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The Dark Horse

by skemble

175
83 Comments

Details

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

44.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

Description

This build was done for a 16th birthday. He wanted to join the PC gaming world and was tired of outdated console graphics. I also let him come and watch the build process and let me say: He's hooked!

There were only a few requirements for this:

  1. Had to get as close as possible to $750 without going over.
  2. Had to be as black with small white accents as possible without losing quality or being unbalanced.
  3. Make the friends jealous.

  • CPU: FX-6300 is a great budget CPU for gaming. The price to performance is pretty damn good. I replaced the thermal paste on the stock heatsink fan with some much better stuff I had from other builds. This helped with the heat quite a bit.

  • Mobo: It's a budget 970 board. Not a ton of features or "bells and whistles", build quality was nice though. The LED indicators at the top of the board are very handy to have for beginner builders who may stumble into some issues not booting or bad RAM etc.

  • RAM: Pretty cheap, but I've never been let down by Kingston. Matches the color scheme as well.

  • HDD: WDD Blue. Reliable and cheap.

  • GPU: The 7870 is a great card for the price. Probably would have jumped to a 7950 if a good one went on sale, but the budget was very limiting. I'm a huge Sapphire fan! My GF is an artist and I asked her to do a little touching up on the shroud. I feel like it's a very nice touch.

  • Case: NZXT makes really nice things. This is definitely one of their lowest chassis, but it really wasn't terrible. My only concern is the HDD mounting system or lack there of, as well as the room for routing cables in the back. While I was able to route almost every cable to the back the back panel is bowed slightly. The window is very nice though and the room for extra fans is handy. I threw in a front intake (old replacement fan from previous build) to get direct airflow to the GPU.

  • PSU: XFX makes damn good PSUs. The only thing I didn't really like was the amount of SATA power cables that were attached; 9 of them! I can understand having 9 HDDs, but that just seemed like a lot. It made cable managing a bit of a nightmare.

I can't say that I had any issues with this build. Cable management took me a little longer than usual due to the lack of space behind the mobo tray, but I had to get it looking presentable. I must say it really looks nice through the window.

Future upgrades include:

  • Extra fans for better cooling (possibly some LED fans or LED strips for the window)
  • CPU cooler to quiet the annoying stock fan.
  • SSD for a boot drive.

Hope you guys like it!


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Osama 16 points 68 months ago

nice camera mate

basedgodunicorns 1 Build 7 points 68 months ago

unfortunately PCPartPicker butchers image quality... :(

skemble submitter 24 Builds 5 points 68 months ago

Yes it does... :(

_Alex_ 1 Build 2 points 52 months ago

it doesn't for me. the pics are amazing :D

skemble submitter 24 Builds 5 points 68 months ago

Thank you sir!

LegoPC 1 Build 15 points 68 months ago

This is how you take pictures, and this is how you manage cables. Excellent job.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 22 points 68 months ago

I really appreciate that. Sometimes I feel like I am taking pictures of models at a photo shoot. Then I realize I'm a big nerd geeking out over pretty PC components...

ITneto 8 points 62 months ago

If I was a computer and had this cable managament I'd feel like a model

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 62 months ago

Haha! Thanks :D

guitarboy01 1 point 51 months ago

That makes me think of the PC joke of that Kim Kardashian PAPER issue... "ours is sexier"

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gabegabbert 3 Builds 4 points 68 months ago

This is a great build! love the black theme! Doing a black theme budget build now, very similair, same cpu, gpu, wireless, and hdd, though keeping the price down through refurbs, open boxes, and ebay. Hope he liked it, and that mine comes out half as nice. this post gives me inspiration! gonna scour ebay now haha

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 68 months ago

Get those deals! I'm sure you will do great things. If you ask for help on here and execute it properly, there is always hope for a nice build :)

gabegabbert 3 Builds 2 points 68 months ago

Thanks! I do definitely have a new hope! haha star wars pun was punny

skemble submitter 24 Builds 3 points 68 months ago

Star Wars <3

cyanghost109 4 Builds 2 points 68 months ago

Incredible. All parts were well chosen and will last a very long time.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 4 points 68 months ago

You're making me blush!

ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 2 points 68 months ago

Hi Skemble, I have followed your comments below builds for a long time now and most of the time we agree. With this build you really showed that you aren't talking crap and that you are in fact a really good PC builder. Keep up the good work and I really hope the 16 year old will understand how good the PC is that you build for him. Very nice build and I love the pics. +1

skemble submitter 24 Builds 3 points 68 months ago

Wow.. I must say thank you. That's really very kind of you. I had no idea that I had any "followers"! I'm doing my best to spread the PC building bug to the younger generation. I wish I would have gotten into it sooner than I did!

Graestone45 1 Build 1 point 62 months ago

I'm 13, and I must say, building a PC is gonna be awesome.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

It's the best career change I could have ever done!

GriffGo 2 points 60 months ago

Yeah I'm 14 an I am really excited to try to build myself a powerhouse PC and builds like this are always inspiring

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 60 months ago

I'm about to put up a 6300/270 system if you'd be interested in something slightly more updated! Thanks for checking it out!

Philldog123 2 points 62 months ago

Nice Pics and build!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 62 months ago

Thanks! I did another build in that case that is much better, but that was one of my first client builds.

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 68 months ago

Very nice! did he build it himself?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

No, I had a limited time window so I just did it, but I talked him through everything that I did.

MySong 1 point 68 months ago

Just a question would the fx-6300 work well with a 960 chipset or should i go with a 970.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

I would just go with the 970 since it's the newest chipset. It would work on the 960, but why not grab the newest when the prices aren't terribly different?

MySong 1 point 68 months ago

thanks for that tip by the way nice build.

fnapoli 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Amazing build! That's a good looking, balanced, well-priced build right there. Would love to know what fps it gets on the latest titles...

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Thanks man! I was in a very limited time frame to get this done. I gave him some instructions on how to run benchmarks and fraps so he could run his system through some tests. Will likely update later on with some temps and a few game benchmarks.

andrewcalvinbasilio 1 point 68 months ago

Planning to get an NZXT Source 210 a week from now.

You did a really great job with the cables, man. Just by looking at the last picture, it added up to my excitement to get my new case.

Cheers from the Philippines!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Thanks man! Do you have a modular PSU?

andrewcalvinbasilio 1 point 67 months ago

No man. I'm using a budget Thermaltake Litepower 500W on my rig.:)

I'll try my best to get the job done when it comes to cable management.

domzlol 9 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

I make this same build 2 times a week it is my best seller. Good work!

YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Where is the WNA in your PC? im trying to find it :3

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

You caught me! I had forgotten to put it in before I took the final pictures.. After I took them I looked over and saw it on my desk. Imagine that it's in the 2nd PCI-E slot underneath the GPU ;)

YourLocalPCNoob 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

oh ok :) just curious, what kind of camera did you use to take the shots? also is your case reflective because in the first pic, the wood seems to reflect off of it

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

I was using a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. It is a bit reflective, but it's a bit of a camera trick. You can see inside much better in person than you can in the pictures.

sketch24 9 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Nice choices on parts and very clean build.

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

BEAUTIFUL!

Mattios 1 point 68 months ago

Really nice, one of the best I've seen. Have you got any benchmarks for any games on th 7870? :)

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Unfortunately I don't.. I assembled it and installed all the necessary things and the owner took it from there. I may have to hit him up later to see how things are performing.

vlad007 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

Awesome work. 9.5/10

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

Thank you sir! What could I have done to make it a 10?

vlad007 1 Build 1 point 68 months ago

The CPU cooler.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

212 Evo?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 68 months ago

I forgot about that one! I was looking at those new BeQuiet! coolers that are all black, but they are a bit more expensive for a rather small budget..

tshombe123 1 Build 1 point 67 months ago

I'm getting the same CPU and GPU build. Do you think it will bottleneck if i don't overclock my cpu?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

It shouldn't at all. :)

sqielyr 1 point 67 months ago

What a lovely wood background.

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 67 months ago

Log cabin themed basement :)

lmao234 1 point 67 months ago

I know this was a while ago, but do you think the HD 7870 Ghz performs better than the 7950? GREAT BUILD, +!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 2 points 67 months ago

No. The 7950 will beat the 7870 in probably every gaming benchmark.

Swish2000 1 point 66 months ago

On the subject of the mobo, how are you finding it? Does it have any OC capabilities? I'm thinking of getting it :D

j9506 2 Builds 1 point 65 months ago

Clean and well put together

TheSleepGeek 1 point 64 months ago

I haven't seen a nicer build in a source 210 before (didn't even know it had a windowed version). Great build +1 :D

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 64 months ago

Thank you sir! Really appreciate you checking it out :)

Eggman772 1 point 64 months ago

Great cable management. Over all great build +1

Fangarai 1 Build 1 point 63 months ago

Hey! Im using the same motherboard and cpu, but my pc doesnt show any picture.. I was wondering if you had any trouble with yours? For example, when you powered on your pc for the first time, did you have any problems?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 63 months ago

I didn't have any issues with this build. Make sure you have the GPU plugged all the way in and all the cables properly attached.

ImPrettyIrish 1 point 60 months ago

Really love this. Is the Wifi Adapter any good? I payed around $50 for mine and it doesn't work barely. Is this one good?

LegendaryLux 1 point 60 months ago

No WD Black to match everything else? I am disappoint.

mat_tech 1 point 59 months ago

All except for the 7870 which is already starting to lag IMO. Great build!

drobin02 1 point 59 months ago

Any problems with the AMD FX 6300

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Not a one!

Jordan_Church 1 point 49 months ago

I know this is an older post but was the r7/r9 series not out at the time and if it was why wouldn't you go w/ the 270x?

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

This build was done around May 2013, so no the 270X was not out at that time.

Jordan_Church 1 point 49 months ago

oh okay

Geode1010 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

U could do photography!

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Thank yoou! I have gotten much better since then, if you like these pictures, you will really like my more recent ones. Two years ago this month I completed this build.

Geode1010 2 Builds 2 points 48 months ago

You're right. You do have nice pictures.

D0ngerl0rd 1 point 46 months ago

Would this be able to play games like cs go, skyrim, H1Z1, and maybe minecraft? Thanks a ton. I am coming from console gaming and I have no clue about computers...yet...

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

This system will play anything out there just fine. You may not get max settings in everything, but medium should be easily obtainable. This computer is also a few years old now so something a bit more updated for the same price would beat it easily.

D0ngerl0rd 1 point 46 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I might hit you up on Facebook because I might want to get something built from you

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

I'll be there!

DragonChap 1 point 36 months ago

What settings can this pc run next gen games at? e.g. rainbow six seige, battlefield 4, The Division.

I dont have alot of spending cash but I want a pc to replace my ps4, but I want one that can run the big titles and good graphics and good FPS

skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

This build is pretty old by today's standards. It will likely play the games you listed at Medium settings at best. You wouldn't be getting 60 FPS, but you'd be able to play them.

ShiddyTiddy 1 point 11 months ago

Hey, I was looking through the parts list and the site said that there was a possible incompatibility between the cpu and 970, can is this true or is it just the site being weird?

tmteamgreen -4 points 65 months ago

What are some fps/benchmarks?

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skemble submitter 24 Builds 1 point 63 months ago

No sir!

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