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William - My First Build

by litgeek306



Date Published

Dec. 3, 2014

Date Built

Oct. 20, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

40.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.229 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.012 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

20.0° C


This is a gaming machine. I built it kind of under a budget, trying to keep it close to $1000. It is a huge upgrade from my Gateway laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo 1.7 Ghz, 4 GB upgraded to 8 GB, Intel HD Graphics). I don't play any hugely demanding games, the most demanding probably being Space Engineers or KSP. I got the CPU and MB as a package deal. I have since bought a Cooler Master CMStorm keyboard and a Mazer E-Blue mouse, both of which are really nice so far.

My only complaints: the case has no dust filters, which would be nice. Also, the case fans that I bought are wicked loud. I only have one installed and you can hear it all the way across the house.

For reference, 4 stars means I have no complaints.

I don't have necessarily accurate temps for load, given that I don't really strain it too much, and I haven't even noticed what my GPU load temp is.

Comments Sorted by:

xdenttim 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

pic of the build inside

litgeek306 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

I'm still working on cable management. When I get that all sorted, I'll be able to post some.

Maddinaski 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Nice build. Some Noctua case fans will get rid of the noise.

Crazypeantuguy 1 point 41 months ago

I'm also using this case (for first time build) what did you do for fan placement?

litgeek306 submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Off the top of my head, I know I put one extra at the front. I think I put my other one on the bottom. The case is pretty well ventilated, so I wouldn't worry about having any more than one extra fan, probably at the front.

Crazypeantuguy 1 point 41 months ago

Ok, thanks

ashukumar123 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

great one sir ,any bios update while installing this card ?

litgeek306 submitter 1 Build 1 point 35 months ago

No, I haven't installed an update. I will say that overall on the build, the graphics card especially is starting to show its age on newer games.