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Red Moon- Vickie and Kaitie's First Build

by vickieg95



Date Published

Feb. 15, 2018

Date Built

Jan. 10, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

2.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.354 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

62.0° C


Our idea to build a computer actually came about because our extremely old Dell Inspiron was becoming slower and EXTRA loud, and we wanted a computer that would run all our Sims games at ultra graphics. As we started researching, we really got into figuring out what each part did and decided exactly what we wanted:

  1. Fast loading times
  2. Ability to have multiple tabs open
  3. Ultra graphics on most games
  4. 1ms response time and better refresh rate
  5. Large and beautiful

The screen was the only 1ms screen we could find on Fingerhut, but we went through them so we could get a really nice one without having to wait longer to build the computer.

We honestly didn't NEED the i5-8400, but for some reason, we decided to build the computer around it.

The PSU is crappy, but it was on sale at the time. When we get more money that can go toward the PC, it's the first thing we plan to upgrade. Those extra wires are a nightmare.

As for the function of Red Moon, it's perfect! Starts up in seconds, super quiet, CPU temps at 38ºC (not sure how to find them under load), GPU idle at 27ºC and 65ºC (so far) under load. All our games are on ultra graphics and also start up very fast.

Part Reviews


I have no reference for this since it's only my second CPU (the first being the Celeron J3060..) But it is great! The difference is really insane. And the fact we don't have to worry about upgrading for a while is awesome.

CPU Cooler

Keeps our CPU cool and looks awesome!


Looks nice, wifi works well, bios is easy for me to understand and access.


So so so much different than a HD. So fast, and also more space than I probably need.

Video Card

Amazing price for a great GPU! Runs all my games on ultra without getting too hot. I will be upgrading in the future, but it will definitely work until then!


This case is AMAZING. It's so pretty and has lots of space and routing holes for wires. The front panel lights are also changeable, which is awesome.

Power Supply

It... will work for now. Powers the computer.

Case Fan

Only have one in the case for now, but seems pretty quiet! Keeps our computer cool and looks awesome.


Awesome screen!! So much difference coming from a 60Hz screen. We did see one dead pixel, but are unable to return it for a replacement. ):


Was nice before it became unusable. 3 keys not working as soon as we started using it. Liked the fact it was smaller.


Look great! the 2 strips were enough for our PC.

Comments Sorted by:

OccamAsylum 14 Builds 4 points 12 months ago

Clean setup, clean build. Well done. That CPU is going to last you a long time.

vickieg95 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks much!!

chrober247 4 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

and do great for sim games

willmaa 2 points 12 months ago

why windows 8?

vickieg95 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

I already had the disk! but they let me upgrade to windows 10 for free

Shakaron 4 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Hey Ladies. Nice job there. I'm glad the PC works great for your needs.

Some notes:

1ms refresh rate

The refresh rate of that display is 144 Hz. 1 ms is the response time.

We did see one dead (is red so.. fixable?) pixel, but it's been great otherwise.

When I had a dead pixel on my freshly purchased display I sent it back and got a new one. Dead pixels cannot be fixed. I had an 8 years old display without any burned pixels, so if that could last, I was certainly not taking a brand new one with pixel faults. I'd recommend doing the same.

MEMORY: Fast and beautiful!

For that money, you could have gotten 3000 MHz rated RAM. Look at the prices. 2400 MHz is really not that fast, rather closer to the lower end of the scale (which is 2133 MHz). Though it may very well be well suited for your needs. :)

vickieg95 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Dang it, i'll fix that.. Thanks!

About the screen, I would, but Fingerhut won't let me because the time had passed when I noticed it. The unfortunate side of making payments with Fingerhut..

Well, looks like I'll be updating the ram too eventually, and eating the wasted $150.

Thanks for the comments/tips! (:

chrober247 4 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

1 pixel isnt too bad. I wouldn't worry about it until its really bothering you! Ram Mhz is really not as important as some folks believe, unless you use integrated graphics. Since you went with the 1050ti, I wouldn't worry about that at all. It will not feel any different to you and would only cost you hundreds more.

You made the right initial decision!

UN 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

One thing that also really jumped out at me was the price of the SSD. Samsung sells basically the same SSD except it is $40 cheaper than the one you have. For that price you could get a 860 evo 1TB SSD in fact.

Shakaron 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

First of all, you replied to my post, instead of writing to the original posters.

Second, they build the PC 9 months ago. Comparing prices then and now is rather pointless after his time.

But yes, it's true, that if one would make the purchase right now, the model you suggest is a better choice compare to the original SSD at their current price.

Vairfoley 27 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

Awesome work! Super cool how you all of a sudden just decided to build a custom PC, and then you did it. You really did a nice job!


vickieg95 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thanks so much!

Okno13 1 point 12 months ago

Would have recommended a Ryzen 5 instead, but this looks rather nice. Good job!

vickieg95 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

yeah I got a lot of recommendations for Ryzen, but I'm so familiar with Intel, I was extremely resistant, haha. Thanks!!