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First Build!

by DaveTheBuilder



Date Published

Aug. 23, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.03 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz


Okay lets see where do i start! This was my very first build. I've been wanting to build one ever since my friend built his back in 2012 and i'm finally now getting around to this project soo i'm super happy its done. i'll just go down the list.

CPU- chose this cause its really only for gaming and programming soo i didn't feel like the increase in price for an i7 was justifiable. It was scary as hell installing this cpu because once you lock it in and you have to close the hatch. I started hearing crunching noises and the amount of force you have to apply to close it just didn't sit right with me lol.

Mobo- Coupled with my CPU as a bundle from micro Center. They really do have best deals for Mobo and Cpu.

212EVO- This was recommended to me by a friend and i've heard good things about it. This was an absolute pain to install! It could've been just that it was my first time but holy crap this was annoying. Its on there now and it works so i'm satisfied.

RAM- Its RAM nothing more to it. Chose this specifically for its color and nothing more.

Storage- 840 EVO- This was all i ever heard when deciding on SSDs and i can see why! This thing is ridiculous fast! If my monitor could keep up, i could probably boot faster! lol. I will be getting another 840EVO pretty soon cause after installing windows i was already down to 90GB and i want mooorreeee!

HDD- After witnessing the speed of my SSD, i kind of regret buying this as i will mad when i open something on this drive and it doesn't move as fast as whats on my SSD. nonetheless its for pure storage.

GPU- When my eyes first laid upon this, i just couldn't say no! This card is just gorgeous and will be able to handle anything i throw at it just fine. This thing is HUGEE!! I had to take out a HDD drive bay to be able to fit it. Make sure your case can hold this baby.

EVGA 750W - Fully Modular non expensive power supply! It gets the job done and had great reviews.

Monitors- Found these Monitors on sale so i bought two of them. They don't come with anything but VGA cables although i'm almost certain i read it would come with a HDMI.

Fans- okay these Fans gave me the most trouble out of everything! Once again it can be because it was first time build. HOwever, the problems i ran into was that with these fans they give you screws and anti vibration rubber screw looking things. Well the anti Vibration ones wasn't long enough to fit through one end and out the other in order for me to pull it through. so after messing with it for hours i gave up and installed screws and was like "screw" it i'll just have vibration. Then my friend came up with a better solution to install the anti vibration and after only 20min of installation i have the anti vibration ones in.

CASE- Look at this thing, whats not to love about it. very sleek design and a good amount of space to work with. I don't really have too much complaints about it as i just built it like last night lol.

Other Thoughts- I haven't been able to stress test it, get temperatures or anything as i put it together, installed some drivers and went to sleep cause i had class in the morning. i'll update this when i get the chance to do that. Also I'm not real sure if I did a good/decent/super/terrible job with proper air flow. It's three fans in the front and one in the back. I also have a spare 140mm fan that can be installed in thr top I believe. It's bad when I say im not sure which way the air is blowing from or what. I'm clueless. I just installed the fans with the blades facing inward insidr the case. Someone please shed light on this and give ideas.

OHHH another thing! Cable Management! I tried my hardest to do a great job with cable management as it seems to be a big thing around here and just building in general which makes sense. I like neatness too. It makes for a good looking build and shows you took time to straighten everything out and its probably good for air flow. I think i did an okay job with it. If you guys have any comments/suggestions/critiques. Please don't hesitate to comment.

I have more pictures i want to add but these 14 will be good for now.

Comments Sorted by:

BanzaiWasabi 2 Builds 2 points 52 months ago

Nicely themed build! I like when people make an effort to combine performance with looks :-)

Great job on the parts selection too! +1

With regards to the fans, they usually have an arrow on them somewhere to tell you the direction of the flow. If not, it's pretty easy to tell if you hold your hand in front of them :-)

I'd recommend having the three fans in the from take air into the case, and the rear fan exhaust air out of the case. Your CPU cooler seems to be pointing the right way for that setup too.

DaveTheBuilder submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

lol that's what i thought. I held my hand behind the rear fan and felt cool air and i'm almost certain that i felt cool air in front of the fan as well. i'll have to verify that when i take the side panel off this weekend. if i'm wrong, i'll do as you say and turn that 140mm fan in the back around and exhaust the air out.

Creeper7111 2 points 52 months ago

I love the black a blue color scheme! +1

actechy 7 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Really well done! Excellent part selection, enjoy! +1

DaveTheBuilder submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago


sanchezliny 1 point 52 months ago

Great Part choices and nice job overclocking the i5. I have also heard nothing but good things about sapphire's r9 cards.

MatthewDratt 2 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

Really love theme builds! Nice job on that. Plus the part selection is great as well!

gnasher567 1 point 52 months ago

Put the GPU in the top slot, you will get better performance as there is more bandwidth available to the card.

DaveTheBuilder submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

okay. i'll do that. Thanks!

azidhsu 3 Builds 1 point 52 months ago

"I just installed the fans with the blades facing inward insidr the case. Someone please shed light on this and give ideas." I believe the front fan is actually exhauting air so switch that around. Someone do tell me too if im seeing things right.

Here this might help : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlgfAO2Jtls

DaveTheBuilder submitter 1 Build 1 point 52 months ago

That video did help. i'll switch the fans around today. Thanks!

andrefoster 1 point 48 months ago

How is the motherboard as I'm thinking of getting the same one

DaveTheBuilder submitter 1 Build 1 point 47 months ago

Motherboard is great! haven't had any problems with it thus far. The only thing i'd be happy with is if it had Bluetooth, which i didn't think about when buying the motherboard. However, the other day i wanted to play some music from my computer through Bluetooth to my speakers and realized it didn't have Bluetooth capabilities. Wasn't a big deal, AUX cable worked just as well.

Ntress 1 point 46 months ago

How is the 212 evo?

Is it good for mid-overclocking?