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My Build for gaming using some new and some used parts as well as a couple of bits I had lying around!

by bigshuguk



Date Published

Dec. 7, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz


Used for home office and gaming, initially had a lot of issues getting it to work. tried three motherboards (An ASUS B350 Pro Plus, and 2x MSI X370 Gaming Plus), three CPUs (An A8 9600 I had lying around, A Ryzen 1600 from Amazon Warehouse and finally a new 1500x), 2 PSUs and 2 sets of RAM (Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz and Hyper X 2666Mhz). It turned out after about 3 months of sweating that the original set of RAM, the Corsair 3000MHz was incompatible with the motherboard.....

The R9 280X I picked up for £40 as not working (I took a chance on ebay) I reapplied thermal paste and it's working a charm. Performs maybe a little better than a 1050 Ti.

I think my total build cost was around £450 using a few online bargains (Maplin closing down plus ebay/CEX)

Threw in some RGB and off we went!

Edit: used a PCIe slot rear cover as a GPU support which actually looks ok.....

Part Reviews


Excellent for a budget gaming build, not such a great CPU now newer Ryxens are out, but hard to beat at the price.


One of the cheapest X370 boards on the market and an absolute bargain at the price I got it (£59) can't really fault it other than the onboard RGB controller software is a bit "basic"


Getting on for something like 8 years old I think and still working perfectly. Not much more I can say than that!


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