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Drone 1

by ObsidianDrone



Date Published

Sept. 11, 2015

Date Built

Aug. 30, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.058 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz


This was my first computer build. I know that the price is kind of low. But that's because I'm only 14 and it's kind of hard to earn that much. Anyhow I use this for gaming on my tv, in fact if anyone wants to join me my steam gamer tag is: ObsidianDrone . If you have any advice for me feel free to offer I'm open to opinion. The monitor shown in the pics is a temporary one. Also I'm saving for a new keyboard and mouse pad as well as getting a monitor for my birthday. So any suggestions on what ones I should get would be awesome.

Part Reviews


Great bang for your buck!


Easy and simple to set up.


They work great but they get a little hot.


Got this out of an old computer but it's still good.

Video Card

Extremely snappy.


Awesome case, it looks clean and stylish..

Power Supply

I almost feel like I don't fully take advantage of this.

Optical Drive

Works great but a faster write speed is needed.

Operating System

Easiest and fastest OS I've ever used.


Best mouse I've ever felt!

Comments Sorted by:

Decacore 4 points 43 months ago

For the price you paid that is a great first build! mine was similar but I took the budget Intel path and never looked back. The power supply is not great but for your low power parts its fine. if you ever want to upgrade to a beefier graphics card an upgrade for the PSU is a must.

ObsidianDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I was indecisive about Intel but I chose Amd because I wanted the parts to be more upgradable in terms of CPUs.

Decacore 1 point 43 months ago

The FM2+ chipset is dead, AMD is not making new processors for it anymore, so you will have to upgrade to the 970 chipset or 990FX if you want an AMD upgrade. Or wait for AMD zen processors, which might be good.

citsolutions 18 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

For your first build and budget, this isn't too bad. Gives you scope for the future and plus you have the added advantage of AMD supporting the socket for another generation of Processors, not like Intel who will fob you off within 18 months. Intel upgrade path is worse of the 2 but Intel do release newer tech quicker albeit at a much higher premium in comparison

Nothing wrong at all with the X4 860K. Very easy to overclock and then easily outperforms the locked intel i3 for £30-50 less. Nothing at all wrong with this build as it stands.

The CX will be good for you now no need to panic it wont explode. You will hardly be taxing it with those specs. But if you are looking to upgrade your GPU in the future(though depends what card) I would recommend to factor in a more efficient quality PSU as part of your budget. You can get a decent EVGA, XFX, Superflower for around 60. A high quality 550-600Watt will suffice even with an R9 390 but on the other hand you can easily run a GTX 750Ti on your build with your current PSU.

One thing I will suggest now is if you have enough money get yourself a Solid State Drive, a 120GB will do you for now, easily bought for around £35-£40 in UK. If you can stretch a little more you can normally get at least 240gb for £60. Either size you have more than enough room for OS and few apps, some games dependant on size. You will notice a huge difference purely from that addition to your build.

Other than that for a first build with what shows as a limited budget you did well. At least you have a machine you can build on.

Barton 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

I agree. This is a nice all over build. With the 950 just launching I would probably go that route since it will still work with the system and only 10% shy of the 960 in performance. Over clocking on that MB isn't advised due to the 4-pin CPU power and lack of a heat-sync on the power delivery. +1

Decacore 0 points 43 months ago

Going to stop you right there, MY i3 4160 not only outperforms the 6300 in almost every game, but also the 8320, and 8350 The athlon is not as fast as any of those even overclocked


citsolutions 18 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

Stop typing.

You link to a video that is seriously flawed. For a start he is overclocking that GTX 960 to begin with and if you look closely you will clearly see that some games are running Overlay some not when you notice the overlay you will also see that GPU utilisation is 50-60% on the FX side yet running 99% at 1450+ on Intel. Yet we see gameplay footage at 1350 Core for FX. These are not in any relation to those boost speeds as no GTX 960 boots out of the box at those speeds even on an aftermarket Version.

Plus no one in their right mind showing performance differences between parts uses FRAPS to record, it has between 10-20% performance hit so yeah using an i3 and FX to record will show diminishing performance especially on an FX as DirectX11 has always had huge CPU overheads for AMD (DirectX 12 removes this limitation and degrading).

Use External recording hardware when doing comparisons like this and not FRAPS

I have in front of me now an X4 860K, i3-4160, FX 6300 and FX 8320. Plus a GTX 960, GTX 970 and R9 390. I will do you a favour and I record accurate gameplay and data for you too see for yourself. NO cons no tricks and we will then look at that video and make direct comparison. My gameplay recording has no detrimental affect on performance as its recorded via 3rd Party Hardware.

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Dre_Pro 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

Do you play cs go?

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Dre_Pro 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

no, i meant competitive rank

RoLow 2 points 43 months ago

does this run gta 5?

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biggles5107 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Price is a little low? Nah dude, that's a pretty capable piece of kit you've got yourself there. Seriously though. +1

I can forgive the picture quality, I'm not in the #crispy photo business either ;)

ObsidianDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks I'm obviously going to upgrade it eventually (like maybe around New Years)

copperblade 1 point 43 months ago

why choose 68 chipset mobo? most people take 88...

Akiko 1 point 43 months ago

You could have went with a A10-7850k and an AMD GPU, so you can use Hybrid-Crossfire and get a lot more performance for your Budget. But otherwise it is a nice build!

JustinnM8 1 point 41 months ago

Good build! I would upgrade the gpu later on if you're looking for intense gaming. If your on. Budget like me, check out the gtx 750 ti card, it's awesome and pretty cheap for it. It's super fast, and the Amd cpu was a great choice for a budget build (harder to upgrade to a better cpu later on, cuz you have to replace the motherboard) Anyways great first build!

ZeAtomicBomb 0 points 43 months ago

Nice build mate.I'm gonna give you some advice on your build and what to change when you upgrade next. I'm 13 and saving for my first build. Here's my advice: 1.change the PSU. the CX series are notorious for being unreliable especially in high usage situations.I'd recommend any EVGA GS/G2 PSU. 2. Switch to intel. Intel CPU's are much more power saving and have a better single threaded performance (plus a bigger upgrade path :) ). Good build though anyways. +1 from me;)

Curcuma506 3 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

Not that these advices aren't good, but here's my take on them : 1. I've heard somewhere that the CX 430 is not so bad compared to the others in the series (500, 600, 750, etc.) (need source, I'm not sure of what I advance; I think it's something tiny_voices said in a comment sometime ago) 2. Switching to Intel cpu is indeed a possible "upgrade" path, however you'll need a new motherboard, and ususally it costs more for the same performance (but they consume less power than AMD). What I mean is, a good upgrade path is only good if it fits your needs and budget...

I agree with Decacore comment below.

ObsidianDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

A deca core? I thought that was a bit much but maybe. And what's your take on ram? Should I get 2 8gb ones?

Curcuma506 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

:P Decacore is a user (comment "above" sorry; actually first commenter). As for the ram, I'd stay with your 2 x 4 gb. From what I've heard more than 8gb is only usefull if you have a lot of apps running in the background (a LOT) while you're playing games. Even 4gb can be enough if you close all apps while gaming (and you can keep some chrome tabs open no problem)...

ObsidianDrone submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks and I'll definitely take your advice, I already hate myself and the psu because while building I didn't realize that the cpu power cord was able to be split into two cords and fit into the mother board. I thought I had bought the wrong thing until I found that out. With the Intel cpu idea, I'm not against Intel I just like Amd better in terms of it having more compatibility and a simpler upgrade path. I'm not one for decision making so I'd rather have a smaller amount of choices. If you already have a of that you can play on or when you build your own, add me on steam: ObsidianDrone.

ZeAtomicBomb 1 point 43 months ago

Cool. I'll add you on steam. But probably won't play until I build my PC.