Description

My wife had a stone age-old laptop with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics that was absolutely useless for gaming so she constantly used my computer for playing titles like Crysis (1,2); Farcry(3.4); Payday 2 and GTA V. I wanted to build a PC that could run these titles at 1080p on high settings.

CPU: At first i was looking at Intel i5 CPUs for this build but found out about this FX-6300 that it is twice of the i5 price, with 6 cores and good for overclocking so i went for AMD.

GPU: I wanted a GPU around 200$, in this price range had to choose between GTX 960 and R9 380. R9 380 has a little better benchmarks so i choosed this card. Overall im satisfied with this GPU. I get decent frame rates (40-60fps) in all games with very high settings.

CASE: Really like the cases Fractal Design makes. Define S is designed for water cooling builds but air coold system can be built in this case with no problems. This case has great built in cable management features for a clean build. Its good looking and silent. What more could you want. x)

I expect this build to run for about 1,5 - 2 years. Will probably upgrade it to GTX 970 after that as i have seen builds with FX-6300 and GTX 970 with good results.

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Comments

  • 54 months ago
  • 4 points

Haha, you want your precious PC all to yourself. Smart thinking bro! None the less great build, happy wife = happy life.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

If you're upgrading in 2 years there'll be a ton of newer GPUs than the GTX 970, you'd maybe get 980 Ti levels of performance for $200 in 2017, so wait until then and get whatever card is the sweet-spot card for the resolution you're intending to game at.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

980ti perf in 2017 not likely probably still be the same as it is now in 2020 possibly. But for now no l. Since 90% of people will still run older cards so people with high performance cards will crush stuff as low end pcs dominate the market share thus games will cater for them.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the CPU hold back the video card at all? Just curious but great build. Also do you think you will add a hard drive or at least more storage.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you install window if you don't have an optical drive?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

He did it with a USB.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

plus you can always get a usb dvd drive

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Why not a GTX 950?

  • 54 months ago
  • 6 points

Because the r9 380 absolutely butchers that card lol.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get it with windows working, but you didn't get a OS?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe he got it for free from his college lol

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, I'm building something similar at the moment. Has the 500W power supply been able to manage under load though? The R9 380 needs about 500W, and the Fx 6300 needs 95W

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm about to have similar build. I hope that HyperX Fury will work flawlessly with this mobo. Reading about M5A97 ram compatibility issues gave me some chills.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I doubt it's worth the effort to change it, but your CPU cooler is rotated 90 degrees from the normal orientation. Usually you want the airflow from front to back especially if you keep the top vents closed. More of a tip for other PC builders.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

How about that cooler? Its Good for a 2600k?

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Forgot to mention i transfered 500 GB HDD from the old laptop.

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