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Stella (First Ever PC Build)

by lextaliones_


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Date Published

April 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.582 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


So, I had absolutely no idea any details about building a PC before I decided to. As a casual streamer and gamer, I was convinced by several close friends to invest in building my first PC. I was completely overwhelmed as soon as I began to do my research on the parts and how they all acted as a whole.
I intend on upgrading as soon as I can afford it (I work full time as Molecular Biologist and live alone. ) I had originally purchased the fractal design Celsius s24, just to discover it was damaged and leaking when I installed it. Upset and uncomfortable, I returned it for the Deepcool GAMMAXX CT.

Im also aware that my cable management skills resemble that of a family of rats living within the case- I plan on tidying it up. I started to organize the cables & then realized I should probably power it on to make sure everything was working before I went too hardcore on organizing.

Part Reviews


Absolutely no complains! Every game iv'e played has had no issues, doesnt over heat- capable of streaming games such as destiny 2, no mans sky, the sims 4 and many many more with no lag or frame drops! As well as have multiple internet browser tabs running along with OBS and playing the game all on the same PC.

CPU Cooler

I initially had purchased a fractal design celsius 24 but returned it because the threads of the base of the valve on the radiator were damaged. I purchased this cooler impulsively and I do not regret it at all. It looks pretty epic and if you have an RGB MOBO you can sync the LED on the cooler to match. The fan scared me to install because it felt like the clip was literally a paper clip unfolded but It holds on surprisingly well. It also is universal for mounting and comes with two sets of CPU cooler mounting brackets. Does not come with pre-applied thermal paste so I recommend snagging a tube when you purchase this! It also fits nicely in my case but I had read several reviews saying their case was not wide enough to fit it in and install the side panel-so keep a heads up on that if you're planning on buying this.


I love this motherboard so far. My knowledge is limited due to the fact i've just recently stumbled into the world of pc building/gaming but for a first time experience it was successful. The location of the fans is a tad sporadic which lead to having to stretch a case fans wire to reach one of the pin headers but it was possible. Currently have three case fans and a cpu cooler fan in the MOBO. The RGB feature really drives this home. It was super straight forward to use and the platform to change the colors and light patterns is very straightforward and user friendly!


No complaints but I do intend on adding more RAM in the near future.


Loving this RAM so far, this coupled with my 8G of original Hyper Fury X RAM is more than enough! The RGB software was easy-peezy which was a breeze!

Video Card

So far I am enjoying this graphics card. It has run every game I play on high settings and also streaming simultaneously with no issues! Games I play are Eco, Overwatch, Planet Coaster, Fortnite


I feel like the case is the foundation of the PC, a bad case is a bad time. So far, I love this case. The only drawback It has is in my opinion (which isn't even a fair drawback) is that its basically impossible to comfortably fit a radiator in here without being somewhat obstructed by the optical drive. If you dont have an optical drive installed, it'll fit horizontally and snuggly vertically if you get it just right. I know some people bought this case and didn't intend to use the optical drive for anything so it was fine for them. But with the optical drive installed, its far back enough that it obstructs some room for a radiator. Its easy to assemble/disassemble when adding parts or adjusting things and the side panel is gorgeous. Its not too heavy but not flimsy at all. The pre-installed LED fans were not the best if your'e actually looking for any form of LED illumination. You couldn't even see them through the front of the case (which is a filter wire mesh) and they barely made an impact on lighting up the inside. Granted they came installed so If your'e happy about that then its nice, I ended up swapping out both of them for the pink fans I have on this part list- which run just as quiet but are a smidge thicker.

Power Supply

So far I love this power supply. I have no complaints and it does its job! The only annoying part is the cables have multiple attachments, which, its never bad to have too many options of how much you can plug in, but the SATA ports are quite bulky and are only staggered a quarter inch or so apart so its hard to hide them if you're eager for slick cable management.

Optical Drive

Does its job and was super easy to install! Doesn't come with any cables though so be aware of that if your'e buying it.

Case Fan

I was shocked with how awesome these fans are! The pink is so bright but not overpowering (well, I wanted pink so why the heck would I complain for there being a lot of pink.) These are more than twice as bright than the preinstalled LED fans that came in my case. I ended up swapping out both of those fanss for these. I found these on amazon and they are inexpensive !

Case Fan

These fans are gorgeous, silent, and have amazing RGB effects that sync perfectly with my MOBO.


There are basically like 4 colors even though the remote shows a pretty wide variety of options and the remote doesn't match what response the lights give you. The magnetic strip is weaker than I expected and heavier so they are clunky.


These LED strips are great! Offers a lot of unique colors/shades that are super crispy and bright. The product description says its magnetic and mine were not, they had a weak adhesive on the back. It was difficult to make them stick tightly in the case so I ended up using zip-ties to holster them in the corners and top of the case. The remote and the fact they are super bright is a big bonus.

Comments Sorted by:

AhodShralpy 10 Builds 3 points 11 months ago

I like that CPU cooler! I used it on one of my builds and it looks sweet.

I do suggest moving the fan to the front of the cooler though, and then flipping your rear case fan so it's exhausting out the back. But you do you!

lextaliones_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I think i had stated that in the description of the build! but I agree, I only had placed the cpu fan on that side because it was the side i could clip it onto easier without fumbling around too excessively. I'm going to go back in there this weekend and try to move it on the right hand side.

Potatogamer1230 2 points 11 months ago

What keyboard is that? i really like it

lextaliones_ submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I had bought if off of amazon, I can send you the link ! :) https://www.amazon.com/HUO-JI-Water-Proof-Mechanical-Anti-Ghost/dp/B01N5F6W51/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&ref_=yo_ii_img

I wanted to have it on my part list but couldn’t find it on he options for keyboards on here !

Nater650 2 points 2 months ago

There might be a little work involved, but might I suggest replacing the HDD you have your OS stored on with an SSD? SSDs will make your PC faster, they consume less power than an HDD, and since they have no moving parts they’re nearly silent.

lextaliones_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Oh trust me ive wanted to do that for awhile. I don't have the original key anymore for my OS, so i cant just reinstall it alone onto a small SSD. Its on the 1TB HDD, which is now completely full so in order to clone it onto a SSD, it would have to be a 1TB since you cant just clone the OS alone.

nonoesimposible 1 point 11 months ago

How do you like the monitor?

lextaliones_ submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

so far im really enjoying it!

nonoesimposible 1 point 11 months ago

I've heard the screen is quite glossy/reflective, have you noticed/been bothered by that?

lextaliones_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

not at all!

Marskel 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Do you mind me asking where I can get a curved desk like that in the 3rd picture?

lextaliones_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago


Marskel 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I found it on their website. It looks so unique imo I might try an buy one

lextaliones_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

I would totally buy it, its great for the price and assembly wasnt too bad. Its a huge box though (thin but really wide) so that part was tough. There are originally supposed to be two file cabinet-like folders in the left hand shelf but I left them out to make room to use it as a normal shelf.

Marskel 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

I am definetly buying one. But I need to get it online tho cause I live on an island and there are no ikeas here for some strange reason

BudgieLord 1 point 1 month ago

I know everyone's here for the PC, but I just have to say I love the cockatiel! So cute!

lextaliones_ submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

haha with a name like budgie lord, makes sense you noticed my feather baby! his name is qubit, he spends a lot of time at my desk with me! thank you! lol

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