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First Gaming Build - $1700

by jimpeddycord



Date Published

March 8, 2015

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This machine replaces a Dell XPS 8300 with I7-2600 and Radeon HD 6700 video card. Want to be able to play modern first person shooters the way they are meant to be played. I will also go back and play some games like Doom 3 and Wolfenstein The New Order at ultimate settings and see how that changes the games.

Originally purchased an NZXT Kraken X41 liquid cooler but the radiator and fan were so thick I could not make them fit in this case, and I really like this case, so I am using the stock CPU cooler that came with the CPU for now.

Booted on the first try, very happy about that.

First 3DMark Firestrike benchmark was 11,950 but it told me the memory was not being recognized as 2133 so I went into bios and changed that setting. Next benchmark was 12,180.

My Unigine Heaven score is 1753.

These scores are with no overclocking at all - just straight out of the box.

The Firestrike benchmark is in the 98th percentile and the Heaven benchmark puts it in the upper ranges of other systems with the I74790K/GTX 980 with no overclocking.

Overall I'm pretty happy.

I will eventually add a liquid cooler and play with overclocking but for now I just want to use it for a while before I rip it apart to change it.

Part Reviews


What can you say? 8 threads at the ready. Fast and reliable.


Looks awesome and the bios gui is really nice. The SATA connectors are under my video card so that presented a bit of an issue. Other than that a really nice MB.


This case is so quiet! You can barely tell it's turned on. It was way bigger than my Dell XPS 8300 case and would not fit on my desk but it looks great sitting next to it - sort of like a little mainframe. :) I am building another computer for a friend and will use this same case.

Power Supply

Totally modular - great PSU. Cables that came with were a bit stiff but that's probably a universal complaint.

Wireless Network Adapter

After I figured out how to use the native windows 8.1 WIFI manager it works great.

Comments Sorted by:

brodosaur 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

High Five for using stock coolers on i7s! I'm stupidly lazy and I don't want to go to the trouble of buying an H100i for my build (that I haven't yet uploaded). Other than that, build looks really clean, part selection seemed well thought out, and the case looks pretty good. Congrats!

jimpeddycord submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago


unskilled 1 point 36 months ago

This build, while arguably somewhat run of the mill, is quite good for the price, I bet it performs greatly, and the 3dmark information is nice. Good build

EthanFox 0 points 24 months ago

Great build, but bro, that cpu is crazy and you wouldn't want it setting on fire from a stock cooler lol. What games do you play? If you're playing the games that this PC can, it's gonna burn lol. Highly suggest liquid cooling. An All in One cooler is super quiet and relatively cheap for what you're getting. Just some advice