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Cubism- My first PC build

by Archers_bane



Date Published

Sept. 18, 2014

Date Built

Sept. 9, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

850 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


I've always wanted a PC, but I didn't really know anything about building or the parts associated with them. My laptop keyboard "D" key finally gave up after 4 years and that was the tipping point. I couldn't game on it effectively anymore or do my homework and it couldn't play Dota 2 or go through smokes on CS:GO without slideshowing haha so I finally decided to get a PC rather than buy another ~$850-$1000 laptop. After a good month and a half of doing research daily, participating and reading the entire daily questions thread on BAPC, asking questions on the IRC channel, and religiously browsing /r/buildapcsales[1] , I've finally built my first PC! I couldn't have done it without all the resources and help I've found here! You guys are awesome!

Another picture album can be found here: http://imgur.com/a/XdQR3

Some thoughts on the process:

  • I started at 9 PM thinking it would only take me ~3 hours. Took me 7 hours instead! A lot of referencing the manuals and youtube videos (although I've watched plenty before actually building but when actually building it for the first time gave me second doubts), figuring out where the pins go and what they actually do, asking questions on the IRC channel, and a few breaks for my lower back.
  • I had some trouble inserting pins / connectors and wasn't sure if I was applying enough pressure or if it was really connected. I wish there was an audible click since some of the connections looked not all the way in but they work. The Corsair Air 540 is an awesome case to work with! The standoffs were preinstalled and the secondary compartment where my PSU and cables go is so spacious that I don't even need to do cable management! I love the simple cube design as well.
  • Funny moments around picture 13, 14 & 18 on the imgur picture album. Read the description!

Notes: CPU + MOBO bundle from Microcenter. The case fans came bundled with the Corsair Air 540 case from TigerDirect. The 23'' monitor was from Best Buy. Everything else came from Newegg!

Comments Sorted by:

TheBored 1 Build 5 points 56 months ago

Great build for under 1000$ with monitor +1

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks man! My original budget was $800 for the tower alone, but I couldn't do without the quality of life improvement of an SSD! :D

lrpadrp 2 points 56 months ago

Way to go! That looks great. I just bought the same Corsair case and boy, when I saw it in person at Microcenter--- I could not believe how big it was, ha.

I cannot wait for my parts to come in >_<

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

You'll love working with the case! The cable management was absolutely a godsend for my first build. So much space!!

TheTerminator 1 point 55 months ago

It kinda looked small to me

Sagar26 2 points 56 months ago

AVATAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAKES YOUR BUILD 3000000000000X TIMES BETTER

pegotico 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I hope you are planning on getting a better cooler so you can overclock your 4690k...

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 2 points 55 months ago

Yeah, I am not overclocking right now. I just built my PC...need some time to research how to OC! Will definitely be buying an aftermarket cooler once I decide to

robokomodo 1 point 56 months ago

Nice build. Not sure I would have gone with an IPS monitor, but that's your preference.

Any reason why you chose that RAM?

7 hours is a while. The first build I did years ago took me a while too - and there wasn't any Youtube videos or IRC to reference at the time! After you do a few dozen builds, it gets a bit easier!

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks man, 7 hours was overkill. I took too many breaks for my lower back tbh. I need to build on a damn table next time haha!

I really enjoy the nice color and viewing angles from the IPS monitor. I am looking to get a dual monitor setup soon so maybe a high refresh rate monitor may be on my to buy list for gaming. I bought the ram because it was on sale and it has LED lights. Looks nice and maybe I'll eventually get another LED colored RAM to make it nicely themed.

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

Ok now time to invest and get an aftermarket cooler :)

Scallawagers 1 point 56 months ago

I dont see the need of the high speed ram, besides the fact that it looks badass! I would also get a batter cooler like the Corsair H100i and overclock your processor. Great build for the price though! +1

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks man, the high speed ram was about $2-3 more than a 1600 RAM with no lights. I thought it was worth the few dollars more for the lights alone :)

I was actually looking into a refurbished H100i for $50. Might pull the trigger and learn how to OC sooner than I expected!

the_masater_jt 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

That ram looks awesome!

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks man! I might look into buying a different colored LED RAM to make it really badass

reoper6 1 point 56 months ago

Ok that does it, how is that RAM? it looks amazing

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

RAM is RAM! It works and it has lights! What can go wrong (so far hehe)?!

photinoman 2 Builds 1 point 55 months ago

check that red light coming from the mobo. It indicates a problem. I hope you solved it already. Check the mobo manual and you will find the solution.

Nice build btw.

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

Thanks for the heads up. I think it was a problem from the external build but its not on anymore!

Prankman 1 point 55 months ago

Awesome looking build! What are the case dimensions of that beast? I'm considering using it for my own first rig because of the easy cable management and shortness, but every site I visit seems to have different dimensions listed. I have a very strict 17" height limit or else the rig and keyboard platform will start colliding with one another, which is no good.

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 1 point 55 months ago

PM'd! Sorry about getting back to you late.

Variable.variables 1 point 55 months ago

Looks great... How is that video card able to run your games?

Archers_bane submitter 1 Build 1 point 54 months ago

I get 60 FPS (monitor is locked on 60) on dota 2, CS:GO and Path of Exile on ultra settings and my GPU temp never gets above 60 celcius! Great card

Variable.variables 1 point 54 months ago

Nice! Have you tried Planetside 2? It is a great free game!

magistermortis 1 point 53 months ago

Sweet! Just built mine last night with the same mobo! I was just like you- didn't know a thing a month ago. Also took a lot longer than I thought it would, got all confused why my case didn't come with a reset and speaker cable (..it didn't even have a reset button-_-) But very nice build!

awepicness 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

I realize I'm kind of late but how is that RAM? If I'm right thats the one with LEDs on it? I've just been wondering because I think it looks really nice but it also has a first from Asia stamp on it and it's been getting mixed reviews

silverteeth -3 points 56 months ago

Why didn't you spend the extra $5 and get a reliable WD Caviar Blue?

Sheepzorable 3 Builds 5 points 56 months ago

Are you calling the Seagate Barracuda unreliable? cringe

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Itroitnyah 1 Build 1 point 56 months ago

If they are, they aren't significantly higher, so it doesn't make very much of a difference

Sheepzorable 3 Builds 1 point 56 months ago

I've had my Seagate Barracuda since it first came out, preordered the 500GB and still running well in my HTPC. Tell me more as to how the failure rates are high?

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Jerrad1020 2 Builds 0 points 56 months ago

I agree

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