With my laptop succumbing to heat death this year, I buckled down and completed my long-harbored goal to build my own PC.
As with any PC build, I started by putting together a parts list. I set my budget at the $600 range, give or take. These days I don’t have much time for gaming, so I wasn’t intending to play any AAA games on here (at least, not in the near future). The extent of my gaming will most likely be older titles and indies. I do however dabble in audio and video work and thus decided to go for an AMD processor as I use applications that utilize the multiple cores.
This was my initial parts list:
CPU: AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock 970M PRO3 Micro ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard ($63.89 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Team Elite Plus 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.89 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Superclocked Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
Wireless Network Adapter: Belkin F9L1001 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($8.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: LG 23MP57HQ-P 60Hz 23.0″ Monitor ($134.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I intended to purchase the parts over the following few weeks, jumping on any sales or deals that I came across (mainly on /r/buildapcsales). I ended up straying pretty far from my original plans and budget; here’s the final parts list, with the exact price I spent on everything:
CPU & Cooler
I bought a 2.1 speaker system (Creative T3150w) during last year’s Black Friday sale. For $40, they do the trick. I like that they offer both Bluetooth and a line-in, though the line-in cable is weirdly attached to the sub and not the remote that sits on my desk. The bass is a little overpowered too but all-in-all I’m happy with them.
I have a Blue Snowball USB Condenser mic with a pop filter and desk arm. They’re not pictured, but I also use Monoprice’s basic DJ over-ear style headphones when podcasting or listening to music late at night. Great sound for under $20.
My keyboard is an HP Wireless Elite v2. I’ve had this keyboard for years. It’s basic, but has a nice minimal design and is comfortable to type on. Down the road I’ll probably replace it with a full-size Bluetooth keyboard once I find one I like to reduce the number of dongles I have, but I’m happy with it.
My mouse is a Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse. Again, basic, but I love the design, and the Windows button on the side is pretty handy.