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Axel Mark 1

by papkee



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C


An entry-level build for gaming and video editing. (-ish)

Link to the Overclock.net Thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1424896/first-mod-axel-mark-1-nzxt-h230-case-mod-painting/

This is my first-ever build as well as my first ever experience with painting and modding. I added a custom window to the side, painted all the black pieces navy blue, and added custom decals to the case as well.

I chose the H230 based only on the pictures, as it had just come out at the time and there were no reviews available. It was a home run, and the thing is amazingly quiet.

I didn't go haswell mostly because I had bought the motherboard before Intel released their 4xxx series. However to me using the 3770k seems faster than I'll need.

The GTX 760 seemed like the right card for me. Not expensive and pretty powerful, plus I am a nVidia fanboy at heart. I remember using their original GT series back in the day. It runs BF4 at ultra smooth as butter.

I chose the SSD because it was the one that several people recommended to me, plus I just wanted an SSD. Same goes for the WD drive, it's the one everyone uses.

I don't think I'll need more than 500 watts for now, so I chose the CX500. It was cheap and had good reviews.

Now, there are a few problems I've had. -UPS dinged up the case during shipment. The back left was bent up, so I had to bang it out and bend it back. -The motherboard is in the process of being replaced. It had a faulty (I believe) VGA chipset, and even with the GPU hooked up it was causing my computer to freeze and crash at random times. -A lack of planning caused the window to clash with the back case fan, so it's a real pain to close up the case. (it requires a lot of pushing and shoving.

Overall, I'm amazed at what this beast can do when it works. I've also gotta thank you guys here at PCPP for helping me to choose all these parts. I could've never done it without your guidance.

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ThisOneisOdd 8 points 23 months ago

"Entry-Level" is not the term I would use for this build personally. Still a really awesome build though!

AustinTheTimelord 1 point 23 months ago

What does the term "Entry-Level" imply?

LeMonarque 3 Builds 7 points 23 months ago

Definitely not a 3770K haha

ThisOneisOdd 1 point 23 months ago

^ Exactly. Usually when you hear "entry-level" you don't think 3770K in the slightest.

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Or even a 760 is alot of power unless you want REALLY smooth gameplay in ultra...

fsma92 2 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

a 6300 with a 7770 would be entry level..

PickItApart 1 point 23 months ago

Should be called..."when it works"

papkee submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Lol. Exactly.

PickItApart 1 point 23 months ago

why'd you edit it out? btw, people like longer descriptions.

CarsonLudt 2 points 23 months ago

What kind of camera and picture editing software (if any) did you use to make these pictures look good?

papkee submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Straight from my Canon T4i. Used two LED flashlights to light it up, and I didn't do any processing other than cropping and adjusting the levels.

I'm a professional photographer/videographer so that helps a little too.

CarsonLudt 1 point 23 months ago

Do you think you could edit some pictures for me in the future when I build my computer?

TheEpicness92 1 point 23 months ago

That is one nice computer. Good build!

deathfromup 6 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Beautiful looking build.

skemble 23 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

What are you going to do for cooling?

papkee submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I'm opposed to watercooling because I know three separate people who have all had leaks and totalled their systems. At the moment my temps are fine, but if I did anything I'd just add some more fans. This case is crazy quiet.

jamesh1999 2 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

If you ever consider watercooling then just make sure you get some non conductive coolant. If you do that and keep it away from your disk drives then pretty much nothing can go wrong. Otherwise nice looking build and +1

skemble 23 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

You can also go air. There are plenty of good ones that do just as good as liquid. One of those black and white Phanteks would look sweet in there.

Oliver 4 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

If you're concerned enough about aesthetics to get a psu shroud and a painted GPU, you should at least invest a bit in getting a slightly prettier CPU cooler. Trust me, I'm very concerened about looks like you, and it certainly reflects in my builds that I have the budget for looks! Great build by the way!

DownloadMoreRAM 1 point 23 months ago

WOW this build looks downright sexy! Nice! Good parts selection too! Enjoy! And btw this isn't an entry level gaming PC ;)

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 23 months ago

Can i pay you to do a custom sidewindow?

Fluency 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I love that custom side window! I'm trying to do something similar with my next build. How did you get yours done? And how much did it cost (if anything)?

papkee submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Check the Overclock thread. I used a dremel to cut it out and got the molding from amazon.

flyboy88 1 point 23 months ago

Asthetically one of the nicer builds I've seen on here. That case is hella sexy.