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Ball Buster The Cheapo PC

by Maxdeny


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Date Published

June 27, 2017

Date Built

June 28, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

17.6° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.8° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.111 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.208 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

85.0° C


This is my first time building a PC the goal being to spend as little as possible. The budget being around $450 CAD or roughly $340 USD.

As you can see most of the parts I bought where obviously used or free, the only new parts being the CPU, motherboard, ram, thermal paste and cooler. The rest of the parts where either going to be thrown away, ripped off of other computers or in the case of my $50 ($38 USD) GTX 760 being sold on ebay as parts or not working because someone had decided to put on some new thermal paste and done something wrong causing it to overheat. After putting on some new paste it fired up ad worked just fine.

My only two complaints about this entire build is that the original donor PC in the parts list came with an AMD Phenom II X4 B95 which is a workstation variant of the AMD Phenom II X4 945. I thought replacing it with the FX-6300 would boost the performance by around 20% but was thoroughly disappointed when I only got 3-5 more fps in game. The other complaint being when I bought the power supply off a friend it didn't come with any cable and being a modular power supply I couldn't power any of my peripherals. I decided to make my own cables which as you can see I just received the cable as I was waiting for tho finish off the wiring and get rid of the ugly mess of blue wires. The wire I ordered off of ebay and received three months after I ordered it!

In conclusion I learned building PCs is tons of fun and that the Phenom B95 is my new favorite budget CPU for only about $35-$50 ($26-$38 USD) on ebay

*also ignore the date built because this PC will never truly be finished

Part Reviews


Only a slight improvement upgrading from a Phenom II X4 B95

CPU Cooler

Inexpensive and a big upgrade from the old AMD stock cooler


Great for the price and even good for modest overclocking The only drawbacks are the beep at startup everyone else has been talking about and the outdated bios takes a while to get used to

Comments Sorted by:

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

That's disappointing about the performance upgrade you got with your new CPU. I had a very similar experience when I upgraded from an overclocked Phenom II 970BE to an FX8350 about 5 years ago.

Here's the whole problem right here.

Comparing your 6300 to the Phenom, the FX has more "cores". But the way the Bulldozer/Piledriver architecture is built it's really 3 "modules" with two "cores" in each one. The problem with that design is that they share resources within the module, so each individual "core" is somewhat dependent on what the other is doing when it comes to performance.

In effect, the AMD FX-6300 is a triple-core CPU with Clustered Multithreading, and not actually a processor that has 6 independent cores. Insert technical stuff here.

When I upgraded from my Phenom to my FX, I noticed about 10% FPS improvements in most games. Some games had absolutely no measurable improvement. Since I upgraded not only my CPU but also my motherboard and RAM at that time, I was disappointed with the performance I got for my dollar. Rough estimation here

I am going to be honest, I could have skipped FX altogether and kept the Phenom II until my current Ryzen was released, and I would still have been just fine.

On a side note, AM4 and Ryzen 7 have completely restored my faith in AMD. I absolutely love my Ryzen 1700, and performance-wise I cannot actually tell any difference between my PC and my friend's i7 build. If I get the same 5-year lifespan that I got with my FX, I will be completely happy with my investment.

I just noticed how long my comment is.

Sorry for that.

I'll just be heading out now.


Oh, and one more thing.

I like your Ball Buster Cheapo PC.


Maxdeny submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Yeah if I could have I probably would have returned the FX-6300 just because the old chip overclocked better but unfortunately I bent a pin on removal because of my own laziness and when I bent it back it snapped off

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Ouch. I did that on an old Athlon II I had but luckily mine bent back...

darkxm 1 point 18 months ago

I'm looking to do a cheap AMD build (under 500 dollars), and was wondering if the FX6300 would be a good option ($78 on newegg rn). What would be a better budget processor?

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

To be honest, the G4560 or the Ryzen 3 1200 (a bit more $ for the Ryzen) are your best bets right now.

darkxm 1 point 18 months ago

ok, thanks for the info!

How much should I buy the g4560 for?

gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Alas not all FX were made equal. I think the 6100 and 4100 had true cores, while the 6300 and 4300 were built on modules. All that technical stuff is available on the Internet anyways. Read on it and decided to buy old Phenoms (I'll post builds during summer) because the price for FX was too much for so little gain.

LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

The first link I provided was on the "Bulldozer" microarchitecture, which was specifically in the 4100, 6100, 8100, etc... The module design was identical in Bulldozer and Piledriver (i.e. 4300, 6300, 8320, etc...) which was mostly just small changes in clockspeed and efficiency, with a few minor scheduling improvements. More technical stuff here.

But yes, if you are building a budget PC on older gen tech and want to go with the AM3/AM3+ platform, Some of the Phenom quad cores still offer very decent performance for the price and are a better value/dollar in some cases when compared to the FX CPUs.

JaegerBudgie 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago


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TheGateKeeper6 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago


Axe5396 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Do the stickers make it faster? +1

NewtHolder 1 point 22 months ago

Plus one for working-class authenticity.

Vairfoley 30 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Just came here from your X99 build. I love rigs like this.