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My First PC Build! Galaxy

by hypergalaxy8

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17 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 26, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

2.81 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

I’m sorry about the bad pictures. I’ve never been good at taking them.

I’ve wanted to build a PC since June, and I now got the chance to. I use it for gaming and web browsing. I get over 144fps most of the time (minimum seems to be 130) in Overwatch on Ultra Settings.

Coming from my mom’s old 2012 MacBook Pro, I was impressed. 144hz looks amazing from the second I pressed the 144hz option. I don’t really have much to say about it, for now.

Part Reviews

CPU

Really fast CPU. With a GTX 1060 6GB, I'm getting really high fps in all the games I've played on my PC.

CPU Cooler

I've slightly tested the temperatures I get with this, but I remember them not going past 70C I'm pretty sure. Since this was my first PC build, it was confusing to assemble this. It also made installing the CPU power connector difficult, so for these reasons, I'm taking off a star.

Motherboard

It is a motherboard, it works. Not the best looking, but the brown parts have this (possibly unintentional?) design that looks nice. The LEDs look nice, even with a Hue+. Audio quality is not the best, so I’m using the Logitech USB sound card that came with my G430s.

Memory

It looks nice, and just works. I don’t have much to say.

Storage

Boots up into Windows 10 in under 25 seconds or so, really great. You can get a 250GB SSD for the same price, which is faster, but if you need the extra storage, then get this.

Video Card

This was a HUGE upgrade from the Intel HD Graphics 4000 Mobile in my Mom's 2012 MacBook Pro. Paired with an i5-8400 and 8GB of RAM, I managed to get 150+fps in Overwatch on Ultra Settings, fully utilizing my 1080p 144hz monitor. Only problem is that it gets to 81C, but I looked it up and that seems to be normal for SFF (small form factor) GPUs.

Mouse

Great mouse, its comfortable, clicks feel great, and can be used wirelessly. The side buttons work on and off (off for a few seconds, on for longer than that), but I use it wired, so its not much of a problem. There is a weird “split” on the mouse buttons, but once you use it for long enough, you barely notice it.

Comments Sorted by:

Psycho_Ray 1 point 11 months ago

That's a nice build. I am trying ($$$) to build one that is quite similar, except I would use the cooler that comes with the CPU. Do you think it's not enough, or did you have another reason for buying one?

Also, I wonder how this pc would do if/when you upgrade it to 16GB of RAM. Would you notice any difference? I'm also planning on adding an 250GB SSD, which should have a impact on loading times, but my budget is tight enough already, so I don't know.

I will also run into the problem of bringing the pieces with me when I go to the USA. There is a US$ 500 limit to how much you can bring into my country without paying a huge 50% tax, which means it might take a whole year to bring all of them =/

hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 2 points 11 months ago

In that case, you should just get $500 of the parts here and, using your currency, buying the rest.

Bennydenny 1 point 11 months ago

Nice Choice of harddrive!

jon9116 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

I dig it. I would have saved the money on the CPU fan since you can't overclock the 8400 and spent up on 16gb of ram but good job!

hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Idk why I didn't get something that would make sense like a 212 EVO honestly. Thanks :)

zestychille 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Just saw your GPU review... Have you set the fan to a custom profile yet? If not, look up how to do it in MSI Afterburner and give it a whirl. It works wonders for hot GPUs. From one EVGA 1060 owner to another.

hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I haven't, thanks! Haven't looked it up yet, but what fan settings would you recommend that would be a good balance between cooling (ideally under 80C) and noise? I have noticed that this summer, my room and only my room has been hotter and I think my PC is a contributing factor.

zestychille 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Your PC is definitely a contributing factor, get some ventilation going in there because these things heat up hot. My fan profile is always aggressive due to me being in a loud environment. If you are sitting alone in a quiet room with no headphones no speakers no sound, that GPU shouldn't be running anything too hard anyway, so anywhere under 30c-35c is a good 40% or so fan speed. But after 45c-50c you need to be closer to 60%-80% and the temperature that you don't want to surpass is where you set it to 100%. If you want to never go over 60c, set it to 100% at 55 or so. If you are ok with the 70s, set it to 100% at 70. It's about your own balance. And especially important is keeping ambient temperatures in check. If your PC heats up a room, that means it's sucking in hot air to cool it's self, and eventually the room reaches a temperature at which it either cools off naturally or the PC shuts down or starts a fire. Many PCs can run at quite high temps, yes. But keeping either ventilation or air conditioning going is super helpful if you want something more stable and longer lasting. I prefer a big old box fan in the window most seasons, but break out an AC unit I got at a garage sale during the heatwaves.

Your own fan profile has to fit your ambient temps. If your room is 5c-10c like I keep it in the winter, you won't need to have those fans going as fast as if it's a more reasonable ambient temp of 20c-25c. I know a lot of people in hotter regions are up to 35c or higher for their ambient temps, and that's where things start to get ugly for your thermals my friend. Your ambient temperature has a huge effect on how much your PC heats up. I've had hot PCs run cool because I run them in a freezing room, and I've seen cool PCs overheat because they're in a stifling heat that nobody should be subjected to on a daily basis.

The balance is up to you, because what is quiet where I am is not true quiet. There's road noise, the neighbors, the police sirens, dogs barking, etc. So having loud fans is actually not an issue for me right now. Mine is currently running at 47% at 34c idle in a notably hot room, and the sound of the entire PC is a light whoosh from the CPU fan. As it heats up and hits around 80% I start to hear the GPU fan, but the CPU is still louder by far. It's actually pretty hard for me to make the GPU fan louder than my CPU fan, even while running that GPU hard. I'm not saying you won;t hear it, but where I am it isn't an issue.

The loudest part of my PC is a tie between my mechanical hard drive that I got for mass storage and nostalgia, and my mechanical keyboard, which is actually relatively quiet compared to most on the market. But I type with force having learned on an electric typewriter in a time when home PCs keyboards were not as common as they are today. Cameras used film, cars were easier to fix at home, you get the idea. /rant

zestychille 4 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

Although my favorite fan profile is to go in steps based off the ambient temps in your room. Steps instead of a steady incline. I like the quick jump method more than the sliding scale, because the plateau allows the GPU to hold a temperature without constantly shifting fan speeds. But to do it properly you have to know your GPU and your ambient temps and how they interact, so that's something for when you know your PC better and have already figured out the basics of setitng your own profiles.

plzDonateAgame 1 point 1 month ago

I hope you're using the display port cable for that 144hz monitor. HDMI is weak and makes stutters

hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I actually use DVI-D because there is no DisplayPort port on the monitor but thanks for the advice :)

plzDonateAgame 1 point 1 month ago

no problem. that sucks though.

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hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I know, but I looked it up, and its usual for SFF GPUs. I'm gonna update the pictures soon.

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hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I don’t have an SSD???

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hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

The HDD is a hybrid drive, and it is a mix between an SSD and HDD. I don't know where you are getting "less reliable" from.

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hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

What source can you give me? And what exactly does “less reliable” mean?

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