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My First Build

by kimaraeric



Date Published

Aug. 9, 2017

Date Built

July 16, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.366 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


The main goals of this project were games at 60+ 1080p with the ability to light multitask, discord, maybe a browser tab or two while playing games. I also wanted to leave upgrade options open going forward and I think that's solidly in place to eventually go up to a 1060 or 1070 even if I feel like upgrading my monitor and processor as well which eventually I'm sure I will. Coming from a laptop at 720p, CPU at 2.4GHZ and a whopping 6GB of DRAM though this is quite a significant upgrade and I couldn't be happier.

Thanks very much to everyone at pc part picker and the community for assisting me with putting together my first build ever. I had some trials and tribulations but so far nothing has broken I'm playing games at 60+FPS and watching videos at 1080p. It's fast and snappy stays relatively cool I think it's spiked up into the high 50's at the worst when I ran Heaven benchmark. I can multitask no problem without having to tweak things or turn a bunch of stuff off although I leave most stuff off just out of habit, thanks, old laptop.

Thank you once again to everyone at the site and all the youtube creators whose product reviews and build videos I watched. You have all been an immense resource and I just so enjoy learning about tech and hardware it's been an awesome journey thus far and I can't wait to see what I'll learn tomorrow.

Part Reviews


For my use and the price couldn't be happier. 1080p like a boss with low power draw low temps and low price

CPU Cooler

Helping with those low temps quite significantly and for $20 you can't go wrong. Fairly easy install even for a noob like myself


Actually really solid for the price it does the job. Has all the core features I personally needed. Some quality of life things like better io shield and so forth would have been nice but it was $60, compatible, shipped in two days when I needed it to finish the build cause the first one off of ebay seemed to have issues or I messed something up not sure but It wouldn't boot to save my life. The gigabyte first try haven't had any issues since.


It's ram it works I liked the way it looked. Originally purchased to help diagnose troubleshoot boot issues on first build attempt. Decided I'd rather have more ram at a lower speed than 8GB at 2400. So once I was certain this would be recognized I kept it and returned the 8GB of crucial 2400 I originally planned on.


Fantastic at least as far as clean installs go. Put one in my old laptop a few months ago worked like a charm and dramatically improved performance. If anyone is planning a migration PNY does offer free software for cloning drives can't speak to how good it is though. I was so happy with the laptop upgrade though that I had to have one for the rig.

Video Card

Considering the market it's fantastic. Not quite as good as the RX480 I had dreamed of but for now 60+FPS in everything I play as long as you're ok with dropping settings to med or fiddling to find a balance for some games it's right. Could always push it a little farther with afterburner but for my case which is a lot of dead cells and Heroes of the storm at the moment, it's perfect and low power draw to even with the 6pin plug on this overclocked model. I do still want to play some AAA stuff I'll just turn settings down like I said. I mean is hair works in Witcher 3 really that great? I mean like $400-$500 great? For me the answer is no but then again maybe I don't know what I'm missing.


pretty good for a low power low-cost build. While it has space for dual GPU's and the like unless you're planning on a custom loop as well which again you have space for I'd think about something with better ventilation. Collective wisdom is that it gets a little warm under more demanding workloads see the Gamers Nexus Review. Originally had a define C from Fractal which I was in love with until I was taking standoffs off the bottom of my bad motherboard with pliers. Probably my b as a first timer and I may give fractal another go in the future but for now the phanteks is great. For $80 you get rubber grommets, psu shroud, sound dampening, magnetic dustfilters, RGB led, and two fans. Couldn't really ask for more and if you want to spend an extra couple bucks they have a tempered glass version.

Power Supply

As far as performance Fantastic! Really well reviewed by johhny guru got plenty of watts for upgrades super stable, super quiet at least to my ears and a 5 year warranty. If you've got a window look at getting cable extensions. ketchup mustard on the nonmodular cables might be an eyesore for some. Personally, I never see it with the panel on so I don't care. I also got it for like $60 off Amazon after rebate.

Operating System

I want my alt tab back from win 7 they lose a star for that otherwise Meh it's windows..?


Works for now only 60hz will probably upgrade as soon as I can afford to. I do notice some tearing specifically in games where I'm getting way above 60fps like over a 100 or more. I might actually hang on to it though for watching streams. I watch a lot of Amazon video and Netflix and IPS is pretty darn nice so I could see a dual monitor setup in my future with this one for the shows and browsing and another one just for certain games. Honestly, this thing still does pretty good for indie platformers and the like where you're almost as much appreciating the pixel art as you are the gameplay. As long as you have decent peripherals I haven't noticed much input lag with v-sync enabled even. Guacamelee looks awesome on this the colors jump right off the screen.

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tony475130 1 point 17 months ago

This is a pretty well rounded setup for less than 1k. Can't help but feel its underpowered with that g6400 but I suppose it suits your needs quite well so bravo! Could have gotten a smaller case though. That p400 is nice but it looks empty inside. An inwin 301 would have suited the build better IMO.

Sartajaujla 1 point 17 months ago

You mean g4600. On the intel side for now it is thr only processor you should you purchase. For low power consumption, intel+nvidia still win.

noblenewb 1 point 17 months ago

G4560 Is arguably better value, but I like this build. Very similar to what I did, good solid budget gaming FTW!!!

Sartajaujla 1 point 17 months ago

yes it is i built a htpc for 300 canadian dollars with the g4560, so like 220 usd. Great value imo though I should have spent the extra 20 dollars for the g4600 as the g4560 fails to do 4k 60fps. even while use h.264 codec. dips to about 40-45 fps, this is youtube. with vp9 i get about 40.

I do believe with the current market in the US, the g4600 is better value, but for other markets the g4560 is still the the best option.

only thing I would change in this build is spending less on Ram, SSD, chassis/case etc,

noblenewb 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah, the price has risen on the 4560 here so balanced it out. When I did my build with it a few months back it was around $65 which was fan-damn-tastic.

kimaraeric submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Wanted room for rads water cooling when I upgrade CPU after Christmas and bonus this year. Going for an I7 if I can afford with aio at least a I5

bakerbradders123 1 point 17 months ago

the g4620 Is equal to the i3-6100/i3-7100, not sure which one, but ryzen 3 is cheap if ur budget is a little higher then this.

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kimaraeric submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

TY :)

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