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The Oregon Trail

by Raratah



Date Published

May 1, 2017

Date Built

April 26, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.114 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


This build was my second build, and everything that could go wrong went wrong. It all started with an i7-3770k that I revived from a friend. It was way better than the CPU I had in my current PC, so I decided to build a new PC around that i7. I grabbed a board off ebay for about $60 and got some RAM from another friend. I also nabbed a GTX 970 off ebay for about $200. I wanted to go for a red and black theme so I painted the GPU and Mobo heatskins to fit the theme. After all the paining was finished, I went to put together a test bench for the components, and I shocked the Mobo, causing it to boot loop. "You've died from a small static electric shock". This is where the long trail began, hence the name of this build. So after killing my first Mobo, I was pretty upset. Not only would I have to wait longer for my new PC, but I wasted $60, and a lot of time painting ****. After this my friend suggested that I use his AMD FX-8350 with a Mobo that he had laying around, so I settled for that. I began to put the build together using a 970 MSI Mobo and the AMD FX CPU. Everything was going well until I decided to flash the BIOS on the new board. It bricked the Mobo. Turns out the BIOS files on MSI's site for that board were corrupted. "You've died from poisoned software". At this point I am about to put holes in my walls. I was tired of using old Mobos and CPUs at this point out of fear of them not working, so I decided in the end to use new parts, with the exception of the GPU which actually worked. I ordered a new CPU, Mobo, RAM, and some sleeves PSU cable extensions and finished the build. After 2 dead Mobos, the build was finally done. At the start of all of this, it seemed like an easy build with a great PC at the end of it, but in reality it was a horrible journey of things not going as planned, things dying, and a lot of settling. I included all the pictures showing the build from start to finish, even leaving in the images from the parts that ended up dying. I think it really shows the journey I had to take for a stupid computer. I give you, "The Oregon Trail".

Part Reviews


Great CPU. Runs a little hotter than I would like but it never goes over 65c. Runs fast and multitasks like a monster.

CPU Cooler

One of the best coolers I have ever had. Keeps everything below 70c no matter what I throw at it.


Great board with amazing features for the price you pay. It also looks very nice. The red LEDs are subtle and fit the board very well.


It's RAM, it's red, and it's fast.

Video Card

Great 1080p card for modern gaming. With just a little overclock it runs everything I throw at it on high to ultra settings.


I love the color scheme of this case, but the side panel scratches easily and shows dust when you have white LEDs. Other than that, it was really easy to build in.

Power Supply

Does it's job, but mine makes a single click sound when powering on and off. Does not seem to effect the performance, but it is slightly annoying.

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HawkinYaTV 3 points 23 months ago

This is the best thing Ive ever read. I was coughing powerade the whole time. 10/10 would settle again

urmom42069 2 points 23 months ago

that's the definition of "unlucky" haha

PapaKruise 1 point 23 months ago

WIth the Total, I was able to create an entry level x99

WSC 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

You know what they say... 3rd time is a charm :P

Awesome Build!

plzDonateAgame 1 point 22 months ago

BEST. STORY. EVER. 10/10 IGN would read again. WHY IS THIS NOT FEATURED??! SOMEONE CALL JIPSTER! Lol great paintwork, great part list, great all around build.... well, after the inconveniences. XD +1

dylanhardt 1 point 14 months ago

Very tidy.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build -2 points 23 months ago

unless you built this a while ago I don't know why you would put a 970 in it.

HawkinYaTV 2 points 23 months ago

He got the GPU given to him from a friend. Buying a new one was probably just money that he didnt want to use up when the card was functional enough already. And besides id still wanna show off a custom painted part like he did.

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HawkinYaTV 3 points 23 months ago

He did say there was a lot of settling involved...

ocyogirrafe 0 points 23 months ago

is a good idea!

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