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My Gaming PC (2016)

by _DBHD_



Date Published

May 22, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C


I built my gaming PC on January 21st 2015, using money I had acquired during Christmas! Being 14 at the time money was tight (I'm 16 now), and upgrading was slow but now, a year down the line, and several upgrades later, I am very pleased at the performance of this machine!

My Original System:

AMD FX-6300 (@ 3.5GHz), AMD stock cooler, Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P Motherboard, 8gb (2x4gb) Crucial Ballistix Sport, 1TB Seagate Barracuda, Sapphire Radeon r9 280-X tri-x, Bitfenix Comrade, Corsair 750W, Lite-On iHAS124-14, Corsair Air Series Fans 120mm (x2),

When I first got it I was really happy with is (as any 14 year old would be) but as I got older and more into PC building I started to notice flaws with my system, hence the upgrades.

My current system (as shown), is brilliant and can handle most modern AAA tiles at 1080p on near maximum settings! I'll throw in a couple of benchmarks.


Hitman Absolution: Preset Ultra settings, V-Sync off. Average of 53 FPS!

Metro Last Light: Preset Very High settings, AF 4x texture filtering, V-Sync off. Average of 84 FPS!

Tomb Raider (2013): Preset Ultimate, no anti-aliasing, hair quality normal. Average of 129 FPS!

As for games like LoL and CSGO, they can all be run at max settings with over 100 FPS.

To conclude, this gaming rig is a great build for anyone looking at doing some 1080p and light 1440p gaming! The price to performance ratio is amazing, and I recommend this system to all! Thanks for taking the time to read my review, you can leave a comment asking me questions, or can give me some feedback! You can also link me your builds too!

Many Thanks, Arran (16, Scotland)

ALSO if anyone knows where I can get a free copy of windows, comment below, or tweet me @ArranDavidson9

Part Reviews


The AMD FX6300 is an amazing processor for the money I got mine on a flash sale on Aria.co.uk (which btw is a great website for UK based builders!) for just £55, which is great for a 6 core CPU. I currently have mine clocked at 4GHz, although I have had it at 4.3GHz. Also I've heard rumors of people pushing 4.7! which is nuts. I can't recommend this CPU enough!

CPU Cooler

For just £15 on amazon I got an amazing deal! This 6inch cooler is great at keeping your CPU nice and cool under load. HOWEVER, please make sure this will fit into your case, because it did NOT fit in my original case (Bitfenix Comrade)


Again amazing for the price! Cannot recommend this enough. Although the BIOS is very annoying to use due to the mouse DPI in the BIOS, I was still able to overclock easily. A thing to watch for.. I broke my USB3 pin on my motherboard so be careful! I am currently using a USB2 to USB3 converter to get my front panel USB3 ports to work.


No issues with the RAM, couldn't notice the difference between 8gb and 16gb, the heat spreaders on the RAM are low, leaving room for a beefy CPU cooler.


The Seagate Barracuda is a great buy, WD fans across the globe would argue for hours telling me that my hard drive will fail me soon, but after 18 or so months of use, all has been fine! Also, it's cheap.

Video Card

This is the component that makes this a beast at 1080p (and some 1440p) gaming! It can run any modern title with no issue what so ever! The tri-x cooler is genius, it's really good at keeping the card cool under load, however, make sure your case can support such a large card, as the 30cm (12") cooler can be quite the squeeze in some cases.


The case is a pleasure to work in! With lots of room to work with it can make a novice PC builder's first time way easier. This case can support up to 7 120mm fans making airflow great! As for cable management behind the case it is quite roomy and easy to work in. A thing to watch is installing fans on the top of the case, I found it quite difficult to get the fans flush with the mesh surface, but after some perseverance, I did it :).

Power Supply

The power supply is great and with a bronze certification, I am at piece of mind when using my system! I would recommend getting the modular version though, as the amount of unused cables makes my system look slightly messy.

Optical Drive

It's an old things, works perfectly

Case Fan

RANT WARNING, these fans are good right? their made by corsair so they're good right? WELL yes and no. These things are a b***h to install, the rubber vibration stopper things (excuse my colloquial tone) make it difficult not to strip every screw I own. They bend and twist making installing these fans very annoying and I even had to get my dad to help me. However, they are really good at doing what they do. The airflow in my system is great, keeping my PC nice and cool when idle and under load!

Comments Sorted by:

NeonThought 4 Builds 3 points 16 months ago

Yes, YES. Propagate AMD!

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago


Zachfive 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Bought and installed the XFX model of that GPU for a friends fiance who was going to design school. Beast of a card indeed. +1 for great AMD build.

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you sir

JoshKuslock 2 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Definetly a beast bang for your buck build +1 for AMD and a Sapphire card lol

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

thank you bro <3

TotalInsanity4 1 point 16 months ago

Very good budget build! There are a lot better PSUs that you could have gotten for the price, though, especially if you look at eBay for gently used parts from upgraded builds

All the same, +1 : )

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I completely agree with you, I could've saved a lot of money that maybe could've went towards say a 290X. The reason I went with my purchase though is because I panicked when it came to the PSU. Yknow what novice builders are like ;). Have a nice day buddy

TotalInsanity4 1 point 16 months ago

You too!

Baustinmcmanus 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Your cpu only went up 4 degrees from idle to load? Impressive.

I_dunno 1 point 16 months ago

That does seem a little strange...

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

After re-doing the tests it turns out that the idle temps are around 30 and load is 40 making a 10 degree difference! Sorry about that

I_dunno 1 point 16 months ago

No worries dude!!!

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_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I cannot recommend this CPU cooler enough! Thanks for your comment

I_dunno 1 point 16 months ago

Nice looking build hope it continues to meet your demands!!!!! Your

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I do too buddy! Have a nice day

I_dunno 1 point 16 months ago

You too!!

Plpkacper 1 point 16 months ago

What a great build! I hope you enjoyed building it! I think for a first build this is a great one. Looking forward to see more from you.

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

<3 Thanks Kacper ;)

Dsn246 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Awesome man! Your build is quite similar to mine!!

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

I just had a look at your build, looking good buddy!

Dsn246 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks man!

AD355168 1 point 16 months ago


_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

That sucks man :( Why is it so expensive?

Darrien_Patriot 1 point 16 months ago

Nice Build!

Hey! I'm new to Custom PC's. I'm on a budget and I like this one right here. Fits my price range. Saw you ran games on decent FPS. I'm looking for one that can run games and edit videos. You think it's good for that?

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

It'll be great for gaming! It'll be fine for editing videos, I'm not sure about rendering but with 6 cores you should be okay buddy!

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

I would also like to mention that the power supply is overkill! with this running at only 483W, you could get off with a 500W power supply, or if you are interested in overclocking your components, I'd recommend getting a fully modular 600W power supply to keep things tidy! If you've got any more questions, throw them my way!

ATXON 1 point 16 months ago

Excellent budget Build +1

_DBHD_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Why thank you :3

hockeygun233 1 point 14 months ago

is this processor really that great for gaming?

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