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Gaming & Graphics PC for ~$1000
by fotoden
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Description

After 8 years on my old PC it was finally time to build a new machine. I wanted to get back in to PC gaming and also speed up my work in Photoshop and Premiere. The other motivating factor in some of the decisions were to keep the build quiet and lower power (and thus cooler) since I have a home office that doesn't have any AC in the summer time.

Built this at the end of July and the real total came out to $1038 before $30 in rebates.

Details
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.02Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX4914
Performance Preset ScoreP12253
Entry Preset ScoreE96239
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JoeyThePCNoob [2 Builds] 4 points 14 months ago

nice build, the 660 is very overpriced for how well it performs, a single 7950 costs less and destroys it in benchmarks. I hope you built this before the 700 series came out.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 2 points 14 months ago

Could've saved money on the RAM and SSD and put the savings to a 700 series GPU.

However this is still a great build and looks great, nice to see the SSD mounted where it should be!

Edit: that price is actually good on that Corsair SSD so I withdraw that statement

 
 
DjArtifact 3 points 14 months ago

Gaming & Graphics PC he might have needed the 16gb of ram for his graphics work.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 3 points 14 months ago

I never said anything about downgrading from 16gb haha I simply said there are 1x8 gb modules that run less than that

 
 
DjArtifact 2 points 14 months ago

Oh I thought you were meaning he could have got 8gb, maybe it was on sale or something like that around the time he ordered it.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

haha no sorry for that confusion!

And ya I don't know how much RAM was when he bought it so the prices might have all been around that but I know there are some 1 x 8 modules right now that run under $60 if I'm remembering correctly

Long story short though this is still a great build and I don't want to take away from it

 
 
fotoden [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

In the end it probably didn't make much difference but the RAM I got was slightly better performance than others and they were $70 each.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 13 months ago

Then nice on that haha

Ya like I said before the prices seemed a bit high but sometimes it just has to do with price fluctuating honestly

You've got a great build so I was trying to take anything away from that!

 
 
caracal 1 point 14 months ago

Why would the ssd belong where it's pictured?

 
 
caracal 1 point 14 months ago

And a stupid question here. Why should I include a ssd in my new build?

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

haha not a stupid question so no worries. Many cases now come with SSD mounts on the back side so they can be hidden away.

Also the reason people get SSDs is because they are much faster than normal hard drives. They allow computers to boot up and load programs faster. However it is not a necessity so don't worry you don't HAVE to get one they are just very nice to have!

 
 
caracal 1 point 14 months ago

So how would you go about setting up a SSD along with standard hard drives. You got me thinking that I may want to do this after all.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

It's really not hard! You plug it up and your computer should recognize it

Once you boot up your computer and go to install the OS I would install it on the SSD. I'm sure there are videos on how to do it but honestly you don't need one just make sure you select the SSD drive when you go to install the OS

 
 
caracal 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks for your help. You have me thinking.

 
 
RyneSmith [7 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Np! I enjoy my SSD, my computer boots up in less than ten seconds every time (I've never actually timed it)

 
 
l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

might wanna change the extreme score for 3dmark, looks like a copy of the entry score

 
 
fotoden [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Fixed, thanks for the catch

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

i'm assuming those HDDs in the picture are recycled from an older build; if that's so, then props to you for making an exceptional system for only $1000 not including the OS.

+1 for fantastic clean cable management.

 
 
fotoden [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Yeah, I had a 500 GB and 1 TB drive from my old system that I brought over. Thanks!

 
 
Radio_Memories [6 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

I have a similar build. Was wondering if your 212 Plus cooler would block any of the RAM slots on the motherboard? I'm using the Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) RAM, exact same motherboard.

 
 
fotoden [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Nope, there is still lots of clearance for all the RAM slots. I think you'd only need to worry if you were trying to get some of the RAM with the crazy big heatsinks on them.

 
 
CheyTac [4 Builds] 1 point 14 months ago

Why the SSD on this budget?

 
 
fotoden [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Just added more of a description in my build around my motivations on the build.

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