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First PC Build

by KRCaulfield

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65 Comments

Details

Date Published

June 13, 2017

Date Built

June 6, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

4.007 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

Description

Finally gave in to the long-time urge to build a PC. Took my time to do the necessary research and was able to get the parts I wanted for a pretty reasonable price. I'm very happy with the looks and performance of the machine, now I just need a bigger desk.

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome processor for the price. The stock cooler is great and works effectively even when moderately overclocked. I'd absolutely recommend it for a mid-to-higher tier build!

Motherboard

This mobo does everything I need it to do, and looks great with the build. Runs my Corsair RAM at 3200 after updating bios, which was quick and painless to flash. The only negative thing I could say is that I probably could have got it for a little cheaper if I'd waited for a sale, but at the price I paid it's still worth it.

Memory

Was lucky enough to grab these with an Amazon discount code. The non-LED model was only three bucks less, so figured I'd splurge a little for the A E S T H E T I C. They run at 3200mhz on the Mortar and pair great with the 1600.

Storage

Pretty sweet SSD for the money. Super quick load times, and the build feels solid.

Video Card

Probably overkill since I game on a 1080p monitor, but I wanted something that would last me a while. I was able to combine some discounts to bring the price down closer to an (overpriced) RX 580. I've heard people don't care for the blower-type fans, but I find it to be very quiet, and the card kicks some serious butt, so I'm happy.

Case

This case made cable management sooo simple, especially for a first-time build. I love the clean lines and the matte finish, and the purple accents add some great subtle color to the otherwise monochromatic build.

Power Supply

Ample power for my build, feels solid, and is incredibly quiet. It isn't modular, but to be honest that didn't really matter with the S340's HDD/PSU bay. Everything is tucked away nice and neat. At the price paid it was a no-brainer.

Comments Sorted by:

freefly32 5 points 18 months ago

Really cool first build :D. Good job, good luck, and happy gaming :)

Is the "upcoming game" Destiny 2 by chance?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Hey thanks! The game is indeed Destiny 2, did the pins give it away? :D

TLA98 2 points 18 months ago

Yep, I was about to ask the same question. I'm currently planning a build for the same reason. That October release date is gonna be tough though.

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 0 points 18 months ago

Tell me about it, but it should be worth the wait.

freefly32 2 points 18 months ago

No, I just suspected :P

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Haha, ya, probably a lot of D2 inspired builds happening right now

TheNurdSquad 2 points 16 months ago

Yeo

iBugsy 5 points 17 months ago

Can i just ask what Keyboard is that it looks sexy af

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

It's a Glorious PC Gaming Race mechanical keyboard, ordered with white keys and Gateron Blue switches.

Clegie 3 points 18 months ago

Great looking first build!(+1 for not using red/black!!!) looking to do a cube build with this mobo my self how did you find placement of things like fan headers/usb headers? Also would you suggest looking out for anything while building with it?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks, glad you like it! I dig the clean white look myself. Can't say I ran in to any problems with header placements, so I feel like you'd be fine. It is hard to say for certain, though, considering you'll be using a different case.

Clinterpottrmus 3 points 17 months ago

Building for Destiny 2 as well haha

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Awesome, good luck Guardian!

tripleday 2 points 16 months ago

Same haha, building a white and purple matx. Came across this because same mobo :P. Should be done early September

AdamTheMan26 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

Get a little side table / TV stand for the tower (that's what I did). Nice build with great cable management. Would love to hear more about the build process (e.g. what you liked and didn't like, what was difficult, etc...) Enjoy your build and welcome to PCMR.

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

That's a great idea, and thanks! I'm planning on updating the description with a little more detail on the build when I have some time.

MBTECH 2 points 18 months ago

Great build good luck with it

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks!

Arminecraft 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

It's awesome how you've managed to cut prices :o How did you get a Corsair CX550 for less than 30 bucks? :o And I thought that case was more expensive... GG!

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

The PSU was $20 off with a rebate, the case had a rebate as well. I used the buildapcsales sub-reddit for a lot of the components. It was a really great way to find sweet deals!

ComboArson 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

+1 for a few reasons:

  • This build is clean and dope, great job!
  • DrLupo ; )
  • Aside from the lucky steal on that PSU (Good job on that!), everything is very well-priced (Especially for the performance you'll get from it, a 1070 will destroy D2 at 1080p)
KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Hey thanks! Lupo is the man, haha. I appreciate the kind words. Your build looks awesome too! Love that keyboard, and gotta love the S340s.

xamax7 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Love the build, mine uses a few familiar parts. Just curious what are you running your memory at and what voltage on the CPU?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Thank you! I have the memory running at 3200mhz after updating bios, and the CPU holding steady at 3.8mhz.

xamax7 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

I cannot get my memory above 2933 :( I updated my bios as well.

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Hmm, the option should be there

xamax7 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Its not that the option isn't there, it wont successfully boot on that speed.

snackelroy 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Great looking, simple, clean build. Congrats! What temps are you getting at 3.8 using the stock cooler? I was 75-85 normal use, 85-95 stress testing. I needed to pull back to stock clocks until my AM4 bracket arrived for my trusty Noctua. Probably the fault of my case, mostly. Temps drop 10C if I open the sound dampening front door.

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 2 points 18 months ago

Thanks, I appreciate it! Normal use temps hang around 34C, when gaming it goes up to ~45C. I don't think I've really pushed it particularly hard yet, but so far the cooler has worked well and no issues have come up. It may be an airflow thing, as you said.

ThugginMcMuffin 3 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

So what has your gaming experience been like so far?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

The only game I've gotten in to with it yet has been DOOM (2016), but it runs on ultra with max settings buttery smooth.

Luckiestluck 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

what is gpu temp underload

berret2589 2 points 16 months ago

What keyboard are you using?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

It's a Glorious PC Gaming Race mechanical keyboard, ordered with white keys and Gateron Blue switches.

Rensxd12 2 points 16 months ago

And if you buy it a month later its 1k nice.

chiongjac 1 point 13 months ago

lol its like 1.2k now

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 16 months ago

What type of lizard is in the last picture? It's so cute!

idealsnake 2 points 14 months ago

Not my lizard but it looks like a leopard gecko. They really are cute!

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Yep, she is a Leopard Gecko :) Thank you, her name is Toki.

Exillium 2 points 16 months ago

How long are the wires that come out of the PSU? Did you have to use any kind of extensions?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

No extensions were necessary, the stock cables worked fine.

WOLVOWasp 2 points 14 months ago

Hi Love this, just bought this case myself Can you tell me though what keyboard that is?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks! It's a Glorious PC Gaming Race mechanical keyboard, ordered with white keys and Gateron Blue switches. Sorry for the late reply, I haven't checked my account in a while.

errdayimshufflin 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

This is something I would have if I built a computer right now. I love each choice you made regarding each part. Great value for the money. Keep up the amazing work!

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thank you! Very kind of you to say. I really hope GPU prices start to drop so people can build what they want for a reasonable price again.

thantanenorn 2 points 13 months ago

Hi , have u encounter any problem when booting up the system using that mobo and RAM ? or working nicely without a problem ? I'm planning to copy this guide but I read that some of Ryzen users having a problem with their mobo.

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I've never had problems booting, however I was getting lower FPS than I should have been for a while. I just updated the BIOS and now it runs everything at the proper frame rates.

r_hertz 2 points 13 months ago

We're dying here, my guy, what keyboard are you using??? But seriously sweet setup you have here. Now that D2s out, how do you feel about it?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you! Apologies for the late reply, but the keyboard is a Glorious PC Gaming Race mechanical keyboard, ordered with white keys and Gateron Blue switches. I stopped playing D2 for a while but have recently got back in to it with announcement of upcoming changes. I've been playing a lot more Fortnite, though, if I'm being honest :)

TheReclaimerRx7 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

were you able to overclock the gecko?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

She holds a steady 4.0Ghz ;)

TheReclaimerRx7 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

:DD

PcBuildingNo-body 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

This looks like an amazing first build.

PcBuildingNo-body 1 Build 2 points 12 months ago

Btw what keyboard is this it looks fantastic?

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Hey thanks! It's a Glorious PC Gaming Race mechanical keyboard, ordered with white keys and Gateron Blue switches. Great board for a good price.

Jmeldman 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

I wish they automatically updated prices :( it says its under 900$ but really its about a 1200$.... nice build though

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

I hear you, I picked a good time to buy parts. It's a shame what crypto-mining has done to GPU prices.

CouteauJambon 2 points 10 months ago

Nice build Budd!! But I think I speaker for most of is slick white builds optimists: What is this keyboard my man !!!? Please, let us know ! :) Would really appreciate ;)

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you so much! It's a Glorious PC Gaming Race mechanical keyboard, ordered with white keys and Gateron Blue switches. Sorry for the suspense, it's been a while since I've checked my account :)

bravelyforward 1 point 18 months ago

Hi does the LED on the AMD Wraith-Spire-LED Cooler work on this motherboard?

Quick answer would be much appreciated because I want to order today :) - soon.

Thanks!

KRCaulfield submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

I have the stock wraith that came with the CPU, so I can't say for certain, but I would say that it most likely will. Everything has been functioning perfect with the mobo after updating bios.

bravelyforward 1 point 18 months ago

hm okay thanks, why do You not use the light though if You think it works? :/

Clegie 2 points 18 months ago

the led on the stock cooler is only on the Ryzen 7's the 5's are a none-led cooler iirc

Seth_Benson 1 point 8 months ago

where did you get that keyboard and did it come with that sick wooden wrist rest?

gamesover 1 point 8 months ago

Hey man i really like this build im thinking about doing almost the same just different power supply and a different gpu i just had a question how does it preform in gaming/streaming is it good ?