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First PC Build... The Patience Tester

by Strubalicious



Date Published

Feb. 3, 2018

Date Built

Jan. 29, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

43.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.935 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C


Update: I have updated the images by adding three pictures of the new desk I made using Douglas Fir and 1" steel square tubing. I am super happy with the way this new desk turned out.

Original Post: I just want to start by stating the name of this build is due to the amount of time I spent waiting to buy parts and waiting for them to arrive.

This build was months in the making as I first started researching back in August of 2017. I really wanted to back into PC gaming and so far it has been a great decision. I had to wait quite awhile to start buying parts as I recently got married and had a wedding to pay for. After things settled down, I was going to start buying parts and I noticed that the cost of graphics cards had completely skyrocketed. Luckily, I was able to snag one as soon as Newegg got a shipment in.

My Uses: As I mentioned above, I will be using this mostly for gaming among other things. Will be playing an assortment of AAA titles as well as LOL and Fortnight. Recently started playing Rise of the Tomb Raider (ROTR) and it handles that very well at max settings.

Benchmark Scores: I ran Cinebench and 3DMark to see how this machine handles on traditional benchmarking software. I also performed the ROTR benchmark tool. It scored as follows: Cinebench CPU: 1561 Cinebench OpenGL: 171.43 fps 3DMark - Time Spy 1.0: 7731 3DMark - Fire Strike 1.1: 19980 ROTR benchmark: 135fps

Summary: Overall, I am very pleased with the way this build has been working for me! I have been able to get 4.7GHz on the processor very consistently without ever worrying about temperature. I have noticed that it even hits 5.0GHz at times which is really great considering I haven't touched overclocking. I was originally going to go with air cooling, but my now father-in-law got me the liquid cooler as a Christmas gift. I am grateful for that as my temps have been nice and cool. The case was the most tormenting part of the whole build due to its delay in release which made me wait another week more than expected. It was worth the wait though because I love the way it looks.

Thank you for checking out my build!

Feel free to comment as this was my first build and I'm definitely open to improvement suggestions.

Part Reviews


Fast and great at multitasking

CPU Cooler

Keeps my 8700k cool and looks great!


I really like the look and the BIOS is easy. Wish it had more than two USB 2.0 headers though

Video Card

No complaints! Looks great and gives great graphics at high fps


Case is beautiful and pretty easy to build in. Only gripe is that Fractal and Newegg changed the release date by 8 days setting the build back more than a week.

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EternalRest 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Good job. It looks really good for first time build.

Strubalicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you!

CoolPCBuilds 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I can relate to how your build tested your patience. But anyway, great first build!

Strubalicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Thank you!

logcat 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Why did you go with the R6 instead of the Define C or Meshify? It seems like you'd be able to fit all that into a smaller case without issue.

Strubalicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I really wanted to use the R6 for the possibility of an optical drive and storage expansion in the future. The Define C was my next choice though.

logcat 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Makes sense. Now just add some sleeved cable extensions and you'll be golden!

Strubalicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

That's my plan!

DevilsWar 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I just bought this case today. I am gutting my Phanteks P400 when it comes in. I did have a question about your radiator placemen. Did it not fit on top, or did you just want to place it in the front of the case?

Strubalicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I wanted to go front. My thought was to get fresh, cool air through my radiator. I think I want to try top eventually to see the difference in temps, but for now the CPU never gets over 55 and GPU never goes above 69.

DevilsWar 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Not bad temps. Thanks for the info.

oliveragdal 1 point 11 months ago

Can i build this? Im not the best builder but i know the basics

Strubalicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I had no problems with it and it was my first time building. I did spent a fair amount of time researching beforehand so I had a good idea going in. All in all, it went smoothly and I have faith that you could do it too.

AmbassadorWalnut 1 point 6 months ago

Looks good! I'm looking to get this same case and CPU cooler, could you describe the process of mounting it to the front with two intake fans?

Strubalicious submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you for the compliment AmbassadorWalnut! The front of the case has a nice mounting bracket which allows for multiple radiator sizes. I decided to set the fans on the inner side to pull air through the radiator as it will makes for easier cleaning when dust builds up. There are 8 screws that fit through the case bracket slots and into the radiator. When I built, I removed the front panel of the case, but you can easily access the radiator screws to by opening the front door and removing the dust filter. This would allow you to adjust the height if you wanted.