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Orion (Remastered)

by LostElement



Date Published

Oct. 13, 2018

Date Built

Oct. 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

2.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.257 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


Hello everyone. I bring forth another build. This PC's goal is solely gaming and had roughly an 800$ budget. The selection of parts was mostly left to my discretion. But he wanted a beefy cooler (despite it being a locked processor) and a black + purple theme.

Part selection:

CPU: Seemed an obvious choice. Six cores and they're fast. It seemed appropriate for a sole gaming build. Thankfully, it was purchased the day before it shot up to 230$. In comparison, his old CPU is an AMD Athlon X4 630. Much slower than this processor.

Cooler: The macho. A lot us recommend this cooler, but you don't often see this value king in builds. This thing is an absolute beast, and it looks great. It's virtually silent. Figuring out the mounting mechanism was a bit of a pain. Once that was figured out, mounting it was easy. Kept the CPU cool at a solid 31c.

Motherboard: I wanted something that looked nice and had hints of RGB. This B360 board was only 90$ and seemed the perfect choice. Sturdy construction, plenty of system fan headers, did I mention it looks nice?

GPU: RX 580 for that 1080p 60fps gaming. Didn't get to test it under load, but it's definitely a nice card. A big upgrade over his old RX 550.

Case: Something more elegant than flashy. It wasn't too bad too build in. Quite pleasant, actually. Construction quality is nice. A shame that there's no PCI lock but that's just a little nitpick.

PSU: The Seasonic FOCUS Plus is an excellent PSU. Tight voltage regulation, great ripple suppression, solid hold times, and working protections. My only complaint about this unit are the incable capacitors, which make the ends of the CPU and PCI connectors very stiff. Professional reviews marks this power supply as excellent.

Overall Building Experience: Frustrating, but only because I had such a small work space :P. Building with the actual parts themselves was fine. The case was nice to work with. Only thing that had given my trouble was the mounting of the Macho.

He is going to reuse his two HDDs from his old PC. He gives zero damns about boot times. Once I give him this PC, I'll be getting his old one, which isn't 100% terrible.

Comments Sorted by:

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

ryzen 5?

HotShot_01 9 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah but then he would need to spend more on faster RAM. If your also thinking about 2nd gen ryzen chips then you may also need to consider its more expensive to buy the B450 mobos even if he has the patence to update the bios/uefi.

EndritGurgule2002 1 point 6 months ago

Yes getting faster ram is beneficial for ryzen chips but it’s not a big price gap between 2666Mhz and 3000Mhz and the upgrade is well worth. As for the B450 mobos, they aren’t expensive at all you can find good boards for 100$ and you don’t need bios/uefi updates if you have a 2600.

P. S not an AMD fanboy I’m actually very new to this stuff especially with the AMD products, but where I live at, the price difference between ryzen and intel makes it an obvious choice for me

HotShot_01 9 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

ah ok. I live in the UK so getting higher clocked RAM is more expensive than just 2400 or 2133 usually which sucks.

Im in the same boat as you and i do understand you can find good deals on hardware and certain things dont need to be bought or used.

But its just if the person was wanting an easier time upgrading there are just better things you can buy for quality of life.. or something.

EndritGurgule2002 2 points 6 months ago

Yeah I agree, prices in the UK are more expensive. Example a ryzen 5 2600 can be found for as cheap as 160€ and that in £ should cost 140 but it still costs 160+£ which is a bummer especially in more expensive products like gpus. GL on your build!

Liam81 1 point 6 months ago

I like the build but I am wondering why you went with the 4 Corsair fans at $18 each ($72 total) and the Thermalright Macho @ $50. I would have taken a chance with the case fans and the Intel cooler. That would have freed up some funds for either a SSD (500GB) or maybe 16GB of memory ……. Just a thought.

But I like it very much !!

LostElement submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

He didn't want an SSD. He doesn't care for it.

The macho was a requirement as well as the fans. Intel cooler is a huge no no :)

He concluded that he can always simply get another kit of RAM later on.

Liam81 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks for the reply , So you didn't tell us how much he loves this …. and you his old PC

LostElement submitter 7 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

It hasn't been delivered yet. He lives an hour away and I am not comfortable driving such a long distance until I get some additional repairs on my vehicle.

The old PC is this:

AMD Athlon X4 630 12gb DDR3 OEM case OEM PSU (That would make the tenth PSU I own) RX 550