Description

This is my first PC build and I am very happy with it. I'm new to the world of PC gaming, so the only games I have are gmod and gta v. I bought all the parts from Centrecom, I would've bought 2 dims but they didn't have any in stock. Cable management wasn't to easy but I finally got it.

CPU: I was going to get the i5 4460 but they had a discount because of Christmas and it was cheaper then the 4460, I also don't plan on overclocking.

CPU Cooler: I wanted a quiet cpu cooler and low temps and that's what I got. Very quiet and always kept my cpu nice and cold.

Motherboard: Motherboard is nice looking and has a very user friendly interface, it was easy to use. I haven't spent much time in motherboard bios that much after I installed Windows.

Ram: The ram is actually geil ram but pcpartpicker don't have it on the website. Also ram is ram so I don't have much to say.

SSD: Very fast and does what I need it to do.

HDD: They had special 30% off and I need lots of storage.

GPU: This Grapics Card is very very good, it's has a zero fan speed mode with keeps the PC nice and quiet. It also has a special programme and there are three modes, silent mode, gaming mode and oc mode, I always keep it on oc mode. I really like this gpu and would recommend it to anyone that wants a 960.

Case: This was a new case from corsair and it was nice and small. Cable mangement wasn't too easy but I got the hang of it and It's got very good looks for the price.

PSU: This had good reviews and had all black cables, which I was very happy about. It's also very quiet which I like.

Optical Drive: It does what I need it to do.

14/1/15 UPDATE:

I bought the Thermaltake Riing LED RBG 3 pack fans, there very good and my system was even quitter then the stock fans. The are really good fans would recommend them to anyone.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I run at full speed all the time and is super quiet, and it's got good looks.

Power Supply

Not the best looking PSU but that makes up for the quietness.

Case Fan

Very Quiet Fans! Very good looking especially the LEDs on the fans, would recommend them to anyone!

Comments

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Should have gotten the R9 380...

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

A Skylake and a 960? Treat yourself to a larger case and give those things some room to breathe. A larger case would not only give you more room to expand in the future, it would give you better airflow and it would also make cable management easier.

This case has no front intake fans, which is not optimal. If you get a case which has front intake fans as well as a rear exhaust, for example, cool air from the front will flow over your hardware and then obviously the hot air will be exhausted out the rear. With your current setup however, hot air is just floating about in the case until the one rear fan can pull it out. Heat is a gaming computer's worst enemy and for good reason. Cooling your expensive hardware efficiently is important if you want it to last. One thing I noticed which concerns me is the positioning of your HDD at the bottom of the case. HDDs can run warm, especially if you're gaming off of them.

For instance, my HDD has a fan blowing over it all the time and is doing nothing right now, and it is at 33 degrees Celsius. The temperature averages around 35 degrees for most people according to hddstatus.com, so mine is doing pretty well. My SSD on the other hand, is actually getting less airflow but is cooler than my HDD, at 28 degrees. I am also actively using my SSD, in other words it's not idle like my HDD. While it may not seem like that significant of a difference at idle, when you begin gaming you will start to see why having good airflow is important.

I think you're on the right track. You said you're new to the PC gaming scene, so if you have any questions just let me know. Good luck!

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

By the way I'm planning to buy some more fans, what spots do recommend me putting them?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have anywhere else to put fans in that case?

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

I can put 1 120mm in the back, 2 120mm on the top and 2 120mm in the front

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh, my bad... I hadn't looked closely enough at the case and I assumed that you couldn't stick any fans in the front because it's just a solid face. I plead ignorance. lol

If you install fans in the front, the airflow won't be terrific because it's all being sucked in through those vents on the side. However, that will be better than having none whatsoever.

Fans on the top to exhaust air aren't really necessary and may actually do more harm than good because of negative airflow. You will have more fans taking air out of the case than fans bringing air in, which will suck more dust in through ventilation holes etc. You want to try to strike a balance with your fans so that you don't have too much negative or positive pressure. With those two front fans slightly choked, you won't want to install too many exhaust fans. The one rear exhaust fan should be fine.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tips. I am looking at building my first PC as well. Every bit helps

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like that cpu cooler? I personally have one myself and I love it.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really good it's quiet and it's not that bad looking

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

R9 380 is the better buy. It is cheaper and more faster! Also why the 2GB model 4gb models isn't bad either. Otherwise nice components

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted to get the R9 380 but they didn't have any and 4gb model was to expensive