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First build, a few mistakes. (updated)
by tripplehelix
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Description

I built this machine for gaming after my imac's hard drive corrupted.

The build was relatively easy, only noobish problems I had were shorting the motherboard by wiring up the fan wrong and wired the HDD light the wrong way round. Once I got these two things sorted the machine has run pretty well.

The speakers are a 2nd hand set of Bose Acoustimass that were part of my parents TV setup. They are rather good, sound quality isn't as nice as my gamecom plantronics headset but that's to be expected.

Looking back I should have done more research on some of the parts, the motherboard for example works, but lacks many features. I've had to buy a fan controller because the board only has one fan header. It doesn't allow for overclocking as far as I can see and the board turned out to be a micro ATX when it was listed as ATX.

I think the PSU is suitable, I've not noticed any issues. I would love to know if it truly is suitable for the build.

I have rewired the computer, two of the power cables aren't quite long enough to be routed round the back of the case, one I've put behind the hard drive bays, the other has to just run over the front.

Part List
Details
Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle32.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.15Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate1.25Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle36.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load58.0° C
3DMark 11 Benchmark Results
Performance Preset ScoreP4495
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bgiunt4 5 points 15 months ago

Try to do some cable management. Pretty please? :P Yeah you messed up a little. when building a computer, research is literally 75% of the work. Don't worry about it too much. Its still a fair system, just make the motherboard your first upgrade in the future.

 
 
tripplehelix [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thanks! I've just purchased some 90* sata cables, when they arrive I will rewire the whole system.

 
 
lenoz [2 Builds] 4 points 15 months ago

I think the current -4 rating is a bit harsh. I would like to see people refrain from voting rather than vote negative on a build simply because it has a load of problems. It is your first build and I think most importantly you've shown a really refreshing attitude to your mistakes in your description. You've learnt from your mistakes and your next build will be that much better for it. I really like your honesty.

I'm not voting it up for the obvious reasons but I still go on record saying you don't deserve -4 (the more "real" builds that get negative scores the harder it is for us to admonish the idiots who talk crap and/or post incompleted builds) so hopefully that's something!

I for one look forward to seeing your improvements :)

 
 
lenoz [2 Builds] 3 points 15 months ago

Back up to a positive score now, congrats!

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 3 points 15 months ago

On the video issue, It may be that the factory overclock is causing instability with the newer drivers. The default voltage is 1.250 and based on what I have read, increasing it to 1.275 in some cases fixed the problem. Try using Sapphire OC'Trixx or MSI afterburner software and see if you can adjust and make it stable. Good Luck.

 
 
tripplehelix [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

... It worked!! HDMI Audio drivers failed but that doesn't matter. Thank you ever so much!! +1 internet coupon.

 
 
Divdor [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

Glad it worked! Hope it will stay stable for you now.

 
 
tripplehelix [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Thank you ever so much, I will give this a try. It's a huge pain to get it working again but it's always worth a shot!

 
 
SeabassVar 2 points 15 months ago

Great build, but why a bad motherboard for the cpu and graphics card?

 
 
tripplehelix [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 15 months ago

I made a big mistake and regret it. I didn't research motherboards enough.

 
 
miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 2 points 15 months ago

The cable management, yes I know this sounds harsh, looks like the cable monster vomited in there.

 
 
tripplehelix [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

Get ready to drop your jaw at how beautiful it will be next week ;) hah

 
 
miniclipgamer [2 Builds] 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah, I guess some people don't have the time to put into it.

 
 
tripplehelix [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 15 months ago

When I built it I was more interested in it working than looking good where no one would see it.

 
 
chrismillar1847 [1 Build] 1 point 14 months ago

Im getting the same GPU is you and i was wondering how well it performs??

 
 
tripplehelix [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

It's a pretty good card, I got a few bugs on default settings, upping the VDDC to 1250 fixed them.

 
 
chrismillar1847 [1 Build] 1 point 13 months ago

Thanks for your help, but I have decided to wait as I may be getting a job so Im going to wait and If im successful then after a few months of pay then I will put more money towards getting a 10 x better PC

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