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WinterWidow (Version 1)

by Bloo3336



Date Published

July 26, 2016

Date Built

July 14, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

83.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.008 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.001 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

81.0° C


I chose the name WinterWidow because of the relationship between The Winter Soldier and Black Widow in Marvel comics.

Watch out for versions 2-4/5 which will include upgrading SSD, Case, GPU, and CPU cooling/GPU cooling!


  • CPU: Bought at full price on Newegg.
  • CPU Cooler: Temporary until I can get a more effective cooler.
  • Motherboard: Bought on sale at Newegg.
  • GPU: Temporary until I can buy 1(or 2) GTX 1070(s) or 1080(s).
  • Case: Bought lightly used from a friend for $25.
  • PSU: Bought from Newegg.
  • HDD&SSD: HDD came from a laptop which was upgraded to budget SSD. SSD is from a friend, using as temporary boot drive until I can upgrade
  • RAM: Budget DDR4 Memory running at 2600MHz
  • Keyboard: Temporary budget keyboard until I can afford mechanical.
  • Mouse: Bought at half price from a friend due to sleeving being missing from cable.
  • Headset: A trusted friend bought a pair and recommended them, got them and don't regret it!

Part Reviews


Great CPU. It handled my 900MHz OC very well with a small air cooler, can't wait to see how it does when I upgrade my CPU cooler!

CPU Cooler

Great cooler, but for the price I'd recommend spending the extra $7-10 to buy the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO or, if you want, the extra ~$25 for the CRYORIG H5.


Had all my needed fan headers, UEFI DualBIOS, and two USB 3.0 headers. Great BIOS, easy to navigate and update.


Budget memory, OC to 2600MHz and it's running well.


Small capacity budget SSD, overall I'm very happy with how well it runs.


Ran well in a laptop until it was replaced with a SSD, has worked great as my backup HDD ever since.

Power Supply

Great fully modular PSU, has all my necessary power connectors and then some!


Great keyboard, I would highly recommend to anyone on a budget who wants a well working keyboard.


Bought for $40, only missing cable sleeving. Great gaming mouse with a good amount of programmable buttons that can be taken advantage of for gaming, or working.


Great 7.1 channel, surround sound capable, headset. I've put this headset through quite a lot of stuff and it still works just as amazingly as when I bought it, I would definitely recommend these for gaming or watching movies!

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Bloo3336 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 33 months ago

That was the plan however issue with budget limited me to the 1x8GB stick. I do plan to upgrade to 2 8GB sticks running in dual-channel at a later date.

RomanLegate 1 point 32 months ago

Hows the CPU cooler working out?

Bloo3336 submitter 7 Builds 1 point 32 months ago

The TX3 was a good cooler for this for a while, I have recycled it into my work computer now and it keeps the i5-3470 I use cool even with bad airflow. Currently I'm using a stock Intel heatsink made for a pentium and but tomorrow I am getting a bunch of parts in for my PC and will be uploading an updated build with a ton of newer parts!

RomanLegate 1 point 31 months ago

Nice! and thank you!