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RedRanger - First Gaming PC

by SalvationUnknown



Date Published

Dec. 1, 2014

Date Built

Nov. 22, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.475 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


This is my first ever custom built Windows computer. it replaces a very slow and out dated MacBook Pro 13" (Mid 2010).

I am extremely happy with this build. It has very solid 1080p gaming and video editing performance. Under normal loads the temps never go above 55o C (With a 28o C ambient temperature).

The only problem I encountered with this build was choosing the wrong fans for the H100i liquid cooler. I chose the DC version of the SP120's, however the Corsair link software only supports speed controlling of PWM fans. This was rectified by buying a small 3 pin y-splitter to connect both radiator fans to a single motherboard header instead, allowing the motherboard to control the fans instead of Corsair Link, which I no longer use (Its Rubbish).

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Part Reviews


CPU has worked flawlessly since the first start automatically turbo boosting itself to 4.4ghz.

CPU Cooler

This cooler has been fantastic but the bundled Corsair Link software is woeful.


Absolutely fantastic motherboard for the price, great GUI interface, haven't had any troubles and it colour matches the build perfectly.


4 Stars because I believe this RAM needs to have XMP Profiles. Many headaches working out what frequency it was running at due to CPU-Z reporting just shy of 1866Mhz while Windows 8.1 Task Manager reports 1333Mhz.


What can I say, its faster than a HDD and has worked without a hitch.


Works great, hasn't slowed down and doesn't stutter.

Video Card

Great card, not so great drivers. Arma 3 crashes often due to a known driver issue where the display driver crashes then "recovers". However the computer is left un-operable after this and needs to be restarted. Very Frustrating.


Case is absolute eye candy however design slightly restricts airflow from front 3x 120mm fans.

Power Supply

Very reliable power supply, haven't had a single problem with it and fan hasn't needed to turn on with the low load from the power efficient GPU / CPU.

Operating System

You either love it or you hate it, but once you install Classic Shell to snatch back the original start button UI, it is a great Operating System.

Wireless Network Adapter

Was concerned at DL/UL speeds at first, reaching only half my normal speed. Fixed with driver update from TP-Link website, has been fine ever since.

Case Fan

Used as an exhaust, its connected directly to the case fan header running at full speed with no noticeable noise. Excellent.

Case Fan

Used on radiator, works great and is relatively quiet. Only problem was unable to be controlled by Corsair Link due to it being the DC version instead of PWM.


Great monitor with superb colours however, the glossy bezel can be annoying with direct sunlight. Also has some "Game +" features including an OSD Crosshair, very useful for practicing AWP'ing in CS:GO.

Comments Sorted by:

franwasd 2 points 53 months ago

Dayum that's gorgeous

ArchiMarK 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Looks like a great build! +1

You don't need the Corsair Link software to control your fans. Just hook up your pump to the CPU fan header, and the other three fans each to a different mobo fan header. This way you can let the AISuite 3 control your fan speeds as it can control both PWM and DC fans.

SalvationUnknown submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks for the comment, I actually fixed the problem today by using a 2 way fan spliter and using the CPU_Opt header on my motherboard. Now the two radiator fans are controlled and keep very quiet.

ArchiMarK 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Ah, don't they run at full rpm all the time then? 'Cause usually the CPU_OPT header does not provide separate control and gives the same rpm as the CPU header (which is connect to your pump I suppose).

Either way, the most important part is that it's working :) Have fun with it!

hummerh1 1 point 53 months ago

That's a very, very similar build to one that I just finished. Nice job!

Tentons01 1 point 53 months ago

That is one beautiful rig O: Nice fan choice! They work great and the colors really go well with your setup.

Over all I think you did an amazing job picking out parts. Very impressive since this is your first custom build. The GTX 970's are AMAZING cards, your Gigabyte being one of the best ones. I have the GTX 970 MSI Golden Edition and I love it so much

Dean2105 1 point 44 months ago

I honestly can't believe the fact that going back a year ago, these parts were still classed as relatively new. And yet....it was cheaper to buy these parts a year ago!!! Ffs!!!

BruhBrandon7 1 point 40 months ago

Awesome Build! Your specs are very similar to my upcoming build. Did the problem with the 970 on ARMA 3 get worked out?

EvokerDG 1 point 38 months ago

was also wondering about that.

BruhBrandon7 1 point 38 months ago

yeah, I changed my build tho, went with R9 Nano and i7 6700k instead.

EvokerDG 1 point 38 months ago

Yeah I think instead of this I'll go with the r9 390. I hear it performs a bit better and the price is around the name.

BruhBrandon7 1 point 38 months ago

I've never heard of any other problems in ARMA 3 with a 970 besides this thread, but a 390 is an awesome card, so either way you'll be fine.

jbc388 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I know this is like a year and a half later, but... I had these issues to. It was when trying to use MSI afterburner on my powercolor r9 270x that I saw that exact same error message when trying to go into ghost recon future soldier. Were you able to fix it? How?