Description

About a year ago a friend of mine bought a 750ti hoping to buy the rest of the parts for a pc as he could afford them. Long story short, he wasn't able to buy any more parts. My dad had an old desktop he was replacing and I thought I'd try sticking the 750ti in there, but I wasn't able to get the old hardware to play nice, so I found an i3-2120, MOBO, and 2x2gb RAM in a 75$ combo on Ebay along with a cheap air cooler. I already had a 400w PSU that I bought a couple months ago, but I factored the price in anyways.

The only issues I had with this system were with the mounting system for the CPU cooler, and one of the HDD's. With the cooler I ended up needing to zip tie it on. After running prime95 for 30 minutes the temp never went higher than 72c, so I think it will be fine. As for the HDD, it wasn't wanting to show up in Disk Managment so I had to go through the steps of installing windows10 on it in order to format it and use it.

Other than that is runs pretty well. GTAV ran at a solid 48fps average during the benchmark and only dropped to about 30fps at the end of the benchmark with all the explosions.

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Comments

  • 43 months ago
  • 6 points

Going it bit low there with only 4 gigabytes of RAM for gaming, but hey, we gotta make sacrifices sometimes don't we?

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I figured the bare minimum was better than nothing, and he can upgrade as he likes.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree if you're getting new parts AMD is able to get better performance for the dollar, but with used it can be a toss up, and for the price I decided the Intel combo would be better for the single core performance.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

well as far as used intel actually has an advantage and that is the overabundance of them. it drives the prices down. not that i snuff myself to amd gear either. (i found that amd videocards are cheaper second hand as far as price per dollar performance.

  • 43 months ago
  • 3 points

Way to take care of your friend.

Thumbs up

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that an LGA 1155 mobo? Looks like it's really old .-.

Anyways, awesome build :D

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, not sure of it's age, but it survived prime95 and the other stress tests I threw at it well enough.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

A good thing to do would to have gotten a Pentium G3258, then spent a bit more and gotten a cheap cooler like a CM Hyper 212 evo, then overclocked the Pentium. That is what I have done and it is actually really good for the $66 price tag.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheap Ebay Cooler

LOL.

Nice budget build man!

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd give a brand name but it only has Chinese characters.

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Does well on bench marks. When i first saw it I thought it'd be horrible

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  • 43 months ago
  • 7 points

Nearly everything you just said is answered/rendered completely moot by the posters description.

Not sure if an attempt at trolling or not...

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

One, I'm not the poster of this build. Two, the friend that this build was made for had already purchased the 750ti from what I read, which remains a solid value graphics card. It was likely purchased when the 750Ti was a preferred option for budget builds. Three, the bundle that included the Intel CPU, motherboard, and RAM, was cheaper than any combo of AMD Parts I can think of. If you can come up with a better deal that includes a CPU, MOBO, and RAM, I'll concede the point.

I'd advise you to read the poster's description.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for reading the post!

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

look he spent 75 dollars on the cpu, motherboard, and ram. i would recomend that over a phenom x4 simply because you can upgrade to an i5 or an i7. the 750 ti is a VERY popular card for budget builds. partially because of passmark with its best price to performance ratio it has held a very long time. This is coming from an amd guy (All my builds i have uploaded to PCPartpicker feature an amd cpu and gpu).

(my current rig is an 8320 and an r9 nano.) ive tried just about everything for budget builds, my current total computers i have worked with include, amd athlon x2 5200+, intel core 2 duo e8400, intel core 2 quad q8200, intel core 2 quad q8300, amd 5350, intel core i3-3220, intel core i5-2400, amd-a8-6400, amd fx 6300, amd fx 8320, intel core i7 6700k

in the used market intel has an advantage and that is that there are so many of them. it drives the cost down. you can purchase old office computers with an i3-3320, 4gb of ram, a 320gb hard drive for 90 dollars. (I did). you have to go pretty old in order to get a full computer from amd for the same price with pretty much no realistic upgrade path (or at least a much more expensive one). yes passmark gives the 8300 series processors an impressive benchmark (my 8320 got over 10000). In game though you don't use 8 cores. my last 2 cores always have a utilization of less then 10 percent. either way it was 75 dolars for cpu, ram and mobo. its a solid price and he didn't overpay a penny. if you even found your magical setup for the same and more powerful or the same power and it cost less, you would be talking 5-10 dollars difference saved and honestly the amount of looking that would require would just make more sense for him to mow a neighbors lawn for 10 bucks to make that up.

TLDR you are missing the bigger picture. it was a cheap mobo cpu, ram combo that plays modern games just fine and the little diffference to go specifically amd would be little to no difference for more headaches.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

even without OC that FX just wipe the floor with all I3 and I5 when is come to multitasking....

Uhh it will be on par with a i5 6400 at best and will better blown away by a i5 6600K and the i3 will trade blows with it.

  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD has a worse bang for your buck when it comes to CPU's currently....

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

Keep it polite or don't comment on this site. If you intend to criticize others' builds, then on top of being polite, please be informed as well. In particular, read the description first.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 4 points

It is 100% possible to be polite and constructive. Yours may have been the latter, but it was not the former. One does not exclude the other.

If you'd like to help people with their part lists, the Part List Opinions Wanted and Create A Part List For Me are more appropriate anyway, though I suggest you tone down the blanket statements there, as there are reasonable offerings at budget levels from all three companies.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Inb4 banned by ThoughtA

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  • 43 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you smell what ThoughtA is cooking?

I can hear the thud of a hammer in the distance too.

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  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

He already had the 750ti, and the combo for the rest was 75$. If you're going for a $600 budget then by all means go new and get an AMD card, but there was a budget, and this was the best performer I could find at the time.

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