Updated as of Sept 1 2014 - Cost is now $700.00 Revised part list.
This is a AMD system build / AMD FX Gaming PC focusing on providing information on what parts were used and why. In addition it covers installation tips and points of consideration as you go through the build process. These can help to make the build process go more smoothly and ultimately make things easier during the build process. Lastly we cover aspects of system stability, overclocking and performance relative to temperatures and acoustics.
This is a approx 800 AMD gaming PC. Pricing can increase should you consider a higher end chassis or also include an SSD along with a hard drive. Overall though it is quite solid in regards to the features, functionality and performance.
The system offers solid general performance along with solid gaming performance with a target of 1080P gaming with med to high IQ settings.
Parts List is detailed below.
CPU - AMD FX 6300
Motherboard - ASUS M5A97 R2.0
Memory - Kingston HyperX Blu 1600
HD - Western Digital 1TB Black
Chassis - Thermaltake Urban S21 or S41
SSD - Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD
GPU - R9 270X DirectCU II
PSU - Thermaltake TR2 600 Watt
CPU Cooler - Thermaltake NIC F3
ODD - DRW-24B1ST or BC-12B1ST
Using a mechanical HD, S21 chassis and no optical drive ( ODD ) the price of the system comes to - 932.65 with taxes and shipping.
Video Section / Chapter Breakdown
0:00 Beginning - Covering introduction to the build and what the focus is in regards to performance and functionality.
1:47 - AMD FX 6300 CPU - Discussing features, functionality and why we selected the FX 6300.
4:20 - ASUS M5A97 R2.0 Motherboard - Discussing the features, functionality and reasons why the M5A97 R2.0 was selected.
9:10 - Thermaltake NIC F3 CPU Cooler - Discussing the features, functionality and reasons why the NIC F3 was selected.
11:02 - Storage Considerations - Western Digital Black 1TB HD WD1002FAEX - Hard Drive - We discuss the features, functionality and reasons why we consider a mechanical hard drive, the black series and more.
14:20 - Storage Considerations - Kingston HyperX 120GB SSD. We discuss the features, functionality and reasons why we consider this SSD.
16:20 - Memory / RAM / DRAM Considerations - Kingston HyperX Blu. We discuss the features, functionality and reasons in selecting the Kingston Blu line of memory as speeds and densities.
19:42 - GPU / Graphics Card - ASUS R9 270X DirectCU II - We discuss the features, functionality and performance of this graphics card.
23:25 - PSU / Power Supply - Thermaltake TR2 600 WATT - We discuss the features, functionality of this power supply.
26:00 - Optical Drive / ODD - ASUS DRW-24B1ST, BC-12B1ST - We discuss the features, functionality of the drives we are considering.
28:18 - Chassis / Case - Thermaltake Urban S41 and Thermaltake UrbanS21 - We discuss the features, functionality and considerations behind selecting the chassis.
32:40 - Peripherals / Keyboard / Mouse / Mousepad - Thermaltake Posedion Keyboard, Thermaltake Dasher Mousepad, Thermaltake Black Element Combat White Edition. We discuss the features, functionality and reason behind the selection of these peripherals.
BEGINING OF THE BUILD - FOCUSING IN ON TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS THROUGH THE BUILD PROCESS.
38:26 - Memory / DRAM / RAM - Installation considerations and tips on how to optimally install them for best performance and overclocking performance.
40:05 - I/O Shield Installation considerations and tips.
40:45 - Motherboard installation considerations and installation tips.
40:15 - Back Rear Chassis / Case Fan considerations and installation tips.
42:16 - Thermaltake Chassis / Case configuration considerations and installation tips. Adjusting for improved airflow or more GPU / Graphics Card room.
BUILD IS COMPLETE AT THIS STAGE. FOCUSING IN ON ANALYSIS AND STABILITY OF OVERCLOCKING AND SYSTEM STABILITY.
43:35 - Overview of the completed build. Focusing in the components as they are installed and multiple angles of the system once the build is complete.
47:40 - Demonstration of overclocked system stability. Realtime stress testing of Passmark Burn In Test ( Overclock of 4.7GHz and 2133 RAM speeds. CPU , Memory / RAM / DRAM , GPU / Graphics Card / Video Card , HD , PSU . All being stress tested to validate stability of system build.
50:15 - Wrap up discussing and showing system completed system stress test and system stability tests. Providing further proof of the quality and stability of the components and what you can expect from the system in regards to overall overclocking experience.
56:20 - System temperature performance. Discussing details on the temperatures the system had when running overclocked and under extended times with normal usage and consistent gaming.
1:02 - General wrap up and conclusion.