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As the title says, this is the first PC I have built on my own. My primary use is gaming, but I also use it for internet browsing. I have to say I am really satisfied with the performance of the PC. I was worried the CPU I have chosen might not be enough, but the it proved me wrong. When choosing the parts, I was on a budget, so I looked for parts that had great price/performance ratio. As for the GPU, I spared no expense, so that it can last me a few upgrades, which is why I went with the 980. Yes, some will say the 980 isn't worth it for the price, but it was my dream GPU, so I went for it.

  • CPU: I've been trying to decide between 2 processors, the i5 4590 and the 4690, since I wasn't going to overclock, I didn't consider getting the 4690K. between the 2 processors I have mentioned above, there was only 200MHz difference, so I thought I'd rather save what little money I can off this, and invest it for a better GPU, same goes for the rest of the parts. The 4590 has a great performance , and I think is one of the best i5s if you don't want to overclock.

  • CPU cooler: I was really unhappy with the stock cooler's temperatures in games (65-68 degrees), so I got a better cooler. After reading reviews about this cooler, and seeing how satisfied everyone is with it, I had to get one too. Replacing the stock cooler with this did look a bit hard at first, but with a few tutorial videos, and going through the manual a few times helped a lot. Now I am getting max 56 degrees under load, and I can barely even hear the fan going, so it's not even at a very high RPM.

  • Motherboard: I wanted a motherboard, that had at least 3 case fan headers, I will add 2 more fans later, but there's the molex adapter for that. The motherboard has all the features that I need, and then some, so there really wasn't a reason for me to get something more expensive. The automatic control of the fans is really good, I haven't set anything up manually, and still the PC is cool enough, and also runs quietly.

  • Case: I picked this case for 2 reasons. First beause it simply looked appealing to me, the case has a really nice design, and second, because it had enough space for the 980. It also has a lot of case fan mounting points, with dust filters, so it was an ideal choice for me.

  • GPU: I've been trying to decide between the Gigabyte, EVGA and MSI version of the 980, but in the end I went with Gigabyte's version of it because it had the highest memory frequency, compared to the other 2, and it also has a really effective cooler. It still runs a little too hot to my liking in very intensive games, but overall it was the best. I only wish the card came with a red LED, to better match all my case fans. Highest temperatures I had were 75 degrees, but after replacing the stock fans with high airflow ones, it dropped down to 71. This with an ambient temperature of 25 degrees.

The only problem that I have is with the PSU. Since it's not modular, I have tons of cables, of which I don't need most, and that means most of them are in the side of my case, but there are so many and so thick, that I had trouble putting the side panel back on. So in the end, I ended up putting some of the cables at the bottom of the drive cage. Since I will only use 1 HDD, they are not in the way. All in all, I am really happy with my new build, and I am surprised I was able to do it all on my own for the first time. The cable management is still a work in progress, but I think the PC looks neat enough.

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  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

It says you got a 980,8 GB ram and a psu/case for free

How?

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

I had bought those a few months before building the rest. I must have forgot to put the "purchased" tag on the rest.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey Eddard, it looks good! Glad to see you have officially become a part of the PC Master Race. Welcome!

I can only imagine how tricky it was to work with a No-Modular with this case. Good idea to tuck the excess wires into the drive bay that holds the hard drives. Good work with what you did here and thanks for sharing your build. I'm very happy for you so great job! Plus one.
I am wondering on what case fans you have. I think I see two Corsair's AF120mm red LEDs?
  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot Eltech!

Yes, it was really tricky, since I wanted to tie them at the side of the case, but there were so many I couldn't fit the side panel back on, so they ended up in the drive cage. And thank you for making time to view my build!

Yes, I have 2 af120 fans and 1 that came with the case, which is on the floor of it. On one of the pics i have 2 front fans, that us the same fan, I was just placing that fan in different slots, to see what gets me cooler temperatures.

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

You are most welcome.

And makes sense, thanks for the clarification with your fans. Enjoy your computer and it has great parts!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I am very happy with it. I am very proud of my overall work on it haha

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

How loud are the AF fans compared to the stock fans that came with the case? I have the same case and imo the stock fans are loud as f*** so I want to replace them but I don't know what fans I should choose. Also nice part selection, +1

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually they are pretty quiet! The 2 stock coolers under load were a little loud, yes. I'd say the 2 AF fans with 1 stock cooler are on the same level, maybe a bit quieter actually. They do run on higher RPM than the stock fans, but I think they really aren't noisy. I bought these fans because they weren't really expensive, especially that you get 2 fans. And my GPU's temperature dropped by 5 degrees, which is good enough for me. And thank you!

  • 48 months ago
  • 2 points

Ok thank you for the reply, my problem is I have a motherboard that only has 1 PWM case fan input and I use a PWM fan splitter to connect both fans but since they are 3Pin I can't control the speeds with my mobo. They run at full speed all time so when I am not gaming I plug them out and open the side window. Guess I will buy the AF fans or just look for some PWM fans. Or maybe my ears are just sensitive af. Edit: Just realized I made a joke...my ears are sensitive AF. GOT IT? omg I feel so terrible for this joke...I'm sorry.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha nice one! And yeah, the AF fans are only 3 pins as well, they are going at 1100rpm, according to the motherboard. I have nothing but the PC on in the room right now, and they are really quiet, in my opinion. Yes, I tryed using a PWM fan connector to connect both stock coolers, but with that the PC really, really got loud.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

Now that I think about it, I think they are loud for you, for the same reason mine were. when I connected 2 to one fan header with a PWM splitter, they were both at full speed. I think if you want better control over it, you do need PWM fans. or fan controllers.

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

how good is it for gaming 1 to 10 also can you tell me some pros and cons

  • 48 months ago
  • 1 point

1 to 10? I'd give this PC a big 10. I am really, really satisfied with the performance. Just for an example, I run Witcher 3 on Ultra settings, WITH hairworks on high preset, and get mostly 55-60FPS. In some areas where there are more things to render, it goes down as low as 45, but if I set the hairworks to Low preset, it never really goes below 50FPS, so I'd say it's really good. I also play Batman Arkham Knight on Ultra settings, with every Nvidia graphics feature on, and there too it's mostly 60FPS. I'd say those are the pros. Cons? Well that would be the non-modular PSU. There are many wires I don't need, and I can't unplug them, and it made cable management harder, so they are at the bottom of the drive cage. But that's really it. Hope this helped.

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

hey how good is is for gaming one to ten

  • 48 months ago
  • 0 points

how good is it for gaming on a scale of one to ten