $280 all the way to $180, this card is the new R9 270. It's a monster for the money, will play any game at 1080p, will get 60FPS on most high presets, apart from Crysis and Ubisoft games (har har), and will stay cool. A lot of people haven't seen the beauty of Club3D yet, but I have one of their single fan cards and it's pretty great.
Case: Thermaltake Versa H22
Basic barebones case. It's got front USB3.0, fan slots, even a 240mm radiator area if you want to water cool your CPU. It's also less than $40, so it would be a perfect case for a lot of people. It's got everything you need, and doesn't look too ugly either.
PSU: Corsair CX600
While it's not modular, it is pretty cheap. After rebate and discount at Newegg, you can get it for $40. It's got more than enough juice to carry almost any system, 80+ Bronze for clean energy, and the CX series is pretty darn silent too. Can't go wrong with this price.
So, how much did all this cost? Well, if you live in America, it costs around $565 before peripherals and OS. Not too shabby considering you can take some parts out like the SSD to save some more money. But no matter where you live in the world, this would probably be a fairly cheap or sweet spot PC. It'll play everything you throw at it, and has plenty of upgrade paths.
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