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Deep Thought - Budget Gaming rig

by pcmark711


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CPU Clock Rate


GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C


As you can see the Build photos do not include the Radeon HD 7770 1 Ghz edition or the extra HDD which were added 2 months later, but the essence of the build is there.

This was my first build from the ground up ( I had tinkered with stuff before but never a full build). It turned out really well, no major problems building, a very simple build. Runs really cool the Freezer 7 Pro is amazing and the 7770 never get above 60 degrees C.

Edit: This build was done in March of 2012, the FX6300 was not released until October of that year. The OCZ PSU I had from a previous system.

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l13199l 3 Builds 4 points 46 months ago

looks way cleaner than what I was expecting. +1

thunderdan602 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

I like this build over all. It's well balanced.

cooperred 2 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Nice build +1! I don't know why it's so hard for people to read the description...

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

You probably didn't need that separate cooler, or a power supply that big. Other than that, it looks pretty good for the budget.

bartolomy 1 point 46 months ago

I would've went for a fx-6300 for only $10 more.

XDestroyer 4 points 46 months ago

Reading the description helps.

bartolomy 1 point 45 months ago

Did you see the edit part? lols

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moslin970 1 point 15 months ago

I built my 1st pc in 2012 too using the same cpu.

marvin0 0 points 46 months ago

Plus one for cable management! But seriously, you could have done a bit better for the price.

zabb74 1 Build -4 points 46 months ago

This build is disappointing to say the least. I spent the same amount and I have a 7870, a FX-6300, faster ram and a better CPU cooler.

pcmark711 submitter 2 Builds 4 points 46 months ago

Please keep in mind that this was March of 2012 and the 6300 wasn't released until October of that year and the 7870 had just barely been released at that time and was too expensive for me.

zabb74 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I'll retract my previous statement then, considering that this is an older build.

Electrospeed -5 points 46 months ago

I'd have done couple things for that budget:

  1. Smaller power supply. The Corsair CX430 would meet your needs and is $20 pretty much of the time.
  2. Cheaper case. Getting a bit nit-picky here, but there are plenty of cases for $50 or less that would satisfy your needs.
  3. With the money I'd have saved from the above, I'd have gotten the FX-6300 or even an 8320 if I wanted to push it.

Well, that's over. You've done a pretty good job with this one, don't let me fool you.

FlimFlamPhlegm 1 point 46 months ago

read the description

Electrospeed 2 points 46 months ago

That wasn't there when I posted my original comment :(

gregkolodny -5 points 46 months ago

Overall, it looks like you were careless with the budget. You could have gotten Windows 7 for less, a more powerful GPU for about the same, spent less on a power supply, gotten cheaper, faster RAM, gotten an FX-4300, and saved on your power supply. At least $50 less than what you spent, with which you could have bought a game, or even a few games, or a more powerful CPU cooler, or more fans for your case, or done whatever. I guess it stuck to your budget, so you must be happy. However, I can't help but feel that it looks wasteful. Still, it looks very clean, with excellent cable management, so I will up-vote.

XDestroyer 1 point 46 months ago

Geez. Can you at least read the description???

gregkolodny -2 points 46 months ago

I did. What's your problem? The edit wasn't there when I posted the original comment, I changed my comment to correspond.