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UPDATED: I call it "Helios" (Gaming and Rendering Build)

by hardeNcoded


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CPU Clock Rate

4.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.024 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

54.0° C


This is my first build and it was a great learning experience. Honestly without this website I probably couldn't have done it. I ordered the parts over the course of a month, getting them when Newegg ran specials. The total price for everything after rebates and deals was under a $1000. I already have a Razer DeathAdder for my mouse and a keyboard. I had an extra optical drive lying around and purchased the TV through Newegg. I love pretty much everything about this build.

The one problem I do have is with the cooler. When I first tried a push-pull config taking air from inside the case my CPU was idling at 45 degrees! When I switched it around to pull air from outside the case, it was significantly cooler, idling at around 34 degrees. However, I won't be able to get a stable overclock at all with this cooler, and at the time I purchased it I told myself I wouldn't need to overclock since I got it for $50. Now I wish I had invested in an H100 so I could push my CPU further and will probably upgrade in the near future.

Love the case! It has plenty of air flow and my motherboard temps never go 1 or 2 degrees above the temps I had when I turned my computer on. The Samsung is fantastic, though it does fill up faster than you think. To clear things up I purchased the power supply for $80 when Newegg was running a killer combo.

I also have a 3D mouse, which is fantastic for modeling and editing. If you anybody cads or works in the 3D space, would suggest getting one. You can also use it as a joystick for gaming. I use this for gaming with RPGs and FPSs, and this system can totally handle any game I throw at it with maxed or almost maxed settings.

Update: I added an Intel NIC because I wanted to get a better ping on my home internet. Also, since Logan from the TEK recommend I get one of these and it was $20, I couldn't pass it up.

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mousseng 1 Build 3 points 72 months ago

Very nice indeed - I quite like it! I'm curious though, what sort of rendering are you doing - modeling, CAD, something else? I ask because I'm familiar with what works for gaming, but not so much productivity.

hardeNcoded submitter 1 Build 3 points 72 months ago

I plan on using this computer to render models I have made using Keyshot and similar programs. Keyshot works best with more cores, which is why I went with the 8350 instead of the 3770k. Also was on a budget and got the 8350 for $180 :)

Xenomorphic 1 Build 2 points 72 months ago

This is very nice first build, good job on the cable management without the holes in the tray ;)

Only thing I'd suggest about your H60 is to turn the radiator the other way up so that the tubes are at the top and not touching the GPU card - nothing wrong with it the way it is, I just wouldn't want it pushing the card down in case it broke the PCI slot off the mobo.

hardeNcoded submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Thanks for the tip! The tubes aren't actually touching the card, though I admit the pictures show that is does. Thanks again!

randomjester 2 points 72 months ago

Ditto. Really nice build and good job with your cable management for your first build and just learning. I would only say if possible with your case, remove out any unneeded HDD cages for overall better air flow. Also, I can't tell exactly if that's carpet or what, but if it is carpet you should somehow elevate your PC off of it with a stand or just like a wood board.

hardeNcoded submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Its actually concrete, so I am not worried about the airflow at the bottom of the case. Thanks for the tip about the cages. Make sense!

jakethemp 1 Build 2 points 72 months ago

I have the same vid card. love that card

hardeNcoded submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

The video card is fantastic! I've overclocked it to 1030mHz stable and I can run Crysis 2 at max with the FPS rarely dipping below 60. I got the ram and GPU together with a combo, and then sold the game credit for $50, so I got it for a hell of a price.

miniclipgamer 2 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

I guess since you already bought it, it doesn't matter, but the Xigmatek Dark Knight outperforms the H60 by far, and its half the price. The H60 is a good cooler, but just letting you know...

xBlood_Monkey 10 Builds 1 point 72 months ago

Awesome build. Very clean and well thought out! :)

hardeNcoded submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago


Sinisyko 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Nice build. I say you did very well for a first go.

hardeNcoded submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago


sozan 1 point 72 months ago

why not take advantage of dual channel memory with 2x4 stcik of ram instead? i guess you could add another 8 gig stick though

hardeNcoded submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

I forgot to mention I do plan on upgrading to 16 gigs in the future when I have a little extra cash. I did have to build it on a budget, so I decided to wait and put the money elsewhere.

Infixite 1 Build 1 point 71 months ago

Hows the Mobo?

hardeNcoded submitter 1 Build 1 point 71 months ago

The mobo is great! Bios is super easy to use and customize your settings as need be. Recognized my ram and clocked it at the right speeds. I would highly recommend this board because for the price, you get a great deal and a lot of neat features!

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hardeNcoded submitter 1 Build 1 point 72 months ago

Thanks! I take it you didn't read my long description, because I actually got the PSU for $80. I agree there is no way I would pay $150 for only a 550w, but for that cheap, I couldn't pass it up.