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AMD Gaming Build on a Budget.
by acerrubrum
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Description

Discounts:

CPU/Mobo: Bought at MicroCenter for $45 off with a combo deal

GPU: Bought at MicroCenter for $109.99 Manufacturer refurbished

Power Supply: Bought at MicroCenter for $34.99 during After Christmas Sale

So I saved about $150-200 total doing this build, all things considered. The 6870 is working like a dream, which I'm so pumped about, since I was worried about using a year-old part. Also I was adamant on using AMD for this build, and so far it's paying off in spades. Running my FX-6300 at stock speed is getting me WEI scores of 7.5, which I'm impressed by, given my ability to add in a little simple overclocking down the road if I want to.

I chose Windows 8 for this build for two reasons. 1: because I got the DVD for christmas and I couldn't complain, and 2: because I chose not to get a boot SSD, and wanted fast boot times. From a cold boot to the login screen takes 14 seconds booting from a 7200RPM hard drive, and with Start8 installed, everything feels like Windows 7, but with neat desktop apps, and a cleaner, much faster interface.

Building was somewhat of a breeze. Aside from the CPU fan mount issue, nothing really went wrong. Really, I'm just waiting for something to break, but for now, I'm redownloading all my steam games like a mofo and moving my life onto my brand new, fast and smooth desktop

Also, as for the tiny cramped space, I'm sort of in transition right now between living arrangements, and don't have much room, but the monitor is now taking up the space where my laptop once was in the build pics. Will probably post a nice battlestation picture in due time.

Details
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle33.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate900MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.05Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle36.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
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saw1833 [1 Build] 3 points 18 months ago

Not bad. Even though you may not be overclocking, if you get a CPU cooler, you'll cut noise levels in half.

 
 
acerrubrum [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 18 months ago

I considered it, but so far the stock CPU fan is pleasantly quiet. i've heard previous AMD fans were pretty loud though.

 
 
MrGromit 3 points 18 months ago

I like your build and thanks for the nice set of pics. I am looking to build something very similar to support gaming and some work with VMware workstation. Enjoy.

 
 
TVConefive [1 Build] 3 points 18 months ago

Very nice. Just did a similar build. Nothing like the thrill of finding those bargains and the satisfaction of knowing how much you saved without sacrificing the integrity of the build.

 
 
edman545 [10 Builds] 2 points 18 months ago

Good build for the cost. I'd like to see some lights inside the case.

 
 
casey2161 4 points 18 months ago

Eh idk I think that is a personal prefence really. Not everyone likes flashy lights and such. But I agree its a good build

 
 
acerrubrum [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 18 months ago

Yep, I'm not one for fancy insides, I like how it looks whirring away on its own in natural light. Considering getting some backlighting for my monitor though, once those nice LEDs at Ikea go on sale...

 
 
dice1029 1 point 16 months ago

your keyboard and mouse is in a very unconfortable position

 
 
acerrubrum [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 16 months ago

They were only like that during the build. Theyve now replaced where my laptop was in those pictures.

 
 
Mattios 1 point 11 months ago

Nice! Can I ask what software the last picture is? :)