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Personal PC - almost every component swapped out over 18 months

by coolcommando

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19 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 15, 2018

Date Built

Feb. 14, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

42.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.442 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

Description

So I first built this PC around summer 2016. Back then, I was fourteen, and it was my very first PC, with an FX 6300 and an RX 480. Weird combination, I know, and you'll notice that I still have a card that should never have been paired with my cpu... This whole thing was done on a budget that was a little bit strange, as I was not only saving for this but a school trip to Borneo that has cost me £4000. No rich parents, I've worked my *** off for this bad boy.

ORIGINAL PC:

CPU: FX 6300 @ 4.5GHz

COOLER: HYPER 212 EVO

MOBO: MSI 970 GAMING

RAM: 1x8Gb HYPERX FURY

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1tb

GPU: SAPPHIRE RX 480 4Gb

CASE: CiT Goblin

PSU: Corsair CS450M

OS: Windows 10 Pro

MONITOR: Hannspree HE225DPB 1080p

I sold my graphics card for £310, which was pretty good considering I got it for £200. I pre ordered a GTX 1060, but after months of amazon not stocking any I cancelled it and bought a GTX 980 XTREME instead for £230. I then used some of the left over money for a new power supply, just an EVGA 600W builder one and the rest of that money went to my school trip.

The swap to Ryzen came after I had been desperate for a new CPU for ages, and I couldn't find any FX 8350 cpus at a good price. I then picked up a Ryzen 1300x that had been used for a month for just £70, and I sold my FX 6300 for £50ish. My ram and mobo were given to my younger brother, and I picked up a B350 motherboard and some ram for around £160 in total. Very steep because of ram prices, but nothing I can do about that.

I got my case and some phanteks halos and light strips for christmas, which meant I have now changed every component in the tower except for my hard drive. I need to get an SSD soon as well, but I spotted a refurbished H100i for £35 that I took a risk on and it's worked amazingly so far. Temperatures have dropped loads from the stock cooler and it's allowed me to bump the CPU up to 4.0GHz. So, as of 15/02/18, this is my build:

CPU: Ryzen 3 1300X @ 4.0GHz

COOLER: Corsair H100i

MOBO: MSI B350 PC MATE

RAM: 2x4Gb Patriot Viper @ 2667MHz

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1tb

GPU: Gigabyte GTX 980 4GB XTREME

CASE: Phanteks P300 TG

PSU: EVGA 600W

OS: Windows 10 Pro

MONITOR: Hannspree HE225DPB 1080p

Thanks for taking the time to read, also apologies for the bad picture quality

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent budget CPU, picked mine up for much less than the 1200. Clocked at 4.0GHz on 1.4v and running perfectly.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my 1300X at 24C idle. Brilliant aio.

Motherboard

Very basic, but it gets the job done and looks good as well. BIOS is fine and relatively easy to work with and overclock.

Memory

Look good in the case, overclocked to 2667MHz with no problem. Also runs fine with Ryzen

Video Card

Runs fast and quite cool, and the lighting options are stunning, despite having to use a separate software to control them...

Case

Fantastic budget case that looks beautiful. Can't recommend enough.

Power Supply

It's a 600W psu. It works. Cables are a little ugly but at the end of the day it does the job it's meant to.

Comments Sorted by:

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

Sounds like a good build, but more pictures please. +1

coolcommando submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

On it! I'll try get some decent ones this time.

MuchLinux6500 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Ok

Tizi 3 points 12 months ago

looks amazing! +1

coolcommando submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you!

IdiotOnTheInternet 2 points 12 months ago

Looks really cool dude

coolcommando submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Cheers!

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Really nice, but no SSD?

coolcommando submitter 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

That's next on the priorities list. What would you recommend? My board supports m.2

renan_rlr 1 point 12 months ago

well the ryzen 3 1300x is a good CPU for 60 fps and will be able (most) to get the full potential of your GPU. My rig is a i5 7400 paired with a GTX 1060 6 gb.

:D

Sam_Flynn 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

The 1300x is an i5 7400 equivalent. I don't think a 980 will bottleneck it.

renan_rlr 1 point 12 months ago

well this is what i said in my commentary :)

coolcommando submitter 2 Builds 0 points 12 months ago

The 1300X is bottlenecking my 980 tho

renan_rlr 1 point 12 months ago

I don't get why i getting downvoted.

Error_Unknown 1 point 9 months ago

Well I'd like to ask is the audio on the board Idk if I should buy that board or spend a bit more on another board with alc1220 Thanks! +1

coolcommando submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I'm really not an audio guy at all. I wish I could help you, but for what it's worth I think this board is good value for money. Hope you find what you want!

Error_Unknown 1 point 9 months ago

Okay thanks then but you do game right of you do Do you notice any pops in the in game audio Things that you should have heard or something?

coolcommando submitter 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Sorry for the late reply but no. Nothing out of the ordinary