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$600 Budget Build

by BigBAWZ



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

22.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


I put this together on a strict $600 budget for a friend. He was upgrading from Xbox 360 and wanted to make the switch to the "Glorious PC Master Race" without spending $1000 on a PC. He wanted a PC that will run games at 1080p and will last him a few years. Leave comments on later upgrade suggestions or suggestions on what i should have went with.

CPU - Has nice ratings, 6 cores, room for upgrade, and came with a free copy of BF4.

Motherboard - It was a cheap AM3+ board that had all the necessary functions for an awesome price.

RAM - 8GB of cheap 1333MHZ that gets the job done.

GPU - Good brand, amazing price, great for any budget build also came with a $75 in game coupon.

PSU - Name brand, true 500w, 80 Plus Bronze.

Case - Cheap case that had many features that a more expensive case would have. Nice airflow, sturdy design, sleek look.

Hard Drive - Bought a refurbished hard drive to save a few dollars. Works fine, no problems yet.

Disk Drive - It's a simple drive for Windows installation, nothing more.

I haven't ran any games or benchmarking programs on it yet, but I will update with benchmarks on current games like AC4, BF4, and Crysis 3 soon for those of you thinking of building something similar. Thanks to everyone who comments.

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SpadeFire91 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Great Build! From what I can see with your cable management it look good as well. The next best thing to upgrade would be a SSD for the OS. I use 120GB Kingston HyperX 3Ks in both my Gaming Rig and Gaming Laptop. I just bought one on Amazon recently for 89.99 shipped. Keep up the good builds brotha! PC Master Race all the way!

BigBAWZ submitter 3 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

The cable management in this case was hard to work around. The routing holes were smaller than expected, and they didn't have much room behind the motherboard tray. I told my friend that his next upgrade is going to be an SSD. Thanks for the feedback man! Greatly appreciated!

duramax08 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Looks great. Only thing I dont like is that "refurbished" HDD. For 10-20 dollars more, you could of gotten a new one. Sure your friend saved $20, but you're relying on a refurb HDD to hold all their data. Who knows why someone sent it back to WD. I think with a WD HDD, you can use their Data Lifeguard Diagnostic tool (free from WD) to see the running hours of the drive.

Other then that, great budget build.

leftyrojas430 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Nice build. I can't wait myself to leave my xbox! Some future upgrades in my opinion will be a ssd and a better CPU cooler like the 212 evo.

Can't wait to see how the card does in b4! I recently watched a video with it from oc3d. It does decent in 2560x1440 maxed out (if I remember correctly, I think it was around the 20fps). For the price, I don't think you can beat it. I'm leaning torwards nvidia side(760 or 770) because of shadow play and g-sync being released.

Camboy05 1 point 46 months ago

would 1866mhz ram work on that mobo?

UncleBunky 1 point 22 months ago

No only up to 1333

Jozmtr 1 point 45 months ago

What's the 75$ coupon for? +1

BigBAWZ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I believe it was 3 $25 in-game coupons for World of Tanks, Warframe, and some other game I can't remember.

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