Hey guys! It’s me again. This time around I had about a $750 budget to work with and a blue/white theme to stick to. This setup is very common among gamers looking to step into their first system from consoles or aging laptop while sticking to a low-mid range budget. Of course there are corners that could have been cut, but let’s face it, custom builds should look good and perform well.
Goals for this build:
- Play a variety of games including: League of Legends, Borderlands 2, and Civilization 5
- Maintain a blue and white color theme
- Have a little room to grow: SSD/liquid cooling upgrades
I went with the FX-6300 this time due to the user’s diverse interest in games. I’ve always been a fan of the FX series’ performance/dollar. This particular chip was a very nice overclocker too. I was able to take it up to 4.5 before the temps got a little high for this cooler during Prime 95 tests. I clocked it at 4.3 with 1.35V and the temps never went over 67C during all of my benchmarking. Before I sent it to the new owner I clocked it back to 4.0 to avoid any overheating problems.
I chose this cooler due to the color, but also because it costs and performs about like a Hyper 212 EVO. For the overclock I wanted to achieve it actually did better than expected. I was looking for something in the 4.0-4.2 range, but this little guy is keeping 4.3 at bay. The fan does get a little loud at max RPM, but it should never need to run that fast under normal usage.
I wanted a feature filled blue board with heatsinks suitable for overclocking. This board has everything a new user could ever want. I also love all of the diagnostic tools that Asus boards come with. Anyone looking for a solid overclocking, crossfire supported, blue themed board, this is a great value.
Corsair Vengeance is about as good as it gets. Set this kit to the 1866 profile and the rest was history. The blue color went perfect with the theme!
It’s not very often that the hard drive matches the color theme, but this is one of those rare times. This is a very popular drive for a budget like this and it performs like it should for a 7200 RPM drive.
The 270 is a really powerful card for the value it holds. With the recent decline in R9 prices, I was happy to get this around the price it originally retailed for. I overclocked this card to 1050 on the core and 1500 on the memory. Benchmarks, for a better idea on the performance, are posted below. I did notice that this particular card was a bit loud. Not loud to the point of annoyance, but it is definitely louder than the Asus version. It did cool better than the Asus version though. Viable trade off?
I loved this case. It has a nice wide window for viewing pleasure, removable HDD bays, rubber grommets, punched out back panel, filtered intakes, and an appealing white finish. I was able to get this on sale and was very happy with the results. The usually worry with a case of this size is the space behind the motherboard tray for cables. This case has a lot of room, which I needed for the extra sleeved extensions. It also has room for a 240 rad if the user wanted to upgrade to water in the future.
I never go cheap on a PSU if I have the choice. This build was no exception. The SeaSonic G series is a very high quality line of PSU. Coming with blue coloring, semi-modular cables, and an 80+ Gold efficiency rating it only made sense for this build.
I love the Silverstone extensions. They bend and stay any way you might want them, making cable management really simple. They come with a soft sleeve that is really nice looking. The optical drive is just the usual CD/DVD burner from Lite-On.
I was really happy with how this one turned out. The color theme really tied well together, benchmarks were very promising, and I fit within the user’s budget. This a great system for the all-around user, who wants to play a variety of games or is coming from a console and wants to feel the benefits that come from a gaming tiered PC.
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BENCHMARKS: using 14.4 beta
Tests ran at clocks posted above. Settings were set to the maximum (1080P) unless noted differently. I test only tasking segments: firefights, lots of units on screen, explosions etc.
1080p, ultra, AA x8
- 33.2 FPS – 1390 Score
1080p, ultra, AA x0
- 48.4 FPS – 2026 Score
1080p, AA x8, Tessellation normal
- 33.3 FPS – 838 Score
1080p, ultra, AA x0, Tessellation off
- 47.4 FPS – 1195 Score
- 10,179 Score
CPU: 506 cb
OpenGL: 83.62 FPS
- Ave: 88.37
- Min: 57
- Max: 121
- Ave: 132.31
- Min: 68
- Max: 145
- Ave: 49.05
- Min: 34
- Max: 80
- Ave: 92.55
- Min: 44
- Max: 194
League of Legends
- Ave: 95.46
- Min: 68
- Max: 124
- Ave: 106.02
- Min: 83
- Max: 138
- Ave: 33.72
- Min: 24
- Max: 47
- Ave: 131.62
- Min: 114
- Max: 137
Combat outside of crowded area
- Ave: 50.27
- Min: 35
- Max: 60
A run through the crowded parts of Protector’s Enclave
- Ave: 28.84
- Min: 19
- Max: 37
Hope you enjoy!