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$600 Budget Build
by BigBAWZ
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I put this together on a strict $600 budget for a friend. He was upgrading from Xbox 360 and wanted to make the switch to the "Glorious PC Master Race" without spending $1000 on a PC. He wanted a PC that will run games at 1080p and will last him a few years. Leave comments on later upgrade suggestions or suggestions on what i should have went with.

CPU - Has nice ratings, 6 cores, room for upgrade, and came with a free copy of BF4.

Motherboard - It was a cheap AM3+ board that had all the necessary functions for an awesome price.

RAM - 8GB of cheap 1333MHZ that gets the job done.

GPU - Good brand, amazing price, great for any budget build also came with a $75 in game coupon.

PSU - Name brand, true 500w, 80 Plus Bronze.

Case - Cheap case that had many features that a more expensive case would have. Nice airflow, sturdy design, sleek look.

Hard Drive - Bought a refurbished hard drive to save a few dollars. Works fine, no problems yet.

Disk Drive - It's a simple drive for Windows installation, nothing more.

I haven't ran any games or benchmarking programs on it yet, but I will update with benchmarks on current games like AC4, BF4, and Crysis 3 soon for those of you thinking of building something similar. Thanks to everyone who comments.

Part List
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle22.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load52.0° C
Gigabyte Radeon R9 270X 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
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SpadeFire91 [3 Builds] 1 point 9 months ago

Great Build! From what I can see with your cable management it look good as well. The next best thing to upgrade would be a SSD for the OS. I use 120GB Kingston HyperX 3Ks in both my Gaming Rig and Gaming Laptop. I just bought one on Amazon recently for 89.99 shipped. Keep up the good builds brotha! PC Master Race all the way!

BigBAWZ [Submitter] [2 Builds] 2 points 9 months ago

The cable management in this case was hard to work around. The routing holes were smaller than expected, and they didn't have much room behind the motherboard tray. I told my friend that his next upgrade is going to be an SSD. Thanks for the feedback man! Greatly appreciated!

duramax08 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Looks great. Only thing I dont like is that "refurbished" HDD. For 10-20 dollars more, you could of gotten a new one. Sure your friend saved $20, but you're relying on a refurb HDD to hold all their data. Who knows why someone sent it back to WD. I think with a WD HDD, you can use their Data Lifeguard Diagnostic tool (free from WD) to see the running hours of the drive.

Other then that, great budget build.

leftyrojas430 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build. I can't wait myself to leave my xbox! Some future upgrades in my opinion will be a ssd and a better CPU cooler like the 212 evo.

Can't wait to see how the card does in b4! I recently watched a video with it from oc3d. It does decent in 2560x1440 maxed out (if I remember correctly, I think it was around the 20fps). For the price, I don't think you can beat it. I'm leaning torwards nvidia side(760 or 770) because of shadow play and g-sync being released.

jdwash11 [1 Build] 1 point 9 months ago

I have that case for an old AM2 build lol.

Nice budget build

Camboy05 1 point 9 months ago

would 1866mhz ram work on that mobo?

Jozmtr 1 point 8 months ago

What's the 75$ coupon for? +1

BigBAWZ [Submitter] [2 Builds] 1 point 8 months ago

I believe it was 3 $25 in-game coupons for World of Tanks, Warframe, and some other game I can't remember.