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My first gaming pc

by jeep94

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Date Published

March 29, 2016

Date Built

March 22, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.13GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.65GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

Description

About 7 months ago I was gaming and using 3ds max on an ancient gateway laptop with a sandy bridge pentium. That died eventually so I got something better. I picked up an i7 laptop for 200 bucks. I love that laptop but I wanted to get something amazing for gaming.

So I started buying parts. I got a gtx 950 first. Then a psu. I had a dell xps 420 with a core 2 quad and I was going to put my gpu and psu in that. But the processor was too old to run with the card and it severely bottlenecked it. So I went to a local pc shop to sell the dell for money. But the guy had an i7 4770k and a motherboard he would trade me for the dell. So I got rid of the dell. I also bought a case for 20 bucks.

I brought it home, but I found that the mobo was dead. I also wasn't sure if the cpu worked. So I bought a new mobo. When I got it, I found it was dead also. So I got a replacement and it worked. Then I got some ram off my uncle, bought a cooler, hard drive and an optical drive.

So I had all my parts and I was ready to build it. It was my first time building a computer. but, building it was fine. But putting windows on it was a pain. I couldn't get it to boot of my flash drive because of a setting in the bios. But after a couple days, I had it working fine. I still need to do some cable management though. Overall I love the PC I built.

Part Reviews

CPU

Love this cpu. Picked it up dirt cheap. Just an awesome processor. Might overclock sometime. I bought it used but the guy who had it said he had it to 4 ghz.

CPU Cooler

Decent cooler. I should have got something nicer for my build but it was cheap. Not made for an i7-4770k. In intel burn test running for 10 minutes, I got 83 celsius as my max temp.

Motherboard

Overall a good board with lots of features. First one arrived dead so I had to return it. Second one worked fine. There was a setting in the bios that didn't let me boot off a dvd or flashdrive. I think it was something that dealt with multi-core processors. Also has stupid placements for hd audio and fan headers.

Memory

Great for the price. I'll get a second stick eventually.

Storage

Fast ssd. Never had one before but I'm glad I got one. Boot time is 12 second from a cold startup. But for 15 buck more you can have an 850 evo which is faster.

Storage

Great price and plenty of storage. No complaints.

Video Card

Love this card. Runs gta v on high settings at 60fps. Overclocks well. I had it close 1500MHz core clock and 7500MHz memory clock. But I have no need to OC it. It runs fine stock.

Case

Got it used for 20 bucks. Spray painted it some too. hard to cable manage in it.

Power Supply

Good PSU. Runs fine.

Optical Drive

I needed one because I still listen to cd's. This thing works fine.

Operating System

Bought a 25 dollar windows 7 key and upgraded to 10. It's windows. Not much to say. I like it better than windows 8.

Wireless Network Adapter

Cant get a good signal in my basement which is where my computer is at. Need better range. Upstairs it works alright. My 2005 wireless G adapter from 2005 has better range so I use it instead.

Keyboard

Used 4 dollar keyboard. Its awesome.

Mouse

Best mouse ever. Feels great in my hand. And only 27 bucks.

Headphones

I had this thing for years when I was a console peasant. This headset has been dropped stepped on and used almost constantly for 4 years. It broke in one spot but some electrical tape fixed that.

Comments Sorted by:

SpecificAlduin 2 Builds 5 points 26 months ago

Wow, you got the 4770k at an awesome price! +1 for low price.

JoeyHall 3 Builds 2 points 26 months ago

Very nice, maybe at somepoint you could mod a window into that thing to show of your nice build

jeep94 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I like that idea! I might fab one sometime. It would look really cool.

JoeyHall 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Do it! Modding cases is one of the most fun parts of pc modding. A window is a good place to start. Just make sure that your cable management looks nice through said window

pwelch234 2 points 26 months ago

Where did you get that cpu from?

jeep94 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

A local pc shop. I had an old dell xps 420 I was going to sell for 100 dollars. He said he would give me the i7 for it.

pwelch234 2 points 26 months ago

What a cool guy

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

I gotta,have some more pictures and story fir this build, young fella.

jeep94 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Only had one pic right now. I'll post more :)

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Good deal.

rck1984 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Yank that panel off and show us some of the inside! :)

MannyPCs 1 point 26 months ago

Sweet! More pictures?

Firewalp 20 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Damn what a sweet deal on that i7! Congrats on the build, man!

nakaman 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Lovely build for a lovely price

ArchaicBuilder 1 Build 1 point 26 months ago

Could use some cable management TLC :) Other than that very well thought out for a budget setup +1

PCLegend 1 point 26 months ago

Nice build! Awesome price on the i7, I personally got a i7-4770 (Non-K) for $175 so you did great!

SHOCKOPS 1 Build 0 points 26 months ago

A single GTX 950 and GTA V at high settings with 60fps? Can't believe that. Ich got 60 FPS with 2x GTX 770 4GB SLI.

Or ist it a secret card? ;)

Gooberdad 8 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Hmm don't do that. Now I'm wondering if he got a 4770 or a 4770k used.

jeep94 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

It's at 900p :) I don't have a 1080p monitor. There's also a few settings I had to change to normal but almost all of them are at high.