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My First Build! $500 Budget Summer 2013

by WakaMaka



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C


Built my first desktop today after my laptop got stolen. Wanted to keep it a $500 budget which I was successful at (disregarding the monitor). Almost all the parts I bought have rebates which I don't mind since I haven't gotten denied a rebate yet (knocks on wood). The prices listed on the 'Part List' are the prices after tax and after rebate (if it gets accepted).

I plan on using this for learning cad such as Solidworks, ProE, Catia, MATLAB, and sometimes I'll game. Although I don't game as much on computer as I used to (moved form PC to PS3 and now maybe back to PC...?).

  • CPU/MOBO: I got the FX-6350 and the Motherboard together as part of the Microcenter bundle deal. +$10 Rebate

  • Memory: The memory I got on sale from Newegg that each came with a $20 rebate.

  • Storage: I have an old WD 1TB external hard drive from Black Friday 2010 or 2011 that I ended up using to save some cash. Although its 5400 rpm, it does what it does, stores stuff. May upgrade in the future or grab an SSD when they're cheaper.

  • Video Card: Got this during a Newegg sale that also comes with a rebate. Haven't tested how it performs with CAD or games yet. +$30 Rebate

  • Case: Got the 200R since I heard it's a pretty good case. I like it! If I waited I probably could have gotten this cheaper. Came with a $10 rebate from Fry's.

  • Power Supply: Decided on not getting a modular PSU to save money. Got from Newegg and includes a $30 rebate.

  • Monitor: Got this during a sale eCost had on eBay. Comes with a $25 rebate.

Impression: It's a lot faster than my laptop at least! It's a bit loud for my liking. The CPU fan goes crazy ranges from 3000-4000 RPM most of the time I'm just browsing the internet. Might need to upgrade to an aftermarket fan or get some case fans? What do you guys think? I will update this post when I get to finishing and testing out everything.

  • Debating on returning the 200R case and grabbing a 300R for better airflow. My work space can only fit the case under my corner desk.

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SEWComputers 4 Builds 9 points 50 months ago

Impressive! That motherboard supplemental power connector really bothers me, but I guess it can't be routed around the back. Nice build, considering you spent less than $450 for it!

IamApropos 3 Builds 4 points 50 months ago

It bothers me every time I see this cable routed in all directions to avoid going behind the motherboard and then claims "cable was to short". Just looking at the direction and distance that cable is traveling you can definitely tell it would reach behind the motherboard tray with room to spare.

Aside from that its a decent build at amazing prices. ;)

WakaMaka submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Oooo is there a better configuration for that cable? What do you mean by behind the motherboard? Would that be behind the case side as well? I would love to improve the cable management.

IamApropos 3 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

no offense was intended, just compounding on what SEWComputers said as to what bothers him about that cable.

If you look at the case directly above the motherboard where you have that cable plugged into you'll see a hole. if you make that specific cable the first cable through the hole directly next to the power supply (which btw all the cables coming out of the power supply should go into that hole then be routed to the nearest hole to the connection they'll be plugging into.) Once you route that cable through that bottom hole it should be stretched along the back of the motherboard "tray" as that part of the case is called, then through that top hole and plugged in. Sure it wont get seen because you don't have a window but the less cables you have in the front part of the case the better airflow you'll get and far less dust to be trapped in unwanted areas.

Hope this helps.

WakaMaka submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Cable placement fixed! I believe I tried to insert the CPU cable into that slot at first but had trouble with it fitting between the tray and case of the frame.

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

(claps) BRAVO!!!

Kashper 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

didnt fit in my build... had to use the extension cord that came with the case.

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

your case isn't the same size as this builders case in fact the motherboard sits an inch or more above the power supply which is more distance than most cases have the motherboard away from it making that cable have to travel further.

Kashper 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

ok, my bad, i thought you were talking about cases in general.

5kywolf 2 points 50 months ago

+1 on this comment

WakaMaka submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I will try to fix it!

talby 10 Builds 0 points 50 months ago

yea it needs the extension cord that the Z9/Z11 comes with about 99% of the time :c

PickItApart 3 points 50 months ago

Throw out that AMD CPU cooler and get a Cooler Master Evo. It's quiet and gonna give you an amazing overclock.

shapaza 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Daaaaamn, that is some really great performance/price you got going there. Lucky you!

Quintana 2 points 50 months ago

Nice well rounded build in my opinion.

You should definitely invest in a Cooler Master Hyper EVO cooler though, it will not only cool better but will also be far quieter. They go for around $29, and you might luck out and not have to remove the motherboard to install it. That case has a decent size cutout on the back that may work out.

Mattyice47 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

How is the Powercolor Card, is it loud?

WakaMaka submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Not sure, all I hear is my CPU fan lol.

iiLeGiT101 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Best choices in a budget build that I've seen in a while. I love this build, I really hope you enjoy it!

Radicult 2 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

these prices are amazing

_Beasty_ 1 point 50 months ago

Nice! Personally i would of forked out a little more and gotten the cx 600w 80 plus bronze, its semi modular so you don't need the cables that are just chilling there. But otherwise sick build!

Maximation 1 point 50 months ago

What is the difference between the fx-6300 and the fx-6350? Higher clockspeed? Really nice build! You have done a great job on the part selection and buying everything on sale! Happy learning!

WakaMaka submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Yeah and because of that it uses more wattage 95W vs 125W. I don't know how to overclock so I chose the 6350 which was $10 more than the 6300 at Micro Center.

gxsaurav 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

You got a really good deal on that graphics card. It was selling for $145 on Amazon in the beginning of this month.

WakaMaka submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Yeah it was on Newegg for like a day $149.99 - $19.50 promo code - $30 mail in rebate + Tax. :)

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Great build! The 200r looks really great for the low price, the cable management that is possible with this case is just amazing. +1

My pro-tip:

I have used the same case for a friend, I bought him a Cooler master EVO 212 and it is really quiet. It fits well in the case, looks great, has almost no sound production, does a fantastic job at cooling CPUs and is not that expensive (you can find it between 25-35$).

Nukelear 1 point 50 months ago

xfx pro core/rosewill capstone 450w > crappy cx600w

dalethezombie 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

can i ask where you got Ram for $15?

WakaMaka submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

Newegg $36.99 each - $3.20 Promo Code + Tax - $20 Rebate

dalethezombie 3 Builds 1 point 50 months ago


tyabbott 1 point 50 months ago

Wow the price to performance on this build is incredible. Its also open to upgrades in the future. +1

Sabotage 1 point 50 months ago

Great build for that price! I like the case.

bartolomy 1 point 50 months ago

Your 12v connection on upper left will fit through that case and motherboard. You should have no problem because you don't have a 212 Evo and no fans on top. Should fit behind the board to connect.

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

This is a really nice budget build.

Mattkx4 1 point 50 months ago

Pretty awesome build for $500! I always liked the Corsair cases, but I was an idiot and got a Cooler Master :P a cheap one...... Oh well nice job!

idma 1 point 49 months ago

pretty good cable management. That in itself can make your cooling flow very good. This is a very good budget build and I'm pretty sure you can't do any better in terms of the choice of parts. The only variable thing you can't control is sales and such. Which you got a lot of

Tyl3r 1 point 47 months ago

Cool build :) I love the 6 core, can't go wrong at that price!!

Jozmtr 1 point 45 months ago

I think you got a good deal on the mobo. +1

ashermaster 0 points 43 months ago

This is lacking cooling NO FANS OR CPU COOLER

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WakaMaka submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I don't think I tried that! Will try tomorrow when I get the chance and let you know.

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WakaMaka submitter 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

I'm afraid so. =/

Tyl3r 1 point 47 months ago

I'm using the exact same drive as storage, I grabbed it out of a previous budget rig. Unfortunately its built for efficiency and has that power saving standby mode, but its lots of storage and it gets the job done! I've got my OS on an ssd so the drive isn't all that bothersome. I picked up a 128gb but I think 60gb would easily do the trick if you ever decide to get one!