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2nd year of Uni build!

by MattFraks



Date Published

Jan. 21, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 21, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C


I had previously had a G3258 and H81 build with 4GB of RAM and only an SSD and this lasted me through the first and second year of uni then I bought a GTX 960 to replace my old GTX 750ti (Which went to my SO), This lead to a slew of purchases and ended up here! Here is the process:

G3258 -> i5-4690k

Intel stock cooler -> Hyper 212 -> Noctua NH-D9L (212 went into SO's PC)

MSI H81m-P33 -> Asus 797-P -> MSI Z97 Gaming 5 (RMA'd Asus Mobo)

Hyper X Blue 8Gb DDR3 1866

Kingston SSDNow 120GB -> Kingston SSDNow 120GB+WD 1TB Blue

GTX 750ti -> GTX 960 4GB (Went to SO)

Corasir 100r -> Added button to replace power switch and removed HD bays)

Corsair CX430M -> Corsair CX500M (Went to SO)

S@#t 19Inch TV -> Dell S2340L 23 Inch IPS LED 1080p

Windows 7 to Windows 10 (Free upgrade)

This build was easy enough, I came across no problems putting the thing together and windows was a breeze and I have had no problems so far despite running stress tests and playing games for hours. I'm enrolled in Electronic and Electrical engineering and this build was to help with running required software such CAD and uni GPU FOLDING at home; Playing games like CS-GO, War Thunder, Ark, Fallout 4 and any game I can throw at it; writing essays and pissng about on Reddit.

The part I'm most personally proud of has to be the case, I wasn't intentionally pleased with the Case when it arrived as although well built it was just too bland (Should have known...) so to sort this out I bucketed a left over button from Uni and drilled and sanded out one of the 5.25" bay covers and cut the power switch cable from the case and hot glued them in place and it worked like a dream. Back when I had just one HD (SSD) I had it mounted in the 5.25 inch bay as it was out of the way, therefore removed the racks for fan space.

My desk looks battered and frankly is a tad too small, I'm moving to a new place with my SO soon and I'm planning on obtaining a bigger set of desks and combining our set up and hooking us both up to my low power raspberry PI NAS.

Part Reviews


No complaints, Reached 4.0Ghz easy not pushing it further as I can't be assed. will not disappoint!

CPU Cooler

Keeps my CPU at acceptable temps despite dodgy thermal paste application!


Best motherboard I have ever used, by far the best audio from a PC due to Audio Boost. Easy to OC, Does all it should. Plus the LED read out is pretty cool.


Nothing worth writing home about, no problems will be buying one more soon


FANTASTIC, boots my PC in around 15 seconds.


It runs well and is reasonably quick.

Video Card

Amazing Card Handles OC quite well, Perfect for 1080p. very happy with it


Good quality case. could come with better cable management options and removable HD bays plus its a tad bland. for 40 quid you get what you pay for!

Power Supply

Solid supplies power and is semi modular, worth the bucks. would recommend a higher tier PSU though.


AWESOME, I can find no issues with this monitor functionally, looks beautiful and has amazing viewing angles. However... The glass base get scratched easily that being said the bezel is amazingly thin and is unnoticeable against the black screen, well done dell!

Comments Sorted by:

renzbiohazard 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

What is that keyboard? I've been seeing a lot of those lately. It looks so cool.

Anyway. Great choice of parts +1

MattFraks submitter 2 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Its this... Thats why I didn't :P