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First Build (budget build)
by Blizzard
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Description

CPU- I chose this CPU because I have heard some very good reviews of it, I couldn't afford an intel core i5 and it's an extremely good budget CPU.

Motherboard- I picked this motherboard because I like the asrock bios, it was cheapish (I paid £60, then the price went down just after it got dispatched -.-), it has a usb 3 header (although it's put in a stupid place), it has crossfire capabilities, and it had everything I needed on it :).

Graphics card- Originally I was going to get an HD7870 but when I was looking around on scan I found this for £15 more and it has a better cooler (I think) and it came with a free copy of battlefield 4! I have overclocked it to the max it can go (1100mhz) and under full load the gpu is always under 65 degrees and the fan speed is only 49%. Overall I really like this card and would recommend it.

HDD- My friend had already bought this for his build and he liked it and recommended it to me.

RAM- Alot of people use this RAM and like it, and so do I. I decided to get the low profile edition as it would give me more of a range of CPU coolers to pick from.

Case- I love this case, it looks good, alot of room for cable management, has a built in fan controller that can control up to 7 fans, and it has a window. But I couldn't install my hard drive into the modular bays as they are not wide enough so I can only use the bottom two to install 3.5 inch hard drives :(.

PSU-I bought this off my mate for £40 and it is only 3 months old, it was powering a gtx650ti boost and an i5 4430 so it wasn't being strained at all and it is in perfect condition.

I have just ordered two cooler master sickleflow red LED fans to put in the top (i'm gonna try and dis-able the blue LED's in the fan so I can still use it.) I think red LED's will suit an AMD build :P, i am going to upgrade the cpu cooler when I next get a good amount of money (any recommendations would be appreciated!) I might get a dark rock pro2 cooler. My uncle gave me windows 7 professional 64 bit for free :). Overall i'm glad with this build it runs BF4 at 720p, ultra settings, average 65fps and my old laptop has 1gb RAM and an intel celeron single core 2.2ghz so I desperately needed to upgrade. Overall it cost me about £540/$879.77.

Details
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Asus Radeon R9 270 2GB DirectCU II Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.1GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.7GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle28.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load61.0° C
Comments
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JohnTsams [1 Build] 10 points 8 months ago

The Performance/Doll-hairs is high in this build.

 
 
Blizzard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 3 points 8 months ago

Very nice build. You may want to remove that upper hard drive cage if it's not in use, so as to allow for better airflow.

Happy gaming. :)

 
 
Blizzard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks,I will do now, and you too :P

 
 
DeathClap 2 points 8 months ago

how is the video card treating you? Nice build btw.

 
 
Blizzard [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

The graphics card is really good, I would highly recommend it, the fans are next to silent. Thanks

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resin34 1 point 8 months ago

First off, very nice build(price vs preformance). Also what kind of FPS are you getting in some games?

 
 
Blizzard [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks, I only have a 720p monitor at the moment but I play bioshock infinite at very high 80-105fps depending on what's happening, dishonored at very high 61fps, Battlefield 4 at ultra 65-85 depending on what's happening and arma 2 OA dayZ mod at very high at 45-55fps sometimes I have to put it down to high if i'm in a city as it will drop to about 30-40fps.

 
 
resin34 0 points 8 months ago

perhaps get a 1080p monitor and get a 280x or something similar :) Thanks for anwsering

 
 
Blizzard [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 8 months ago

I'm going to buy a 1080p monitor with my christmas money along with a CPU cooler, and I think the 270 will be fine for now and if I need a performance boost then I can buy another one and crossfire them :)

 
 
resin34 1 point 8 months ago

cool, enjoy your HD gaming :)

 
 
Emperor200 [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Those middle hard drive cages do seem like they would be able to house 3.5 drives. Or at least from the picture. If you put the your HDD up next to it, is it a comparable size or much bigger? A little stretching would be fine. But, if youre not going to use them anyway, then take it out. +! though.Nice build.

 
 
Blizzard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

NZXT state that they are compatible with 3.5inch drives but when I tried placing my hard drive in it was too big so I had to use the bottom cages, and also when you look at the cages by itself you can see a slight flex in the mounts :s. Thank you :)

 
 
HK_Rage [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Why did you go with such an expensive Case for a budget build? the NZXT 210 is $40 and it has cable management.

 
 
Blizzard [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Because I really like this case and there is no point in getting a cheap case as I will keep the case for a long time and upgrade the components inside it. Also one of my friends got a cheap case for his budget build and he ended up having to buy a new case so it was actually more expensive to get the cheap case.

 
 
lamb_llama [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

love the case! not going to lie there really is not a lot of room to work in one though. +1 you did it :)

 
 
Blizzard [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 8 months ago

Thanks, I didn't find it small to work in at all but this is my first build so I have nothing to compare it too :)

 
 
sgt1115 1 point 8 months ago

This build is awesome mate!

 
 
Blizzard [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks! :)

 
 
Sidewynda 1 point 7 months ago

Was there any issue between the board and gpu? There's a compatibility flag raised in your parts list.

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

No there wasn't, PcPartPicker probably flagged a compatibility issue as the motherboard only has 2nd gen pcie slots where as the gpu is a 3rd gen pcie card.

 
 
GuidingHorizon 1 point 7 months ago

Love the build! I was actually looking into doing a very similar build. Do you feel you have any bottle-necking issues running with a FX-6300 CPU and a R9 270 GPU?

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

Thanks! And no I wouldn't think so, I run all of my games at the highest settings at 1080p with atleast 45fps

 
 
GuidingHorizon 2 points 7 months ago

Good deal, I guess that settles it for me. Thanks for the feedback.

 
 
tbom1208 1 point 6 months ago

I would go with 2 sticks of ram in the future because dual channel ram increases performance and it is highly bennifical if one stick dies then you can still function with out it.