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So this build is a long time in the making. It took quite a few months to decide what parts i wanted. Money was a big factor in this build, as to i didnt have unlimited funds so i couldnt really go all out with a full spec Intel build. Im mainly going to use this build for gaming/light video editing so i decided to go with an fx6300 because i've heard nothing but good things about the new FX processors. the rest of my build is pretty standard except for a few things. the ram sticks are different, the only difference about them is that one set is kingston, the other corsair and one is 8gb and the other is 4. i had the ram from another system and since i wasnt using it and my motherboard had 4 DIMM slots i threw it in. the hard drive except one are all recycled from older systems and the lovelt 200R fit them all no problem. the power supply is a little on the low side and i kno i could/should've gotten at least a 500+ psu but it was a cheap and decent supply so i got it. it runs my 7850 just fine, even under load, with 6 fans running and 2 monitors connected it works like a champ. i switched the orientation of the 212+ so it sucks the hot air away from the gpu and blows it through the 2 top fans, and in front of the gpu i have an intake fan blowing right on it (cant see it)

the only issue was i had to RMA the motherboard back to asus. they had to install a new bios to work with the FX6300 so that took a little more time, and as for the cable management.... i tried the best i could with the room i had, and if not for the SATA cables being a mess it came out pretty well. i plan on upgrading with some 140mm fans as exhausts for the top and maybe some blue LED fans on the intake.

total fan placement goes as follows: 2 intake, 1 side panel, 2 top exhaust, 1 rear exhaust, and the cpu doesnt count... i guess

this is my first build and its my baby i hope you guys enjoy it and give me some good feedback.

**Edit/Update/add pictures: i will post updates about my system and changes from ur guys suggestions. - re-orientated the heatsink because i was getting a rattling sound from the fan and it was driving me crazy - added pic of side pannel partly on so u can see the side intake fan placement - added pic of my gpu turned on so u can see the lights....ooo pretty

Update March 30th 2013: so ive added 2 140mm fans to the top of the case, and ive over clocked the cpu to a stable 4.5 ghz. other then that no other updates but its good for now. eventually ill upgrade the psu and a new gpu....eventually and maybe an SSD

Update January 9th, 2014: I have added a new PSU to the build in preparation for a new GPU upgrade to happen with in the new year. Its a Rosewill Capstone 750M Gold Semi-Modular PSU. its pretty awesome if i do say so myself. Other upgrades are a new capture card in the form of an Avermedia Live Gamer HD, and a new keyboard.

Comments

  • 83 months ago
  • 4 points

Although FX as a whole isn't "nothing but good things," Piledriver is a very good improvement over Bulldozer

  • 83 months ago
  • 10 points

it was either the 6300 or a 965BE and i decided to go with the newer architecture. its a great improvement over bulldozer

  • 83 months ago
  • 8 points

Piledriver fx6300's blow any i3's away in most categories especially when overclocked.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

great build actually! rotate the cpu fan to pull air from the right, that's how airflow suppose to go. 12GB ram that's odd!

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

i put the fan that way because the air being taken out by the 2 120mm fans above it will be better for cooling the cpu, and it also helps cool the gpu cause the fan sucks the hot air away from the pcb while under load. thats what my line of thinking is at least. so far my cpu hasnt even reached 40, and my gpu doesnt go above 60.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i'm not saying it's bad but it seems to me like the fan is sucking hot air from the GPU or it could get it from cool air coming from the front and maybe from 1 top intake.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

i did some research and either way of mounting it is fine. i literally just removed the 212 and placed it E-W instead of N-S because i was getting a rattling sound from the cpu fan and it was driving me crazy. but either ways i havent seen a difference in temps.

  • 83 months ago
  • 0 points

Well the 12GB RAM is probably more different than odd. I would say that it is not recommended to mix and match RAM. Though they may the same clock speed, the timings and operating voltages could be different. Which could actually hinder performance. I believe the Kingston RAM is 1.65V and the XMS3 is 1.5V.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

The voltage will probably get pulled up to the higher value, at least its all in dual channel atm..

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

both ram are DDR3 1600mhz at 1.65v. i checked them before i installed them

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

As nice as I'm sure the PSU is, you know the 7850 suggests "at least a 500w PSU" and since both the CPU and the GPU are overclocked, you might find yourself with some issues down the road.I know you said you haven't seen any immediate issues, but it's a risk probably not worth taking.

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

They "suggest" power supplies that are ridiculous in power for a reason, but I can assure you the 430W will be plenty fine.

My build has an overclocked 2500K to 4.6GHz and an overclocked GTX 670. My UPS and my wall meter both say that at full load (Furmark) my system draw is ~360W.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

i checked around and found out that the 7850 is the best card i could get to run with the psu. i will eventually upgrade to a 550w psu or more. but over the past month and then some ive ran the system using primse95 and various other gpu performance programs and the psu pulled through with no problem at all. i kno an upgrade will be needed, especially if i decide to buy another 7850 and crossfire them, or buy a 7870 or 7950.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

oh my god! this is pretty much the exact build i want to make... i just have 4 gigs of ram an a modular psu.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Good choice on the G400 I love mine now just get a QCK to go along with it lol

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build!!!

One reccomendation though, you could have got 8gb of RAM, maybe not the best 8gb, but still, for an extra 8 bucks.

Otherwise, good build! I likey :3

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Total: $777.84 Lucky build? haha

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

You have a (Corsair 430W ATX12V Psu)Does it handle that CPU OC okay, is there any voltage left over? I was checking to see if i got this would i have to replace my 400W psu. i'm only using a Radeon 6770 Gpu so it shouldn't be to bad.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

its pleanty honestly. im running my 6300 at 4.5ghz and my 7850 over 1ghz also, and while playing games it hasnt even blinked once. it will definitely handle what you can throw at it, within reason of course. i've had 6+hour gaming sessions and its rock solid.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Just out of the question way, do you think i could run a 125w Cpu with a 6770 with the rest parts as yours, no OC you think it would be stable?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i dont see why not. i mean even with an overclock you'd be fine. granted the 6770 does use more power then the 7850 but i don't think it would be that much of a problem

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :)

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

I really appreciate your comments about your PSU. I've been having a hard time understanding what I really need. You have helped me on decide which to buy. And for only $40, that'll help me keep the price low. I'm looking at getting almost all the same stuff. and that hyper 12 plus really help that OC and is it loud? People all say to just get water coolers and stuff... But I dont have that kind of money. Actually most people say to get the EVO. Whats thbe real difference? Either way a 4.1ghz OC is plenty for me.

AND ONE other thing. How Long would this PSU last under such pressure? Would I have to change it within a year or will it last like 2-4 years?

thanks

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

i'm glad that i could help you! the power supply is a really great little unit if you ask me. i've had long gaming sessions, long render sessions and live streams to boot and it has work out without a problem, and yes for 40$ its a great deal. i would buy it again if i had to. but i would suggest going with something a little more powerful, like a cx500 or cx600 theyre not that much more expensive. i say this not because the psu isn't good cause it is. i say it for the future and for future upgrades. if i plan on getting a more powerful gpu like a 79xx or a 660ti and up i'm going to need to upgrade the psu. your psu should last you quite a long time. the only time you would need to replace it is either for an upgrade or if it dies on you.

as for the HSF i love my 212+ its a good unit. if you're going to overclock then you need an aftermarket HSF. the major differences between the 212+and the evo are minimal so going with either one would be a safe bet. i mean they both go for under 25$ if im not mistaken. but if you want something more serious and dont want to go with watercooling you could go for a xigmatek dark knight II. i just recently installed one of these in a friends build and it works great and cools just as god as some watercooling units. the instructions are absolutely terrible and annoying but after u figure it out its ok.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the quick response, really appreciate it. Right now I'm creating my own real budget pc. I have the Phenom II x4 965be with an Asus 7770 2GB. I only play games like league of legends or call of duty. A little bit of mass effect and steam games. I think that set up will run these games perfectly. What do You think? 1900 x 1080 @ 60hz

other problem I have is RAM. So many choices and numbers I dont know what to get other than 8GB in 2x4.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

Here's what I''m looking at: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/L98T

what could You help me in?

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

the build really isnt that bad. honestly if i was you i would get a different case. because the one you have there comes with a psu, and you're already buying one so id get a different case. preferably one with a bottom mounted psu, you should be able to find one for cheap i would recommend either an nzxt 210 or an nzxt gamma, check newegg you'll find them. for ram 8gb is the standard and wouldnt be that much more expensive then what you have now. so anything kingston, corsair, gskill or mushkin would be good. if you want 16bg u can but you wont need it. as for the 7770 id probably skip it and go for something like this http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-fx785acnl4 for around the same price you would get better performance and be able to play at a higher framerate. IMO dont get windows 8, download windows 7 burn it to a disk and get that and save yourself 90$ or just get a copy of it from someone else. i personally dont like windows 8 on a desktop so i stuck with 7.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

they say windows 8 is faster. So i was thinking of just getting w8 and then getting a template(skin) of windows 7... What do you think of that? And where can i download windows 7 online? Is it a trial or is it full and real? Can you show me a link?

And yeah, i just changed the case. i just quickly put it there to show what price range i was looking at for cases.

Yeah i was thinking about getting that 7850. Everyone says its worth the buy. I'll take your word for it. Thanks a bunch.

Hope to get a reply soon.

Later.

  • 81 months ago
  • 2 points

you can download windows 7 online just look for a windows 7 iso and make sure u use the 64bit version ans not the 32bit version. when u down load the iso then download the windows to usb burner tool and burn it to a thumb drive. it will save u money and its easier then it sounds to do.

the 7850 would be a lot better then the 7770 with streaming and games, and since u can get it for around the same price it would be a mistake for u to go with the 7770.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

What two fans did you install on the top of the case? They look cool. How do you like the 6300? Nice build btw.

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

they're xigmatek 140mm white LED 140mm fans, theyre awesome and pretty cheap too. im really liking the 6300, its a great processor for the money and it does everything i ask it to do and more. Thanks!

  • 81 months ago
  • 1 point

i got "something" like this only a CX500M and FX8120 (here in europe its like 100 euro's less than a FX8350. Also for graphics card a sapphire HD7950 Great build btw.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same mobo, cpu, cpu cooler and gpu (mines xfx is all). How are is your fps doing in games going from stock to overclock? I'm going to be getting a new case because the airflow in mine right now is bad and mt temps in gpu (stock) get up into the 60's when playing games like bf3 on ultra.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

the difference from stock and overclocked are pretty good. i overclocked my CPU from 3.5ghz to 4.5 just by adjusting the multiplier and its been doing great so far. it renders videos pretty well, granted not as well as an i5 or i7 but thats ok. the gpu stock vs overclocked isn't that much of an improvement. i see about a 5-10 fps difference depending on what im playing and what setting i play it. for instance, crysis 3 on high on stock i get about 35-40fps, and overclocked i get about 45-50. again depends on your settings, and everything like that. temps aren't to bad either, i want to get a better cpu cooler cause during rendering my cpu gets to about 65-70 degrees Celsius. i would like to see them lower of course.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking at builds using that case and wow... Yours looks so neat and tidy. x.x And a first build, no less.

  • 79 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thanks for the love. its no where as neat as i would like it to be. the SATA cables from the mobo to the HDD's kinda bug me but there's not much i can do.

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey nice build man. I have a question if you wouldn't mind, I also have an fx-6300 and a 212 (evo). What software do you use to monitor the fx6300's temps when overclocking? Everything I have tried tells me I am running below ambient at idle. =/

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

i use Core Temp to monitor temps of the cpu, and CPU-Z also. they're free to download and are good programs

  • 78 months ago
  • 1 point

Core temp seems to tell me I am at like 26C when it is 30C in my room. Cpu-z uses hwmonitor correct? Which value do you use for the cpu temp? The one under Fx6300 for me reads below ambient as well =/ I wonder why it works for you and not me... only difference really is the Asus vs Gigabyte.

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man. (: Using an old monitor?

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

nope the main monitor i use is one i bought at best buy for 99$ and my second monitor is my TV that i use as a back up/second monitor. THANKS!!

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

I like it, especially what you did with the CPU fan. (I also like that blue blanket in the first picture, looks soft)

  • 77 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thanks! i had to change the orientation of my cpu fan to the normal way. but hoppefully ill be able to upgrade to an AIO watercooling soon.