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Budget canadian gaming build
by samlc99
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Hi! Thanks for checking out my build!

This is my first build (btw I'm 14). EDIT : 15 by now :D

This build was intended to be around 600$, but, with a bit of help of my mom, I managed to get an even more serious gaming machine. I tried to choose the best "Bang for your buck" parts, so I naturally turned myself to AMD for the cpu and graphics card. I've heard a lot of good things about both the CPU and GPU, particularly from this OC version of the 270X. I plan on overclocking the FX at around 4.0 ghz to 4.2 ghz, so I picked up a big cpu cooler in the same "Bang for your buck spirit. I then chose the other components I needed by the price listing given by PCPartPicker. Even though I had some criteria, it was an easy process.

Today (Nov 27 2013), I have gathered the first parts I got from the mail, and assembled what I could. Don't mind the date and time on the pictures, my camera's clock is not adjusted.

UPDATE (Dec. 3rd 2013)

Today I received all remaining parts, except the hard drive. So I put everything I had together.

This is my first build, so my cable management sucks. So I spared you the nightmare of looking at the other side of the case, for your sanity. ;)

The case does its job, it's really good looking and fairly practical, but the side panel is a little tight with my enormous rad. The other flaw I saw is that the PCI slot covers are pretty weird ; they are detachable, but you can' t put them back, since they were retained by thin metal.

Since I don't have my hard drive yet, I booted the system onto my usb key, which is equipped with Ubuntu (version of Linux), and, I have to say, I didn't encounter any problem with watching Youtube and general pc use.


I currently am running the system

Everything works perfectly well.

The only change I made from the orginal configuration, is the position of the only fan that came with the case, I put it in the back, so it could draw th hot air away from the CPU.

Part List
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.8GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle27.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
MSI Radeon R9 270X 2GB TWIN FROZR Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.12Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.4GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load70.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP7187
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Matryoshka [2 Builds] 4 points 12 months ago

Any reason you didn't go with the Evo for the same price? The rad is twice as large so it should cool better.

PickItApart 2 points 12 months ago

and it's much quieter.

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I thought it looked a bit better, and I don't care that much about how loud it is.

Xaftz [1 Build] 4 points 12 months ago

Hey, this is very similar to what I'm saving up to build! Although, different parts but about the same price and the same performance.
And no OS because I get them for free from my college in abundance.

Also, the following is a strictly informational and not confrontational copy paste from another build I saw:

But please, for the love that is all electrical components, do not leave the motherboard on top of the antistatic bag that it comes inside of. Only the inside of the bag is antistatic, the outside has the opposite effect.

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

What if I turn it inside out? Will it be antistatic?

Xaftz [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Yes, but it's better to just put it on the box and ground yourself (antistatic wrist strap, or the good ol' method of touching some metal to discharge yourself).

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago


l13199l [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

coulda saved 20 bucks by getting the hyperX predator series sticks, but these match so i guess it's pretty sweet

YourLocalPCNoob [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

nice budget build! How's the mobo? I heard the 970 series dont OC well, rather the 990fx performs very well

skemble [18 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

They're okay for moderate overclocks. The ones with the larger heat sinks like on the G45. They can't compete with the 990FX though..

comptech0408 1 point 12 months ago

I have an asus 970 board, an 8320, and the hyper 212 plus, I have it oc to 4.2, and the highest temp I have seen is 52c

DeathClap 1 point 12 months ago

yeah I dont think these mobos are safe with overclocking. I have that myself and I dont even dare to try OC.

Tsugumi [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Like this build as it is similar to mine, Though I have a preference to Windows 7, Whatever floats your boat works. I would have gone with a WD Caviar Black or Blue personally, I find they have better rates of not failing.

It would be cool if you could get photo's of the completed Build in the case aswell, Though for the time being +1

RealComputerBuilder 1 point 12 months ago

As long as the OS is not Vista, it will work ;)

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago


samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago


The windows 8 was cheaper at that time...bang for your buck... ;)

treyman484 [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

4th of July!

And +1 Great build! Personally would've gone with a Corsair 600W. Not sure how much those are in Canadian dollars. Yes, please photos of it inside a case!

xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

The Corsair CX600's are about $65-70 here, depending on MIR's and whatnot.

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Yeah, but I thought that I might need a bit more power, since I plan to Crossfire somewhen.

xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 12 months ago

I'm not sure 650W will be enough to power an overclocked 6300 and two overclocked 270X's, but I have been know to be wrong sometimes.

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

The total estimated wattage from PCPartPicker is 385 watts, so I figured out there should be a bit of room left. but we'll see if works when the time's gonna come :D

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago


P.S the time on the pics is not right, I took them on nov 27

chowsownsomepizza [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Not bad on your first try. Could have gone with the g46.

twaelbroeck 1 point 11 months ago

How is the 270x working for you? What games have you played thus far and do you know what FPS you're getting?

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

It's working really well! I can pretty much max out Assassin's Creed 3 and 4 while getting around 35 FPS, but if tweak the settings a bit, and I can VSync at 60-70 FPS, and it looks awesome! :D Thanks for asking!

XDestroyer 1 point 11 months ago

Was you CPU OC succesful? That mobo is not the best at overclocking, as it does not have any VRM heatsinks.

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I am currently running at 3800 mhz, and everything runs nice at around 27° idle and around 60° under load. I've got it working up to 4400mhz, but it wasn't worth the extra heat. Thanks for the question BTW! EDIT: I just ran 3DMark 11, and it didn't go higher than 50°C! :D

Fr33Th1nk3r [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Solid build +1

JPBandit 0 points 12 months ago

I wouldn't of picked Windows 8.1, I heard it is bad for gaming. Other wise, good job.

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

My justification is that it was the cheapest.

Plus, I've seen people saying win.8 had some optimizations that made games better

JPBandit 0 points 12 months ago

Yeah, I know win 8 is good, just 8.1 isn't as good.

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Oh, so the problem is 8.1... :(

I hope it gets better eventually! ;)

Scilliant 1 point 12 months ago

Hey, I was just wondering if you needed thermal paste for the cooler? I got the same one and I'm not sure if it's necessary for installation.

XDestroyer 1 point 11 months ago

You always need thermal paste lol.

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Applying thermal paste is ALWAYS necessary, as it is a big part of heat transfer to the cooler. Sorry for late answer.

HunterRollinger -1 points 12 months ago


Those are my soon to be builds so could anyone give me a little bit of advice please? thanks if you do :).

PickItApart 1 point 12 months ago

this is his build. not yours.

ravagex -1 points 12 months ago

-1 missing the required pics

samlc99 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

please read the description please