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Iron Patriot - Mark I

by TurdFergeson



Date Published

May 4, 2014

Date Built

April 5, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



My entire life I have had a series of average computers, and I have always wanted to build my own. I took the plunge and set out to build a computer capable of almost anything, especially games. It was my first build but I was willing spend over $1,000 to get exactly what I wanted. The motherboard is red, the RAM is blue, and the case fans are white; therefore, I call it the Iron Patriot.

CPU - I originally wanted to get the i5-4670k, but I'm not really into overclocking. For $50 more, the i7 was much more attractive and will hopefully make the machine more future proof. Who knows? That hyper threading may become useful.

CPU Cooler - This Cooler Master and the Noctua were some of the best rated fans. Again since I'm not overclocking, I did not get a liquid cooler. They take up more space and seem harder to install anyway. Additionally, I don't run the risk of it breaking and having water all over the insides of my computer.

Motherboard - I originally considered AsRock because of the price but felt Gigabyte was the better choice. Warning: do not buy open box motherboards from Micro Center. I originally bought the UD4H as an open box item after both me and a sales associate inspected it. It looked perfectly new, but ended up not working. I was livid. I replaced it with a brand new version of the exact same motherboard and everything worked perfectly.

Storage - For me, it's SSD all the way. All of my media (pictures, music, movies) are stored on my laptop or external hard drives. 250 gb is enough for all my programs and games, and I will consider getting another one in the future.

Video Card - I felt the GTX 770 was the best bang for your buck. It's not the best card, but it'll play anything I throw at it. It was difficult deciding on the manufacturer, but Gigabyte is reputable and I like the wind force technology.

Case - The Fractal R4 is one the best rated cases. I wanted something simple and sleek, and this was it. There's sound dampening padding on the inside, removable hard drive bays for superior cooling, and removable mesh to capture and remove dust. It just looks beautiful.

Power Supply - I wanted a fully modular power supply with the right power, and this EVGA met my needs perfectly. I could have gone with a higher wattage, but I don't intend to SLI making the extra power unnecessary. PC Part Picker estimated my wattage to be around 400w, so I felt 650w was enough.

Optical Drive - Found the cheapest one at Micro Center for $15

Operating System - Windows 7 Ultimate, free from my university

Thanks for looking!

Comments Sorted by:

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Should have dug deeper into your pockets to pick up a 1tb western digital caviar blue, they're good, fast, and cheap. That 250gb will go faster than you think...+1

Sezmic 3 points 42 months ago

I second this, 250gb won't last you long. Apart from that nice build :) is that a vinyl sticker?

Retroman 2 points 42 months ago

he can add extra storage later when he has an extra $60 to spend but better to invest in an SSD first for the OS and a few programs and add extra storage later rather then the other way around and have to reinstall everything.

ThatsPoorlyDrawn 3 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

As I thought 250 would last me awhile in my first pc...I think it lasted me 2 months? After all of the games I put on it, I found myself pulling out old HDDs from my old netbooks to drop in my computer. With a build and a budget like this...I'm sure $60 wouldn't have been to hard to find.

Thenerdysheep 2 points 42 months ago

What chair do you have?

PolishXlion 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Well here are my thoughts: From the outside it looks awesome but inside the part choice could be better. Mostly adding a k CPU for an OC but I guess the rest is good.

GermHerrera 1 point 42 months ago

I would buy a 1Tb HHD to back up that SSD... you can find them for about $59 give or take on where you get it

GermHerrera 1 point 42 months ago

But I like it