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First Gaming Build - Under $1000

by Jake832



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

32.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



This was for my wife's birthday. My budget was $900 and I went slightly over that but did keep it sub 1k. This was my first time building a computer, and I had a lot of fun doing it. Her laptop crapped out and she plays lots of games on it.... nothing too taxing, Sims, Civ, Diablo 3, DragonAge... We talked and decided a desktop will get us more for our money and last longer.

The build went pretty well. I had to re-install the CPU fan after getting almost done since I had initially pointed the airflow the wrong direction.

The case does a good job of hiding cables, but I still had a lot to try to hide. For my first time I'm calling it okay, but I could have done better on the backside with bundling things together. Had to add a case fan splitter cable, only added one fan as the airflow already seems excessive, but I do have another fan that I may still consider adding at some point.

Got boot time down to 11 seconds with the SSD and managing startup programs.

Very happy with the setup, now the problem is I built it for my wife, so I have to give it up this weekend!! Now I'm hooked and just want to build another one!!

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Catharist 3 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Well since you're giving this one to your wife, it's time to build your own.

And then ones for your kids (if any), and one for your parents, and... :P

Jake832 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Being my first build, I had planned to use my old DVD burner, to my surprise, I needed a SATA optical drive, not IDE, (Yes my old one was OLD). So after putting everything together, I had to wait 3 more days until I could get a drive ordered/delivered to load windows etc. Also, one of my case fans wouldn't reach the plug on the mobo, so had to order a case fan power splitter cord.

All went smoothly though other than that.

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xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Very nice! Looks like it should stay pretty cool with all those fans. I like the part choice, I have the R9 270 as well and it's great. I really love that case too.

JohnTsams 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

+1 for price, +2 for nice fan setup.

Neutral1ty 1 point 45 months ago

Solid build, nothing to complain about!

techthom_123 1 point 45 months ago

Looks like it is going to turn into Antarctica with that amount of cooling. Well done!!! Like your choice of graphic card as well.

aludka 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Looks good. The only thing I could give as criticism, if I could even call it that, is to swing the CPU around 90 degrees so its not pulling hot air off of the backside of the graphics card. Other than that nicely done. +1

Jake832 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I wondered about that when I rotated the fan… Wasn't sure which way to go. As much work as it was to take it all out and put it back in, I will probably leave it now, but on the next one I will take your comments into consideration. Appreciate the input!

tpk2893 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

very nice build! very similar to mine! +1

thunderdan602 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Awesome build for the price

EcoMCG 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

How's the case? Dose it have a dust filter on the bottom?

Jake832 submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

It was easy to use, like the setup, did not have a filter though, I may try to rig something up though, not sure yet. With bottom PSU I'm tempted to find something as a filter.

Came with 2 fans, added 1 (top front)

tg440766 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

Love your 4th picture, where you see fans and then some more fans!

bubbajudd94 1 point 39 months ago

Any problems fitting the r9 270 into that case?

Jake832 submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Not too bad, it was a little tight and I had to watch the hard drive placement with the power cord to the video card bumping into each other and ended up moving the hard drive down one bay.

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