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Bloo Box: First PC Build

by BlooBlaster

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6 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.61GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

Description

This project has been years in the making, and I'm finally glad that I have made it a reality.

I had been partitioning parts for this build way back in 2014 and I had originally set a budget for about $1000. Clearly I didn't stick with that budget, but something about PCs just makes you go overboard. As time went, I continued to save my money for my dream PC, but along the way, I actually got my friend interested in computers and in February of 2015, I helped him make his parts list and build his computer. With our combined forces and lack of PC knowledge, it took us five hours to build his computer, unlike Bloo Box, in which it only one hour to build by myself. Helping build my friend's PC gave me a new found hope to own my computer, and thus I continued to save money. In 2016, I managed to get a job and worked about eight and a half months to get my PC.

I had had the system completely built in May, but later down the I decided to get some custom sleeved cables, some LEDs, and I swapped out the kit of ram I had.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very solid CPU. Excellent for when you want good horsepower but don't really plan on overclocking.

CPU Cooler

A nice upgrade from almost any stock cooler. Included fan is quiet and it keeps my temps nice and low.

Motherboard

Pretty basic motherboard, but I like the neutral color scheme.

Memory

I had originally gotten Corsair Vengence Blue LED ram, but it wasn't running at full speeds (because I thought I read somewhere online that H270 supports XMP 2.0 or something, but I guess you can't always believe what you see on the internet) and the LEDs on one of sticks wasn't working so I sold that kit to a friend and bought this one. And by the way, I LOVE THE BLUE OF THIS KIT IT IS SO SEXY!

Storage

This drive is FAST. I can fully boot and be up and running in less than 15 seconds.

Storage

Wanted some bulk storage that wasn't as slow as a hard drive but wasn't stupid expensive because of high reads and writes. This SSHD definitely gets the job done.

Video Card

Great card. Managed to get it used on eBay for $440, which I feel is a steal considering the performance you get at this price.

Case

Wanted something small but could still show off my hardware. At about $60, I thought this case was perfect for my needs.

Power Supply

Great power supply. Super quiet and very efficient!

Comments Sorted by:

zMadButcherz 4 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Excellent build! All your choices are solid and the price is pretty good for a full setup including all the peripherals.

dynooo 2 points 3 months ago

Very nice. Is that gpu backplate custom made?......any diference in temp when instaling that? i have the same gpu annd thought about making backplate from plexiglass and just lean it on 4 big screws with 3m but they get very hot....

BlooBlaster submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I actually got the backplate from V1 Tech, and believe (because I actually haven't tested it) that the backplate doesn't impact temps because the backplate rests on the screws and doesn't actually make contact with the PCB

Otterman366 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I have a question. Why with that budget and cpu do you have an h270 board. I get that you may not want to overclock now but it doesn't seem like it would really be that difficult to help your future self out.

BlooBlaster submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I don't know, overclocking wasn't a high priority and I had already chosen the CPU and motherboard months before I had bought the parts. After I realized that I probably could have bought a 7700K and a Z270 motherboard, I didn't really want to go through the hassle having the cancel orders and choose out new parts. Plus, I mostly game so I wouldn't have benefited that much.

ApocPony 4 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Looks good just double check the shielding on the 10inch speaker as long as its far enough away from your mechanical drive should be ok ;)