Low Budget Pc

Hello everyone!

Im building a budget pc for my cousin and i would like to hear your opinion about it.

She is mainly going to use it to play games like CS minecraft simcity etc.

So here's the parts list.

CPU - AMD A8 5600K 3.6 GHz ( SimCity comes free with this)

Motherboard - Asus F2A55-M LK AMD A55 FM2

Memory - Kingston HyperX blu 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3

GPU - Asus HD7750-DCSL-1GD5 (includes AMD Radeon Bronze Reward)

PSU - Cooler Master GX 450W

Case - Cooler Master Elite 342

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1 TB 64 MB 7200 RPM 3.5" SATA III

And i thought i could replace the case fan with a noctua 120mm fan because she wants the pc to be quiet too.


Thanks for your replies :)




Whats your budget?

Around 550 euros. 

What part of europe are you in?

Cause I know with a 550 Euros which = around $750 U.S., you can get a hell of a gaming pc for that price

Try this...


This build will chew that APU up and spit it back out.  If it's too far over budget, let me know.  I'll try to rework some things.  It's definitely worth the price though.

I present my runner-up, also able to overclock!


Unfortunately the AMD Phenom II X4 965 is around £130 at the moment in the uk

(Maplin Electronics hasent had that cpu in for at least 2 years.....(the Maplin's by me is fucking useless)


CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor (£79.99 @ Aria PC) 

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler (£23.98 @ Scan.co.uk)

Motherboard: Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard (£59.00 @ Amazon UK)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£9.99 @ Amazon UK)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£9.99 @ Amazon UK)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£9.99 @ Amazon UK)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 2GB (1 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£9.99 @ Amazon UK)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£46.96 @ CCL Computers)

Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case (£38.99 @ Novatech)

Power Supply: XFX 550W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply (£48.99 @ Amazon UK)

Optical Drive: Lite-On iHDS118-04 DVD/CD Drive (£10.86 @ Scan.co.uk)

Other: MSI HD7950 TwinFrozr iii OC @scan.co.uk (£189.00)

Total: £537.73

Revised: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/1WwZ8

Still stronger than an APU build. Also, I think 550 euros is equivalent to about 470 pounds. Just a heads up.  And the reason why I chose the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 is because of the features for the money.  You also have the ability to upgrade to an i5 or i7 ivy bridge later.

Using a dual core with a 7870 Ghz? Might bottleneck a little bit

Possibly.  Although, with the games that were listed, it isn't going to be anything major.  The G860 is plenty strong.

+1.  If your cousin doesn't want to upgrade... then I'd go with the AMD Athlon build.

Also G2130, which costs a little less benches a little better, and a bit less power.

Also G3420 on LGA1150 socket, costs a little less, benches a little higher still, although requires an 1150 motherboard.

These are strong chips like Deus says, and they get you on a great platform with large headroom  even if Intel releases nothing more on the socket.  And they are cheap, allowing you to splurge on the GPU or save a little money.


I like the build recommended by DeusAres. But does it make a lot of noise?

Nope.  Shouldn't make too much noise.  Although, this depends on your definition of noise.  My definition may be very different from yours or the person that you are building this for.  Replacing the case fans with noctua fans may help lower acoustic levels.  You can also replace the stock CPU cooler with something like the Hyper 212 Evo.

And while I'm at it, here's one more revision of the build...


Reservation Station made a good point in that the G2130 is an even better CPU than the G860.  You can also give Haswell a try, but LGA 1150 motherboards tend to be more expensive since they are the latest and greatest.