How I Built a KickAss Desktop Computer for under $600

A few months ago I set out to prove that for no more than $600 I could build a very slick and capable personal computer.  The goal was to find the best computer parts for the money while getting my hands on quality and brand name components.  Here are the PC parts that I selected:

Processor: AMD FX 8320E CPU – Cost $99.99

AMD FX 8320E CPU

 

 

 

 

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 – Cost $69.99

ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970

 

 

 

 

 

Hard Drive 1: PNY 240GB CS1211 2.5 SATA SSD Drive – Cost $64.00

PNY 240GB CS1211 2.5 SATA SSD Drive

 

 

 

 

 

Hard Drive 2: Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Hard drive – Cost $34.99

Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Hard drive

 

 

 

 

 

Video Card: MSI AMD Radeon R7 265, 2GB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics Card – Cost $99.99

MSI AMD Radeon R7 265, 2GB GDDR5 PCIe Garphics Card

 

 

 

 

 

Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866Mhz DDR3 RAM – Cost $39.99

Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866Mhz DDR3 RAM

 

 

 

 

 

CD-ROM Drive: HP DVD RW Drive – Cost$10.99

HP DVD RW Drive

 

 

 

 

 

Power Supply: Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular Power Supply – $60.99

Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular PowerSupply

 

 

 

 

 

Computer Case: Cooler Master N400 Mid Tower Computer Case – Cost $59.99

Cooler Master N400 Mid Tower Computer Case

 

 

 

 

 

Mouse & Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo Mk520 with Keyboard and Mouse – Cost $34.99

Logitech Wireless Combo Mk520 with Keyboard and Mouse

 

 

 

 

 

USB I/O Card: Anker USpeed PCI-e to USB 2 Port Express I/O Card – Cost $18.99

Anker USpeed PCI-e to USB 2 Port Express I/O Card

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of all Parts (less: Windows 10 OS & LED Monitor) – $594.90

 

The Finished Product

BIOS and First POST of $600 PC

 

Completely Assembled $600 PC

 

Completely Assembled $600 PC

 

Building a PC Then and Now

For over 25 years, I have built so many PC’s that I can literally do it with my eyes closed. There’s just something about taking the time and building a computer from scratch. I have found it to be extremely relaxing. There was a time when you could save money building your own computer. Those days are gone because all of the manufacturers can build a low cost machine. Now many of us just do it for bragging rights and for comfort of knowing that we single-handily picked out every part that we included in our computer.

How Did I Do?

You be the judge and let me know your thoughts. What do you think?  How would you have set out to build a PC for $600?

 

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