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Hey guys,

This is something I've wanted to do for almost 8 years now, back when I had to settle for a dell computer with an 8800 GT and Intel Core Quad instead of making my own (I was too young and my parents didn't want to deal with it). But now that I'm in college and I've been gaming on a Digital Storm laptop equipped with a Geforce 555M for almost 3 years, I broke and decided I wanted a gaming experience that wasn't a pixelated mess at <20 fps.

Enter Benthic, which I named about 10 minutes ago because "First Build" sounded boring. BEFORE YOU READ ON I want you to know that I am aware I spent a bit more than necessary on components that add to the look much more than the performance. After building the bulk of it and finding it more than adequate for my 1080p setup, I had quite a bit of fun making this rig look like something I'd want to have on my desk and show off to friends, without completely draining the bank.

Most of the hardware was bought in one trip to a local Microcenter. The fans, NZXT add-ons, and window were bought online. Also before you're confused, I recently swapped out the disc drive I had bought and moved my hard drive to a 5.25 bay using a cheap adapter, allowing me to remove the hard drive cages that were in the front.

Hardware:

CPU: FX-6300. Cheap, powerful, more than enough for my needs.

Motherboard: Cheap with the microcenter bundle with the CPU. Definitely enough for me, and even has SLI/XFire support. Looking back I would have picked a board that was safer to overclock on, since it is not advised on this board. Not a big drawback by any means.

GPU: 760. A beast at 1080p in all games. I have played Dota 2, Dishonored, Metro 2033, Crysis, Bioshock, etc. at max-near max settings with great framerates. At first I had a 7870 Ghz in my cart at the microcenter, but the cool dude helping me out said I could have an open box 760 for only 8 bucks more than I was about to spend. Couldn't pass it up.

Memory: Cheap, fast, good.

Cooler: More than enough to handle the 6300 at stock and a little bit above. Fits nice in my case and looks sweet with the lighting.

Storage: straight forward, it works. I WILL BE ADDING AN SSD in a few weeks so no need to bring that up in the comments :P

Case: OH MAN THIS CASE. This thing is the reason I went a little expensive with the looks on this rig. I was originally gonna get something much cheaper and more basic but I had a co-worker build a pc right before I did and he used this case (in the military green). I grew envious and decided the upgrade was worth it since the case is the most future-proof thing you can buy. I do not regret it. Not even a little. I love this case and I loved working with it. Spacious, solid, and sexy. The only negative i had about it was the unfortunate default case window that obscures the vision of about half the space. I found a custom acrylic case window on a modding site and had it put in asap. It changed the look entirely and I recommend it for anyone who buys this case.

PSU: Cheap and modular. I wish I would have gotten the 750 in case I wanted to SLI in a few months, but it will be enough for any single video card upgrades I do in the future.

Fans: Cheap LED fans that push a decent amount of air quietly. I bought these without doing much research, but they're doing quite well for me. Not silent but definitely very quiet at the lowest voltage.

NZXT Sentry: I wanted something that would allow me to connect more fans and experiment with voltages. Works well and looks nice.

NZXT Hue: REALLY enjoying this thing. Lets me decide how I want my computer to look at any time (again, I wanted something that allowed some experimentation). And luckily for me the crappy adhesive that comes with it is actually holding up decently for me.

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I spent a few months on this and other sites deciding the parts I wanted before I caved in, so a big thanks to this community for your help!

Let me know what you think in the comments! I spent several hours with cable management trying to hide everything I could, but If there's any other ideas anyone has I'm all for hearing them.

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 4 points

Very nice, especially for a first build. Good cable management.

Also, the price seems more or less in range with the average.

This build is almost the same, in terms of power, as a build I made for my little sister as a birthday present.

That CPU overclocks really well (I was able to get my sisters stable @4.6GHz on a Hyper 212 EVO, like yours) so if you're ever needing more performance, keep that in mind.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I really would be overclocking it, but from what I've read this motherboard can't handle it very well. What motherboard does your sisters build use?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a Asus M5A97 R2.0. So not necessarily a great board, either. Just don't crank up things too quickly, and you should be fine.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking at your cable management just reaffirms my love for the C70. +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

How much was the custom acrylic window?

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

About 16 bucks with +10 for shipping. Worth every penny in my opinion.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

hmm, i have a similar build i want to make for christmas. How is the fx6300 with the 760 doing? are you doing any overclocking? i thought that the 6300 by itself might bottleneck but i may not get the cooler if it doesnt.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

The 6300 and 760 are doing fantastic together. I'll try to get some benchmarks up if you're interested.

For overclocking I don't think I'm going to do much, if any, unless I get a better motherboard soon (the cooler should be enough for overclocking). All I have read about the 970A-g46 is that the VRM's will blow if you do anything that ups the voltages. I might try for a 4.0 Ghz oc but I may just wait until I get some christmas money to put in a decent 990fx.

EDIT: If you are interested in overclocking, this should help with picking a mobo: http://www.overclock.net/t/946407/amd-motherboards-vrm-info-database

I wish I had found this link before I went shopping but oh well lol.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. But i have a question. Ive been looking to get a i5 3670k or 4670k OR this. Ive never OCed before but i plan on doing it with the Evo 212. Will the GPU bottleneck at all? Im afraid of this so that is why ive been questioning on getting a i5 instead of a 6300.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

As far as I have seen, there are no bottlenecks to be found. The difference between those i5's and the 6300 in terms of gaming is maybe a few frames here and there on certain games. But, the extra frames you may get from the i5's come at a much steeper price. Even without the sweet microcenter bundle savings I had, you can get a 6300 and a motherboard that's overclock ready for about $200, while the i5 and a z77/87 board will probably cost you $300-350+

I will definitely try to add some benchmarks in sometime soon, hopefully with both stock and a mild overclock on the cpu.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay thank you. The build i thought about building, like yours, i would probably play skyrim, BF4, Try out Civ5(heard great things),some others but cant think. But yes if you could post some benchmarks that would be awesome.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Well you're in luck, because I have all of those!

Quick fraps benchmarks (1080p):

~Skyrim (starting area)- Everything maxed Avg: 59 fps Min: 47 fps

Skyrim caps framerate to 60 by default. I tried to avoid having scripted parts and autosaves cause a dip during benchmarking. Even when I did have fraps on during a dip the minimum was about 30

~Civ5 (new game)- Everything maxed Avg: 115 fps Min: 13 fps

This game is fodder for this cpu/gpu setup. Again the minimum was a spike during autosaving and didnt affect my gameplay at all. (Also this game is really addicting. I highly recommend it.)

-BF4 (first mission) -Everything maxed Avg: 50 fps Min: 32 fps

Got a good long sample without hitting a save point or scene. I would probably dial a few settings back a bit but it still looks fantastic.

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow! Thanks dude more than i expected. I think i shall go with the fx 6300 over the i5 3670k. The main worry for me is to buy all this and have the gpu bottleneck because of the CPU. But i think i will be alright. Thanks Again!

  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

I have a laptop with a 555m as well as my desktop, I always get solid framerates @ 1080p (bout 30-40).

I'm digging this build, anyways. Very clean, not too over the top with the LEDs... +1

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

The 555m is definitely a strong little chip. But I was tired of playing most games at low-med settings, and some newer games (dishonored, metro) were too much for it even at low settings and 720p. I'm in a much better world now. Thanks for the comment!

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

That's odd about Dishonored, I ran it maxed in 900p on a 610m at 40+ fps

  • 72 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmm... I may need to go back and check. I have had the problem of my video card not being recognized on my laptop (when I first played skyrim it was horrible on medium settings. Then the next boot it was at 60 fps on high)

I'll see what I can do after I get an ssd to replace the worn out hard drive in it. Thanks for the info.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem, and goodluck

  • 71 months ago
  • 1 point

i had a similar problem with my laptop, it struggled on most games, like 20fps on low, but if you put your laptop on high performance battery settings and change the battery options for cpu and gpu to min 100% and max 100%, fans on active and plug your laptop into the mains and take the battery out and perch it up to allow more air in then you will be fine