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Hello guys,

As you know, Canadians suffer from a terrible currency. Therefore I had to go with a low budget build. My computer was getting old and I wanted to run games properly at high FPS. That's why I decided to build my own budget machine! I am not a computer guy, I just love electronics in general so I did my research and I came up with that build.

Why did I choose AMD? Because Intel is out of my budget, and my old computer still runs with an AMD Athlon II. I never had any problems. There is no reason for me to go with Intel.

AMD FX 8350 - got it for 185$ (I'm talking Canadian dollars). Very fast, love the 8 cores. I would have paid around 400$ for an I7 and I didn't think it was worth it.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 - paid 37$, I didn't receive the mailing rebate. Whatever! Great cooler, keeps my CPU cold! When I am not gaming, CPU temperature is around 20-25 degrees. When I am running Skyrim, H1Z1, CS GO or Metro Last Night (that's all I tested so far), the processor never goes above 40 degrees. Doesn't make noise at all! I also used the thermal paste that came in the box.

MSI 970 - paid 113$. I checked up online and read some good reviews. I didn't know anything about motherboards but so far so good. Good looking board too.

G.Skills Ripjaws (2x4GB) - paid 57$. It's RAM... works fine!

Western Digital - paid 59$. I didn't have the budget to go with SSD and 1TB is enough.

MSI Radeon R9 380 4GB - paid 294$. Very nice card. Runs every game I have at high settings. When I am not gaming, temps are usually around 40 degrees. When I am gaming, it's around 58-59 degrees, never went above 61. PROS: fans don't run all the time, only when needed. CONS: cables from the power supply are facing the window and since they are very stiff I had to force them to bend in order to close the window panel (you can see on the pictures). But everything seems fine.

Corsair 300R - paid 99$. Very nice looking case with plenty of space. Love the window and the two 3.0 USB ports in front. The fans are quiet and big enough to get a great airflow inside. I had enough space for cable management and I think I did a pretty good job for my first build. Built in standoffs makes the job easier for the motherboard.

Cooler Master 650W - paid 85$. I needed some wattage to power that CPU and GPU, so I went with 650W. Why Cooler Master and not Corsair or Seasonic? Because it is a budget build and my old computer also had a Cooler Master, still works after 5 years of loyal service.

How did the build go? It went well in general. I had a bit of a hard time mounting the CPU cooler. It was harder then I thought but after I figured it out it went fine. It booted up the first time I was so relieved.

QUESTIONS for you guys: 1) When I installed my RAM, I put the rams in slot 1 and 3. However the fan from the CPU cooler wouldn't fit because of the ram in slot 1. So I used slot 2 and 4 instead. Does it make a difference? 2) Do I have to change the thermal paste at one point? When?

Thank you,

Let me know your thoughts!

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  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice budget build, man! Good value for money! I hope it serves you well. +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, I appreciate!

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Best budget build I've seen up to date, awesome seeing a Canadian boss in PCPP.

Great job fella :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Little!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

@HTTPRO - I am pretty sure the temps are in Celsius.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Indeed they are

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Similar to mine.

About the RAM..the motherboard should tell you what slots to put the two sticks in. You should be able to fit in slot 1 if you move the fan of the Hyper 212 up a little.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! But would have I notice any trouble so far even in the wrong slot?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't think you would have any trouble. Refer to your mobo manual; if they advise on a certain two slots as primary, there's probably a reason. I know mines advised on a primary and thats what I followed. Maybe it works better.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Great I'll check the manual!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey what games are you running on this pc, and what framerates?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I check up with the FPS option in Steam, and here are the results: Skyrim - High settings by default, 58-61 FPS. CS GO - High settings, 120-220 FPS in Dust 2 (I check with the net_graph 1 command) Metro Last Night - Very high, 58-92 (around 60-65 in average) H1Z1 - High, between 40-65 but it is probably the most unstable game

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What's your mm rank in cs:go? :3

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Used to be DMG... since I started playing Skyrim and H1Z1 I dropped to MGE.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm LE :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Damn!! I'm trying to get there. Add me on steam if you ever want to play: qcpunisher

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow...goodbuild dude! Nice work

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I may sound like a idiot, But this can run GTA V Right? I have looked at some PC requirments for GTA V, and it seems to be fine, But the graphics card, is it better than the "AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB" Just wondering because if this can run GTA V I might be builder the same PC as you ;)

Cheers Kryy

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Kryy! It would definitely run GTA 5, but I don't know at which framerates. Sorry but check above I wrote down the FPS of certain games! And the R9 380 is better than the HD 7870. Go check up some reviews and comparisons. See ya

  • 54 months ago
  • -1 points

I would go for a different build. A 4460 380 build.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! :-)

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I would have only gotten a 990 chipset board but otherwise Lois great! I'm also rocking an 8350 but at 5ghz on h110. +1

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh damn!! Good OC you got there.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the matching peripherals!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build! Love how u had matching headphones/keyboard/mouse as well (All Razer). It's a nice touch

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Love my Razer kit even though it doesn't fit with the MSI (red) inside the case..

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that windows 10, Hows that going for you? I don't know if I should get 10 or 7 pro for my upcoming build BTW Nicely done : D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

That's windows 10. So far so good. I did the update on my laptop it was full of bugs and stuff. But on that desktop I don't have any issues, my emails synced nicely... nothing to complain about. And thanks!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thanks :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build sir. Great selection of hardware. + for the color layout. +1 overall.

  • 54 months ago
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Thank you Luigiox!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! I'm slowly working on my build, soon to be done!

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Good let me know about it when you are done!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

My new build is very similar to yours! It's pretty sick man! Let me know how it is ;)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the AWESOME build xD How's the performance of your R9 380? I have a purchased R9 380 but when I'm going to use the MSI gaming application to change the setting to silent to gaming mode, I received an error "stopped working" any idea and tips for that issue? Much appreciated

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Thanks for the comment! The performance of this card is pretty awesome, but I have to admit that I don't use the gaming app. I used it once and also had this error so I just deleted it. Otherwise, make sure you have the latest drivers it might help!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the reply. I think I will delete it too.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, may I know how can I also share my build so that I get some advise.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Profil and Completed Build!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a great priced gamer.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man!

  • 54 months ago
  • 0 points

Great build!! Just so you know 8320 = 8350..the 8350 is just clocked higher...

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes! Thank you!