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The Budget Hulk

by zabb74



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


This is the first PC that I've built, so i was super excited when I did my test build and everything booted up perfectly. I bought most of the parts while there were on sale for Black Friday.

Update:So, Its become a little less budget and a bit more Hulk. I decided to upgrade to a GTX 770 and also bumped the PSU up to a 650W Seasonic to support it.


  • I accidentally reset my original CPU overclock so I had to start from scratch, but it overclocked better the second time. I ended up at 4.5 Ghz @ 1.3875 Vcore, although LLC bumps it up to 1.404. I had actually taken it up higher to 4.7 Ghz and the temps were fine, but it's very cold in my apartment so I backed it back down to 4.5 and dropped the Vcore a bit so that it wouldn't overheat in the summer.

-The temps are sitting at 52C under load, but my apartment is pretty cold at 20C. It will definitely get hotter during the summer so I figure that this is a good place to leave it.


Processor: I originally wanted the FX-8350, but I realized that i need to cut the cost of my build down a lot, and the 6300 was still pretty damn good.

CPU Cooler: I think everyone knows just how awesome the Hyper 212 can be. Edit: I replaced the stock fan with a couple Noctua fans in push pull.

Motherboard: I knew that I wanted to go with an Asus board, I originally wanted the Sabertooth, but this was a good compromise on price.

RAM: Newegg black Friday deals dropped the price on this by like 30 bucks, couldn't resist.

Case: The original case fans, and the CM Sickleflow fans I originally bought were pretty loud. I decided to replace them with 2 140mm Corsairs, and 3 120mm Noctua fans. I also moved the original Hyper 212 fan to the back exhaust and limited its speed. Hopefully this will take the computer from jet engine loud to a more reasonable level of sound.

Edit: I had to disable my computer's sleep mode. For some reason the bios specs don't like to reapply after the computer awakes from sleep mode, and the Vcore and processor frequency don't return to bios set levels.

UPDATE: My boss had a Kill A Watt P3 meter sitting around, so I decided to gather some wattage and amperage numbers while running stress tests. CPUID HWMonitor was used to monitor temps.

Idle (case fans low): .76 Amps, 93 Watts

Idle (case fans high): .83 Amps, 102 Watts

Prime 95 blend test (peak readings): 2.18 Amps, 272 Watts

Furmark 1920x 1080 x2MSAA (peak readings): 3.18 Amps, 390 Watts

3D Mark11 performance test (peak readings): 3.18 Amps, 385 Watts

OCCT PSU test (peak readings): 4.18 Amps, 507 Watts (partpicker rated the build at 444 Watts, so that shows you the difference between stock and a fully overclocked computer)

Note: The OCCT PSU test supposedly works by running every PC component at 100%, so I figured this was the best way to measure the overall computer's MAX power draw. I also added a picture to reflect the max temps I reached while running the OCCT test.

Just for fun, I also measured the power draw of my entire system (computer, 2 23" monitors, bose speakers, and 1TB WD MyBook external HD) at idle: 1.53 Amps, 166W

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XIscottyIX 3 Builds 4 points 22 months ago

Wow u got great value for money there and nice cables!! Solid build mate!!

Zeus 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Money well spent. +1

Tyl3r 1 point 22 months ago

Very true to it's name. Nice one lol

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Great keyboard, I have one too. Make sure to utilize those macros :P


PickItApart 1 point 22 months ago

I love these prices. Great build for the price.

Scrypt 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

The blue Ripjaws sticks would have gone so well with the motherboard. :(

Retroman 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah but the case doesnt have a window so thats kind of irrelevant, only you would ever know whats under the hood so unless you have some sort of OCD it shouldnt really matter :)

Jason124 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

dont know if youll even read this but im going to ask anyways, how good is the 770 in games like BF4 (if you even have the game) as im looking to upgrade from my r9 270 and i was going to go the 280x but the price on that thing has skyrocketed since everyone got into bitmining and is never in stock anyway so im going for the 770.

zabb74 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I haven't actually gotten the 770 from NCIX yet so I can't comment from experience. According to benchmarks, the 770 and 280x trade blows for most games, with the performance edge going to the 770. Battlefield 4 is supposedly optimized for AMD cards, so the 280X actually performs slightly better there (as in 3 FPS on very high). I'd still go with the 770 because of the price difference though.

salazar75 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I must have some kind of OCD as those red ripjaws would drive me insane, Even if I can't see them, just knowing they are red on my blue board would occupy my mind.

Nice build though, good value.

LukeTheSkyGamer 1 point 12 months ago

i have this feeling too, so i have everything mostly blue in my case, blue cpu (intel) blue corsair vengeance 8gb, blue motherboard etc.

BTW im buying a mouse is anything from cm storm ok? if so, what mouse?

zabb74 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I'm happy with the Xornet

LukeTheSkyGamer 1 point 12 months ago

ehh, in the end i rather went with the razer naga then the xornet since im going to play all kinds of games where more than 2 side buttons are needed

ranging from mmo's to rpg's