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Rookie's 1st time

by jmej75



Date Published

May 18, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



Prior to building this system my total PC building experience consisted of adding video cards and RAM. This is the 1st time that I have attempted anything like this. Over the years I have had MANY canned computers and paid to have one built several years ago. I decided earlier this year that I wanted to try my luck at building my own system. I wanted a new build for mainly gaming, as I am pretty excited about some of the recently released or upcoming games. I started out with a budget in mind of $1500, but as I educated myself more and more, that budget just kept going up. I know some of you will think that I went a bit over board with this build. I know I did..... At some point I just said screw it, I am going to spoil myself and make a damn nice build. I think that I succeeded, but I am not quite done. I plan to SLI the GTX 780ti in a few weeks, as I will be going to 3 monitors later on. I went with the black and red at my wife's request. It's the least I could seeing how much money she let me spend. Also, this case is amazing! I love it!

The build itself went fairly smooth. It took me about 3.5 hours to finish it. Sadly, 2 days after I finished it, the GPU crapped out. Expensive paper weight right?? Thank god for warranties....... The new GPU came in today, so I decided to post this now that it's done. I learned a ton from the people on this site and I have to extend my gratitude for that. I even learned how to overclock the CPU!! Thanks to everyone that answered my questions or posted the newbie questions before I did. I could not of done this without the knowledge of others. I'm looking forward to any feedback.

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JrTech 2 Builds 7 points 18 months ago

Very Nice Build Just a question why the 128gb ssd?You have a 1tb sad. You could have gone with some mechanical drive as a backup drive?

cooperred 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Probably an OS boot drive, and he's using the 1TB SSD as storage, instead of a 1TB HDD like other people

pclord100 2 points 18 months ago

the 1tb 840 evo is faster than the 120 one...

cooperred 2 Builds 4 points 18 months ago

He's probably not going to notice the difference... It's already insanely faster than a HDD

pclord100 -4 points 18 months ago

sure it is but still, in terms of raw performance, it would be better to install the os in the 1tb one.

Cthill 2 Builds 7 points 18 months ago

He is probably wanting to have a separate drive for the OS. It also spreads out the chances of having a drive failure and having total loss.

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

I dont get it either. Is he using a SSD ram disk or something like that?

jmej75 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Again, I am very green to this field. The idea was for the smaller SSD to be used as just a boot drive. I realize now that the 1TB is faster, but windows loads in about 8 seconds the way I have it now. Should I do something differently? I'm loving learning this stuff. Educate me........

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

The 1tb ssd is fractionally faster than the 120gb one. Usually builders do the smaller ssd for the operating system and the large slow mechanical hd for storage. The build looks great though.

joeh4384 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Personally I would use something like clonezilla and move windows to the larger hd just so you never really have to worry about uninstalling programs etc.

PacificNic 4 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Or he could partition them to act as one drive, but really, it's not that tough to install/uninstall programs between drives.

Jonathanwashere 2 Builds 7 points 18 months ago

I'm not hating on this build but high end pcs are getting pretty generic nowadays, 4770k, h100i, VI formula, 16GBs of RAM and a 780/ti/SLI

cooperred 2 Builds 7 points 18 months ago

Go big or go home right? 4960x, RIVE, 32GBs of RAM, dual 295x2's, and a custom loop?

Jonathanwashere 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Even more awesome would be dual Xeons on a server board :D

cooperred 2 Builds 7 points 18 months ago


Done. Up to 512 gb of RAM

Jonathanwashere 2 Builds 3 points 18 months ago

Wow just wow

IIIAVIATORIII 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

This is a nice freakin' build for a first time rookie lol. You did well dude. Good cable management, nicely written description, detailed pictures, and excellent parts. Awesome work man overall. +1 - Aviator

asura_ 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

for the first time it's expensive choice of parts

Havok-Devastator 1 point 18 months ago

dat case is epic

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PatrickG 1 point 18 months ago

Very Nice Enjoy!!!

KittenKookies 1 point 18 months ago

YES. This is a YES build. +1

EyassShahoud 1 point 18 months ago

I like the CPU , the motherbored and the asus CU II is so sexy I like it

Alexvs 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

This is like my build's bigger brother as I've bought similar just the lesser version i.e. an i5 4670k, 8Gb of that RAM, only the 120GB Evo and the 770 version of the GPU. Unfortunately I've had to RMA my Hero so hoping the second one works. I hope my cabling looks half as clean as that except I doubt I'll go individually braided just yet so won't look as nice. Good work!

scorza 1 point 18 months ago

Very solid!

GamerDeso 1 point 18 months ago

Are you sure that's your first time making it? By the looks of your cable management, it looks like you've done this before. Anyways, awesome build you have there +1

jmej75 submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

1st build, I swear. The cable management was pretty easy with this case, so I can't take all the credit for that.....

GamerDeso 1 point 18 months ago

Oh well xD

xolot1 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Yes! How's that PSU? i read some bad reviews about it's quality (some, not all)

jmej75 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

It's doing it's job flawlessly so far. It's VERY quiet.

mattias1172 5 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Any reason you chose the corsair air series sp120 fans? They only have 37.9 CFM which is very little airflow. I assume it may be because of sound, but it's still relatively low air flow. Otherwise nice build +1

jmej75 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I choose those fans just for the sound factor. I read some reviews before picking them. People seemed to be fairly happy with them. I have no issue with heat at all. They are cooling the h100i radiator. The CPU runs at only 60-65 under stress test. You cannot tell that this system is running when it's on. It extremely quiet.

Cthill 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

For a first time builder this is awesome. You are doing it right bro!

Eggman772 1 point 18 months ago

You could also add a custom water cooling loop

jaggysnake57 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

The storage is a mistake. Small ssd and large hdd is better not only for price but also for the life of the drive. Writes are what break ssds so the hdd as the drive that stores media files etc lessens the writes to the ssd. It's not a major thing but for the future something to think about. You could sell the large ssd and use the money for a hdd and the second 780ti but it's up to you. In the grand scheme of the build the storage is a really small deal and this still is an awesome example of a computer. Not a massive fan of the case but then case aesthetics are very subjective and the whole build goes well together. I love the cables, and think that in any build in the mid to high level should have sleeved cables it adds so much to the looks

A huge resounding +1 from me

Gu3 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

I spent a lot of time worrying about SSD write endurance when I moved to SSD boots several years ago. I felt as JaggySnake does, SSD for boot, and spinner for data. However, Techreport has done an excellent series of articles on this, starting with this one: http://techreport.com/review/24841/introducing-the-ssd-endurance-experiment

Frankly, write amplification is a concern, but with modern SSD's, OS's, and a fair amount of capacity, in anything outside of a server farm, I would think we don't really need to worry about SSD write lifetime (especially as enthusiast PC builders...who has the same drive in 3-5 years anyway?).

So as a counterpoint to JaggySnake57, I'd say your storage is spot on. But that's my .02. And I have to agree with JaggySnake anyway +1 Great build!

jaggysnake57 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Read that article very interesting indeed thanks for the link 600tb and going very nice

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ChiefSpartan117 1 point 17 months ago

It's and older thread but let me ask this why not do any form of custom liquid cooling as you could get a XSPC kit that's got a dual radiator for 150 which has a big performance improvement over the h100i also it's looking to be a good build but I'm going to be building my first in about a month

Flobengogen 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

im thinking of getting the same case and gpu. whats the gpu like under gaming load? temperature wise.

JustAnotherGamer 1 point 12 months ago

Solid build, but may I ask what cables those are? I know the AX series comes with black cables, and I want some red sleeved ones for my AX760, so...

FloresJ 1 point 9 months ago

Where can I get those cables?