Description

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

PARTS:

  • CPU:

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.

  • COOLER:

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.

  • MOTHERBOARD:

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.

  • MEMORY:

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!

  • STORAGE:

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.

  • GPU:

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?

  • CASE:

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.

  • PSU:

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.

  • EXTRAS:

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.


CONCLUSION:

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.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Post them below, in a PM, or on my Facebook page. I’m never far away from a computer and always respond!


Facebook Page

Twitter

Twitch I plan to build all of my future builds live on Twitch. I also like to do giveaways for Steam games, so follow me to keep up with all the action!

High Res Pictures

Reddit


FEEDBACK:

Do you like how my descriptions are laid out?

Are there any specific pictures that you feel are missing?

In regards to the post, what would you change?


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.

An almost identical system for comparison; i3-4130 vs FX-6300

3DMark 11

3DMark

PCMark 8

Geekbench

NovaBench


Unigine Valley

1080p, ultra, AA x8

  • 33.2 FPS – 1390 Score

1080p, ultra, AA x0

  • 48.4 FPS – 2026 Score

Unigine Heaven

1080p, AA x8, Tessellation normal

  • 33.3 FPS – 838 Score

1080p, ultra, AA x0, Tessellation off

  • 47.4 FPS – 1195 Score

Catzilla

720p

  • 10,179 Score

Cinebench

  • CPU: 506 cb

  • OpenGL: 83.62 FPS


Borderlands 2

  • Ave: 88.37
  • Min: 57
  • Max: 121

Civilization 5

  • Ave: 132.31
  • Min: 68
  • Max: 145

Crysis 2

  • Ave: 49.05
  • Min: 34
  • Max: 80

Killing Floor

  • Ave: 92.55
  • Min: 44
  • Max: 194

League of Legends

1440p

  • Ave: 95.46
  • Min: 68
  • Max: 124

1080p

  • Ave: 106.02
  • Min: 83
  • Max: 138

Metro 2033

  • Ave: 33.72
  • Min: 24
  • Max: 47

Payday 2

  • Ave: 131.62
  • Min: 114
  • Max: 137

Neverwinter

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!

Comments

  • 67 months ago
  • 15 points

Another great build, Sam! +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 7 points

Thank you Nolan!

  • 67 months ago
  • 7 points

Hello Builder! I took a minute to go through some of your finished builds and like this one I absolutely love how detailed you are with the build, photos, and testing as well as the description you give here on the site.

I keep my eye open for AMD centric builds so if you don't mind I'm going to be sharing your build on my facebook and twitter.

Thank you for sharing this build with the internet!

  • 67 months ago
  • 5 points

I'm honored that you want to share this! Feel free to post it wherever you like and use the photos as you see fit.

Thank you for taking the time to go through all of my posts. I strive to put out the best content I can each and every time a build comes along.

  • 67 months ago
  • 4 points

Here you have it I've posted your build on my facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/IamApropos

and twitter:

https://twitter.com/iamApropos/status/468461438936162305

Thank you again for sharing your build and taking such great pride in providing high quality pictures and detailed description.

  • 67 months ago
  • 4 points

Thanks a ton! Really appreciate the support sir!

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

hi :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 5 points

I second what Iamapropos said! And I have always had a little crush on this case yet not had a chance to build with one yet. But Bravo, well done sir... Well done!

  • 67 months ago
  • 5 points

Oh and your photography is also top notch, forgot to throw that one in...lol

  • 67 months ago
  • 5 points

Sadly he wont get notified of this message because you replied to yourself :P

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for checking it out! I hope you can finally conquer that crush and take the leap ;)

  • 67 months ago
  • 6 points

You are probably one of the most considerate people. You care to show lots of images (which are very high quality), have a full rationale, and even have benchmarks.

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Why thank you! I try to put out the best/most content that I can put together for each build I do. I appreciate the positive feedback! :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 5 points

Nice pics, parts and color matching. :D That's what I like to see. Good job!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! :D

  • 67 months ago
  • 3 points

Always a pleasure seeing your work! +1

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you Ryne! Still not a 780 Ti ;)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I like this build, ALOT!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I appreciate the feedback :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm still considering you to build my machine :O

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want to anyway :P

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm always down for another build :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, quick question... I get my money refunded to me on the 30th, how long would the process take for you to build/ship the machine, basically, when do you think it would get here?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Same

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Similar to mine, I like this!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! High five for blue!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Once again you deliver a great pc with top notch quality parts and pictures +1 from me!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Really appreciate you checking out my work. Thanks for the comment!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Good job +1, how do you like the case

  • 67 months ago
  • 0 points

It's a really solid value. Plenty of features that you would expect from a $80-90 case, but for less.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, thank god I am planning a friend's build for summer

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

the obvious question: does it cook rice ?

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

At 4.5 Ghz it just might! ;)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Another good1 skemble , keep it up ;)

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! You know I will :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

this is probably the only baby blue build that i've ever liked looking at. great job!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! I'm glad you like it!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the cooler choice, fantastic build

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Touche on the cooler, thanks!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

i just put 2 of the AR02 in my new server last week

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked through that build and upped it!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Great work and awesome description! I almost went with a FX6300 myself with an R9 270... I just got bit by the "It's only x amount more for this other part" bug. Ended up with a slightly better rig, but for double the price. Had I saw this build with these benchmarks, I could have saved! Oh well though, it was my 1st build and fun as hell so I can't have any regrets! Again, great job!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I spend a good deal of time putting these posts together and getting it all organized the way I like. I'm glad you enjoyed your first build too. Building is such a wonderful experience :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Not only are the part choices great, but I really like the esthetics to it. +1.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you kindly!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing pictures and great attention to detail in terms of color matching! +1!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Appreciate the feedback :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Another killer build, Sam! The detailed pictures put my iPhone to shame. :)

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

ohhh. so very nice.. can i copy this build?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course you can!

  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build Skemble, as always! Great job looks like a million dollar PC but only with a 700$ budget.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! Thanks for checking it out :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Why must all your builds be so fantastic? :3

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know? ;)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, as I live in the UK and so can't sponge noff your awesomeness can I ask your opinion on this build? Mostly, would it need a more powerful PSU (I don't want/can't be bothered to overclock)? Ty for any assistance :D

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I would go with a 500-550 to give yourself some headroom and hit a good efficiency. That way the PSU will stay quiet under full system load.

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotcha. Still less than the other idea I had, even with a better graphics card and more powerful PSU :D

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

So much detail in the pictures :o

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir :)

  • 66 months ago
  • 2 points

man, you really know how to make it look nice and not expensive :D

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Another great build. I looked through your other builds and was blown away. I have been playing pc games for a while but have never really had a good PC myself. I'm thinking of using this as a template for my first build. 1) you mention upgrading to a water cooler system and ssd in the description. Which would you chose for this build? 2) any tips for cable management? That seems to be an unspoken art in building, not only are you getting quality parts within a budget, but you make the whole look very aesthetic. Thanks

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

Well thank you Tyler! I'm glad that you like my builds. I haven't done one for a bit, but I hope to have a couple around Christmas time.

1) I would go for a SSD first. The water cooler would be nice for overclocking, but the air cooler is doing just fine with that. The SSD will speed up boot time as well as loading times in games (if your game is on the SSD).

2) Take your time to plan out where every cable is going to go. I would say that I probably spend a good 30 mins just looking over what cables I have and envisioning where they will look the best. Cable management looks a lot better when you have straight lines. What I mean by that is, try not to cross over other cables. It just makes things look cluttered.

Hope that helps! If you have further questions, feel free to ask!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is amazing- in looks and value. Great job!

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you Kyle! :D

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

I bet that would make a really good bowl of rice! Well anyway, I really like the set up, very clean and crisp

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Thank you sir!

  • 38 months ago
  • 2 points

perfect!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Tons of unneeded pics

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the colors!

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case! almost used it for my build until i found a better deal :P

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Where do you keep all of these builds? Where is the money coming from?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

These are for other people.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

i am looking for a builder near cincinati ohio. do you know anyone? i need help with wiring and installing my cpu cooler, and general performance boosting

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Could I live stream from my xbox to twitch tv with this build?

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You would need a capture card for the Xbox, but you shouldn't have any issues.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a question i have a fx-8320 and a r9-280 and i do not overclock do i need a 3rd party fan

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Only if you don't like the sound of your fan.

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I would personally choose a different case, but that's personal preference! :D

  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man I see you build a lot of PC's for other people and such ! have you turned it into a business ? I'm currently in High School and really wanted to make a mini business to build computers for people in my town! How should I go about it?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

im thinking about the same cpu/gpu combo..first time builder...do you think i would be able to play skyrim and mod it a little with no problem and a healthy fps? that's my main concern lol but if you have any advice/suggestions that'd be great!

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

At 1080p Skyrim is not demanding at all. I would say that a few mods would be a piece of cake. If you go for the big textures you will run out of VRAM pretty quick so stick to the 512 and 1k textures and see how things go. If the 1k is fine bump it up. Modding is almost a game in itself. Make sure to make a backup of your game file before you start.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

i would only do a few graphics mods i mainly want improved gameplay...like new quests or items and improved followers and stuff...would that make any difference?

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really no. You might experience slightly longer loading times, but nothing compared to the atrocious console loading times.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

ok cool now im just trying to decide if i want to break the bank and have no worries about if i can run any game i want to play (fx 8320/r9 280 3gb)actually newegg has a pretty sweet deal for an 8350 right now so i could do that as well

OR if i want to budget and not be so certain (fx 6300/r9 270 2gb)

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

I think the benefit of the 8320 over the 6300 is much better than the 8350 over the 8320.

  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

If I may ask, where do you find the money for all these computer parts? Do you run a custom computer building business? Do you just stockpile parts and build what you can out of them?

Love the builds. Love how you explain why you choose that part and what it does. That make me more confident in your work.

Can you please email me at willrussell802@gmail.com I would like to talk about some more computer stuff. Thanks!

  • 65 months ago
  • 1 point

The family must want to cook a lot of rice! I love that name and the build is great to go with it! +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

hey skemble, I've chosen to build this pc for myself but was wondering if I could use water cooling since ill be over clocking to around 4.3 maybe higher, would it be necessary??? Thanks again for making such an amazing build!! +1 also what ssd/watercooling system would you recommend?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be able to maintain 4.3 on air, but higher than that you may need a bigger cooler or liquid. I suppose it is up to you and your budget. Anytime my friend! :)

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

What about an Operating System?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

He is using win 8.1.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok. That just wasn't included in the build. That takes it way over $500

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe he got his key through a school program. Where are you getting the $500?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Oops. Wrong build...

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really sad to say this, but you're like the only one here I know who makes the best photography with this build

Loving the specs. What games can run on high settings?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha there are a few people out there with nice cameras. I do spend a lot of time taking pictures though.

There are a few benchmarks in the description. You can expect to play about anything on high at 1080p. The games tested above were set to max unless noted differently.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the cpu and gpu?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

They are an excellent combo for 1080p gaming!

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I especially like those white cables. But hey, I am working on a build of my own to play League of Legends, Minecraft, and Path of Exile, and I'm having a hard time settling on a GPU. I noticed you benchmarked League for this build, so do you think a GTX 750 ti would keep me at 60 fps in these games or do you think I should shell out a few extra bucks for a GTX 960? Or something totally different? Any insight would be appreciated. Again, very good looking build!

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you have to flash the bios? pcpartpicker is telling me the chipset may need flashing before use.

  • 52 months ago
  • 2 points

I did not have to.

  • 52 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome, that message has been bugging me forever, and now i know ill be fine! Thank you!

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I really love this build I would just like to know if there was any good blue and white colored build that is around a $600-$650 range budget that can play games like CS:GO easily at 1080P.

If you can help me that would be great! -Thanks

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

quick question, ima pretty meticulous person, but i have the same case as you and was wondering what you did to get the on button light blue since mine wont light up.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

If you're talking about the power button, check that you have the +/- wires on the right pin for the power LED.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

was passing by this build and couldn't help say that not all great builds are Intel.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

You are correct! :)

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

will this build be able to run dark souls 3 if i upgrade the gpu to a gtx 960 4gb?

  • 43 months ago
  • 2 points

Absolutely. I play DS3 at 1080p ultra on an i3-4130 and a 960 4GB, which is similar to this build.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the cables provided by the PSU fully black or have mustard lining at the end.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

The cables on this PSU are multi-colored on the ends. I used white extensions to cover them up.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

And then I was wondering: How the f*** did you paint the CPU cooler and PSU? lol

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey whats your IG or YT?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

IG: sam.kemble

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazing PSU! I want to get that PSU, any thoughts? I like SeaSonic

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Literally crapped myself when I saw this bc it's made for the games I want to play (league and some borderlands) GG mate.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Would this unit be able to easily run Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Seige? That's the most complex game I plan on running.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the optical drive come with a SATA cord?

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  • 67 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm glad you like it! Thanks for taking the time to check it out :)

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  • 67 months ago
  • 1 point

You know it! :D

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  • 66 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :D