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I Sold My Xbox for this :) First Build

by SeaGuardiian



Date Published

Oct. 1, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 29, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

947 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C


Hey guys, this is my new setup that I've been wanting to do for a while now and it feels like a dream the its finally come true. Keep in mind this is my first build. I couldn't be any more happier.

First off, I'd like to thank all of you wonderful PCPP's who has helped me so much during this build and i honestly wouldn't know where to begin without the help. I wanted a computer that would be able to handle my needs in gaming, rendering, some recording and just general everyday tasks and I'm pretty sure I've hit the sweet spot.

I actually bought almost everything from MicroCenter that is conveniently a short drive away and I was blown away by how much the price differences were compared to online prices. And the bundles were amazing. My Intel i5-4690k plus my MoBo was a sweet $270. I went with the Extreme 3 for the future Crossfire and SLI capabilities if I ever wanted to go that route. And my absolute best purchase has to be the XFX R9 290. I actually got really lucky because the day before I bought all my parts from the store I was at MicroCenter about to buy a whole differnt build basically and I was at the checkout and forgot my card has a spending limit.. So my card didnt go through and I came back the next day and couldnt pass up the 290 for only $260. It was a steal.

I absolutely love how it turned out and I hope to see the feedback.

Part Reviews


Amazing CPU for the price. It was definitly my first choice and i glad i didnt spend the extra money for an i7 basically because te i5 is perfectly fine for what the main purpose for my build was.

CPU Cooler

Amazingly cheap, was gonna go with the standard 212 but the case that I chose actually wouldnt allow it so this is the little brother of the 212 and does a great job. Its a little bulky just like the 212 so it looks odd in a windowed case in my opinion and i would rather have a sleek looking water cooled cpu cooler but for a air cooler it does i nice job. On a side note, this thing was a pain to install on te mobo. The brackets actually wouldnt fit in the position i wanted them to and it forced me to do a push config out the top of the case instead of a push config out the back of the case like i wanted. It was my first build and i didnt really want to fight with it so i settled with the T4 pushing air out the top.


GREAT board for $80. The bios is really pretty and easy to undertand for a first time builder like me and ASROCK is probably my go to brand for MoBos for now on.


Basically picked the first low profile RAM i found because of my T4 getting in the way. Its RAM it works.


Im in love with this thing, waiting for a boot up is a thing of the past. I feel like i shouldve went with a 240gig but the 120 is perfectly fine for the OS and some games. Never going to a hard disk OS ever again. It works magic and if you want yor computer to feel even more faster than it already is, an SSD is the way to go. Ive bought the same exact one again for my laptop and switched the OS to the ssd and its now my go to SSD. Love it!

Video Card

This badboy is making sure im taken well care of when playing the next gen games. Running Ultra in everyone with out a sweat and not going under 60 fps ever. Load temp isnt nothing to worry about usually around 76C and this thing is beautfiul. Probably one of the best looking GPUs out there. Loving the chrome they added but the only downside is now back plate. OH! and did i mention it has a lifetime warranty?


Great case for the price, great cabel managment, plent of drive bays and external bays. This case is a "Redshift" so it does come red with 2 red led fans incuded but i actually switched out the fans and took out the nice metal dust filter in the front and painted it green and man does it look good. I couldnt find a black case with a window i liked at MC so i settled with this one and did the painting in a couple of hrs. No big deal.

Power Supply

Hasnt blown up yet but im really impressed by how well it does for all the hate it gets. I dont have a probelm with it. Might switch it out later and give it to my wife for her build later down the road. She wont be using a video card in her build so the 600 watts would be OP for hers. Like i said i might.

Comments Sorted by:

tiny_voices 4 Builds 3 points 41 months ago

Apart form the low quality PSU(should be replaced), this looks good. +1 for air cooling.

Hostility 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Very nice for your first build. Congrats! A suggestion I would make is that you should tidy up on your cable management a little bit, it seems as though as it could be a bit tidier in my opinion.

SeaGuardiian submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Ill be doing that here soon, I was kinda in a hurry (which didnt help the process) and I was just glad that it worked. But I'll be making it looks a little nicer. Do you have any tips for a slight GPU sag?

roofio2 1 point 41 months ago

Here is a bracket that I found on youtube.

The link to purchase the bracket: https://www.pugetsystems.com/store/item.php?cat=Case+Mods&id=10588&com=d41d8cd9

The link to the youtube video that does a review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjhgfQbFhks

Hostility 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I put a pencil in between my Gigabyte G1 980 and a drive cage. As someone said, you can purchase a bracket, but if you can find a black pencil lying around, it will work just fine. Also another suggestion is using fishing line and hanging it to the top of the case. Cable management takes time I guess, I find that every time I pull apart my rig I'm always moving around some cables. You just have to see what works best!

Tylerlhooker 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Could you tell me what kinda fps it gets? I am getting a 4690k and already have my 290 :)

SeaGuardiian submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

I would love to tell you but i built this yesterday and haven't had teh time to benchmark or anything. Actually I'm not even able to right now due to the "MSVCP100.dll missing" error code from windows 10. Yayy Windows 10 lol.. -_- But i guess its an easy fix so I'm going to work on that tonight and hopefully I can get back with you on your question.

Tylerlhooker 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Ok, GL with your Windows 10 problem. ◔ ⌣ ◔

SeaGuardiian submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Got it fixed :) I got 87 fps on Heaven Benchmark and 76 fps on Valley. I haven't played any games yet so I cant say about real situations..

Tylerlhooker 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Thanks :)

THEMIGHTY100 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Not enough pictures. Can I see more? Lol JK

TacitalRaccoon 1 point 35 months ago

i would invest into a good mouse maybe a keyboard too but this is good, hoping too build my first soon.