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My First Build

by Sdvf



Date Published

Jan. 18, 2015

Date Built

Jan. 7, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

810 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C


This machine is for casual use eg. E-mail, Work... and for low level gaming. This build does exactly what I want it to, its fast and has no problems (yet). My only criticism is that the case's (Thermaltake versa h21) front panel was fairly hard to remove to install the front fan and optical drive. Overall this is a great budget pc that is fairly powerful.

EDIT Since writing that I have learnt how to remove the front panel.

EDIT Since this I have upgraded the GPU to a Gigabyte GeForce 750ti 2GB which combined with everything else runs modded skyrim on ultra high settings with the high res texturepack like a dream

Part Reviews


Great for what it is worth, would reccomend to others.


Does what it is meant to do, sad that it only has one system fan header.

Video Card

Does it's job, operates at a good temperature.


Great budget case, would use again.


Great shape of the mouse and satisfying clunck of keys on the keyboard.

Comments Sorted by:

jamesbeawesome 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

How's the GPU?

Sdvf submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

For what I'm using it for it works like a treat but that's with one monitor and I am planning to up it to two possibly three.

If you mean performance then here are the specs: Manufacturer EVGA Part # 02G-P3-2619-KR Interface PCI-Express x16 Chipset GeForce GT 610 Memory Size 2GB Memory Type DDR3 Core Clock 810MHz TDP 29 Watts Fan Yes SLI Support No CrossFire Support No Length 144mm DVI-I Dual-Link 1 HDMI 1 VGA 1

jamesbeawesome 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Awesome, good luck with the monitors :)

Sdvf submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago


Brospros12467 1 point 49 months ago

IS the EVGA geforce good for running GTA 5?

Sdvf submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I don't play GTA 5 so I don't know but it probably will as it runs skyrim.

ThatComputerGuy12 1 point 47 months ago

I feel like if you had used a AMD Athlon you would get beter preformance because it is a quad core and a higher clock speed, it is also cheaper so you could spend more on your gpu and get like a r7 260x Otherwise good build!

Sdvf submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

I see your point but I generally stay away from AMD as i think Intel's quality is better, but a valid point.

ThatComputerGuy12 1 point 47 months ago

Agreed I won't take you as an Intel fanboy but you have to admit that AMD has better Low end processors

Raintrollstar 1 point 45 months ago

I'd like to think that the i3 justifies its price well because of its low power usage and heat output compared to amd processors. Not to mention that the hyperthreading partially makes up for its lack of cores as well. If you're on a strict budget and don't care about efficiency but about performance to price ratio, amd would better suit the occasion.

Sdvf submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I do agree with that

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ACROEXODUS 1 point 43 months ago

I don't know why people hate on the GT 610, its a decent video card. Definitely not the best, but it runs games decently, like CS:GO, GMod, etc.

Sdvf submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Well said, since this build I have I fact upgraded to a 750ti because I have decided to run stronger games. (I'm also upgrading to an Intel i5-4590, 16GB RAM, 1TB HHD and 120GB SSD but I'll do a new build post for that when I get round to getting the parts). It was a good graphics card for £40 and shouldn't be seen as bad just entry level.