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Load CPU temps Taken while running Prime95 blend test. Load GPU temps taken while running MSI Kombustor burn in test on D3D11. CPU voltage is currently at 1.275, gonna try and lower it a bit. GPU is actually running at 1337Mhz, but PCPP rounds it up. Gave the VRAM +50Mhz. 3DMark Firestrike score: 10880.

Since the start of 2014, when I was 12, I've been wanting to build a computer with my father. It has been a learning experience for us both, but mostly for my father. He used to do a lot of this kind of stuff, but that was probably about 20 years ago. We didn't really have any difficulties with this build, other than two things, both of which were pretty simple. For some reason, at first the motherboard rejected our memory and went into a boot loop, but that was fixed by hitting the MemOk button, which was kind of a wild guess by us because it wasn't giving us any memory error codes. Also, the power supply cables are much stiffer than they seem. I'm not sure if that's just this power supply in particular or if all of them are that way, but it was more of an annoyance than a problem. This computer was not build to look pretty in any way, it was meant purely to perform well. It is for the time being mostly mine, but soon it will also be used to serve media to our home theater system. This thing is dead silent on idle. The GPU fans don't spin up until something like 40 degrees, and all of my chassis fans run at minimum RPM on idle too. Also, I have one of the Noctuas on the CPU cooler, the stock fan is pretty loud.

Note: All parts were purchased from Microcenter, keyboard/mouse were from Best Buy.

CPU: I got it because it's pretty much the gold standard consumer grade CPU, and it seems to OC pretty well.

Motherboard: I wanted one that I knew would last and would be able to OC a decent bit, also it's Asus so I know it will be reliable. The memory thing was kind of weird, but other than that I have no complaints, other than wishing the USB 3 header was right angle.

CPU Cooler: This is mostly temporary, pretty soon I'm hoping to get a decent AIO water cooler, or possibly a custom loop. However so far it's doing pretty well, although occasionally I get an odd CPU Fan error while trying to boot.

Memory: It's memory, it runs at decent speeds and is CAS 9. Tried OCing it a bit, went into a boot loop and had to clear CMOS.

SSD: Pretty much your standard SATA 3 SSD. I've never before used an SSD, and it's awesome. I never really believed people when they said that once you have one you won't be able to live without it, but now I do. Boot takes about 4 seconds, logging in is instant. Don't know how much of that is Windows 10, but either way it's great.

GPU: Despite the whole 970 3.5gb VRAM thing, I decided to go ahead and get one and see if I have any problems. So far, nothing. Running at 1440p, the games that I have tried have run fine at maxed settings, with anti-aliasing turned down a bit because I can't really tell the difference after a certain point. Again, it's Asus, so I know it will last. Also Microcenter had a sale on them.

Case: All I've heard about this case has been good, and I haven't a single problem with it, other than some of the OD tray thumbscrews being cross threaded. It is very quiet, mostly attributable to the foam padding and my fan choice. It also looks pretty nice, though that's just my opinion. However when you remove the top moduvents, you're left with an ugly indent with a honeycomb grate.

PSU: It's gold rated, it's Corsair, so it seemed like I couldn't really go wrong with it. The cables ended up being a bit stiffer than I had expected, but it works completely fine other than that.

OD: It was cheap. Seems to work fine.

Fans: They're fans so there's not much to say about them, but they're extremely quiet and do the job well, other than the aforementioned occasional CPU fan error.

Keyboard: It's my first mechanical keyboard, so don't have anything to compare it to. It's extremely loud if you type fast like I do, but I like that and noise level isn't really an issue for me. The tactile feedback is very nice, I can no longer use rubber dome or membrane keyboards, though chiclet is still alright.

Mouse: it's my first mouse that hasn't come with the computer, so I again don't have much to compare it to. The thumb buttons are very nice and work well, I can't use any mice with acceleration now.

Headset: Decent wireless headset. I went with this over the Corsair H2100 because it will also work with my xbox 360 and my PS3, though it usually remains connected to my PC.

OS: So far, I'm pretty excited for the consumer release of Windows 10, as long as it's not subscription based, as that would be the dumbest idea they've ever had, but I guess that's what happens when you make the guy in charge of cloud services the CEO (Correct me if I'm wrong)... Anyway, so far everything that works with Windows 8 has worked with Windows 10, and I like the new start menu and the way that apps now work. If you didn't know, apps now open in a window, but can be put to fullscreen and such. However I think the fact that when I search in the start menu it also searches the internet, and even worse uses bing, is stupid. When I search in the start menu I want to search through my programs, and if I was going to search the internet for something I would just use google chrome. So far I can't find any way to disable it, however you can get rid of the search bar on the taskbar by going into the taskbar properties menu.

This has been a very fun experience, and I hope that I'll be able to do it again sometime in the near future.

Sorry about potato photos, I'll get some with a DSLR and tripod soon, current ones were just taken with my iPod. Also, I'll try and clean up the cable management in the back before those photos are taken.

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  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet build!! Kudos to you and your dad. My son and I recently did our first build together. Enjoy!!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

To make the cables softer use a hair blower/dryer and put on highest heat and blast for a few minutes

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright, I'll have to try that. Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Your CPU cooler really should be facing front to rear...either with the fan mounted toward the front of the case, pushing air thru the cooler...or mounted toward the rear of the case pulling air thru the cooler. I'm not sure if you are blowing down toward the GPU in which case your top exhaust fan is useless and/or fighting your CPU fan for air...or if you are pulling air from bottom to top, pulling the hot air off the GPU thru your CPU cooler...

I think this might help your temps. Although that's a really good idle temp as it, and if your load temps are from Prime 95, that's good as well.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

It's currently pushing up, so yes I know the top fan is kind of redundant. I was going to mount that on the bottom as an intake, but I accidentally mounted it on the top and those rubber mounts are a pain to get off... Tomorrow when I clean up the cables and take some better photos I'll probably move it. Is there really any easy way to switch the orientation of the cooler?

Edit: Actually, I might just put it on as another CPU cooler fan. And yes the load temps are from Prime 95

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Not really. If you remove the cooler, make sure you clean the CPU and the cooler, and apply new thermal paste.

  • 61 months ago
  • 2 points

Hm. I might have to wait to do that until I can get some isopropyl alcohol.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

fragrence free face wipes. ;) Used them a few times now. Work a treat.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I found some isopropyl alcohol(70%) and cleaned it all off, changed the orientation so it's now going front to back, like you said it should. Load temps on Prime 95 are still around 85C

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm surprised they were so good in that up/down orientation...great numbers actually. Prime 95 is more brutal than anything you will ever do to your PC under any other use.

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