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Theseus (first build)

by 190n

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Date Published

March 21, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.03GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4GHz

Description

This is my first build. I was on a tight budget, and I'm not a hardcore gamer, so I didn't get a dedicated video card and I am relying on my motherboard's integrated graphics. I am also not using Windows. As you can see from the part list, I am running Linux.

CPU: Intel is not much of an option if you want good performance on this kind of budget. The FX-6300 has great value and has been used in a lot of builds, so I knew I could trust it. I just wish AMD made it more clear that the stock CPU cooler has thermal paste applied, because I could have saved money on thermal paste by not buying any.

Motherboard: I was looking at an MSI 760GMA-P34(FX), but I found this. It has more memory slots, is a bit cheaper with a discount from Newegg, and Asus has a rock-solid reputation. The only problems I've encountered are that it only has one chassis fan connector and doesn't support SATA 6Gb/s.

Storage: There wasn't much choice here. 1TB is plenty for my needs, 7200RPM is nice and speedy, and WD has a great reputation.

Case: Here, I was considering the Xion XON-560, but I noticed this. It's cheaper, and I like how it looks. The issues I had are that it's really cramped, so I had to remove one of the fans before installing the motherboard, and it doesn't have front panel USB3.

Memory: Like the storage, there wasn't too much choice. The Very Low Profile version of this is unfortunately not listed on PCPartPicker.

Power Supply: I was going to get a Corsair CX430, but Amazon ran out of stock right before I was going to buy it. The one I wound up getting is not from a well-known company, but it has solid reviews, and it hasn't given me any trouble so far.

Graphics Card: Just great. The 750ti is a good option if you want a powerful graphics card but don't want to spend as much as, say, a 960.

Optical Drive: It's cheap and it works.

EDIT A while ago I installed Debian, added a 750ti GPU, and added an optical drive, and now I'm updating this build.

Part Reviews

CPU

Good budget processor. Not extraordinarily fast, but not extraordinarily slow, either.

Motherboard

Good cheap motherboard for AMD builds. It would be nice if it supported SATA 6Gb/s and had multiple chassis fan connectors, though.

Storage

Excellent hard drive for any build. It has a lot of storage and is fast enough for most uses.

Video Card

Great graphics card for my needs. Drivers were tricky, but that's 'cause I'm on Linux and it won't automatically install NVidia's drivers because they aren't open-source. >200FPS on Minecraft with max settings, what can you say?

Case

This is a nice case for budget builds, but it's really cramped inside, to the extent that I had to remove one of its fans to install the motherboard. Front panel USB3 would also be a nice addition, but my motherboard doesn't have USB3 headers, so I wouldn't be able to take advantage of it.

Power Supply

Okay for the money, but I probably should've gotten Corsair CX 430. Non-modular is a pain in the ***.

Optical Drive

It's cheap and it works. Really, the only situation where this wouldn't be a good optical drive would be if you need Blu-ray support.

Comments Sorted by:

ankousmachine 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

my eyes! they burn from the awesomeness!

1+ for awesome build at dat budget price.

Theminecraftaddict555 1 point 29 months ago

Was wondering why you put the thermal paste on instead of the stock cooler one....

+1 for the good looking build and cpu

190n submitter 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

Yeah... I had to wipe off the thermal paste. I learned that the stock cooler has it applied a few seconds after putting it on. :P

Theminecraftaddict555 1 point 29 months ago

Save that thermal paste tube for later though :)

ShadowDevilSlayer 1 point 16 months ago

Actually the Pentium g4400 gets decent performance in most games. And the i3 6100 beats the FX-6300 in gta5, a CPU intensive game, in fact in gta5 the Intel core i3 6100 averages about 90 fps while the amd FX-6300 averages about 60-70 fps

190n submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah, I'm aware. When I built this (a little more than a year ago now) I didn't know as much about PC hardware and chose the FX because it had higher numbers. I'll update the description.

ShadowDevilSlayer 1 point 16 months ago

I'm still a little reluctant to get a dual core but am deciding on Intel for now, hopefully I can get a job this summer before my high school marching band practice starts up again towards the end and save enough to buy the parts. But if I can't get it this summer I'll definitely see what zen brings to the table, but if I can build it this summer I'll be getting a skylake i3 most likely.

190n submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Yeah. The 6100 is great value. It also has Hyper-Threading, so it can be considered a quad-core CPU (although each core has slightly lower performance).