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The Mid-Range Budget Build

by fqazi1



Date Published

April 7, 2016

Date Built

May 15, 2015

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I built my machine back in 2015 as a budget gaming machine. I immediately OC'd my FX-6300 to about 4.5ghz at 1.45 volts, keeping it stable on an air cooled system.

This build originally began with an MSI R9 280, but after a friend gave me his GTX 970 SSC I gladly upgraded, finding that it tended to work better than the 280.

Currently I can run any game on this gen on high settings with 50-60FPS, and anything from before on Ultra with 60+ FPS.

If anything, I'll look into upgrading to an FX-8350 into the future, seeing as the FX-6300 will likely fall behind in the years to come.

Part Reviews


An amazing budget CPU that OC's amazingly and is a bang for the buck product. Love it!

CPU Cooler

It's a decent cooler than handled my OC to 4.5ghz from 3.5ghz, but the Hyper 212 Evo is definitely a better choice.

Thermal Compound

I wiped off my thermal fluid when I removed my CPU after RMAing my mobo after mistakenly diagnosing an issue. This fluid has served my purposes well and lowered my temps effectively.


It's a decent mobo that's only worth as much as you pay for it and isn't the best for an OC. Would still recommend to anyone else like me stuck building on a budget.


Only bought the RAM due to the low failure rate and amount of satisfied reviews. I can say that I'm pleased with it so far.


With the lowest failure rates in the industry, this Hitachi 2tb drive is perfect for current-gen games due to the large file sizes. Hasn't failed me yet and I would recommend to anyone else building on a budget and trying to find a bang for the buck drive.

Video Card

While the 970 was under a ton of scrutiny for the whole 3.5gb scandal, the 970 worked amazingly in games like Batman: Arkham Knight and gave me 60+ FPS. Would recommend to those working on a budget builds like me.


It's built a like a tank and has a TON of space for expansion. My only problem is that it's a little large, making it unfit for LAN parties. Love it!

Power Supply

It's a really good power supple that's handled my energy needs perfectly. Would recommend to anyone building a budget build.

Optical Drive

It does it's job, that's all I can really say.

Comments Sorted by:

EdChamberlain 1 point 27 months ago

Neat build! Im looking at doing one on a budget and this serves as a great starting point for me! I think with the new cards out I might be able to get a 980 it 980ti

fqazi1 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Good choice, but getting an FX-8350 is a FAR better option, seeing as this CPU is struggling to catch up with new and upcoming games.

EdChamberlain 1 point 25 months ago

I ended up going with a 4690k and a 980ti

Arjoplog 1 point 26 months ago

Saw your comment about Hitachi drives and how they are the most reliable drives on the market. I looked at a graph done by back blaze and it proves this more. But has your Hitachi drive lasted so far? ;D

fqazi1 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

It's lasted perfectly, though I've considered switching to an SSD, I insist using a Hitachi drive more than any other, as they're really cheap for the amount of storage and reliability you get. Sorry for replying so late!

Arjoplog 1 point 25 months ago

Its fine and thanks for the response!

AztecYT 1 point 26 months ago

Sweet build! I would recommend getting a new motherboard and changing to a Intel Core i7 6700k.

fqazi1 submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

Good point, I only got this one seeing as it was the cheapest board I could find for my budget, and it has a really old BIOS and runs an entire diagnostic operation whenever I turn it on that is IMPOSSIBLE to disable. Thanks for leaving a comment!