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The Danktop - First PC Build

by TheHeyMaker

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15 Comments

Details

Date Published

April 15, 2016

Date Built

April 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.216 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.2 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

88.0° C

Description

This is my first PC build and I am very pleased with it. This is a machine that I will usually use for gaming but will be used for work and YouTube too. As I am a windows boy I opted for Windows 10 Home edition(64 -bit) as it was what I was using before and is a great OS in my opinion.

The main part of this build was the Video card. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is a great graphics card for how I use it. The price seemed a bit steep but after benchmarking and testing on all my powerful games (BlackOps 3 and Tomb Raider) I am fully pleased with the purchase. The three cooling fans on it run it at a very cool temperature while, to my surprise, staying very quiet.

My CPU purchase made me nervous but after the steady overclock, I can understand the price. Overclocking from 3.5GHz all the way to 4.1GHz. This, while note being necessary, did give a huge leap in performance and put me in the top 98% of all PC's tested on Firestrike.

The only part of the system that I regretted buying was the case. This was NOT because of the look of it but just how difficult it was to cable manage. Another problem with the case is that the Video card and the Networking cards were a real hassle to get in. This was due to the fact that the case has on overhang on the inside which required me to bend the bottom of the Networking Card to get in. However. After the build was complete, The case still looks cool and the cable management did not leave a bulge.

All in all, if I were to improve this build in the future, I would defiantly invest in a better case.

I would like to thank Khaosix for helping me and answering all of my questions throughout this build.

Part Reviews

CPU

A well priced CPU that runs cool and works well. This thing nails the overclocking as I managed to boost up the clock speed easily 4.1ghz easily. I even think that I can push it even more!

CPU Cooler

An easy to install, cheap, great looking water cooler that works insanely well was a huge surprise to me. Definitely one of the favourite parts of my build.

Thermal Compound

Transfers heat well but when I first used, it almost exploded out of the end. I would recommend using a piece of paper to test on.

Motherboard

A great budget board. I personally use it for gaming and it fits all of my parts perfectly.

Memory

Great Ram that looks cool and runs well. It may say that it is black and yellow but it still looked great in my design (At least I think it does).

Storage

Great SSD. Loads windows almost instantly. Definitely would recommend.

Storage

A very cheap hard drive that is also very good. A rare and surprising purchase.

Video Card

An utter beast of a graphics card. It runs almost silently (despite the 3 fans) and looks awesome. Definitely worth the price.

Case

Great looking case but cable management is lacking and the PCI spaces are very difficult to use. All in all though, A good case.

Power Supply

Perfect for computers that need to be upgraded over time as it has great efficiency and is very powerful.

Optical Drive

I tested it and thought that it made my cable management look really bad so I took it out. It worked well though.

Wireless Network Adapter

Great for the price I paid for it. Connects well but is only a temporary measure until I get an Ethernet cable wired up in my room.

Case Fan

Good fans that cool well. They work well with my system as I use headphones all the time but for those who want silent performance, don't go with these.

Keyboard

It's a generic Keyboard... It doesn't do much but it does the job.

Comments Sorted by:

marseryy 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Eltech did a very good job with the cable management in that case! Here's her build. Best cable management for Corsair Spec 01/02/03 cases

TheHeyMaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Thanks for those links. Is it okay if I use it as a template for my cable management?

marseryy 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

ofcs! look how she routed the cables, it's very clean. I would suggest doing the same

Khaosix 20 Builds 2 points 33 months ago

I've been waiting for this upload!

I am glad you are happy with it. It looks fantastic.

I am glad that you like the Enermax as well. I suggest it a lot and people turn it down and get the H55 instead..

Only suggestion is to add another blue LED fan to the front and work on the cable management a bit.

+1

TheHeyMaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Sure thing! Thanks for all of the help throughout the build. I couldn't have done it without you. I tried putting another fan in the front of the case but it won't go in. Thanks again.

Khaosix 20 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

Private message me. I will help you with your fan problem

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 33 months ago
Great parts here and despite the struggle you said you had, it looks good inside! Also awesome to see that Enermax Liqmax II 120. +1
TheHeyMaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 33 months ago

Thanks. The Enermax Liqmax II 120 is definitely one of my favourite part of the system. It runs so cool and looks like it too.

calebicard 2 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

I feel your pain in case choices, I bought a cheaper case at first and then about halfway through ordering parts I ended up giving it to a friend and just buying another. Great GPU and processor choice.

Flamy500 1 point 33 months ago

Love the Name <3

TheHeyMaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 33 months ago

Thanks! a friend was joking about having a "dank PC" so I decided to name this one the Danktop

GAVANATOR 1 point 31 months ago

hey did the motherboard have any blocked input slots with that case?I mainly worried about the aduio for a 7.1 sound and nice build by the way

TheHeyMaker submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Thanks! All of the ports fit perfectly in my case. The Ethernet port was slightly indented however with a tiny amount of pressure, it clipped in and works fine. The only thing I have to say about the port holes in the case is that there is a rectangular hole at the top (presumably for a power switch for a power supply ). I personally covered it up with a spare piece of plastic that I had lying around the house. Hope that all helps.

Othello_G 1 point 29 months ago

Hey when you connected your psu to your mother did you use all 8 pins on the CPU connector or did you only use 4?

TheHeyMaker submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Sorry for only replying now but i did use all 8 pins. i just wanted to be sure that everything was connected.

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