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Sub-$650 Gaming Build

by ctkeat

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24 Comments

Details

Date Published

Sept. 26, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 20, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.11GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

Description

I'd like to start by apologizing for the PSU, tiny_voices please don't kill me. Anyways onto the desc. This build originally started to replace my old (not really) HP Envy 15t-j073cl laptop. It had a AMD A10-5750M APU and it worked perfectly well besides the horrendous gaming performance. One day at the airport I dropped it and it breaks part of the fan, causing it to overheat constantly; with heavy load temps of 135° Celcius. Yes, you read that correctly. Fast forward several months and I was more that happy to get rid of it, I salvaged all that you can salvage from a laptop (the HDD) And I decided to build a PC. It started as a Sub-$500 FX-6300 and GTX 750ti combo, it HAD to be a Micro ATX build in the N200 because I fell in love with it when I saw it. Then my budget increased to $550 so it became a FX-6300 and R9 270x, then it increased again, once my parents supported me building it, making it $600-$650. After much debate, I finally decided to go with the R9 380 4GB. The day of the parts purchase, Microcenter had this amazing mobo deal making my $60 motherboard only $20. I knew I had to do something with this extra $40 so I bought an open box Gigabyte GTX 970, I built it with my friend and everything woked flawlessly or so I thought... The next day I'm playing TF2 and the video card crashes, so I do some more tests and I find out that it is a bad card, so I go back to Microcenter and return it, purchasing the $20 cheaper ASUS STRIX one. With that extra $20 I buy the DVD drive.

Here's the build video: https://youtu.be/meKCTboneYE I'm only 11 and I built it with my friend

Enough Story, onto the Parts:

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU price/performance! I think I might be bottlenecking the 970 but I'll upgrade eventually.

Motherboard

Great board! haven't OC'ed on it yet, but will do eventually. My only gripe is that it's USB 3.0 hearder is kinda far away from the front panel.

Memory

Good ram good price. Might upgrade to 16G in the future

Storage

I've never used a SSD before but now I know I will always need one! Windows boots in 3 seconds, enough said.

Storage

It's only 5400 rpm, making it kinda slow. but it's a hard drive, and it works so not much to complain about.

Video Card

This card is awesome! Crushes any game I throw at it, and the no fan at idle feature works well because it considers everything but gaming idle.

Case

This case is awesome! it looks nice, has good cable management, good airflow, and plenty of spaces to mount 2.5 inch drives.

Comments Sorted by:

Marshone 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

Looks good, but it probably isn't fair to rate the HDD 3 stars because it's slow compared to a 7200-RPM drive. You get what you pay for.

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah, thanks though!

Jtridin 1 Build 3 points 21 months ago

LOL I like how u just give the psu 1 star

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vikingXcore 4 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Great choice of monitor! :D

It may be only 1080p, but the refresh rate and high quality specs make this a great monitor to have, especially at $250USD or less.

Good job on cable management!

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Got it on sale at Micro Center for only $160!

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

:O $160?! Yep buying another one soon then :D

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I think the monitor was some special deal with my computer, i'm not sure.

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Also, cable management was a nightmare until I managed to cram the 24 pin behind the motherboard tray.

_Sanic_ 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Noice

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks!

xEricP 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Sweet build bro!

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks!

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Well the CX is a tier 4 and not meant for gaming or overclocking, here is a list of psu tiers that you can look at mainly tiers 1 and 2: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2547993/psu-tier-list.html

Overall it is a nice build

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I know, found out just how bad it was right after I purchased it :( don't worry though, my room is well air conditioned and it will be the first thing to replace. Thanks though!

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Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

No i don't remember but i bet Tiny does as he is a mod for tom's hardware site.

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AMD-Daniel 1 point 21 months ago

Looks very tidy, nice build!

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks!

AMD-Daniel 1 point 21 months ago

Like my build bruh

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Yeah!

aerophoenix1 1 point 20 months ago

Nice Build :D !!!! Did you have to update the Bios at all? :o

ctkeat submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks! The stock bios worked perfectly! I later updated the bios on mine because I was bored.

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Just wondering if you needed to do a BIOS update with that CPU and if the penny came with the wireless network adapter.

SnakoM 1 point 6 months ago

tfw an 11 year old has a better pc than me

oh well I'm poor and had to pay for it myself

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ctkeat submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Yep, bought it then realized what I did when it was too late :(

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