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Ace - my first build ever.

by vpyrofan



Date Published

July 19, 2015

Date Built

July 19, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz


I'm a young fellow (14 years old) from the Netherlands and I've always dreamt of building a Gaming PC myself. Well it finally happened and here's the result. I built it all by myself and I think it turned out pretty well.

If you want to see how I build her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBMbbAr9EHg

CPU: A good and stable processor for gaming. A lot of people going to be whiny that I paired it with a Z97 motherboard, this is because I can then just upgrade my processor later on and I don't have to change my motherboard too when I want to upgrade me CPU. Yes a i5 4690k is only 40euros more, I know. ;P

MOBO: As I said a Z97, nothing special really. Just a good board with a nice looking black and blue colour scheme which matches the windforce led on the gtx970 and the fury RAM. I like it.

RAM: 8gigs' enough for me and for gaming. Yes I do video editing too but 8 will do just fine. Looks cool too.

HARD DRIVE: A good reliable hard drive from WD.

GPU: I really hesitated about this part. A gtx960 would be enough for me but I think the 970 is worth the extra ~130bucks. I hope this beast will never let me down. :D

CASE: Awesome case, looks cool, nice airflow, good cable management. Overall just an amazing chassis.

PSU: When I bought my PC components this was the part I changed as last. Before I had a 520w of the same series but I thought some extra headroom would be nice for future upgrades, and 10bucks for 100w more? I'll take it.

OS: So I got Windows Pro because it was a student discount for only 60bucks, altough in the list it says it's 130.

PRICE: I live in the Netherlands so all prices are different. In total it cost me 950€ so around 1030$. And it is worth every cent of it.

Sorry for the blurry pictures, my 1millionyear old DSLR doesn't want to focus when something is further away than 20cm. lol. Please don't care about the cable management outside the case, it's temporarily. Game in the picture is Dying Light, it works perfectly (never below 50fps) at 1080p maxed out. Do you have questions? Want more pics? Ask it down below :)

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Link_Jumper 3 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Could you upload some more photo? like some of when the build is done.

vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Sure uploading some pics of it running right meow!

Link_Jumper 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago


vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

No problem ;)

Liam81 1 point 43 months ago

Congratulations on your first build!

Just from the photos and nothing else it appears to me that you really admire the Gigabyte 970 !!

So how much do you enjoy this build?

Atron 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Lol well the 970 is NVidias poster child for good all round graphics same as 4690k is a great intel CPU.

vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Heheh yup, gigabyte gtx970 is amazing! My old pc had a 5cm long GT520... so this was pretty amazing for me to see such a big graphics card. ;) Well because my old pc (prebuild acer one) had a GT520 this build is just so awesome, it can run everything on high 1080p whereas my GT520 could barely run a game on lowest settings possible at 800x600. I love it! ;)

Value 1 point 43 months ago

Goed build mate!

Would have been nice to see an SSD in this build. If you have never used one you wouldn't believe the difference they could make. In Holland you shouldn't find even a small one (128GB) for more than about €80. Consider that in the future maybe?

PSU is an 'okay' choice and the price difference between the i5-4460 and the 15-4690k is only about €40 so maybe you should have gone for the 4690k and then you wouldn't have had to think about upgrading your CPU in the future. In general it's probably a better idea to get the best CPU and Motherboard and upgrade 'everything else' in time.

vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Will look for an SSD in future ;) I don't know if I really really need it because my PC boot up is around 6 seconds right now. Hahah, my old pc booted up in 4 minutes :P You're right, but I thought I would be fine with the 4460 and because I'm not a huge fan of overclocking, this would be a right choice as first processor, for me. ;) Thanks for your feedback mate!

Value 1 point 43 months ago

That's pretty fast for a mechanical HDD though you'll notice a lot more speed if you get a SSD. It's just a thought. I would still get a new cooler if I were you, and some good thermal paste too like Arctic Cooling Silver 5.

itsdavid15 1 point 43 months ago

For the Microsoft Wingdings 8.1 Pro student discount, did you have to download it on a different computer with Windows 7 installed on it or did you get a CD/DVD? Basically, how does the Windows student discount work?

vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 0 points 43 months ago

Well I'm not a student actually (14 years lol) but my sister is. When you buy the student version you have to give microsoft your email from the school you are on. (fake ones where you aren't registered don't work) Then they sent you a verification email to your normal emailadres, you confirm it and you can download the files. The files you could download were a bit weird so I got myself a 8gig USB, then I went over to this site: [REMOVED] clicked on create media. Then you can make a ISO for windows 8 pro or any version of windows, for free. :D It will automatically put the ISO files on the USB and you don't have to do anything manually. Then you put that USB in your new PC, get the keycode you received when you bought (the) windows (student version). Then you can do a clean install on a new PC.

So in short, if you do what I did (create ISO put it on USB put it in PC) you can install windows on a new PC without needing to have windows 7 on it already. ;) Hope it's a bit clear, english is not my first language hahahah. If you still have a question, feel free to ask ;)

manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

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vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Sorry, I'm new here.

JamesGibson 1 point 43 months ago

This may be a stupid question, but do you have a CPU cooler? I ask this as I am looking to replicate this build. Also, how hard did you find making this gaming PC

vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Hey, I assume you're new to PC building? ;) Yes this build uses the standard CPU cooler which you get when you buy a CPU from Intel. It's not amazing really and I can't recommend overclocking with it, but since this build has a locked CPU (i5 4460 non K) I can't overclock so this stock cooler is fine. Every PC needs a processor and every processor needs a cooler. There are really no builds without a CPU cooler. So if you're not going to buy a unlocked CPU (like i5 4690k) than you can just buy the CPU and the Intel cooler, which I'm using aswell, will be in the box of the CPU.

It's an honour to hear you want to replicate my build! :D I was scared of doing something wrong with the building too. I didn't really need it but to be certain I had a video of a build guide from PCPartPicker, with the S340 since there could be some differences in how to place components and maybe even how to do the best cable management. But really, all you need is a screwdriver and a few hours of time to make yourself a PC. I'm 14 and I've done it without ANY help from my parents.

If you have anymore questions feel free to ask. ;)

JamesGibson 1 point 43 months ago

Yeah, I'm new to PC building so I'm a bit of a noob with all of this stuff, but will definitely keep progressing and will hopefully make this or something of this stature. Thanks for the reply and congrats on your build.

vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks man, good luck! ;)

Theuppu 1 point 43 months ago

Nice build and Congrats on your first build!

I was thinking of doing something similiar and would like to know if it's running nicely? what have you played and what kind of fps have you gotten with ultra high setings? Does it over heat and does it make a lot of noise? Have you liked the case and would you recommend it? I'm still choosing what case i'm gonna use and could use some tips.

Sorry for all the questions, and thanks a lot.

vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks a lot aprreciate your feedback!

This build is a monster! She can handle anything really. The games I player are: Dying Light, Far Cry 3, Stranded Deep, Minecraft with shaders, COD Black ops II and COD Modern warfare 1. Yes I know a lot of old games :P. So I think Dying Light is the most recent one and it runs actually pretty awesome. Maxing every little thing out gave me an average of 60fps which is great when your using a 60hz monitor like me. Of course you can tweak with the settings and easily get over 70fps if you want to. Far Cry 3 is a old game (2012) but still it looks fantastic IMO. Everything maxed out (also 8x MSAA) gave me always 70+ fps. You really don't need a better card if your not going above 1080p or a 60hz monitor. Maybe if you like AMD better the R9 390 is great too, this card is almost beating the GTX970 while it's at the same price point. The gigabyte g1 gaming version of the GTX970 has some good cooling, never goes above 70degrees on load.

Another advantage is that it has a backplate which is seriously sexy! After gaming I touched this backplate, and yes, it was hot but it didn't burn your fingers. The 2 fans which come with the S340 are put as exhaust so while gaming a nice warm air come out of the back and top, like a warm breeze from a warm dessert. I actually like it haha.

The S340 is really really silent IMO. My old desktop IDLING is louder than this pc at LOAD. And that's really weird, but true. Some people say the intel stock processor is really loud, but really these people can probably hear a ant walking. I think it is really really quiet, and if you think it's a little too loud, put some headphones on and you will be fine. The stock fans of the S340 look clean and nice and are silent aswell.

The S340 isn't only silent, but also georgious if you like a clean design without a lot corners and stuff to it. I love the vertical thing on the right of the window, you can hide a lot of cables back their including the big 24pin power connector which is a lot of times very big and rough. Because of this your backside of the case will not bulge and your cables will be sitting neat. Yes, I would definetly recommend this case, but I gotta admit that this is my first build so I can't really give my opinion if it's better than other cases. I think it has some real quality parts in there.

Alright that's it I think. A bit long haha. Sorry for my spelling mistakes, English is not my first language. If you want to know more or want more pictures, please let me know.

-vpyrofan (Joeri)

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vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Nope, started building around 9 am and my parents said if you need anything or something doesnt go right, just ask for help. But the building process was easier than I thought, the first time powering it was succesful and everything worked, imediately installed windows and after that drivers etc. :P So actually all done by myself.

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vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks man! Appreciate your feedback! And indeed it went really smooth for my first time ;)

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vpyrofan submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks, will upload some pics of it running right meoww.

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