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First Full Build - The Red Dragon Awakens

by smcgothboy


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Date Published

July 13, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.1 GHz


Story I really wanted to get into building PC's as a hobby but started by looking around on this site and thought I could probably give it a go. The name is due to an American Dad episode I was watching at the time of pulling this together and I have tinkered around in pre built's and upgraded pieces etc. I completed this build about 2-3 months ago and never got round to typing this up.

I mainly use the machine for gaming, but I wanted something slightly future-proof hence the i7; I used to edit and create gaming videos from my Xbox but lost interest and may give it a go again.

I did manage to save a bit on this as you can tell from some pricing- windows I got from my University so it was free not sure if I can say that or not. PSU bargain from eBay. Note the 980Ti was because I got the collector bundle with mouse mat, dragon mascot plushie and mouse.

Good things I spent about a month planning and researching everything single item before purchase, this was an iterative build and it works well that way for me as I am quite indecisive so I spent a lot of time deterring myself.

Issues As I was using the guides provided by the companies involved I did find some things were causing trouble like seating the processor and getting the radiator in.

Regrets Although the 980Ti will do what I want for a long time to come I do sometimes think I should have held off for a 1080 or bought the card cheaper rather than going for novelty factor. Shouldn't have bought the headset really either, as I got collectors edition of DOOM from GAME with the headset bundle. Although the Corsair one is much more comfortable.

Please let me know where I could improve, I tried to keep a tidy case as I am OCD and I know how you guys pick at it but for a first build overall I think I did ok. Future changes I'd probably overclock and maybe get a second Ti or go 1080Ti when it comes. I'll probably also get rid of the disc drive as I have barely used it after all installs.

Thanks for viewing let me know where I should improve. Planning a build for youth club I run.

Edit Thought I'd explain the drives, I stated I am OCD so I like clean organisation. M.2 SSD is for OS and anything programs that don't let you switch. 500GB for main games, 250GB for programs and 2TB for less demanding games and general storage :)

Part Reviews


I really liked working with this case as it has the space to do so much and could even be used for a full custom loop, only gave it a 4 as it is literally just a bigger 300R and the back fastens can be fiddly.

Power Supply

Grabbed this on the cheap and it is great working with a modular PSU, so much to expand to, reasonable wattage and so far has had no issues, the test function is also great.

Update* - so I had issues with my PC for over a year assuming it was just bad bios or something causing it. Finally my PC gave up fully, replaced the motherboard (assume was bios error as errors were displaying before powering off) no. The culprit was this. Ive read that these PSU's have potential to have issues so I'd avoid, maybe go for a HX1000i, cheaper and more reliable

Optical Drive

Does what it needs too and its cheap what more do you need from it really?


Although it is only 2K it is a great quality monitor no issues using it, setup was simple and its surprisingly not that heavy. Came with all wires I could need. And it looks sexy as hell :)

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Enrico411 1 point 33 months ago

Great build sir!! well done!!.

ATXON 1 point 33 months ago

That 8th picture messed with my head a little. The cubby/shelf thing you have on your desk made me think I was looking at a monitor inside another monitor for a couple of seconds.

+1 for premium optical illusions.

smcgothboy submitter 3 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

That's Fredde (from Ikea) messing with you. Had to remove his shelf to fit that full tower underneath. Worth it though.

AshPKM 1 point 33 months ago

Sick build dude!

bthai1007 1 point 33 months ago

Great looking build!

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Awesome build! Just wondering, how are those headphones? +1

smcgothboy submitter 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

The corsair Void ones are really comfy and very good for noise canceling, my gf had a full conversation with me without me listening to a word of it. But don't tell her. It did take me a little while to find the volume control, the only thing I don't like is that its yellow and doesn't match the build.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Hehehe. Thanks - I might be picking these up soon ;)

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

How are you enjoying the Z35 monitor? I purchased one and had it for less than 2 hours before realized how crazy I must be spending that much. A part of me regrets it, but I'm glad I stuck with a cheaper widescreen instead.

smcgothboy submitter 3 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I love it, I'm used to gaming wide screen and the curve helps with the glare as it is sat opposite the window, I only had a 21" HP monitor I got with a pre built before so I loved the fact that it was 2K quality, my gf had taken the images and her computer sucks and when I put them on mine she couldn't believe they were the same ones. As for the price, I don't regret it because its so sexy, £300 of it came off with birthday money another £50 from Amazon voucher I'd gotten from work so I didn't feel that much of a hit.

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

If it was available at even 20-25% off, then I probably would've kept it. Thanks for your input!

Robolon 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Really nice.

I know, optical drives are mostly obsolete these days, but can we already say "good old optical drive"?

Chaptorial 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

That really is the Red Dragon. Looks like it's on fire! +1

It looks like you replaced the stock fans in the Corsair cooler with some new ones. Were the stocks too loud or did you want the red LED's in those fans as well? Looking to put together a new Kaby Lake build in the 750D along with a similar Corsair AIO cooler.

smcgothboy submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

The cooler itself has the stock fans, which actually make a horrid noise when about quiet mode, never usually end up needing to have it on more at the moment, I planned to change them for some ML when I can spare £40 for 2 fans >.>

As for the LED fans I have the red corsair SP140's on the front (should probably have been AF's but at the time I think I ordered what was cheaper. The cooler fans have no LEDs. I'm actually wanting to change my dragon to purple as I like the colour :)

Chaptorial 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Appreciate the reply and info on the fans. You gave me some more decisions to make going forward. It never ends!

Nater650 1 point 21 months ago

Haha +1 for the clever idea