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by xondat



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



The budget was £500 so I wanted to get him going with a solid system that will run most modern games. We did run into some problems such as a memory stick not working and cable management but apart from that, it went well for my first fully built system. The overall case was very good to work in and had good support for hard drives with the rubber grommets. The semi-modular power supply defiantly helped and it's at a great price too. The hard drive was retrieved from his old system which meant a easy save on money (the fact that a Seagate hard drive is still working after 6 years is great on it's own; never mind saving £40). The only problem I had was that a stick of ram didn't work but that got replaced. The case does also have an unnecessary fan mount of the side panel as it would just choke the graphics card even more. Seeming as though it's a cheap case it's brilliant for the money you spend.

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olympuse410 2 points 47 months ago

If your SATA cable is long enough, try flipping the HDD connectors to the front, it can help with the cable management.

xondat submitter 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

Doesn't reach which is a shame but good idea for future builds.

Svnryn 2 Builds 2 points 47 months ago

Great budget build. Would really like to see some bench marks with this. The 760k is a great value currently and, from what I've read, performs on par with a FX 4300. Not to mention it has no trouble getting to 5 ghz on air, although that might not be advisable with the board you chose.

xondat submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

He asked for me not to overclock it as he doesn't know what it does so I had to agree to disagree; I can ask him if he wants to benchmark but unlikely.

aubry 1 Build -1 points 45 months ago

Really?? 5GHz???? I think you're mistaken.

Svnryn 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Granted not every chip is the same, but it's been done.

aubry 1 Build -1 points 45 months ago

On a 4300? I know its possible on a 4770K, but not on this chip. You would need liquid nitrogen to get close to that.

Ewanmcd98 4 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Im on air (cooler master hyper 212 evo) and ive pushed mine up to 4.7GHz :)

A closed watercooling loop with a 250mm rad and you could easily hit 5GHz. Check the Athlon owners club forums: http://www.overclock.net/t/1404334/amd-athlon-x2-340-370-and-athlon-x4-740-750k-760k-be-owners-club You can see that this chip is a beast of an overclocker and can easily hit very high speeds.

Also @ Xodndat really nice work on the build, perfect budget gaming PC :)

Calvingreen17 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Hey dude do you mind telling me whether the 760k bottlenecks the R9 270X? Since I'm gonna get a build with the same processor and the R9 270 edition (without the X)

dimasimr 1 point 44 months ago

You most likely will bottleneck it a bit, even with overclocking. I think it should be a little bit at most, but even with OCing, it will a bit.

Calvingreen17 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Actually, I did my research. It doesn't bottleneck it, 760k is a real strong processor.

dimasimr 1 point 44 months ago

perferct. I was actually wondering.

NixNox 1 point 47 months ago

This is solid for under $700. Nice work.

Hammbones 1 point 44 months ago

Holy Hell, Cable Manage using the space on the opposite side of the case. The cooling factor will help I'm sure considering you don't have a CPU Fan mounted on that heatsink...

xondat submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

There is on the right side but my camera was awful so you can't see it. And I wish I could of done more with the cable management but this case has little to no features for it.

EggbertNoBacon7 1 point 43 months ago

You should of waited for the R9 270 to be released if it hadn't been, £40 less than the R9 270x and with the MSI one you can overclock it to exactly the same as the MSI R9 270x comes out of the box at, I have mine running at 1050mhz and never goes over 60 Celsius when playing BF4 on ultra 1080p.

xondat submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I was unaware that the 270 would be released and he needed it within a couple of weeks of telling me.

tyster360 0 points 44 months ago

Why did you buy a CPU cooler when the Athlon already comes with a CPU cooler?

xondat submitter 1 Build 0 points 42 months ago

The AMD standard coolers are awful and I had this one lying around.

ExoTecher 1 Build -1 points 47 months ago

great system but I would have gone with this HDD:


Its for £4 less and it has double the capacity.

Nice build though, +1 ;)

Xerdia 1 point 47 months ago

He got the HDD from a previous build.

ExoTecher 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Oh OK, that explains it.

ExoTecher 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Did you notice that the CPU is hotter at idle? or is that a glitch on my screen?

Spencer1012 3 Builds 1 point 47 months ago

I think he just flipped them around when typing it up.

ExoTecher 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

oh ok, silly me ;)

xondat submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Fixed that; thanks for noticing.

Ewanmcd98 4 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

What were you using to measure the CPU temps? I heard that most common softwares like cpu-z dont calculate the temps properly for this cpu and I would recommend using AMD overdrive for accurate results. I had similar temps to you when using cpu-z but when using amd overdrive, I could see that the cpu was only actually hitting 19 degrees at idle and never above 45 on full load (at stock clock)

Just wanted to let you know since the temps seem awful high whereas I think that they actually should be a lot lower than that :)

Xerdia -4 points 47 months ago

It's a decent build. I would have gone with something like this. http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/p/23fUY

pubiCrust 1 Build 3 points 47 months ago

seems like a downgrade from xondat's build

Xerdia 0 points 47 months ago

How? The build I suggested has a better processor, CPU cooler, motherboard, RAM, larger HDD, and the 7870xt is barely distinguishable from a 7950 aside from its 2gb of VRAM.

The only thing I can see as a downgrade is perhaps the build quality of the case? Even then he has a multitude of options such as the Zalman z9, Zalman z5, Bitfenix merc beta, NZXT source 210 etc.

I suggested the build because sometimes it's possible to return some of the products, also as a reference for any future builds he might have in mind.

jedidethfreak 3 points 46 months ago

The Athlon 760k is a better proc than any quad-core Phenom II, and the R9 270x is a better card. So, you downgraded two of the most important parts of a gamer build.

pubiCrust 1 Build 2 points 47 months ago

ok I do semi agree but just two things I don't. 1) his cpu is better. unless you can prove the phenom has a better architecture or more efficient cores, his cpu is better. 2) The 270x is better, more efficient and has better gamer optimized drivers and software

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