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My First Build
by JeanMaddox
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So this is my first build, which was a graduation present. I am extremely happy with it, no complaints so far. My parents gave me a 1k limit, so this is what we put together. I'm pretty new at this, so I had a friend and teacher who are far more experienced in this area than I, help me pick out some parts and teach me more about the components. Bare with me, I'm not all caught up in the PC lingo :) Any helpful tips would be GREATLY appreciated!

It runs Watchdogs on Ultra pretty smoothly, a little glitchy when in the heat of the game, so I downgraded to High settings, which run without a problem. The rig itself is really quiet, I almost never hear it while playing a demanding game.

Sorry, I can't really give any details on most of the parts, since I have nothing really to compare it to. But I can say the peripherals, such as the Logitech G107+ Keyboard is great. The Macros are easily accessible and to personalize. The backlit is nice, and the Brown mechanical keys are quite smooth to type on. I haven't gotten the mouse yet, I will try to update when I do get it.

If you have some money to throw down, I do recommend the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks. The sound is incredibly clear, and it's top quality. The only downside for me is that it has no headphone jack. The Monitor is good as well, it's not 100% secure though, it wobbles a bit, but I don't really touch it physically, so not too big a problem.

Anyways, like I said, any tips would be a great! Thanks.

And that's my dog Sam, he wouldn't go away when I was taking photos, so I decided to add him in :)

EDIT: I'm a girl by the way, just to clear up any confusion.

Part List
Date PublishedJune 17, 2014
Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor
CPU Clock Rate3.4GHz
CPU Temperature While Idle-
CPU Temperature Under Load-
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 2GB WINDFORCE Video Card
GPU Core Clock Rate1.08Ghz
GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate6.01Ghz
GPU Temperature While Idle-
GPU Temperature Under Load-
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cbrown67 [1 Build] 9 points 4 months ago

Dat dog doe.

Liam_Scully17 3 points 4 months ago

next thing you should upgrade is your cpu cooler. Try and go liquid. If not, noctua and be quiet are really good brands for fans.

reoper6 1 point 4 months ago

Its not as good as Noctua's cooler but i think that Cooler Master's air cooler (the V8 one) would look nice. Though the best performance air coolers do come from Noctua so it really depends on preference, Looks or efficiency your choice

jacobs4525 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

The V8 is a piece of crap, due to a shifty mounting system. If you want a good looking CPU cooler, get an NZXT Havik 140.

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO that Cthiil recommended earlier has good reviews. Is the NZXT Havik 140 really worth the 30 dollar difference?

jacobs4525 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Yes. It will perform on par with the noctua NH-D14.

JaneGoodall [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

His money would be better spent on a GPU upgrade in a few years since overclocking won't help much yet. Even an unoverclocked i5-25xx doesn't come close to bottlenecking his GTX 760.

RealmOfVenom 2 points 4 months ago

You do realize he is a she

j0e652 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Spend some money on a CPU cooler next so you can overclock that unlocked CPU since you have a z87 board. Otherwise great job +1

SothothFatalis [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Overclocking wouldn't help anything. Even an i5-4460 wouldn't come close to limiting a GTX 760, let alone an i5-4670k. He should just leave it on stock clocks until he replaces his video card in a few years (or however long he keeps it), it'll help the lifespan, save money, and there won't be a difference.

JaneGoodall [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

+1. Without OCing, it probably won't even bottleneck the 2016/2017 version of the Titan Black or the r9 295xx based on how 2011 CPU's perform with those cards. Intel CPU's last longer and longer before bottlenecking and an i5-25xx still doesn't come close to bottlenecking anything on the market today, except in a few strategy games. I get bottlenecked in Europa Universalis IV on my i5-4670 but OCing would still only add a few fps.

One still won't gain an extra ~2.5 year GPU upgrade cycle from overclocking but it could make the bottleneck less significant after the second upgrade.

@JeanMaddox turn on the OC when you start hitting near 100% CPU utilization on any core while gaming.

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Cthill [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Like the others have said. Get an aftermarket cpu cooler. I use a H100i but if you are not really up to spending that much money on a cooler I would suggest something like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. It is cheap, works great and even helps make your build look a lil cooler. I have built 4 pcs from the ground up for people and I never let one out of my sight with the stock cooler. Enjoy your build! +1

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

I will definitely check out that cpu cooler, I can always upgrade later. Thanks!

Ahash [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

You sir, have the cutest dog ever.

Cthill [2 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

I bet that dog was in that chair during the entire build process.

xx116xx [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Great build! I'm happy to see that you did some research and didn't waste your parents money. +1

Mitsy [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

How has noone even mentioned how dumb it was to have computer parts on a rug/carpet yet...

Taking the chance to ruin 100s of dollars in computer parts no big deal.

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

It's on a towel so I could set it on a softer surface. Should I not?

Mitsy [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Electro static discharge, look it up! Any parts should be set on a non conductive surface or card board.

Motherboard boxes are the perfect thing for building PCs on.

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

From what I researched Cotton towels are non conductive and okay to build on..

vikingXcore [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

You sir, have a very clean setup. did your friend/teacher help manage the cables, or was that all you? Also, if my wife saw that dog, she might die. thank god I'm at work so I don't have to risk the funeral :p. Also, I like the color coordination you have going on. And that case is sick and looks pretty spacious.

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

The part picking was a collaborative effort. The physical assembly was myself. Yeah..my dogs pretty cute. And the case is really great. It's 1.5 inches off the ground, I'll let you guys know how it still is after I get the CPU cooler, but as of right now, it is really spacious.

vikingXcore [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

for CPU cooling, if you're into decent liquid cooling, I got a Corsair Hydro Series H105 that's pretty big, but it fits inside the case without looking too cramped (corsair 450D is the case), and the pump assembly comes with 3 colors including blue.


They also got cheaper smaller coolers that are nice too!

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

I definitely want to do liquid cooling sometime, but I don't want to get a cheap one just for the sake of calling it liquid cooled. I think I'll just get the Cooler Master 212 EVO that Cthill recommended to save some money. But what you linked is really nice! I'll make a liquid cooled system one day.

vikingXcore [3 Builds] 1 point 4 months ago

Ever thought about getting the corsair shrinked PSU kits? I might do those in the future just to treat my rig, lol.

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Aren't those the color coordinated cables? If they are, then yes, I've seen them. Can't wait till I have a fair amount of money one day, haha

tjb423 [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Great build in my opinion, I have a similar build except yours is on the Intel side of things.

JoshPapson [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

I think it needs more pictures +1

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

haha, I know how much the PcPartPicker community like pictures, I didn't want to disappoint

jaketredy [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Dat carpet tho, nice build bruh.

mikemaddem [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

I got kinda the same build

MyNameIsLucid [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Did you set a graphics card on carpet?? YOU HAVE OFFENDED THE PC COMMUNITY!! just kidding, but really did you set a gpu on carpet?? overall nice build..

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 2 points 4 months ago

No, my house is complete tile, I dont have any carpet or rug in my house. I set it over a cotton towel, which doesn't conduct.

saaz 1 point 4 months ago

nice build

Spbach [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

For the Headphone jack: It usually sounds less than desirable when connected to the front panel audio, or in this case, the speakers. The best option is to use the back panel audio which is coming directly from the DAC.

th3whom 1 point 4 months ago

Absolute boss choice in wallpaper.

JeanMaddox [Submitter] [1 Build] 1 point 4 months ago

Haha, Thanks! I'm counting down to April, waiting on Season 4

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LukeTheSkyGamer 1 point 2 months ago

i love all the blue