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My First Gaming PC Build (Black Friday)

by Link4134

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9 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 7, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 2, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.911 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.308 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C

Description

Notes: Basically everything in this build was on sale when I purchased it, hence the set prices.

I used a 1TB 5400RPM HDD from my old gaming laptop with this build, and have another 500GB 7200RPM HDD coming from a friend.

You'll only get two SATA Cables, so be aware of that.

I use this PC build for most modern fps games (Destiny 2, PUBG, SWBF2, etc.) I learned about a lovely little thing called "Cable Management" halfway through this build, so some of the pics are without it being fully managed. I'll post updated pics (window panel off and on) once I've gotten around to full cable management.


Pros: The goal with this build was to game at a solid 60 fps at full hd with medium settings. This more than accomplishes that goal (PUBG is a very poorly optimized game, and as of writing this it will occasionally drop to 55 fps for a second. Same with Arma 3 when set to Ultra settings. No big deal).

This build is exceptionally quiet, even while gaming I can barely hear the fans. I get a very fast boot time (I'd estimate 10-15 seconds tops), and when you put the computer and monitor to sleep, the pc will wake up faster than the monitor.

It has a very nice click BIOS, with very easy XMP enabled by clicking a big button in the top left. Enabled that, and RAM runs at the promised 3000MHz no sweat.

Mobo, CPU, and GPU are good for overclocking (which I'll probably need to do later down the line as this becomes outdated), especially since I haven't seen either the CPU or GPU hit 60C under any load. BIOS has an easy OC for CPU (Idk about GPU) that I have tried out, OC's CPU to 4.3GHz and it tops out at about 66C.


Cons: The CPU PSU wire can't fit through the cable management hole in the top left of the case as the mobo is in the way, so you have to run it in front (visible in window). It's not that big of an issue for me, but it will be for some people.*

The headset hurts a bit after an hour or two, nothing a minor position adjustment doesn't fix. Plus I'm already getting used to it as I don't have to adjust it as much.

The GPU lights up red which clashes with the blue lighting. I didn't think this would be an issue cause I didn't know it lit up.**


Summary: All in all I regret absolutely NOTHING and am very, very satisfied with this build. This computer is my goodbye to fps drops/audio stutters and hello to smooth gaming :D

I haven't gotten the keyboard yet, so I'll be updating with more info/pics soon.


*I figured out that I actually can manage the CPU PSU cable, I will just have to unscrew the mobo to fit the head through.

**Turns out MSI has software that can control this. I can turn off the lights, or choose any color I want (as long as it's red :P)

Part Reviews

CPU

VERY solid processor. Handles all my games (Shooters) at 60fps, full hd, medium-high settings with ease. Very happy with this processor.

CPU Cooler

Very quiet, keeps my CPU around 34C. What more could one ask for?

Motherboard

Love the BIOS. With one click I had XMP going for my RAM. Very good board

Memory

Fast RAM, good XMP. Perfect for what I needed.

Storage

I've always had the OS on an HDD, so when I installed the OS on this I was very happy to see how fast it was. Great SSD

Video Card

Can handle any game I throw at it (PUBG, SWBF2, Destiny 2, Overwatch, BF4). Love it!

And heads up: this GPU lights up red. Doesn't match my blue lighting build but that's my fault for not catching it.

Case

This case looks amazing. I love the light up fans, and it seems to have good airflow as my temps are just fine! Front panel has very minor alignment issues (doesn't affect function at all, just aesthetics) but that can be easily corrected or ignored as it's subtle.

Only problem I have with this case is it's top left cable management hole isn't quite big enough to fit the CPU PSU cable through with a full ATX mobo. Have to run it in front. But I'm so happy with this case I don't even care.

Edit: You can unscrew the mobo, pop the CPU PSU cable through, and screw the mobo in again and it will (or should, haven't tried it yet) fit.

Power Supply

Gets the job done, and has plenty of connectors to work with. What more can I say?

Monitor

This monitor is absolutely perfect. I use it for gaming and no longer feel like I'm missing out.

Keyboard

BEST. KEYBOARD. EVER.

As someone that started PC gaming on a laptop, I got used to the chiclet membrane keyboards. I wanted a good gaming keyboard, and saw that this was a membrane. Absolutely love it. The keys are very quiet with standard FPS gaming, and are very satisfying (and addictive!) to press. 10/10 would buy again.

Mouse

I've had this gaming mouse for 2-3 years and it is awesome. A minor issue in the software when setting the DPI values for the switcher (takes a little messing around to get it to work right), but I only noticed that recently as I used it at default until about 3 days ago and it has been perfect. Love the ability to customize every button on it (macros, single keyboard key, etc.)

Headphones

Great headset, however it does get a bit uncomfortable after an hour or two. Just shifting it slightly when that happens fixes it though. For $35 definitely worth it.

Comments Sorted by:

DatCerealBoi 2 points 11 months ago

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXTQ9EC/ref=twister_B01MU14VHD?_encoding=UTF8&th=1 You should get a mouse pad like this because in the pictures yours looks a little small https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000UVRU6G/ref=twister_B01MU14VHD?_encoding=UTF8&th=1 This one could fit your mouse and keyboard but it doesn't feel that smooth and doesn't have stitched edges.

Link4134 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Funny, the Logitech G840 is actually arriving in the mail today XD

Tectron 1 point 12 months ago

i think you can change the color of the graphics card on how it glows, look on there page, it says how.

Link4134 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Yeah I figured that out, nice to have that ability.

"**Turns out MSI has software that can control this. I can turn off the lights, or choose any color I want (as long as it's red :P)"

Tectron 1 point 12 months ago

yea im using this one and did read into it. its a cool feature :), going with 2 MSI products.

Jaronimoo 1 point 12 months ago

oooh I want to try this out :P

PrintBuildz 1 point 12 months ago

This is officially my FAVORITE build on PCPartPicker! I will give it a +1

PreparedFire993 1 point 11 months ago

You should take your pc off the carpet the carpet kills the pc faster than normal.

Link4134 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Oh, it's a computer desk. It has its own little shelf down there about 2 inches off the ground. Thanks for the concern, though! :D

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