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First Build! The Snowman.

by Natskellie



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


Okay, I admit: cliché name.

Anyway, I've never done anything remotely hardware-oriented regarding computers so this was a huge learning curve for me. Spent a good few weeks simply researching parts and builds. In the end, I finally settled on what you see here. I've not been much of a gamer as I've been restricted by the fact I've only owned laptops for the past 8 or so years but I wanted a build where I could finally transition into the lifestyle without too much hassle. I'm not interested in overclocking, but I did buy with the possibility of a future SLI set-up if I need it. The entire idea was to create something that I could change when I need over the next few years.

Took about few hours to set up, most of which was a) looking up how-to videos for certain parts and b) figuring out why the 760 wasn't working (if you're wondering: the card is fine I just hadn't realized that it needed a DVI cable as the monitor only came with a VGA).

I know my cable management could be so much better. I'll probably continue to fiddle with it as I await a few extra modifications to arrive. I still need one more SATA cable for the optical drive (oh how I wish I could have found a white drive: it looks so weird right now), some blue LEDs and maybe another fan, just to be safe. The temperatures I've used were those I grabbed from HWMonitor while running PassMark. I have no idea if they are good, or if I should be looking at more cooling? Please do tell me!

The HDD is a carry-over from an old external HP SimpleSave. I hated using that thing as it required AC power. So happy I was able to re-use it.

Other than that, please have-at-it! Any suggestions would be great, or questions regarding the chosen parts.

Regarding parts/prices: I live in Australia. Prices suck. The case was from Umart, everything else was MSY.

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RyneSmith 7 Builds 3 points 59 months ago

Locked CPU with Z board, not a huge deal but you will get a lot of crap for it. I would've forgone the SSD and just gotten a 1 TB drive to start off and add the SSD later. Could've helped to get a better monitor or a better GPU.

However it's a solid build so no complaints there

Natskellie submitter 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

Whoops, I'd forgotten to add in the HDD I already had, sorry!

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Np :)

Enlyten 1 Build 2 points 59 months ago

Poor Australians, your component prices are so high :( Try pulling some of your cables back a little bit more so they are more behind the mobo tray and less in the way. Otherwise, I like this build +1 :D

Liam81 1 point 59 months ago

Congrats on your 1st !

To address the cable management.... I would suggest flipping the PSU and using the bottom oblong cut out to route the 24 pin main cable. Nice job +1

TheInfamousR 3 Builds 1 point 59 months ago

Well done on your first build! I think some red Bitfenix Alchemy sleeved cable mods would send this rig over the top aesthetically. Also even though it looks like you don't plan to overclock I'd suggest a Corsair aftermarket
watercooler or even a coolermaster aftermarket air cpu cooler (should you plan to SLI or want to be a temp freak like myself).

If you're having a hard time finding parts in your local area (I normally suggest Newegg or Microcenter) seeing as how you're in Australia it's hard because a lot of places won't ship components to you. But one that will is www.tigerdirect.com. Additionally you could use a parcel forwarding service and still order parts from the USA at places such as www.newegg.com and www.microcenter.com.

bringtheicecream 1 point 58 months ago

I agree with TheInfamousR, the sleeved cables would just add that touch, and Umart has them (although it seems to be at a bit of a premium :/ )

Since you have the windowed model, have you considered LEDs?

Natskellie submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

I was considering sleeving and LEDs until I realised how little of the computer I see where it is currently sitting. Due to the set-up of the desk, I really only see the front-top of the tower so it seems to be a tad pointless at the present.

I really only bought the windowed version as it was quite difficult to source the non-windowed white version at a similar price. The black was nice, but I fell in love with the white and blue scheme. In saying that, I have definitely toyed with the idea of adding a NZXT Hue to the system. The lights would work well and keep fairly contained in the desk compartment the tower is.

saulbuster 1 point 59 months ago

With 131 dollars you could buy a 23" hp or dell monitor, size matters.

bringtheicecream 1 point 58 months ago

A fellow Aussie! With a build eerily similar to the one I'm planning :D

How are you finding the AOC? I've heard mixed reviews, and I'm caught between going for that or saving up and getting a QNIX (27", naturally :P)

Also, what sort of temperatures are you getting?

Natskellie submitter 1 Build 0 points 58 months ago

Hey there!

The AOC has been fine so far, although I've found some issues regarding colour profiles between it and photoshop (a bit annoying to see what SHOULD be white showing up as a cream colour), but I suspect that's just an issue with PS. Honestly, my biggest problem with it was the lack of HDMI but that was expected when I bought it: I just didn't realise how annoying it would be.

I'll be getting a second slightly larger monitor before the end of the year to use as my main gaming monitor but it probably won't be an AOC. Most likely I'll get an Asus, Acer, Samsung or BenQ simply because I find they're aesthetics are more pleasing and most people seem to have them.

TheSleepGeek 1 point 55 months ago

Nice build :D! I'll be building my first soon which is actually going to be fairly similar to yours so it's good to see it's working for you! I am also going to be a sufferer of Australia's dreadful component prices :P Just wondering how that motherboard is doing for you, thinking of the same one, oh one other thing why did you purchase most of your parts from MSY over umart (isn't umart cheaper?, anyway awesome build +1 :D