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My first PC build

by pauljsen



Date Published

Aug. 7, 2016

Date Built

Aug. 4, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.05 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


I've been using computers for many years now. I'm not an expert, or anything even close. For a long time I toyed with the idea of building my own. Well, after probably too much thought and immense help from this web site, I finally pulled the trigger and did it. I'm so glad that I did. I ran into a couple of snags along the way. For instance, after I had the PC assembled, I plugged it in, attempted to power it up and absolutely nothing happened. I rechecked all of the connections and found nothing wrong. I ended up taking it all apart. I tested the PSU. I bench tested the MOBO and systematically added components from there. I have no idea what I did wrong, but it all works now. In fact, I am still shocked every time that I hit the power button at how quickly this PC boots up because of the SSD.

So, to make a long story short, if I can do this, anyone can.

Many thanks to all of the guys who have posted their builds before me. Y'all were a lot of help.

Part Reviews


What can I say? It's an Intel Core i5. Solid as a rock, right out of the box.


I like this mother board. I think it is prices well for the features. It is well built. The instructions were easy to follow. The BIOS is easy to access and use. Plus the red lights look really cool.


It's RAM. It looks good and operates flawlessly.


This thing is really fast and easy to install. I have my OS installed on this and I use it for the boot drive. It boots Windows 10 Home in about 20 seconds. It's great!!!


Fast and quiet are the two ways I would describe this. It's a good value.

Video Card

I'm not a hard core gamer, so I don't need the latest and greatest. This card meets and exceeds my needs. It runs quiet and cool, even when the fans spool up to higher rpm's. So far it has handled everything I've thrown at it without really breaking a sweat.


I got this case for 59.99 with a $20 mail in rebate. Based on that, it's a great deal. It comes with 5 case fans. Two of which are blue LED. But, they all use molex connectors, except 1. I HATE molex connectors. That's why I only gave it four out of five stars. Other than that, I like the PSU shroud, the dust filters and the lay out. It's well built and feels solid. If you can find this on sale, it's a bargain. One other thing...This thing is quiet. You can barely here it hum.

Power Supply

Excellent PSU. The semi-modular design is well laid out. The cables are high quality. It runs silently. Excellent!

Optical Drive

It was easy to install. It's very quiet. It operates as it should.

Operating System

I know there's a lot of folks who dislike Windows 10. I am not one of them. I bought this on a USB drive. It was fully installed in less than 15 minutes. I have had no issues whatsoever. My PC boots in well under 30 seconds. And it shuts down even faster. No complaints.

Comments Sorted by:

flash123 2 Builds 1 point 29 months ago

very clean build and a solid build at that + 1

Gian07 4 Builds 1 point 28 months ago

Great and clean build, really organize. and the cable management is on point. Love to see those type of build with great Cable management. +1 Just going to recommend if you are interested to cover the pcb of your GPU look at http://www.v1tech.com/shop/backplates/evga-design-backplates/ for backplates.

pauljsen submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Hey, thanks for the comments and for sending me that link for the backplate. I really appreciate it.

Goerge97 1 point 28 months ago

I noticed that you didn't like the molex connectors, you could just buy case fans and replace the fans that came with the case

pauljsen submitter 1 Build 1 point 27 months ago

I did end up buying some new fans to replace those that came with the case. This was still very new to me at the time I posted my build. I've learned much since then, in a very short time. Thanks for the advice though, as information is always appreciated. I'm already looking forward to my next one.

Goerge97 1 point 27 months ago