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by xRapid_Firex



Date Published

Sept. 17, 2015

Date Built

Sept. 12, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

48.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.07 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C


This is my first PC build ever and I am extremely excited about the completed project. My father owns a computer engineering business so I've always been fascinated by how these things are put together. I've been saving up for the past year to get these parts as well as watching for sales and rebates. I'm glad to say that I am now a proud owner of a self built PC and it feels so good!

I made a ton of rookie mistakes along the way to building this little beast. First I set the CPU cooler on the AMD standoffs and wasted a perfectly good first thermal paste contact moment. Second, I did a breadboard setup to test everything and didnt even realize i had the power switch turned off... :-/ Made me think the whole motherboard was a dud. I know that everyone in the comments will bring notice to the GPU I chose but understand that I was on a budget and at the time was the best one I could afford. Plan to post benchmark pictures and temps soon. If you have a recommendation for 120mm blue led fans that have a 4pin connection feel free to let me know! Thanks for checking out my build and feel free to read through some of my reviews below.

Part Reviews


This was a birthday gift from my Dad to get me started on building my computer. Not much to say here it is a workhorse and I haven't seen anything this CPU can't handle. I haven't even began to overclock it yet. Pro: Birthday present. Con: Non existent. Still need to overclock this once I get more comfortable.

CPU Cooler

I had my eye on a water cooled PC from the start but knew I should ease into the field with just the CPU closed loop to start. The Corsair H80i GT was recommended from a friend and it works great. At idle I am never over 28C however I have yet to really push the limits (while update accordingly as I progress). My only qualm with this is that I am unable to fit both fans onto the radiator. I instead used one fan on the bottom as an intake and the other on the rear intake for the radiator. Corsair Link helped me regulate these fans however they are very loud. Pro: Cooler keeps me CPU and room super cool! No complaints on the power this pump provides. Con: Stock fans are decently loud. Looking for quieter 4 pin 120mm fans that have a blue led.


The first thing I went looking for in my internal components was a nice color scheme that all flowed from the motherboard outwards. After shopping around I wanted a simple mATX motherboard that could provide easy to use overclocking features and enough room for growth. This board packed enough fan headers, expansion slots, and room for me to maneuver in the tight BitFenix case with ease. Currently I haven't dove too far into overclocking as I'm still getting used to the new PC. Pro: Lots of room for upgrade and the BIOS tutorial was fantastic for a first time user. Con: There is a very small amount of room for cable management in this case. Slow and steady during build.


Continuing on with the theme of my black/blue build I needed RAM sticks that provided the cool internal blue LEDs that i was looking for. These Avexir Core sticks are honestly underrated in my opinion as they have a great timing, and the LED twinkle that they have is mesmerizing. 16 Gigs of RAM is more than enough for my CAD work and gaming. Pro: Blue twinkle on the sticks made my heart melt the first time I posted during building. Not too bright. Con: They distract me because I am in love with them. But really I have yet to see a con.

Video Card

So I anticipate a lot of flack on this graphics card. Yes, after checking my build on various PC enthusiast mediums I also saw lower scores just barely reaching/surpassing the Occulus Rift recommended settings. I wanted a budget card that can handle normal MMORPG games on high, and for those who play know you don't need a 4x crossfire setup to play a good Triple-A game like WoW or FFXIV. The dual fans are super quiet and keep my idle temps at 40C. Pro: Can play all my normal games on high/ultra with avg 60FPS Con: Won't support dual 1920x1080 resolution on a single card.


I live in a decent sized apartment but travel back and forth between states so portability was a huge desire with my case. The BitFenix Prodigy M case fit my need of an easy to move case, and a window. The insides glow up nicely during operation and allows for super easy quick looks inside to see how my components are doing. Pro: This case really brought out the components of my build and the handles feel safe to travel with. Con: There is a very small amount of room for cable management in this case. Slow and steady during build.

Power Supply

Because of my case I needed a modular power supply that did enough to keep me going. The EVGA 550W GS was more than enough for all the components and it even has a Eco Button to help with power consumption. I like the feel of it and it is actually the quietest piece in my build. Have cables for one more GPU for the future! Pro: Eco button help with minimizing fan power consumption. Gold certified Con: Main power switch isnt labeled On/Off. Thought I had a dead mobo but turns out I didnt even turn it on.


This keyboard was on my eye at Best Buy for over a year now and at the time came with a $50 Steam card. The optimization is great for the per program and per computer. When I loan it to my brother I know he wont be messing with my personal settings once I get it back. Lighting option to turn off the light during cooldowns for MMORPG spells/casts is fantastic and clever. Pro: Per program lighting makes it extremely helpful to know if I accidentally clicked off screen. Con: Non braided cable is upsetting and Arx Dock got used for like 2 weeks. Wish it charged my phone...


Logitech products have never dissapopinted me and as an average gamer I beilieve they have my best interests in mind. The thumb buttons are strategically placed where they have become the perfect extension of my normal gameplay. The additional two index buttons help with macros and emergency situations while in games. Logitech Game Software also allows for extensive macro creation to work beyond normal game limitations. Pro: Just the right amount of buttons and control with the weights to fine tune your experience. Con: Ability to change the Logitech LED from blue to a different color would be nice.

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vanillarun 2 points 43 months ago

Atleast you got the gpu at a fair price :/

Jk have fun with that awesome build

breakerion 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

CHeers, I like the case choice and overall look, enjoy that beast and rock ON! Have no regrets as you can change anything later on and my 1st build was around $300 back in the day, so be proud and head high for a hell of a 1st build :D

EngineerAlex 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Great build! As you have found the 270X still has some life in it!

SvenSan 2 points 43 months ago

I have the same case and had a lot of trouble with the cable managment, because it had to be perfect ;)

But your cable managment look a little bit better than mine, which means mine isn't perfect anymore :D

Really good job there and also with the choice of components.

xRapid_Firex submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

The space behind the power supply was a life saver. Single braided cables would have helped with flexibility as the stock cables are a pain to curve around tight spots.

Also the GPU had its PCIe power cables come from the side where I have mostly seen GPUs jet out away from the motherboard. That helped to hide the cables even more.

Turbo83 1 Build 2 points 43 months ago

I really like the desk.

Bee66 12 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Very nice description.

That's one fat radiator haha! :D


xRapid_Firex submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Yea getting the radiator secured was difficult. I turned out to be the longest part because of the way the screws line up almost blindly in this case. Made it work though!

Decacore 1 point 43 months ago

I have that exact GPU, its a nice little powerhouse for the price

Dizi4 1 point 43 months ago

Does the window scratch easily on that case?

steam086 1 point 9 months ago

mad props, i remember the feeling of building my first

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xRapid_Firex submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

I agree to an extent. For my first build I wasnt looking to go all out. I will slowly upgrade until I have enough spare parts to move it to a normal ATX board in the future. Plan to give this one to the little brother by then

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xRapid_Firex submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Added 3 more pictures. Got home late so missed the sun so tomorrow I should have some better lit photos. I will also put it back on the table to get some full profile shots of the finished product.

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Nice work on the build and photos! great choice of motherboard as well.

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