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Blood Diamond (also known as Novice, Beginning of Builds)

by shadow.fearless


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Date Published

Nov. 26, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 24, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


This is my first build, I aimed to use it as a decent gaming budget build.

Also, I know I have rebates provided to me, I'm currently in the process of sending them out so I will not update that until I've actually completed the process and received my money back.

All of the parts have been purchased from Microcenter except for the mouse/keyboard, speaker set and OS.

The performance is outstanding in this little rig for what it is! It performs well on games such a GTA V, Rocket League, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Warface, Warframe, and many more! I'm very satisfied with it as it is my first build.


I've listed each update as the first set of pictures presented in the slideshow.

Update on 12/02/2017: Updated power supply to "Cooler Master - MasterWatt Lite Full Range 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply."

Update 12/16/2017: The keyboard was given as a gift by my girlfriend for Christmas 2017, but purchased on Ebay. Previously was using a keyboard bought from an Amazon mouse and keyboard set.

Update 12/17/2017: I bought a cheap speaker set from Walmart until I'm able to afford a better quality set.

Update 12/16/2017: The keyboard was given as a gift by my girlfriend for Christmas 2017, but purchased on Ebay. Previously was using a keyboard bought from a Amazon mouse and keyboard set.

Update 12/17/2017: I bought a cheap speaker set from Walmart until I'm able to afford a better quality set.

Update 12/24/2017: I received the Bloody R8A Wireless Gaming Mouse from my girlfriend and Logitech G300S Gaming Mouse from my brother as Christmas gifts to add onto my PC. Previously was using an Amazon mouse from a Amazon mouse and keyboard set.

(Still need to post pictures for 01/09/2018 and 01/11/2018 updates.) Update 01/09/2018: I purchased the Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED CPU Cooler as the stock AMD cooler that I was using was beginning to overheat my CPU and I wanted to achieve better performance.

Update 01/11/2018: I wanted a better look to my PC, therefore, I purchased the Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 3.1 case along with 3 Cooler Master SickleFlow red LED fans to finish the red blend.

Update 9/29/2018: I have updated a lot. First to start is I'm using a different keyboard and mouse. The keyboard is a ACEPHA Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with 105 RGB LED Backlit Keys and the mouse is a ENHANCE Theorem. To go with my mouse, I added in a ENHANCE LED Gaming Mouse Pad. I also bought a better headset, which is an ENHANCE Scoria, and as a headset stand to go with it, SADES E-Sports Gaming Headphone Cradle. I received some speakers from my girlfriend for Valentines Day, e-joy 22771 Dancing Water Speaker. I additionally got two monitors from my co-workers, a ViewSonic VA2448M-LED VS13860 and a Samsung SyncMaster 226BW. I also added in a two desk mouse pads for my desk and the keyboard slider, KBSING Gaming Mouse Pad Mat Extended XXL, in the Nintendo controller edition (MPX-02). I bought a older office chair I found for ten bucks since my dad and his girlfriend gave me the desk. Lastly, I also have bought an additional mouse and keyboard for wireless use such as gaming on the TV, an ENHANCE LED Wireless Gaming Mouse 2.4ghz and G-Cord Wireless Mechanical Keyboard. Hasn't been installed yet, but I also got a Inland Professional 120GB 3D TLC NAND SATA III 6GB/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive to boot her up faster. Will show pictures when installed. Also, regarding storage, I have upgraded to a 4TB Seagate BarraCuda ST4000DM005 that I've bought off a old friend for $60.

Update 10/24/2018: Have now installed the SSD and will be posting pictures. I also did not mention but I have added little accessories to go with my personality of the rig, POP figures. The Batman POP figure was given to me by my girlfriend as a gift and the Deadpool one I bought later down the road.

Update 10/29/2018: Installed Cooler Master MasterFan Pro 120 Air Pressure RGB 3 in 1 with RGB LED Contoller. Cooler Master Universal Magnetic RGB Lighting LED Strip, and a Gigabyte GeForce 1050 Ti 4GB (GV-N105TD5-4GD) graphics card. Will display pictures soon. Also have installed a PCI-Express x1 Wireless Network Card into my system including Bluetooth on it. I am not sure of the make and model, I will update the build list when I know though.

Update 01/07/2019: My girlfriend gifted me the ENHANCE Extra Large LED Gaming Mouse Pad. I added in the ENHANCE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Theorem Backlit LED RGB Gateron Blue Switches. I also found a second Viewsonic VA2448m-LED 24" monitor to match my first one. It looks SO much better on my setup. For my headset, to decorate the RGB look a bit more, I purchased the ENHANCE Gaming Headset Stand Headphone Holder with 4 Port USB Hub, Customizable LED Lighting, Flexible Acrylic Neck. I also bought a microphone--ENHANCE USB Condenser Gaming Microphone - Red. I wanted a set of speakers with a subwoofer so I also bought this--GOgroove BassPULSE 2.1 Computer Speakers with Red LED Glow Lights and Powered Subwoofer. The webcam I had wasn't too great of quality, so I upgraded to the Ausdom Full HD 1080p Webcam Web Camera with Microphone, Sliver. I also have purchased a 6 foot desk so everything looks more spaced out and not crushed together. Will post more pictures eventually.

Part Reviews


It's a great CPU for budget gaming with my RX 550, doesn't overheat at all!


This mobo is awesome with what it can handle. I wish it had more USB 3 ports, but otherwise, it's nice over all!


8GB was perfect for my build and Crucial surprised me when I played some games on maximum, it didn't overload much at all!


It holds up storage well and it's a great HDD if you're on a budget. :)

Power Supply

Updated to this PS on 12/02/2017. This PS stands out pretty well during gaming performance! My PC has not gone too overpowered since I've bought this. It's a nice PS for being on a budget!

Operating System

Hands down the best OS, Microsoft is legendary!

Comments Sorted by:

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

When did you build this pc?

I understand the aim you had (for a budget, learning pc), but I think, if it was a recent build, you'd have been better off with a budget ryzen build. A ryzen 3 1200 + A320 motherboard would've cost probably just 20$ more, and it would've been much smoother in games, and more importantly it would've given you an upgrade path (although I'd have spent an extra 20$ or so on top of that to get a decent B350 motherboard).

In the end I hope you had fun building it, and it satisfies your needs :)

jueda38 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

MightyAlFred... this is true; however, shadow.fearless would also need to purchase DDR4 RAM which would double the cost in that portion if wanting to go with at least 2 sticks of RAM, but 1 stick of Ballistix Sport 8GB RAM would be cheaper for another $10 - $15 in addition, which overall, $30 - $40 more if the budget allowed would open up the Ryzen path.

Overall, I think it's a nice build, just needs a little cable management +1 =)

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

I understand what you're saying, and I don't think this is a bad build at all. I'm just saying that for a few bucks more he could've had a better upgrade path.

I'm sure even with a single stick of ddr4, the performance of the r3 1200 would've been higher generally in games, since he's using a discrete graphics card, and I'm sure it wouldn't have costed much more of the 2x4 gb of ddr3 he got.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

The old FX CPUs have a much lower single core performance due to IPC which is what matters most in games over core count. Even a Pentium G4560 would give better game FPS than this CPU assuming the FX cpu is overclocked.

I used to have a FX 8320 PC before I upgraded to Ryzen in April this year and it was a night and day performance difference between them. As I had an RX 470 in my FX system from an upgrade last year when that GPU came out I moved that GPU to my Ryzen PC so it was the exact same GPU on both systems. Ram speed from dual channel ddr3 to single channel ddr4 is a much smaller difference than the 52% jump in IPC from the FX line of CPUs to the Ryzen CPUs. So a single 8GB stick would work too.

shadow.fearless submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah, I'm looking into the cable management! Appreciate the advice!

Nullarc77 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

When he bought this there was a $40 rebate on the processor and a $10 rebate on the motherboard. However Microcenter was offering $10 if you bundle them and another $30 off because it is their store policy to take $30 when you buy a cpu and mobo together. In the end you end up paying $40. Can't get anywhere near that price with ryzen. I just got the same thing today for a friend of mine.

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Well, yeah, with these kind of rebates I'm sure the price difference went up significantly. This will actually be a fun build to learn modding or experimenting onto, since it is cheap, as long as he has a backup, that is.

shadow.fearless submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I built this PC on November 24. I'm planning to build a second build eventually with a Ryzen 5 1400, B350 mobo and 1060 6GB when affordable, then give this to my girlfriend who games a little bit on PC for her to start out. I have plans to spray paint the case and some pieces of components blue and black for a little project for her. I may even go as far as cutting a window into it and adding blue LEDs.

It's my first build though and I wanted to be really easy on money and try out the low FX series and Asus mobo. I'm enjoying it a lot, thank you for your comment! For future builds, I will consider doing that too, it was a pretty fun build though!

Nullarc77 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

I just picked up the same cpu and mobo. You should have mentioned that after the rebates you only end up paying $40 for the combo at Microcenter. I am helping a friend with a similar build. I advise you wait to upgrade till Nvidia Volta is released. Until then you should be able to play most games at 1080p low settings. Some games you may need to drop to 900p or 720p if you want 60fps. But if you are fine with 30-45 in some games then you will be fine. I do recommend replacing that psu. One that comes with a case have a reputation of blowing up or lighting on fire. Good build.

shadow.fearless submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks for the advice, I am looking to run at minimum specs with this build and yes, I had a sketchy feeling about the PS. I will definitely look into the Nvidia Volta also. Appreciate your comment, Nullarc77!

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

As I said in another comment, if you got all these rebates then this becomes a much better option, especially if you wanted a cheap build with which you can start experimenting. Also, I think the old FX processors do quite well in newer DX12 titles, and anyway you'll be limited by that gpu first.

As for your plans, right now I'd suggest to wait for the first Zen refresh (Zen+, or whatever they will call it), which should bring slight improvements on either clocks, power draw, costs, or a mix of those. When this happens, you should also watch what intel chips prices will be. Even though I don't like some aspects of coffeelake (the fact that it won't be upgradeable to a newer series of chips, still using thermal paste ecc), they are a good buy in certain situations. Just make sure you are set for a while if you go that route.

Otterman366 13 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

That power supply is making me cringe

shadow.fearless submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I'm planning on replacing that, I already know how terrible it is lol.

smellycatbutts 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

I often people have trouble installing Windows 10 with this mobo? Did you encounter any issues?

shadow.fearless submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

No, I did not encounter issues at all. It installed quite smoothly!

PoeDomo 2 points 12 months ago

anon I'm going to kill you for being an FX processor new

shadow.fearless submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, it was for a budget!! Come on now, lol!

snuffy_mark 1 point 9 months ago

Hey, I am interested in buying PSU that you have in this build. This one:


a) Could you tell me how is it performing in 2018?

b) Is it loud and do you have any problems with it?

This is my build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor $118.69 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $66.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Kingston - FURY 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory $83.99 @ SuperBiiz
Storage Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $43.90 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus - GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB CERBERUS Video Card -
Case Fractal Design - Focus G Mini (Black) MicroATX Mini Tower Case $54.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $368.56
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-06-05 14:45 EDT-0400
shadow.fearless submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Hey there. Sorry that I just now got to replying to you on this. I haven't been active on here and actually need to post some updates on my build. However, this PSU is pretty good for the price. It runs so much better than the original one and no, it's not loud at all. I haven't had any problems with it at all. It's actually really quiet.

Nice build, I'm digging it, especially for the price. That's around how much I've put into my build so far.