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Phoenix (My First Build)

by pixel636


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Date Published

June 28, 2016

Date Built

March 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.1 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.176 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.4 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C


After years of using 4 Mac Minis and me tired of being stuck with not being able to upgrade. Later using a MacBook as a main machine didn't really work to well, so I bought new peripherals and then later decided it was time for me to buy a new computer.

I originally was planning on buying a used Pre-Built tower like a Dell XPS 8700 or Dell Precision off of eBay, but little did I know everything in my price range was old. Also, a new Dell PC with a GT730 was going to be a living hell for me.

So I decided in January of 2016 it'd be a good idea to build my own computer, and I went through many ideas and many different part lists, this build was going to be a hell of a lot different than it came out to be.

The original spec sheet was a 2.7GHz Core i5 6400, some ATX motherboard, a GTX 750ti a 120GB Samsung SSD with a 1TB WD Drive and 16GB of RAM. With a EVGA 500B PSU.

In March I started buying the parts, and I came out with the Parts I have now. I did cheap out on the processor but it works fantastic and does everything I need it to do.

I also managed to pull off some fantastic deals off of eBay, I bought my CPU, DVD drive, SSD, Motherboard off of eBay.

Though, I ran into some serious problems with building my first computer too, and I almost thought about selling all the parts and buying a pre-built PC from Cyberpower PC. When I finished the computer, it would not turn on because I didn't screw some bottom piece in to the motherboard.

I also ended up reinstalling Windows about 4 times, because of drivers not working or something wrong, this only happened when the computer was running Windows 10, but I recently downgraded it back to Windows 7 and it runs fine.

For only paying $550 for this gaming PC, it can do great gaming even at the highest settings. I am slowly starting to get into PC Gaming, so I do not have a lot of game purchased for my PC. Saints Row 4 gets 60fps on the Highest Settings, BeamNG Drive, which is a really hard game to run gets between 30-50fps on average as well.

Part Reviews


Its a great Processor for the money it's just as powerful as the higher end Intel Core i5's but not being able to overclock it is kind of disappointing, but it makes up for it for being a really good CPU


It's ram so I can't say much, but it looks nice

Video Card

An amazing graphics card for the money, its a little old now, but its still more than capable of running most games at High Settings in 1080p


I didn't want to go over $50 for buying a case for my Custom Build, and this case is great, plenty of room for Cable Management that I neglected to use. There are lots of drive bays and its a great case for someone's first PC Build. The only problem is noticed was there are no 2.5" Drive Bays, so my SSD is not really placed in the best spot.

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Senzis 11 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Nice build. Newegg almost always has a case on sale for $20, but the 210 is a beauty.

FACUNDO 13 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

Love that mobo with that NFC feature.


pixel636 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Me too, its a nice board and the price was right

joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

why is the ram running at 667?

pixel636 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Its running at 1600MHz Its just speccy

Iron_Knickers 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

Very nice build, the best builds are the ones that are squeezed on money because that's when you see the best performance for the price. I spent ~$1300+ on my build but your build will be able to do about 60% of my build, yet its only a fraction of the price.

Anyhow, welcome to the pc building universe, yes it is awesome.

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pixel636 submitter 1 Build 1 point 32 months ago

I don't think you did

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