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Avil (first gaming build)

by cannon4747



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

86.0° C


The name is based off of my name: Allen VILjoen

I built the system for gaming according to the tutorials I had watched online and everything turned on with no major issues. I had some issues figuring out which psu cables to use and bad gpu drivers causing BSODs but I managed to sort all of it out.

After multiple attempts and configurations, I figured out cable management that works for me. IMO it doesn't look to cluttered. The side panel closes easily and everything is tied down. I did accidentally break a fan cable, but I managed to fix it luckily and it works now with no issues.

I wanted to dabble in overclocking, and by looking at the cpu temps under load I can see I have quite a bit of room for it, but I decided to let that wait for another day if the FX6300 becomes more of a bottleneck. I also really want to invest in an aftermarket gpu cooler soon since the stock one doesn't allow for clock speeds above stock (oc edition) without getting above 85C.

Yes, the computer is sitting on top of a piece of cardboard. I wanted to get the bottom of the case up off the carpet floor since the psu wasn't getting any intake and that was the quickest solution. Any tips for a (very cheap/free) permanent solution? Like cutting out a piece of scrap plywood maybe? And also, yes I am attaching my SSD with duct tape. I forgot to check whether the 210 elite had 2.5in drive bays, but hey, whatever works...

I'm using a tv as monitor, some speakers I found somewhere in the house (actually pretty nice speakers), and I have an external fan (thats what the white thing hanging from the back of my desk is) blowing hot air away from the top exhaust of the case. Not sure if this is necessary, probably isnt, but it keeps my legs cool while gaming (it can get pretty hot in my room).

As far as airflow I have the two cooler master fans as intakes on the front. Not sure if the psu counts as intake, but if it does, it is. In addition, I have the stock 120 and 140 mm fans at the back and top of the case respectively as exhaust. My siblings got me the noctua nf-f12 for my birthday so I replaced the stock cooler master heatsink fan with the noctua and moved the cooler master fan to the side panel as exhaust for the gpu. I figure I should add another intake to the bottom later on since I have 2 intakes and 3 outtakes, I've heard its good to have positive air pressure inside the case to keep dust out.

I went with windows 8 on a suggestion from a friend and as it turns out its not horrible. There are some annoyances, but 8.1 preview got rid of a lot of them. Overall, windows 8 is something I can live with.

Side note, yes those are rubiks cubes on my shelf and on the desk. Speedsolving and collecting them is my other hobby that I spend way too much money and time on.

On the build as a whole I think I've done a pretty good job for my first time. It runs modern games like Far Cry 3 and Battlefield 3 at 1080p very high/max settings at 60 fps. I appreciate any and all feedback and advice about my first build.

EDIT: UPDATE: I've since run into problems with the gpu getting "vertical lines of death" crashes so I'm sending it in for an RMA. While that's going on, I've decided to just rip out the raidmax psu so that I'm not tempted to use it anymore. Idk if that was what caused damage to my gpu or not in the first place, but I'm gonna play it safe rather than sorry. Probably gonna get this (OCZ Fatal1ty 750W) once I have the cash: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341041

EDIT: I did the rma and got a working graphics card, and I just bought and installed a new corsair tier 1 psu. I'm now not at all worried about this thing frying my system. Now its time to dabble in oc'ing.

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ReDnAx1991 7 Builds 7 points 49 months ago

+1 for the build and another +1 if I could for that duct tape mod :P

Norm101 3 Builds 6 points 49 months ago

Duct tape keeps the world together!

JasonUK 12 Builds 5 points 49 months ago

If I ever need a Rubik's cube, I know who to ask!

Nice build, just be weary of the PSU - not the greatest quality.

tophero 3 points 49 months ago

Yes, just get a piece of wood and put it under to keep it off the carpet.

Reinforcing what others have said on the PSU - as soon as you can, replace that with a more reliable one.

PickItApart 2 points 49 months ago

(shudder) Raidmax PSU?

sketch24 9 Builds 2 points 49 months ago

Very bad choice on the PSU. other than that it's a good build.

ggeli 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Why have an 250bg harddrive and not 500gb? also Raidmax is a bad choice they are low tier bad quality power supply and psu is very important when building a computer.

ESPM400 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

I'm assuming by the fact that there's no price that the 250GB HDD was a holdover from another build, or something. Definitely won't disagree with you on the PSU though. It may be cheap, but you never want to skimp on your power supply. Not only have I heard a lot of bad things about RaidMax PSUs, but it's underpowered, especially if you plan on upgrading in the future. Personally I tend to err on the side of caution, but you have to remember that (IIRC) PSUs will lose efficiency and power output as they age.

cannon4747 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Okay yeah I've been having second thoughts about the psu and will upgrade to a higher quality one ($70ish) when I have the money.

As for storage, I guess the parts list didn't include it but I also bought a 1tb storage drive for my games. I just salvaged the 250gb hdd from an old dell computer and cleared it (after removing all the music of course).

vlad007 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

Don't worry pal, I made the same mistake. I thought this was a good PSU because it has 4 eggs on Newegg but in fact it's not very good. I recommend this one http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-power-supply-p1550sxxb9

ak_907 1 point 49 months ago

How close is the Hyper 212 Evo from hitting the side panel?

cannon4747 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

It actually touches the side panel when it's closed, and I noticed some scratches from the copper pipes from sliding the panel. But when closing the case it is no problem at all, it goes on easily and doesn't cause any noticeable problem. I wasn't even aware of it until you asked just now and I checked.

I had some worries about this before buying the cooler, but I looked online and saw that other people had used this case/cooler combo without any clearance issues.

mrcooliest 1 point 47 months ago

Just a question, does this case have room for 2 full size GPUs and a HDD?

cannon4747 submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Yes, if you look at the pictures in my build you can clearly see that I have 2 HDDs in there and there is plenty of room for another GPU. Using a board like mine where there are 2 slots in between each pci xpress x16 slot, you can have 2 dual slot cards in and be able to access the 1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th HDD bays. But no, you can't have a full size GPU and then an HDD right behind it.

tmteamgreen 1 point 47 months ago

Sweet build, what are the fps you get on some games?

cannon4747 submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I aim for 60 fps in all games I play at 1080p. I'd rather sacrifice graphics than framerate, but even then I can usually max games, although sometimes I have to turn things like AA or postFX. I play BF3 maxed with x4 AA and stay at 60fps. I don't own crysis 3, but crysis 2 play at max with full AA and it stays at around 60. And minecraft gets like 90-120 lol but its also only using like 30% of the gpu at any time sooo...

noob2pcz 1 point 47 months ago

can this play games on ultra settings?

cannon4747 submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

at what framerate at what resolution? I play at 1080p and try to keep it at 60 or near enough to it that I won't notice. That said, I can usually play games maxed out although sometimes I need to turn off AA or post FX.

Hanjohnbono -1 points 49 months ago

Not trying to sound rude, but please do heavy research before hitting the go button for your computer. The 7950 says a minimum of 500W, now that doesn't mean it eats 500W, but it means that you should have 500W+. You are currently skimping out on your computer with a 500W power supply, because you are in risk of damaging your other components, I highly recommend that you spend at least 50$+ on a Tier 3 or above Power Supply. Corsair and Antec make good 600W PSU's in your budget range. Personally, I would of not bought that 24$ Noctua Fan, because then I would use the money from that fan and put it towards the PSU, i.e. CX600.

ESPM400 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

If you read the description, you'd realize that the Noctua was a gift.

cannon4747 submitter 1 Build 1 point 49 months ago

The noctua was an after-build addon. my siblings were looking for something to buy me for my birthday so I sent them a list of stuff. that was in my price range.

As for the psu, yes I am aware of that now. The instant I have $70 to spare (I need gas money too lol) it's the first thing I'm gonna buy.

Hanjohnbono 1 point 49 months ago

That's fine, it was my bad for not reading the description 100%, and you're lucky you have siblings that are that awesome, I wish I could send a list for my birthday, but instead I receive something really weird. But beggars can't be choosers. Hope your build lasts you a long time!