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The Red Viper - My First Build

by xSpencer_The_Kidx

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8 Comments

Details

Date Published

Aug. 17, 2015

Date Built

March 26, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4.0GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

Description

This is my first computer build. I've always had a fascination for electronics and technology, so for Christmas when my parents asked me what I wanted; I thought about it and since having sold my Xbox 360 I was missing gaming. So, I decided to build my own gaming computer.

With next to zero knowledge of computer parts and I mean ZERO. I set off on a three day long design montage. Talking to Steam friends who have built their own PC's, multiple instances of PCPartPicker builds, crossreferencing, the whole sha-bamb and what not.

I found the learning experience amazing, I've only had this computer for about six months now. Within these six months I've made huge personal strides in ambition. I love it, it's fun to be a nerd. Is it not :P? Don't answer that...because of course it is

Anyway, as I was saying, these past six months have learned a great deal more about computers. I am the one helping my friends now instead of the other way around :D.

This being my first ever computer build and as well as my first experience using a computer that is this expensive and powerful, It seems a great and wonderfully fast and powerful build. It can handle any game I can seem to throw at it. I've not yet had an experience where my FPS dropped bellow 45. This being with games that are all on Very High - High Settings mind you.

Some upgrades I made over the summer: I added a Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SSD, this rocketed my boot times from around a minute when the OS was on my HDD to a mere 12 seconds, 13-14 at the most. I also added four Cooler Master Sickleflow 120mm Red LED Fans. An NZXT Red LED Sleeved lighting kit for a little eye candy, and upgraded my old Dell office mouse to a Redragon M601 CENTROPHORUS.

Now that I have a clue what I am actually doing when it comes to PC's, I am most likely going to sell the whole PC, or sell some of the parts and save up to build a better rig. Introducing...The Red Viper 2.0 Creative name eh? It's essentially the same thing, just with higher quality parts really. Not totally decided on the case however, I have multiple Full Towers in mind specifically for the future option of full watercooling. The sheer sickass look of the Thermaltake Level 10 GT keeps hooking me.

I also have plans on building a powerful for the price (I think) home computer for my mom and stepdad...Home Theatre

P.S. I was too lazy to dust it off before taking the pictures lol

Part Reviews

CPU

Being my first build and first ever step into pc knowledge. I still must say I am in love with this CPU. One of my favorite games to play is Garry's Mod. And with this CPU, I have enough cores and enough clock speed to EFFECTIVELY: run a large Garry's Mod server directly on my PC, play on said Gmod server while i run it, Have steam opened in the background, music playing, and a few web browser tabs open. It keeps chugging along. It is a tank.

Motherboard

A very good Motherboard for my first build, also the cheapest one I could find. Great quality, not flimsy feeling or anything. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good starter MOBO. Only con is that the positioning of the SATA III plugs are right below the mounting points of the GPU, my GPU is long enough to cover the plugs right over. Im assuming i will run into this problem on most MOBO's but still. Also, no USB 3.0 headers :<. Was going to buy a PCIE header expansion card, but decided against it. The 990fx Extreme series is great. Going to buy the best one in the series. :D

Memory

Wonderful RAM! With 16Gigabytes of this stuff I am mean and fast on the interwebs and in game and all that fun stuff. I have run a few creation software such as Unreal Engine 2 and such and it runs smooth as butter. No problems what so ever. Plan on buying another pack of this for 32 Gigabytes :D

Storage

Now, don't anyone go fooling you about buying a cheaper SSD. Cuz they don't know what they are talking about. No need to go buying a 70 dollar Samsung 840 Evo or some crap like that for the same capacity SSD when you could just buy a great product like this. Before i had my OS installed on a 7200RPM 3.5" 140GB HDD i had, boot up time was maybe around a min from a cold start up. With this, i press the button and within 1-13 seconds its good to go and run games and internet and all that. 10/10!

Storage

Nothing special to say about this. It does its job very well. Runs fast and smooth,reliable. Great product. I have around 40 Games installed on this. Going to have to buy another one soon :)

Video Card

Great GPU! Absolutely great! Runs fast and smooth as can be. Great performance and color and quality. Only problems is I don't like the stock cooler with the single blower. Also had some problems with micro stuttering in games like Skyrim, Fallout New Vegas, and Fallout 3. Had to install an older version of the driver to fix. Not sure if this is a GPU error combined with buggy driver, buggy driver, or just a GPU error. Regardless. 5 STARS! Going to get another one for SLI ;)

Power Supply

Honestly, I dont know how good this thing really is. Obviously having a 80+ Bronze rating is..blegh but. My knowledge with PSU's isnt up to par and a friend recommended this. It is working great so far so 3 stars.

Operating System

Ehh, its Windows 10 Pro. What can I say xD. We all have used a version of a Windows OS before. Its good. 5/5 lol

Wireless Network Adapter

Best wireless experience I've had. My router is upstairs in the living room. My room is in the basement. So even when ranging from 3 - 2 bars of signal. I still get great connectivity and speed. Definitely worth the hefty price tag.

Case Fan

Cool lights, keeps stuff cool. Its a fan. Meh awesome lol.

Comments Sorted by:

FLuXX_PwR 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Parting with the Ol' Xbox for a PC. I was in the same boat. I even have the same (for the most part) case.

PeanutbutterManFlavorFlav 1 point 16 months ago

How does that wireless adaptor work because I am looking into getting that same wireless adaptor. I just want to know how it the connectivity is since the wifi has to go through a few walls to get to my computer.

Gwailin 1 point 16 months ago

For the home theatre build, you do not really need 8 gigs of ram, very rarely do you even need 8 unless you are hardcore multitasking or gaming, or both at the same time. You can get two sticks of DDR3 1600mhz 2 gigs (Each stick) ram for about £20, so that saves a bit of cash and is more convenient. But hey if you want to overkill the ram, then that is up to you lol.

AntiEmerald 1 point 16 months ago

looks very nice but in my opinion the case fans don't look very good, having considered before

xSpencer_The_Kidx submitter 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

This is my old build. This is my new build. http://pcpartpicker.com/b/dG9WGX

hugotigs 0 points 10 months ago

You should be featured on worst pc's on techsource lol

xSpencer_The_Kidx submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Mkay. What do you want? Was my first computer build ever. Before this i really hadn't a clue about the inside components of computers. I mean really, i barely selected the parts for it. It was mostly my friends telling me what is good to use. So not knowing what really is good and what isn't i had to go off of their word. My new build is better.

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Gwailin 2 points 16 months ago

It's actually a nice build. I am sorry you can't appreciate it.

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