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Big Blue - My First Gaming PC

by PokeCatz



Date Published

Aug. 19, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 10, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.071 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C


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Higher Quality Photos Coming Soon!

Bio of the PC: So first a little bit about me and how this system came about. I used to have a Gateway Dual Core Pentium Laptop that I got from a friend. He had put the SSD used in this build in that laptop. The laptop was painfully slow and only had 2 GB of RAM and Intel GMA 965 Express Graphics. When I found out it had an SSD I asked my friend if I could keep it and he said sure why not. I was pretty stoked. A few months later another friend of mine gave me his "old" Dell XPS 8500. This system came without a hard drive and the second time I turned on the system, the Chinese quality power supply decided, "Hey. Why don't I take a dump and kill the propitiatory motherboard with me. And that it proceeded to do. A then decided to take the RAM and the CPU and save them for when the time was right. A month or so later, I started volunteering at an electronics refurbisher/recycler. Having worked there for a few weeks, the staff I was working with decided to give me a discount for helping him. He found me almost all the parts in this system, so big thanks to him. He hooked me up with a Gigabyte Z68 Ultra Durable 3 for $15 since the 4th RAM slot is no good. He hooked me up with a Cooler Master GeminII M4 to cool my CPU, a Corsair HX620W for $5 to power my PC, an EVGA 650Ti SSC for $15, an Antec 900 v1 for $5, a free Wifi card and some thermal paste. I built the system first without the 650Ti and with an AMD Radeon HD 7570. Unfortunately, I overclocked the card a little too far and now...it lives in the graveyard of video cards. The monitor was given to me by yet another freind who had had it sitting in his garage for years. Also the headphones I bought myself. The stress test was done running Unigine Heaven and Prime 95 at the same time for 2 hours.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Part Reviews


Good processor I got for free from an XPS 8500.

CPU Cooler

Pretty good for being an HTPC Cooler, able to keep my 100W CPU @ 77C on a 2 hour Prime 95 test.


Pretty good board, but the AHCI BIOS takes forever to boot up and its not UEFI :(


It's RAM. It works. It's not fast. It's not flashy. But it still is RAM. Also my RAM is blue, not green.


Its a 240GB SSD. I got it for free. Its pretty quick.

Video Card

Good Beginner Card, (3 years ago), Today it still keeps up with most games at medium.


It's Cool. It's Blue. It has almost no cable management, and the LED's can't be turned off. And the LED's are really, really bright. Aside from that fact, it's solid steel and has 3 120mm fans which have 3 speed controllers, and one 200mm on top that also has three speeds but no LED's interestingly enough.

Power Supply

Top of the line PSU back in 2009. Now it's just a semi-modular power supply with 80 PLUS rating.

Wireless Network Adapter

Reliable. Really Ugly.


Not 1080p, but really damn close. The PPI is pretty good. Colors are good, and it has 2 USB ports on the left side. No HDMI or DisplayPort.


This is the best $40 you will ever spend. The speakers are as good as $200 Beats. (Don't buy beats please lol.) The Mic quality is pretty good for $40 and the steel headband makes it feel a bit more sturdy. Overall build construction is a meh, but they sound so good! Definitely buy them if you're on a tight budget. Also the included USB adapter is s*** so don't use it.

Comments Sorted by:

customgtp 24 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Great lil build here. Love that it exceeds your needs, and that's all that matters. Looks good too. Good job +1

PokeCatz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks. I've just tidied up the cable management today, so I haven't had time to take any pictures.

yveshe 5 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

If this builds matches your needs then there's nothing much to say, but this build is very awkward. Are you considering getting something much more modern or future-proofed/high-end?

PokeCatz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

As far as the GPU? For what I do know it totally crushes what I do. League is like 200 fps at very high.

yveshe 5 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

And that's the only thing you're playing?

PokeCatz submitter 2 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

So far. After I recieve more money I hope to play City Skylines and PlayerUnknown's Battle Grounds.

H33R0 1 point 16 months ago


PokeCatz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago


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PokeCatz submitter 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Yah, I saw a 680 for around $100 but I don't have the money yet. :/