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by Shawraraka



Date Published

July 21, 2015

Date Built

July 12, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.279 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


This is my first ever computer build so go easy on me. I built this machine for school, future work, and gaming purposes.

I'm a heavy gamer but when it comes to my future job i will need to use a bunch of CAD and 3d modeling programs. So that's why i chose the i7 instead of the i5.

I chose the cpu cooler because i heard the i7 runs rather hot with the stock cooler and i didnt want to drop $100 into a liquid cooler so i just got the most popular heatsink instead. Attaching the heatsink was ridiculous. You have to hold it in place and flip your MOBO and then screw in a backplate on the other side of your mobo and it just seemed impossible to do with just one person (thankfully i had my computer savvy friend with me).

The motherboard is one of the cooler parts of my computer. The thermal armor made the MOBO so durable and I didn't once feel scared of accidentally snapping my board in half from pressure. Bios is easy to enter with the special bios button on the back, and overall nice design. Slotting in the Ram and GPU was difficult. Had to apply a little more pressure than I would have liked but other than that very nice motherboard.

The memory i got for a steal. I was contemplating whether to get 2x8gb strips or 2x4gb strips and a daily deal on newegg where the 2 sticks of 4gb ram was only $35 so i decided it was so cheap i would just upgrade to 16gb in the future if i end up needing it.

SSD is an SSD so im happy about that. HDD is an HDD so that's how i feel about my storage choices.

Video card is perfect. Runs quiet and plays the Witcher 3 with ultra graphics on 1080p at 55~60fps.

Case is beautiful. Green led in the front mixed with the two i put up top make it look like a monster. Fastening the parts was easy and has plenty of room for cable management (which I severely lack). Just make sure to get extra fans because the two fans it comes with don't give much air circulation.

The PSU is a funny story. When I got my video card it came with a 50% off supernova power supplies and I thought the name looked familiar and when I realized I bought a supernova I felt stupid since I already bought a supernova PSU and could've had half off but whatever that's $30 I wont ever see. Eco mode is nice and makes it so much quieter and I guess it saves energy so my energy bill didn't increase too much.

Overall build went fine. I got a free OS from my computer friend and play any game I want with no worries about specs (which is something I have never felt). I need to go in and fix the cable management because I did not do a good job at that.

Please leave any comments, suggestions, or questions you might have.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

A little big and annoying to attach


Extremely durable. And overall very satisfying! Love the bios button


The letters "SSD" says it all


If only it was a solid state drive

Video Card

Plays any game you throw at it on ultra graphics. Love this lil monster!


If you get this case make sure to get some green led fans on the top. It looks WAY cooler then

Power Supply

Perfect wattage. Eco friendly. I love it.

Optical Drive

It reads disks and burns them. What more can you want?

Operating System

Just get 10 when it comes out.

Case Fan

Awesome little devils!


Amazing monitor! In my opinion the best 1080p monitor available.

Comments Sorted by:

TerraHD 4 points 44 months ago

FINALLY!!! Someone who doesn't think the 960 is bad!!! Honestly, the hate comments are ridiculous on this thing! It's near to 770 level at a 5-7 fps difference. :) +1

Shawraraka submitter 1 Build 3 points 44 months ago

I know I was told I would be playing the Witcher 3 on medium if i was lucky but it ended up defaulting at ultra settings so i laughed in everyones face

TerraHD 2 points 44 months ago

Lol. That's awesome! People underestimate the 960's power! :)

biggles5107 2 Builds 3 points 44 months ago

Nice choice on the SSD. Absolutely love Samsung SSDs and would recommend them to anyone!

One thing I'd recommend is (if space permits) rotate the CPU cooler so that the fan is drawing in fresh air from the front of the case instead of pulling hot air from the graphics card. Your CPU will drop a few degrees this way.

I'd like to see some temps though.

Shawraraka submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

I brought that up with my friend. I forget why but he told me I need to place it how I did. I'll definitely take a look at it.

As for temps im still figuring out everything about my software and havent gotten around to temping it

acpattee 3 points 44 months ago

I'm in the process of Parting out my first build and I intend for it to be primarily for 3D modeling and rendering. I was curious which programs you use and how they run? Thanks!

Shawraraka submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Sorry for taking so long to reply. My computer works great for 3d modeling however that doesnt mean i would say get the exact same parts as me. My processor is truly the best part for that kind of purpose so definitely go with the i7 however i would recommend more RAM and a case with good airflow as well as liquid cooling for overclocking. Good luck with your build!

acpattee 1 point 43 months ago

Thanks, I went with 16 gigs, running the same series as you. Just picked up my i7 yesterday and just waiting for the last few parts to come in and I can't wait to actually put all the pieces in my NZXT 410 Phantom. I'm thinking about buying some extra case fans but they all seem he same to me and easy to pick up as an afterthought. Hopefully that'll give me the airflow I need to keep it cool enough without a liquid cooling setup because I don't really know anything about those systems aside from the real basics. How hot are your i7 and GPU running when you render fairly intensive stuff?

FGCU_James 4 Builds 2 points 44 months ago

You might want to get that case up off of the carpet. Otherwise it chokes the airflow to the power supply, which can make it overheat.

Shawraraka submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Im waiting on my new desk. Till then i dont have any other stable ground to put it on.

Chaostiix 1 point 40 months ago

Which case fans did you put on top? I'm getting the same case and want to know :l

Chaostiix 1 point 40 months ago

Didn't see them listed, I'm an idiot lol

Shawraraka submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

The case fans are in the part list

Chaostiix 1 point 40 months ago

I know lmao I didn't see them at first.

dmarket01 1 point 40 months ago

Hey so I’m getting the same case and cooler as you, but I’m getting a compatibility flag for them and i just wanted to make sure they worked for you before I get them?

dmarket01 1 point 40 months ago

And the same keyboard/mouse combo, case fans, SSD, andHDD, and that was before I even looked at your build! I guess great minds think alike.

Shawraraka submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Ya it works. The flag is cuz the case specs didnt include the width around where u mount the cpu cooler

nlmaster 1 point 36 months ago

+1 for cable management.

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