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Client Build: Budget Gaming on a 280X

by ItsKING



Date Published

March 3, 2015

Date Built

March 1, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

8.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

950 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


This was a client build that I just finished up recently. We decided to go with a Sapphire VaporX Edition of an AMD R9 280X, the graphics card is powerful enough to play nearly every game the customer wanted and still maintain a solid 60FPS+ on Ultra Settings. The FX-6300 was defiantly a factor in the budget for the system, the CPU had to be overclocked to at least 3.5Ghz to avoid possible bottle necking issues and we stuck with the stock cooler which handles a 4Ghz overclock perfectly fine.

A standard 8GB's of 1866Mhz DDR3 RAM will get the job done along with a single 1TB HDD, a EVGA 750W PSU and an Asus optical drive all packed nicely into a Corsair 200R Mid Tower running a Gigabyte GA-970A. The client had an $800 budget, we managed to stay about $20 under that after Mail-in-rebates. All in all happy with the system, the client is happy with the system and it gets the job done for the clients needs.

On to the next build!

Part Reviews


A step up from an APU, the lowest on the totem poll with the FX series by AMD however it's still a decent CPU with a decent stock cooler however I highly recommend that it's overclocked to at least 4Ghz to avoid bottle necking.


Great motherboard however some of the sata ports are hard to connect into if your gpu is already connected.


Decent budget ram, standard 1866Mhz clock speed, runs cool, stays quiet.


WD is the best hdd maker on the market, never disappointed by any of their products.

Video Card

A high end budget gpu from AMD. This Sapphire VaporX edition can get fairly loud when running at full speeds but it keeps the card cooled.


A great budget case, lacks inserts for cable management, not much room behind the back panel. Has a limited amount of drive cages, easy to connect the front IO ports.

Power Supply

A very nice high quality psu by EVGA. They supplied a surplus of cables which were all wrapped to avoid possible breakages.

Optical Drive

Great optical drive, easy and quick to setup and install.

Operating System

The fastest, lightweight operating system on the market regardless of what Windows 7 user's think. Highly recommended.

Comments Sorted by:

theninja35 2 points 46 months ago

"Lowest on the totem pole" other than my FX 4300.

More pics please.

ItsKING submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Ah yes, I forgot about the FX-4300.

ItsKING submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Unfortunately the system is already with it's new owner. The client picked it up about a week ago and I hadn't managed to snag a couple more pics. I can tell you however that it hasn't changed much, the wiring was tidied up a bit but other than that it's about the same.

theninja35 1 point 46 months ago

Oh yeah, that's fine then. No worries.

malymilo 4 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

God I hate windows 8.1 and yet i still have it

ItsKING submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Honestly though, have you ever had a faster version of Windows?

It functions the same as Windows 7, everything is just in different locations and the corner navigation features can be turned off. You can also install Start8 which will restore the Windows 7 start menu.

parkerthepicker 1 point 46 months ago

what games do you play?

ItsKING submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I don't play any on this system however the client that it was built for has tested a wide range of titles including:

Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline Beta, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sims 3 & 4, EverQuest Landmark, League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Titanfall, Hawken, H1Z1, Rust & Minecraft.

All ran smoothly even to or above 60FPS (on Ultra).

dsargent7 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Overclocking to 4ghz on the stock cooler? How hot does it get running intensive games?

ItsKING submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

It stays around 50 F but it could be slightly more/less. I'm not entirely sure as I the customer has already picked up the computer.

ItsKING submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

The better bet would be to go with an FX-8320 3.5Ghz 8-core instead of the FX-6300 3.5Ghz 6-core. The FX-8000 Series handles overclocking and temperatures much better than the FX-6000 Series.

ItsKING submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I've taken a look over this rig's parts list and if the customer could have managed a budget of $900 instead of $800 I would have liked to change the following:

CPU: Swap the FX-6300 3.5Ghz 6-core with an FX-8320 3.5Ghz 8-core // GPU: Swap the Sapphire R9 280X 3GB with an XFX R9 280X 3GB Black Edition Double Dissipation // HDD: Swap the WD Black Series 1TB 7200rpm with an WD Black Series 2TB 7200RPM

m1abrams1776 1 point 41 months ago

I would've added a nice cpu cooler.

Fitzer22 1 point 39 months ago

Hey, how much did he pay for the system and was this made in the US or Aus?

ItsKING submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

He paid about $850 before mail-in-rebates however after he sent those in, his total was around $750 plus my personal builders fee. The system was built in the US here in Michigan.

ItsKING submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Update: 10/02/2015

Customer contacted me for a follow up, I updated the build with the load and idle temperatures he informed me of, also he decided to down-clock his processor from 4GHz to the stock 3.5GHz. Everything else is functioning great.