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Poverty AMD APU to budget 1440p gaming rig
by cyde
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Description

Originally I started out with a $600 budget to upgrade my computer to a decent gaming/photo editing set up. I had problems with my MSI R9 270 and RMA'd it. I was going to replace it with a new one, but I ended up finding a great deal on Newegg for a brand new Giga R9 290 Windforce for $330 after a few mail in rebates. Also picked up a QNIX 1440p panel off Ebay and calibrated it with X-rite. Beautiful display!

The memory, HDD, and cooler were from a previous build. Everything else is new. Building the system was a breeze with the Fractal case and much easier to work with than my previous Antec 300 with zero cable management. It was rather fun assembling the new system and not tedious at all with the great cable management system.

In retrospect I should have sprung for a nicer Intel chip, but at the time I had planned on working with a $600 budget so the FX6300 made sense. So far no problems gaming at 1440p with a 4.5ghz OC. Large batch edits in Photoshop and Lightroom are relatively quick too. Stock performance was rather sluggish, but this chip really started to shine past 4ghz.

Part list:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3IRQY
CPU: FX6300 @ 4.5ghz
Cooler: CM Hyper 212
Mobo: Giga GA 970A-UD3P
GPU: Giga R9 290 Windforce
Memory: 8gb HyperX
HDD: 500GB Caviar Black
PSU: SeaSonic 750W gold
Case: Fractal R4 Blackout
Monitor: QNIX 1440p monitor

Details
Date PublishedMay 12, 2014
AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate4.5GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB WINDFORCE Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate980MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate5.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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tabascosauz [1 Build] 4 points 6 months ago

"Poverty AMD"

I lol'd

 
 
cyde [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Not going to lie and say my last build wasn't poverty. I slapped together a APU build for $200ish a couple years ago with a free A8-3870k I got from an AMD sponsored party in town. I reissued it as a HTPC in the living room and does a good job at blu-ray rips & emulators.

 
 
mcbrideda 3 points 6 months ago

Great cable management! That's the case I'm going to get, was it easy to work with? You should look into getting an SSD, the Samsung Evo 120gb is pretty cheap and a great SSD. Overall great build though. +1

 
 
cyde [Submitter] [1 Build] 3 points 6 months ago

I can't compare it to other modern cases; but coming from an older Antec 300, it was a breeze to build and route cables. The only issue I had was with the grommet located near the PSU. It was too easy to push out on my case, so I secured it with a few dabs of Super Glue.

Great air flow, sound dampening, and the front/bottom air filters were a nice touch. Cleaning my case and keeping it dust free will be easy.

It's back on sale at Newegg for $80 with no MIR.
http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/120078/newegg---fractal-design-define-r4-atx-mid-tower-computer-case

 
 
mcbrideda 1 point 6 months ago

Awesome. Good look!

 
 
Deano_Awesome 2 points 6 months ago

Hey what do you mean mail-in rebates great build could use a new CPU.

 
 
cyde [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 6 months ago

Some parts offer mail in rebates from the manufacturer. It usually takes 4-12 weeks for a check or prepaid debit card to arrive. Usually the vendor let's you know if the item has a rebate available. Coupled with sale prices, I was able to save a bit of coin on this build.

 
 
cyde [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I'll post a few more pictures when I have time later this week. :)

 
 
cooperred [2 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

Great cable management! Great price on the 290 as well!

 
 
xBlood_Monkey [9 Builds] 1 point 6 months ago

That is damn beautiful for a sub-$1000 build..

 
 
ThePCGamer123 1 point 6 months ago

Does the AMD FX 6300 "bottleneck" the R9 290? Because I am going to pair the R9 290 and the FX 6300 in a future build, +1 for the build!

 
 
cyde [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I posted Heaven 4.0 benchmarks at 1080p and 1440p with my set up. Comparing to others using i5 & i7's, 1080p has a bottleneck. At 1440p there is a marginal 1-3 fps difference. My scores were taken running Ultra settings with 8x AA and tessellation. I never run tessellation and usually drop AA down a bit when gaming in 1440p. Everything runs buttery smooth with great FPS. Granted I don't play more CPU demanding multi-player FPS games, but I'm not seeing more than a negligible bottleneck at higher res.

 
 
ThePCGamer123 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks, I was wondering for so long...

 
 
GMAN-DV8 1 point 6 months ago

Very clean and simple build. By the way how is the define r4 treating you? Are you getting good airflow and im assuming that it is pretty quite.

 
 
cyde [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 6 months ago

I'm running all the fan slots, and the airflow is great. No problem keeping my OC'd R9 290 space heater cooled on air.

 
 
InsanelyEpic 1 point 4 months ago

what are your temperatures on your processor? im getting the same cooler so is it worth to buy?

 
 
username22 -3 points 4 months ago

Your CPU is bottlenecking your GPU, just saying.