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"Learning Experience" First Build Under $850

by ClassicHenbo



CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

19.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


Hey guys this is my first build, and it was a great learning experience. This was built for gaming and I wanted to be able to play all of the current games in Ultra. I’m really satisfied with the parts I chose for the most part, and the build is currently maxing out everything I play (Dirt 3, Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, Battlefield 4) @ 1080p. Tell me what you think!

CPU - AMD FX 6300 - $109 I went with this cpu because of the price to clock rate ratio and the combo with the mobo I bought. I read into it and many people said that it was a good mid level processor. I currently have it OC’d to 4.0 GHz

Cooler - Noctua NH-U12P SE2 - $45 I knew I needed to buy a quality cooler if I wanted to achieve the higher clock rates. This cooler is absolutely amazing. Got it on sale for $45, totally worth it. This cooler has to be mounted with airflow from bottom to top with AM3+ motherboards, which is irregular but provides the same if not better cooling capability.

Motherboard - ASRock 970 EXTREME 4 - $99 I didn’t know exactly what I had wanted in a motherboard, but this seemed like a good option. Supports overclocking, dual PCIe @ x8 for crossfire... I’m satisfied with it, does its job. Combo with my CPU.

Operating System - Win 7 Enterprise 64 bit - FREE Got this free through college :)

RAM - Team Vulcan 8Gb (2x4Gb) - $59 This was the absolute cheapest RAM option for dual channel 8gb. I kinda wish I had gone for a bit of a higher end option... like maybe Vengeance or something... plus the colors don’t match...

Storage - WD Caviar Blue 1TB 7200 rpm - $58 Western Digital is reputable, and this drive was cheap and met my preferences. Planning to get three more and do a RAID 1+0

Video Card - HIS Radeon HD 7950 - $219 Got this video card on sale for $219, what an awesome snag. This card is HUGE. Actually there’s a funny story about this... I had originally bought a Raidmax Super Hurricane case. To make a long story short, the GPU didn’t fit... so I bought a Fractal Design R4. Anyway, this graphics card is really nice, I have it overclocked to 1GHz and the memory to 1400, 150Mhz over the usual core and memory clocks. Really nice card.

Case - Fractal Design R4 - $105 Got the case on sale at Best Buy, shipped to my house in two days after the problem with the Raidmax Hurricane. This case is a breeze to build in. I really liked the features like the built in fan controller and the huge window. It’s also really quiet like its supposed to be, even though I’ve removed all of the optional sound dampening material. The foam lined door on the front noticeably quiets the PC.

Power Supply - EVGA SuperNOVA 750 watt - $59 Again, got this one on a sale. It’s a pretty good PSU as far as I can tell. I knew I wanted at least a semi modular power supply, and this one was on sale, and the 80+ bronze was a nice plus. I’ll probably switch to a higher end model in a few years.

Optical Drive - Samsung SH-224DB - $16 Was on sale, nothing special.


I got a cheap Gigabyte mouse, it’s nice and has adjustable DPI, nuff said.

I am using a set of Logitech speakers, two sound and one mini sub woofer. They provide great sound and deep, punchy bass.

The keyboard I got was the Rosewill RK-8100. Don’t ever buy this keyboard. It would malfunction and it is now broken after a month and a half of use. It used to keep pressing keys after I had taken my finger off of them... no bueno. Now using a Vivitar Bamboo Keyboard.

I had an older Hannspree HF207 monitor. It displays in 1080p with HDMI, but I’m looking to get a much nicer monitor as it’s only 20 inches and 60Hz refresh rate.

I also bought a few Apevia 120mm LED fans... they are loud, and I hate them. Getting some 140mm Noctua fans soon.

Please tell me what you think!

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sky23h 1 Build 9 points 65 months ago

Can I just say that I thought that keyboard was an aged nasty white one at first...haha dude the wood is so classy!

kingspiral 1 Build 8 points 65 months ago

That keyboard looks like a piece of art...

PcPPLE 1 point 59 months ago

Lol yep

LemingSweaty 1 Build -1 points 55 months ago

you spelled **** wrong... lel

12allanon1 4 points 65 months ago

+1 for ninja turtles and a very double-take worthy keyboard ;)

ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 3 points 65 months ago


Moops 3 points 65 months ago

Cowabunga Dude! +1

Zeus 1 Build 3 points 65 months ago

Awesome build, you did well with your money. But +1 for keyboard.

SumanIV 1 Build 2 points 65 months ago

I hate the EVGA PSU cables, they look ******* ugly. -.-

ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

I wish that they would just make all PSU cables black...

barrelolaughs 2 points 65 months ago

Nice build! Just bought the same PSU. It's overkill for what I need also, but will provide room for expansion. Where did you get that wooden keyboard? I want one of those!

shawnshibu123 1 point 65 months ago

750W is quite an overkill.

Dr.Jones 4 points 65 months ago

look at the price.

shawnshibu123 -1 points 65 months ago

Don't be mean :(

noob_for_life 6 points 65 months ago

i dont think he ment to be mean but $63 for 750w is a steal

ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 4 points 65 months ago

I am planning to do Crossfire in the future aswell.

Spencer1012 3 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Too bad on the mounting situation. For some reason my Phanteks cooler is the same way for my AM3+ PC. It is good in an airflow optimized case, but in my 550D with no real top exhaust, it hurts the performance by quite a bit I think.

ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Nah, I've read up on it and have seen in my pc monitoring stuffs that there's no problem with the bottom top config

thebigboi 1 point 65 months ago

Hows the mouse? I'm thinking on getting one.

ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 2 points 65 months ago

I like the mouse alot. It never glitches at all, and at those moments when you can use the adjustable dpi it's really helpful and you're like WIN!

thebigboi 2 points 65 months ago

Ok I'm totally getting this mouse!

canders 7 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Nice build. +1 for the keyboard alone. :)

AustinTheTimelord 1 point 65 months ago

Bamboo keyboard :0...

Dannyboy8710 1 point 65 months ago

Is there anyway to shave some money off this build but still maintain performance?

ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Yes. You could downgrade the power supply for something a bit cheaper, get a cheaper motherboard, and get a cheaper case of course. Make sure that the case will be able to fit a graphics card of about 11 inches!

ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Also a cheaper cpu cooler.

xPOISUNx 1 Build 1 point 65 months ago

that keyboard..... i want it :)

gammin1234 1 Build 1 point 61 months ago

Does the mobo work fine? On pc part picker it shows a warning when chosen with AMD fx-6300

ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 61 months ago

Yeah it works fine with my PC. It's just saying that because the motherboard isn't the newest on the market and the FX-6300 is newer the mobo might need new software to run. But it doesn't.

It works just fine!

GeorgeBD 1 Build 1 point 60 months ago


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ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Could you elaborate?

RyneSmith 7 Builds 6 points 65 months ago

Don't listen to yujel. It seems his account to belittle users builds

Your build is great, you did very well for the price


Spencer1012 3 Builds 4 points 65 months ago

Agreed with Ryne. I've been exploring this guy's recent comments and posts and he's just being dumb. I know that sounds mean but just look at what he's been posting. He also put up an obviously fake and $8k build that I reported with no pics and the description, "its awsom" (I think)

ClassicHenbo submitter 2 Builds 3 points 65 months ago

Yeah I saw that build... I've disregarded him