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Argent Ferrum (First build, first time PC gaming)

by statz-el



Date Published

March 6, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

17.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.291 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.096 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


This is my first build as the title suggests. It's also my first desktop and foray into PC gaming. This will be used primarily for gaming, but also just standard home use- no graphic design or anything. I've been playing console games for years but wanted to taste the magic of PC gaming. I was originally inspired by a video of Skyrim featuring a large helping of Tommy Wiseau and The Macho Man Randy Savage, because who wouldn't be awed by that.

It has been one hell of a learning experience if nothing else. I spent over a month just looking at builds and comments on here as well has researching parts and, well... everything I could about building a computer. I went into this knowing almost nothing about the process or even what was needed or how it all worked. So I was extremely relieved when nothing caught fire upon being powered up. Winning.

The build went great overall, I had little to no problems during assembly. Any hiccups I did come across were due to being a first time builder and not knowing something that most probably just assume everyone knows (like the need for SATA power and data- those aren't one and the same). I have had some trouble with the OC on the GPU, but that's simply because I'm not quite sure what I'm doing and don't want to destroy it. Any tips on that would be greatly appreciated.

I was going for a sort of metallic look with the ability to have awesome lighting and colors if desired. For what I had in mind, I'm blown away. I don't have much to compare it to but this is the fastest and most powerful computer I've ever personally used.

I am thinking about replacing the fans with the Riing RGB fans, I think it would fit my build theme better. I want to do more research and hear from people who have hands on experience with them before I pull the trigger though.

I'm open to any feedback you may have and thanks for checking out my build!

Edit I did some benchmarks and added some screen shots.

Part Reviews


Overclocked to 4.6 @ 1.31- I could probably push it further but being new to this I'm not sure I want to. Bonus points for being easy to OC for a beginner.

CPU Cooler

I love the sleek look, the RGB logo, and it keeps the CPU nice and cool. I haven't even hit 60C under load yet.


This thing is gorgeous, and comes with plenty of features and connections. I was blown away when I first saw it in person. RGB is fantastic too.


Works like RAM should and looks pretty too.


Really quick, and no cables or wires to mess with. I read some reviews about them getting hot but I haven't had any issues with that.


3TB for 85 bucks. Does its job with no issues.

Video Card

I've barley begun to really push this card, but it stays cool under load and handles games with no problems. Plus it looks good.


I wanted something that had plenty of room inside and would be great for cooling. This fit the bill perfectly. It's massive. Great for building in, especially if you're a first timer and not very organized (so good for me).

Power Supply

I know it's a little overkill but I'd rather go with too much than not enough and have room for upgrades later. Plus it was on sale when I bought it.

Optical Drive

Works great, not a fan of some of the software that comes with it. I opted to not install some of it.

Operating System

Got the Pro because it was on sale at the time.


Wanted more than 1080p but didn't really care about having 4k so I got this. Picture is wonderful, the design and lighting are pretty to look at, and I have become very fond of the turbo key to adjust refresh rate quickly.


I love this keyboard. The RGB is amazing and I'm really happy I went mechanical. I've never had one before but now I think I'll want Cherry MX silent from now on.


I didn't want a bunch of customizable buttons or anything too crazy. I liked the look of this one and it had the RGB to sync with the keyboard. Love being able to adjust DPI with the touch of a button. Plus it's comfortable.

Comments Sorted by:

propuzoficj 4 points 37 months ago

Wow great job! You can always tell when it's someones first build by the amount of LEDs haha

statz-el submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Thanks! I suppose it is a rather large amount lol

propuzoficj 3 points 37 months ago

Haha don't sweat it, it looks terrific!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

And fans everywhere you can put them. This won't overheat.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

You should call this PC "Corsair Pre-built"... I dunno...


statz-el submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Thanks! I didn't even realize how many Corsair brand items I had until I set up the boxes and started counting...

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

hahah lol

ColoradoJones12 2 points 37 months ago

+1 for all the corsair

johngerges582 2 points 37 months ago

I'm not sure If you like Corsair or not, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say you do. Still not positive though.

Nice LED work. +1

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I mean, I guess Corsair is ok... Thanks for the +1

Red_Eagle 2 points 37 months ago

Wow +2 for great build -1 not enough LEDs ;)

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thanks! I knew I should have covered all those open spaces with any extras I had

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 37 months ago

This is a really good build. You didn't skimp anywhere in your parts. +1

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you!

maddog62 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Congratulations. That MOB is so clean I think you can eat off it. I also like the laser-man figure you put inside the case. I wish I had done the same, vs. spending $100's on anti-virus software over the years. Enjoy!

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Haha, thanks! He's no Batman but still works in a pinch.

Gkender 2 points 37 months ago

I was thinking of the same CPU & Case before I came here; well selected. :)

You did a little bit below, but can you go into more detail what brought you to your choice in MoBo over the Hero? I'm a first time builder as well, but I plan to OC as you did.

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Sure thing: One of the main things was probably the difference in number of USB 3.0 ports on the back panel and the just the look of the board. There's also the built in WIFI and Bluetooth, plus I think I will do a custom loop eventually (won't be for quite some time) and I liked that they made it so you can just run one through the built in heatsink. There's some other little features but really when it came down to it the Formula had everything the Hero did and then some so I decided I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

Gkender 1 point 37 months ago

And the overclocking experience was easily accessible & workable?

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah, I had a much easier time with the CPU and I just used the BIOS to do it. I used MSI afterburner for the GPU and that took a bit longer to mess with. Probably due to not knowing enough going in.

NitroOG 2 points 37 months ago

Nice work. I like the setup. The pc looks great.

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Thank you, much appreciated.

PC_Master_Race_Noob 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

I think I might copy your build :p

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I'm probably a bit biased, but I think that's a great idea!

avpk 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Nice! Can you comment about the noise level of the AF120 and/or SP120 fans?

statz-el submitter 1 Build 2 points 37 months ago

Of course! They are pretty quiet, I don't even notice them until they start going about full speed and even then they aren't very noisy. Honestly, I think most of what I can hear is the actual air moving anyway.

rwoody81 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I was looking at the Riing case fans too, but I decided not to go with them because you have to use this silly little control box to change their color. It's not even something you could install in a drive bay. So you'd have to open your side door if you want to change the colors, or mount the controller outside the case. I don't know what Thermaltake was thinking.

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

Yeah it's a shame, my decision would be a lot easier if they had a better way to control them.

angeloabary 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

hows the led light from the formula? it comes with it right? i was thinking of getting the same MOBO. also hows the building experience since youre a first timer? im planning on building one myself but is afraid the wires might get interchanged or something since i have no clue how to build.

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

The Formula does come with LED, and I think they look great. I will say that you can see where the LEDs are underneath though, it's not smooth lighting throughout. But that doesn't bother me at all. There were some challenges being a first timer, but there are SO many resources to be found online that helped me. I also had no idea about how to build but I learned the basics of how to connect all the parts (and what wires go where) just by watching build videos. One I found really helpful was Carey Holzman's Youtube channel. He has some build videos with minimal editing so you can watch the entire build process. In the end, it was easier than I thought it would be. Good luck!

angeloabary 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

hey thanks for the tip really appreciate it. im doing research on the parts i will buy and once im done ill build it and post it here hopefully people will like it. im just torn between the maximus formula and asus z170 deluxe as ill be doing a white build. but i dont want to cut features and optimal performance just for the looks, im ok having a greyish black motherboard vs a white one(eventhough im doing a hite build) just for the sake of the looks when i could have gotten a better board with formula. :)

if you have any take on that id appreciate that too. :)

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I compared the two and they are pretty similar honestly. Ports/connectivity is close: Z170 has more USB, and addition PCIe x 1 (although it shows Formula uses PCIe 2.0 x 1 and Z170 has PCIe x 1) . Formula has more SATA and built in bluetooth. There are minor feature differences such as the built in audio and BIOS/drivers and the ROG exclusives that come with the Formula (and the EK hybrid cooling). Honestly, unless one of those makes a big difference to you I think they are similar enough that you could just pick the one you like better for your build.

angeloabary 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

thanks so much it helped me a lot. ive been doing research for a couple of days now and finally made a conclusion that id rather spend a couple more for a full future proof motherboard and newest so i can stay at it for a good number of years. so ill go for the formula! :) and at the same time i dont have to stick to just white if i want to start a new build in the future due to its RBG feature.

thanks again and see you round the site and more builds to come!

skylerspaeth 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Awesome! How is the mobo black though? They are red.

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I think that was just on the older ones- they changed it with the VIII.

skylerspaeth 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Ok. The picture for the board on PCPP product page is red, are those just the motherboards LEDs?

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Oh I see what you mea, yeah that's just the LEDs.

Chu4Lyfe 1 point 36 months ago

Nice build, there's something about that formula sign that goes so well with the rest of the computer and its aesthetics. What do you use to get the case to light up like that? If I may ask?

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks, and I just bought an LED strip, then rand it around the inside edge of the case. It's connected to the RGB LED header that's built into the motherboard.

SayedElAraby 1 point 35 months ago

Is this motherboard you used worth it in your opinion? If so, why?

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

Yeah I'd say so. I was originally considering the Hero, but I really wanted the extra I/O ports and connections and the Formula was perfect without going overboard to the Extreme (for me at least). As an added bonus the Formula is a whole lot prettier and has fancy lights. I love the armor and the look of it is really just amazing. I'd buy it again if I was given the choice.

Canesminior 1 point 33 months ago

Great job! Looks like a massive price but definitely worth it! It would have been much better if you would have gotten a 1060 or 1070 instead of the 980TI. Would have gotten a much better gaming experience and lower the price. Good job overall.

statz-el submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Thanks! I want a 1080 really bad but they were still a way off when I built this. I will say that benchmark wise my 980Ti has kept up with and even outdone a lot of the 1060's and 70's I've seen on here so I'm still pretty happy with it.

Jakeypoo 1 point 32 months ago

Hey just wondering if there were any issues with the 4+4 pwr connector for the cpu? I'm currently building a pc with the same case and mobo as you but can't fit the 4+4 pin connector to the 8 atx plug because of the joint in the connector is hitting the rear io shroud. :( i also have cablemods but that 4+4 connector clips aren't matching up with the top notch of the atx plug for the pin clips to hook on.. the notch is only on the right hand side for just the 4 pins. I'm obviously a first timer, great build btw!

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Thanks- I didn't have any real problems with it, but I do remember it was a pain to get on there. It's a really tight fit.

Nater650 1 point 21 months ago

How well does your GTX 980 handle the 144 hz refresh rate of that monitor

Nater650 1 point 21 months ago

I'm going to get this monitor with the same refresh rate, but bigger size yet slightly lower resolution: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/HW4NnQ/acer-monitor-z35bmiphz

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Perfectly, I've had no problems with it and play nearly all of my games at the highest settings.

xDisabledxTacox 0 points 37 months ago

One thing I love to see is every possible color for every RGB Led in a computer, thanks for the 40 unneeded pictures. Still a good build though so +1.

statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I too am fluent in sarcasm. I may have gone overboard with the LED pics, but when you spend that much time and money you kinda want to showcase it all.

xDisabledxTacox 1 point 37 months ago

Fair enough.

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statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I was actually looking at the Hero first but ended up going with the Formula- I would definitely recommend their boards though. When I was researching the Hero I saw a lot of positive feedback and many PC media sources had Asus on their top board lists. I don't know what else you're looking at but personally I'm a fan of Asus boards.

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statz-el submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

I've read some of those too, and that would be really terrible. Luckily everything worked right the first time for me so I've not had to deal with any of that. Knock on wood... But they do appear to be good quality, especially when I saw it in person.

Arkwoman1990 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

people will have different experiences with the rma process, but i think that is with every company