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The Nerd Herd

by burninator3343



Date Published

July 27, 2015

Date Built

July 24, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.2 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

42.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C


Hey guys!

This is my first build and it's awesome! I had a few friends come over to help me out with building and watch the startup and whatnot, and we've been calling ourselves the nerd herd for the longest time, so the name just held true. Also it'll be constantly used by four different users, so it's "our PC" (but I paid for it).

I'm very happy with the build, and the fact that I was able to actually build it. I will definitely be building more in the future. I'm eyeing a new mini-itx machine at some point. Just have to convince myself that I really don't need it haha.

I do have a question here and there in my part reviews about some small concerns, though.

Thanks for reading and any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!

Part Reviews


Devil's Canyon. Nothing else to be said.

CPU Cooler

Works really well! CPU idles at 28-33C and maxes out around 48-50C. Also I really like the way it looks. I had an aircooler initially, but I returned it, and I have no regrets. I was adamant about putting the rad in the front. This made the CPU cable management a bit tougher. I couldn't use the case's cutout for it, so it's going by my GPU and behind the rad for a bit, but it's okay--not at all a nuisance.


The most affordable Z97 Motherboard on the market at the time, and it runs perfectly! Also has this cool orange LED outline, which I didn't expect so that was pretty cool to see!


These Corsair Vengeance units look pretty awesome. They run incredibly well. Their timing is 9-9-9-24. I am not sure how much of that I'm actually feeling, but fasted computer I've ever used so that's certainly a positive.


Works really well. Looks pretty sleek. Put windows and all of my startup apps on it. Everything loads super quickly and runs really smoothly from startup.


Caviar Blue, its reputation really just tells you everything. I can only sort of tell the difference between it and the SSD, which is saying something. I did make sure to get a 64MB Cache and 7200 RPM, so I'd get fastest speeds.

Video Card

It's a great card and I really could not pass it up for $150. The closest comparison was a 2GB GTX 960 for $60 more, and it wasn't really that worth it for me. I do have one concern about this though. It idles in the low-mid 40s and got up to the upper 70s under full load (Witcher). I'm unsure if that's particularly high or normal, any thoughts would be appreciated there. The card itself runs great though. I played FIFA on it (FIFA isn't too demanding) and oh my god was it gorgeous. But really intensive games (like witcher) also looked very good.

** I thought docking a star for the heat was a bit harsh, but I also haven't discounted that I could be doing something wrong, so it remains a 5


I can't stop raving about this thing. So easy to use. I love how easy it is to hid the cables, and I love how it looks. Very sleek and has a nice shape. Heavy enough so I know it's sturdy- light enough to carry and move around. I do have to make a move though. Moving to a new apartment about 30 minutes away in a month, and I'm trying to work out the best transportation method. Any suggestions? (Of course this won't just be a barebones case, it'll have the components inside)

Power Supply

Looked great, cables were long enough and functional. It was modular, so some of the cables were sleeved and they were very easy to route. I ended up having to use 2 SATA cables even though they had two connectors. My SSD and HDD were too far apart to use just one. Aside from that, it's running perfectly.

Case Fan

They're there. They're blue. Push air in pretty well. Stuck my hand in there and there's a decent amount of room temperature air flowing into the system. They were terrible to install though. For some reason the provided screws don't really fit, so that took forever, looked at tom's and apparently that was a problem that I should have read up on before, but it's okay- only took 20ish extra minutes.

Comments Sorted by:

kyriacou48 2 points 44 months ago


MightyHammer 1 point 44 months ago

I bet that putting the motherboard with the radiator installed was tough. Why did u do it? anyway nice build it looks so clean.

burninator3343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

So I wanted to do all of my casework first. This included the fans and the rad. I had to pull the rad back out in order to put the motherboard in. No real reason aside from it was my first build and I'm learning! And thanks! I'm very proud of my cable management/hiding!

Stuart_Munto 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Those temps on your GPU are totally normal. Great job on the build!

burninator3343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago


LeMMingSlayeR 22 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Very nice build! While my OCD is going crazy looking at the sideways Corsair on your cooler, your smooth cable management has soothed the facial tic. And I love that XFX 280, one of the nicest looking 3rd party cards IMO. Thanks for sharing!

burninator3343 submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

See my OCD really appreciated that the Corsair logo was almost perfectly at a 90 degree angle. To each their own I guess haha. And the cable management is all thanks to NZXT. Case is magnificent

racsorrac 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Very similar build to mine. Main difference is you have a water cooled CPU. That CPU/GPU combo is a beast in games.

burninator3343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Just checked out your build. how is the TP-Link Wifi Adapter doing for you?

racsorrac 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Great as my room is on a loft extension so it is on a different electrics board to the rest of the house. In London we have shyte Internet anyway but it picks up a great signal from the bottom of the house and works fine. When playing online CSGO I get no lag at all.

toddcuber1002 1 point 33 months ago

I'd recommend using brute strength for transporting the PC if you have 2+ people, but if not, just use a dolly.

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burninator3343 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Haha, that was from my physics teacher in high school for being "head stooge" in my class. I hung out with two other guys and I guess we turned into the three stooges because we were weird and dumb. And NO THAT IS NOT MY LAST NAME YOU CREEP (lol just kiddin). I built it at my parents' house as my roommate and I are moving apartments at the start of the semester and I guess there's a lot of easily identifiable stuff in my old room haha.