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Builder's Mistake; Learn from my Bad Choices.

by Revilos



Date Published

Sept. 28, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

900 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz


This is a machine I created before I had a job and a reliable source of income. What happened is, I saw the pcmasterrace hype and decided to build a PC.

I made some poor decisions in terms of components. I'm posting this so that people who are new to this can learn and hopefully come out with a better build.

CPU AMD FX 6300 Black Edition

This processor isn't a bad choice for a pc used for basic things. However, it really struggles in emulation and in games using lots of graphical effects. It really isn't all that bad for $100, but if you can spend more for something better, I would recommend you do so. Also, processors only work with certain chipsets; I had no concept of this when I built this computer. Your choice of motherboard will determine the chipset you use. Chipsets determine how many sata ports you get, how overclocking is handled, what type of RAM is supported, and things such as USB 3.1 or C support.


Right off the bat, you should not spend so little on a motherboard. The $40 price tag really shows, as the BIOS is absolutely awful. No manual fan control despite having PWM fan headers, it isn't UEFI, and just a lack of general things you would expect. Even though all of the fan headers are PWM, there are only two, one for CPU and one for system. So always be sure to check how many headers and what type of them are on the motherboard you want to buy. Try to avoid using fan splitters. This one was recommend by Tek Syndicate, so don't listen to anything anyone says on Youtube.

CPU Cooler Hyper 212 Evo

When I first built this, I was using the stock AMD cooler. The temperatures were terrible, and reached all the way up to 120F. This one keeps them really low at around 60-70F under load, so it works pretty well. It isn't exactly the prettiest cooler, so keep that in mind when you buy a case with a window.

RAM G.Skill Value Series

I don't have any complaints here, except I was so ignorant I thought I could borrow DDR RAM out of an old computer and drop it into my new MOBO. Do the research, make sure you get the right type of RAM for your motherboard. This was an unexpected $50 on top of my budget.

Storage Generic Hitachi HD off eBay

When I first built this, I was using an old ATA drive out of the same old computer I just mentioned. The read speeds were unbearable, it took literally 15 seconds to open any internet browser. For the price I paid, I should have spent $10 more and got a SSD. In 2015 there isn't much of an excuse to be using an HD for a boot drive.

Video Card R9 270, similiar to a 7850

No real complaints about this card. Just make sure if you get a beefier GPU that your PSU can handle it. I bought this card because Jayztwocents recommended it. Keep in mind if you try to hackintosh with any non-reference GPU it will be a nightmare. The best thing about this GPU is it supports Displayport, so I'm using a 2010 iMac as my display.

Case + PSU Cooler Master N200

People were always telling me not to buy a PSU with a case, and they were right. I had to buy a molex to 8pin power connector, which is not cool at all and the hassle was annoying. With the low price of fully modular PSU's, I don't recommend going with any non-modular power supply, especially one that came with a case.

The case isn't all that bad, but I found not being able to remove the drivebay quite a hassle. There is no cutout on top for the CPU power, so just be aware that MicroATX cases are more difficult to work in. The included fans are three pin, and they're not terrible. Going with such a small case and a GPU means you will not be able to use any expansion cards, such as a WiFi or Bluetooth PCIE chip. Just go Mid Tower and save yourself some trouble.

Thanks for reading, hope your next build goes better than mine!

Comments Sorted by:

jarvis54 1 Build 4 points 43 months ago

Did somebody say...

PC Master Race? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Jared_Dunkin 2 points 43 months ago

Did somebody else say PC Master Race?

randomguy99 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

You PC bro??

CW39 2 points 43 months ago

Very well-written. Thanks for the information!

tiny_voices 4 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

You have alot of hate for a pretty good motherboard. It is actually arguably the best of the 760g motherboards. I have built with them MANY times and never had a single issue. The BIOS might be plain, but is simple and easy to navigate.

The build is actually pretty good. The only real mistake is the PSU which is completely crap and should be swapped out.

Happyville101 4 points 43 months ago

Average tinyvoices

piemancoder 1 point 43 months ago

I feel like these posts happen too often for comfort. :P jk

pwpanitzke 6 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

If you are looking for a better mATX mother board i tried out the AsRock 970m Pro3. I got it for $60 on new egg. Its been working great with my 8320. The bios are not as good as my Asus 97le R 2.0 but i can achieve the same overclocks and the asrock has been very stable. The only 970 motherboard in mATX form factor. It might be worth a look.


Revilos submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks for the recommendation.

dinnella 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Sometimes we have to learn things the hard way. I hope the system is meeting your needs at least, even if you went a little over your original budget!

PureBlackFire 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

well, this is a good "live and learn" experience for you. the build itself isn't terrible, just not great for your emulation needs. an i3 platform at this price would have been a better choice even. don't know why you ever bought a case/psu combo, but now you know better and so does anybody reading this. can't expect much from budget motherboards. I've built systems with worse that came free at microcenter, certainly there are some barebones boards out there. the case is a budget one. no case under $65 is terribly good or roomy (some are feature rich, but tiny and tight inside, some are roomy but not many features and facilitation for wiring) so this shouldn't have been a shock. the gpu is nice, if very old. the R9 270 is a rebrand of the HD7870 ghz (as is the R9 270X).

dechols239 1 point 43 months ago

My first PC build went even worse. I couldn't figure out why I wasn't posting.....turns out one of the mobo screws were missing. I gave the whole computer away to my bro who built computers as a hobby. He figured it out right away. Drove me nuts when he told me what was wrong. Lesson learned!

emmett421 1 point 35 months ago

y didInt u just buy a mac min i>? they cum made and r ease to use. but u ned mouse keybord and mointer. very good priece to perfornmance radio. mite b money but bettr value for moneys.

Revilos submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

That's probably what I'll pick up next. Older, upgradable Apple hardware is the technology sweetspot if you aren't playing video games.

emmett421 1 point 33 months ago

Yeah i was joking in that comment. I have a Late 2011 Macbook pro. soon im getting a dell xps 13

Blast_B3at 1 point 30 months ago

This is my exact current build but with a different PSU. The mobo is definitely a weak spot.

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