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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
Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 – Cost $69.99
Hard Drive 1: PNY 240GB CS1211 2.5 SATA SSD Drive – Cost $64.00
Hard Drive 2: Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB Hard drive – Cost $34.99
Video Card: MSI AMD Radeon R7 265, 2GB GDDR5 PCIe Graphics Card – Cost $99.99
Memory: Kingston HyperX Fury 8GB Kit (2x4GB) 1866Mhz DDR3 RAM – Cost $39.99
CD-ROM Drive: HP DVD RW Drive – Cost$10.99
Power Supply: Corsair CX Series 750 Watt ATX/EPS Modular Power Supply – $60.99
Computer Case: Cooler Master N400 Mid Tower Computer Case – Cost $59.99
Mouse & Keyboard: Logitech Wireless Combo Mk520 with Keyboard and Mouse – Cost $34.99
USB I/O Card: Anker USpeed PCI-e to USB 2 Port Express I/O Card – Cost $18.99
Cost of all Parts (less: Windows 10 OS & LED Monitor) – $594.90
The Finished Product
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?