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Nick's First Build

by DarkAvenger34


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Date Published

March 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.866 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

2.002 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


This machine is made specifically for 1080p gaming. So far, every game I've thrown at it has been run with a pretty much constant 60 fps with very high or max settings. I overclocked the CPU and GPU using OC Genie (I don't trust myself enough to do it myself). I was able to get the CPU to 4 GHz which is probably good enough.

I did run into multiple issues in both the purchasing and building process. When I received my case, I noticed that all the fans have Molex connectors which are incompatible with my fan controller. Luckily, I was able to get 3-pin fans pretty cheap on amazon.

When building, I ran into a few "minor" issues. After I had all of my parts in and attempted to start it up, it continuously turned off and on. I tried to diagnose the issue and realized that my CPU cooler was not secured properly and after fixing that, it powered up successfully. I also had issues with installing Windows 7 onto my hard drive which I later found it to be defective. I sent back the 3 TB and then just picked up a 1 TB at Best Buy and it worked without a problem. Once I get the refund for the HDD I'm probably gonna pick up another 1 TB or maybe a 2 TB so that I can get my originally planned 3 TB's. I'm considering getting an SSD in the future.

  • I finally added some better photos of this machine.
  • Upgraded my GPU from an R9 380 to a GTX 1070 STRIX, I'm incredibly happy with this purchase.

Part Reviews


Has the exact look I was looking for when building my PC. The only downside is that it's built in fans are Molex.

Optical Drive

Didn't work whatsoever

Fan Controller

Awesome fan controller. Allows me to individually control all of my case fans, I would definitely recommend this fan controller.

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UGame_ 2 points 36 months ago

Looks really good! But why did you get a fan controller? It just adds to the price and you could've put that 40 bucks into a 120 GB SSD.

CrazedGunner 2 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I second that. And in the BIOS you have a fan controller right there. I have the same MOBO, so I know that it is there.

eopest 9 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

More convenient to control the fans than going into the BIOS to controlling the fan curves, I'd say. And if he decides to he has the wattage to easily add fans. On some motherboards not all the headers are controllable from the BIOS (I have one like that), and he might like the look of the controller in the front of the case. (A bigger issue is that the fan LEDs and controller display colors don't match and it's really jarring to me.) As far as getting an SSD, a 120GB is kinda small for a primary; a 256 isn't that much more and is a minimum, I'd say.

DarkAvenger34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I tried to find a green fan controller, but I couldn't find one that seemed like it had the same quality and features as my current one. It doesn't really bother me too much, i'm just happy that its up and running well.

eopest 9 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

Point taken. It runs and you're happy with it :) I'm sorta old-school when it comes to the front panel looks (I mean, heck, you even have an ODD) so that's why I brought it up, but overall I like the system. +1

floridaboz 4 Builds 2 points 36 months ago

Green LEDs build for this day, Did you wait to upload that build to day for that reason?

Percivious_ 0 points 36 months ago

You should take a better picture of this beast you cannot see the full build, only the lights, and the PSU is not nearly enough. otherwise, i myself would be tempted to buy it if it weren't for the price.

DarkAvenger34 submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I took those photos immediately after building it, ill take better photos today. Also, my friend has an extra 800 W PSU so if it becomes an issue I'm sure he'll let me borrow it. Thanks for the suggestions!

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

The psu is plenty.

tiny_voices 4 Builds -2 points 36 months ago

I'd look to replace the PSU. 430w is simply not enough here.

Kevin1807 3 points 36 months ago

ehhh...I've seen better builds using a 430 watt psu. I mean, it's not really necessary. If he plans to upgrade, there is always the option to get a better power supply, but I think this one suits his needs just fine.

tiny_voices 4 Builds -1 points 36 months ago

A system like this will pull 300w when gaming and this is not the best quality psu. If this was a high quality 450w unit I would not have said anyhting, but it isn't. This psu won't last too long in this system.

rowanhazard 2 points 36 months ago

All of corsairs PSU are pretty decent, so that is not worrying me. I have a 390 and the minimum recommended is 750 watts. This build is at least drawing 350-380 watts idle. Gaming this should be drawing 450-550 watts, non overclocked.

tiny_voices 4 Builds -1 points 36 months ago

Incorrect. The cx units are lower end and built with low quality capacitors. They are nothing like the other units corsair sells. Corsair use several oems for their psus. They are not all the same at all.

rowanhazard 3 points 36 months ago

But did you get my main point or are you just all criticism.

Kevin1807 1 point 36 months ago

Corsair psu's are known for their great quality and performance.....