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My First PC Build! Galaxy

by hypergalaxy8

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10 Comments

Details

Date Published

Nov. 26, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

2.81GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

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 7 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 7 months ago

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

Bennydenny 1 point 6 months ago

Nice Choice of harddrive!

jon9116 1 Build 1 point 6 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 6 months ago

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

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hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 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 4 months ago

I don’t have an SSD???

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hypergalaxy8 submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 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 4 months ago

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