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My First Rig....

by Valiant_


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Date Published

July 4, 2015

Date Built

July 3, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.14 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


I mean wow. I've seen plenty of build's i've done a ton of research, and now its my turn. This build took me sometime (About 6 hours) but to be fair this was my first go around building my own pc. I actually had to troubleshoot a no Bios and no POST which was a nice learning curve. (Turns out i didnt hook in my GPU correctly.) Anyway...

CPU Xeon E3-1241 V3 - An interesting choice but i was not interested in OC'ing my CPU and i do some programming and some basic 3D modeling so the hyper-threading of the Xeon works well for me. As far as gaming is concerned it games fantastically. Hottest ive ever gotten it playing Arma 3 on max settings was 66C which is a tad warm and slightly concerning but it never rose above that and upon closing the game down it settles right back down to 50 and idles around 35-45c.

Mobo MSI boards have gotten good reviews and i like the easy to use BIOS and the features. Overall very satisfied.

Memory Too me Ram is Ram. This was the cheapest at the time so yeah.

Storage That Evo is Lightning in a tin can... and the hybrid drive i picked up on sale via amazon and im never going back to HDD. I am aware its only a 5400 rpm which is slow but its my storage drive and i dont really mind the "slightly" slower speed.

GPU Well i thought i had a bad card truth be told. (im coming off an old set of GT 9500's SLI which were just PnP) I totally forgot to plug in the loop to the card. Once i scoured the interwebz with my sli pair of gt9500's (which ran just nice in this rig) i went DOH!!!!!! hooked her up and Every game i play on max settings with 61 FPS SOLID maybe a 1 fps dip? Yeah wow. (except arma3 FPS hovers @35 which is PLAYABLE on max)

Case and PSU Case is great (gigantic) and has great airflow. The PSU came with all the needed cables and then some.

8.1 is 8.1 need i say more?

The bitfenix fan i bought is silent... I have it on the side panal just Sucking air away from the GPU and CPU and it speeds up with my CPU (in CPUFAN2) and slows down and provides my legs a very nice heater for the winter! lol.

As a first time builder i didnt know what to expect and i learned alot. Now if any of my friends want a new rig ill direct em here help them pick out what they want and what their budget can handle and build it.
But none of this would have been possible without PCPartPicker and the forums which has provided me with plenty of help along the way. So Thank you!

Pictures will be uploaded soon! (Keyboard is on the way) BTW my pictures were taken with my Galaxy S6 Edge any feedback as to how they look would be excellent.

~ 3/8/2016 Update

I had to RMA the board, MSI support experiance was VASTLY better this time around (I believe this is how it's supposed to be, i theorize i just caught someone having a ****** day.) I will upload picutres in the next day or so, i added some new free Ram courtasy of Newegg. And a new case fan as well as better thermal compound which i oopsed on.

New pictures are up after my rebuild. I tried to rework the cables in a better way, i got some success but its not uber clean like i've seen some people. Still it took me about an hour and a half.

Part Reviews


This thing is a beast. it keeps up with a 4790 with no troubles. A 4790k will understandably blow this chip away but for what i do it serves me just fine.


I had to return a board due to a bad audio card and my second go around with MSI support was VASTLY and i cannot understate VASTLY different than the first time. Otherwise this board works well and while it isn't a high-end board if you dont want to overclock or in my case can't its a nice value, while having a nice set of features.


Works as advertised have not OC'd.


Works as advertised, no bait and switch like the 840. 535 M/s on the read, and 509 M/s on the write.


Spacious, with decent cable management. The look is something i liked when i first put it together, but now.... Eh.

Power Supply

I bought this due to price. So far it doesn't have much to do since the only stressful component i have is the single 390. This is a tier 3 PSU which works since I'm not going to crossfire and i cannot Overclock. It did come with more cables than i will ever use.

Edit: I did end up getting a seonc 390 and going into crossfire, This PSU held its own with a xeon and 2 390's crossfired and overclocked. I pushed this thing to the max and it kept on ticking. Honestly, thats great. Its a no frills budget PSU that isnt afraid to get down and dirty.

Operating System

Windows is windows. Was cheaper than 10 at the time.

Comments Sorted by:

violetrainxx 2 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

Nice first build. I would tidy up the cables some. Would love to see more pictures!

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

I Do need a lesson in cable management for sure. When I get a replacement for my Casefan (Bit Fenix fan) Which decided it wanted to derp a fan blade, i will definetly do some more magic with wire ties. I am very upset the fan failed after less than 30 hours running, but oh well.

QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Use twist ties or velcro if you can! Twist ties allow you to undo them if you need to take something out, where as zip ties you have to cut and such!

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Well it took almost 8 months and a Mobo RMA but i finally work on the cable management some. Its not perfect but it should do. I have a fan on the side of the case again (no pictures of that til the weekend) which is an exhaust for now. I want to turn the big 200mm into an intake.

overclockingfreak 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

that probably made the fan loud because now the fan is unbalanced so it will vibrate a lot.

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 36 months ago

I did do some more cable management since i had to RMA my board. I will upload pictures in the next day or so if you wanna see.

violetrainxx 2 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Yes I'd love to see. Thank you for the long term update

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Pics are up. Im missing one of the case lit up at night but i work nights so that'll have to wait til the weekend.

twizzzdv2 2 points 44 months ago

wouldnt you benefit from a cpu with more cores like 6 or 8 cores and hyper-threading like a 5820k or 5960X? plus x99 is future proof atm.

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

I would for sure. But im limited on my budget it may not be entirely future proof but thats okay for the time being

twizzzdv2 1 point 44 months ago

i understand bro, all in all super clean build have fun!

QuantumEssence 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

It lets him decide if he wants to upgrade to x99 or Zen :D

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago


overclockingfreak 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Get a hyper 212 evo or something for it to be near silent, not the crappy stock cooler, the copper does not even travel up the inside of the aluminum all the way.

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I had to RMA my 970 it completely failed... MSI gave me such a hard time with it i just sold the next one i got... I bought a sapphire R9 390 and i couldnt be happier. Gets a tiny bit warmer but not much.... During that time i took the time to tidy up my cables and to put em through the side of the case. Its not much better but its something. Also that sapphire card is HUGE!!!!!

mrfaosfx 1 point 37 months ago

So this is the beast you built. My god that is the sexiest white case I have ever seen, bad *** man...nice!

therevenga 1 point 35 months ago

Hows the xeon going? Im gonna use it and pair it with a 290x to play the division and other games (I also stream) Let me know!

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago

Works just like a locked I7. I love it! Although this summer im probably gonna strip the computer and part it out and rebuild a much better one. I might wait til Black friday though for Zen.

therevenga 1 point 35 months ago

So would you recommend it?

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 35 months ago


therevenga 1 point 35 months ago

Alright im sticking with it! (I just bought a vapor x 290x 8gb on ebay today!!! Im super excited!!! Wish me luck!) RIP Gtx 660 ;( 2012-2016

Seventh-Column 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

You mentioned that a 4790K would blow this chip away.. You do realize that your chip is basically a 4790, right? Also, a 4790 is just, just BARELY under the 4790K in performance, so your CPU is, by no means, at all blown away by the 4790K.

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Overclocked it would be. And this post was when i knew little to nothing about CPU's.

Seventh-Column 2 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

LOL, well that makes more sense now :)

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Yeah, oh well. Im still looking to tear it down part out the PC and make "smarter" choices this go around.

Atron 1 Build 0 points 44 months ago

Uses stock cooler and names PC silence.... Somehow I doubt it

Uaon 0 points 44 months ago

I was actually just thinking the same

Valiant_ submitter 3 Builds -1 points 44 months ago

You Doubt it yet im sitting less than 3 feet from the box and dont hear it.

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pnged 0 points 44 months ago

Yeah don't know if I can call this open air flow, stock cooler build really silent, but whatever.

You shouldn't be too worried about 66c with the stock cooler. 66c is still way below the T Junction limit, and if you're really worried get an aftermarket cooler.

Also, next time run the PSU through the back of the case lmao