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My first PC build

by GoldenGamer



Date Published

July 2, 2015

Date Built

June 20, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.253 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C


After a long time desiring to play games at more than 5 fps like on my old pavilion g7. Since I am twelve, I can't upgrade for a while so I chose these parts after many hours of research. The second monitor is a cheap vga monitor my family had sitting around the house.

CPU: Xeon E3-1231 v3 I chose this over the i5 4690k because I do not want to ever be limited by core count as in the future games may use more than 4 cores.

MoBo: Msi H97 PC mate It is an inexpensive board that is h97 since I can't overclock and it generally fits the color scheme.

Ram: G.Skill Ares I got it for many of the same reasons as the motherboard.

Storage: WD Caviar Blue It was a cheap 7200 HDD that didn't have too bad of reviews.

Graphics Card: Asus Strix gtx 970 It was a good gpu for the price and the backplate was a HUGE plus.

PSU: EVGA 750 B2 It is a 750w psu that is tier 2 and is affordable.

Optical Drive Past-proof

Monitor: AOC i2267Fw A good 1080p monitor for cheap and so for I've had no problems.

Firestrike: ~9900

Part Reviews


Performance of an i7 for $100 less.


Great for the price could be better.


Normal 1600 ram no problems.


MUCH faster than my laptops old storage.

Video Card

I haven't played a single game that this couldn't max out at 60 fps.


Great looking case easy to work in a little more room in the back would have helped.

Optical Drive



Great monitor for the price I have never had a monitor so nice!


Backlit keyboard/ mouse for $30 can't complain.

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Eschaton 6 Builds 4 points 46 months ago

This is a textbook 1k gaming rig. Great job.

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

Thank you! :)

kylclrk 1 point 46 months ago

I love the Xeons. Almost definitely going to be using one if (when) I eventually build a gaming rig. =)

How are you liking the IPS monitor? Think it's better than higher refresh rates?

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 1 point 46 months ago

The IPS monitor is great! My eyes like that white looks like white and colors look like they're supposed to look like. In my opinion after 60 fps you can't tell the difference unless you are extremely competitive at e-sports but even then its not that useful.

JurrasicRex 1 point 44 months ago

I'm in the same boat as you turning 12 in about a month, thinking about building a pc, already have 200 dollars and will be getting a few hundred more for my bday. Can't wait to build mine, now I only have to wait

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago


JurrasicRex -3 points 44 months ago

Great is the only thing that you reply?

CGMoney14 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago


JurrasicRex 1 point 42 months ago

What does that mean

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Sorry, I am glad you are doing this! I was just a little rushed. Once you get a good PC you can never go back!

JurrasicRex 0 points 42 months ago

Yeah I'm one of those people who are kinda upset about about little things, I haven't checked my mailbox for ever so sorry for getting this reply a little late. Yeah can't wait my bday is in less than a month. So I'm excited to get a new pic and build it and eveything

Firefoxninja1234 1 point 36 months ago

You aint a king? He can answer what he wants...what else is he gonna answer

therevenga 1 point 38 months ago

i know im late but you still savin up. just wanted to see what you were gonna get

Bruno03 1 point 42 months ago

Is stock cooler noisy?

DareonQuick 1 point 42 months ago

I'm getting the same CPU that you are getting so I wanted to know how you like it. Is it preforming well?

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Yes it is. It handles everything that I can throw at it.

EpicBro101 3 Builds 1 point 37 months ago

Nice build! Hows that xeon holding up? Came here because youre the only person here using the black nzxt p240.

stonepilot 2 Builds 1 point 34 months ago

Shame your budget wasn't a tad higher...but overall pretty good price to performance, if not a little outdated at this point. (Ik you posted over a year ago)

Broxially 1 point 19 months ago

What a great price for a good gaming pc, and justa $89.99 (US) monitor. Very nice!

izac.bongo 2 Builds -2 points 46 months ago

Nice build but you say that you don't want to be limited by cores by buying the i5 yet you buy a xeon? with the exact same amount of cores at a lower clock speed

systemstorm 4 points 46 months ago

Hyper Threading

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Yes exactly

PrezSJ 1 point 46 months ago

Xeon should do you just fine

krathon2 -2 points 46 months ago

You obviously didn't know this was 4 cores since in your description page of reasoning you said "Games in the future may use more than 4 cores" So you likely also didn't know of "Hyper Threading"

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 1 point 45 months ago

I did know of hyperthreading that's why I chose this over the i5 4690k

krathon2 -2 points 45 months ago

I doubt it, you pointed out cores not hyperthreading in your description page.

ankousmachine 2 Builds -2 points 46 months ago

lol why didint u go with the fx-series 8350? 8 core proccessor stocked @ 4.0 ghz

GhostTaco 4 points 46 months ago

8350 doesn't touch the E3-1231

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 4 points 46 months ago

The amd fx series is aging and when it comes to gaming an intel cpu is much better.

krathon2 0 points 46 months ago

What makes you say that? They are not aging, in fact they have an Octo Core 4.7 Ghz CPU known as the 9590. When it's gaming it goes to turbo at 5.0 Ghz.

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

The 9590 may have a faster clock speed but the xeon still has better performance in single-core and the fx 9590 only barely beats it in multi-core. Plus it is more expensive than the xeon.

JurrasicRex 0 points 42 months ago

You should've picked the 8350 or any of the 8 series or 9 series and CPUs because of the new dx12 being amazing with and CPUs like something around 300 - 700 percent increase in draw calls which in dx12 games 6300 will smoke i3's but still the Xeon was a good choice considering the i7 performance from a i5 price

FaZe_Reaper -2 points 46 months ago

dude you bought stuff overpriced check my build it is cheap and has plenty of space in fact i had 8gb of memory with one stick and it was ten bucks cheaper. Also isntead of the xeon which isn't meant for gaming in the first place you could've grabbed an 8 core and for 115 dollars.

TheNumberTrenton 3 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

He bought RAM in the best way because they work better in dual channels and the 8 core you're talking about is a bit outdated.

FaZe_Reaper 1 point 46 months ago

but that gives me more freed up ram slots so i can upgrade to 32 later on

TheNumberTrenton 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

You don't need over 8GB of RAM unless you plan to use these things as thick workstations. You will barely use 4GB of RAM on most games anyways, let alone 8.

FaZe_Reaper 1 point 46 months ago

I'm going to maxing the setting s on wither 3 gta5 and other games like those

TheNumberTrenton 3 Builds 1 point 46 months ago

Then 8 gigs is more than enough. Just upgrade everything else.

krathon2 1 point 46 months ago

You use 2 gb to sit on the destop of windows 7 ultimate stock. Titan fall can suck 6 gb out of my system so I have 32gb, sure it's impractical but it can do anything.

krathon2 0 points 46 months ago

That 8 core is from 2013 and it still beats your Xeon in cores and clockspeed. With an Intel "advantage" they are likely to perform similar.

TheNumberTrenton 3 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

Yup the 8350 I guess is only a few fps off on unless it's OC.

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 2 points 46 months ago

Your psu is VERY bad and your gpu is demolished compared to this one. At that price it would have been better to go withy an a10 apu from amd.

FaZe_Reaper 0 points 46 months ago

My pus is just fine for what i need i can easily overclock my computer with ease and have plenty of wattage spare and my gpu is just fine for this budget build.

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GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

As someone else said the e3 is up there with the i7 4790 except no integrated graphics(which is useless to me) Thank You!

systemstorm 2 points 46 months ago

Actually this E3 is on par with the i7 4790.

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Eschaton 6 Builds 6 points 46 months ago

cpu boss is a TERRIBLE site for getting your data for a variety of reasons. In reality the Xeon sits between the two processors in terms of overall performance, even though you chose two CPUs that are from a newer generation:


Benchmark vs the 4690 showing its superior multithreaded performance: http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-4690K-vs-Intel-Xeon-E3-1231-v3/2432vsm11040

Video showing the effects of having Hyperthreading on next gen game performance, all other things being equal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEsSnr2sRRE

So the Xeon will perform just fine everywhere the i5 would - the small advantage the i5 enjoys in single core speed will not make or break any game for you compared to the performance you'd get from the Xeon in question. And in next-gen, multithreaded titles, the Xeon can be expected to perform better than the i5. Combine that with the fact that it's a better desktop processor all around because of its multitasking capabilities and ECC compatibility (should the user want to go in that direction), and the Xeon is a compelling purchase that almost always is a better choice than a comparably priced i5.

Similarly, if you are not trying to get ready for next-gen gaming, an i5 is of little use to you, since all you need is good single core performance. In this case, the i3-4370, at 3.8ghz stock, or even the Pentium G3258, with its superb overclocking capability, is more than enough, and costs much less. Some i3 processors even retain the ECC capability which all i5s, to my knowledge, lack.

Ultimately, the i5 is just a very poorly placed series of processor. It's not really ready for the future, and it's too much for the present. It is only really ideal for games coming out between now and maybe the next two to three years. For those of us who cannot afford to drop 200+ dollars at the drop of a hat like that, the i5 series really makes very little sense.

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

Exactly that is why I chose it in this case +1

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Eschaton 6 Builds 2 points 46 months ago

You know how I can tell you didn't read my post? Because you're just reiterating all of the points that I already spent a lot of time accurately disproving. The i5 is not faster where it really counts - multithreaded performance - and in other ways is horribly deficient as either a budget gamer or a high-end gamer. It has no easy place in any build - similar CPUs from both Intel and AMD above and below it in the pricing bracket make for much more compelling purchases. An i5 really only makes sense if you plan on replacing your gaming-only PC processor within 2-3 years, which is really a brutal turnaround time for a lot of us.

I know you're not going to change your opinion based on what I've said, so I'll just leave it at that. I don't find your arguments very compelling, and I understand them completely.

GoldenGamer submitter 1 Build 3 points 46 months ago

One reason that I went with the xeon was because I don't want to overclock and in order to get the full benefit you have to get a z97 board which is more. The xeon is actually only $10 more in this case that the 4690k.

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systemstorm 3 points 46 months ago

ok what are the better options an i5?. As he stated he didn't want to limit himself to 4 cores the Xeon is a quad core with hyper threading. Also Linus did a video on this topic and explained it well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ59vHSFfZA and the Xeon only cost about $16 more than the i5.

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