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Yes Noobs! You Can Build a PC 1st Time Build

by xJFeelz

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27 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 2, 2016

Date Built

Jan. 19, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

23.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.53GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.2GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

Description

First off I have to say thank you to everybody I've researched this for months using this site looked over numerous guides went through a lot of the forums and read as much as I possibly could with that said I probably could've done things differently but in the end I'm very pleased with my results. Now that's out of the way quick background on myself I've been gaming since 1985 had an original Nintendo and needless to say I've been a console gamer since then my first PC game was Wolfenstein running MS Dos if I'm not mistaken and I was probably 9 or 10 at the time and my fragile little mind wasn't ready for that so back to the Sega etc. fast forward to know I have a Xbox One and PS4 and I've been somewhat disappointed because I've always heard PC Master race blah blah blah so I did some reading was originally going to buy a prebuilt from Digital Storm or CyberPower but again reading I saw it was more cost effective to build my own. I have a background in computer networking but that was 15 years ago but again after lots of reading and research I was able to finally get past my fears and go ahead and make it happen.

CPU: The main purpose of this build was to game and game and game some more I'm not editing I rarely stream just wanted to game so I went with the i5-6600k and overclocked it.

CPU Cooler: I was originally going with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 but the Lepa was suggested in a post I read and it happened to go on sale so I had to pick it up and from what I can tell it's definitely doing it's job, easy installation

Motherboard: Hardest choice out of everything so many choices but I went with this one because of the potential future proofing, hookups for basically anything and everything I'll ever need and the Bios appeared to be the easiest to navigate. Again I couldn't be happier

Memory: 16Gb's is enough basically closed my eyes one day and picked one

Storage: I didn't know what the hell m.2 was until I got here then I saw it was a few dollars more than the larger 850 evo SSD so I said why the hell not this is where my 100% noob came in during installation took me probably 30 minutes to figure out how the hell it went in, Youtube became my friend on this one, but it holds my operating system SOB boots up in probably 5 seconds my 3 year old Samsung laptop takes probably 2 minutes so big difference the Western Digital holds all my games plus I have some External hard drives around here

GPU: I knew this would cost me a few dollars I wanted to get as close to the best as I could without running 2 cards initially and nothing could compare to the 980ti for price and performance had a few choices but ended up going with the Xtreme gaming 980ti from Gigabyte overclocked to 1535mHz runs pretty quiet I've been running everything on Ultra 1440p getting between 75-95fps on the Witcher 3, GTA 5 is around 70 with everything turned up overall again very happy with my purchase might one day hook it up to my 4k tv and see how it looks.

Case: Another touch choice again so many options but ended up with the Enthoo Pro Full tower because I wanted the space in case I ever wanted to attempt to water cool i had a case that would make my life easy doing so. It's big and heavy as hell but down here in Texas we do it big.

Power Supply: I read quite a few reviews on this one figured I'd go with it no complaints so far it's covered my the shroud from the case and it does it's job for now if I decide to grab another 980ti it'll get an upgraded one.

Fans: Last minute I decided to buy some led fans to spice it up a bit I have two in the front and two up top for the cpu cooler

Keyboard and mouse : Pretty much going with a good gaming setup like the reviews on both again couldn't be happier except the fact I currently suck using them on first person shooters but eventually I'll get better

Monitor: Last but certainly not least my monitor I went between this and the Acer 1440p 144hz monitor I saw the Dell live and in person and it was slightly cheaper I thought about getting a 4k monitor but I felt me having a 4k Samsung tv I can have the best of both worlds nevertheless I'm again pleased with the Dell monitor looks better than my Asus monitor I use for my consoles.

My prices are accurate at the time of purchase I have Amazon Prime so I got the majority of my items from there because of the shipping but I guess the city of Houston has the worst Postal service delivery on the planet as you'll see in one of my pictures. Overall I'm happy with my first time build I'm sure others would change some things and if I had to do it again I'd probably get a larger overkill PSU and maybe a flashier case but again it was fun and a great learning experience to start a bunch of boxes and a empty pc case to where I'm at now. I'd encourage anyone to was like me and apprehensive to just take your time YouTube and this site is your best friend.

Part Reviews

CPU

I have mine overclocked to 4.6ghz I probably have a little more headroom but felt safe where I'm at without having to mess with the voltage at all

CPU Cooler

So far so good I've had it for about 2 months now and it's keep my cpu very cool pretty straighforward install I know most go with the Corsair AIO but I'm happy with with the LEPA

Motherboard

If you're considering it get it no doubt looks good works good BIOS is simplistic I love it one of the best purchases I've made

Memory

It's memory it works not much more to say

Storage

Two months in quick boot ups I have my OS and a couple programs on it not problems at all felt a bit intimidated looking at basically a little stick trying to figure out how to get it in the slot on my motherboard but got it in and it works like a champ

Video Card

It destroys everything in 1080p it does a phenominal job for me at least in 1440p stays relatively cool was easy to overclock I have mine stabe at 1535mhz I'm sure I could squeeze more but I'm happy where I'm at.

Case

It's big but it has a lot of space easy to work with especially cable management plus the velcro straps helped out a lot to keep things organized

Monitor

Simply stunning monitor 144hz very happy with it so far absolutely no complaints whatsoever slightly cheaper than the comparable Acer monitor and again couldn't be happier with my purchase. One thing to note I have read about people having issues with the monitor being stuck in deep sleep mode I disabled that option as soon as I got my monitor and haven't had a single problem knock on wood so definitely something to consider.

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CaiHD 3 points 16 months ago

Title should be, Yes Noobs I can take pics in 244 p

Flunkos 2 points 16 months ago

Or, Yes Noobs! I know how to write run-on sentences! Jk, jk, I just finished my first build as well and it is quite exciting. Hopefully I can post my build after I have formed enough of an opinion to write on it :)

CaiHD 1 point 16 months ago

lol great build tho

madurham84 3 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Great parts all around, welcome to the pcmr +1

xJFeelz submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

Thank you glad to be here

Eltech 15 Builds 1 point 16 months ago
Those boxes look so vulnerable. (Photo #14) ;)
Great parts, as the kitty said. Plus one!
xJFeelz submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Yes I was pissed I emailed Amazon about it and the refunded $100 to me

Eltech 15 Builds 1 point 16 months ago
Sorry to hear but glad you got a response from them with a refund. I use my Private Mailbox to avoid these particularly situations since theft is a probability when we have suspicious pick-up trucks roaming in the neighborhood. Yes, I may be a hobbit in the woods but one never knows until your neighbors from the distant, pass information along.
Snafuninja 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

How did you get windows for 20$

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

Do not suggest or hint at ways to illegitimately obtain software keys.

xJFeelz submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I definitely will not

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manirelli staff 8 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

The sale of those keys violate Microsoft ToS, and the keys may be unexpectedly disabled. Recommending, suggesting, advising, encouraging, hinting, or in any way implying these keys as a solution or option is not allowed on this site.

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SeanAngelo 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

great build! loving the graphics card! :D

xJFeelz submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I'm loving the graphics card my consoles are collecting dust right now

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Just RMA'd that monitor actually. If you are using DisplayPort to connect (which you should be since the HDMI 1.x connector is capped at 60 Hz) make sure you turn off the deep power save function. It turned on after about a week on my unit and I could not turn it back off for anything. Called Dell and they were no help saying that I should use HDMI so I decided to return the monitor.

It was on my wife's rig which has a 970 so I was likely overreaching for what I was hoping would be a long term investment. I will likely go with a 144 Hz 1080p monitor for her rig instead.

xJFeelz submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I actually did read about that and was one of the first things I did when I got the monitor hopefully knock on wood I don't have that issue as well

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Knock on wood, I submitted a review to newegg to hopefully help people avoid it as well. Really nice monitor and overall a quality product other than that glaring flaw. I can't leave a review of the product here on PCPP because no completed build guide I guess but if you do decide to review it that might be worth a mention so that nobody else gets burned by it.

Decided to replace the monitor by an AOC 1080p 144 Hz GSYNC model. Obviously this is a step down from Dell but like I said my wife is running a 970 so 1080p is a better choice for her and she really won't notice the pixel loss comparatively given the games that she plays.

xJFeelz submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I will definitely make a note of that on my review thank you for that reminder

KrumpetPirate 3 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks! Hopefully my pain will be a lesson to others at least.

DayQuil_Man 1 point 16 months ago

Sweet build +1. How's the motherboard, run into any problems with it? Looking to get the same one.

xJFeelz submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

So far so good have no complaints for me not knowing what I was doing I managed to easily navigate through the bios so I'm very pleased with my purchase

Orion555 1 point 16 months ago

Too many fans - so I gave you a -1.
Just kidding.

This is about the best setup I've seen.

Mobo, Ram, CPU, and GPU are spot on for futureproofing. And yep - a 2nd 980 will go farther.

xJFeelz submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Thank you it's hot down here in Texas I need all the fans I could get

Ronamo77 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

love the pictures of the boxes haha i know that feeling!

Rodrigo1999 1 point 15 months ago

Maaan where did you get those red leds on the bottom corners? I loved them! And your build is so nice, I'll be building a really similar one pretty soon.

Rodrigo1999 1 point 15 months ago

Oh and also what about the sleeved cables?

franktank456 1 point 11 months ago

Can you give some advice to a noob at GPU OC. I have the same GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB. I am very interested in getting similar clocks that you have stated to get while OC. Also what are your thoughts on doing 2-way SLI with this card and OC? Thanks!