Description

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhLWbaowcmc

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.

Overclocking

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

  1. 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

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
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
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $765.85
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-30 18:46 EST-0500

Comments

  • 71 months ago
  • 9 points

User has confirmed his identity. The computer is his build and youtube channel as well.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks cool, but why no two 4gb sticks of ram instead of one .

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a mix up in the configuration. As detailed in the build I recommend dual channel operation with 1600 being the default.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, my bad :)

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

The 270x is a pointless card to buy now that the 270 is out, and is essentially a downclocked 270x. And why are you reposting Asus's video?

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I could be wrong (and my wife would say that isn't the first time) but I think this is JJ from Asus.

  • 71 months ago
  • 2 points

LOL it is me kudos! Have a awesome Friday!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Well then... Welcome to PCPartpicker

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

You too!

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

It is indeed him.

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  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends both offer great performance from a pure value standpoint the 270 is a lower in cost with close to the same performance. The 270X though offers a bit improved min frame rate performance which is more important than max framerate where the 270 ( non X ) is very similar. This helps to ensure a more consistent and fluid experience when gaming especially at higher resolutions where you are keeping more high quality IQ settings enabled.

You are correct though if you are ok overclcoking and the margin is int he R9 270 ( which is always going to be variable then you have a card that offer the same performance as the R9 270 ).

Keep in mind though the R9 270X selected comes with a higher clock than default

The reference R9 270 is

900Mhz with a 925MHz Boost Clock

The R9 270X is

1000Mhz with a 1050Mhz Boost Clock

The ASUS R9 270X TOP is

1050MHz with a 1120 Boost Clock ( due to the cooler design though the card consistently runs at the max Boost Clock )

Hope this clarifies the selection.

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

I am working on a build right now, also pairing the FX 6300 and the R9 270X. I went with the 4Gb version though because I plan to upgrade my monitor later to something perhaps in the ultrawide spectrum, and I thought that would help.

Nice build. +1

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks 4GB though short of a ultra high end GPU has no immediate value due to the GPU not offering sufficient performance to align with the VRAM usage which would be used only at a high enough resolution and with the right IQ settings.

Even a R9 280X would not benefit from a 4GB frame buffer. You would need to be in the R9 290 class or R9 290X class GB to benefit as those GPUs can offer the performance needed to support the VRAM. Regardless will be a great build best of luck!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

geez there's a lot of deleted comments on here! anyways just wanted to say nice build and great description and alternative options given. my current build is VERY similar. I definitely agree that "dropping down" to a 970 chipset doesn't necessarily mean you're giving up good OC's, which is the main reason I was able to save some cash by getting that same board. (Which btw if anybody reading this is looking for that same mobo/cpu combo there's a great deal at MicroCenter). +1!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome glad to read you have had a similar smooth and positive experience! Best of luck with your build!

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the combo of CPU/GPU and the MOBO. Curious did you have problems with the heat of the chipset? Could you try a crossfire with that combo? I have the FX-6300/MSI 970-G46/MSI HD 7870 Ghz ed. GPU and am thinking of crossfire with the R9 270x or 270. What most will find amazing is the performance you achieved for such a small price. +1

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

I can try crossfire out but due to the 970 chipset being limited on PCIe lane support it will be impacted. Overall it will not be a considerable reduction but if you are really considerably SLI or Crossfire you should consider a 990X or 990FX based chipset motherboard ( like the M5A99X EVO R 2.0 or M5A99FX PRO R 2.0 )

Once I run through the number I will update the thread along with some additional photos from the build process.

Lastly in regards to thermals I had zero issues with the thermal stability of the chipset even under extended stress testing of the CPU, Memory and GPU all simultaneously under stress load for 12 hours straight. As long as the chassis has some basic airflow and the VRM heatsink is not impacted then you should have an issues ( especially considering that in most situations the VRM heatsink assembly will run much cooler under real world usage and gaming than compared to stress test load conditions.

  • 70 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir for your reply.

  • 68 months ago
  • 1 point

Mind me asking how many fans that case came with? I am thinking of getting it myself. How would you rate the overall case out of 5 stars? Thanks!

  • 68 months ago
  • 2 points

Well I changed the chassis now to the Chaser. Are your referring to the Urban?

Both are solid I think some of it depends on your layout considerations and how you like to work with a chassis. As an example I really like the new cooler master NX series for the options on layout it provides for SSDs or larger closed loop cooling solutions. Depending on the type of setup you way layout wise and cooling wise there are number of consideration that could change which chassis you may favor. If you are looking for something in regards to just dropping in your hardware and have solid layout with good cooling it is a solid choice.

At a really aggressive price point my favorites would probably be the New CM NX400 and then right behind it the Corsair Spec 01 ( the Corsair has layout options for how you can layout cooling and storage and has one less USB 3.0 port.

Hope this helps and best of luck with the build.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, what do you think about the Cougar MX300 case to this build? IMG: http://i1-news.softpedia-static.com/images/news2/Cougar-Intros-MX300-Rugged-Gaming-Mid-Tower-Case-420312-2.jpg

I didn't like the thermaltake chaser a21, neither the urban. So, what do you think? It will fit in this build? Also, give me your opinion about a cheap case with glass. I really liked your built and i'm gonna use the same system.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

For the money the MX300 is a great value offering great layout flexibility, good airflow and lots of expansion. It would be a very solid choice for building a midrange gaming system into. I also like the Corsair 230T, Cooler Master N400 at more aggressive pricing. Best of luck with the build.

  • 64 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the case?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

got inspired by this build for my own parts choice. mobo,cpu,ram,psu Thanks+1

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

The case displayed in picture isn't the chaser a21, you know that right?

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  • 71 months ago
  • -3 points

Actually I did not if you read through I detailed the overall build experience along with information regarding the use of a 970 board and perceptions of how 970 compares to that of 990X and 990FX. I also detailed overclocking findings. I will be uploading additional photos and screenshots once I finished transferring the them over. I would recommend you check out the entire post before commenting on what may be included or not included. I have tried to include multiple points of information for users looking at this or a similar build.

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