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After saving some money up I was set to join the PC Masterace, so I started browsing for good deals and managed to find the GTX 950 FTW edition on Newegg for only $109 dollars, Im not much of a huge triple AAA title kinda guy so something like this is more than perfect to run League and Overwatch at Max/High settings. After a quick look on Craigslist for some parts like RAM as from what my friends have told me you can buy that used and it should make no difference, I stumbled on an Ad from a guy selling the FX-6300, Asus M5A97 MOBO, and mix match of Corsair and PNY RAM. While extremely hesitant at first I decided what the hell and checked out the Ad. He said in his description that he was selling his sons computer as he moved away from home and didnt want it anymore even though he just built it a year ago. He wanted 150 bucks for all the parts and I managed to talk him down to 100 dollars since he really wanted to get rid of it, he even through in the EVGA 500W 80+ PS since I responded so quickly and available to pick it up fast. He even let me test the parts to make sure they were all working! In my brief talk with he didnt seem to know much to any at all of computers and more just wanted to get rid of it all, Win for Me!

I picked up a Kingston SSD to act as a boot drive and plan on ordering a HDD soon but figured the 120 GB would last me a little while. I went with the TX3, which is probably the only part i would change if i could as the cooler is very average and while it does a good job cooling my FX-6300 with a slight overclock to 3.9Ghz , it is quite noisy.

Overall loving the PC and its running all my games fantastic!

Thanks for reading this :)

Comments

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points
Excellent bargain hunting. This computer is great and will play well with League of Legends and Overwatch. You did wonderful! +1
  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 3 points

Great Job! I prefer budget builds vs $3000 builds, this requires much more work and planning vs just throwing mad $ at a build.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

TY! :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build for the price! what a steal. of course, i recommend upgrade in like a few years to get into other games. but this totally destroys consoles for less money! wow

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely will look to upgrade in a few years, but super happy with it right now. Thanks for you comments! :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

This, this is awesome

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, you did amazing! +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks great! One thing that I would recommend to do eventually is to try to get some SLI 950's and or upgrade that processor to like a FX 9590 or something like that but otherwise great job!

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! SLI is definitely something i will look into when Im thinking about upgrading, But as only a mere noob ill have to do some more researching and watching Linus tech tips vids haha to figure out how to do it!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

SLI is actually pretty easy to do. Just install the cards, connect them with an SLI bridge, and tell them to SLI in the nvidia control panel. I have 2 1070's and they were a breeze to configure.

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh awesome, thanks for the tip! :)

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

I have a M5A95 (version 1 i guess) Should I not swap out the phenom II for an Fx 6300 or 8350? Would it be dangerous?

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  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Good no nonsense build and welcome to the PCMR. Good parts choice for a starter build. I would check the direction you have the CPU fan blowing, you dont want it blowing down on the GPU. I would normally say have it vent to the back but with this cooler you have little choice.

No real need to swap the CPU cooler out, just change the fan to something better. That should quiet it down a bit.

I doubt this PC is only a year old as the seller said, but with the deal you scored I would not be complaining.

Really good job mate.

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Ah Thank you so much ill definitely check that out totally skipped my mine in which way it was supposed to go, and maybe get a nice quiet Corsair Fan in there! Thanks for the awesome tips :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Im new to the PC world and wondering what games this can and cant play. I may get this

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! Newbie to the PC master race as well. But ive played Overwatch, League of Legends, Rocket league at like Max setting no problem. I Also played Fallout 4 and a little Witcher 3 at high settings at 1080p no problem. Honestly really good card and have had 0 problems with it and its SO quiet. The PC overall performance is really great too no lag or stuttering at all and Im also an Architecture student, so I use some pretty CPU intensive programs and the 6300 has not disapointed!

I would say if you were going to follow this guide, definitely get a better case the Z1 is alright but lacks real space for cable management.

Let me know if this you end up following something like this I would love to check it out!

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

Pure research and development you are tallented

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks means a lot! :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

those deals tho

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha Thanks! :)

  • 40 months ago
  • 2 points

The cheapest build I could make with everything I wanted was like $800. Yet, you made this. It's super hard to make a build like this, so +1

  • 40 months ago
  • 1 point

Very Much appreciated good sir :)

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey man, I had a quick question. I have a very similar build to yours and I am just now installing my motherboard into the case and I was wondering if you had to bend or remove any of the pin like things that are around each port in the back panel piece? Sorry, hope that makes sense.

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

If you are talking about the little screw sockets that you screw the MOBO too one of them was loose so when I installed the MOBO it basically fell out and I just said **** it and held it in with a little glue. But im not 100% sure if thats what you mean

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

Does it not have a slot for ssd? And how is cable management?

  • 39 months ago
  • 1 point

it does have a drive that holds the SSD more than fine, I personally like to look at the SSD so i just double side taped it to the top of the drive cage. The cable management is okay, it doesn't have any fancy grommets but it does have holes in the right places and i definitely could have done a better job but i got lazy at the end and kinda got sloppy.