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First Game Build for myself

by Ace_Killa


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Date Published

Oct. 8, 2014

Date Built

Aug. 20, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C


I finished this build back in August, though I finally got to adding some filters and also doing a better job at cable management and thus why the late publishment. Spent all of September OC and finding ways to keep the CPU cooler and found out moving my fan from the bottom of the case (behind the front panel logo) to the top lowered the temp around 3-5C. I plan on adding another fan next to the PSU. I didn't take a picture of it, dunno why, but I also added a fan filter to cover the top of my case. I gotta give Enermax props for the case, gives me room to work with for the price. I do plan on upgrading the CPU and CPU cooler in time, but at the moment I'm enjoying this build.

Would have gone with a cheaper mobo, however due to a mix up with Amazon system I got a completely different mobo in the process and instead just got a for sure OC compatible motherboard as the RMA headaches caved in. I had also purchased G.Skill Ripjaws X Series (red) but those failed on me 3 days after building my PC. A close friend mentioned, who has build around 3 PCs, mentioned to me their quality went down in years and I simply went with a good known Corsair. The CPU rocks for its price and now it can be found for less than $70 dollars!! MSI made it really easy to OC this CPU and with this guide - https://forum-en.msi.com/index.php?topic=182658.msg1311939#msg1311939 - I was able to overclock to 4.4Ghz I probably can go higher, but I need a better cooler to keep the temps in my comfort zone. The GPU works dam good with my CPU. XFX 270x is my very first graphics card and XFX support does provide very good customer service, I will consider their name when buying upgrades. I can play Star Craft 2 max, BioShock Infinite also in ultra, CS-Go, TF2 easily and Skyrim with out any issues, just funny game glitches :P. Speaking of XFX the PSU works well for me though it has a lot and I mean a lot of cables!!!!!!!!!! To many for my use. For now my future wish list is to upgrade to a i5 4690K, a good cooler for it, and a bigger case.

This is my very first gaming PC build, had years and years of wanting to do one and finally did one. Thanks to the help of pcpartpicker community, linustechtips, overclock.net. Watch loads and loads of reviews for each parts prior to buying them and feel really comfortable with my build.

As for the OS and monitor, I didn't add them as one was a bought as I got them through special means. The OS was bought through my university with a big discount and the monitor was a gift.

Also sorry for the pictures coming out wrong. On my phone and computer they come out normal, but when I upload it comes out rotated :/


MOAR pictures of my build.

I recently went to a fry's electronics store and was able to buy some accessories(Corsair SP 120 Silent & Fan Controller) also ordered some fan filters, extra Cooler Master fans.

The additional parts are:

1 - Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 69.0 CFM 120mm Fan 1 - Corsair Air Series SP120 Quiet Edition 37.9 CFM 120mm Fan 1 - Kingwin FPX-001 Fan Controller 1 - Silverstone Tek 140mm x 2 Fan Filter with Magnet, Black (FF142B)
2 - Silverstone Tek FF122 120mm Fan Filter with Magnet for Case Fan and Panel Air Vent Cooling (Black) 1 - Kingston HyperX Cloud

My original build cost was around $720 not including taxes or shipping cost for some items. That is what I wanted originally, these extra accessories and fans were just to improve my build and also spoil myself a bit. I do think I build a budget $720 build and not the later $879.07 which includes all the extra gear I bought.

Going through the extra parts, I was at frys this past weekend and decided to addon on/improve my build. I bought a Corsair Sp 120, Cooler Master Sickleflow and a kingwin fan controller. I wanted to utilize other fan ports my case had, only had 2 prior to buying these fans (not including exhaust). I replaced the stock CM 212 Evo fan with the Corsair SP 120, moved the stock fan on the fan slot next to my hard drive. I then added the Cooler Master Sickleflow on the side panel with fan filter.

The Kingwin fan controller was the lemme try it out buy. For $15 dollars you do get what you payed for and honestly it works well. I got all my fans around 80- 100% speed and does fit well in my case.

Adding all these fans brought my temp down to 5c degrees. Also if anyone's wondering the front fan on my case where the cd drives goes is the stock fan from the case.

I while I was drawing out my ideas I noticed all the dust inside my PC and figured I'd invest in some fan filters. It looks sleek, easy to attach, and does the job. Though there are some areas that the filters do not work so I'll buy some pantys and just go the home made fan filter.

Lastly I bought myself a more comfortable headset. I had some old defective astro A30 and figured I upgrade and the HyperX Cloud was a dam good investment. Most comfortable headset ever!

Overall I'm glad how my rig ended up and feel really comfortable with the initial investment. Now I plan on adding a second monitor with dual monitor stands, but that'll be next year.

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jacobs4525 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Nice build for $700

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Taxes and all would bumpt it up, but I did try my best to take advantage of amazon prime to save on shipping and get it faster. The RAM at first came from newegg, then got shortened out so ordered it from Amazon afterwards. Only the GPU came from Tigerdirect and that was still a hassle.

WombatRider 11 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I have the same case, and I would have to say that it is definitely the best budget case available. Great for cable management, and plenty of places for fans. Plus it has a side panel window, so that's always a plus. Anyways, this is a fantastic build for $715. Very, very impressive. Good job! +1.

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks for the reply.

For $40 dollars it is a steal. Really spacious, real easy to mount drives and HDD and good built quality. Though I don't think a Corsair H100i water cooler will fit in this case, if it does it might be a tight fit.

WombatRider 11 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I did watch a review that said it's difficult to mount a radiator in the case, but with some modifications (Drilling new holes) it will be possible. The only downside is that there's reduced airflow, but you could do it.

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Now if I were to utilize the fans on the side panel, you think it be a positive flow. Of having one exhaust would choke all the hot air?

WombatRider 11 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

I can't imagine it would choke the hot air. Blowing air out while taking air in seems like it could work well. A lot of people use push-pull. But this is different because they're not across from each other. it could end up intaking the air you just blew out. Personally I would stick with only having one and using it as an exhaust, or using both to exhaust. But honestly I don't know what would happen if you used both. You could always give it a try and then check your temps.

mrsimplycrazy 1 point 53 months ago

Nice cables, man!

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks, spend a whole hour and a half fixing them up and redoing. The power supply has a lot of cables. Had to stash them away.

Mikes0404 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

The Cpu and Gpu are the same ones I was looking into for a build. How is that mobo, is it good and worth it? Overall it looks amazing good job!

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks for the reply!

For $99 it is worth it. I tried getting a cheaper and overclock compatible mobo, but the PC gods didn't want me to have one. Amazon system errors and other issues. I did try finding a cheap mobo, but figured I'd go with this as it does support up to 32GB of memory, has for 2 USB 3.0 if your case supports it(mine supports 1), and 2 3.0 in the back, so it is a good board for its price. And if I want to upgrade to 4690 in the future I can!

I don't plan on using dual GPU so this will last me a good while.

Mikes0404 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Nice! I'll make a point of keeping an eye on it then. Thanks a lot

Nicholasbojo 1 point 53 months ago

How is that CPU working? I am really interested in purchasing one and seeing how they perform.

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

It's working really good. I noticed for some games I can run at 4.2Ghz yet the more intensive games Infinite and Skyrim it is best to have it at 4.4Ghz. The mobo makes it easier to switch back and forth with the OC profiles. I can have it running at 4.4Ghz, but I feel like why run at that speeds if I don't need to with the game I'll play so I mostly run at 4.2Ghz

It does heat up to 50 - 60C during game play at 4.2Ghz then 55 - 62C at 4.4Ghz. It is below the limit of 80C however my comfort level it anything below 60. I do plan on adding more fans or a an improved air flow cpu cooler and probably then I'll jump to 4.5 or even 4.6 if possible. For the price now a days it is worth it to play around and OC or start off with it if you have a tight budget.

Crazo_manic 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Any performance numbers to show? Haha, little skeptical on that chip.. haha running my daily rig on a 3820 and a r9 270x

Crazo_manic 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

+1 for the value built!

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks for the compliment. And oh man you threw me off with your question lol.

G3258 vs 3820 doesn't seem fair. For sure the 3820 will outperform - http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/315/Intel_Core_i7_i7-3820_vs_Intel_Pentium_Dual-Core_G3258.html Here's some info between the both.

I can use performance test, though you recommend any other benchmark software that's free?

I'll post some results here.

Crazo_manic 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

Haha, no comparison intended. Thinking of getting one of those for day to day browsing, utilities where i live are rocket high. Hee:D

As for the program, i say you go for http://www.futuremark.com/ or cinebench http://www.maxon.net/products/cinebench/overview.html

aymanshaikh 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

How is the PSU so far? I'm interested in buying it but there are so many mix reviews about how that model usually dies after some time.

By the way, nice cable management in a case for $40!

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Well I had some display issues and RAM issues and no PSU issues so far (knocks on wood)

I read online Seasonic makes XFX PSU and that's what led me to go there. I didn't really do much research other than the reviews and brand name.

The only issue I have are all the extra cables!!! I only used the main mobo connector and 8 pin, 2 PCIE for my GPU and one SATA so if you can go modular, I'd recommend it Unless your case is full of fans, CD/DVD drives and multiple HDDs.

aymanshaikh 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thanks for the reply! I'll probably go with it

Glennbloke 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Nice looking case. I went with the corsair 760T but put enermax fans in it as I do like them a lot. What cpu and gpu temps are you getting?

Diego77 1 point 48 months ago

How is the Kone Pure looking for you? I'm looking to buy it, how is the scroll wheel? (can you feel the individual scrolls or is it smooth)

Nice build though!

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

I actually upgraded to a refurb Mad Catz RAT 7. The kone worked well, but it was just too small. The mouse scroll wheel I something I miss from the Kone Pure. With the RAT 7 I notice I spin the wheel more in game and miss out on weapon changes and stuff. I never had issues with the kone, it awlays felt firm and responsive and was not an issue for me. But I just needed a bigger mouse and the RAT 7 solved the issue.

Drivers and all other things worked well on Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.

Diego77 1 point 48 months ago

Okay thanks! I have pretty small hands, so that shouldn't really be an issue, as I claw grip anyways. :)

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Diego77 1 point 27 months ago

i bought my mouse like a year and a half ago

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DonutPirate98 1 point 53 months ago

I think you're right. At first I thought that maybe it was just a different color, blue instead of black, but then I realized that the heatspreaders were different as well.

Ace_Killa submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Whoops sorry for the confusion, I did a quick search for the RAM. But DonutPirate98 has it right. I got these - http://pcpartpicker.com/part/corsair-memory-cmz8gx3m2x1600c8b