Description

First, I'd like to say thanks to the community for giving me information, as well as a base to lean on for support.

Now into the build. This is not an extreme gaming computer. Nothing is overclocked, nothing is special. This is my first build, and it was more difficult than expected.

The FX-6300 works for me, but given the option, I would have definitely gotten an 8350. A warning: This CPU advertises 6 cores, but in reality, it only has 3, with six logical cores.

Motherboard was cheap, and has 2 USB3.0 ports.

RAM is RAM. Had to go with DDR3, and there were no 16gb kits at the time that weren't ridiculously priced. Might upgrade in future.

The SSD/HDD combo works well, but it's a bit confusing when you start, and 120gb is barely enough space, so go with a 240gb if you can. Trust me.

This RX 480 is the biggest card I have ever seen, and I had a heck of a time getting it in an ATX Mid case. It works, it's just big. I had to compromise a little bit for free shipping. You might understand.

Power supply is subpar, but it works.

The Thermaltake keyboard is OK, but it's membrane, not mechanical, and the keys are a bit squished. Software is difficult to handle, but hey! Macro keys! I can now type the shrug emoji and the TM Symbol™ whenever I want!

Fan controller is a BitFenix Recon.

Leave comments and suggestions, please!

Part Reviews

CPU

OK processor, but it only has 3 cores. There are six "logical" cores.

Motherboard

It works well enough.

Storage

Get 240gb instead. Works really well, though!

Video Card

The BIGGEST CARD I have EVER seen. Do not build in ATX Mid with this behemoth.

Case

Looks nice, and comes with an acceptable case fan!

Power Supply

Occasionally cuts out, but it's nothing important.

Wireless Network Adapter

THE INTERNET WORKS

Keyboard

Good, but not great. Membrane keyboard, and squished-in keys.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Another post with no internal photos.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

looks nice, but I'm guessing there is some noticeable bottleneck

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I wouldn't be able to tell. Any suggestions on how to see that?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Just look up framerates for a game with the gpu you have, then compare those results to what you get

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooh, same CPU and GPU I use.

The whole thing with the physical and logical cores doesn't matter TOO much. They share cache and stuff, but only a few games come to mind that eat up more than three cores at present moment - the extra cores do come in handy for multithreaded application on a budget.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

my dude, go get ur self a 1080p monitor

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm actually planning on that-- I'm using the TV as a temporary solution.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not a G4560?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I actually had a G4560 in the build list before actually building it, but it provided headaches for me with online shipping, and then I found AM3. I do think it would be a better CPU, I just didn't make the decision to get it.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

it has hyper threading, so is basically a i3 6100, more cores don't mean better performance. i3 6100 outperforms a FX 6300 in gaming , even when its oc'd to 4.7

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but:

  1. Add some radiators on the power section
  2. Change the CPU cooling (even the stock wraith cooler for AM3+ is better then what you have;) )
  3. In bios setting disable the option "cool'n'quiet' . When you add radiator even on this motherboard the OC is possible - max 3,8-4.1
  4. DDR3 rams will be still good for few years ( there is not such big difference between ddr4 if you build a meed-range computer) but get it faster min 1866 !
  5. Add some better air ventilators in the front of the case
  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice suggestions! I'll take those into account. The case doesn't really have ventilation options on the front at all, so I'm not sure I can do that.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

On second thought, I actually don't know what you mean by 'add radiators on the power section'. Can you elaborate a bit?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Look at my build, near the socket there are black "power section" - see it in google and put there radiator that heat from it could spreed much better !:

http://obrazki.elektroda.pl/2373579000_1320415164.jpg

marked on red are power section. If you add some radiator on it you could do some OC on this CPU ! For installing radiator you can use the Double-sided thermal tape with glue: http://www.dhresource.com/200x200/f2/albu/g3/M00/E7/E3/rBVaHFVEwIuAeR52AAKZaalZ7bY513.jpg

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

If the case don't have good ventilation the temps inside will be height ! If you don't want to spend much money on the case look something like :

https://images.morele.net/full/774533_0_f.jpeg

You can put some ventilators at the front (will put fresh air in to the case) ; on the top (it will take hot air from inside to outside) and on the rear (take hot air from inside to outside). Good if the case have dust filters ;)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same keyboard and honestly think it's great for the price. You get what you pay for.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That's fair.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I think you do great. You came in under $650 after mail in rebates and got a decent gaming rig. That was a great choice for a GPU, in the future you could get a freesync monitor. All of your choices are really solid and one day in the future when you want to upgrade all you've got to do is switch out your mobo and processor thoughs are your only weak points but at the price point a very solid choice +1 from me great job.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment and the +1, friend!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Great budget build, just finished one with the same CPU but an EVGA 1070 as I will be mainly gaming. I'm not sure how you'll use your pc but there were some bottlenecking issues between my CPU & GPU, a given since we're talking a 5yr old processor (or was it 7? I can't remember). I slightly overclocked my CPU, maintaining safe operating temperatures and there was a phenominal difference. Glad you didn't skimp on a SSD either, some prople see the "SSD" tag and snag one without looking at read/write speeds.. sad day.

If you want a simple reference benchmark (don't take it too seriously) go to UserBenchmark then d/l and run their tool. Takes less than a minute, plus you can compare against other builds with similar parts.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll make sure to do that, thanks!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

when you got the gpu what was the price

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Around $200, I think.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I noticed you had 8gb of ram which is good but its best to get ram in pairs. Two 4gb sticks gets a bandwith booste or something along the lines of that, but getting another 8gb would work as well, not that 16gb of ram is necessary for a budget pc.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

question bout occasionally cutting out, is it a blue screen of death or just a black screen and then restarts? cause i'm having the same thing but with a msi rx 480 8gb and a corsair cx500m

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for the late reply-- It isn't a hardware problem on my side, I figured out later it was the power strip, taken straight out of 2002.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

hey do you know what os you downloaded the drivers on and what os are you using now?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Windows 10 all the way down. Can't help you with specific versions, though.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

please give examples.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Expand your thinking- I'd love to hear your feedback!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't tell what you're trying to communicate here. What are 'vrm coolersmosfet' coolers?

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

True!

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