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First build by a 15 year old.

by dillonman



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



Hey everyone this is my first build and I did a hell of a lot of research to put this together and a lot of saving up too. In fact, I still owe my dad $400 but that is besides the point. I know that I could have gotten a similar performing build for less money, but I went with LGA2011 because I wanted 40 PCI lanes for future upgrades and also I did not want Haswell because of the crappy paste that is used instead of solder. I also wanted it to look nice so I spent lots of money on the case/fans/leds. The HDD were free because I got them from some of my family members' old laptops and the SSD was actually a 60GB Vertex 3, I just didn't see the option for it on here. Overall, I'm very satisfied with IB-E, 4.5GHz stable with a Hyper 212 Evo with decent temps? Hell, the fan isn't even at full speed. 5GHz can't possibly be that hard. I was able to hit 4.3GHz with stock voltage and to get to 4.5 I had to bump it up from 1.15v to 1.21v. I'm glad I chose the 4820k over the 4770k just because of the overclocking ability.

The NZXT Phantom 630 is an amazing case and it made cable management insanely easy, the fan controller is a huge plus. I was surprised at the sheer size of this case, it is massive. The gunmetal is beautiful. My only complaints are that I wish the window was bigger and that they would ditch the 200mm fan on the side.

The motherboard came with the F3 BIOS which did not allow for Ivy Bridge out of the box, I had to take it to Microcenter to get it flashed which cost me $30. Not too big of a deal considering the processor only cost $250 there which is a steal. In the future I hope to fill all of the ram slots, or at least two more. The memory looks awesome when it is symmetrical like that.

There isn't much to say about the power supply, it does its job, and is quiet and efficient at doing so.

The 7950 is a really good deal for the price, it runs Far Cry 3 at about 70FPS with max settings (1080p AA turned off, shadows on high, everything else is max.) Doesn't get too hot, about 60*C but I don't know how hard the fans are working. I will say the fans are not silent when they are under load. The PCB doesn't go with my black/red color scheme, but it doesn't look too bad.

I've been using the OCZ drive for about 8 months now in different computers and using compressible data on crystal disk mark I get about 450mb/s read and write with non compressible getting 350mb/s read 100mb/s write. Boot for Win7 Ultimate is 10 seconds after post.

I went with the Kingston ram because it was on sale at Microcenter, and it was red. It does run at 1600mhz at 1.5v even though they advertise 1.65v. Scores 7.8 on WEI so I guess you can't go wrong with it.

Sorry I don't have the best pictures and that the orientation is not right on two of them, but you get the idea. Just incase you're wondering I will be getting sleeved PCIe cables as well as more fans. Thanks for checking about my build and feel free to leave a comment!

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kulmnar 6 points 49 months ago

Nice build man, when I was 15 my family didn't have money and I couldn't afford to build anything...I bought some office PC and tried to play whatever games I could on it...mostly the Civilization games and other low requirement games. Now it's a different story because I have money but man...being 15 brings back memories. Again nice build!

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Man Kulmnar. I haven even thought about the old pc games in a long time. My dad had a work Pc IBM something or other with an 8088 running at a whopping 33mhz I think, or was it 10. It was as long time ago. Before the 286 came out. And way before the internet. it was processor and a 20 mb hard disk. Wow pc's have come a long way.

BTW nice build!

dillonman submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Haha its funny, about a year ago my grandpa gave me a Macintosh Plus and it runs at 8mhz but its 29 years old and it still works + it boots in 5 seconds.

Gooberdad 7 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Awesome. Got you an antique. I was wrong on the 33 MHz. It was 10 MHz and it was around 1985. Yeah about the same time as that Apple. Before that, he had an Apple2 plus as well. That apple had no Hard disk. Just two big old 5.25 floppy drives and an upgraded video card from some apple store. It could play a few games. I fried the motherboard on the apple when I wanted to see what would happen when I put a Magnavox Odyssey 2 game cartriage into one of its serial ports. Man my dad was pissed. http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/Collection/NewMedia/NationalVideogameArchive/CollectionItem.aspx?id=2007-5007

l13199l 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

could have just delidded a haswell cp0u, but other than that nice build

SparkyOnPC 1 point 49 months ago

I see your comments everywhere xD

l13199l 3 Builds 3 points 49 months ago

yeah i almost live on this site, even during class im usually looking for something to do on here

SparkyOnPC 3 points 49 months ago

lmfao, yea I cant stop refreshing this website to see if there are more builds.. my build is going to cost a lot so thats why I havent uploaded anything yet.

Norm101 3 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

LOL I am always checking it out too. Even on my phone.

MrMOABy 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

yesterday, I had three short stories to write and I only did 1.5 cuz I was just on here looking at stuff.

l13199l 3 Builds 5 points 49 months ago

i aswell did not complete assignments due to this website

thebigboi 1 point 49 months ago

pretty good build

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 49 months ago

Looks nice great job :)

dhokeefe 1 point 49 months ago

Nice build. I like the sleeved cables. I biult my first PC back when I was 12.

dillonman submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!

Indloon 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I really like this. Although I would went with bigger CPU cooler ;)

dillonman submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

It can't be beat for $30, but I will get a better cooler somewhere down the line. I don't like having the CPU at 70C even though it can handle it. It only gets to about 55C during gaming anyway.

Erikus 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I thought this was going to be a fifteen year old build, but I was pleasantly surprised. You have some amazing parts in this build. Hope you enjoy it!

dillonman submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Thanks haha I tried my best.

Moon_Rock 1 point 41 months ago

if those are actual cpu temps while under load you may be able to reach 5 if you get a better cooler like the x60 with 2 bitfenix fans in push pull

18hockey 1 Build 0 points 49 months ago

60C is a bit hot. Just today I was running BF4 on ultra for 2 hours on my 7950 and I was getting temps ranging from 40-55.

dillonman submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

The fans were at like 46% , I guess it depends more on which model card you have. What are you using?

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 49 months ago

What are those sleeved wires coming out of your mobo? it doesnt appear to be from your PSU, Is it? if so, can you give me a link

dillonman submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Yeah they were extensions from Silverstone, I got them on Newegg, they work and look nice but they aren't very flexible. I also plan on getting extensions for the GPU. Here is the link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812162040 .

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 49 months ago

Will they work on my EVGA SuperNOVA 650W, and can i get them in a diffrent color?

dillonman submitter 1 Build 2 points 49 months ago

Yeah they come in a bunch of different colors and as long as you have a 24pin Motherboad power and an 8pin CPU power which I'm sure you do they'll work.

KingOFCRuel_ 1 point 49 months ago

Alright i'm really sorry to bother you, but can i list my PC parts, and you give me what extensions i need to buy??? i'm kinda a noob

GuitarMaster2017 0 points 48 months ago

I'm 15 and I've been saving to build a PC. I'm going for high end and I'll be working for the next few months. I'll be sure to post my build.

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