This is a AMD system build / AMD FX Gaming PC focusing on providing information on what parts were used and why. In addition it covers installation tips and points of consideration as you go through the build process. These can help to make the build process go more smoothly and ultimately make things easier during the build process. Lastly we cover aspects of system stability, overclocking and performance relative to temperatures and acoustics. The overall budget was to be under 1000 dollars with variation on components ( such as chassis, HD / SSD and whether you have bother or increase capacities for either. With that in mind the baseline configuration can go below 800 dollars.
Additionally pricing will vary and could be considerably lower if you look at purchasing it from varied retailers. As always look at what works best of you. I generally prefer to order from a single retailer to making shipping, taxes and other logistics as straightforward and consistent as possible.
You can see the build and a breakdown of the components as well as overclocking, stability testing, performance and temperatures. The video is linked below. There are additional details noted in the description.
Overall the build is representative of offering quality and performance at a reasonable price. In addition it is quite solid in regards to the features, functionality.
The system offers solid general performance along with solid gaming performance with a target of 1080P gaming with med to high IQ settings.
Build Experience detailing.
The build process was overall not problematic and went through smoothly. The main advantage of looking at a different chassis at a lower price point would be maintaining the ability to have more cable routing or flexibility in some types of cooling configurations.
An example would be the Cooler Master N400 which allows for extensive flexibility in mounting a larger closed loop water cooling solution in different positions. In addition some of the other chassis having different placement for the SSD mounts. This is a personal performance and overall will not impact this build to a large degree.
If referring the Urban chassis used one consideration point is to ensure you tightly cable tie all corresponding cables and minimize bunching them up and ideally attempt to lay in a somewhat flat fashion this helps to not overpack and have enough room to be able to slid on the side panel.
One item important to note is the use of the Thermaltake NIC cooler compared to the popular Coolermaster Hyper 212 it provides more flexibility and room to not impact DIMM banks as well as help to provide air flow to the primary VRM assembly this helps to ensure superior stability as the VRM assembly has additional cooling.
There are many users who wonder if going down from the 990FX and 990X chipset impacts overclocking. One of the additional points of this build and video was to help outline with a quality motherboard it will not.
A couple of key points in ensuring you have a quality board are
- The maturity of the UEFI ( ensuring the UEFI has been optimized and fine tuned for the CPU being used ) In this respect the M5A97 R2.0 has had outstanding UEFI updating ensuring optimal compatibility, performance and overall interoprability with Vishera based CPU ( FX 6000, 8000 ) series CPUs.
In addition the UEFI works with the overall board topology design and the VRM design in providing the options for adjustment of the VRM. This is important as this helps to ensure you have solid options for overclocking and helping to ensure stability by having the UEFI auto adjustment many values that may be outside of the understanding of more novice or 1st time overclockers.
I will upload additional photos outside of the video helping to demonstrate the effective overclocking capability and stability of the M5A97 R2.0 along with the FX6300.
You can see in the screenshots multiple stability tests showing the the board running at 4.6GHz 2133 under 100% load and near 100% memory load for 24 hours. 4.7GHz was also stress tested without any issues for the board or cooling solution. Again stress testing was done with numerous applications including
Aida64, ROG Realbench, SiSoft Sandra, PC Mark, Passrmark Performance Test, Passmark BurnIn Test, Cinebench and more.
Overclock demonstrated in the video and 24/7 overclock for the system was 4.7GHz. Memory was also not an issue. With that noted it is important to under AMD chipsets and AMD CPUs do not natively support XMP profiles. This is important to understand as XMP memory kits are not validated on AMD CPUs or chipsets. As such you need to have a way within the UEFI to read an XMP profile table and then have it automatically attempt to load or optimize values based on that XMP data. The M5A97 R2.0 offers this in the form of D.O.C.P a profiling system that allows for XMP values to be load and optimized for the AMD platform. There we no issues running 2133 or 2400 speeds.
Parts List is detailed below.
CPU - AMD FX 6300 Motherboard - ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Memory - Kingston HyperX Blu 1600 HD - Western Digital 1TB Black Chassis - Thermaltake Urban S21 or S41 SSD - Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD GPU - R9 270X DirectCU II PSU - Thermaltake TR2 600 Watt CPU Cooler - Thermaltake NIC F3 ODD - DRW-24B1ST or BC-12B1ST
The part list detailed below is slightly modified from the what is shown in the video. I have noted the Chaser A21 ( chassis ) which offers maybe some additional value points over the Urban S21 as a baseline chassis recommendation. If you scale up to a nicer chassis with more flexibility, airflow, routing options or in general improved feature set you can minimize some of the more basic restrictions that can impact the build process. These will generally be related to restricted length for GPUs and less cable routing options.
Some secondary recommendations for the CPU cooler could be
Coolermaster Hyper 212
For the Motherboard
M5A99X EVO R2.0 M5A99FX PRO R2.0 SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 CROSSHAIR V FORMULA-Z
For the Chassis
Corsair Carbide 200R Corsair Carbide 300R Corsair Graphite 230T Cooler Master N400 NZXT Source 210 Elite
|CPU||AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor||$116.97 @ OutletPC|
|CPU Cooler||Thermaltake CLP0605 79.3 CFM CPU Cooler||$28.49 @ Microcenter|
|Motherboard||Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard||$84.99 @ Microcenter|
|Memory||Kingston Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory||$79.99 @ Amazon|
|Storage||Western Digital BLACK SERIES 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive||$88.47 @ OutletPC|
|Video Card||Asus Radeon R9 270X 2GB Video Card||$222.98 @ SuperBiiz|
|Case||Thermaltake Chaser A21 ATX Mid Tower Case||$66.99 @ OutletPC|
|Power Supply||Thermaltake SMART 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply||$59.99 @ Newegg|
|Optical Drive||Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer||$16.98 @ OutletPC|
|Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.||$765.85|
|Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-30 18:46 EST-0500|