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The Dark Hotdog

by BuildBoy12



Date Published

March 26, 2018

Date Built

March 24, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

2.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

82.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.582 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


As mainly using this build for gaming, it performs very well compared to my old laptop. Easily crushing any game I have tested so far on maxed out ultra settings, it definitely works for what it is intended for. Having the upgrades from an integrated to dedicated GPU and 500gb of hard drive storage, to the M.2 SSD boot drive and program storage and 2TB hard drive for holding my servers and other assorted files. Having gotten this for the price of $1149.23, I am extremely satisfied with my build quality (though my cable managing skills need some major work considering the non-modular PSU). I rate things very lightly as you may tell, hahah.

EDIT: I have begun using this computer for gaming server workloads (SCP:Secret Laboratory and Minecraft). My RAM usage began to max out so I bought another 2x8 kit. My case fans also all broke and I didn't really like the case to begin with so I got the H500 Black/Red case. Got some thermal compound to replace the stock stuff too. Got the Kingston SSD because I got it for my mom but she ended up not wanting it, so mine it is.

Part Reviews


Magnificent under load, once again comparing to my old laptop.

Thermal Compound

After removing the intel stock paste and applying this, it dropped my max temps by 20C. I must have done something wrong the first time because that's a large number, but I'll take it.


The structure is very sturdy and well built, didn't snap when it probably should've when I applied way more force than I probably should've.


Fast RAM and plenty of it for my needs, enough said. Picked up two of them after one wasn't enough for my workload.


More storage, more better. It's an SSD and it works.


Very fast SSD, especially coming from upgrading from a 500gb 5400RPM HDD, easily crushes at ten second or less boot times from complete shut down.


Plenty of storage at a great price, couldn't ask for more.

Video Card

Coming from integrated graphics, this crushes any game I have thrown at it so far.


Ohhhh baby this thing is nice. Got it after a deepcool case and just wow.

Power Supply

It supplies my computer with power, don't have anything else to say 'bout it.


Great display quality with a decent refresh rate. Extremely satisfied for the cost.


Pros: Good key feel and quality, RGB on point.

Cons: Lights to show caps lock, scroll lock, and numlock sometimes don't light up when active.


After my Logitech headset continued to annoy me after one side broke (it gave me bad headaches to hear the noise just in one ear), I got these. I can hear things in both ears now, pretty well too.

Comments Sorted by:

renan_rlr 8 points 12 months ago

You should named your build "The Hotdog" because there is Ketchup and Mustard everywhere

renan_rlr 3 points 12 months ago

Aside from that, it's a very good parts choice.

BuildBoy12 submitter 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago


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HazelRelic 5 points 12 months ago

Wire Management makes me want to die but besides that great job

cheesyflamingo 1 Build 3 points 12 months ago

Nicely done on your first PC Build! I'll cut you some slack because my first build didn't have managed cables either. We all have to start somewhere, right? ;)

ThriftStoreRaider 9 Builds 1 point 12 months ago

Love first builds, just reminds me of mine. Really not much to say here, parts are pretty well balanced out (no i3-8100 paired with a GTX 1080ti) and overall a pretty nice build for a rookie.

The only piece of hardware I would recommend swapping out would be that power supply for a full/semi modular corsair certified one. Here's my recommendation for now: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/FQ648d/corsair-power-supply-cp9020101na


BuildBoy12 submitter 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Thank you much, I will have to upgrade my PSU eventually yes, wires driving my mad.

Damaged142 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

Awesome job, personally I would trade out the stock cpu cooler for an after market one, as you are running pretty hot for a non overclocked machine, even a simple tower cooler similar to the hyper tx3 or 212 evo would drop those temps to a more acceptable level,

Otherwise awesome job

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joncli 1 Build 1 point 12 months ago

What games do you typically run on ultra settings with this?

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