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My First PC Build - Codename: Smoke

by FloridaState386



Date Published

April 23, 2017

Date Built

April 26, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

58.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

66.0° C


This is my first PC Build. I have played consoles my whole life. But recently, I have wanted more. Therefore I did a ton of research and decided on these parts. The rig will mostly be used for gaming and minor content creation. I had to stay under a budget so I couldn't go all out, but I think I did pretty good considering. I will be adding photos of the complete build when its finished. I also plan on doing a few upgrades in the future. I am open to suggestions (be nice LOL).

Update: I have built my rig now. Finally got all the parts in (minus the monitor and LED Strip). Please ignore the 32" TV I have it hooked up to. I am extremely happy with it so far. Let me just say, the Phanteks P400 Case was so easy to work with. This was my first and only build so far but the P400 has so much room and cable management was a breeze. I cant wait to put in some time on this rig. When I do, I will review all the parts individually.

Part Reviews


I can't complain. This little guy is quick. No complaints thus far.


Great MB. I am not overclocking but I still wanted all that the Z Series MB had to offer. And this is it. I am not audio perv, but the sound quality of music (and gaming) from this board is incredible. I love the ROG line and will definitely buy Strix in the future. Not to mention the RGB LED's. Thumbs up Asus!!!


As far as quality is concerned, they are great. (And I love the black heat spreaders) I am a fan of Kingston products. They run like advertised. I will buy another 2x4 kit in the future, I just wish I would have went with the 2x8 kit right off the bat. 8GB is running fine for now, but I can see whats coming. Pretty soon you will need 16GB to run AAA games.


First SSD. And I am loving it!! Computer boots off of this in 19 seconds flat (yes I tested it with several runs and averaged the results). I am using this along side a WD Blue 1TB HHD. I have a few games and my OS on the SanDisk and it performs wonderfully. Definitely recommend.


Um...It's a HHD. LOL It stores all my programs. I boot from an SSD. It's quiet. Plenty of space for casual gamers and minor content creation. I haven't even put a dent in the storage capacity on here.

Video Card

Do you want 60+ FPS at 1080P? This is it. I love this card. I couldn't shell out $400 for the "good cards" but to be honest, I haven't had a problem with this one. There will be some games you have to play on Very High instead of Ultra (I know, OMG right), but you can barely tell the difference in the two. And I got a free game with it, so in truth, minus the cost of the game. I got this for $190. Can't beat that.


Just beautiful. This case has plenty of room inside to work with. Cable management was a breeze. I have the Asus H270 MB so all my LED's sync up. (ASUS Aura RGB Software supports all Phanteks cases) It came with 2 120mm fans, which is awesome. And for this price, you can't get any better than this.


This monitor is simply awesome. A few color adjustments from stock and your ready for 144hz gaming. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. I WILL buy another.


I absolutely LOVE these. Very clean sound. Just the right amount of bass. I used them for my Xbox also but when I used them on my PC, I was blown away. These compare to other headphones that cost upwards of $150+. Would definitely recommend.


Its no fancy Razor or anything but I like it. It has alot of options when it comes to lighting effects. And an actual mechanical keyboard for $50 with a mouse? Its great. The wires on both are braided and look great. The mouse has 3 DBI settings (I think that's right) and works great for me.


It supplies power. Its EVGA. And its Semi Modular. All good things. Its quiet. I suggest the 500 BQ over the B model. The only difference is the wires I believe. The 500 B has colored wires. The 500 BQ has all black wires. If you care about your aesthetics, please for the love of God, don't put the rainbow wires in your PC.

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plzDonateAgame 1 point 4 months ago

How do you have a Strix motherboard and yet you're still rocking the stock cooler?

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aterza 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I am looking at doing a very similar build, same CPU, Video card.
I am going to do 16GB Ram (has 8 GB been fine for you?) Did you get the monitor listed? Asus 24", if so how is it, that is in my wish list as well. The only part of my build that I am still not sure of is the Motherboard. I have yours in my wishlist, but I am also looking at a z170 and a B250 chipset motherboard.
Thanks for any input on your build.

FloridaState386 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I absolutely love this build. With that sad, yes 8 GB is running just fine. Although, when gaming I have noticed this system uses most of the RAM. I do plan on adding another 8 GB as soon as possible.

I havent gotten the monitor yet. I will be ordering it within the next few weeks. I have heard nothing but good things about it though.

As far as the motherboard, it all depends on what series of processor you get. The new Kaby Lake processors need either the B270, H270 or Z270. If you get Skylake, you need B170, H170 or Z170. And then if you get a locked processor, there is no need to get a Z Series board. They are used mostly for overclocking. I chose the Asus ROG Strix H270 because is is basically the same as the Asus ROG Strix Z270 without the over clockability. And it is a great board. I was going to go with an entire Strix build but my budget wouldn't allow it right now.

The GPU I bought was the perfect choice for me (besides the GTX 1060 Strix). It was in the right price range, and performs extremely well. It will play most games at 1080p, at 60 fps. Sure there are some games that it will fall behind, but I knew that when I purchased it. I don't mind turning some settings down if I have to though. So far, I haven't had to though.

If you have anymore questions, let me know, I'll try to answer then the best I can. Good luck with your build.

aterza 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks for reply. I I realize now after doing more research that the 100 series chipset won't work on kabylake processors. I am definitely curious about the monitor. I have also read a lot of positive reviews on it. I am still about a month or so from buying parts. Recently bought a house and funds are a little tight till the dust settles on all the "new" stuff we need for the house.

FloridaState386 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I understand. I work on a Law Enforcement salary. I have to get stuff when I can. Congats on the house. I will do a review on that monitor after I get it if you want to check back in a few weeks.

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