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Blackout - My First Build

by accuRage


This is my very first PC build, which I have built for gaming. I will mainly be playing FPS games such as PUBG and Battlefield, but now that I am in the PC realm with such a large catalog of games, who knows what I might start to enjoy. Some parts shown I paid more for, but most I was able to find for a little to a lot less. I purchased my GPU for $709CDN on Amazon which I was extremely happy with at the time as it had come down a lot from the inflated price it had been, but now unfortunately it is $50 cheaper just two days after I completed my build. I think that was the only L I took though.

So far I've been able to try out CS:GO, PUBG, and Battlefield 1 on a 60HZ 1080p 27" TV (upgrading eventually to a 144hz monitor) I tracked my FPS using Geforce Experience. In CS:GO playing offline with bots (because I'm trash at mouse and keyboard) I was getting 180-220FPS on max settings. PUBG I was getting 90-120 FPS on max settings. Runs much better than Xbox LOL. I'm a noob when it comes to temperatures as well as most things PC but after playing PUBG for an hour on max settings my CPU temp in AI suite was 42deg celcius. Is that a reasonable temperature? Is AI Suite accurate for measuring temperature?

All in all I am extremely happy with the final result of my PC as well as the performance so far. Let me know how you think I did!

If anyone has any suggestions for settings or programs (such as for monitoring FPS/Temperature) or for video/audio optimization, or just critiquing anything I've said, I would love to learn. Thanks!

Also any mouse and keyboard tips would be great because... yikes.

EDIT: It seems that AI Suite quite understated my CPU temp. After playing CS:GO on max settings for an hour, MSI Afterburner showed a peak of 64deg celcius.

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DRogGTX 4 points 5 months ago

For tracking programs, I use MSI Afterburner. I find it to be a lot more useful, and you can track fps, clock speeds, temperature, and more. I recommend you download it.

+1 Nice build!

accuRage submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Thanks for the help. Thanks a lot!

PhantomHawk11 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

How loud are the fans?

IceColdInferno 1 point 5 months ago

As loud as a jumbo jet.

Jk, it's probably pretty quiet.

accuRage submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I was really surprised at how quiet the fans are. With no load they are practically inaudible. Even under the most stress I’ve put them under so far, they haven’t gotten too loud. When I put them on full blast using AI suite it was like a vacuum cleaner though.

PureCore 2 points 5 months ago

I was gonna call my new computer this! Hahahahah! P.S nice build

accuRage submitter 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I almost called it Tinted Tower but I don’t really play Fortnite anymore lol. Thank you!

PureCore 1 point 5 months ago


PureCore 2 points 5 months ago

42deg celcius is amazing! If it ever get's over 70deg you might have a problem.

DRogGTX 2 points 5 months ago

Actually, seventy is kind of normal. Once it starts going above 90 (which this card shouldn't), I would begin to worry.

PureCore 1 point 5 months ago

oh thanks for that tip.

PureCore 2 points 5 months ago

Btw for more performance go control panel and type in battery then press power options and in there press show additional plans and press this https://gyazo.com/3d0e876fb900f095a3f8c464b19a04c4. This should squeeze in some more fps and also make ur pc run faster.

accuRage submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Will do, thanks!

PureCore 1 point 5 months ago

np! :)

Artificialrice 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Uhhh could this be tears

+1 Exquisite build

accuRage submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks alot!

SaltyBird 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Great build! For tracking your temperatures, I recommend using HWInfo64. 42C is well under the max temp, its rather chilly.

I also play primarily FPS games and I recommend using a lower DPI (400-800 range). Turning off mouse acceleration (also called Enhanced Mouse Precision) is an absolute must.

Now I know 400-800 DPI may seem impossible a first, but if you switch to using your arm to make large mouse movements (like turning, etc.) and your wrist for smaller precise movements, your aim will improve by a massive amount. Lower your in-game sensitivity as well.

You might think about getting a mouse bungee for your wired mouse, as the point of a mouse bungee is to make eliminate the drag the wire creates and gives you an essentially "wireless" feeling to it.

A good starting point is that if you can do a full 360 degree turn from one end of your mouse pad to the other.

You can lower your DPI and in-game sens incrementally as you play so you can slowly get used to it.

Hope that helps!

accuRage submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thank you for the lengthy reply! I will check that program out. After downloading MSI Afterburner it seems I was wrong about my temperature which I had originally monitored using AI Suite. I peaked at 64deg c playing CS:GO for an hour on max settings. Does that seem normal as well?

SaltyBird 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Yep, that's well under dangerous temps. Max temp for most Intel CPU's is 100C, and I believe it starts to throttle at 90C.

Aim for keeping it under 80C.

HWInfo64 shows the temps (Min, Max, Avg's) of pretty much everything that has a heat sensor, so you may have to configure it a bit to show just the things you want.

I personally find it to be the best program when monitoring temps and other non-essential things.

Just make sure to download the portable version of it, you don't need to install.

sunsanvil 2 points 5 months ago

Nice compact build.

wolylime 1 point 5 months ago

Your desktop background 'fits'.

Colblarb 1 point 5 months ago

It may seem hard to fit it within your budget but you might want to think about upgrading your processor. Your GPU is very powerful and you may find bottle necking in some of the games you want to play. Other that nice build!

accuRage submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Well I only built it a couple days ago so no upgrade any time soon. Thank you for the suggestion though!

Jumpest 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

How in da hell do u get 90-120 FPS on PUBG Ultra settings? I have a 1070ti as well and I have to mix and match my settings to keep an 80 average!

accuRage submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I should add I have seen my frames drop to 80 now but still stay around 100 as an average.

I’m kind of new to this but a few thoughts I have are: I was going to suggest that maybe your display has a higher resolution or refresh rate but I see from your builds that it is the same. I am using GeForce experience which optimizes games but not usually by 40 frames I don’t think. I don’t know much about this but it may be possible your processor is bottlenecking your GPU? Otherwise, that’s all I got. Best of luck!

CamF 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Cool ****. Glad to see someone rocking a decent air cooler on their CPU. Do you have any black lights?

accuRage submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Thanks a lot! I thought about a black light but the purple lighting almost gives that effect on the white cables anyways!

Gheldon 1 point 4 months ago

How do you like the case?

accuRage submitter 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

I love it. I had a great experience building in it. The big PSU shroud made it easy to hide cables. Also there was a surprising number of holes to run cables through so there are none being fed through the open area of the case. Airflow seems good, hence the “mesh” in the front and top. Definitely glad I went with this one.

Gheldon 1 point 4 months ago

Thanks! I might use this for my first build as well.

admluiz04 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Great build my friend! Love on how you went for Deepcool CPU Cooler along with the case Fans. I am wondering how the case fan performs like the noise level and also the case temperature?

Diaboliic 1 point 28 days ago

What fans are those?

accuRage submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago

They're Deepcool RF120