Description

CPU

I chose the FX 6300, as with 6 cores for me it outperformed the Intel Pentium or i3 with dual core as they would struggle to run modern games. I could not afford the intel i5 or the amd fx 8350 or 8320 for this build, but I figured if I overclocked the cpu to around 4.1-4.5 ghz that would provide good enough performance for this build and I will save the i5 for an upgrade later on.

CPU Cooler

The Hyper 212 evo was an easy choice it provides great temperatures, even when overclocked at a very reasonable price and since I did not need water cooling this provides the perfect balance between price and performance.

Motherboard

I did not really know much about motherboards so I picked this one up as I could not afford the msi 970 gaming and for this build I did not need a really expensive motherboard. Also if I upgrade my cpu to an i5, then I will need to buy a new motherboard altogether, so this motherboard just had good reviews at a good price so that is why it is in the build.

Memory

For games 8gb is enough for me and I do not do any video or photo editing so the Hyper X fury work well and they were quite cheap.

Storage

1tb was the right size for a hard drive and right till the last minute (before my headset broke) I was going to buy a 120gb ssd as well, but with the unexpected cost of the new headset, I could not afford it. However I do not mind as the boot up times are fast and games can be transferred to an ssd at a later date.

Video Card (GPU)

This was a really tough one. In an ideal world I would have brought a GTX 970 for 1080p gaming but that was out of my price range. I play a lot of open world games also so 4gb of Vram was a must especially as I want to future proof this part as much as possible. So I was left with a choice between the R9 380 4gb and the GTX 960 4gb. I know that for high end cards amd can't compete with Nvidia, but for a budget-mid range card I wasn't sure. The GTX 960 was certainly more efficient and ran at lower temperatures, and Nvidia's drivers and game optimizing software are in a different league to Nvidia's. However through many benchmarks and frame rate tests on both the r9 380 was definitely outperforming the GTX 960. After some thought I decided on the R9 380 though. Although I am still not sure if I made the right choice as the R9 380 runs at very high temperatures making it too risky for me to overclock at the moment.

Power Supply

I only needed a 500w power supply for this build and when I brought it I did not know the difference between modular or not I just saw prices and that this one was cheaper for the same wattage, so I brought it and have tried to make the cable management work although difficult. The only thing that really annoys me is that the motherboard power connector is too short to go through the cable management holes in that case so I had to run it across the middle of the motherboard as neatly as possible!

Case

I have not shown it in the list as I could not find it in the pc part picker product list, but it is a CiT Goblin Mesh, I know it is very cheap and a bit rubbish but it does the job fine and holds it all together and looks pretty cool. If I was to upgrade it though I would buy the NZXT s340.

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build, also, did you have any problems with the ram at first? Mine is 1600 mhz and it gives me the beep code of ram.

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

I have the same case, I personally think it looks awesome for the price!!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I'm thinking of that I'd like to buy nearly he same PC.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, it seems to run Witcher and Fallout 4 at pretty solid frame rates. I did have a bit of trouble with just cause 3 although I am not sure if it is the game's fault or mine. I would definitely recommend overclocking the CPU though.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build less that old DVD drive, I would toss it and get a blank since it does not look to be hooked up anyway. Got to love old IDE devices. That white drive just clashes too much for my taste.

I have a green build my self and have always found it hard to find other green parts. Next to no one makes green memory. I dont think have seen a worth while green motherboard, and the only green GPU I know of is in the GTX family. Either way nice build and looks very christmasie on the inside. :P

I have always liked the FX6300, it sits in the sweet spot of power per cost. The FX lineup is a bit dated now but still has some good cost per performance options. It My workhorse build still rocks an FX6300 and does everything I toss at it like a champ, I have moved over to the i5-4690k for my gaming rig however. No to mention that FX6300 is a beast at overclockability, especially with that hyper evo 212 you have.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I do not use the CD drive I just have it there to fill the gap as I brought the case of my friend second hand and he had lost the other grill thing to go in the front so I just put that thing from a other ruined pc in to make it look better. I wasn't to bothered about colour scheme especially as when I first built it I hooked up all the Leds wrong! Thanks

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have built several computers and still hook up the case leads wrong half the time, you are not alone. In fact you are among pro's, welcome to the PC master race. :P

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I still have the ps4 never use it. I always used to be a console fanboy, before I knew the true power of 60 fps. Now I know I can't play console unless it is CoD as that is 60 fps on ps4. Go PC!!!!!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very good build with an extremely affordable price. About the NZXT S340 case you are interested in, I would suggest you search the Phanteks Eclipse P400, a $69 budget case that will be out soon, and that is a much better value.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow thanks that looks even cooler I was planning to upgrade that part pretty soon as my case was more a temporary solution as I could not afford a new one. That looks even better than the S340!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I think Phanteks has done it again!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. I would advise on getting a SSD next. Immensive boost on performance.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes I was going to buy one I think that was one of my next upgrades then a new cpu to reduce the slight bottleneck on the gpu in about a years time. I heard it did not increase game performance only boot times is that true? Also what is all this raid stuff I'm not sure I understand what it means? Thanks

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Correct..it only drastically reduces seek times on accessing the hard drive. So that means load times, loading software and OS (if the OS is installed on the SSD). It will not increase any graphical performance. RAID info: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/definition/RAID

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks !!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build. I'm building a very similar pc.

What is the true power consumption? Is the evga 500w running the r9 380 4gb well?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It is all running from the evga 500w power supply although I am annoyed I did not buy a fully modular power supply as for cable management it is important and the motherboard is not long enough. Power consumption can vary the highest I have seen it is about 460 Watts. Thanks

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice 1080p rig you got there!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks I love it far better than console and it can actually do other stuff to !

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no clue but I think for minecraft it should be ok for that however if you wanted to stream more games I would suggest a better cpu like and i5 6600k