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First build - Based around the 'Excellent Build'

by aaroniemc



Date Published

Nov. 30, 2016

Date Built

Nov. 29, 2016

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C


This build came about because my laptop was falling apart even though it was only around two years old (HP-Pavilion G6 - Terrible hinges). Decided to build my own because it was something I always wanted to do. I done a lot of research and viewed different build guides and decided to base this build around the 'Excellent Build' from the guides on this site with a couple of adjustments. Bought a different part each week for about 2.5 months finally got to throw it together yesterday. I'll be using it for everything from general browsing to developing applications. I'm amazed at how fast it is with the SSD. Might look into overclocking down the line, as for now everything is stock.

Part Reviews


Amazing. This is the first time I've ever had a CPU Above 2.5 GHz & more than two cores. This along with the SSD has the build flying. Extracting compressed files is a breeze. I don't see a need to OC it in the near future, perhaps down the line. When putting it on the motherboard I thought I'd damaged it as I heard this nasty grinding sound when pulling down the lever , this was at the very start of the build so I had to sweat it out until I had the whole thing built to see if i'd damaged it. It was fine in the end, booted first time.

CPU Cooler

Installation for this was a bit tricky & the manual doesn't help much. At one stage I was online watching a video on where to put the cross section that holds it to the motherboard. It's massive also & nearly didn't fit in my case (see image of clearance of cooper pipes). There is less than a CM of a gap from the top of the cooler and window side panel. Apart from this, everything else is fine CPU is around 32 degrees idle, yet to see what it is at under load. The fan is quiet too.


Not much to say here, everything is communicating, lots of USB 3.0 ports, plenty of SATA connections and room for a M.2 SSD. No SLI but that isn't of interest to me, compatible with AMD CrossFire though. Looks sick as well. The colour of red is a lot better than it looks in the pictures.


Does what it says on the tin. No design on top of the heat spreader though which would have been nice.


UNREAL. I got this on black Friday for £106 and it was the last component I bought, glad I waited to get that deal. The thing is a flyer! When starting up the PC its like it was never off you are just at the windows log-in screen instantly (well you would be if you turn off the motherboard bios splash screen). Since the build is only built and I'm still amazed at the speed of it sometimes I just restart the computer just to laugh at how quick it is. So grateful that I got a 750GB, I was originally going to go for the 250GB samsung 850 EVO but this was only £15 more and had 66% more storage. That 250GB would have filled up within two weeks! Easily my favourite component, although I haven't played any games yet...(1070).

Video Card

This thing is about the size of a bus! They say it up 2.5 slots but it's more like 3. Looks well though and you get to control the LED's on it (I have it set to change at different temps). Sits at 29-30 degrees idle. Only thing I threw at the was the PassMark benchmark test and it got a score in the top 1%. Don't now if that is to be expected of all 1070's but it sounds deadly. I'll come back and edit this after throwing some games at it.


I was going to go for the Cosrair Carbide 400C but my motherboard was black and red & so was this and it's cheaper! I'm glad I did go for this it looks sick. I love the square box look it has going on. Downsides are the case fans there a bit loud, i'll change these in due course. Unless your thumb is deformed and in the shape of a star screwdriver you are not getting these thumbscrews off with mere hands alone. Seriously, it burns your thumb/fingers the more you try without a screwdriver the first time. I put them back on only looser, the way they should have been. Remember that sick SDD I was talking about? That be's on display as well so you can see it through the side panel window in all it's speedy glory. The 400C would of had it hiding behind the back panel!

Power Supply

I should have gotten semi/non-modular. I nearly used all the cables it was supplied with. (probably could have used one less by putting the SSD in the back of the case and doing daisy chain but the SSD does what it wants!) You can tell though it is of a quality build, comes with nice Velcro straps for cable management and a good quality pooch to put any unused cables into.

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joshzpants 3 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Looks good but I would flip that fan on the heatsink to the other side as it is fighting for air with the exhaust fan

aaroniemc submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks dude! I was thinking about that because I can't even feel much air being exhausted from the back of the case. Users on /r/pcmasterrace were pointing out to people with the same cooler that they had it on the wrong side which is opposite to where I have it so I put it there. Maybe they never had a rear exhaust fan though, I'll probably change it.

Lyrix 1 point 10 months ago

yeah there are some people doing that mistake but it is... a mistake

Shadowriser609 1 point 10 months ago

so cool

aaroniemc submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks mate!

Shadowriser609 2 points 10 months ago

your welcome

AnyOtherWay 1 point 10 months ago

This build came about because my laptop was falling apart even though it was only around two years old (HP-Pavilion G6 - Terrible hinges).

Oh, my laptop is also falling apart, and I'm gonna get a build soon, and it's also an HP, and probably is about two years old... We're basically the same person! Except that my build is gonna be quite different! And black n' green! And, ok that's enough of that stuff, it's a pretty nice build!

andrej4life 1 point 10 months ago

Very nice build. I'm looking for something on the same budget for my lil bro. Would you mind posting some benchmarks, that would help a lot :)

aaroniemc submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks dude, I only did the PassMark test, here are they results with everything stock.

andrej4life 1 point 10 months ago

That's very good, thanks. An even better test is the 3DMark. There is an demo version of it on steam for free if you don't already have it purchased. If you could post the results from that it would be perfect :)

aaroniemc submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Here's the scores from the spy demo version and the comparison. Dont know what to make of them lol.

andrej4life 1 point 10 months ago

That is very good :) There are also 2 more stress tests there, you can test: Firestrike & Sky Diver.

drewmagoo 1 point 9 months ago

Hey, I was looking to follow your build. I'm having difficulties finding the same gpu, could you recommend any other variants ?

aaroniemc submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I've only seen this sorry for late reply. Are you based in the US? Palit is only available in Europe & Asia I think. Did you go ahead and buy a different one?

wah007 1 point 7 months ago

Hi, have you had any issues with your Palit Jet stream GPU?

I'm ordering one soon.

aaroniemc submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

None at all mate.

wah007 1 point 6 months ago

Thank you :)