Description

Built my buddy his first gaming PC. It's a small, stealthy gaming build. I would say this build falls into the realms of budget/enthusiast (in other words a smart build). If money is an object for you, as it typically is for most, this is likely one of the smarter selection of parts for someone who wants the ability to knock out every new game for the least amount of money while still retaining a relatively future-proof PC.

Since this was a first build it took a good 5 hours to complete, and then another 3 hours of troubleshooting to figure out we had faulty motherboard.

The problem encountered with this build was the motherboard, AsRock Extreme3 R2.0 (pictured) which had issues, bios freezing up, and eventually died. We purchased a new mobo/cpu bundle the following day with an Asus M5A97 which works perfectly with FX-6300 CPU.

It runs BF4, Bioshock Infinite, COD Ghost, Skyrim w/ mods, with all maxed settings on 1080p display.

The total cost of the parts was around $1250.

If you want to do a similar build and shave off a few $:

-opt for HDD only rather than SSD/HDD combo

-go for 600W 80plus gold power supply. We only went with the HX750 because of its modular design and room to add SLI in the future

-Air cool the CPU. There are a lot of good options for AIR cooling that out-compete water cooling for a fraction of the price.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 5 points

I have some few things, Besides it not being a budget build.

Frist of all, You said you go the HX750 for SLI'ing later down the road, but you got a motherboard that doesn't support SLI

If you were to SLI with a FX6300 I donno if it'll affect the preformance of the 2 770s, but I'll recommend getting a new motherboard before even going that route.

secoundly, I think you could've gotten a similar build, or even better build for much lower price.

This is not in anyway to bash your build it's a good build and all, but there's a few things that I personally would've done differently, and this is just to help you guys next time you decide to build a gaming pc.

BTW your ram is in the wrong slots. Consult Manual for proper RAM placement.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

You said the total cost of the build was 1250$, I found something similar, this is even without mircocenter deals and stuff. It is better preforming at the same price, with the same upgradeability, and a larger ssd. And the Motherboard actually supports SLI.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $149.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $114.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $126.98 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk $161.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $59.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 770 2GB Video Card $329.99 @ NCIX US
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $54.98 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $79.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) $94.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available. $1252.86
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-06 02:12 EST-0500
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Everything was purchased form Microcenter so not an unlimited parts selection. Also 10% tax is a pain in the ***.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup, we just got a good deal on the mobo and SLIing with another 770 is not in sights for the time being.

As for the RAM, my newbie buddy put those in and I didnt catch it till after snapping the photos >< besides, first boot I always do with one stick

  • 72 months ago
  • 3 points

You should delete most of the first paragraph of the description because it is far from the truth.

My only real complaint (besides the GPU...) is why did you get a 520 drive instead of the updated 530? You could have gotten a 180GB drive for $20 cheaper.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. For most people. $400 to $500 is more of a budget. but I like your build nonetheless.

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

I think its pretty true :) Enthusiasts build is for show not for function. We built mainly for function. No custom water loop, no flashy lights...

if you look at the parts photo its a 530, I just cant find it in the parts list of this site. Still figuring out how to edit everything on here.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't think that's true. A 6300 won't bottleneck a 770. If in some games it does, it would be by 1% performance or so.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

That's what I figured. Plus with the H55 It can push a stable 4.4-4.5Ghz overclock.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Just by doing a quick google search it seems that the majority consensus is that it won't bottleneck, especially when you can overclock to 4GHz or above.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

What about them? Aside from the fact that Planetside 2 is famous for being poorly optimized and even high end machines have a hard time getting good frame rates on it.

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  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I originally wanted to opt for FX 8350 but Microcenter had some great mobo/CPU combos with the 6300 that I could not pass up. Total for both was $149.99

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

So maybe go in and change the prices manually.... show use what you really paid for parts and maybe we could call this a budget build... and avoid all the people complaining about the price... if you got the MOBO/CPU for 150 then your total cost is already off by $40...

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for the comment. I plan on updating pricing when I get the chance.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Only question i got is, if you planned to do SLi why did you get a motherboard that only supports crossfirex?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

SLI is too far in the future and I'm not 100% set on this mobo

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