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Phoenix 3.0 (budget vr/1080p)

by Fierybattlehawk



Date Published

Jan. 17, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.392 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


Ever since i got my school computer that used crap integrated graphics I've always wanted a PC fit for gaming above 15 fps...

Note: This pc used a tight subtotal budget of $450 so cut this build some slack if any parts are potato-ish when compared to builds using a better 10 series or even 20 series card.

Since this build was my first there were details that were missing while being built, 3 hours split over ~4 days later it was "finished" there was no video signal, not even to BIOS at first and we thought it was the system, until we got a new DVI cable that was one of the only problems from letting us use it.

After it being able to show video, we looked at the heat signatures in the BIOS, showing ~65 C degrees idling! after some cable management and an extra 80mm fan it was ~43 C and didn't rise above 45.

After installing windows 10, an OS disliked by many, but since i built this PC for VR i needed it for compatibility and i was already familiar with win10 from my school computer.

After installing some games i first benchmarked it with Unturned, a low-poly zombie survival game that is known for being horribly optimized, running 15-25 fps medium/low settings on my school computer. Now running 40-60 fps high/ultra settings.

After Unturned i tried it with Destiny 2, a game that bluescreened (non fatal) my previous PC. running at medium/high settings at 50-60 fps and only dropping just below 40 in crowded social areas and intense firefights.

After many games in my steam library reaching above 40 fps on high settings, i wonder how this PC will perform running VR in the near future....

Keep in mind i'm only 13 years old.

Part Reviews


Great CPU for the price point however is only 4 thread which can be very limiting in CPU heavy games and applications, but gives an easy upgrade path to ryzen.


Very cheap HDD for a large amount of storage, the only downside however is that it sounds like static or scraping when writing data and can be mildly annoying.


Great case for the price however the only real problem was that putting in the power supply was extra difficult with the space given, but it works.


Comfortable mouse with great customization plus RGB lighting! However the software does not let you have a double click button whereas the non-gaming software for normal mice does.

Comments Sorted by:

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 5 points 3 months ago

Why that CPU... it's an absolute potato.

Nullarc77 4 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Yeah that's what I was thinking. The 1200 is like $30 more and that would drastically increase performance.

Fierybattlehawk submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

After some hindsight i could've gone for an AM3 chipset with DDR3-2400 ram and could've gotten an AMD FX-6300 or even a FX-8350 for a similar price but way better performance.

Gibbytronix 1 point 3 months ago

Very cool

DustinJVC -2 points 3 months ago

Should have gotten a msi or gigabyte board so you can overclock

Nullarc77 4 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

Brand has nothing to do with it. Chipset is what is important for overclocking.

DustinJVC -2 points 3 months ago

Except you cant overclock the athlon on any other brand

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

No... You are thinking of the 200GE with the BIOS issues, this is 8th gen piledriver or something like that ported to AM4 pretty much, the 200GE is zen and actually a good CPU. Even then the a320 chipset can't overclock period, even with a weird BIOS.

DustinJVC 1 point 3 months ago

Oh you're right, I thought he was using the 200 GE. I actually didn't know they released two AM4 athlons

DaMysteryMan 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago