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Buddy's First Gaming Set Up

by devin94x



Date Published

Oct. 20, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

41.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

63.0° C


My friend came to me and asked for my help to make him a whole set up that wasn't going to break the bank but would also max games out without breaking a sweat. After a few selections he decided to do his own research on PCs (THANK GOD), and he was able to agree with most of my recommendations. Before we added all the aesthetics & peripherals the build alone was in the ballpark of 900. which was his ideal price. He wanted black and red with some white in his build, so he made sure to only order the parts that matched and had good reviews etc. Overall, I was very excited to build this machine since we had shared the vision of what appearance we should go for.

P.S He wanted fans. LOTS of fans.

Part Reviews


Amazing performance. Quick. Low heat.

CPU Cooler

The white color of the fan is tinted a little differently. Almost a light yellow hue on it. Otherwise this thing is great. Less then 45 degrees under stress tests using the i5-6500.


A beautiful board, nice color scheme on it. And red leds look sweet. Nice looking capacitors, overall build quality is fantastic.


Its G.Skill. They don't disappoint. Love the heatsinks on these.


Best bang/per buck ssd wise.


Got on sale, cant beat it for $30.

Video Card

MSI Gaming series are without a doubt the best. The color as well as the stock cooler make this thing so worth it. 65 degrees under load.


For this price I CAN'T complain. AMAZING cable management. Hides the HDD and SSD very well. Nice window. Only problem is if you plan on installing top mounted fans, you have to remove the panels and makes it a little uglier. Otherwise I'm in love.

Power Supply

My favorite PSU due to price. Cheapest fully modular one I can find. And I havent ever had an issue with SeaSonic.

Comments Sorted by:

GeoDashZorra 1 Build 2 points 25 months ago

Nice build!

I have a two questions though.

Why DDR4-3200 with an H110 mobo that can't get it to those speeds?

Why did your friends want so many fans? It causes a lot of noise.

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

This is all the stuff he decided he wanted, even though I mentioned to him that alot of it may be unnecessary he figured, ehh why not. Also surprisingly these fans are dam near silent. And it look really cool watching them all spin up on boot. Gives it a different look. Thank you for you comment <3

Jbock 1 Build 1 point 25 months ago

That's a lot of fans

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

It really is, it looks very cool booting since you can see all of them start up.

Larryboi 1 point 25 months ago

This looks great and something I'd like to try to make. I'm very new. Just wanted to ask, is a custom CPU cooler necessary on the i5-6500. I'm trying to save and thought the stock cooler would be sufficient. Was a stock cooler shipped with the CPU? Also I noticed another comment regarding the 5 extra fans. Looking back at this, with respect, is it necessary? Again, I'm looking to complete a first build with the same CPU and a 1060 and would like to know if the extra fans and CPU cooler are essential.

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

All of the fans were completely unnecessary. The stock cooler on the i5-6500 will work just fine. We chose this one to match the color scheme a little more. You dont need the fancy cooler and the 7 fans haha.

Larryboi 1 point 25 months ago

Haha thanks mate! Yea i wasn't sure, still very green. It looks good though and obviously that was the point. Bit of future proofing as well i guess. Thanks for replying.

vagabond139 5 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Now you need just one more fan for the top.

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Right, our fan hub has 1 more slot left on it hahah.

Tom200 1 point 25 months ago

where did you get that fan hub and how did you power it?

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 25 months ago

Got it on amazon, and it is powered using a sata connector.

Tom200 1 point 25 months ago

Ok thanks

julayyy 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

Great build! The only question I have is:

Why go with a mATX mobo with a full size atx case? Or other way around? I'm pretty sure he could have gotten a fractal design mATX case as well.

devin94x submitter 2 Builds 1 point 24 months ago

All the color schemes matched up, and they weren't over the top on price. He really wanted aesthetics. This was the case he wanted, so we made it work.

DanniieBoiiy 1 point 24 months ago

How's the headset sound?

dronell19 3 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

Looks real good, bud. Did you have any issue fitting the GPU? With the RAM clips being so close to the GPU's backplate?

Mr.Gamer_111 1 point 15 months ago

Whats the difference between this ram and the corsair vengeance one