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About the PC:

So this was the first PC i have ever built, I have been wanting to build my own PC for the longest time but could never justify it since I do not play many games. After putting it off for about 7 or so years (I am currently 23) I finally pulled the trigger and built this. I built this PC back in February but procrastinated on putting up on the site but i found some free time and decided to showoff what I got. Now I know this PC is way overpriced and I easily could have built a cheaper computer that could outperform this one, but I had my mind set on a couple components and a theme (Blue/Black) already set. If anything It was a great learning experience.

Problems:

The first problem I ran into was that my start-up would take around 1 min to 1 min 30 sec....mind you I am running an SSD and knew something was wrong. I realized my antivirus (Panda) was using up 75% of my CPU so I uninstalled that and went with the trusty AVG and it now starts up in around 15 sec.

Most recently (7/3/15) I was playing Diablo 3 and notice my FPS were dropping from ~130ish to ~6 so i stopped playing, not really sure what to make of it. I wasn't sure if it was my internet or if the game was just lagging since the new PTR just came out. After leaving the game for a couple hours I tried again later that night and had the same problem occur so I quit the game and opened up Core Temp and realized that my temps had shot up to ~97°C.... my average temps are around ~38-40°C. I panicked and turned off my PC to allow it to cool down, when I started it back up The first thing that came up was my bios with "CPU Fan Error." I had been warned about the CM Glacer 240l (was a nightmare to install by the way) and the problem with their pump but figured for what it is and the price it was worth the risk. So I should have listened to the reviews because after only 5 months, it seems as if the pump quit working. I plugged it into a spare power supply I had and didn't hear the pump going so i'm assuming it's done. I am going to contact CM soon regarding this issue. I ended up installing the stock Intel CPU fan until I decide if I want to get the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 3 of Dark Rock TF since I really don't want to risk using the 240l again and I know myself and I am going to get caught up with a very expensive custom loop if I want to go with water cooling again.

So thanks for your interest and I welcome any comments, critics, suggestions, etc. Have a great day.

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Comments

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Like you admitted it's overpriced, but besides that it's a pretty sweet setup. If you've enabled UEFI boot and fast boot in the bios and made sure windows 7 was installed UEFI boot, it should be fast to startup.

I've heard of similar failures with other branded pumps. I recently installed a Seidon 120v and many reviewers mentioned it dying after a few months. If mine dies I'll just put the stock cooler on it and seeing as I'm not overclocking I'm sure it'll suffice.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much, I really appreciate it. I'll have to make sure if I have those enabled but after using a computer without an SSD I realized how much quicker it really is so I can't complain. And yea, i read the reviews before hand and many had failures with the pump but i figured I would give them a shot regardless and ended up being part of the statistic haha. My stock cpu cooler actually performed almost as good as the AIO for the most part but the look was just killing me.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Very sweet looking and performing build. After saying that, its really over done for only a 1080p monitor. I'd look into a 27" ASUS 4k monitor that has the NVidia g-sync built inside it. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G2KG1535&cm_re=asus_27_monitor-_-24-236-405-_-Product

Or Maybe the IPS version if you don't really play FPS games: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236466&cm_re=asus_27_monitor-_-24-236-466-_-Product

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for your interest, and I completely agree but I don't game much so spending that much on a monitor just doesn't make sense for my needs.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice first build, but for about 3k you could have made it more beastly performance wise.

  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea I completely agree, I was so focused on getting parts to match and look a certain way that I kind of lost focus on performance but at the end, I don't really game or do much so other than the price tag, it's more than enough for me. Once again thanks for looking.

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  • 53 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for your interest and kind words. As for the Dark Rock Pro 3, i really wish I had found out about the install process before hand haha. In the end, its performance and looks make up for the install.