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My first attempt at a build.

Everything from assembling hardware to installing software was smooth as silk. It was a blast putting together and now I feel comfortable enough to keep on building.

This will be mainly for gaming and since it was a graduation present for my girl friend it needed to be flashy and will have to last a while.

Let me know what you think!

(The GPU was open box at Microcenter if you're wondering how i got it so cheap.)

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  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

You did it, it is flashy for sure. Overall i like the build. I think she will really like it. Plus if she likes to have a night light, it will fit that bill as well.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahah have to cover all the bases. Thanks!

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, you can't go wrong with Sapphire. My only concern is that i3 will hold down a bit in next gen games but im sure you will upgrade when the time comes :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I like the prices from your parts, a lot. Some of the parts... >Ponders< Well, an i3 with a Z97 MOBO... >coughs< you can't overclock an i3. However, you can always upgrade to an i5 or i7 down the road at least. Not that the i3 isn't something to laugh at since it can handle daily tasks like a champ and games that aren't too demanding. Basically the games that aren't so focused upon more physical cores. (Ones that don't fully utilize with the CPU and are more orientated towards the GPU. Of course, this will vary on what games are being played by your girlfriend. Take my comments as a grain of salt.)

Good work on your first attempt, your girlfriend will appreciate it and will love having a speedy everyday and decent gaming rig.

  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

I do plan on upgrading the CPU down the road. I thought this i3 would be a good one for the price. Thank you!

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

i use this cpu and it handles almost everything i throw at it except 4k+ stuff like that on youtube and gaming

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds good! And yes you did get a good price on it. :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I Don't think I've ever seen that EVGA cooler before... looks awesome with the all black, even on the heat pipes.

  • 56 months ago
  • -1 points

Good First Attempt xD

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  • 56 months ago
  • -2 points

Well the bottom fan seems unnecessary but that CPU cooler is a total waste of money. Not only does it block the exhaust fan on the top, it is not required as the stock cooler is fine since the i3 is locked and cannot be overclocked. Err, and maybe you should have gone with a softer, blue theme ;)

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

this is what annoys me when people complain about aftermarket coolers on locked cpus. Yes it may take away the best feature which is OCing but what about silence and aesthetics. The stock cooler is freakin noisy and hideous, if I have a window to show off my parts ill make sure theres no damn stock cooler in sight. Also cpus can get really hot under load with a stock cooler so its just nice for your components to stay cool.

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

Agreed.

  • 56 months ago
  • 0 points

No, the stock cooler is just nice for components to stay cool, if it wasn't they wouldn't ship the stock cooler to be used. The stock cooler isn't "freakin" noisy; I have one and I have never felt it being loud (at least the Intel one). Max temps you can get under load with the stock cooler is 65 - 70˚C. A cpu can go up to 100 degrees before it thermal throttles and 80 degrees is the max for 24/7 usage. The fan he listed spins at 2500rpm max which is the same as the Intel cooler so how can it be more quiet! (I suppose it can if it has better heatpipes and such)

Whether it is hideous or not is subjective.

  • 56 months ago
  • 4 points

I see what you're saying Astral but having the pipes and radiator means the cooler doesn't have to work as hard to dissipate heat thus making it run at lower rpms like you said.

Thanks for trying to save me money! But I personally think the stock fans are ugly and I wanted this build to look really nice for my girl friend. This cooler seemed to fit my theme perfectly and I would like it to be OC capable down the road.

  • 56 months ago
  • -1 points

I see. Hope she likes it anyway :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

It's true for using a stock cooler is to save some money if there is no intention to change the "type of" CPU and of course not going to OC. But it's also OK to change too IF there is something wrong with the stock cooler. And as others mention, some prefer better and more quiet coolers. I cannot say I have issues with quietness unless it's a jet engine. You won't see me suggest the $100 range but there is nothing wrong with keeping a stock cooler and upgrading to a better cooler if one isn't pleased with the default cooler.

I had only one malfunction stock cooler, maybe the wire was too bent or something since couldn't figure out why it wasn't starting up and spins like a jet engine and stutters. So I changed to a different cooler, an emergency cooler I had hanging around my shelf and that one worked normal and a little better too. Again, I had no major issues with a stock cooler but when the fan does get smaller, it does get louder hehe. :)

In this case I understand what you are saying AstraWolf, I normally don't get rid of a stock fan due to appearances. But if anyone is aiming for a color theme, I'm guilty here, they will swap a cpu cooler or fan out for better cooling and match the color scheme. Intel's logo on their stock fans are nice for blue colors but if not planning to change a non overclock-able CPU. jambii's cooler will be good to have ahead of time.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Noted! Would it be optimal to place the top exhaust fan in the other top bay?

  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

That would work, its not really needed at all but the bottom fan isn't a total waste if it is blowing into the case imo. But the cpu fan is good in case of future upgrades though! like AstralWolf said, it wont do anything crazy since it is on an i3.

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  • 56 months ago
  • 3 points

It does have filters on the intakes (both front and bottem) and correct, everything in the top back is exhausting.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

My main build is similar on what you have set up for your fans. I see no problems on what you have done jambii since the front and bottom fans are the intakes. Back and top fans are the exhausts so you are good here.

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