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My first build

by allgoodnamesareused



Date Published

Dec. 28, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 12, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

19.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

37.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.163 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C


I've wanted to move to PC gaming for a while, about 8 months or so, so I started saving up money. I got £5 every week and cleaned cars, asked for some parts at my birthday (case, power supply) and one part this Christmas (GPU). Everything else paid for by me.

At first, the machine didn't work because I forgot the CPU power cable. Apart from that, everything worked, build was fun and easy. Well, the H100i was a bit hard to install, my fault.

The original GPU was a Palit GT 730 1GB GDDR5 from my old PC. Didn't have the money and didn't want to wait any longer.

With the new GPU, my PC runs games extremely well. Everything max on GTA V except for MSAA (2x). All I can say is, my PC is a bit loud on idle, but I'm going to replace my H100i fans and maybe the PSU fans.

Part Reviews


A capable CPU. Works well with what I throw at it (VMs, games such as GTA V, etc). Also , with the Z170 chipset, allows me to take full advantage of M.2 SSDs (If I remember correctly, due to PCIe 3.0 lanes, I think?). Would recommend to other builders if they're coming from OEM PCs with old i3s. Not worth the upgrade if coming from custom-built Haswells, Ivy Bridges or Sandy Bridges, or high quality OEM builds (lol).

CPU Cooler

Keeps the CPU REALLY cool on idle (19 degrees celsius!), and is really good under load. Corsair Link isn't the best though, most help it gave me was to change the colour. Still a great cooler though, so no stars taken off.


Don't really expect much from a motherboard. I needed a relatively cheap Z170 board (only Skylake chipset available at the time). Although I must say, a BIOS with a UI is amazing, and a big difference from something like this: [REMOVED] It's easy to use and has a wide variety of options compared to my old HP's BIOS. The only annoying thing is the red LEDs which can easily be turned off, so no stars taken off.


RAM. It works. Looks nice too. 20/10


Don't know why people aren't a fan of Seagate, this works well for me. Maybe in the future, but even then, if it does fail, I won't miss too much, because soon I'm getting an SSD and I'll only be using my HDD for things like pictures and relatively unimportant stuff. Maybe some games if my SSD is full. For now though, 5 stars.

Video Card

Handles 1080p well. The fact that the fans don't spin until the GPU reaches 60C is nice as well as it keeps the PC quiet(ish). ACX fans keep the GPU cool under pressure as well, even if it's a bit loud. But that doesn't bother me, because the load I get involves explosions so I won't hear the fans spinning.


Nice case. Got the windowed version. Can only really complain about the lack of grommets, but a 350D kit doesn't cost much anyway. The window is slightly hard to look through though, because of the fan mounts.

Power Supply

It supplies power. Does it a bit loud though. Not much of a deal breaker. Will definitely buy from EVGA again, great company.

Comments Sorted by:

Alfred0 2 Builds 3 points 40 months ago

Nice build!, have you considered upgrading your desk next? :V

allgoodnamesareused submitter 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Funnily enough this is an upgrade of an old desk. It was wood. Too small to fit an ATX tower though so I had to get a new desk. Gotten a couple of scratches of of some sharp edges though. I'm paranoid that some bread crumbs would fall through the holes in the desk (http://imgur.com/BwEPM1i) and get in the PC through the mesh. Oh well. Not my priority to replace though.

And, thanks! :D

Alfred0 2 Builds 2 points 40 months ago


planeman1123 1 Build 2 points 40 months ago

Beautiful first build!!

Take out those drive sleds underneath your HDD, you don't need them and they block airflow.

Have you considered an SSD?

allgoodnamesareused submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks! I'll go take the drives out later.

Yes, I am looking at the Samsung 950 Pro 256GB. Might get that.

Surprised that I'm still getting comments, considering that it's three pages away from 1st page.

Ordinarily_great 2 points 23 months ago

Nice! GTX 970 is actually beaten by RX 580, but you're still fine! I want to buy that kind of your RAM, any opinions on it?

manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Please do not use link shorteners on our site.

allgoodnamesareused submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Ah, sorry. Will fix the link (make it clickable).

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DetterHD 1 point 40 months ago

Yes, replace your cpu fan. I want to see how you do that xD. I have the exact build only that my case is h440, my Motherboard is gaming m5 and my power supply is be quiet! 630 Watt.

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Artor101 1 point 37 months ago

Looks really nice. This helped out a lot with my parts, just seeing how everything would fit together. Love the wire management. The only thing that bothers me is that the radiator blocks a bay.

allgoodnamesareused submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

A DVD drive bay? I never use more than 1.

Thanks for the conpliments! :D

ROG2000_PCs -3 points 40 months ago

Why the GTX 970?

allgoodnamesareused submitter 1 Build 4 points 40 months ago

Why not? I game on a single 1080p monitor.