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Newbie's First Gaming Build

by CuPoS4


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Date Published

Dec. 27, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C


Hey everyone and thanks for taking the time to check out my PC! This is a build that I researched for quite a while before deciding on what parts I would use. I wanted to play all current games and some games to come (especially GTA V!) on high settings. Being a console user and playing games on the PC was an amazing experience. The smoothness of 60+ frames is mind blowing! I did have some hard times being a new builder though such as being stuck on mounting the CPU cooler for 2 hours (no joke and I honestly thought I was making a big mistake when lowering that metal arm that secures the CPU!). It was really complicated but thanks to the very informative instructions by Cooler Master I was able to finish everything by the end of the day. The LEDs took quite long to setup but made everything look good especially in the dark.

I already had a copy of Windows on a USB beforehand so I installed it in less than 7 minutes thanks to the SSD speeds. I tried some old games that I had in my steam library like Modern Warfare 2, which I could only play at the lowest settings possible on my integrated laptop graphics. Turning up everything to maximum and seeing the result felt great! The game is quite old but the graphics card allowed me to play it at more than 300 frames a second! Using SpeedFan I found my idle CPU temp at 33 degrees celcius and the GPU at 27 degrees celcius. At load the CPU goes to about 45 degrees celcius and the GPU to about 57 degrees celcius. Really looking forward to buying and playing the newest games on this. If need be, I can add another one of this awesome graphics card and 5 more drives, as well as add 2 more ram modules. Thanks again for checking it out and have a nice day!

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darkchief1 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

What do your fans sound like? I have the same cooler but a different mounting situation and my fans ramped up and down and were really loud. Also what do you have your fans/pump plugged into on your motherboard? I think I plugged mine into the wrong pins.

CuPoS4 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

The fans are quite loud for me as well, probably the loudest in the case. But I don't really mind since I wear headphones mostly. I connected the pump to the CPU OPT pins and used the fan splitter to connect both fans on the CPU FAN pins. Hope I helped.

Ekaterian 0 points 50 months ago

And this, is why we get Noctua.

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

+1 man sweet rig! I too just transitioned off of console gaming, and have the exact same GPU, PSU, CPU and CPU cooler! I have to agree, the smoothness is amazing. Anyway, hope you enjoy your new PC! Also, please check out my build if you have time, I will be posting it later today hopefully :) Thanks and again amazing setup!

CuPoS4 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks a lot for your comment! That's some coincidence with the parts; I guess we think alike! I'll be sure to check out your build when you have it up :D

MaskedMonster21 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Haha great, thanks for the support!

CuPoS4 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

No problem!

HashSlingingSlasher 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Looks awesome. I actually just added that led controller to my build list thanks to you. :)

CuPoS4 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks! And yeah it's really good. You won't regret it :)

PootieThang 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Nice build, how do you like the Nepton 280L? At one point it was in my list but I saw reports of leaking/fires. Everything looks great though. Great choice in components.

CuPoS4 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Thanks for your comment! The cooler is running great at the moment and the tubing looks and feels very secure so can't imagine any major problems with it. Hopefully it stays that way.

Aaayron 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Am I the first one to ask here as to why you got an i7 over a cheaper but just as good i5? Unless you'll be doing video editing or 3D work, I feel you could have saved a bit on the processor there.

Still, love your build buddy. Great parts selection (other than the processor and the slightly overkill PSU, though it'll be perfect if you plan to SLI) :)

CuPoS4 submitter 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

Thanks for your support! I do a bit of editing on After Effects and the render speeds were really terrible on my old laptop. I also got this processor on sale for about £35 less than normal which made it only a little more than a 4690K. Also planning to SLI in the future so this PSU will help :)

Aaayron 1 Build 2 points 51 months ago

That's good to hear. Best of luck to you and this darling. :)

geogeodude 1 point 51 months ago

Apart from the slightly overkill PSU, this is one fine build.

Enjoy your PC!

Grimboom 9 points 51 months ago

He's probably planning on SLI eventually, no harm in getting a bigger power supply than you need

ManThunder 4 points 51 months ago


MARKii -2 points 51 months ago

efficiency? >.>

CuPoS4 submitter 1 Build 1 point 51 months ago

Got it for a tiny bit more than a 750W of the same model and hoped to have headroom for additional hardware in the future. And thanks I will!

BobbySixKiller 1 point 50 months ago


Nice build!

Been trying to find a water cooler that's quiet at idle - how is the 280L? I have a fractal S24 and the pump is really loud when the fans slow down.

I don't really mind how loud it is when it's working hard, just when it's not doing anything I don't want to hear it :)

CuPoS4 submitter 1 Build 1 point 50 months ago

Hi, thank you for your comment! The pump makes a tiny high pitch sound (I hope it's not just my unit as it seems to work fine) that's noticeable if you're close to your PC. I'm not sure how to compare it to the Fractal S24 but if you're looking for absolute silence at close range I think you might be disappointed with this cooler :( Sorry and hope I helped you.