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by woolycho



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


This is my first gaming PC. I decided to build it after seeing Jackfrags steambox on Youtube ,and I decided to build a PC instead of getting a next-gen console. I researched all the components for about 2 weeks, going on Tomshardware.com and asking kids at my school. I'm able to run Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider on Ultra. The graphics card comes with Crisis 3, Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon and Tomb Raider. Overall, I absolutely love this computer. Tell me what you think of the build and all the components.

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corey0407 7 points 53 months ago

i feel like you could have gotten faster ram in this build for the same price (DDR1600). i like your mobo :D i hope the fans keep your unit like an icicle. i like it for the most part. happy gaming!

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

Changed it to the one i actually got!(I accidently deleted it so I chose a 8gb G. skill one.) My friend is ordering this PC tomorrow so I'm glad you said something. I changed it to DDR3-1600 on the list I gave him.

corey0407 1 point 53 months ago

this is the budget build im working on at the moment. http://pcpartpicker.com/user/corey0407/saved/1EFB

iSkillzorz 1 point 53 months ago

@corey0407 Nice budget build, I was looking into something like that much similar. I have a question, though. Do you prefer nvidia cards over amd cars at this price range? Cause I'm kind of torn between the two and I want to know what other people think.

corey0407 1 point 53 months ago

well you could always go to anandtech.com and benchmark certain gpu's but im more knowledgeable towards nvidia cards than amd's. i chose the 660 because of my budget. im not looking to spend a ton on a graphics card to get more than 60 fps considering i only have a 60 Ghz monitor.

Jimmy 5 points 53 months ago

Don't overclock on that mobo.

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

I'm not going to. Is it a bad mobo?

corey0407 2 points 53 months ago

its not that its bad, its just not meant for overclocking.

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Ok thanks for the info!

corey0407 1 point 53 months ago

i hear this mobo is good for overclocking but idk https://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-990fxextreme3

PickItApart 0 points 53 months ago

970 motherboards are good for overclocking. 990s are for 2 GPUs.

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Jimmy 1 point 53 months ago

TL;DR, yes, for overclocking at least.

DanniieBoiiy 3 points 53 months ago

fx 6300, 8g ram, 7870 XT, AND Adventure Time? +1 all the way.

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Haha, thanks!

swagnuggets123 2 points 53 months ago

Nice specs I'm gonna get the 6300 and a 7950

MrDeadlyTowel 2 points 52 months ago

Just want to say love your background haha adventure time is awsome :)

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Haha thanks I love adventure time too :)

mesin95 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Nice build. In my first build I'm going with the same CPU and GPU.

DatDoof892 1 point 53 months ago

I am also building a Gaming PC with a lot of the same parts! Happy to hear you are enjoying it. I also took advantage of the 4 free games.

Krewe 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

How do you like this build? It is right in my price range and looks exactly what I need! Any changes you'd suggest besides the DDR3-1600?

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I love this. You should absolutely stick to most the parts.

MiniBryan 1 point 53 months ago

Looks, good, but can someone answer some questions for me? Would this be a good motherboard in the long run, ie, for upgrades and stuff. I heard the ASrock had good features. I also like how you included the monitor in with the price and that is almost exactly $1000. I also wanted to know if it includes the sound + wireless internet. Sorry, I'm a noob. If you could offer any other tips for me, that would be great.

Please check my build parts!!!

jasher11 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

This is more of a budget oriented motherboard, even with that it does feature USB 3.0 ,Sata 3 and will be able to support 2 modern graphics cards at full bandwidth in sli. This motherboard will come with built in sound however for wireless internet you will need to buy something, fortunatly even in the UK wifi adapters arent very expensive. that being said i would still reccomend a 990fx board (e.g. sabertooth 990fx),

MiniBryan 0 points 53 months ago

Okay, could you please review my build parts on my profile?

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miniclipgamer 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago


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MiniBryan 1 point 53 months ago

Woah, why did it spam so much? I only entered it in once.

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I love this. You should absolutely stick to most the parts. It has sound built in on the moniter and that is good enough for me. I love this moniter. It has 2ms response time and looks very sharp. I'll check out ur parts

whopperjr92 1 point 53 months ago

How is that 7870 xt? Is it loud and does it run hot under load?

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

No,its not really loud and its never gotten over 60 degrees C I believe.

chief7285 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

I have this exact build except the mobo, ram, and HDD. So I know from experience you can definitely route that 24pin back behind the tray. Other than that if you don't take in account for the monitor and the keyboard it comes out to about $900 which is outstanding performance for the price. the Tahiti LE cards are one of those "must have" cards this generation and it definitely has really great performance for the price of it.

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Looks like a solid build you got there, my only criticism is that you could have gotten a 200mm fan for the front, and it would blow more air at lower RPMs.

ComputerNerd 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

How is that powercolor?

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago


domon 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

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hkhan194 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Which keyboard are you using?

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Some logitech one from Radioshack. I added the other one in because it was similar.

MrNoNo 1 point 51 months ago

How is the MOBO? I have been looking into it because I want to build a gaming PC with it and I was wondering. Is it good?

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya it's pretty good. I haven't overclocked on it yet but it does its job perfectly at the moment.

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

What keyboard is that? Is it good, sorry if you have already answered. Thanks in advance

woolycho submitter 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Ya it's really responsive and looks really nice. It was on amazon ,but I'm not sure if its there still. The mouse is a cobra and it is an amazing mouse for only $13.

Destrokk 2 Builds 0 points 53 months ago

I know there are a ton of AMD fanboys still around, but for a PC used primarily for gaming, this generation of AMD products are not built for gaming. Not even close.

Price-wise, I understand using ATI cards, but you get what you pay for when it comes down to drivers and headaches. CPU-wise though, the FX chipset needs a lot of help to compare to the iSeries in gaming.

I feel that you could have done yourself a favor and got a better performing gaming PC with an i5 for around the same cost of $800.

In the end though, as long as it gets the job done and you have no regrets, it's good enough. You might want to clean up your cabling a bit. It's going to be difficult in that case, but not impossible.

swagnuggets123 1 point 53 months ago

Fx 6300 outperform a i3 for the same money and 7870 xt out performs 660 for less money

Destrokk 2 Builds 0 points 53 months ago

I wouldn't recommend anyone to buy an i3. Pentium is cheaper and performs comparably for $50...

jasher11 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

At a higher end the Intel will perform better, that being said tthe fx 8350 is at a very similar gaming performance to the current generations of i5, the reason you would choose an AMD chip is because the price to performance in games is really good. the fx 6300 for £90 is cheaper than the current generation of i3 and better for gaming, it is also almost half the cost of the i5. the i5 and i7 are really good chips though whatever is said, for the best gaming performance get an i5,i7 or fx-8350

Destrokk 2 Builds 0 points 53 months ago

From what I understand after looking into AMD a bit more for a friend, they've come a long ways. I was one of those people who was super excited for the bulldozer chip to replace my Phenom II, then was let down horribly when the bulldozer flopped.

jasher11 2 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

yeah i only recently got into computers to replace my xbox before next gen consoles so the bulldozer like you said was a bit of a let down but the piledriver presents decent performance at a good price point and hopefully steamroller will be even better. what people dont understand is that its the competition that means the consumer gets the best product for the price . If AMD made a product at a slightly lower price point that the current i7 and had the same performance intel would have to do big updates to keep the i7 as the best you can get or they would have to lower the price, which ultimatly benefits us the most

chief7285 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

and you seem like one of those Intel/Nvidia fanboys, I find the AMD side very competitive because of their price.

ATI cards having driver issues? This isn't 2006 anymore, driver issues are almost non-existant today besides X-fire. CPU-wise, the FX 8350 is on par with the i5 3570k it has been proven multiple times that they trade blows back and forth and with upcoming consoles using AMD I guarantee there will be optimizations in the future just for AMD.

an i5 build with $800 budget and you would have to sacrifice a ton of quality parts like downgrading GPU, mobo, etc.....

and about the cable management, the HAF 912 has great cable management for a case less than $75

Enlyten 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

I agree with you (just to start this off). I would just like to tell you that you can build a PC with a 3570k for ~$800.

chief7285 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

On a new build, lets assume you don't have any parts to scrounge including OS. lets assume you actually buy the OS and not "obtain" it. That takes $100 off of your budget, or you need to add $100 more to the budget.

Let's assume you buy your OS, then that leaves you with $700

for $700 for an i5 3570k gaming build, you need to skimp somewhere to fit it within budget be it Mobo, GPU, Case, etc.... basically it won't be balanced and some parts will be affected.

Or you could switch to AMD and not have to skimp on any other parts. Switching to an AMD platform could give you that extra money to step up to a more powerful gpu and an overall better gaming experience.

IMO anything less than $1000 and its AMD territory, move up to $1000+ and you are in Intel territory.

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $169.99 @ Microcenter
Motherboard MSI Z77A-G41 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard $84.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Corsair Vengeance 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.98 @ Outlet PC
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $62.98 @ Outlet PC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card $233.98 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Case Fan Apevia CF312SL-UBL (3-Pack) 63.9 CFM 120mm Fans $16.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply $66.24 @ Amazon
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $89.94 @ Outlet PC
Monitor Asus VE248H 24.0" Monitor $169.99 @ NCIX US
Keyboard Logitech MK320 Wireless Standard Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $34.99 @ Dell
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1090.04

This is $60 over, but at this price point $60 surely could be scrounged up. Also, I know 4 Gb is lower than normal and 8 Gb is standard, but that is the ONE thing I skimped on. Besides, 4 Gb is more than enough to play games with. I believe IamApropos had a great demonstration of this, which I will try to find. It is possible to build an Intel build under $1000, and many people on this site have done so.

IamApropos' RAM demo:


Keep in mind that memory can always be added...

Destrokk 2 Builds 0 points 53 months ago

Remember too that the K edition is only necessary if the OP plans on overclocking.

Destrokk 2 Builds 2 points 53 months ago

I actually worshiped ATI/AMD until the Phenom II was obsolete. I ran ATI cards until less than a year ago. I didn't want to go Intel, but the performance is there for gaming. AMD pricing is competitive, and can be arguably worth it on a GPU, but a CPU... Not so much. You talk of future optimizations, but you should be focusing on current realities. AMD won't be optimized for quite some time. It's to much of a pain to write extra code for 8 cores on a program. The workaround is by dedicating specific cores through affinity for specific programs only.

As for the cable management, it should/could be bundled up nicer. What I mean by that is, The mobo power and GPU power could be flat against the back panel.

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

The jaguar architecture is different from the architecture in the Fx chips. You're already stretching things by saying things like future ported console games will be more optimized for one architecture as opposed to another just because the next gen consoles will have it. To say that they will be optimizing for the FX architecture when it is different from the jaguar architecture that will be in next gen consoles is another leap of faith on top of the leap of faith that they will actually be able to utilize and optimize all the cores in the jaguar chips.

Multi-core chips have been out for years and they are being taken of advantage of just now and that is on 2-3 titles at most. Imagine how long it will take software engineers to optimize for any new architecture that is coming out now. To buy something now because you think that sometime in the future, games will be optimized for it is a poor decision. It is much better to just buy what you know is better now. These architectures are so complex that what makes sense logically doesn't necessarily happen. It should be that the more cores should equal better performance for multithreaded games. That hasn't been shown to be the case except for one extremely crappy review by teksyndicate. Reviews by people who know what they are doing like Toms, Anandtech, Linus have all showed the i5 and i7 are ahead of the AMD offerings, even in multithreaded games. By the time they optimize things, advances in hardware will outpace any supposed advances in software optimizations you are hoping for and it will time to upgrade anyway.

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