• Log In
  • Register


First Build/Setup V1.2

by Daniel_Miracle_



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C


This is the first computer that I've built, so if I made any 'newbie' mistakes feel free to let me know. My thoughts behind building this computer were that I wanted a semi budget friendly, fairly high end gaming computer. I had already had some parts left over from a computer I had cyberpowerpc put together for me. Those parts were just the HDD and the CPU. Other than that, everything is new.

CPU: I chose this processor, because I wanted a not too pricey yet still effective processor that would get the job done. I wanted an i7, but at the time that didn't fit within my budget.

CPU Cooler: I could have went with something much cheaper, but I found this on sale and was really wanting it at the time. So, I pulled the trigger and treated myself to it. A little overkill, yes, but I like it.

Motherboard: For my motherboard, I originally wanted to go with the MSI Mpower due to the fact that it had 6 USB 3.0 ports, and solid reviews. Also, my friend suggested it to me. Instead, though, I went with the ASRock Extreme4. I chose this board over the Mpower just because of price. The Mpower worked well for overclocking and had more USB 3.0 ports, but I had no plans on ocing, nor did I really need the extra usb ports. So price was really the determining factor there.

Memory: I chose Corsair Vengeance ram just because it had solid reviews and seems to be a pretty popular set of ram. I was considering G.Skill Ripjaws, but in the end chose the Vengeance. Their wasn't a whole lot of differences between the two, so I just chose the one that looked the best to me.

Storage: Not a lot to say here, Seagate Memory has good reviews, and a 2 TB hard drive is more than enough for me.

Video Card: The graphics card was probably the hardest decision for me. I ended up going with the 770, because it is a fairly high end card but still somewhat budget friendly. I know I could have saved money going AMD, but I'm honestly not a huge fan of their cards. So I just stuck with Nvidia. I think the most research I did on the 770 was who to buy it from. I chose Gigabyte, because out of all the reviews I read on it, it usually clocked around 1-2 Fps higher and stayed cooler than most cards. I'm sure any 770 would have suited my needs just fine though.

Case: I originally saw this case and really liked it, but it's price tag was a little high for me. The only reason I got it was because Newegg offered a rebate with it that knocked it into my price range. If I hadn't went with this case, I probably would have went with the Fractal Design ARC XL. My only real complaint about this case it that it's kind of loud, but I'm sure if I grabbed a different set of fans it would be fine. But, Plus 1 on it's cable management and places to route cables.

Power Supply: I bought this power supply in a hurry, because the one I previously had didn't really have good ratings and was a low end PSU, so I didn't want any problems there. I was considering Corsair's AX series, but it wasn't within my budget. The next best thing at the time was their HX series. It runs pretty quiet, almost silent. I don't think I really have any complaints on it at all.

Overall, I'm really proud of my build, and am always looking for any pointers on how to make it better. It runs every game I've thrown at it smoothly. Chivalry, Skyrim, Battlefield, etc. My list of future upgrades includes: A Samsung SSD, either an IPS or 144hz monitor, and maybe a new set of case fans.

Comments Sorted by:

Harleysmoke 5 points 48 months ago

I recommend 2 things. A CPU cooler (stocks suck) and either a SSD drive or ram disks (google either) speeds up load times a ridiculous amount. Other than that seems like a good build. +1

PCModder 1 point 48 months ago

He would need a lot more ram to use a ramdisk so probably an SSD would be better. I personally love the Corsair neutrons. Great little SSD's. +1 from me too!

Daniel_Miracle_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Yeah, I've been looking into getting a new cpu cooler and a ssd. Not sure what cooler yet, but I'm pretty sold out on Samsungs pro series.

Harleysmoke 3 points 48 months ago

I use a Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing in my build it's pretty solid and works well for the price. Just putting that out there.

18hockey 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Seconded! Works great, keeps my temps about 60 C under heavy load (gaming).

Daniel_Miracle_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

It seems pretty popular and has lots of good reviews. It's something I'll for sure look into.

timmyd 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

I like that case, it would have been my choice if not for the 200mm front fan. Nice build, also agree about the ssd and cooler.

Daniel_Miracle_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Yeah, I like the case. It's just kinda noisy though. May have to get some quieter fans. I actually just got the case tonight. lol

LegoPC 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

I like giving my stuff female names. How about Cecilia?

Radio_Memories 6 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Fantastic build! I love that case. +1 on your cable management. You can call it "Daniel's Obsidian"

Daniel_Miracle_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Now that's a thought, and thanks!

Rolphy 2 Builds 1 point 48 months ago

Very Nice build, Loving it, +1

Definately look to get an SSD and a better cooler!

Daniel_Miracle_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Yeah, I was just about to look into the coolers! I already have a ssd picked out. So I'm making progress! haha

KingOfKhazmidan 1 point 48 months ago

u gotta get a cpu cooler if u wanna oc

Daniel_Miracle_ submitter 1 Build 1 point 48 months ago

Not really looking to oc, but there's a chance in the future.

KingOfKhazmidan 1 point 48 months ago

but nice build

Mr.UnlimitedStrikes 1 point 48 months ago

Okay I have a name for it Gosuto no kage which is Japanese for Shadow of the Ghost