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Gaming/Entertainment mATX Build (1st build)

by miller.eric79@yahoo.com



Date Published

Oct. 10, 2018

Date Built

Sept. 26, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


Mostly used for Netflix and non-competitive gaming, and to get my feet wet with overclocking.

I used Conductonaut between the IHS and the copper cooler on my AIO, and I think it was probably a bit unnecessary. I'm thinking about putting some LM on my 1080ti as well.

I know I overpaid at Microcenter for some of this stuff (Mobo, case) so this could easily come in below $1200.

PNY GTX 1080ti was bought from ebay. Card seems to be in good condition, and it turbos up really nicely under synthetic load. It may have been used for mining, but I don't think so from what I can tell from the ebay seller. Either way, I guess I'll find out if all of the fear of mining cards is warranted (of course, it doesn't appear that this one was treated like crap, so mileage may vary). Either way, it's a fantastic deal as the card goes for >$800 new.

Still playing with the memory timings and the GPU clocks.

Part Reviews


Awesome. Easily manually overclocks to 4.0 GHz @ 1.35V, I was able to get mine to 4.2 @ 1.38V.

CPU Cooler

Makes a weird sound upon boot up, otherwise no issues. Keeps things pretty cool.


Not the greatest, and I definitely overpaid


Pretty awesome RAM, still playing around with the timings, but I think I can get mine up to 3466 MHz at CL15.


Great SSD for the price.

Video Card

Love the triple fan, slim design, and of course it crushes everything I throw at it.


Good looking case, glass is tinted though. Airflow seems solid and cable mgmt is OK.

Case Fan

Pretty darn quiet. Noctua is quieter though.

Comments Sorted by:

wurpy 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Sick! Love the blackout color scheme.

miller.eric79@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago


jmbrownell 2 points 4 months ago

Great build! How are your thermals?

miller.eric79@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

<75 C under synthetic load with fans at 100%. Typically runs at about 40 C with my workloads.

zlazymuhamedx 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

You notice any diff between 3466 MHz at CL15 and 3200 MHz at CL14 in benchmarks?

miller.eric79@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Not really...probably CPU limited at this point.

pcpmhe 1 point 5 months ago

Regarding the ASRock B450M Pro4: any issues or disappointments with it? Why "not the greatest"? Thanks for relating your build.

miller.eric79@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Seems like fan headers are in annoying places. That's it though.

TheGenderBender 1 point 1 month ago

Can it be used for competitive gaming, mainly csgo or overwatch at some points

miller.eric79@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

100% yes.

CadetZubar 1 point 17 days ago

Did you attach the PSu to the case

miller.eric79@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

Of course! It has a raised connection that extends into the case which is why it looks like it's not connected

FelipeRamalho 0 points 5 months ago

I need to build new Build to run the following Games and Software on Dell Monitor - U3417W 3440x1440 60Hz Monitor

Game: World of Warcraft / Overwatch Software: Photoshop / Lightroom / Illustrator / Adobe Premiere Pro / After Effects

My main question is if I can play these 2 games without black border is good FPS rate at this resolution of the monitor, using High or Ultra configuration in the quality of graphics.

Below the Parts List, I am open to suggestions on parts exchange or even on fanning as Cooler CPU and FAN

URL: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/FelipeRamalho/saved/FWwmqs

miller.eric79@yahoo.com submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Those games are well optimized, so I dont see why not. If it were PUBG, forget about it.