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The Challenger!

by cosmicchris5



Date Published

May 12, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

850 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz


So this is my first build. I have been on an old HP for the last few years and lately it hasnt been cutting it so at the beginning of the year I started saving! I know a lot of people arent huge fans of AMD stuff but it fit my budget and contrary to what a lot of people say this thing has no problems eating up just about every game I thow at it!

Part Reviews


Highly underappreciated processor. Cheap and efficient is the only way to discribe this thing.


Heard a lot of people having issues with this board on NewEgg but I am yet to have an issue with it. I like all the USB ports and the built in audio card is fantastic!


It's RAM. Not much else to add.


Learned after buying it that Kingston pulled a bait and switch and made them slower. As a first time SSD owner I didnt notice it but I will be getting a better one soon.


Never had a problem with a Western Digital product and they continue to impress. Picked this one up cheap and my only regret is not buying two.

Video Card

I wish I could add more stars to this review. This is the most bang-for-your-buck card you can get. Paired with the FX 6300 it is able to get a stable 60fps at 1440x900 in most games.


Got to take the good with the bad in this case. The good is that it came with three fans that provide great airflow and the one on the front is a blue LED which matches my setup making it a bonus. The bad is the ABHORENT cable management issues. This case has an area around back to rout your cables yes but getting them all in there and tied down to where you can put the side pannel back on is damn near impossible.

Power Supply

For $40 I cant complain about this. EVGA has never let me down and continues to impress with this greatly priced PSU.

Operating System

Went with Windows 7 because I pulled the code from an old laptop and with the free upgrade to Windows 10 coming soon it seemed stupid to blow money on Windows 8. Windows 7 will always remain my favorite OS, easy to use and simple to learn.

Comments Sorted by:

LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 9 points 45 months ago

I think you have a Fantastic Gaming Machine. I have that same GPU (actually 2 of them) and my Son has that same CPU. We both play all our games wonderfully. Two things though... Invest in an aftermarket cooler, like a Hyper 212 or Phanteks. And don't listen to anyone who arbitrarily bashes AMD. I think there are a lot of narrow minded "elitists" around who cannot wait to bash something that they feel is beneath them. Most of the comments I read on this site anymore are overwhelmingly negative in nature. We have three gaming computers that I have built in our home, and I have built several more over the years. I have built using Intel Core2Quads and AMD Phenom IIs and FX CPUs, and I can tell you that you can get a good gaming computer at a good price no matter which side of the imaginary fence you are on. I have found that most people who bash AMD have never even owned an AMD chip. If you have a good budget to build with and you need raw performance, yes Intel makes CPUs with superior processing power. And they are usually much more expensive. For people who are more budget minded but want a good gaming experience, AMD has IMO more affordable options all across the board. Their new APUs completely blow Intel's integrated graphics out of the water. But it's all open to whoever is building it and what they plan to use it for. My AMD build plays every game out there at the high or highest quality graphics levels. To be honest, I doubt I would notice a difference if I were to switch out my FX8350 and dual R9 280s for a i7-4770k and a GTX 970. They would look better on paper and in benchmarks, but would I notice a difference playing my games? Probably not. That said, If I were to build a new computer over the summer, I might consider browsing both AMD and Intel and make my own decisions about what will fit my needs for the budget I have.

maggotshero 10 Builds 5 points 45 months ago

AMD owner here, I couldn't agree more. I own the A10-7700K and I overclocked it to 4.1ghz, and it does everything well. I prefer Nvidia cards however, they run cooler and quieter which i'm a sucker for, that and I've just always done Nvidia, other than when I bought my PC prebuilt and it had an R7 250, which wasn't terrible, but I realized pretty quick I needed an upgrade. :P

ahadDT 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

Fantastic build,especially for the first one(way,way,way better then mine). The parts are wistfully chosen and some very nice pics to go with it. My only concern is the kingston ssd,which is bad for the price,but that's ok,it will still give you a pretty fast experience. I'd also recommend in the future to get a aftermarket cooler, like a Hyper 212 EVO or a larger enermax cooler. Then you can throw in some overclocks and get a beastly performance out of the nice cpu you have. You should have a great gaming experience that will last you years to come,I hope you enjoy your experiences with this rig.

Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Great build and a very good part selection here! Well done!! Can that cpu power cable be routed around behind the motherboard? Would look so much better!

dsargent7 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Nice build. Similarly, I started out with both that motherboard and that same case. Both ended up having irreversible problems, unfortunately. I did like that Challenger case. Air flow was great.

KingGyroMidas 2 points 45 months ago

Very good build for 600 dollars.

CptMold 1 point 44 months ago

A few comments...

R9 280 is EXTREMELY overkill for your resolution. I mean, that thing is capable of 1440p on games like Battlefield 4. To say it's great for 1600x900 is an understatement.

Also, I'm not really sure I'd want to name a computer after a certain rocketship... just saying.

marvin_the_kitten 1 point 42 months ago

Reading the comments on this build makes me excited because I plan on building the same machine in the near future (no ssd and different case). Would something like this be able to run arma3 and other more demanding titles on high settings? Thanks for your advice!

Also nice to see the AMD support here...was starting to doubt my future build :)

cosmicchris5 submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I can play GTAV on high(not ultra) at stable 60fps, along with modded skyrim(High res texuture mods/light ENB) At 60fps without issue. I love this build

marvin_the_kitten 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for the reply! That is good to hear! Enjoy your build

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