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First Custom Gaming Build

by corndogninja



Date Published

May 17, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 23, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

980 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.9 GHz


Title says it all - a few months ago I decided to use my Christmas bonus to invest in a new machine for gaming, media, and browsing.

I've never really had a powerful computer before (just prebuilts or laptops), so I wasn't looking for some monster that would crush anything I threw at it, just something that could comfortably run games at medium to high settings in 1080p. This particular build was a combination of /r/pcmasterrace's "Next-Gen Crusher" guide, advice from a PC-building friend, and me hunting for deals or just whatever was cheap.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Very useful in that it can be mounted at any 90-degree angle to an AMD mobo (I had previously used a T4 which could only be mounted up or down). A bit small but it lines up perfectly with my case's exterior fan so I can't complain.


An excellent amount of available inputs from the rear panel, numerous and very well labeled ports throughout. Only issue is that the color-coding of some portions isn't the same as the color-coding from my case, but clear labels and the enclosed instruction manual made that easily overcome.


Inexpensive and gets the job done.


Very low-profile and small but works very fast. OS boots up in a second, at most, and the software I've saved to it (Adobe, Steam) launches quickly as well.

What can I say? It's an SSD and it works like a charm.


Inexpensive and works great.

Video Card

Runs excellent, can play most modern games on highest settings with ease (MGSV looks amazing). Very quiet despite having two fans. Very cost-effective and recommended for first-time gamer builds.


I chose this case was bought as it was inexpensive but still a good size. Functionally it works just dandy, three built-in fans keep it cool and the three front USB ports (two 2, one 3) are a nice touch. Easy to hook up to the motherboard and the frame makes cable management simple. My only gripe is that it doesn't have an SD card reader, but that's not exactly standard so I can't complain.

In terms of style, the orange swoop adds a nice touch of eye candy. There are orange LEDs on the front and side; I don't particularly care for them but they don't bother me so I'm leaving them be. There's also a large window on one side so you can look in on the system.

Power Supply

Splurged a little as I figured the power supply is not something to go cheap on. Well worth the investment - plenty of juice, low-profile, and the modular setup makes cable organization a breeze!

Optical Drive

Nothing fancy, but it certainly gets the job done with both CDs and DVDs. A lot of people say you don't need an optical drive, but I've found the twenty bucks is well worth avoiding the hassle when you have a disk but no drive.

Comments Sorted by:

Gooberdad 10 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

"My Inventory" link is dead.

Pc looks nice.

Thumbs up

corndogninja submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Aw, nertz. I just dropped the link since it's not that important.

Thank you!

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

No sweat

Builder111111stTime 1 point 33 months ago

Nice build +1

TechTested 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Gotta love the old phenom CPU. Did you overclock it? At 4ghz it will outperform any current AMD quad core CPU.

corndogninja submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Haven't overclocked it yet - it meets my needs fine as-is - but I'll probably look into that at some point.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Great pics, case and cable management. Well done!


corndogninja submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Thank you!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

You're welcome

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

+1 for phenoms. I have an unlocked x2 chip which is exactly the same as the 965 you have. Mine is at 3.5ghz though. I also have a 380. Very similar builds.

moodster12 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Really nice build for the money, good job!

corndogninja submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago


moodster12 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago


gugu96 19 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

phenom II!! I should have kept my 955BE back in the days instead of going to 6 cores. Since then I'm chaning my rig way too often. Currently building 2 computers with B75 (740BE equivalent).

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corndogninja submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Yep, a buddy who builds a lot of computers (gaming, work, bitcoin mining, etc) had it sitting around and let me have it for $20. Figured for that price I couldn't say no!

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