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Scarlet Vapor Xmas 2014 - $300 Budget - First Build

by Jag_Fan



Date Published

Dec. 25, 2014

Date Built

Dec. 25, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.202 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


I am 16, currently a junior, this is my first build. Everything was bought by myself from money I got during the Summer by working with the school county IT department I live in, shadowing computer technicians. I made $800 that Summer and building my PC has always been something I wanted to do.

All parts were bought from Newegg except for the processor which is from Amazon. I painfully waited November and most of December for good PC part deals and perusing at pcpartpicker's "price drops". In the end I got a PC that plays games at least 4 times as good as my $400 HP 2000 that I have had since 2011 (that thing is still a warrior).

Pictures of building will come later. The motherboard I have is a known good one for overclocking and the case can fit a coolermaster hyper 212 EVO, if I ever decide to overclock. My monitor is 1280x1024, and playing games at native resolution is fine for me personally, and it gives me extra FPS.

Cable management may get a face lift via zip ties, and whatever tips I can find. The CPU runs hotter than I expect on the stock cooler, 37*C idle and haven't done anything under load.

Building this PC has been a dream, collecting all the parts over a period of 2 months has been mentally taxing, but oh so rewarding. The name Scarlet Vapor largely comes from the fact that there is a red LED on the front fan, but also because in my APLAC class we finished the Scarlet Letter before the semester ended, although the biggest reason is because Scarlet has always been my favorite name.

Reiterating, this build has been great. It was like all those crappy Dell machines I tore apart and cleaned over the Summer for the county all coming into this magnificent dynamo. Everything about the machine was handpicked by myself and it feels a like a part of me (especially doing this with literally no tools, everything was hand tightened, including the motherboard standoffs which was not fun).

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!

Comments Sorted by:

ItzHazeyy 2 points 52 months ago

Not bad for such a small budget!

Jag_Fan submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

That is what I am saying, but I it's worth mentioning all purchase prices are with rebates included, and I know some people hate rebates with a passion.

Bryce_Cube 2 points 49 months ago

Could you possibly post a pic of the sides? With the cover on too?

IrshaadH 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Should be renamed Spaghetti and Meatballs

Jag_Fan submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

Besides the color of tomato, is there anything else this is based on? Just curious.

qsball1999 2 points 52 months ago

Cables are everywhere..

Jag_Fan submitter 1 Build 4 points 52 months ago

Oh I see... well then...

better get some zip ties

marvinudy 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Retro "Merry Christmas". Yep, cables need some TLC. Can remember my first build and the 'rush' to 'fire-up' the system with no forethought to cable management. After schlepping around in some old Dells your excitement to see what your investment would do is no surprise. Congrats on saving and spending your earned 'cold-hard' cash. A big +1

Not sure about your MB but a system I built for my father-in-law had a g3258 that easily OC'd to 4.3Ghz.

Jag_Fan submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

I haven't had any issues with frames rates in the games i have been playing (Wargame european escalation, total war, paradox grand strategies, etc) so maybe later on it will be necessary, but not for now. I am working this summer with pragmaticworks (look it up, they have a website), and the money from that will likely go into a better graphics card and power supply. the cpu and mobo have worked fine, and i have yet to see myself use over 5GB of ram, so no need to upgrade. an ssd may be in order if i want to spend much money on it, probably not though. i also need to buy a new computer chair and desk, so there is a long list of things to buy, but right now i am happy with the situation.

Geode1010 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Do u like that video card?

darkestdargon 1 point 47 months ago

asrock mobo's are not good at overclocking at all

cluelessnoob 1 point 46 months ago

hows the case?

Jag_Fan submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

I've had the case for 7 months now and it is really good at keeping dust out. It has filters over all the fans.

The only problem I have is all the extra cables the case comes with (for lighting and stuff). I have them tucked away behind the motherboard tray.

HeroicTrickz 2 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

how many fan slots?

Krodin 1 point 32 months ago

Nice job! I love the case I'm building my first PC too. Here's the link if you wanna see. http://pcpartpicker.com/list/xdCYgL (I have a Seagate 2TB SSHD already that's why I didn't put in a storage thing) I'm also gonna wait to see if the RX 480 is gonna come down in price... if not I'm getting the r9 380x too.

ImYourChrist 1 point 27 months ago

Good job buddy! Is it still running? If so, what do you play?

planesnstuff 1 point 14 months ago

I would've recommended an AMD FX over a Pentium for such a tight budget, but people are telling me that's a bad decision. Not bad though.