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1st Gaming PC Build

by InfernoTacticsHD

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Details

Date Published

Sept. 2, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 30, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.33GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.85GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

44.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

Description

A few days ago I built my first PC (which was surprisingly easy) with the hope that I can finally get off the struggle of playing on a potato laptop which could hardly play CS:GO at 30fps. This is gonna be used for gaming, YouTube, some livestreaming every now and then and for my college work (which will be my computing coursework).

Although I found it easy overall, cabling was really difficult for me due to some small limitations with the case. When I installed the motherboard, I realised that there were no holes (or space at all, in fact) for any cables to go behind. I bascially spent a fair bit of time in that top left corner trying to route the fan connector (from the case) so that the airflow isn't affected as much. I did see a few reviews warning about the 4-pin CPU header and how fiddly it will be to plug it in - they weren't wrong. Other than that, however, the rest of the cabling was fairly straightforward. Fortunately there were tie-down points at the back so the twist ties worked really well there and I don't regret spending a lot more than planned to get a modular power supply.

Temperatures are fine, with the CPU running at an average of 40 degrees. Under load, it's around 55 on average although whilst playing CS:GO I was looking at 50-55, GTA V made it around 55 and when rendering with Vegas Pro 13 it reached 59 as the max (rendering at 1080p 60fps).

Now the big problem (and this is my biggest regret but I was on an extremely tight budget at the time) is that I don't have (nor did I buy) an aftermarket cooler. I've heard about the stock CPU cooler's noise when it's under heavy load but I didn't expect it to sound like NASA's next rocket taking off to Mars. That's probably gonna be my first upgrade, as well as a front fan becuase this case didn't come with one (you get what you pay for, I guess).

Reading back, it sounds like I'm extremely unhappy with this PC, but honestly I'm really happy due to the performance of it. I saved around £40 on the graphics card at the time of typing because it's £200 at the moment as well so there's a plus.

I'll post some benchmarks later on (if I remember to) once I've sorted out a few more games. By the way, a shameless plug: www.youtube.com/InfernoTacticsHD

EDIT:

Benchmarks (Default clock):

GTA V (Very high w/V-Sync due to screen tearing) Min = 45, Avg = 56, Max = 59

CS:GO (More or less max settings in competitive mode so there's 10 people max) Min = 90, Avg = around 130, Max = 200+

The Witcher 3 (Medium-High) Avg = 40

From here I overclocked my GPU so the clock is up from 1228Mhz to 1328Mhz and the memory from 1753Mhz to 1853Mhz and noticed some major improvements. The max temperature rose by around 10 degrees but I've read that 70 is fine considering I was using the Valley Benchmark. When I tried going higher, the benchmark crashed, so I lowered it, however I started getting graphical glitches so I lowered the memory clock even further (was originally 1953Mhz) and the glitches more or less went.

The Witcher 3 (Medium-High) Min = 35-37, Avg = 56, Max = 60

CS:GO (Same settings in a community deathmatch server with up to 24 people) Min = 72, Avg = 108, Max = 169

GTA V (Same settings) Didn't really change due to me playing close to 60fps in the first place.

Part Reviews

CPU

Haven't overclocked it yet (need an aftermarket cooler) but even at default speeds this thing is amazing. You can render a 1080p 60fps video whilst watching a 1080p 60fps video on YouTube whilst creating a thumbnail for your video on Photoshop fairly comfortably.

Motherboard

Sort of good for it's price, however most have said that you can't OC the CPU and there's no built in WiFi card. I was able to overclock my GTX 960 a bit which is stable. Other than that, it's a motherboard.

Memory

Nice design, nice speeds, good for budget builds.

Video Card

I bought this £40 less than standard price (special deal) and it's amazing. Nails every game I throw at it at a good fps. I was originally getting around 40-45fps on The Witcher 3 and after I overclocked it a bit, I was getting 55-60fps (using Nvidia's optimal settings, which look medium-high to me).

Case

Good for it's price. The main struggles I had was the cabling (no holes above the motherboard) and there was no room above the motherboard so installing the 4-pin CPU connector was a pain. Also no front fans so you'll need to buy 1 or 2. However, managing the cabling at the back was made a lot easier with the tie-down points for zip ties or twist ties.

Power Supply

Brilliant PSU, high quality cables (a bit thick but as a first builder, I'm assuming they're supposed to be like that). Definitely recommend opting for a modular PSU for any build unless you're on an extreme budget.

Optical Drive

It's a DVD/CD writer

Comments Sorted by:

GreenTeaZ 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Great pick on the GPU, that's the one I have and it handles games at high settings handily. You can easily OC it to 1.42 GHz and the memory to 8 GHz and you'll see MASSIVE boosts. The DirectCUII is really quiet, and giving it a more aggressive fan curve isn't that bad of an idea. Be careful because if you give the card more headroom, the thing with Maxwell if it sees that it can go even MORE bonkers it will. Mine ramps up to 1.5 GHz because it senses it's got power and temp headroom to spare. That might cause a crash.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 point 9 months ago

idk, i feel like the gtx 1060 or rx 480, 470, or even the 460 would be better value, but those are extremely new so they might not have been avalible when the thing was built.

FACUNDO 12 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I cry because I have the 2gb version :'c

GreenTeaZ 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

The 2GB version isn't that much of a step down in most games, Overwatch for instance. Now, DOOM 2016 would be a different story.

InfernoTacticsHD submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I've heard that this motherboard isn't great for OCing as it can't large jumps in voltage.

InfernoTacticsHD submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

*can't handle

InfernoTacticsHD submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Ok I OCed it and I see what you meant by a massive boost XD Thanks for the suggestion.

Trinergy 6 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I have a similar case for my son's PC. You do get what you pay for (I paid ~$20). I tucked all of the wires behind the upper drive cage. Use straight lines and right angles and zip contiguous wires together. Also if you can rotate the cpu fan so that the lead is closer to the fan header on the motherboard you can use the pen/pencil trick of wrapping the wire around it tightly and densely then plug it in and slip off the pen/pencil/screwdriver. This will neatly eat the slack.

Here is a pick of the back of the case and it's wires. http://cdn.pcpartpicker.com/static/forever/images/userbuild/176788.885b94095f06ebe62b0831c2f9007174.1600.jpg

tylerdami 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Nice build. Cable management looks good - no worries :)

FACUNDO 12 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

I see a very sexy backplate there 7u7