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I built my gaming PC on January 21st 2015, using money I had acquired during Christmas! Being 14 at the time money was tight (I'm 16 now), and upgrading was slow but now, a year down the line, and several upgrades later, I am very pleased at the performance of this machine!
My Original System:
AMD FX-6300 (@ 3.5GHz), AMD stock cooler, Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P Motherboard, 8gb (2x4gb) Crucial Ballistix Sport, 1TB Seagate Barracuda, Sapphire Radeon r9 280-X tri-x, Bitfenix Comrade, Corsair 750W, Lite-On iHAS124-14, Corsair Air Series Fans 120mm (x2),
When I first got it I was really happy with is (as any 14 year old would be) but as I got older and more into PC building I started to notice flaws with my system, hence the upgrades.
My current system (as shown), is brilliant and can handle most modern AAA tiles at 1080p on near maximum settings! I'll throw in a couple of benchmarks.
Hitman Absolution: Preset Ultra settings, V-Sync off. Average of 53 FPS!
Metro Last Light: Preset Very High settings, AF 4x texture filtering, V-Sync off. Average of 84 FPS!
Tomb Raider (2013): Preset Ultimate, no anti-aliasing, hair quality normal. Average of 129 FPS!
As for games like LoL and CSGO, they can all be run at max settings with over 100 FPS.
To conclude, this gaming rig is a great build for anyone looking at doing some 1080p and light 1440p gaming! The price to performance ratio is amazing, and I recommend this system to all! Thanks for taking the time to read my review, you can leave a comment asking me questions, or can give me some feedback! You can also link me your builds too!
Many Thanks, Arran (16, Scotland)
ALSO if anyone knows where I can get a free copy of windows, comment below, or tweet me @ArranDavidson9
The AMD FX6300 is an amazing processor for the money I got mine on a flash sale on Aria.co.uk (which btw is a great website for UK based builders!) for just £55, which is great for a 6 core CPU. I currently have mine clocked at 4GHz, although I have had it at 4.3GHz. Also I've heard rumors of people pushing 4.7! which is nuts. I can't recommend this CPU enough!
For just £15 on amazon I got an amazing deal! This 6inch cooler is great at keeping your CPU nice and cool under load. HOWEVER, please make sure this will fit into your case, because it did NOT fit in my original case (Bitfenix Comrade)
Again amazing for the price! Cannot recommend this enough. Although the BIOS is very annoying to use due to the mouse DPI in the BIOS, I was still able to overclock easily. A thing to watch for.. I broke my USB3 pin on my motherboard so be careful! I am currently using a USB2 to USB3 converter to get my front panel USB3 ports to work.
No issues with the RAM, couldn't notice the difference between 8gb and 16gb, the heat spreaders on the RAM are low, leaving room for a beefy CPU cooler.
The Seagate Barracuda is a great buy, WD fans across the globe would argue for hours telling me that my hard drive will fail me soon, but after 18 or so months of use, all has been fine! Also, it's cheap.
This is the component that makes this a beast at 1080p (and some 1440p) gaming! It can run any modern title with no issue what so ever! The tri-x cooler is genius, it's really good at keeping the card cool under load, however, make sure your case can support such a large card, as the 30cm (12") cooler can be quite the squeeze in some cases.
The case is a pleasure to work in! With lots of room to work with it can make a novice PC builder's first time way easier. This case can support up to 7 120mm fans making airflow great! As for cable management behind the case it is quite roomy and easy to work in. A thing to watch is installing fans on the top of the case, I found it quite difficult to get the fans flush with the mesh surface, but after some perseverance, I did it :).
The power supply is great and with a bronze certification, I am at piece of mind when using my system! I would recommend getting the modular version though, as the amount of unused cables makes my system look slightly messy.
It's an old things, works perfectly
RANT WARNING, these fans are good right? their made by corsair so they're good right? WELL yes and no. These things are a b***h to install, the rubber vibration stopper things (excuse my colloquial tone) make it difficult not to strip every screw I own. They bend and twist making installing these fans very annoying and I even had to get my dad to help me. However, they are really good at doing what they do. The airflow in my system is great, keeping my PC nice and cool when idle and under load!