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"Lessons Learned" - First Build

by iGoByFrank

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50 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 16, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.59GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

Description

TL;DR: GTX 1070 is awesome, Corsair Air 240 looks great, i5-6500 is rock solid.

I mostly play RPGs like The Elder Scrolls or The Witcher. I currently have a 1080p monitor, so my next upgrade will be a 1440p monitor.

I'm coming off of a laptop with integrated graphics (obviously I did not play The Witcher on that), so the GTX 1070 blew me away with an average of ~130 FPS on Shadow of Mordor. I feel bad if I play Stardew Valley on this rig. It's like the computer scoffs at me.

Modding Skyrim has been fantastic. I can't believe how great everything looks.

I was able to save money by getting Windows 10 free through my University.

As for the title, I learned that PC building is way easier than one might think. Certain figures in the gaming industry should take note.

To Do List:

Add White Sleeved Cables with modular PSU

White LED's

PWM fans and an aftermarket cooler. Fans that came with case are only 3-pin.

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ATXON 5 points 27 months ago

I'm coming off of a laptop with integrated graphics (obviously I did not play The Witcher on that), so the GTX 1070 blew me away

Lol, I had the same experience but it only took a GTX 960 for me. XD It was a very old laptop. :V

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iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Right? I started looking at parts in November of 2015, but had lots of other things to take care of financially. At the time, I was looking at a 960.

When Pascal came out, I saved another couple of weeks to get the 1070.

ATXON 3 points 27 months ago

lol, let's share some ****** iGPU laptop stories.

I beat all of Borderlands 2 playing at 480P at the lowest settings. XD

ferndchamp 3 points 27 months ago

Great build for the price!

FACUNDO 13 Builds 3 points 27 months ago
MSI Bazooka and Mortar are the best mobo series!

+1

rdyer00 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

That's great to hear! I just picked up a Mortar the other day to try out in my new gaming rig!!

Wolklung 2 points 27 months ago

Looking Great. The gtx1070 is a beast. Have fun.

SmartWolf 2 points 27 months ago

+1 for price, i mean yeah, you got what you needed, solid selection (grats) and kept price very low.
Well done sir!

heck, +1 for no rgb!

ArbyCreeper 2 points 27 months ago

Best $1000 Build!

amandaluree 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Great build! I made pretty similar choices with my first build. I'm very glad to see that EVGA 1070 card fit in the case with no problem. I was concerned it wouldn't.

Yay! +1

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

It is a REALLY tight fit. But yes, it does fit. I had to really bend the power cable away from the window to get the side panel back on.

rtr1999 2 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

how do you like the evga card i have an msi gtx 1070

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

My case is pretty limited as far as GPU height. So I pretty much had to go for the EVGA card. :/

AFlyingBuffalo 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Nice build! I really like the black and white but some white sleeved extensions and another stick of memory would help it look even better!

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

Oh yes. All in good time. For now though, I decided to wait on a lot of cosmetic things.

RichiBarri 1 point 27 months ago

Hi¡ how many fan headers does mobo has?

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

It has two fan headers. I bought a fan splitter for the front two fans.

RichiBarri 1 point 27 months ago

What happens if i put 2400mhz ram on it?

Natester15 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build! I'm doing a first time build to join the master race, and decided on 1070 instead of a 970 because of the longevity factor. I got the Evga FTW edition for 459.99, I wanted to make sure it would fit in the case and you seem to be one of few who has done a 240 with a 1070 and posted it so far. The numbers for what the case says it can use and how large the card is have it fitting just fine, but I see you say its a tight fit-if you could give additional detail/tips I'd appreciate it!

I essentially have the same build just with a 89.99 gold rated PSU, I7 6700 (not the K), 16GB RAM, and the Gigabyte MB that everyone puts in the air 240 that is $140 (I was scared to spend less than 100 on a MOBO lol).

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 2 points 26 months ago

It was a tight fit because of the 8-pin PCI-E power connector. I had to really bend the cable away from the window. Probably a result of me having a cheap power supply more than anything else.

So yes, the card fits. No part of the graphics card touches the side panel. But the first time I put the panel on, there was a small bulge because of that power cable.

Natester15 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

I ran into the issue, my window has a slight bulge in it lol. Now I'm just wondering where to put and what fans to get...?

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Meh, I still use the fans that came with my case. They're alright, but buying some better fans would be quieter.

Natester15 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I built mine and definitely have a buldge from the cables. I couldn't get it to go away either. Mine was more tight length wise which could be from me getting the FTW edition.

NinjaLouis 1 point 23 months ago

Is this bulge that noticeable, I'm trying to decide between the GTX 1070 FTW and SC and since I'm not overclocking whether the GPU fits is my main query.

Natester15 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Give me a few minutes and I'll have my build posted! I'll have photos of the bulge. It's not awful-I would HIGHLY recommend FTW

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Rwalsh7297 1 point 26 months ago

Literally a really similar build to what I'm making now!

Was looking at the B150 Mortar as my first MoBo of choice; but that changed after some research (although I still want the red LED'S it has on the back) and am soon to be getting the ASROck H170 Pro4. Bought a Palit GTX-970 Jetstream on which is on the way; with a BenQ RL2455HM 24" monitor, 8GB (2x4) HyperX and I7-6700 combo for the mixer.

SABO7AGE 1 point 26 months ago

Hey Frank, This would be the first gaming build I do kinda new to this, Would i need a optical drive for installing the windows and also would i need a card to get onto the internet? sorry new to this world.

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Nope, no optical drive needed. I installed windows on this computer using a USB flash drive. See here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

As for the internet, most motherboards will have Ethernet ports on them. You can use that with an Ethernet cable, or buy a WiFi card.

SABO7AGE 1 point 26 months ago

Thank you for the reply. I am trying to build my first gaming rig just want to make sure I got everything :D

And where does one get the usb download from I didnt see a link to where u can download the usb version? I have a CD key for windows 10 that i bought already.

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Ah, I'm not so sure about that. I got windows digitally through my university, so I simply downloaded all of the files that I needed, then added them to the USB drive. Might need to do some more asking around to find out about using the CD key.

The forums here on PCPP should be helpful.

Aaronb1874 3 Builds 0 points 27 months ago

Why just one stick of RAM? And why the stock cooler?

n0lledge 4 points 27 months ago

You can't oc the 6500 so why not save a couple dollars?

Aaronb1874 3 Builds 2 points 27 months ago

Heat and sound

n0lledge 4 points 27 months ago

I just personally wouldn't spend 20+ dollars when the stock cooler does the job. Each to their own I suppose

Tultamaneli 1 point 27 months ago

The stock intel cooler isn't really that loud.

pegotico 2 Builds 3 points 27 months ago

And why the stock cooler?

It is a 65 watts tdp processor. Heat wont be an issue. Noise probably under load.

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

1 stick of RAM in case I want to go to 16 GB anytime soon. We will see. Stock cooler for low price.

Also, my standard for noise is a bit higher than most... I still have the first version of the Xbox 360 lying around somewhere.

LaputaCake 1 Build -1 points 27 months ago

Why such the cheap power supply? Really wouldn't pair it with such a nice card.

iGoByFrank submitter 1 Build 2 points 27 months ago

Probably my one regret from this build. Especially since some nicer ones were available a couple days after purchase for less than 5 dollars more.

LaputaCake 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I'd try and return it or at least get a better one. It's an alright power supply for a APU or 950/r7 360 but not a 1070.

k155 1 point 27 months ago

What exactly makes this PSU not good? I'm looking to put this in my GTX 1070 build, and AFAIK it gets great reviews.

LaputaCake 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

It's not that it's not good it's just like have a Celeron with the 1070, it'll work but it's not really what you should be pairing it with. The power supply is the most vital part of a pc and so you should never skimp on it. The G2 series are a good common series but there are other good ones that are slightly cheaper but of the same quality if you look.

NinjaLouis 1 point 23 months ago

What would you recommend, I'm looking for a PSU that will power this card with room to spare if I wanted to upgrade, good quality but not too expensive.

LaputaCake 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Depending on where you are the Seasonic M12 and S12 are good buys as well as the Antec High current gamer modular(Make sure its the modular version) and the EVGA B2 series and go whichever is cheapest .

NinjaLouis 1 point 23 months ago

I think that I'm going to go with the EVGA SuperNOVA 650W G2, but thanks for your reply.

LaputaCake 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Ah, that is much better than the others. I thought you asked for cheap, that's arguably one of the best gold rated power supply series.

NinjaLouis 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah, I read about on some forums and found that the power supply was the last thing you wanted to go cheap on so I made some slight compromises in my build to accommodate it. Thanks for your help anyway.

Huutonytran 1 Build -11 points 27 months ago

Yeah yeah what ever. Here's my $2000AUS Gaming PC Build which took me 3 whole day to build. Everything has to be Perfect .

http://au.pcpartpicker.com/b/Gsqkcf

Tultamaneli 4 points 27 months ago

You're puposefully acting like a jerk. Don't advertise your own build on someone elses completed build.

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