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Blue Summer (budget oriented gaming 1st build)

by Alphawolfdog



Date Published

June 19, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.02 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz


Me and a bunch of my friends all decided to build gaming PCs a while back for fun and most of us have never built any so we were all really excited, all would be built around gaming and a little editing from time to time for school. I didn't have a lot to spend so I knew it would be a budget build but it came out being far less expensive than I thought. Never built for overclocking and I don't plan on overclocking. The build came out a little weird for me since I bought the parts all gradually from Jan-Jun (a lot longer than I thought for a budget build (-_-* )) which gave me ample time to do all the research I needed for PC building and maintenance. I also learned my lesson about buying parts gradually and not having a fixed budget.

GPU Thought it was the best price/performance ratio at the time, then the 960 came out and I instantly regretted buying my GPU first, still runs almost everything how I like 60fps or higher at 1050p with high/ultra settings mixed BF4, CSGO, Borderlands 2, Skyrim, Minecraft w/ shaders. Also wanted an Nvidia card for Physx and all those other Nvidia exclusives

CASE I heard it was high quality and it was budget and I liked it so I bought it, still was high quality and budget but definitely would've considered a mid tower a little more for the long run but fits everything how I like it now but cable management was very tricky, there was absolutely zero space behind the motherboard for management and I was quite lucky to get my OS on a USB drive since trying to cable manage without the space in the optical drive bay would be near impossible. This case was not made for pretty wiring.

PSU Yet again another cheap part that worked ok but would've considered slightly higher for the future..

CPU One of the last parts I bought, best CPU I could find with the remaining money along with the motherboard. Was on sale for $99 and I'm pretty happy with it.

MOTHERBOARD Best motherboard I could find for the 6300 with my remaining money, decent looking and I just had to have the anti-surge. Unfortunately realized it couldn't support front panel USB 3.0 in the middle of wiring up the front panel which was quite a disappointment :/

RAM Only needed a cheap 4gb since my school gave me a 2gb DDR3 stick and I decided 6gb would be enough, at least for now.

As for the HDD I was able to get a 500gb Seagate from my school's lab as well which is ok for now ( I plan on getting a 1tb drive later on) and the OS is another story, one of my friends had a major heat problem with his build (he finished far before me) and needed an extra fan, he gave me his last copy of Win 8 in exchange for my exhaust which is why I had to get an extra fan so I got the NF-S12B Redux, which suits my needs and is really quiet.

The build went fine I messed up the I/O shield so bad and I'm pretty proud of the final product opened the case 3 times after building to fix front panel connectors which I think suits my current needs perfectly. Luckily no problems as of yet, just regrets about a few of the parts and plans for upgrading and buying myself some nice new peripherals (and maybe even building another PC later on...)

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GamerMan232 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Nice budget build! I love that you chose a Rosewill case! I'm using the Rosewill Galaxy 03.

Alphawolfdog submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Loving it so far, the only thing that really bothers me is the expansion slot covers need to be popped off and can't be put back on, I don't even mind the cable management since the airflow is pretty good. I'll look into buying more Rosewill stuff in the future

dccorreia 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Nice looking good Rig. About the USB 3, you mean that (pic8) the blue one? Yes, it's weird. i have a ASUS M5A97 EVO R.2 and don't had this problem. Maybe you can connect with a USB3 cable extension or a PCI slot with internal USB3. Just a suggestion. Have also a AMD FX 6300 and i am happy with that https://pcpartpicker.com/b/ZctJ7P

As i say always, the most important is to have a nice and well balanced system. be proud and have fun Alpha :-)

KingRico69 2 points 46 months ago

what parts would you have went with if you could have changed and still stayed within our budget.

sukh3gs 2 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Great for the price!

crunchy005 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Wow very budget but good price for what you have. I would have splurged for the 8GB RAM at least, probably only would have cost about $20 more. Good Job.

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

usb 3: buy a cable that will turn your front usb 3 into usb 2 headers so you can plug it on your motherboard and use all the front usb ports. Look on ebay or any other place you fancy, I do have that kind of cable (great when you work with old and new tech at the same time).

KWKCardinal 1 point 46 months ago

There are Pci expansions with 3.0 headers. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17Z-0002-00002 This seems like it would fit. Will give you USB 3.0 in the back too. I use this to get my card reader working. Love it.

Alphawolfdog submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

I do have USB 3.0 in the back but being able to use my front panel USB 3.0s would be great, will definitely look into buying that. Thanks!

dsargent7 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

If you're just gaming and doing some school work, 6gb should hold you over just fine. I used to edit with 4gb on Photoshop and that ran pretty decently.

I think this is a great budget build for the price. Next up, if it were me, would be a small SSD to boot windows from. Makes a gigantic difference.

LeMMingSlayeR 23 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Nice Budget gaming build! That FX6300 is one of the best sub-$100 CPUs out there. A Hyper212 Evo would let you clock that think @ 4.2ghz+ for a free (aside from the cooler cost) performance bump. My stepson has that same CPU and with a TX4 cooler it was stable at 4ghz no problem. And yes I see your buyer's remorse in the 750ti. At one time it was a nice value, but it's a mid-range card at best and there are a lot of new games it won't probably play (Witcher 3 requires a GTX660 minimum). It's too bad the 750ti doesn't SLI, because they're cheap enough now it might have been worth it for two of those.

Pc_Builder120 1 point 45 months ago

Its not good to mix different ram sticks it could make your performance a little worst then if you bought a set

Pc_Builder120 1 point 45 months ago

But still +1 nice build

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