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Green Machine: High Value Gaming PC
by baileycream
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Description

Around August of 2013 I decided I wanted to build a gaming pc. After using a laptop for several years, it just could not handle some of the games I have. I bought all of the parts around black friday / cyber monday 2013, so I got really good deals on some of the parts (especially the video card).

I had an older monitor/keyboard around, and I was able to get an operating system through my university.

My budget was about $800, and I got a great system for around that (not including monitor). I have done some benchmarking - it can run Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite at an average of 85 fps (1080p), and runs the majority of my games on max settings, 60+ fps.

Overclocked the CPU to 4.2GHz on stock voltage. Hoping to overclock more further down the road. Also OC'd the graphics card from the stock 880MHz to 1GHz, and memory from 1250MHz to 1500MHz.

Overall it's been a great system. Had a little trouble installing the operating system, but after that it's been fantastic.

Note that benchmarks listed for 3DMark 11 are actually 3DMark Advance (Extreme is fire strike, performance cloud gate, and entry ice storm).

Part List
Details
AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.2GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle31.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load42.0° C
PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.0GHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.5GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle35.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load60.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Extreme Preset ScoreX6210
Performance Preset ScoreP18229
Entry Preset ScoreE106743
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KarbonKitsune 5 points 10 months ago

This build deserves better than a 720p display. Otherwise I love the price on those parts, a pretty sleek look, and tidy cables. +1

 
 
baileycream [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 10 months ago

I do intend on getting a 23-24" 1080p monitor very soon :)

 
 
a1m05tn1nj4 2 points 10 months ago

you have the wrong MOBO listed. but other than that, good build :) +1

 
 
baileycream [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

ah yeah! I had ordered a 970 but returned it and got a 990fx instead. So that is actually what I am using.

 
 
Lovroman 2 points 10 months ago

It seems that you choose the wrong chipset/mobo :p. Pretty good build, +1 from me.

 
 
baileycream [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

actually using a gigabyte 990fx, listed the wrong mobo by accident.

 
 
MAXXHEW [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

Nice, your cpu temps are lower than mine... and I'm using a closed watercooler! I am also about to assemble my sons' pc with the fx-8350, but for his I chose the Gemin II... glad I chose right because I was kinda worried his cpu might run hot with that air cooler. I have all his parts sitting in my living room and gonna build it for his birthday on 3-23. Will post pics here when finished. Nice job dude.

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 2 points 10 months ago

i always wondered how the GeminII S524 handled RAM sticks and general mounting on an AMD motherboard. i would've preferred better quality pictures, but it at least gives me a general idea (and not everyone can have good cell phone cameras). thanks!

quick question: how on Earth did you get an HD7950 for a mere $132? other than that, it's a phenomenal setup for $750

 
 
baileycream [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry, my phone is a potato. As long as your RAM doesn't have a really high heat spreader (Corsair Vengeance for example) then the fan goes over it nicely. However, you can position it over the northbridge instead if you have that issue.

Mounting was a little tricky; I had to put the cooler on and then turn the whole thing over to screw it in. Overall, not too bad though.

As for the 7950 ... it was a Black Friday deal, where Newegg had it on sale for $179.99, plus I had a 10% off coupon, which brought it down to $161.99, and there was a $30 mail-in-rebate, so net price was $131.99.

 
 
Apach3 [2 Builds] 1 point 10 months ago

i hear you on having a potato of a phone (mine is like that, too - probably worse). yeah, i figured sticks of tall RAM like Vengeance would be a bit iffy. i was more concerned about the amount of overall space it would take up, because i was considering recommending it for SFF APU builds.

you were extremely lucky, then, to buy an HD7950 for such a low price; that was right before the prices got jacked because of the bitcoin miners. if you've been eyeing an upgrade from that, you could sell it for a profit and get a GTX 770... not that i would encourage or recommend that.

 
 
xxhansonmaxx 1 point 10 months ago

could u take more pics of the inside?

 
 
baileycream [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

I did - I uploaded them. Cable management is not the best I know, but a lot of the clutter is just for the fans.

 
 
Akut [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

Great budget build! I assume you got some of your parts either used or you had them lying around, cause I'd love to find a 7950 for $130.

+1 on a sweet budget build.

 
 
junrocks 1 point 7 months ago

I thought I was the only person in the world with that monitor. I guess not

 
 
renigadecrew [1 Build] 1 point 5 months ago

Everthing good but cable management

 
 
reece00567 [1 Build] -1 points 10 months ago

SSD?

 
 
rishi23 [1 Build] -2 points 10 months ago

lol you copied my builds name

 
 
baileycream [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 10 months ago

haha I didn't know, just named it that because it's green and a beast