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My Ascension - The Snow Devil

by Coop2860



Date Published

Nov. 7, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 2, 2016

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This is my first PC build, so give me a break with the little problems here and there.

First off, let me say that I am only 15 without a job. So, being much less knowledgeable then I was when I started, I realize I made some questionable choices here and there.

I bought my first part about a year and a half ago, being my case. Found out it made a pretty nice container for all the parts I was stockpiling. Got my final part, the GPU, on November 2 so I'm getting acquainted with everything. My PSU, I know, could be a raging inferno. However, I haven't had any problems and it runs fine and fairly cold so I'm not too worried right now.

The only real 'benchmark' I have is my 3D Mark Demo, which came in at a score of about 4400 on the combined test. Not bad for an i3 and a $250 graphics card, I suppose. The only real-world benchmark I have measured is on Forza 6 Apex, which was 1080p all ultra (in the rain, full opponents), max 124 fps, minimum 54, average 93. Haven't taken official temps but it runs cold enough that I don't even care to at this point. I figured this was fairly impressive as well, but let me know what you think.

Next up for (what this will turn into) Snow Devil 2.0 -16gb of RAM -Two matching monitors for Eyefinity -A New PSU with custom red and black cables -i5-6500 -Liquid Cooler -Second GPU

NOTE. These pics were taken on my phone, so not the best. The cable mess has slightly improved.

Edit: Surprised I haven't received any 'OMG YOUR POWER SUPPLY IS HORRIBLE' comments yet. Last person that found out I had this freaked.

Part Reviews


Runs smooth, fast, and surprisingly cool. Handles Forza 6 apex like a beast when paired to an RX480.

CPU Cooler

Works well, very quiet, and keeps my (already cool) i3 cool at full load.


Nice motherboard. Pricy but looks great, supports LGA1151 for those who still use DDR3.


Quieter than a Western Digital.

Video Card

I can't say enough. Got it for 218 bucks on newer and I can't believe the power.


Easy to work in, lots of room, decent looking, but I would like some rubber cable grommets around the Motherboard Tray. I pulled the hard drive cage and placed my drives in the 5.25 Inch bay behind my fan controller.

Power Supply

Not the greatest quality but it runs cool and the LEDs look nice.

Sound Card

Great sound card for 30 bucks and it sounds even better.

Wireless Network Adapter

I only use it for trips to LAN parties or friends places when I can't get Ethernet. But, quick enough for some LAN gaming. Wouldn't want to do it online, though.

Case Fan

These things push some serious air while maintaining relatively quiet and good looking.

Case Fan

These are great but pretty darn expensive.


Perfect monitor for people looking for affordable 1080p. Being small, the pixel density is great, and doing a triple monitor setup would be nice.


For 35 bucks you can't really argue. Only problem is that wayyyy to many people end up with the same keyboard as you. Seriously, without our knowledge, me and three other friends ended up with the same one (me and one other in blue, on in green, another in red).

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ASUSTECHMKTJJ ASUS 9 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Solid fist time build and kudos on your support of ASUS ( motherboard, sound card and monitor, also looks like you have the ROG front base ). Kudos on being part of #TEAMASUS. Best of luck with your build!

While I am sure you have thought about consider getting yourself a pack of velcro to help tighten up the cables and make it easier to work with if you.

Also keep in mind if you want to maximize the shielded audio cable of the front base you should connect it to the HD audio header on your Xonar card.

Coop2860 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I dont normally use the front panel audio stuff as most is wired behind and hidden, so I just ran it to the normal headers.

ASUSTECHMKTJJ ASUS 9 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

So you plug you headphones into the line out on the back? The main reason I noted this is the Xonar has a OPAMP and to leverage it you want to use the HD audio out. Additionally to improve shielding the cable from the front base is much better than that of the chassis. Either which way whatever works for you is what works for you!

ShriyansM 2 points 18 months ago

Planning on an SLI?

Coop2860 submitter 2 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Crossfire, at some point yes. My motherboard doesn't support SLI so I went AMD to allow that expandability.

ShriyansM 2 points 18 months ago

Good choice :)

FACUNDO 13 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Wow, ASUS posted a comment on your build :O

zestychille 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

OMG, the pictures of the led lit setup look like they're straight out of an 80s movie. You know the bad guy is coming when the neon glow appears. The look is flawless.

crookz_n_castlez 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Congrats and welcome to the PC Master Race! Side note; you should think about adding an ssd as your main/boot drive in snow devil 2.0. +1

You might want to look into getting 2 monitors with a hdmi port instead of matching the monitor you already have since it only has a vga and a dvi port.

Coop2860 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I have an SSD in the part list. I bought this just before I installed windows, close call haha.

crookz_n_castlez 6 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Ahh okay my bad. I saw your review of the 250gb hdd and I thought that was your main drive.

Coop2860 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Nope, that one is actually replaced at this point, I guess I could just take it out of the list. Anyway, I bought the 1tb drive on sale before I installed any games so I just have a now empty drive sitting around. I never even installed it lol

Coop2860 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

It also has an HDMI port. Im not sure why it doesnt show on PCPP but thats how it's currently connected to my GPU.

ThatOneBudgetGuy 1 point 18 months ago

nice to know that there was another 15 year old who just built his new p.c. i went with an i5 6400, team green for the gpu (1060 3gb windforce oc edition) and a motherboard that supports ddr4. and i went with the deepcool dukase whv2. it's a better case than the one you got. take a look at it. only $55 on newegg, and it has build quality and features to rival an $80 case. it's amazing (it's got one blue led fan included with it though. not a deal breaker, just beware of a crap ton of coil whine).

Coop2860 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I was going for an aggresive-ish look so I chose this case. The Corsair can support more fans, one more usb 3.0 port, and is only about 60 bucks so there isn't much of a difference. Also, coil whine is caused by inductors, mostly on GPUs or other electronics. Fans generally don't create coil whine, just blade vibrations, air noise, motor noise, or in extreme cases bearing problems. I found my fans were quiet but when all 6 of mine are running at once it is very loud, that may be the issue.

AnyOtherWay 1 point 18 months ago

Edit: Surprised I haven't received any 'OMG YOUR POWER SUPPLY IS HORRIBLE' comments yet. Last person that found out I had this freaked.

Ok, you should have expected a post like this when you edited this part in.


The build is actually pretty good, omega good job.

Coop2860 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks! Took my awhile to do all the cabling.s

talonwash 1 point 17 months ago

i have a question, what type of disply is that on your case?

Coop2860 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

That's the ASUS ROG Front Base Dual 5.25" Bay Fan Controller. It works as a usb/audio hub, changes the eq, can monitor all system fans, change volume, and even do on-the-fly overclocking. It only works with select Asus boards but if yours is compatible I most certainly recommend it. Ran be about 80 bucks.

talonwash 1 point 17 months ago

hi i wanted to know how does the gpu fit in your case. i now the red devil is huge, would you loo at my build https://pcpartpicker.com/user/talonwash/saved/ZzXP6h

Coop2860 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Looks like a decent build, but I would suggest getting a single large hard drive instead of two smaller ones for the same price. It would reduce heat buildup, power consumption, and space needed in the hard drive cages.

As for the Red Devil, it fits perfectly. I removed the hard drive cages, which means I could fit even the biggest of cards. However, If I hadn't, there would still be room for me to crossfire two Red Devils and they would be fine.