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First Build

by KarlPilkington



Date Published

July 1, 2017

Date Built

June 30, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.29 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz


After my 8 year old PCSpecialist PC started to slow down I decided to go down the route of building my own for the first time. Thanks to this site, I drew up a part list and, over a few months, got to work buying them and finally it has all come together. I may have gone overboard with the case, there's a lot of empty space in there which I'm trying to come up with ways of filling, but it does look quite beautiful with the full glass panel.

I never gamed much (apart from one series of titles which I've played religiously for about 12 years) on my old PC but I plan on doing more with this. GPUs are at ridiculous prices and I could never justify a higher end card than the one I went with, not yet anyway. The 1050Ti will be more than enough for what I need at the moment.

With the actual build, I had very few problems. The case made it straightforward enough and the only real pain was with the stock cooler which didn't seem to like being pinned down. It's in there though, I hope to never do it again. There was also a half hour of panic when the thing just wouldn't power on. This was caused by two cabling issues; I'd plugged in the front panel power connectors to the wrong pins and, once I sorted that and it still wouldn't turn on, I desperately tried a new kettle lead which worked. Time for celebration.

I don't think I would do much different, I'll probably add more ram in time and I've got a feeling I'll need to fit an aftermarket cooler at some point, but overall I'm very happy with how it's gone.

Part Reviews


So far so good. Haven't pushed it too much yet but coming from an old pentium dual core I'm blown away by the speed of this thing.


I've never planned to overclock but this was going at a decent price and I knew I wouldn't need to go through any BIOS updates for kaby lake. Comes with an excellent guide.


Jeez. Timed my last boot at 5 seconds.


Bigger than I expected but it looks great and made building inside very easy. Standoffs come pre-installed and if you're using SSDs there's lot of handy places to mount them. I definitely don't make full use of the space this offers.

Power Supply

Loved the fully modular design. Makes for a nice clean build.

Comments Sorted by:

Nullarc77 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

i think you listed the 7700 by mistake. I think you meant to list the 7700k. You can't overclock a 7700. Cable management is good. The only problem I see is the unbalance between the cpu and gpu. The i7 is vastly more than you need for gaming. If you had gotten a 7600k you could have gotten a 1060. I know you said the 1050ti is enough for now but in the future it will show it's age fast. Especially when Volta launches next year. Good build overall.

Nullarc77 3 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

just realized you have a stock cooler. Which means you did get a 7700. Unless you somehow got a stock cooler from a friend. But since that is unlikely, That means you did get the 7700. So the z270 chipset is useless. The only upgrade path is too a 7700k. But you would end up losing more money than the extra performance would make up for.

sealingbird 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

some games like battlefield do need an i7 for gaming, i5's get pinned at 90-100% leading to major frame stuttering and a CPU bottleneck leaving the GPU at 60% or so

Nullarc77 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

First of all. Did you really just reply to a year lld post? Like for real?

Second with that GPU he would be limited to where if he did reach a CPU bottleneck, He would also reach a GPU bottleneck at the same time.

rroguet 2 points 20 months ago

Yhea, pretty good for a 1st build :d But i don't like the idea 'i7 with intel cooler' :P

DavidTheNewGuy 2 points 20 months ago

Im glad to see another first time builder going with the 1050ti, how has it been treating you in games

KarlPilkington submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

In all honesty I haven't got close to fully testing it yet. I did have a quick shot of Rocket League which came free with the card and obviously it handles that easily but the game I spend most time on relies more on cpu. All I can say is it's completely silent which, coming from my noisy old 9800gt, is bliss.

DavidTheNewGuy 1 point 20 months ago

nice, I live in a pretty cramped house with thin walls so its nice to know its quiet, the last thing i need is a jet engine under my desk

adamgsleath 2 points 15 months ago

good build. non-k chips are good value, especially with stock heatsink.

i've chosen this case for my next build. although like you i think it will be a bit big. however it has room for watercooling if i ever go that way..etc. i also still use dvd's/ optical so i needed the single optical bay.

anyway. it's nice to see efficient builds that are not totally over the top. ;)

Damjan25 1 point 17 months ago

in what order did u put on panel cabels ? i cant get it to power on :(