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First Time Build RGB for the win!

by machinist0613



Date Published

July 23, 2017

Date Built

July 21, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.366 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

59.0° C



This is my first time build and i am super excited to share it! I want to thank all of the other people on here who have shared their lists and typed up very good reviews and overall helpful write-ups. So here goes i will edit this a few times no doubt but i am excited to share with you!

So i have been gaming on a Samsung Chronos Series 7 laptop for 5 years now! Mostly just Starcraft 2. https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-NP700Z5A-S0AUS-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Silver/dp/B006R103MQ

Thats her. She has served me well with very low end gaming. However there is a game that i started playing months back that she just couldn't really handle. Subnautica! If any of you have not played it go check it out on steam! https://steamcommunity.com/app/264710

So the purpose of this machine is to game mostly. However as my name suggests i am a prototype CNC Machinist and i plan on buying my own machine/s somewhat soon so i would love to program (CAD/CAM programming not normal computer programming) on this bad boy here. (after a graphics card upgrade most likely) I wanted something that could handle most games out now on a 1920x1080 144mhz screen at higher settings (starcraft is amazing by the way everything is maxed out when before it was all as low as possible). I can always buy a new graphics card if i want to step into 1440p and beyond. So as to quell you nay sayers right now. THIS IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME NOW SO I DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR COMMENTS PERTAINING TO GPU BOTTLENECKING!!!!!!

I wanted the newest i7 processor to future proof the machine for as long as possible. I also wanted to use an m2 ssd for my main boot drive and storage. I will probably add another one soon in RAID 0 or even just a SATA ssd for storage. I didn't want any moving parts for storage. That's outdated! hahaha. I also liked this case a lot as there was a display build at microcenter. I went in there two days ago thinking i would only get the parts that were listed as lower prices on there website. With price matching i was able to buy everything all at once!

So the only issue/s that i have had so far were very minuscule considering this is my first build.

1) i thought i was going to have to remove the rear fan to install the mobo as it seemed super tight with the shrouds by the I/O. So i removed the fan and set it behind the case. Then i stupidly installed the mobo and after i tightened the last screw i realized that i wouldn't be able to get the fan back inside the case. So i had to uninstall the MOBO and put the rear fan back in noob mistake hahahahaha.

2)In order to get the BIOS to boot properly i needed to only have one RAM installed as it throttles them back to "normal" frequencies. I read that this is to accommodate the most amount of different RAM's that can be installed. I freaked out when I couldn't see the BIOS screen upon first boot up! "o no I installed the CPU wrong, **** i think i did bend those pins on the MOBO, **** im screwed im going to have to get a new mobo and CPU." Then the logical side of my brain took over. I looked a few things up and realized that using only 1 RAM might help. Now i guess it helps that my friend owns his own business doing IT stuff. haha. Boom she booted right into BIOS once removing the second RAM Stick! YAY i was so happy at this point. Then i just had to get the XMP setup and viola! the second RAM was working too! whew. At this point i was happy to see my cooler fan speed, processor, ssd, keyboard and mouse. I knew i wouldn't see the case fan speeds as they arent attached to the MOBO. Or maybe there is a way without plugging them directly into MOBO?

3) once i got everything setup I booted my free copy of Windows 10 up. I started using it and was very pleased at how fast things installed, downloaded, and just overall smooth experience! It is the fastest computer i have ever used! I wanted to make sure that the SSD was making use of the X4 bandwidth of the PCIe lanes. So i went back into BIOS after playing games for hours and everything was working fine. Then i changed the settings for the M2_2 lanes to x4 (even though i knew i was in the M2_1 slot, as a side note.... it doesnt have a setting for X2 or X4 on the M2_1 slot so i was confused and too lazy to double check that it was the M2_1 slot I assume this is because it has to be set to that idk) and a few other things and it took me about an hour to finally get the damn machine back to bootable into windows 10. The dumb thing is the auto settings allowed the SSD to run at full speed as confirmed by my test using Magician. It looks like it is around 95% the max sequential read speeds, 99% the max sequential write speeds, 120% of the IOPS for random read, and 85% of the random write IOPS. WOW actually faster than the upto speeds listed!!! whoo wee thats fast! So lesson learned if it isn't broke dont fix. I just wanted to make sure.

i guess now it is the headache of making sure every driver is up to date. As well as making sure to keep this computer more organized than the last going from windows 7-10 is kinda funky.

Feel free to compliment, or if you really want complain that i have the best everything else other than graphics card! hahaha

in the coming days i will post more pics of the full build once i install the last two fans up front and put the case back together. If you want to see a pic with this as a certain color let me know!

Part Reviews


Super fast! Amazing performance. Havent overclocked yet but once i do i can talk about that. Havent even begun to take advantage of full clock speed

CPU Cooler

Seems to keep cpu cool i have my cpu fan profile set to "turbo" it hasnt really gone full blast yet. Then again its so quiet i am pretty sure i wouldnt notice while gaming. Will add more after bench marks! Cheap and works.


1st time building have nothing to compair to. However i found it very easy to install, very easy to wire everything up, and it seems designed very well. Plus its got lights! BIOS settings will be fun to mess with :)


Pretty and fast! Its RAM hahahaha


Holy ****! If i didnt have my BIOS add 3 seconds to boot i would say its full power off to fully booted in less than 15 seconds! WTF crazy fast

Video Card

Works very well for me on a 1920x1080 144mhz screen. Smooth textures and i still need to tweak a few things like anti aliasing and whatnot but i have played Starcraft 2 on Ultra with no problems at all. If i had to guess since im not monitoring it its probably way above 100FPS even at those settings. It plays Subnautica on ultra everything at as high as 130FPS as low as 60 Super smooth and super responsive everything looks sexy! I have played Overwatch on ultra(i know this game isnt that gpu intensive) looks and responds great! I played the free Rocket League game i got with this and looks great!

It looks like it sags a bit but o well i can take care of that. Good job EVGA


Sexy case and as a first time builder i must say it just seems like everything is where it should be and i have plenty of room for future upgrades. Looks pretty and super sturdy case would definitely buy again.

Operating System

Eh not my favorite but it was free. It is very responsive i will say that.


This isnt actually the monitor i got but its close to it. Everything looks amazing and it detects input instantly.


Its so pretty and very heavy duty i am sure i will have this thing forever. I really like the software. The windows lock key is so welcome coming from a laptop that didnt have that and losing so many matches on SC2 just by hitting windows. I LOVE the volume control wheel too. Easy to use and has a ton of cool customization options. I see what everyone is talking about pertaining to mechanical and these switches. Amazing. I used it for a few hours then typed on my laptop for a bit. I literally was creeped out by the feeling of my laptop keys after using this! hahahahaa


Same as with the K70 LUX which uses the same software. Easy to customize and i really like the one click mode change. I like the default green setting for desktop and gaming. Amazing mouse i might buy one for work.


It emits sound. Sounds good to me and very cheap!

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Mike2k24 3 points 21 months ago

If you wanted a future proof system you could've went with Ryzen 7 which will handle production much better than the i7.

machinist0613 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

By future proof i mean that it will be fast enough for me for years to come. What do you mean by "handle production?" I did hear that the 1151 socket is going to be replaced soon in about 6 months so perhaps you are talking about that? Say if my MOBO failed and they didnt have any replacements or something???

Mike2k24 1 point 21 months ago

The Ryzen series is meant for handling production fast and efficiently for a really good price. But no if your mobo failed there will always be a replacement. When I say future proof, I mean Ryzen will last longer because you will not have to change your motherboard for years and the next generation will be compatible with the motherboard.

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machinist0613 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

The software i use at work is called mastercam. My computer at home would kill the one i use at work. I would love to take a program home to work on. However Probably not going to happen...... because of what kind of parts i make at work. :) I know this computer would do just fine with the latest version of that software. The guy at work who does a lot of the computer stuff did say that gaming cards work differently than one made for workstations. Look mastercam up. Its really not that intense of a program.

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ConfusedSkunk 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

I like how thorough your review is. You sound very happy with it!

How's that 7700k doing? I've heard they can have heat problems if you start turning up the speed.


machinist0613 submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Hey Thanks for reply!

I was super stoked to do this whole thing and today i am finally loading up all of the pics of the case all sealed up!

I am only air cooling right now and after like 5 hours of playing a mix of games like overwatch, Starcraft 2, and Subnautica Its not that bad. From what i have seen from other builds its pretty normal. Its only gotten to like 73C (hottest core). Probably drop like 10+ degrees if i did liquid cooling. Today i just added Two corsair af 140's in the front and an RGB strip. I will double check temps now that she is closed up!

I will probably overclock in a few months or so just to see how ridiculously fast this can get. I would shoot for 5GHZ and stop there of course after adding liquid cooling.

P.S. As for being very thorough i am a machinist so everyday i have to be perfect all day long. Its hard not to! hahahahaha

ConfusedSkunk 2 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Ayy perfection in all things. Engineer here so I feel that.

I've recently clocked my 6600k to a modest 4.3ghz and can only manage 50C at load. Poor thing can't kick out enough heat to disappoint me...

machinist0613 submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

o gosh! an engineer! the arch nemesis of a machinist! hahaha my buddy has the same cpu and he clocked it to 4.8ghz. I could ask what he did if you want????

ConfusedSkunk 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

I work pretty closely with a machinist right now! 4.8? I bet that thing is screaming. I'd assume he got a pretty good go at the silicon lottery on top of some voltage and clock adjustments.

machinist0613 submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Yea he has been overclocking CPU's since we were in like junior high. He knows wayyyy more than i do. Smart guy he started his own business with computer stuff. Its liquid cooled and yea i think he just knows the balance of voltage and clocking tricks. :)

StLoUieYaBisH 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Hey man beautiful build. Im in the process of building my first also. Have a Question. Did you have to use a flash drive on this build to put windows Operating system in ?

machinist0613 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Yes i did use a flash drive. If i was smarter i would have figured out how to put it on the SSD before i installed it as it would have been like 100 times faster. You can go to a site like this https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 and follow the prompts. Then you enter your activation key (i got mine from an IT friend) you can purchase yours. when you get into your BIOS screen for the first time you can set the OS loading device ( i cant remember the actual name which probably differs from Mobo to mobo)

Sorry for late reply man! i havent looked on here in a while. Good luck. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Its fun to build your own!!

saibalroop 4 Builds 0 points 21 months ago

You could have done better with the build and gotten this GPU http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-STRIX-GeForce-GTX-970-Overclocked-4-GB-DDR5-256-bit-/112491699926?epid=1483700325&hash=item1a31071ed6:g:Q2wAAOSwDvFZc5ww

It would perform better than your overpriced 1050ti

machinist0613 submitter 1 Build 0 points 21 months ago

yea but its used............. I didnt want a used piece of equipment.... I didnt pay 179 for it either. It was a little cheaper.