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First Build: Luminous Butterfly

by DomTheBomb13


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CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

13.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

53.0° C


Hello all!

This is the first build I've done and it is going to be a gift for my younger brothers for Christmas.

This computer will be used primarily for gaming on 1080p and some light video editing.

Since this computer is going to be a gift I've had to construct it in secret, so I haven't had an internet connection on this computer yet. The only things I installed off an external drive were updated drivers and HWmonitor. I also don't have many pictures of the build because it is not in its final setup.

I splurged on some components (case, PSU, mobo, cooler) because I want this computer to have a lot of future potential, which I believe it will. The most impressive piece of this build for me is the Corsair H70. I was really surprised to see that my CPU temps were idling at a constant 7c. Can't wait to stress the CPU for those temps.

Not visibile in the photo, there are 4 Corsair AF performance edition fans mounted onto the side mesh panel of the 600T, which move a ton of air and keep my GPU at just slightly above room temperature.

I will add more pics, benchmarks, and temps when I connect it to the internet and set it up after Christmas.

Overall, I am really happy with my first build. It looks cool and clean and I can't wait to see how it performs. Building a PC is a ton more fun than buying one. Total cost was right around $1400.

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philip staff 10 Builds 12 points 58 months ago

Looks great! Love the red/black color theme.

IamApropos 3 Builds 8 points 58 months ago

Not often "the man" comes down and blesses a build with his comments ;) glad to see you Philip!!

xmiidnight 2 Builds 7 points 58 months ago

I always wanted a brother

SilverbackEwok 1 point 56 months ago


zyvox100 1 Build 4 points 58 months ago

Awesome colors and great cable management!

Bseagull 3 points 58 months ago

That's beautiful.

Ricktheplumber 3 points 58 months ago

Very nice.

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

I think its absolutely awesome you are building this for your brothers. I could only dream that any of my siblings would be that interested in what I like to purchase me computer equipment ;) Just for that alone I give you a (builder clap) For being your first build you did a great job with cables and your build looks good.
I'm curious what made you choose the 8core AMD and 16GB of RAM with a "primarily for gaming on 1080p" machine? Do your brothers plan on doing a lot, I mean ALOT of video rendering, editing, programming? O.o a couple links for you: NCIX Tech Tips and in this picture - Rendering a 1080p video, Streaming live, Listening to Pandora, Steam, Teamspeak, Skype, Planet Side 2 = RAM Usage

I have gamed with a lot of different people, some have ben semi pro amatuer gamers and none of them on a regular basis run that many programs while gaming. At most people run a voice program and the game and maybe live stream or video record. Unless you are running some mad crazy skyrim mods that force the game to use more than 4GB of Ram, 8 is pretty future proof for any "gaming system". enough criticism.

I once again want to show my appreciation for how awesome I think it is that you built this for them. The excitment and joy I know you will feel as well as seeing their faces when you give it to them is going to be incredibly amazing. Thank you for sharing this with us on the interwebs!! You should take some pictures of their reaction when you give it to them and post it _^

DomTheBomb13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Thank you haha :D

As far as the CPU I prefer AMD desktop processors for some reason after doing a bunch of reading online. I also like to think that games will start utilizing more cores in the near future. I really don't think that the CPU is going to be a bottleneck in any way. As for the memory, I think that 16GB is more than enough to future proof it for a good while, and it's cheap.

I really don't have any concrete reasons as to why I picked these parts, they were just things I wanted in the build. My goal is to hopefully get 7 years out of this build, and I think the 8320 and 16gb of RAM just have more future in them.

There will definitely be more pictures soon, and thanks to everybody for their comments! :)

IamApropos 3 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

I agree that the 8320 is decent especially for its price range. I really can't wait to see more pictures. If you ever want to share computer build experiences and or gaming what not feel free to stop by IamApropos <--- click it ;)

~if you couldn't tell, aside from being an avid gamer I use that facebook page to give compuer build consultation and more ;) Everyone is welcome to come talk "shop".

Black5Lion 2 points 58 months ago

nice stuff! :) wish my brother was more like you xD

wisspy 2 points 58 months ago

Isn't that card amazing looking? I just got mine today and its a buet.

Mandy 4 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

I have a 600t myself, and I have to say that I think that stock fans are loud. Just curious where you purchased those Aerocool fans from, and if they're any quitter than the stock ones, or did you just get them for aesthetics? Furthermore are they 200x20mm whereas you don't need to modify anything to fit them in?

Thanks in advance.

DomTheBomb13 submitter 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

It was primarily aesthetics but they do seem to be quieter. I'm probably going to get a fan controller for all of the fans at some point though. And these fans are 200x20mm, so no modification needed. They were the only red fans I could find at that size which I why I bought them. Bought them off of newegg btw.

EdTheTech 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

Well someone sure likes Corsair.

DomTheBomb13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

That I do, their products just seem to look and perform really well, and the warranties are great.

SilverbackEwok 2 points 56 months ago

Want to be my big bro or what? :)

Fryzie88 2 points 55 months ago

Nice Build, Red and Black looks amazing!

JakePlisken 2 points 53 months ago

How quiet does it run? really like the build!

DomTheBomb13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks! It's pretty much inaudible at all times. The fans on the graphics card never need to work very hard and the Corsair fans and the 200mm fans are very quiet.

LookTopHats 2 Builds 1 point 51 months ago

Could you tell me how windows 8 is holding up; and if it is any good for gaming? Thanks!

GlassIcedTea 1 point 58 months ago

Nice build, but i would have gotten a 670 and i5 since the price is 1409 dollars. also, 16 gigs of memory isnt really needed.Another thing is that you could have gotten a 1TB hard drive for the same price. Last, the build name is epic.

jonjonjon 1 Build 0 points 58 months ago

yea. if you didn't want to get an intel cpu i would have dropped 8GB of ram and gotten a 8350.

CheesyHotDogPuff 1 point 58 months ago

Can I have it instead? :D

1Artyom 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

How are you getting 7c on the cpu? What is the computer outside?

DomTheBomb13 submitter 1 Build 1 point 58 months ago

Yeah after looking at temps other people are getting with i7s with this cooler (~20c) I'm thinking that something isn't correctly calibrated. Don't think this CPU should run that cool.

NoYMiNaToR 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

I had an 8350 on same mobo (you mean the 990-FXA-ud3, right?)with an h50 and at stock it's around 35-40c idle. What are you using to measure temps? Hwmonitor is a good one.

cminecrafter1 2 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Wondering that too, I recently built a PC for my friend with a FX-8150 and a H80 cooler and it was reaching 13C on idle...

Spencer1012 3 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

I know this is old but AMD doesn't report idle temps correctly. Mine reports about 45*F IIRC. It claims far below room temperature, which is plain wrong.

Once you start to put a decent load on the CPU it's accurate though.

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