Building a Computer With a Tight Budget

I asked myself how did I want my computer to run, what did I want my computer to have, why did I want to personalize the computer the way I wanted, and where should I buy computer parts for what I want to build.

Did I want a computer based only to store data such as documents, music, and photos? Did I want a computer simply just to surf the web? Did I want a computer that was used for online gaming, streaming videos, and or uploading videos to the internet? Do I want to build a computer that is less expensive or most expensive? These are questions you should ask yourself before going forward with PC parts unless you already made the decision.

The answer for me was that I wanted a computer to function without any problems and that could be powerful under a thousand dollars. Yes, that’s right. YOU can build a computer under a grand.

I had researched through a few websites that I think would be best for PC parts to purchase especially if they were on sale or prices were reduced. Those websites are Bestbuy, Microcenter (My favorite), Newegg and amazon.

Out of these websites (I’m sure you know a few others) I had visited Microcenter. I think Microcenter is in every state and for me, it is about a 20-minute drive without traffic. But before I physically went there, I had searched through the store’s website of the main components needed to build a PC.

After a few days of pondering what to get I finally made a decision and these were the parts I got to build my very first computer. Some of these parts were on sale and some had rebate offers. When deciding on parts and if you want to save money, make sure you find parts that offer rebates and are on sale because that can be the deciding factor on purchasing PC parts.

  1. PC case – Thermaltake V3 Black Gaming Chass = $37.99
  2. Motherboard – Asrock  Z97 Pro4 ATX LGA 1150 = $49.99 (original price – $89.99)
  3. Processor/CPU – Intel Core i5 – 4690k = $199.99
  4. Memory – WD 1TB 3.5 Mainstrm Blue HD = $49.99
  5. Video cards – AsusComp GTX750 OC 1GB D5 PCIE = $114.99
  6. Power supply – EVGA 500w 80+B ATX PSU = $54.99
  7. Keyboard/Mouse = InlandPro basic keyboard mice combo = $7.99
  8. Monitor – Your choice. I have a Benq monitor and a HP monitor.
  9. Operating System = Windows 7 = $99.99
  10. Virus Protection = Zonealarm = 54.99 (

Grand total for all of this: $850.51


I purchased an external hard drive, which is optional for you to buy because I wanted the extra memory for other things. I got the Seagate 1TB backup plus slim Black  for $59.99. I also purchased an Xbox 360 wired controller and this is optional for you to purchase as well. I also saved money by getting the keyboard and mouse combo and yes it is basic, but it still gets the job done. 

Zonealarm virus protection, I’ve had for a couple years dating back to 2011 and I have been very pleased with their support and protection over the years. Visit Zonealarm if you are wanting to buy a virus software.

The overall total can be lower if you don’t purchase the external hard drive or the Xbox 360 controller. If your budget is tight, than I recommend purchasing these parts and if you find a better deal on some or most than go for it.

I built this computer in 2015 and it is still up and running well despite it being two years old.

What parts are you going to buy? Has this post intrigued you into staying within your budget or exceed your budget? Let me see the monster you created.