Bespoke Custom Build (not mine)

Overview

Greetings one and all, today I shall be discussing a friends bespoke designed build. This build has a budget and main use shall be running games as well as it will let it, games like GTA5, COD, BF4, SWB and other known titles. Here are the components my friend has in mind.

CPU: AMD-FX6300 [http://goo.gl/HfDlqE] £90

MB: MSI 970 AM3+ Socket [http://goo.gl/eCPRqI] £80

RAM: Corsair Vengance 8GB [http://goo.gl/JrJM6Q]

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo [http://goo.gl/RzJ8EB]

GPU: MSI AMD R9 380 4GB  [http://goo.gl/TZnqcH]

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB [http://goo.gl/568ybz]

PSU: Corsair VS650 [http://goo.gl/OdNKRG]

Case: Cooler Master 430 Elite (USB 3.0)

More Detail

AMD-FX6300 | 6 Core

  • Default clock speed of 3.5Ghz (4.1Ghz Oc’ed)
  • Max Memory Speed of DDR3 – 1866
  • 95 watts power consumption
  • Socket type AM3+ (Only compatible with AM3+ Motherboards)
  • Core name is Vishera
  • Core Size is 32 nm, Bulldozer
  • Turbo Core Technology
  • Integrated DRAM Controller with AMD Memory Optimizer Technology

This CPU fits right for the budget and board that is being acquired, for  £90 on Amazon is quite a deal, but for another £50 my friend could get the AMD FX 8350. For the extra £50, the friend could upgrade to an 8 core processor with a default clock speed of 4Ghz. The power consumption is a bit more but 650 watts will be plenty to power it.In the details to follow, I will be looking at compromises to effectively be able to afford the 8 Core.

  • 8350 [http://goo.gl/SDn4gi]

MSI 970 AM3+ Socket

  • AM3+ Compatibility for AMD CPU’s
  • Maximum amount of RAM (32GB) *Dual Channel*
  • 4 Designated DIMM Slots *Maximum of  4x 8GB DIMM*
  • 2x PCIx16 For Graphics Cards
  • 4x USB 3.0 Ports
  • 14x USB 2.0 Ports
  • Memory DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866/2133*(*OC)
  • Chipset AMD® 970+SB950
  • Windows 10 Ready
  • Killer Ethernet: Kill Your Lag
  • Audio Boost and Dual Headphone Amplifiers

As far as Motherboards go, MSI have always been a good contender. But with this particular budget, is it worth forking out for such a flashy board? With budget builds you have to consider what will work best for the prices and what’s worth allocating the most money to for the best performance. In this case I believe that the MSI board as much as it is nice is, its too decadent for a budget build. Instead I would recommend the “Gigabyte 790A“.  This board has the same features (perhaps a few less USB), but for £22 cheaper is to be expected, this Motherboard would also support the AM3+ Processor that my friend has in mind.

RAM: Corsair Vengance 8GB

  • 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 for AMD
  • 1600MHz
  • DDR3 SDRAM
  • 1.5 volts
  • 9-9-9-24 latency
  • Vengeance heat spreader for styling and performance

 

I personally have a positive Biast opinion of Corsair, I find everything they have made for me to be great, this includes the RAM. In this case, 8GB of Corsair Vengance DDR3 1600Mhz RAM. For the money and performance I would feel that “Kingston Hyper-X RAM” is more appropriate for the build, for the same amount and same frequency. Now according to Linus Tech Tips, Frequency did not make that much difference in benchmarks, and in the case of budget builds it’s not worth pining over the higher frequency.

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo

  • Well balanced cooling (Fin optimisation for high and low RPM)
  • 4 Direct contact heat pipes
  • Dual fan design
  • 120mm Fans on heatsink

hyper-212-evo-measurement-600

The way this cooler was designed means the heat is dissipated more equally to the heatsink. Most coolers have the heatpipes apart or separate from each other, these pipes are interfaced with the CPU. Gaps in the pipe mean unwanted heat escapes the system. This cooler also uses aluminum heat covers for greater heat dissipation from the CPU. This cooler would also cope with the 8350.

AMD Radeon R9 380

  • PCI Express x16 3.0
  • GDDR5
  • 4096mb = 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Clock Speed 5800 (OC Mode) / 5700
  • 2 (Dual-link DVI-I x 1, Dual-link DVI-D x 1), Max Resolution: 2560 x 1600 @60 Hz.
  • 1 (version 1.4a)
    Max Resolution: 4096×2160 @24 Hz (1.4a)
  • 1 (version 1.2)
    Max Resolution: 4096×2160 @60 Hz
  • Maximum of 3 Displays for a Triple Monitor Setup
  • Supports DirectX 12 (Upcoming in Windows 10)
  • Open GL version 4.4
  • 190Watts Consumption
  • 500Watt recommended PSU

Featuring MSI’s Twin Frozer Technology V, this brings quieter performance with cooler temps. This alongside the Torx fans allows for maximum cooling without compromising power or efficiency. This GPU also has the ability to halt the fans completely when the card is Idle, this is to conserve power when it is not in use. Installing the MSI Gaming App software will also allow the user to control the fan speeds in its diffrent states.

 

 Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB

  • SATA 6 Gb/s Data Transfer Rate
  • Up to 5400 RPM reading
  • 1 TB storage
  • 64mb Cache

I do belive Western Digital is the way forward in Hard Drives, Perhaps the user might want to upgrade to a SSD for Primary OS boot in the future. I will recommend the “Sandisk Ultra 2” 120GB SSD. From CurrysPCWorld for £50

Corsair VS650

  • ATX Size
  • 80 PLUS White Certification
  • 1 x 120mm Cooling Fan
  • NOT modular
  • 1 x 4+4pin CPU +12V
  • 3 x 4pin Molex
  • 1 x 6pin PCI-E Power
  • 1 x FDD Power
  • 4 x SATA Power
  • 150 x 86 x 140 mm (WxHxD)

 

Again Corsair are a favorite of mine so I would recommend based on research that this is probably the best PSU available for the price and quality. But not from Amazon, it can be found cheaper at Scann.co.uk. [https://goo.gl/3LZgjj]

 

Cooler Master 430 Elite

  • Mesh design for better cooling performance
  • Can support up to 6 fans (2 on top, 1 on back, 1 on bottom, 2 on side)
  • Tool free Mechanical Access for easy access.
  • Support for up to 120mm fans and a 140mm on the front.
  • Can support the size of High End cards like the Radeon 7970
  • MB Type microATX, ATX
  • Max VGA card length: 315mm / 12.4 inch
    Max CPU cooler height: 163mm / 6.4 inch
  • Steel body, ABS Plastic

 

This is a good case for the money, only suspicion is that the cable management at the back might be a bit tight giving its a Mid Tower.

 

Conclusion

 

I do believe that most of the components are on point but sacrifices or compromises could be made for better performance. If I was going to build it, this is what I would have running.

  • CPU – AMD 8350 8 Core, 4.0Ghz                                                          – £141.95
  • Motherboard – Gigabyte 790A AM3+ DDR3 Compatible             – £68.72
  • RAM – HyperX Fury RAM 8GB DDR3                                                  – £29.18
  • CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper 212                                             – £28.08
  • GPU: MSI AMD R9 380 4GB                                                                   – £160.98
  • HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB                                              – £40.82
  • PSU: Corsair VS650                                                                                  – £49.02
  • Case: Cooler Master 430 Elite (USB 3.0)                                           – £40.24

———-

£558.99

 

I would recommend thinking about getting 4 fans for the inside of the case for increased airflow, x4 fans can be found easily online for about £20.

I would recommend getting a Primary HDD even just an 80GB one, just for the boot of the operating system.

Get some MX4 Thermal Paste for if you need to reapply thermal paste.

Acquire some zip ties to help tidy everything up in the back of the PC

Take notice to Static and build the system on a wooden desktop

 

 

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