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Friend switching from console to PC

by ReDnAx1991



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C


Hi all! Thanks for looking at my second build that I am going to show on this great website.

Last month I was drinking a beer with one of my friends and we started talking about consoles vs. PC, I told him that I could build him a PC which was going to outperform the next gen. consoles for about 600$. Why 600$ you ask, because I made a small calculation please keep on reading. He was going to buy the Xbox one which is going to be 400$. Most people forget that you also have to pay about 60$ per year to go online with the Xbox (also Sony is going to use this pay for multiplayer games system in the PS4). I told him that this PC could last for at least 4 years, to make it easy for all of us 400 + (4*60) = 640$. So he agreed with me and we started looking for parts.

And of course those freaky steam sales are going to provide this little monster with lots of great games.

I came up with the following parts list for him. We ordered everything at 8:00 PM and everything arrived at 11:30 AM. After I was done with work we drank a beer, I started teaching him about the components and we started building.

Why these parts:

CPU: I went for AMD because this PC was on a thight budget and the FX-6300 is faster than the i3-3240 which has about the same price. (I do not know why but the FX6300 had the same price as the FX6100, you may guess 3 times which one I chose :P).

CPU cooler: This PC was going to be overclocked and the FX series is known to be kind of a hot head, the huge amount of great reviews on this cooler made me decide to go for this one (and it looks very nice).

Motherboard: We were going to overclock this PC so we needed a AM3+ 970 chipset, this was the cheapest I could find which was a brand that I rely on.

Memory: Well it is a gaming PC so i need 8GB of 1600mhz of ram.

Storage: no room for a SSD in this budget, I already own one of these and know that they are quite fast.

PSU: I looked for a 500W powersupply which was 80 plus and about 50$ so here we go.

Case: I told him that we needed to route cables and needed the PSU to be in the bottom, so he came up with this one.

GPU: About all money that was left

By coincidence the PC got a black and blue theme which is a nice add-on to the build. He already owned the screen because it is his television and he already owned the keyboard and mouse. I still had windows 7 ultimate laying around so he could use that.

Things I ran into: The cooler works like a charm but was not that easy to install.

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Frostbyter 6 points 50 months ago

I do think you could have saved a little on the hard drive and put it towards a gtx 660, but if he likes it, then more power to him!

Good little build :)

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

Thank you very much.

Sabotage 4 points 50 months ago

I like the 200r case.

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

I liked the looks of it, but after building in it I can recommend all people this case. It is very nice to build in when on a thight budget.

ramseymona22 1 point 50 months ago

no fan for the harddrives though :(

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

With some imagination you can modify the case to be able to have a HDD fan.

Sabotage 1 point 50 months ago

My friend feels the same way!

JRAtk94 3 points 50 months ago

a Gigabyte board would've been better, considering that your friend intends to overclock. But considering the budget, that MSI board isn't too bad.

All in all, a great build :)

xx116xx 3 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Great job converting him! :P Anyways, awesome rig he has there. I have about the same budget, just with the OS included. I'm actually getting the same CPU as well. Unfortunately because of my limited money, I won't be able to get a 7850 like this. Probably gonna go with the 7770 or 7790. Also, I would've gone with a Corsair PSU, which is around that price. But anyways, looks awesome!

thesupergeek 3 Builds 2 points 50 months ago

dont get a 7790. it is about the same price as a 7850 and will underprefom by alot. same goes with the 7770. get a 7850. they are about 160$ and preform great with some overclocking headroom to get them up to 7870 level

woolycho 2 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Awesome! I'm converting a lot of my friends to PC gaming too!

Ipwnyou33 1 Build 2 points 50 months ago

love this build I just bought all the parts to mine and i got the same cpu i dont know why its so cheap

Papajenkinz 2 points 50 months ago


Zeblikin 2 points 50 months ago

I was looking around this website and I was wondering a few things considering I'm looking into buying parts to build a computer like this. I'm on a tight budget like your friend because I currently don't really have a set income since I'm 14 and I'm relying off extra Birthday money coming up for me to have enough to build a computer... Anyways, here are my questions; It'd be greatly appreciated if anyone would answer these for me.

  1. I'm 14 years old, I consider myself to be very good with any type of technology, I've done some coding and other things along those lines but I've NEVER done anything involving hardware. I was wondering, is it hard to put together a computer? I'm gonna be watching YouTube videos on how to do it... Do you think that's enough to help me actually build one successfully? Because I don't want anything to go wrong and spend $620 for nothing.

  2. Is this build enough to run games at decent quality settings and not be extremely laggy? I currently have a 4 year old computer and it runs games very laggy even when the games are on 480p low quality settings. Will this build be able to handle any game decently???

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 50 months ago

Hi, I was actually 7 years old when I started playing around with PC parts. I suggest that you dismount your old PC and look how everything works and is connected to each other. My first PC had an Intel Pentium II running at a wopping 266mhz, so when it got replaced I asked my father if I was aloud to take it apart and he agreed.

Watch as many videos as you like, the more the better. I suggest you looking at videos from linustechtips and raz0rtheworld on youtube, I like these guys very much and they could be a big help for you.

One pro tip: Really make sure that you are not charged with static electricity (for instant buy an anti static wristband or touch the radiator once in a while).

Yes this build is enough to run at full HD resolution. On some games high textures, other games medium textures, whenever you should get a framerate which isn't 30 just lower the Anti-Aliasing (AA) this will make a huge difference (do not expect the pc to run Crysis 3 on ultra and AA x8).

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Akuratron 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

This is a bit of a late comment (lol) but I saw you on this site again and decided to check out your builds, then I saw you had a 2nd build. This is epic! It is very similar to mine, even though you could've went with a gtx 660 and WD harddrive- and make it pretty much exactly the same- Now, I'm going to ask you a question. I used the same mobo in my budget build, and a friend of mine built the same exact config as me (he's a better builder... I'm a better chooser so we worked together)... except he used a 200r case, and we built together, so I saw that he had a bit of trouble fitting the mobo into the right screws on his build. Did you have any troubles fitting this into your build?

(P.s- this is skullman774 if you can't remember correctly)

(P.s.s- My steam is deadmouse_five, add me :P)

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

No problems what so ever, the case comes with lots of screws. After I installed the MoBo I found out that I forgot one screw but one really doesn't matter.

First of all, thank you for your feedback, all feedback is welcome.

A small note about HDD brands, I have had HDDs of many manufacturers and I had a WD and a seagate dieing while I used them. The WD just stopped working (think overheated rotor) the seagate was more my own fault (gave it a static shock). I still have a Maxtor with 8GB of memory laying around :P.

I really do like the GTX660 and I was considering buying it, however the GTX660 has some problems, it is crippled by Nvidia with a slower memory bus and a smaller bandwith compared to all other GPUs. Normally I prefer Nvidia for things like gaming, photoshop and brute processing but for this build AMD ATI was what I chose for. Nevertheless everything should be discussed that is why I posted this build, as mentioned before thank you for the feedback.

I will add you as soon as I am able to, at work now. Nice hearing from you again, sorry that I am not online on minecraft that often anymore (really busy with daily life and I like to play tripple A games atm in my spare time).

Akuratron 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

Haha, nice to hear from you too! And... heh don't be sorry about not being on minecraft I've lost my interest in that game as well and haven't played in months really. I like to play games on steam much more, and yes including some Triple A titles!

Akuratron 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

About the Mobo thing, I just realized that you got the G43 MoBo for this and my friend and I got the G46, so that may be why, they could be different... idk lol

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Added you I'm aksold not the usual ReDnAx1991

Akuratron 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Alright, sweet, I will add you once I get onto my custom build and off this craptop lol :P

DontUSASme 1 point 50 months ago

Nice build, if I may ask - how'd you get Win 7 Ultimate for free?

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LarryRow 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I've read you have to upgrade the BIOS on this board to get it to work with the FX cpu's. Was that your experience and was it a pain?

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 3 points 50 months ago

Nope, when you go to the MSI website and look for the downloads and drivers for this board there is a program called MSI live update (this will flash the bios from within Windows) also the board already recognized the CPU when I plugged it in. I think it already gets shipped with a newer bios than the boards which you read about.

LarryRow 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

OK, glad you had an easy time with it. Seen some scary reviews.

LeMonarque 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

I wish I had Windows 7 Ultimate just lying around lol

onekoolguy 1 point 47 months ago

nice build

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

Thank you very much

Duelix 1 point 45 months ago

That cable management with the 200r is mighty fine.

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks you for the nice comment!

Jimmy -4 points 50 months ago

Bad board you chose to run an overclocked chip on.

ReDnAx1991 submitter 7 Builds 5 points 50 months ago

I was able to get an extra 700mhz out of the CPU with this board, the board is fine.

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