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The Nightingale - First Ever Build
by Shark90576
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I've always wanted to build my own computer and after my laptop died and my ownership on an iPad, I figured it was finally time to go for it and make the switch off console gaming. After stumbling upon this site and doing some research, this is the build I settled on while trying to stick to an $800-$900 budget. I already had the Operating System, keyboard, mouse, and monitor from work, so I threw my money at the good stuff. I added 2 200mm fans and 2 120mm fans for the case, taking out the fans the case came with. Call it flashy, but I love the blue LEDs on the fans.

After having this for a week and trying my best at cable management, I have to say I'm quite happy with it. The system is very fast and does everything I'd hope it would. From playing games on max settings to flying around the internet, I've spent the better part of the last week tinkering here and there to get it where I want it to be.

If I had to do it all over again, I would have probably tried to hold off a little longer, save a little more, and get a bit better of a motherboard and maybe upgrade to a better case. The mobo and case are more than fine, but after seeing some of the other options I could have went with, those are the two things I think I could have done a little better at. The PSU is solid, but it being non-modular caused me a lot of grief in my attempt at cable management. I'm sure you'll all give me some things I could have done better down in the comments :-)

I haven't overclocked yet, though I know I have the parts to do it if I want; but being new and all I don't want to rush into anything and will read/learn more about it in the coming months.

The process of putting it together was pretty smooth; the front 200mm fan caused the most problems as the screws didn't fit the right way, so I found a work around with other screws the case came with. First time I tried to fire her up it didn't turn on, but I'd plugged the Power SW into the wrong spot, so nothing major.

As far as games go, I can play the few I have so far on Ultra/Ultimate settings and frame rates over 45 per second, so can't complain there. Not being thrilled with the Next-gen consoles, this should serve me well in their place. I may miss a few of the exclusives, but that's no big deal.

Thanks for reading!

Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
CPU Temperature Under Load50.0° C
Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate925MHz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.0GHz
GPU Temperature While Idle30.0° C
GPU Temperature Under Load65.0° C
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kenh536 [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

Great build sir. Only thing that you could have done different is that motherboard. Those Asrocks are good for low budget systems, but a mid-range like this it would have been better to go for a nice Gigabyte or Asus. The Asrocks usually don't overclock very well but not too sure about that particular board. Nice gpu btw you should overclock that beast.

Shark90576 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Agreed. Like I said, it's definitely one of things I'd change. But, it's working fine for now, so it will do! Thanks!

Bartmanicus [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

Like it a lot +1

Shark90576 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you!

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CbassFishin 2 points 12 months ago

Man everyone is using the 7870xt, amazing card for the price

kenh536 [2 Builds] 2 points 12 months ago

For sure. I got a Sapphire as well and am about to see what kind of overclock I can get out of it. =)

Shark90576 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

I love it. I don't think there's a better card for the price. The games that come with it are also a major plus.

Apach3 [1 Build] 2 points 12 months ago

awesome selection for upper-$800 range, and i love the fact you included a well-regarded SSD for this price range. you probably don't need 650W of power with your system, but it's handy in case you want to upgrade.

Shark90576 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you! I went with the 650w cause it was a decent price, and like you said, it would come in handy for futures upgrades should I want them.

xSWATxBadkid [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Very nice Christmas Tree! ;)

Shark90576 [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 12 months ago

Haha thanks