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My first gaming build | "Fire & Water"

by haknslash



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

50.0° C


This is my first ever build and first dive into PC gaming. I've been a console gamer for all of my life so this is new territory for me. The build went smooth and I researched as much as I could to try and create a system without bottlenecks and some room for future upgrades. I'm very happy with the performance of the machine even without overclocking yet! It was a fun process building the rig and I can see how easy it would be to get hooked on PC building/upgrading lol. Hope I haven't been bitten by the bug :)

Here is a YT video of the build http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-P3x19nLac

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deathfromup 6 Builds 8 points 45 months ago

I had no clue that the Heat sink on those MSI boards were in the shape of a dragon. That's really nice touch. Great build.

JessCraft80 1 point 25 months ago

me too

Resa69 1 Build 6 points 45 months ago

Nice clean build.

Welcome to the dark side hahaha


joshpetiet 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

This build is fantastic. Nice and clean, and I love the color scheme! +1

Electrospeed 3 points 45 months ago

Nice build, though at that price, the Corsair AX860i offers 80+ Platinum efficiency and full modularity, as well as 10 more watts for less than $10 more.

TNTrocks123 1 Build 3 points 45 months ago

10 more watts lmao. but efficiency is definitely worth it.

GreenLego 1 Build 2 points 45 months ago

Nice, i like it

Great video also can tell you researched well! +1

sqielyr 2 points 45 months ago

What made you choose the i7 over the i5?

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 3 points 45 months ago

Thanks guys for the comments and kudos!

As for why I went i7, it's mainly because I do a lot of 3D modeling, post production animation and rendering. My work machine uses a i7 3960X so I needed something that could keep up with those types of processing demands. 4770k should be able to cope with both my gaming fun and at-home work duties.

malcar11 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Wonderful! nice colors combo. Congrats


Trinity596 4 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

i like this build. Very nice selection of parts. very clean. awesome :) +1

Cthill 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Hey I have the same case and here is the link for it on this site. Its under the number not the name of the case. http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vn300m1w2n

Very nice btw. I added 2 200 mm fans to the top of the case and moved the 200mm fan that is already on top to the door. Kinda tight fit to my gpu but it does fit. Really gets the air flowing for sure and is only about a 30 upgrade. I used a 12" fan extension and connected the color shift fans to the fan controller on the front panel of the case. Just a suggestion.

skemble 24 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Very nice part choices as well as great pictures!

gabegabbert 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

It said motorcycle on your video, what'chya riding?

Crazy build man, way out of my budget range... ride safe! -Gabe

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Hi Gabe! I ride pretty much anything with two wheels if I can help it. I'm not brand loyal so I've owned many makes and many types and enjoyed them all. Ride safe brother!

gabegabbert 3 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Good man, I'm kinda tired of the brand bashing. I'm ridin a suzu '08 gs500 and fixin up a '78 honda cb750. gotta say i love those naked bikes. Peace!

connortm97 2 points 45 months ago

very good build overall, a couple little changes that could increase you performance. Great CPU and GPU, good CPU cooler, good choice on MOBO for that price,good SSD but the HDD you could have gone with the BLACK SERIES (WD2003FZEX) which would give you much better performance for the same price (good pick on company though), good case, good PSU but see electrospeed's comment good peripherals.

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Connor, thanks for the kind words. Actually also thanks for pointing out the typo as I actually went with the WD2003FZEX when I purchased everything. I must of missed it when I was piecing together my PCPP list at time of researching. Thanks for pointing out the typo and I've updated the build list!

connortm97 2 points 45 months ago

sweet, you should be able to hit ultra with good frames on any title out there for the next couple years

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

I hope so. So far I've ran everything at ultra and it's playing great even at stock clocking.

XDestroyer 2 points 45 months ago

Such an awesome build!! What games do you play?

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks! Right now I've been enjoying ARMA 3 and it's Altis Life mod. I would buy BF4 for it but I'm so bummed with how crappy BF4 is in it's current state since launch. I alrerady bought that game for my 360, then PS4 and I just can't see myself spending money to buy such a broken game again. I might get BF3 since it's cheap and play it on PC this time around. I'm sure there are still people on the servers. I like FPS and light RPG games. Star Citizen is hopefully going to be as epic as it looks like it's shaping up to be.

PacificNic 4 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

Holy crap, you have an awesome setup! Give me your checkbook and your credit card!! ;) Nice build, man

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 1 point 45 months ago

Thanks man!

InstAmateur 2 points 44 months ago

You're video card is more expensive than my budget. Lol, nice build!

kalef21 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Well done. Do it right the first time or not at all. ;D

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks guys? It's been running strong and no issues and handles all the games I've thrown at it on ultra settings.

mitulshah14 2 points 44 months ago

Hey man, sweet setup but I have a question. I have the same cpu cooler and the same case. How did you install the h100i? Did you have to remove the top fan and then install the radiator or did you do something else? Also what are your fan configurations? Like which fan is pulling in or out? Thanks a lot, I'm still learning how to put my set up together!

Jasonn 1 point 45 months ago

That's an expensive monitor for just 1080P and a 60hz refresh rate.

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 2 points 45 months ago

It is an expensive monitor but it's much cheaper than a Wacom Cintiq 24HD ;). I don't use this machine for just gaming as I do digital scultping and modeling. Having a touch monitor is priceless (sorta lol) for that type of work. I use a Wacom 21UX touchscreen at work and I honestly don't know what I would do without it. Only thing better would be if I could replace it with the newer 24HD lol.

At the time I bought it I think it was $299. Find me a touchscreen >24" 120hz 1080p monitor for the same price and you'll see there isn't one, trust me I looked lol. So this is the cheapest alternative most people can get into having a Wacom-like experience with programs that take advantage of touch and pressure sensitivity without the Wacom sticker shock.

metalion 2 points 44 months ago

this wouldnt be like having the 24hd though,right?, I am thinking I want to get a tablet maybe just a pro 5. it would be nice though if I could do digital art on my pc screen

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Yes you can use it in a similar fashion to a Cintiq. Of course a Cintiq is going to have much more control, precision and pressure features over the Acer so if you're looking for precision then you'll need a real Cintiq or the like. I love my Cintiq and it's a blessing to have one but if you're just wanting to do some at-home digital art design, sculpting, etc you can do it with the Acer and a stylus, it's just not going to be anywhere near as precise as a Cintiq would as they made for a professional use. That's why they cost what they do. You are paying for that precision and pressure technology along with a great display.

I've also had the regular tablets like the Bamboo's but drawing on the screen is the way to go. It never felt natural for me to model or draw while looking down and up at the tablet and screen all the time. Much more natural drawing on the screen with a pen.

TheMrTaco 1 point 43 months ago

This is a beautiful build! I just got my first 2 parts today (Sound card and my Power Supply) and I plan on buying my case today or tomorrow, this is my first rig, and it's themed on orange, my favorite color and i've got like 300 orange sweatshirts haha.

Personally, I would have gone with Windows 7, i've used both 7 and 8 and in my opinion, 7 just feels smoother and I dislike the window panel thing, it feels unnecessary and like they tried to go with the phone feel. But it's just my opinion, it might work better for you.

Also, i'd try Skyrim with some graphical mods on this rig, It would run it like it was pacman! Good luck with this rig!

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Thanks for the comments.

I was hesitant to give Windows 8.1 a try but it runs real smooth for me. I use Windows 7 for work and they feel about the same. If you have Windows 8.1 you can set it up so that you launch to the desktop and not have to deal with the Metro UI too much. The reason it feels like a phone interface is because it was designed for tablets first. I think Windows 9 will be much better and I think we will look back as Windows 8 being the equivalent stepping stone as Vista was to Windows 7.


promethanus 1 point 43 months ago

Great build. Very clean. Mind me asking what RAM that is you're using? Corsair Vengeance... specifically?

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Thank you! The memory is Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R

JessCraft80 1 point 24 months ago

amazing pictures

haknslash submitter 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago


SexierMink1699 1 point 1 month ago

yo same cooler, same case and same monitor