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Nothing glamorous about this one. Pretty basic parts but the performance is nice. I tried to get this build similar to my G3258/270 build for performance comparison. Unigine Valley results were very close with this one just a few fps behind the Intel G3258 build on Extreme HD. For whatever reason, when testing without AA and even lowering to Medium Valley kept crashing. Mafia 2 in game benchmark with everything maxed was 60fps so good enough for me!

As with all of my builds to sell price vs. performance is the main focus. Here is a breakdown of all parts.

CPU: I wanted to compare the FX-6300 with a R9 270 against the Intel G3258 build with a R9 270. Probably could go past 4.0ghz, but since it's for sale I chose to play it safe. Purchased at Microcenter. Price includes motherboard.

CPU Cooler: Great air cooler with possibly the best price/performance on the market. Purchased from Newegg. Price after rebate and 10% off purchase promo that was available.

Motherboard: I will be blunt and say I really dislike the BIOS. Other then that it's a great value board. Purchased with cpu from Microcenter.

Memory: Your basic kit. It will serve it's purpose. Many may wonder about the price and if that's a typo. This was purchased from Tigerdirect with a McAfee AV package. Price is after rebates of $100. A big price to pay up front, but a great value in the end!

Storage: Not much to say about it other then it will serve it's purpose. Purchased from Quill.com in bulk using $100 off $200 promo(bought 4).

Video Card: I like XFX products and this was a good deal. Card is overclocked and runs smooth. I also did get the AMD Gold package, but I have not decided what I want to do with it. Purchased from Newegg. Price after rebate, $15 off $75+ promo, and gift card promo. [Newegg ran a special where for every $25 gift card you purchased you would receive a bonus $5 with a max of 3 gift card purchases]

Case: I had never worked with a Zalman before and I really liked the look of this case. Price was on point so I pulled the trigger. FANTASTIC case. I wish I would've ordered another when it was this cheap. Ease of cable management, fan controller up top, and a great look. Purchased from Tigerdirect. Price after rebate.

Power Supply: As stated, I'm a fan of XFX products. Especially their power supplies because they are made by Seasonic. I wish it was modular, but for the price I have zero complaints. Price after rebate and $20 off $100 promo (purchased two) from Tigerdirect.

Optical Drive: This case would look a ton better without one, and if this was for me I would have left it out. A little loud, but a decent price. Purchased from Newegg.

Operating system: I stick with W7 because it works. Purchased from sidemicro.com.

Comments

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Time for some more in-game benchmarks! Planetside 2 is free to play, test it out on both builds and give us your average rates, yo!

And thanks in advance!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

That is a game I've been meaning to download. Truth be told, I've never done a video so I'll need to learn how to. With my next build I'll definitely want to capture the results on video.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, there are some great free options to record video out there - need recommendations?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I just grabbed OBD on my main and tested it. Simple enough it seems. I'll have to mess around with it on my main and then put it on my machines for sale.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

There you go!

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

how is the psu fan noise when gaming?

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

This build has already been sold. I've used 4 of this model of power supply and all have been great. I haven't noticed any noise from the psu at all. In my opinion, when this power supply can be purchased for $26 or less, this is the best value for a power supply.

  • 59 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks for answering my question. mine should arrive in a few days. it will power a fx-6300 + r9 270.