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This is my $600 build, give or take a penny, literally. I've been wanting to build my own computer for a while now, just never bought anything really. Ive been using a laptop for the last 7 years, and now that I have a fancy office in my house, with a awesome desk, I felt necessary to purchase a awesome desktop.

I think you'll find the parts are very meticulously planned.

I went with a FX6300,because they are a boss to overclock, and because I plan on using it for future video editing, programming, virtual machining, so the 6 cores will prove useful. Plus, everyone and their mom has been building intel since the new i series came out. I bounced back and forth with this build for a while, even trying a intel build for price comparison. My conclusion is the result of several months of research.

The cpu cooler is pretty much the standard amongst budget builders, nothing fancy there.

The motherboard took me about two weeks to reach a conclusion. and only after I added in my 7870 gpu did I reach it. It had good reviews, is capable of crossfire if I feel so later on.For $100 it really cant be beat, I wanted to go with Asus because the only other competitor was Asrock for the price, but with an i7 build we did in class, the Asrock mobo's felt under developed, and difficult to work with.

Ram is ram, nothing special. At most I wanted 1600ghz and blue to match the color scheme. This was the cheapest I could find that met the criteria.

The graphics card. I thought long and hard about this card. and ultimately decided that if I were to do an intel build, I was going to use it strictly for work, and just use onboard graphics due to the immense cost for intel. Once I decided to go with AMD, I had around $200 to fit in a nice graphics card. Sapphire makes quality parts, and I read positive after positive reviews. The 7870 was not that much more than a good 7850, and I wanted something with dual DVI ports. For OCD purposes. So far it will run skyrim at 60 fps on ultra high. and I hope to take advantage of a display link hub and run eyefinity. Once I save up enough for 3 21" monitors.

The case. It is a fairly new case, with only 2 reviews on newegg. I named the build after the case, because well, it looks like a stormtrooper, haha. I sacrificed more expense here than I wanted, but the case was beautiful, and met my criteria on being less than $50, have ample room for upgrading, and maintain a bottom mount PSU. Which brings me to the PSU, it is a run of the mill, highly reviewed and accepted unit, and was cheap with a mail in rebate.

The total cost for the build, all from newegg, before rebates, was $599.93. Just pennies short of my budget line.I dont think I could have stuffed any more power under the belt. I am able to keep the budget, by salvaging the hard drive and OS from a donor computer I got for free. I am also going to swap over the dvd drive. I have two monitors ready to be plugged in, and a cheap mouse and keyboard for now to get the ball rolling.

Comments

  • 74 months ago
  • 4 points

+1 for sleeping dogs :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Came with the GPU, along with Dirt3, $50 gaming voucher, unfortunately dirt 3 is now like $10 or something on steam, so got ripped off.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Still a great deal, two free games for buying a 175 dollar GPU!

  • 74 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, Looks like a clone trooper :o +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not a huge fan of the case and I would've gone with a 500W PSU at least, but other than that, nice build. :)

EDIT: Also, that idle temp has got to be wrong, unless you live in a freezer. :p

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Could be 29*, was just going off hwmonitor.

The prices have changed since I bought it, the PSU was the last step, and I changed it last minute to keep the build under $600 and still buy quality. The 500w is overkill for my setup, and I had to trim the fat where necessary, even if it meant a slightly less powerful unit.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I would've dropped the CPU cooler to buy a better PSU, especially if you weren't planning on overclocking.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought it with the intention of OC'ing, but now that it's up and running, Im not so sure. I will probably mess with it some.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the case good?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

nice budget build, i think for your next upgrade a better quality/higher resolution monitor would be the way to go.

+1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

The 7870 xt, which is equivalent to a little less power than 7950, is available for $140 now and has been for a while. Curious, why didn't you go with that?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

He did it all from Newegg, maybe to save on shipping costs, maybe because of where he is geographically, etc. While there's an xt on Newegg, it appears to be out of stock and discontinued.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Purchased all from Newegg to save hassle. Honestly I never came across the XT while researching. But now that I looked into it. It's a Power color brand which I'm not a fan of at all.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

OK. Just so you know, PowerColor is very reliable :)

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Im sure they have their benefits, but being that they are usually half the price of other cards in their categories, I felt that corners had to be cut somewhere. You can't build an identical object at half the cost. Too good to be true.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Purchased all from Newegg to save hassle. Honestly I never came across the XT while researching. But now that I looked into it. It's a Power color brand which I'm not a fan of at all.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful case! and the name is perfect for your baby. I share your philosophy: the greatest value with little money hehehe (I really love PC's build around that, you can check mine if you want). How do you like the GPU?

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's great. +1

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Wire management!

  • 73 months ago
  • 1 point

How is cable management? I thought about making a system using this case. By the way, it's always a good idea too spend a little more.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I used this case in red for my GF's rig. Dead simple to use. Good pick. Great parts except I worry about the PS, esp if you overclock. And this thing should OC without a hitch. Fortunately if you hit PS issues they get cheaper by the day. LOVE THE NAME!!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the black/blue version of this case and now I am s sad that I didn't get this colorway! I like your build a lot btw, my build is basically your build but has solely gaming in mind, so I have a more expensive GPU and a less expensive CPU. Besides that, I have the same PC down to the case!

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  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

The estimated wattage for the build was a little under 350w, gotta remember the AMD sips electricity, while the Intel's chug it.

Who knows, I may never need to overclock it, but then again, does anyone ever NEED to, haha.

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm respectfully disagreeing with the power statement.

I'm not trying to fanboy or be rude or anything but AMD CPUs aren't exactly very power efficient. (at least for the 6/8 core chips, I have an AMD system BTW and I like it a lot)

A stock 6 core AMD uses as much power as a 3770k. An 8350 stock uses more power than an Intel 3930k and 990X, according to this chart and most others you see online.

When you start overvolting the 8 cores is when you see really high power usage. I own one but I made the sacrifice of more power usage to get a great deal I found.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-performance-comparison,3370-17.html

I just don't want someone to go putting an FX 8350 and a 7950 on a 350W PSU because they heard that AMD sips power. Just trying to inform others. If it saves someone from blowing up their system and wasting $600 it's worth it :-)

That's not to say a 430W Corsair PSU couldn't handle it though. Nice build and great cable management overall. considering it's non modular (derp. didn't look at pictures closely..) Good choice with the AMD CPU since you're editing.

  • 74 months ago
  • 0 points

Here is the power supply report, per pcpartpicker.

Component Estimated Wattage AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor 11W - 95W

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler 5W - 10W

Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard 17W - 70W

G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory 9W - 9W

Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card 43W - 175W

Total: 85W - 359W

This is the only reference I was able to go off. Based off their estimates, I am at 83% usage. Which is pretty efficient. I didnt want a massive power supply sucking unneeded electricity.

My logic was to cram as much as I could under $600. Not a dollar more. So efficient vs overkill. Sure I could have loaded it up with a i7 3770k and a $300 graphics card, but I had to ask, "am I ever going to do anything that requires that amount of power?"

  • 74 months ago
  • 2 points

Just keep in mind that the 12v rail on that psu only supports 384 watts and the other 46 watts are split up between other voltages that cant really be used by your cpu/gpu.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not saying that you did a poor job in any way, just that for Intel and AMD CPUs equally priced, AMD will use more power, which isn't a big deal except that they can sometimes need a bigger PSU (not in this case though). This is a really balanced PC that's going to wreck a similarly priced i3 build in editing.

I know that your system was budget, and you did a good job of building on a budget. That wasn't my point at all. You probably don't need a 3770k and a GTX 770. And you're using your PSU about where it's intended to be. Any more wouldn't have been necessary, really.

  • 74 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything I've read had said that Intel used way more power. Now everyone is saying the opposite. But power consumption wasn't a Deciding factor when choosing cpu anyway. In a few years or if a deal comes along I can always upgrade this to a Intel platform very easily. And could reuse the amd parts in a media center box or something