Description

After years of casual gaming on a second rate laptop I finally made the dive to join the master race and build my own gaming rig - decided to go with a very original colour scheme ;)

4 weeks ago I had no idea how to build a computer and had ever heard of Newegg, Direct Canada, etc. But after spending some time lurking on /r/buildapc and watching Carey Holzman videos, I felt I was ready to go for it. Ordered all the parts from Newegg, Direct Canada and NCIX one night and then was building 6 days later! Prices noted don't reflect what I actually paid for some parts.

The build went smooth and I didn't really run into any issues at all throughout. Test booted right away on the first go, installed the GPU and re-tested it before installing Windows, drivers and updates. Downloaded programs through Ninite, did some cable management and threw the panels back on before firing up CS:GO for a test run....got 350++ FPS on highest settings (beats my 27 fps from my laptop HA).

The rig will be used for gaming - mostly CS:GO plus some Total War: Warhammer, Diablo, StarCraft, new Civilizations in October - and just general work, browsing, media consumption, etc.

So far so good - runs quiet, cold and powerful!

The PC community is so helpful and the amazing builds I've seen on this site inspired me to pursue my own despite having zero knowledge...cheers to all of you and see you in-game!

Comments

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Spec-02 is a great case for the money. I built a machine for a friend in one. Easy to build in, and he loves it.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

It was pretty easy to build in and provided me some decent cable management options for a noob. Luckily I had read beforehand to pull the 8-pin CPU connector through the top slot before installing the MOBO.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

That is one hell of a first build, have fun gaming

  • 42 months ago
  • 2 points

Cheers, thank you!

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Impressive for your first build. Looks nice and the color scheme is one point if I may add. Only thing if you are looking for upgrades in the future is a cpu cooler, other than that you are set for awhile. Enjoy and welcome to PCMR.

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I was nervous about the build but once I got started it started to flow and pushing that power button the first time and seeing the fans kick in and lights turn on...bliss!

I wish I had done a bit tidier job with the cables in the back but maybe as I upgrade parts in the future I can adjust.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

This must be the only build I've seen with original windows 10 CD displayed....all the others?....hmmmm!!

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

Not a detail spared haha

  • 42 months ago
  • -1 points

The 480 will beat the 390/X in performance man. Nice build but you should have waited.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it for $300 with discount at New Egg so the price listed is heavily skewed - i was tempted to wait but i had the itch

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I know how it feels ~ The temptation.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I am not saying by any means it is a bad card, it just all depends on when you bought it.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

It is a 390.

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I had seen some posts about coil whine or being noisy but so far its as quiet as can be

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