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My first build

by downtera420



Date Published

Sept. 8, 2017

Date Built

May 13, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.12 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C


My first and to date only attempt at building a gaming rig. Built this about 4 months ago but I've only just decided to publish it. I'd say I did very well considering I had never built or even modified a PC before. A combination of watching a ton of build guides online, /r/buildapcforme and word of mouth finally gave me enough confidence to dive straight in!

Amazingly, the only mistake I made was not plugging one of the fans in correctly. Overall the build took me about 3-4 hours to complete.

I built it with gaming in mind, but I pretty much use it for everything I need (streaming, editing, rendering, MS paint, watching movies, etc.)

UPDATE: 08/09/17 I've just tried my hand at overclocking. Taking it easy but settled for 4.5GHz at the moment. Also didn't realise my RAM was being throttled by my MOBO so pushed that all the way to 2400MHz. Still getting decent idle temps of 35-40C.

Part Reviews


Best gaming GPU money can buy. i7s are pretty overkill unless you have the budget to do so.


Best Z270 MoBo for the price. Incredibly easy to use BIOS, immediately defaulted to OS boot once I inserted the Win10 USB. Not overclocked yet, but is incredibly easy from what I hear.


It's a 7200RPM HDD. Good price for 3TB. Surprisingly noisy for me.

Video Card

Absolute tank of a card. Runs pretty much every game at high-max settings with frame rates only being limited by my monitor (144Hz).


Outstanding case for a first time builder. I only give it 4 stars because it's limited on radiator mounting options, as in there is only one and that is on the front. Also, no optical drive mounts (not an issue for me, but may be for some - all 3 of you)


Gorgeous monitor. Runs smooth as butter.

Comments Sorted by:

Jyrone 2 points 17 months ago

I would of put the money from you SSD and that 3TB HDD into like a 1TB SSD. But overall super nice build!

downtera420 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Even the cheapest 1TB SSD on here is £256 - total cost of all my storage was £170 ish. 1TB SSD wold have been fantastic but realistically I only needed it for the OS and other programmes. Thanks for the feedback though!

Alpha_Gametauri 1 point 17 months ago

I would get a M.2 SSD for the OS, BIOS, and Boot Drive. Then a HDD for everything else. Other then that, it's a decent build.

Jyrone 1 point 17 months ago

True, SSDs are way to costly, cant wait till they get cheeper.

xtoybox 2 points 17 months ago

MS Paint

yep, here's a +1 for you

N0_N4M3 1 point 17 months ago

you should put that subwoofer on the ground ;)

downtera420 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I did initially but I didn't want too much sound to come through downstairs haha

N0_N4M3 1 point 17 months ago

In that case, I understand it :)