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My nephew's first PC build (Black & Blue Themed Z97)

by EsxPaul

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173 Comments

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Date Published

Oct. 16, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.203 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.61 GHz

Description

My young nephew has always been interested in PCs & tech so I thought it would be a good idea to get him his first decent computer with one condition attached... he had to learn to build it himself with some guidance from me.

He was very keen on having a blue theme which did somewhat limit our part choices. Having said that, I think we came up with a satisfying look to the end product. The parts are relatively low end at the moment but we tried to choose parts that would give us an future upgrade path without having to swap out too many things.

For the time being he only has access to a 1280 x 1024 monitor but will eventually save up the funds to move up to 1080p which I think the GTX950 will be able to handle at slightly reduced settings. We had to choose between a lower end 960 or a more flashy looking 950 with a backplate. The better looking 950 won out considering the current monitor but we may look to upgrade further down the line when funds allow.

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jonesmbarry 7 points 42 months ago

Great build, super clean!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

Very kind, thanks mate.

JackeMinion 4 points 42 months ago

All that's left is the blue led's :)

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

We went with the NZXT white led's as we thought blue ones might just be a little overkill.

SeeingEyeHamster 4 points 41 months ago

Nothing is over kill in pc buildimg, you must of never seen a build that has been dipped in mineral water and put inside a fishtank.

JackeMinion 1 point 42 months ago

:P I can imagine those looking nice too.

Sv3ngali 1 point 36 months ago

Good choice, blue LEDs would have made everything inside blue

Rtwhit 1 Build 7 points 42 months ago

Watercooling an i3? Ok then.

convertedconsolegamer_92 2 Builds 18 points 42 months ago

His choice and his money. Some ppl enjoy building PCs and experimenting no matter how impractical the parts may seem to you.

bradyn13 4 points 42 months ago

well said

gunit1111 4 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

Probably reserved for a future upgrade to an unlocked CPU would be my guess, but the build looks good! I like the black and blue color scheme.

JBurk94 3 points 42 months ago

Why not? Soon air cooling will be a thing of the past I'd hate having a loud fan going while I used my PC

Growliff1234 2 points 40 months ago

Lol... You still have to have a fan for the radiator and to get the air from the GPU out.

JBurk94 2 points 40 months ago

Right but water cooling rads dont generally require the fans to run at a high RPM to cool compared to copper exhaust pipes

Penguintheman 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

Maybe for future upgradability and overclocking? I know an i3 can't be oc'd but he could overclock a different chip in the future. He IS using a z97 board by the way.

Geode1010 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

My cousin did it. He loves it.

The1StudMuffin 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Leaves plenty of room for upgrades!

Mellotus_doe 1 point 41 months ago

sure its not smart / the best choice, but yeah.. its their money.

vVTyfighterVv 1 Build 5 points 42 months ago

What a great uncle. My uncle handed me a 3 year old pc. When it blue screened, the only advice he could offer me was to try to get the 25+ digit error code in the couple of seconds it flashed on the screen. Long story short he took it and replaced the gpu. This fixed the blue screen, but I was kind of unhappy that I didn't understand what happened in the first place. Thank you for passing something on to the younger generation.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Thanks a lot for your kind comment. Hopefully your uncle gave you a even higher spec gpu but do I get your frustration at not fully diagnosing what actually happened to the older one.

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jordanthebuyer13 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

lol i didnt get handed any computer other than an intel atom notebook with 2gb of memory after that i built my own computer :P

The1StudMuffin 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Kind of how my experience went. Anytime the family got a new computer, I was then allowed to devour the old one. Eventually my parents let me build a "business" computer, which meant it was a tax write off... My mom used it for work during the day, I got to game at night. Not a beast by many means, but it was a dream!

Penguintheman 1 Build 1 point 34 months ago

I'm using a PC with a pentium E5500 and iGPU. It also has 3gb of ram. It runs TF2, TF2 mind you, at only 20 fps! My friend with an FX 4300 and an r7 370 runs at 300fps!

Mariomash 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Why 2 different sized SSD's?

It's a good budget build for sure

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks. We originally only had the 120GB SSD but added the 240GB at the last minute for some game storage.

Mariomash 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Oh, ic

TexWR 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Great build and nice choice for the case, I have the exact one but in red

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 3 points 42 months ago

Thanks mate.

I just took a quick look at your build and it looks fantastic. Great job, gotta love the Stormtrooper!

TexWR 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Haha thanks

bigchorizo 1 point 42 months ago

Solid, clean build! +1

What are your idle and load temps with that cooler? Thanks!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Thank you.

We were seeing 24c at idle and 57c under full load but I must admit that it hasn't been tested over a long period yet.

powellbm86 9 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

That turned out super pretty.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Thanks mate, very kind.

Edvardas 1 point 42 months ago

Nice build , i have a question , can i be your nephew ???

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

Lol, he doesn't realise it yet but he'll have to look after me when I'm old and wrinkled!

190n 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

xD

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Super simple build with a lot of upgradability, very nice.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks mate. Glad you liked it.

bradyn13 1 point 42 months ago

one of the best executed blue builds I have seen, and done a budget to boot. Well done.

Something is wrong with your prices though?? Some are in Euros, There is no way you payed $290 for that case, and total doesnt line up either.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for bringing that to my attention mate. I hadn't noticed the errors in the price list so I'll go and check that one out.

Ropota 1 point 42 months ago

I like the build. Watercooled i3 FTW!!! :)

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Lol, thanks mate. Slight overkill I must admit but with a bit of luck and some pocket money he'll soon have a i5 or even a i7 under there.

190n 2 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Oh, so the Z97 is for future upgrading? I was wondering about that.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thats it mate, hopefully a unlocked i5 or i7 with some extra pocket money!

190n 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

My friend has a 4690K at a stable overclock of 4.6GHz with a Kraken X61 liquid cooler.

firespitter2917 1 point 42 months ago

a bit of advice for your nephew plug the wifi dongle in the back and not the front. Other than that I think it is the best looking blue and black pc i've seen.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks mate. We did try the dongle in the back panel first off but the reception wasn't nearly as good for some reason. We'll have to do some further checking into that one...

PCIntake 1 point 42 months ago

Very clean blue build, are you planning on adding some more storage? 360GB doesn't seem so much

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you.

You are right, 360GB isn't really enough in the long term. We are hoping that M.2 prices start to come down and if they do we might have one of those as the boot drive and perhaps swap out the 120GB ssd for another 240GB and have those as storage drives.

vikingXcore 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

950 runs almost as well as 960 while being cheaper. it's a pretty great card!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Agreed. The PC will be mainly used for school coursework study and research with gaming coming second which swayed us towards the classy looking backplate rather than the few extra fps of a 960.

theNeybor 1 point 42 months ago

Love it! +1

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks mate.

dax_olesa 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

This is some amazing dedication to a colour scheme, even the i/o panel is all blue with all that usb 3.0 :') it looks gorgeous great job

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you mate. I didn't even think of that until you mentioned it!

dax_olesa 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

also the FTW edition logo is blue on the card, colour scheme to the tiniest details there : D only thing that you could possibly make even more blue is getting those nice blue ring corsair fans for your radiator, then it would be the bluest build on the whole internet

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I think we would have gone for that GPU anyway but it was a lucky coincidence that the FTW was blue.

That's a good idea you have regarding the fans. Might have to look into that and have a little change around. Thanks.

dax_olesa 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

that would really be the cherry on the top. but make sure to have the fan inside the case so it won't be hidden by the rad then

CommMatt 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Sweet build. How did you get Windows 7 Pro for only $54 USD???

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Thanks. It's just a refurbished copy from Amazon but I've been using them for a while now and seem to do the job just fine.

a_w_green 1 point 42 months ago

+1

You are a very kind uncle! So glad you could pass down this knowledge to a younger generation. Now may he empty his steam wallet in adoration of GabeN as part of the PCMASTERRACE.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks.. That's the plan!

TheMultiRugga 1 point 42 months ago

Very nice clean build. Great choice on parts and just looks amazing!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks mate.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Damn son... Where'd ya find this?

+1

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Find what lol??

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Find this overpowered PC? :P

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Totally.

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

:P

PyreUK6 1 point 42 months ago

I've noticed custom pound pricing but I can't find that board anywhere in the U.K. I'm looking into a similar build myself. Where did you get it?

Also, that 950 should perform close to a stock 960 anyway!

Great build!!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you.

I got the board from Amazon but did have to wait a couple of weeks for delivery as they seem to go in and out of stock regularly. They don't have any at the moment but keep checking back and I think you'll see them come back in stock once more.

Tooth 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

he had to learn to build it himself with some guidance from me.

That was a very nice move on your part. He will remember this building experience for the rest of his life. I know in a few years your nephew will again upgrade his pc by himself thanks to you.

One of the nice things in life is having a great uncle :)

You !!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you mate. Very kind.

Funkyozer 1 point 42 months ago

Super clean build, this looks great! +1

May I ask, where did you buy the PSU? I'm looking to get the exact same unit, but it's only displayed on like 1 site for me and they're pushing up the price (especially with shipping - I'm in NI btw)

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you. I got the PSU from Scan but it was also available from Aria. Not too sure how that would work out for you over in NI?

RandomTheWolf 1 point 42 months ago

I must say, interesting storage choice, but nevertheless, nice build :D +1

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Cheers!

BingoFishy 1 point 42 months ago

Nice job! The case looks great. Does it include dust filters? How old is your Nephew? Why did you go for liquid cooling?

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you.

Only the front has filtration so we switched the roof fan to be an intake and hopefully keep that dust down as much as possible. He has just turned 16 and we went for liquid cooling now knowing that we can upgrade the cpu in the future and keep the current cooler.

BingoFishy 1 point 42 months ago

If you move to skylake in the future, you might have a problem (different socket). But for the dust filters wouldn't you want intake in the front so no dust would get inside the case?

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

The front is a intake at the moment.

KillingisMyDutyBruh 1 point 42 months ago

would of went with the msi z97 pc mate but ur chose.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

The pc mate was one that I was considering but I think the U3 PLUS looks just a little nicer.

elantraguy241 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Wow, that build is just gorgeous. I'm sure your nephew is filled with joy right now, not only does he have his own system, but with your help he built it too. I'd feel so satisfied and he'll definitely remember this. :)

Does he have any plans for lighting to show off the interior when he's using it or is the ambient lightning enough for showing off the interior?

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for the compliment.

Believe it or not, we do have a NZXT LED strip in there but I couldn't get a good picture of it working during the daytime. It does light up the case pretty well once the daylight disappears and I'll have to try and grab a better picture that shows it off better.

RobertT313 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Really nice and clean build !! I like how you took pictures showing the process of the build.... Tell your nephew he did an excellent job.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks. I think he'll be pleased when he sees your kind comment!

JafferAli 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

this makes me cry, not because its bad, but because my build was the same price and much worse..

:(

great build tho

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Don't worry mate, you should have seen my first try at a build!

jdelbs18 5 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Wow this is excellent! Love the color theme and that you went Blue for everything! Awesome!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you. I appreciate the compliment.

Russkie69 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

How do you like the S340? I want to build in it and I have some questions about it.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I was really impressed with it for the price. You just have to be very careful not to let anything slip as you are building in it as the matt paint scratches really easily.

Russkie69 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Do the side panels feel a bit cheap or flimsy, because cause I've just finished building in Corsair 750D and side panels on it easily slid in and closed unlike the side panels on the Fractal Design R4 I've built in. The the difference between them was that the 750D Panels felt very cheap and very light, almost paper thin. I know the s340 is quite the budget case and I've had my eye on it for a while because it's just so simple yet so sexy.

cstevens98 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I personally loved building in the S340. The side panels are actually pretty sturdy, and they have a nice feel to them, especially in the matte finish.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I found the side panels to be pretty decent. They were not as thick and strong as the Fractal R5 ones that I had used recently but I would say they are not flimsy at all.

AeonxRave 1 point 42 months ago

I literally made an account to just post a comment here.

It's such a coincidence to see this build on the front page of this site! I was casually picking out parts for my first PC build a couple months ago and a friend of mine showed me this website. I played around and noticed that the Fractal Design R4 case was a popular choice. I went to Micro Center for extra advice and the person there actually recommended this exact case!

Fast forward a couple months later after not thinking about my build, I come back on here with second thoughts about choosing a new case and bam, your build shows up! This case is definitely a no-brainer now.

Now my problem is, my build is more of a mid-high end, but I wanted to retain the amazing blue theme like yours. I think I'll be getting the same RAM for sure.

It looks like I should pick up those blue cables though, maybe look for a motherboard that also has a bit of blue accents, maybe choose HDDs that are also blue, and maybe look into those LEDs as well. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I think the only part you find hard to locate is a higher end motherboard with blue accents as most of the blue ones seem to be at the lower end of the scale apart from some Asrock ones I've seen. Other than that I think you'll be good to go.

AeonxRave 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks so much for the quite reply!

Could you tell me more about the blue cables you bought and the LEDs?

1) I don't know how builds work so I'm not sure what those blue cables are used for but did the parts come with cables that you just didn't use? 2) Could I ask you which NZXT LEDs you picked up as well?

Thanks!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

No problem at all.

Those blue cables are just extenders. We still used the cables that came with the power supply and just added the blue ones onto the ends of those to make it look a little nicer.

For the LED's we used a white "NZXT LED Cable". You can get them in either 1 or 2 meter lengths so have a measure inside whichever case you choose to see which length will suit your build best.

coolsdays54 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

your nephew will love that case, it is really good.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks. We were really impressed with it for the price.

cstevens98 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

My only recommendation would be to put that fan that you have on the top of the case, on the front with the other one so the dust can actually be filtered. Or if you could pick up some Corsair SP 120s with the blue rings for an added touch. Other than that a fantastic build.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for the advice. I think we'll probably be adding a couple of Corsair LED fans at the front just to finish it off.

StormGamer25 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Awesome! I love the color scheme! I'm planning a build that looks similar. +1

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Nice one. Make sure you put it up on here so I can see how it turns out for you.

StormGamer25 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

It might take a while. I'm young, so I need to wait for christmas for some money. :P

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I know that feeling!

Superlag 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I love this build! Very very clean looking. And I love the budget component selection. 1080p gaming is definitely doable with these components. Pure awesome.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks mate. Appreciate the comment.

Skenvoy 1 point 42 months ago

This build hits my brain in such a satisfying way. Such a neat and clean build absolutely love it.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you. Glad you like it.

CustomPCHK 1 point 42 months ago

everything looking solid, although if he is going to be gaming with this, then i would have gone with an athlon x860, or an FX 4300 since you said you wanted to be able to upgrade in the future, although i don't get why a liquid cooler right now.

XxD34THxX 1 point 42 months ago

I would have just gone with a Cryiorig H7. There is 0 point in water cooling an i3... Even for the looks, it shouldn't be done to an i3. An i5, maybe, an i7, most likely...

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

That's the intention.

bradyn13 1 point 42 months ago

Sure there is, it looks bad ***. Having a big heat sink filling up half your window looks gross, and the stock cooler isnt much better. And I'm sure im not the only one that hates seeing temps over 50 C, maybe he just didn't want a hot chip.

drekavac6 1 point 42 months ago

Weird.. almost like they set up the build to be easily upgradable in the future so the kid can experiment and learn about PCs. His dreams will probably be crushed when he finds his choice is in conflict with your expertise.

XxD34THxX 1 point 42 months ago

I appreciate the sarcasm, but even now, a cheaper cooler would have worked. And if you look at temperature spreadsheets, air coolers can get very close to AIOs, if not match them, for less.

The fact that I mentioned upgrade ability though...

convertedconsolegamer_92 2 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I love this build. Welcome to the NZXT S340 family!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for the welcome!

carlson 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

I have a question, what are those custom blue PSU connectors?

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Bitfenix Alchemy extension cables.

carlson 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Oh, thanks!

bradyn13 1 point 42 months ago

You should get him some corsair air AF fans for christmas, the blue rings would match perfectly!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Don't give him ideas lol!

Bloodkiller117 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

that is a sexy a** MOFO amazing how cheap it is maybe throwing a lil extra for a EVGA GTX 960 superclocked or maybe a asus GTX 960 maybe u will SLI it lol but only when u get your money right i love the build by the way

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks a lot.

I like the idea of doing some SLI but unfortunately this motherboard can only manage Crossfire as the second PCIE slot can only supply 4 lanes :(

Bloodkiller117 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

o wow that sucks

gadafire 1 point 42 months ago

I'm curious as to why you went with that motherboard besides the blue color scheme.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

The blue colour was the main reason we chose it. Probably could have got something with a better spec had we have chosen a different scheme.

were1708 1 point 41 months ago

what 2 ssds but a 950?

minealot 1 point 41 months ago

what cables r dose

-dudeomfgstufx- 1 point 41 months ago

Do you know if the radiator would have fit on the top fan opening?

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 2 points 41 months ago

Yes, it would have fitted in that top fan opening but would have covered the memory sticks even though they are quite low profile. If you decide to this yourself make sure to watch out for the height of your chosen ram.

-dudeomfgstufx- 1 point 41 months ago

okay thanks! I'll see what I can do with it. Maybe in the from as an intake?

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

We Have that top fan set as an intake but we've found that it brings a little bit of dust into the case so we may either change it round to be an exhaust or leave it as an intake and put a 140mm dust filter on there.

-dudeomfgstufx- 2 points 41 months ago

Oh, I should do that, their is a lot of dust in the room, good idea!

MATTECH 1 point 41 months ago

Good Job building something similar

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 41 months ago

Thank you. Hope you post the build here so I can see it when you get done. Good luck.

plambeth 1 point 40 months ago

Do you need any extra cables or connectors? Or does it all come with the build

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I purchased 3 blue extension cables. They were the only extras that did not come included with any of the standard parts.

plambeth 1 point 40 months ago

Thank you

FDaut 1 point 40 months ago

Hey nice build. Where did you get the motherboard, I cant find that one anywhere.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks!

I got the board from Amazon UK. I had to wait a few weeks for it to come into stock and even then it took around 3 weeks from ordering to arrival as it came into the UK from mainland Europe. I've noticed they seem to be out of stock more often than not these days so you may have quite a wait unless you can find something similar that you like the look of.

yan13 1 point 39 months ago

Very nice build!! I was wondering how loud is the cpu cooler? I am considering getting one for my PC.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Thank you.

I'm really happy so far with the cpu cooler. The pump and fan are very quiet and you can only hear them if you are right up next to the case.

TD_nano 1 point 39 months ago

about to build a pc for the same price with the same case ...:))

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 39 months ago

Nice!

Make sure you post pics as I'd love to see it when you're finished.

Ethan.Reed02 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

one of the best build ive ever seen! super clean and stuck to the colour skeem! Love it, Great work!

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 30 months ago

Thank you sir. That's very kind!

Ethan.Reed02 1 Build 1 point 30 months ago

No problem i have same case,mobo and cpu since it looked so good in yours (:

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

DAYUM! I'm curious, what do you think of this?

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/Stereotypical_Whale/saved/GxcHxr

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Your list looks good. I think it will look great and will perform much better with those parts.

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

anything you would change?

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 27 months ago

Only the CPU but I didn't have the funds at the time of building this rig.

aprofile 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

Nice build. How is the CPU cooler holding up? I am considering using it with the Kraken G12 bracket for my GPU.

EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks. The CPU cooler is holding up very well after over 18 months of everyday use so I would have no problems recommending it.

aprofile 3 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Ok. Thanks for the reply.

tjpk2000 1 point 3 months ago

How much did it cost? (parts list is broken)

CrazGaming 1 point 1 month ago

Good, clean build for a started PC! I would suggest getting a better CPU because 2 cores are not enough to play any game you want on low settings. Upgrade to 4 cores before you get a new GPU or monitor.

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

I originally only had the 120gb as a boot drive but I thought it left the case looking empty and unbalanced so I added the 240gb as a game storage drive just before we started the build.

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Thanks for your comments. Your build sounds nice and you should post some pictures of it if you get the chance as I'd love to see it.

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you mate. I got three Bitfenix extension cables (8 pin eps, 24 pin motherboard and 8 pin pcie) They cost just over £20 altogether from Amazon UK.

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks.

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Ouch lol!

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for the advice. I think we might be needing a 3.5 drive if we start downloading many more games.

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you sir.

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks mate. No overclocking yet but we hope to later on if we can save up for an unlocked cpu!

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Tooth 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

seems you are the only one with a laugh :(

hope you had someone to share it with......

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Don't be sad, I'm still using an 11 year old Dell laptop!

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Lets hope they last the course!

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

Thanks.

We only had the budget for a i3 at the time of building but are eventually hoping to get either a 4690k or 4790k in there. The cooler was relatively cheap so we decided to get that now and not have to change it out.

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EsxPaul submitter 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Thank you for the advice. I'll have to make sure to keep an eye on that as I had no idea they might overheat.