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My first Gaming PC build since the 90's

by mikeaaron

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48 Comments

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CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

928MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

Description

I used to build PC's back in the 90's for myself/gaming and this is my first with the latest technology. I wanted to build something powerful enough to run Skyrim modded out with everything turned up.

It's setup to add another GTX 780ti after a year or so when prices come down and my system needs a graphics boost.

I'm waiting for the Asus PG278Q ROG Swift Gaming monitor to come out so I can complete this system. It's due out in March.

The case is a SilverStone Temjin Series TJ08B-E Micro-ATX Mini Tower. I removed the spare hard-drive bay and placed my SDD in the bottom and the regular hard-drive right above it inside the bottom drive bay, which can fit 2 HDD. There's about an 1/4 inch between those two and heat won't be an issue. I did this because I wanted better airflow in the case and a little extra room to route my cables into the left side of the case (where there's space to have all those cables tucked away/out of view). For a gaming rig, I don't need 4 hard-drives, just the SSD and a regular one.

The case runs cool an quiet.

3D Mark11 score = P11201

18FEB2014 - I'm now running 50+ Skyrim mods on ultra settings and no problems.

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CaptainWolf 2 Builds 4 points 44 months ago

no aftermarket CPU cooler?

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

not yet, it's comin, i'm tryin to decide which one to get, any suggestions? they all seem to get the job done well, i just want somethin sorta quieter

JaneGoodall 1 Build 0 points 44 months ago

Stock is usually fine.

Hakumisoso 2 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

Uh not for overclocking. He has a k cpu and z87.

Neutral1ty 0 points 44 months ago

very true, many like the after market for aesthetics or for lowering sound, but if those don't matter you can OC a little and end up just fine...

linsyschopman -5 points 44 months ago

for unlocked cpu? no it's not. My i7-3770k got up to 90C often before it was even overclocked.

JaneGoodall 1 Build -10 points 44 months ago

He's using it for gaming so overclocking the CPU won't do much. The GPU, yes.

Neutral1ty 2 points 44 months ago

Nice part selection, I am in the process of buying my parts now and will be buying the EVGA 780 ti, any reason why you went with Asus vice EVGA, MSI or another brand?

Thanks!

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

just brand name really, i wanted to have my asus card working with an asus monitor

xxKuroMeista 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Decent build. There are some adjustments to the build that I would have made, considering that you are almost spending 3000 dollars on this computer, such as probably opting for i7 instead of i5 (if you are budget building i5s are fine but you are obviously not budget building when your computer costs almost 3000 bucks), and getting an aftermarket CPU cooler instead of stock intel cooler.

Neutral1ty 7 points 44 months ago

i5 is perfect for a gaming rig, why waste money where there will be no return on investment...

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Well I mean... I see your point but there are $1100 worth of peripherals listed. It's not a $3000 PC.

PacificNic 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

$800 monitor... Worth, but questionably so... :P

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PacificNic 4 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I meant the BenQ monitor :P

Edit: Mixed this up with diff comment from another build. Sorry. On that note though, GSync doesn't seem worth the added cost. Would've just got the non-GSync version if it were me. I also prefer 24" for gaming (just to get an idea of my preference so you don't think I am ragging on his decision). Wish I had his wallet...

dschutt84 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Decent critique but what's the point of an i7 when its used for gaming? i5 is all you need. Remember, the i7 is only a quad core CPU which is the exact same thing as a i5.

Yes, get a aftermarket cooler (Cooler Master h212)!!!!

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

thanks, ya i opted for the i5, i wasnt too worried about cpu power as i was gpu power. from what i understand, an i5 won't hold back an 780ti SLI configuration in performance, so i decided to save a $100. if i'm wrong, definitely show me an article or somethin, i'm definitely still learnin. i made a mistake on my ram selection too, i was supposed buy 1600 an i bought 1866, but it runs fine.. in BIOS i just set the ram to "auto"

JaneGoodall 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Wow, nice monitor.

I use that exact keyboard at work. It's great.

I'd add a microphone if I were you. They make multiplayer games a lot more fun.

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

cant multiplayer, i'm in afghanistan :( :(

zSyzygy 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

3,000 dollar system with an i5 and stock cooler. I'd definitely overclock and get a nice liquid cooler.

Enlyten 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Look at the case. It isn't very radiator friendly. He'd have to stick to air probably.

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xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

I have a bunch of TJ08-E WC buildlogs bookmarked as I want to do the same thing with mine. :p

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

thanks, yep my more pc parts savvy buddys here are tellin me to liquid cool everything, but i've never done it so i'm scared to mess with that stuff. hopefully theses guys will help me get it setup after a bit

MAXXHEW 4 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Hmmm... Asus is now putting LG logos on their new ROG monitors? Probably to deter theft.

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

not thats my 42in LG, i sold it, just using a cheap monitor till the new Asus ROG comes out :]

xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Odd-ish case choice, but other than that very very nice!

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

thanks, i work in afghanistan, so i wanted sort of small case that had a little better room for airflow then some of the other ones.

xx116xx 3 Builds 0 points 43 months ago

It's not a bad case, I just don't see it much. Nice build :)

plgdg 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Interesting case choice. I've always wondered how well those upside-down mounted mATX cases handle airflow.

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Very nice build! That case is so underrated, but I love it so much. The only thing I would suggest is definitely getting an aftermarket cooler and maybe tightening up your cables a bit. I know it's a tight fit, but it's possible. :p

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

thanks brother, ya i'm lovin the case. i was gonna get the smaller one, but opted for slightly bigger an more airflow. ya i'm lookin for coolers now, so many out there it's hard to decide, i'm startin to think they're all pretty good, just need to pick a brand. i'll try to work on the cables, i need one of my buddys to help me with that

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

If you don't care how the cooler looks, I would recommend something by Noctua. They're pretty ugly, but they're awesome.

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

thanks! ya i dont got a window case, so it can be really ugly haha

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I'm not sure how much you're comfortable with spending though, as Noctua products are quite pricey. You are paying for the best though..

Daniel0913 1 point 40 months ago

ROG Swift. Why? Everything is great, but is a TN display. ASUS has a 2k IPS display that is half the price of the swift, the PB272Q

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

i ended up buyin a cheap one, i held out for this next big round of IPS 4ms monitors :D they should be out in september!

themarine99 0 points 44 months ago

How are u going to fit another 780 into a micro atx case. U will have noooo room to route wires in the case and their will be very little airflow

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

There's actually plenty of room for cable routing in that case (over 1" behind mobo tray). :)

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

it'll fit just fine, there's actually plenty of more rooms for wires left, there's about 1 inches of space on the left side of the case, to route all the wires back thru there an then to the power supply

linsyschopman -1 points 44 months ago

Is it just me or is the case upside down in all pictures? And not much of a "budget build hm...

RyneSmith 7 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

The case isn't upside down...? That's how it's made. Top mounted PSU

linsyschopman 1 point 44 months ago

Graphics card is upside down too + on the top definetly looks like a PSU intake filter? I might be wrong, it just seems very weird that the GPU is upside down to me...

RyneSmith 7 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

It looks like the orientation of the mobo is upside down. That's how the case is meant to be

linsyschopman 1 point 44 months ago

ah oke makes sense.

mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

ya the way the case is designed, the motherboard sits like that. nope it's not a budget build

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mikeaaron submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

yep, i ordered the wrong **** :( but a cool feature in the BIOS is "auto" for ram settings and the system sets it up for you. right now, it's running at the 1333. i run skyrim on 1080p with ultra settings and about 50+ mods and there's zero slowdown, an average of 60fps

ABJ117 1 point 43 months ago

Cool.

themarine99 1 point 44 months ago

That's whAt I was wondering too.