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1st PC Build January 2015

by BaNdiiTb0y



Date Published

April 6, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 24, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.176 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz


I purchased all of my parts from a local Microcenter. There, they helped me to choose what parts I needed VS wanted and also assisted in choosing parts that were the best bang for your buck. Going in there, I figured that the prices would be outrageous and I was planning on only purchasing select parts from them and the rest online, but I ended up buying everything in store because they weren't far off from online once shipping and all other expenses were calculated.

The performance of the computer is amazing. Coming from a 2008 Dell Desktop running Windows XP, this blows it out of the water. I have the SSD configured to run the OS and all of my programs, everything is super snappy. Not mentioned in the build, I have a few Western Digital Caviar Green HDDs holding my media. I intend to edit videos and play games on this machine, although I haven't done so much of that yet. I've played some light games on max settings and didn't run into an issue with them on very high settings. (Minecraft, League of Legends, Hawken, Dota 2, etc.) I've also edited a few videos and the 16GB of RAM along with the i7 allows for this beast to render videos in no time. The computer idles very quietly and never gets super loud. I have the stock fan on it and haven't ran into an issue since. I plan on overclocking the CPU one day, but until then, I don't think an aftermarket fan will be necessary. The only real "issue" I must have had putting it together was the motherboard IO shield. All of the little clippings were still attached so I simply bent them all outwards. I'm not sure if I was supposed to clip them or something like that, but oh well.

Comments are appreciated and I will try to answer as many as I can.


Part Reviews


I knew I wanted an i7 because I wanted power and that's what I got. This has never showed signs of weakness. I plan on overclocking it someday and when I will I will buy an aftermarket fan, but for now, the stock one works very well.


Nothing special. I wanted to keep this build cheap and new, so this was one of the cheapest Z97 boards I could find. It also had the USB 3.0 headers I was looking for along with enough SATA connectors. Only reason why this isn't 5 stars is because the IO shield had weird metal tounges hanging out of each connector. (I'm not sure if that is normal or not as this was my first build. ever.)


Cheapest DDR3 2x8 config RAM I could find at Microcenter. I was told the mhz differences between 1600 and 1866 and so on really didn't make a significant difference so this suited me well. The 2x8 allows me to upgrade to 32 if I need to in the future.


Cheap SSD, high storage, blazing fast. Enough said.

Video Card

I have not yet pushed my GPU to the limits, but for the light gaming I've done, it has held up well and supports 2 monitors +.


I love the clean Corsair look it gives off and not at a terrible price. The inside is very clean and easy to do some cable managing. Very nice case.

Operating System

Coming from XP Professional, this sucks. I'm just sticking it out until Windows 10.

Comments Sorted by:

Cibex 5 points 48 months ago

I would suggest an EVO 212 aftermarket cooler. Its great for cooling and cheap on the price...around $30 usd I think. It would help your system stay quieter and allow for over clocking without water cooling. Overall very nice rig!+1 I just have o ask why choose the 750ti when you could have gotten an 960 with much better performance for like $60 more?

BaNdiiTb0y submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I was trying to stick to a budget and when everything started to add up, I figured that I wouldn't even be using the full potential of a GTX 960 in the next year. I understand the choice of spending some more for the better graphics and I intend on doing so, but not in the near near future.

RobertT313 1 Build 2 points 48 months ago

Nice build !! I wish there was a MIcrocenter in my area

Nav1tech 4 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Nice build, great part choices

zacharychurch 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Nice! For gaming, I would've gone with the i5 4690k and gotten a better graphics card. It will be very hard to utilize the full potential of the i7 anyway unless you're editing 4K video. Good build though! Building PC's is very fun! :D


jrp77 1 point 32 months ago

Why did you buy a $300 processor but stick with a $100 GPU? Great build overall but if this was my build I would have gone for a newer graphics card to try to not bottleneck my build....

epicnerdgreg 1 Build -3 points 48 months ago

y u h8 8

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