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The Mid-Range Budget Build

by fqazi1



Date Published

April 7, 2016

Date Built

May 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.19 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


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 33 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 31 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 31 months ago

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

Arjoplog 1 point 32 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 31 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 31 months ago

Its fine and thanks for the response!

AztecYT 1 point 32 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 31 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!