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The Rice Cooker

by skemble

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123 Comments

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Details

Date Published

May 21, 2014

Date Built

May 17, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.3GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.5GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

Description

Hey guys! It’s me again. This time around I had about a $750 budget to work with and a blue/white theme to stick to. This setup is very common among gamers looking to step into their first system from consoles or aging laptop while sticking to a low-mid range budget. Of course there are corners that could have been cut, but let’s face it, custom builds should look good and perform well.

Goals for this build:

  • Play a variety of games including: League of Legends, Borderlands 2, and Civilization 5
  • Maintain a blue and white color theme
  • Have a little room to grow: SSD/liquid cooling upgrades

PARTS:

  • CPU:

I went with the FX-6300 this time due to the user’s diverse interest in games. I’ve always been a fan of the FX series’ performance/dollar. This particular chip was a very nice overclocker too. I was able to take it up to 4.5 before the temps got a little high for this cooler during Prime 95 tests. I clocked it at 4.3 with 1.35V and the temps never went over 67C during all of my benchmarking. Before I sent it to the new owner I clocked it back to 4.0 to avoid any overheating problems.

  • COOLER:

I chose this cooler due to the color, but also because it costs and performs about like a Hyper 212 EVO. For the overclock I wanted to achieve it actually did better than expected. I was looking for something in the 4.0-4.2 range, but this little guy is keeping 4.3 at bay. The fan does get a little loud at max RPM, but it should never need to run that fast under normal usage.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

I wanted a feature filled blue board with heatsinks suitable for overclocking. This board has everything a new user could ever want. I also love all of the diagnostic tools that Asus boards come with. Anyone looking for a solid overclocking, crossfire supported, blue themed board, this is a great value.

  • MEMORY:

Corsair Vengeance is about as good as it gets. Set this kit to the 1866 profile and the rest was history. The blue color went perfect with the theme!

  • STORAGE:

It’s not very often that the hard drive matches the color theme, but this is one of those rare times. This is a very popular drive for a budget like this and it performs like it should for a 7200 RPM drive.

  • GPU:

The 270 is a really powerful card for the value it holds. With the recent decline in R9 prices, I was happy to get this around the price it originally retailed for. I overclocked this card to 1050 on the core and 1500 on the memory. Benchmarks, for a better idea on the performance, are posted below. I did notice that this particular card was a bit loud. Not loud to the point of annoyance, but it is definitely louder than the Asus version. It did cool better than the Asus version though. Viable trade off?

  • CASE:

I loved this case. It has a nice wide window for viewing pleasure, removable HDD bays, rubber grommets, punched out back panel, filtered intakes, and an appealing white finish. I was able to get this on sale and was very happy with the results. The usually worry with a case of this size is the space behind the motherboard tray for cables. This case has a lot of room, which I needed for the extra sleeved extensions. It also has room for a 240 rad if the user wanted to upgrade to water in the future.

  • PSU:

I never go cheap on a PSU if I have the choice. This build was no exception. The SeaSonic G series is a very high quality line of PSU. Coming with blue coloring, semi-modular cables, and an 80+ Gold efficiency rating it only made sense for this build.

  • EXTRAS:

I love the Silverstone extensions. They bend and stay any way you might want them, making cable management really simple. They come with a soft sleeve that is really nice looking. The optical drive is just the usual CD/DVD burner from Lite-On.


CONCLUSION:

I was really happy with how this one turned out. The color theme really tied well together, benchmarks were very promising, and I fit within the user’s budget. This a great system for the all-around user, who wants to play a variety of games or is coming from a console and wants to feel the benefits that come from a gaming tiered PC.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!


Facebook Page

Twitter

Twitch I plan to build all of my future builds live on Twitch. I also like to do giveaways for Steam games, so follow me to keep up with all the action!

High Res Pictures

Reddit


FEEDBACK:

Do you like how my descriptions are laid out?

Are there any specific pictures that you feel are missing?

In regards to the post, what would you change?


BENCHMARKS: using 14.4 beta

Tests ran at clocks posted above. Settings were set to the maximum (1080P) unless noted differently. I test only tasking segments: firefights, lots of units on screen, explosions etc.

An almost identical system for comparison; i3-4130 vs FX-6300

3DMark 11

3DMark

PCMark 8

Geekbench

NovaBench


Unigine Valley

1080p, ultra, AA x8

  • 33.2 FPS – 1390 Score

1080p, ultra, AA x0

  • 48.4 FPS – 2026 Score

Unigine Heaven

1080p, AA x8, Tessellation normal

  • 33.3 FPS – 838 Score

1080p, ultra, AA x0, Tessellation off

  • 47.4 FPS – 1195 Score

Catzilla

720p

  • 10,179 Score

Cinebench

  • CPU: 506 cb

  • OpenGL: 83.62 FPS


Borderlands 2

  • Ave: 88.37
  • Min: 57
  • Max: 121

Civilization 5

  • Ave: 132.31
  • Min: 68
  • Max: 145

Crysis 2

  • Ave: 49.05
  • Min: 34
  • Max: 80

Killing Floor

  • Ave: 92.55
  • Min: 44
  • Max: 194

League of Legends

1440p

  • Ave: 95.46
  • Min: 68
  • Max: 124

1080p

  • Ave: 106.02
  • Min: 83
  • Max: 138

Metro 2033

  • Ave: 33.72
  • Min: 24
  • Max: 47

Payday 2

  • Ave: 131.62
  • Min: 114
  • Max: 137

Neverwinter

Combat outside of crowded area

  • Ave: 50.27
  • Min: 35
  • Max: 60

A run through the crowded parts of Protector’s Enclave

  • Ave: 28.84
  • Min: 19
  • Max: 37

Hope you enjoy!

Comments Sorted by:

nolantaylorr 15 points 33 months ago

Another great build, Sam! +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 7 points 33 months ago

Thank you Nolan!

IamApropos 3 Builds 7 points 33 months ago

Hello Builder! I took a minute to go through some of your finished builds and like this one I absolutely love how detailed you are with the build, photos, and testing as well as the description you give here on the site.

I keep my eye open for AMD centric builds so if you don't mind I'm going to be sharing your build on my facebook and twitter.

Thank you for sharing this build with the internet!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 6 points 33 months ago

I'm honored that you want to share this! Feel free to post it wherever you like and use the photos as you see fit.

Thank you for taking the time to go through all of my posts. I strive to put out the best content I can each and every time a build comes along.

IamApropos 3 Builds 4 points 33 months ago

Here you have it I've posted your build on my facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/IamApropos

and twitter:

https://twitter.com/iamApropos/status/468461438936162305

Thank you again for sharing your build and taking such great pride in providing high quality pictures and detailed description.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 4 points 33 months ago

Thanks a ton! Really appreciate the support sir!

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IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

hi :)

Kelleytech 7 Builds 5 points 33 months ago

I second what Iamapropos said! And I have always had a little crush on this case yet not had a chance to build with one yet. But Bravo, well done sir... Well done!

Kelleytech 7 Builds 4 points 33 months ago

Oh and your photography is also top notch, forgot to throw that one in...lol

IamApropos 3 Builds 5 points 33 months ago

Sadly he wont get notified of this message because you replied to yourself :P

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Thanks for checking it out! I hope you can finally conquer that crush and take the leap ;)

OfficialNapalm 6 points 33 months ago

You are probably one of the most considerate people. You care to show lots of images (which are very high quality), have a full rationale, and even have benchmarks.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Why thank you! I try to put out the best/most content that I can put together for each build I do. I appreciate the positive feedback! :)

iwalkwithedead 9 Builds 5 points 33 months ago

Nice pics, parts and color matching. :D That's what I like to see. Good job!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks man! :D

RyneSmith 7 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

Always a pleasure seeing your work! +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Thank you Ryne! Still not a 780 Ti ;)

mlembo43 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

I like this build, ALOT!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks man! I appreciate the feedback :)

mlembo43 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

I'm still considering you to build my machine :O

mlembo43 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

If you want to anyway :P

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I'm always down for another build :)

mlembo43 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Okay, quick question... I get my money refunded to me on the 30th, how long would the process take for you to build/ship the machine, basically, when do you think it would get here?

tjb423 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Similar to mine, I like this!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Thanks! High five for blue!

Salty365 2 points 33 months ago

Once again you deliver a great pc with top notch quality parts and pictures +1 from me!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Really appreciate you checking out my work. Thanks for the comment!

TheBored 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Good job +1, how do you like the case

skemble submitter 24 Builds 0 points 33 months ago

It's a really solid value. Plenty of features that you would expect from a $80-90 case, but for less.

TheBored 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Oh, thank god I am planning a friend's build for summer

asura_ 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

the obvious question: does it cook rice ?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

At 4.5 Ghz it just might! ;)

Catalyzer 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Another good1 skemble , keep it up ;)

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks! You know I will :)

fnapoli 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

this is probably the only baby blue build that i've ever liked looking at. great job!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Haha! I'm glad you like it!

polarbehr 4 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Love the cooler choice, fantastic build

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Touche on the cooler, thanks!

polarbehr 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

i just put 2 of the AR02 in my new server last week

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I looked through that build and upped it!

polarbehr 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

thanks!

infinitemerald 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Keep 'em coming! :D

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

You know it! :D

qwazyd0gg 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Great work and awesome description! I almost went with a FX6300 myself with an R9 270... I just got bit by the "It's only x amount more for this other part" bug. Ended up with a slightly better rig, but for double the price. Had I saw this build with these benchmarks, I could have saved! Oh well though, it was my 1st build and fun as hell so I can't have any regrets! Again, great job!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Thank you! I spend a good deal of time putting these posts together and getting it all organized the way I like. I'm glad you enjoyed your first build too. Building is such a wonderful experience :)

ellirocker24 2 points 33 months ago

Not only are the part choices great, but I really like the esthetics to it. +1.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thank you kindly!

Gigglerump 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Amazing pictures and great attention to detail in terms of color matching! +1!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thank you! Appreciate the feedback :)

TheTekJake 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Another killer build, Sam! The detailed pictures put my iPhone to shame. :)

DerpySquid 2 points 33 months ago

ohhh. so very nice.. can i copy this build?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Of course you can!

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

Really nice build Skemble, as always! Great job looks like a million dollar PC but only with a 700$ budget.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks man! Thanks for checking it out :)

JMaxchill 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Why must all your builds be so fantastic? :3

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I don't know? ;)

JMaxchill 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Actually, as I live in the UK and so can't sponge noff your awesomeness can I ask your opinion on this build? Mostly, would it need a more powerful PSU (I don't want/can't be bothered to overclock)? Ty for any assistance :D

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I would go with a 500-550 to give yourself some headroom and hit a good efficiency. That way the PSU will stay quiet under full system load.

JMaxchill 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

Gotcha. Still less than the other idea I had, even with a better graphics card and more powerful PSU :D

Beaktrots 2 points 32 months ago

So much detail in the pictures :o

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Thank you sir :)

antoniojack 2 points 32 months ago

man, you really know how to make it look nice and not expensive :D

Igorzchannel 1 Build 2 points 32 months ago

i like it a lot :) !

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks! :D

tylerbuildz 2 points 28 months ago

Another great build. I looked through your other builds and was blown away. I have been playing pc games for a while but have never really had a good PC myself. I'm thinking of using this as a template for my first build. 1) you mention upgrading to a water cooler system and ssd in the description. Which would you chose for this build? 2) any tips for cable management? That seems to be an unspoken art in building, not only are you getting quality parts within a budget, but you make the whole look very aesthetic. Thanks

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Well thank you Tyler! I'm glad that you like my builds. I haven't done one for a bit, but I hope to have a couple around Christmas time.

1) I would go for a SSD first. The water cooler would be nice for overclocking, but the air cooler is doing just fine with that. The SSD will speed up boot time as well as loading times in games (if your game is on the SSD).

2) Take your time to plan out where every cable is going to go. I would say that I probably spend a good 30 mins just looking over what cables I have and envisioning where they will look the best. Cable management looks a lot better when you have straight lines. What I mean by that is, try not to cross over other cables. It just makes things look cluttered.

Hope that helps! If you have further questions, feel free to ask!

kyle2313 2 points 26 months ago

This build is amazing- in looks and value. Great job!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you Kyle! :D

floridaboz 3 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

I bet that would make a really good bowl of rice! Well anyway, I really like the set up, very clean and crisp

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Haha! Thank you sir!

Cosmicboy 2 points 4 months ago

perfect!

bitrage 1 point 33 months ago

I love the colors!

Painprone45 1 point 33 months ago

I love the case! almost used it for my build until i found a better deal :P

nhall.bob 1 point 33 months ago

Where do you keep all of these builds? Where is the money coming from?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

These are for other people.

nhall.bob 1 point 33 months ago

i am looking for a builder near cincinati ohio. do you know anyone? i need help with wiring and installing my cpu cooler, and general performance boosting

benwithdagrin 1 point 33 months ago

Could I live stream from my xbox to twitch tv with this build?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

You would need a capture card for the Xbox, but you shouldn't have any issues.

wbb0116 1 point 33 months ago

i have a question i have a fx-8320 and a r9-280 and i do not overclock do i need a 3rd party fan

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Only if you don't like the sound of your fan.

XDestroyer 1 point 33 months ago

Great build! I would personally choose a different case, but that's personal preference! :D

Newbie1998 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Hey man I see you build a lot of PC's for other people and such ! have you turned it into a business ? I'm currently in High School and really wanted to make a mini business to build computers for people in my town! How should I go about it?

carlikay13 6 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

im thinking about the same cpu/gpu combo..first time builder...do you think i would be able to play skyrim and mod it a little with no problem and a healthy fps? that's my main concern lol but if you have any advice/suggestions that'd be great!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

At 1080p Skyrim is not demanding at all. I would say that a few mods would be a piece of cake. If you go for the big textures you will run out of VRAM pretty quick so stick to the 512 and 1k textures and see how things go. If the 1k is fine bump it up. Modding is almost a game in itself. Make sure to make a backup of your game file before you start.

carlikay13 6 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

i would only do a few graphics mods i mainly want improved gameplay...like new quests or items and improved followers and stuff...would that make any difference?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Not really no. You might experience slightly longer loading times, but nothing compared to the atrocious console loading times.

carlikay13 6 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

ok cool now im just trying to decide if i want to break the bank and have no worries about if i can run any game i want to play (fx 8320/r9 280 3gb)actually newegg has a pretty sweet deal for an 8350 right now so i could do that as well

OR if i want to budget and not be so certain (fx 6300/r9 270 2gb)

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

I think the benefit of the 8320 over the 6300 is much better than the 8350 over the 8320.

ArcheTwist 1 point 32 months ago

If I may ask, where do you find the money for all these computer parts? Do you run a custom computer building business? Do you just stockpile parts and build what you can out of them?

Love the builds. Love how you explain why you choose that part and what it does. That make me more confident in your work.

Can you please email me at willrussell802@gmail.com I would like to talk about some more computer stuff. Thanks!

Zedzer 2 Builds 1 point 31 months ago

The family must want to cook a lot of rice! I love that name and the build is great to go with it! +1

TeamTripleZero 1 point 29 months ago

hey skemble, I've chosen to build this pc for myself but was wondering if I could use water cooling since ill be over clocking to around 4.3 maybe higher, would it be necessary??? Thanks again for making such an amazing build!! +1 also what ssd/watercooling system would you recommend?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

You should be able to maintain 4.3 on air, but higher than that you may need a bigger cooler or liquid. I suppose it is up to you and your budget. Anytime my friend! :)

Variable.variables 1 point 28 months ago

What about an Operating System?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

He is using win 8.1.

Variable.variables 1 point 28 months ago

Ok. That just wasn't included in the build. That takes it way over $500

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

I believe he got his key through a school program. Where are you getting the $500?

Variable.variables 1 point 28 months ago

Oops. Wrong build...

seraj89 1 point 27 months ago

It's really sad to say this, but you're like the only one here I know who makes the best photography with this build

Loving the specs. What games can run on high settings?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Haha there are a few people out there with nice cameras. I do spend a lot of time taking pictures though.

There are a few benchmarks in the description. You can expect to play about anything on high at 1080p. The games tested above were set to max unless noted differently.

SirSnugzAlot 1 point 26 months ago

How do you like the cpu and gpu?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

They are an excellent combo for 1080p gaming!

caleb3838 1 point 19 months ago

Nice build! I especially like those white cables. But hey, I am working on a build of my own to play League of Legends, Minecraft, and Path of Exile, and I'm having a hard time settling on a GPU. I noticed you benchmarked League for this build, so do you think a GTX 750 ti would keep me at 60 fps in these games or do you think I should shell out a few extra bucks for a GTX 960? Or something totally different? Any insight would be appreciated. Again, very good looking build!

Themanwhoneedsham 1 point 18 months ago

Did you have to flash the bios? pcpartpicker is telling me the chipset may need flashing before use.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I did not have to.

Themanwhoneedsham 1 point 18 months ago

Awesome, that message has been bugging me forever, and now i know ill be fine! Thank you!

chadlockholmes 1 point 17 months ago

I really love this build I would just like to know if there was any good blue and white colored build that is around a $600-$650 range budget that can play games like CS:GO easily at 1080P.

If you can help me that would be great! -Thanks

clover123 1 point 12 months ago

quick question, ima pretty meticulous person, but i have the same case as you and was wondering what you did to get the on button light blue since mine wont light up.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

If you're talking about the power button, check that you have the +/- wires on the right pin for the power LED.

PCIntake 1 point 10 months ago

was passing by this build and couldn't help say that not all great builds are Intel.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

You are correct! :)

SnapDragon128 1 point 9 months ago

will this build be able to run dark souls 3 if i upgrade the gpu to a gtx 960 4gb?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Absolutely. I play DS3 at 1080p ultra on an i3-4130 and a 960 4GB, which is similar to this build.

zahir414 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Are the cables provided by the PSU fully black or have mustard lining at the end.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

The cables on this PSU are multi-colored on the ends. I used white extensions to cover them up.

allen -4 points 33 months ago

Looks like you put the CPU Cooling fan on the wrong side. It blows the heat to front panel and then the fans on your front panel again blows it back to the back panel. This will force the heat to go through other parts... I would put it on the other side so it directly blows the heat to back panel fan.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

Fans blow towards the frame side of the fan. This isn't my first build, I promise you it's on the right way.

allen -3 points 33 months ago

Label side out....

skemble submitter 24 Builds 3 points 33 months ago

What picture are you looking at that shows the fan is on the wrong way?

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I'm glad you like it! Thanks for taking the time to check it out :)