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My first budget rig

by Beothewulf



Date Published

July 20, 2018

Date Built

July 2, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.366 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C


This build is mostly used for gaming and 3d modeling/rendering. So far I am very pleased with the build, everything was really easy to install in the Corsair case. I do plan on upgrading to a gtx 1060 or 70 in the next few months and I will be adding another 8gb of ram. The only problem i ran into was with cable management, the mobo 4/8 pin power cable could not be ran behind the mobo because there isn't a hole or room to run the cable through the top of the case. I'm sure someone else could've put together a better rig but for my first time I am very happy with the results.

Part Reviews


So far I am very pleased with this CPU. I wasn't ready to jump on the ryzen train but I wanted a 6 or 8 core CPU since I usually have quite a few things going on at once(game running in the background, blender and gimp running while playing music or streaming youtube. This thing has no problem keeping up with my workload. The fx series run hot from what I'm told but the wraith cooler keeps this thing nice and cool.

CPU Cooler

I bought the AMD Wraith Silent cooler from amazon for $25. Mine doesn't have the flashy rgb ring, just a nice illuminated amd logo. Its worked great so far, keeping my CPU cool and it is fairly quiet. It's a monster though and ram fits very closely once everything is in place. Compared to the stock cooler that came with the fx 8300, this thing is well worth the 25 bucks!


Had the right socket and fit in my budget. No problems so far, easy to work with and everything was clearly labeled so it was a breeze hooking everything up.


For 60 bucks this fit the bill.


Should have went with an SSD but for a budget build I couldn't pass on 1TB of storage for $45. HDDs are fast enough for my needs so this worked perfectly.

Video Card

Got this from a friend for $100, only 6 months old with little use. Performs great for the few games I play. Would like to upgrade to a 1060 or 70 soon though just for the extra fps. Great budget card, does very well for 1080p.


Great budget case, super easy to build with.

Power Supply

Great psu, wish it was modular but for 30 bucks it's a steal. Not doing any overclocking so for my purposes it's just fine.

Wireless Network Adapter

Hard lines are out of the question for me so I decided to go with PCIe wireless instead of a dongle. Works great, cheap and reliable. Bluetooth is a nice touch too.

Case Fan

Matched the fan that came in the corsair case, fairly quiet and cheap.

Comments Sorted by:

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

If you are happy then that's what matters. 2133 is optimal with that config. I have that same board and it does work quite well. You can always modify the size of the hole to get that power connector through. Have fun with it. Get some more pics so people can give you advise.

Beothewulf submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

2133 is optimal? Would adding more ram be a waste?

oneflygtiguy 5 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Depends on what you do. I mostly game with very minimal video editing and 16GB seems to be fine for that. So given you have 8 then it depend on what games you play. Some eat up close to 8 gigs.now here is the fun part. That board and all am3+ gigabyte boards likely will not post with all 4 ram slots populated with ram settings above 1600 but will post to at least 2133 with two slots populated. So if you want 16GB then you need to find an 8 x 2 2133 kit. Saving you the headache.

Beothewulf submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the tip!

FracturedVision 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

You should be able to de-pin the CPU power cable and slip it through the hole in the upper right of the pic here, then reassemble once it's through. https://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/product/0f67757b97b25e3f2a056a78cb734057.1600.jpg

Beothewulf submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion! It's not so much the hole as it is the mobo fits so close in the top but de-pinning might work. I'll get some more pics soon.

Leleedler 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

I used to have that board... Mine died after 3 years of usage with only an FX6300 stressing the VRMs, when it passed away it dragged the CPU into death with it... Just a warning!

Beothewulf submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Just curious, was your 6300 oc'd?

Leleedler 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago


Beothewulf submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago


Leleedler 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Yeah, a mosfet exploded and destroyed the CPU!