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First PC in Almost a Decade

by kinuai

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59 Comments

Details

Date Published

Feb. 10, 2017

Date Built

Jan. 27, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.12GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.0GHz

Description

I've been wanting a PC to do some gaming for a couple years now, but I could never find the justification to do so. My last PC was just a regular old desktop that my dad used for work, and that soon became off limits to me. I did have a laptop when I was in middle school but after using it for a year or two, it suddenly died on me. After my girlfriend and I got into PC gaming 2 years ago, I started wanting to build a PC I could use to play with her from my house. Last summer, when I was 19, I finally got my first job and began saving for a PC build, and so I finally started my PC build.

This build really was a dream build to me. It turned out better than I could imagine. I love using my new PC everyday, and am really glad I caved in and built it. I had initially wanted to save a little more before buying it, but now I'm so happy that I forgot all about the dent in my wallet. I'm looking forward to building another one in the future, maybe for my brother/sister or girlfriend :)

Part Reviews

CPU

So I was a little on the fence about whether I should get the i3 or the i5. I was leaning towards the i5 but because I was trying to stay on a budget, I went with the i3. The cpu stays under 40 degrees so I definitely have no regrets on my choice so far. Maybe in the future I will upgrade but the i3 is more than enough for my needs right now.

CPU Cooler

At first I was going to use the cooler included with my i3 core, but after seeing how nice the white of the Cryorig looked with my case, I just had to get it. it was very easy to install, though I was quite puzzled about applying thermal paste at first. I suppose it does it's job pretty well considering my CPU temps stay under 40 degrees.

Motherboard

I actually got this motherboard as a recommendation on Reddit. It was pretty simple to plug everything into, and the built in Wi-FI was a bonus. The BIOS was easy to operate, overall a great motherboard.

Memory

Not much to say about this, I kind of get what it does but at the same time not really haha. They blue LEDs are nice with the case though.

Storage

Before building this PC I actually had no idea what an SSD was. After someone on Reddit explained for me, I figured I should get it. No regrets whatsoever, this thing loads up my PC and games faster than I had even expected. Wish I could just get SSDs instead of also getting a hard drive.

Storage

Not much to say about this except that it was really cheap for all that space. I guess that it'll be good to have that space for pictures/movies/music later.

Video Card

Another reddit recommendation. at $170 it was a bit much for my "budget build at the time" but I caved in and bought it. It runs Overwatch on medium graphics and hits around 80 degrees at its peak(is this too high?) Funny story, after I finished putting my PC together, I actually plugged in the HDMI cable into my Motherboard instead of into my graphics card and had a mini heart attack that I fried my Motherboard somewhere along the way...

Case

When I started my build I knew I wanted a white case, but at the time I was going to go with the NZXT S340 ATX Mid Tower. After browsing the completed builds of PCP everyday for a couple weeks, I saw a beautiful build using the Thermaltake "cube" and fell in love. I love the cube style and the top window is just great. Installing everything in it was pretty straightforward, but the slides for the storage were a little hard to unscrew and pull out. Space was a little tight but it wasn't that hard to fit everything in. Very happy with this case.

Power Supply

Another Reddit recommendation. I almost got a non-modular PSU, but after using this semi-modular one, I'm very glad I didn't. The wires were a little stiff but I assume that all PSU cables are like so. I definitely like being able to choose which cables to keep plugged in. It saved me a lot of space in the end.

Monitor

I basically just chose the cheapest decent monitor I could find. I was a little sad that there was no built in sound but I bought some speakers that work really well so it turned out okay. The graphics were really nice, in the words of my younger brother; "Wow that looks even better than my xbox."

Comments Sorted by:

Selicos 4 points 12 months ago

That's a good GPU for the price, almost a steal.

kinuai submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

I didn't realize how good it was! Guess I should thank the person who recommended it on Reddit lol

Faizan 1 point 12 months ago

I would say that is a steal!

Cruzaz 3 Builds 3 points 12 months ago

btw u could be running overwatch at epic! also if it goes past 80 thats a bit too hot imo but just adjust the fan curve

kinuai submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Could you explain a little about adjusting the fan curve? :o I'd love to know how to keep it a bit cooler!

Cruzaz 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

download the radeon drivers and go into the fan curve settings it would best and easier if you looked up a youtube guide

gl!

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Got it! I'll figure it out in the morning, thanks for your help!

Faizan 1 point 12 months ago

Here's what I do with the fan curve: I use the software to move the RPM to be around the same as the temperature. So, when the card is at 50 C, keep the RPM around 50% and so forth, it really helps. I, personally, have a G1 Gaming 960 which stays around 63 under load, but that simple change in fan code doesn't get it above 55 C. That card also doesn't get loud so I don't notice any noise increase.

I'm not too sure about acoustics or cooling performance on PowerColor cards, but considering that it's a modern card, I assume it's still good.

darkus_f 1 point 12 months ago

You can definitely run the game at higher settings dude

aidanray1928 1 point 12 months ago

Definitely. My friend has an rx480 and he runs everything on ultra.

Cruzaz 3 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Tokyo Ghoul! :D +1

kinuai submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

YESSS I named my PC "Shiro" as a tribute to TG haha

Wolfemane 7 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

They always say you never forget the first time.

Nice rig dude! +1

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks so much, definitely will not forget haha

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Just a question: how did you two get into pc gaming if you didn't have a pc to game on? :D Good starting build tho, with just a processor upgrade in the future I'm sure it will last ages (not to say that the i3 isn't enough at the moment).

kinuai submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Thanks! So my girlfriend actually had 2 PCs that we played on at her house, it was just at my house that I didn't have a working computer, so I would usually just go over and we'd play together there. I will be looking forward to upgrading the processor later on :D

jakethemp 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

turned out looking good! that cryorig makes it pop.

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Yes! I'm super happy I bought the Cryorig, it just looks like it's made for the case!

Gentleman00 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

You could wait a bit and go for Pentium G4560, it's the same as i3 but cheaper.

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Would it make a difference now that I already built the PC? I think I'm okay with the i3 on this build but I was considering using the Pentium G4560 on future builds for sure c:

Nightstorm229 -1 points 12 months ago

Its close, but not quite the same. The Pentium isnt hyperthreaded, but the i3 is. i3 is dual hyperthreaded, i5 is true quad core, and i7 is quad core hyperthreaded. Just helping out a bit! ^

Gentleman00 2 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Pentium G4560 IS hyperthreaded. Check it out.

Nightstorm229 0 points 12 months ago

oh damn, really? cool i may just have to get my poor *** self one for my pc xD i need to switch to intel from my old phenom 2 dual core crap

zopanta 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I considered Core V1 White, looks cool. Have you considered having red light coolers too,+1

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I did consider light coolers but I wanted to keep it simple for my first build. It is highly likely that I will install some light coolers later on though (:

Bodom0511 5 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

What a great budget build. I'm now building my third itx pc using the i3-6100/ asrock h110m mobo. I love it. I wish you would have known about microcenter's combo deal for cpu's and mobo's. I just bought an i3-6100 and as rock h110m/ ac for $150 after tax at microcenter. When you bundle they take off $30, plus the mobo was already on sale for $60 and the CPU on sale for $100 flat.

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Wow that really is a great deal, I was thinking about building a new PC for my GF and if I could take advantage of that deal that would be amazing, thanks for the heads up!

Shadowslayer1924 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build +1 (Tokyo ghoul is awesome btw)

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks man, and yeah, it's my favorite right now ^

Vairfoley 11 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Awesome build, nice work! Looks great!

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

And it runs great too haha :D

Vanlck 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

love the 4. pic, everything is in place (:

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

That was also the most satisfying moment for me :]

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Wow where'd you buy that last custom part? I got some of those to go with my build too, but they never came in the mail.

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

LOL I WISH I DIDN'T NEED THAT LAST PART OKAY?

uberlizard 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

yeah i do too bud i do too

JheyoDELperu 1 point 12 months ago

nice parts, amazing setup.. great spec. love it. +1 !

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks man, means a lot :D

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

So freaking clean and good looking. Just take my upvote now lol

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Haha if it wasn't clean I wouldn't be able to share it so proudly :3

Cloudsith 1 point 12 months ago

Nice build, maybe add a few fans for intake and more airflow! Otherwise, good looking build. I just put that cooler in my dads new of build. Works pretty well for being so small.

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks man :] I just might add a few more fans haha

Venenosa 1 point 12 months ago

I'm almost a bit mad, cuz this is quite literally my exact build, just change the i3 for a G4560 and thats it. Is good to see what my build will look like when its done, haha! We have good taste in aesthetics that's all I'm saying, 1+ my dude.

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Great minds think alike (:

fletcherhub3 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I'm surprised that the GPU comes with a backplate for the price! Lovely white build!

kinuai submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Thank you, I just knew it had to be white :D

Seany_G 1 point 12 months ago

Was the wifi reliable or was it trash and the company just wanted to add "comes with wifi." I am looking into buying this and wonder if it can even handle my own wifi or if its a bust and useless for me.

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

I lag a little bit when I play Overwatch but I assume it's because my router is on the other side of the house. The wifi is pretty reliable imo, I never have any issues watching videos or anything, but I'll most likely try to hardwire it later on

local_memelord 2 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

is the wifi good? its probably a stupid question lol

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Honestly it's not that bad, I have some connection issues but it's most likely due to the fact that my router is on the other side of the house and the signal has always been bad on my side...

deathbat6916 1 point 11 months ago

I would personally skip the i5 and go straight to an i7. Some newer games will hit 100% CPU load on even an i5, preventing the graphics card to reach its full potential, so to be safe I'd go with the i7.

deathbat6916 1 point 11 months ago

Going to 16GB would be my next option as well. Maybe it's a bit overkill to get an i7 and 16GB of RAM, but trust me. That's definitely going to be needed if more games follow the lead of Deus Ex.

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I was definitely planning to get another 8GB of RAM. Thanks for your input on the i7. I think I will take your advice on that as well :]

SubNauticaWaterWorld47 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

So your card peaks at 80C? If you are not opposed to messing with your card's settings then I would recommend trying to undervolt it.

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kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks! aesthetic played a big factor for me :)

Faizan 1 point 12 months ago

It's so cute!

kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you :D

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kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

It was actually surprisingly easy to put everything inside. I used this video as a guide: https://youtu.be/aycJRXPRJQQ

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kinuai submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you :)