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The Budgeteer
by Mattyice47
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As you can probably tell by the name, I didn't have much money to work with I believe the total was $443.00 and I still managed to fit a Fx-6300 and a 7850 2gb in it.

Purposes: YouTubing (YouTube.com/Littleyogi1), Livestreaming, Minecraft with Shaders, Garry's Mod, TF2, DOTA 2, Far Cry 3 and the list goes on and on.

Part Choices and Explanations:

CPU: I got it on sale for $20 less than its original price. At first I was going for the FX-4300 but then realized that the 6300 was $5 more so thanks to the help at this community (PCPartPicker) I decided to go with the 6300. And it was 2 cores for $5 you cant beat that.

Motherboard: It is a 9 series chipset, AM3+, 32 gb's of RAM supported, ATX, and it was bundled with the FX-6300 for $39.99.

RAM: It is 1.5v, it's corsair, it has a beastly heatsink, and I was planning on overclocking the RAM for absolutely no reason.

Hard Drive: FREE!!!!

Graphics Card: This is the part I know I might get some hate on. I went with the 7850 because it fit within budget and I needed a strong GFX card it was the cheapest 7850 with 2gb's I could find it was even cheaper than some 1gb 7850's. WHY NOT?!?!

Case: Its Cheap, Its ATX, Its Thermaltake

PSU: It has 4xSATA, 2xMOLEX, 2x4 Pin CPU POWER, and 24 PIN Motherboard connector. It was bundled with the case for $25 I cant argue with that.

Comments are welcomed, criticisms are invited so long as they aren't mean, and thanks for reading.

Thanks to: RyneSmith (PSU Help), skemble (Overall Help), swagnuggets123 (A Cool Name that I decided to add) and all of the PCPartPicker community.

Pictures do not have the RAM in it yet because it hasn't arrived. I will post pictures of it with the RAM as soon as I get it.


Results as of 9/18/13:

Minecraft with highest possible settings 60 FPS

Just Cause 2 highest settings 100 FPS

Team Fortress 2 everythings highest 100-300 FPS

DayZ (Coming Soon)

Black Ops 2 (Coming Soon)

AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
HIS Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate860MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.2GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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LookTopHats [2 Builds] 2 points 7 months ago

Nice balanced build, should do you well.

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

Thank You.

DontUSASme 2 points 7 months ago

I love this. You got some crazy bang for the buck performance that is in another tier of it's own for value. I'd love to see some FPS in popular games, but other than that, just.... wow.

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

Thank you very much, 9 months of planning fit into this. I will edit this page with the FPS and Scores on Benchmarks soon.

DontUSASme 1 point 7 months ago

Please do! I'd love to see them!

JGX03 2 points 7 months ago

Very Nice. My nephew wants a gaming pc and is also on a budget. I think I'll steal a few ideas from you.

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Build? Lol thank you

One Word: Microcenter

xx116xx [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Could you not steal my part list for my future build? Thanks! :P But really, the 6300+7850 is a great budget combo.

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

lol ok

xx116xx [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I'm planning on almost the exact same thing.

LegoPC [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I like you case, it's all shiny.

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I only got the case for the power supply, the case is ehhh

sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

Just because the power supply comes with the case doesn't mean it's a great idea. You have a CPU that is on the power hungry side and will be even more power hungry if you overclock. Add to that that you have a medium range video card that uses a decent amount of power on its own and you are looking for a recipe for disaster. I would replace the PSU. The fact that it works means nothing. It's the most important part of the system and could destroy other parts of your system if it goes bad. How high you think you're pushing the wattage doesn't matter either because if it's a low quality PSU (which these included PSUs tend to be) it fry whether it's delivering 20% of it's power or 100%. You don't have to get an expensive PSU, but if you are on a budget get a corsair cx 500, or if you want something much much better, get a XFX 550watt PSU.

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

Forgot to mention that the PSU is temporary. Replacing it with a EVGA psu.

sketch24 [6 Builds] 1 point 7 months ago

The lower wattage EVGA supernovas aren't that great because they are made by FSP and have bad voltage regulation on some of the rails. I would get a higher quality PSU from xfx or a corsair TX.

dkevelx 1 point 7 months ago

You should never really cheap out on the power supply, considering a failure can take out your entire rig. And the power supplies that come with most cases are known for being low quality and providing dirty power and efficiency, at best. At worst, it'll fry your components after it fails.

Personally would have spent a bit more and gotten a better 80+ rated unit.

Other than the PSU, all the other components are pretty good. Especially that CPU.

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

Forgot to mention that the PSU is temporary. Replacing it with a EVGA psu.

Zombeasle 1 point 7 months ago

How do you think this would run dayz/arma 2 or 3? One of the games I plan on getting when I upgrade

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 7 months ago

It will run dayz fine.

Zombeasle 1 point 7 months ago

Sorry for bothering, but could you be specific? How much fps on lowest settings? Highest? And also, anything else I should know? Gonna be my first time building a pc.

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago

I will run Dayz today and upload the benchmarks here

Zombeasle 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks, looks like a nice build. Problem is on Abes I couldn't find the parts, and buying them with the recommended sites totals up to like 650-700$.

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago


If you have a microcenter near you, I would recommend buying your parts from them. If not I could help you budgetize your build.

Zombeasle 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks, would help a lot, i'm thinking of getting this build but with the recommended sellers, the price soars into the 500-600 range. Don't know how the hell you got the storage free lol

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I had them from a previous build. Dont use the recommended sellers use microcenter if you have one near you.

iCrunchyy 1 point 7 months ago

Hmmmmm....seems legit. Nice budget PC :)

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 7 months ago


Zombeasle 1 point 6 months ago

Still waiting on those benchmarks :P

Gooberdad [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

That is unbeleivably cheep. Way to go, man!

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago


Aradalf 1 point 4 months ago

I have the same CPU and motherboard, with a MSI R7850 Twin Frozr video card, and my system won't POST, or even send a signal to the monitor. I have tried reseating everything and I have made sure all the cables are plugged in, and indeed, the fans all are running, but I can't get it to work. Any advice?

(Also, is there supposed to be a motherboard speaker cable that comes with the motherboard, or indeed, any cables besides the Sata 6 connector?)

Mattyice47 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

I would first try posting it in the Troubleshooting category on the forums for PCPP. And if that doesn't help maybe RMA those guys and get something else.