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First Gaming Build

by TheAcornBender



Date Published

Aug. 5, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz


so about 3/4 months ago bought total warwarhammer for my laptop, it's a great game, but my laptop only had a 2ghz i7 and only integrated graphics, so I really struggled to get more than 15-20 fps on the game map, I had to auto resolve every battle since I couldn't run it. I couldn't even run Skyrim (one of my favourite games of all time) at 30fps with performance mods and decreased texture packs so I new it was time to get a new computer. I was initially only going to get a laptop or computer that would be able to 'run' games, at mediumish settings but as I looked at computers I wanted something better. After watching a 'how to build a PC in 30mins' video on YouTube I thought it didn't look that difficult and started toying with the idea of building my own computer, after discovering pcpartpicker eventually the thought of anyone but me building my computer seemed an abomination. So I ordered my parts and when everything arrived after a week I got stuck in.

The build took about 3 hours, the cabling was a lot simpler than I thought it would be and it worked first time I tried it. It plays total war war hammer at ultra settings 60fps, the battles are incredible, witcher 3 ultra (minus hair works and aa) 50-60fps, and Skyrim with realvision enb at 60fps although dips to as low as 40 in really grassy areas but with realvision its possibly the prettiest game I have ever seen; it looks absolutely gorgeous (the last image is a screenshot of whiterun)

Part Reviews


Fast, cool, haven't had any issues with it. Perfect for my needs since I don't do any video editing or rendering and is a great price for gaming since I have no plans to Overclock

CPU Cooler

Absolute pain to install figuratively and literally; I cut myself on the radiator and the instructions are absolutely awful. I had to search up several YouTube videos on how to install the damn thing. Although it does keep my cpu very cool


Great price for a motherboard with most things needed for gaming for non overclockers. Only real issue I have is that it only has one onboard usb 2.0 header so you can only have one of the front usb headers or wifi card installed so the front usb 2.0 ports on my case don't work. Also the Lan doesnt work at all without installing drivers. So if you don't have an disc drive, you have to load the drivers onto a usb stick from msi's website and then use the usb to get Lan working


Boy is this thing fast, boots up windows in seconds, literally, the load screens in Skyrim are near non existent. I would have to wait nearly a whole minute for the load screens for total war warhammer on my laptop, this does it in about 10 seconds. Easily getting over 250mb/s write speeds when moving large files


Good price for a reliable hard drive. Will store all my data and multiplayer games on here (since they won't benefit from faster loading screens)

Video Card

Couldn't decide between an Rx 480 or gtx 1060. Both are incredibly low on stock, apparently until September, I ain't waiting that long so I just decided to buy the first one of whichever I could find that was in stock at not a totally overinflated price. It absolutely smashes 1080p gaming, the 6gb vram is overkill though I don't get anywhere near it


Great case, huge and spacious, although can be difficult to get to some of the screw points for the motherboard. Also the instructions are alright, could be a little clearer, only two fans are installed but the computer is cool enough. The onboard fan controller is great and there is two optical bays (I had to have room for a did drive in the case). It keeps the computer quiet, can only hear it if you focus on it. So easy for cable management, so much space at the back I didn't have to do anything. It's heavy though, very heavy, especially after you've installed the components

Power Supply

Reliable power supply, fully modular and clear enough cables. I know it's overkill, but I don't want to have to replace it if I get more power hungry equipment (like upgrading the gpu)

Operating System

It's windows, I paid the for the full version because I'd want the choice to completely change all the hardware and not have to buy another copy in the case of OEM, price is a little higher than I would've liked though

Wireless Network Adapter

Fantastic wifi card. If anything this is the thing I'm most surprised and pleased about, for the little price I thought it might not have been that great but it's fantastic, my laptop gets about 2mb/s, maybe 3 in my room when downloading, this things gives over 10mb/s easily! And it has Bluetooth for a bonus.

Comments Sorted by:

Virtali 1 point 33 months ago

This is a great build!

marland66 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Nice Build Bro! Good temps too! The screenshot looked GREAT!

nakaman 4 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Ram stuff is good stuff +1

Matnoob12 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Good build. Makes me want to grab a 1060!

Reprisalgaming 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

What monitor do you use with the mini? Im getting one and do not know what monitor to get

AidinLMcLaurin 10 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

This is a mature and functionalist build. +1

Love the screenshot as well! Have you messed with the "Tetrachromatic ENB"? If you like "Realvision" I wouldn't recommend it since it's a pain to balance lighting, saturation, and contrast, but if you get it right it is absolutely stunning! I recommend "Dynavision" and "Autumn of Whiterun" as well.