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Big Blue (My first PC build)

by nmunoz1015


I had a prebuilt HP Pavilion 500-589c that I had upgraded with the 1050ti gpu earlier this year. I had originally got this computer in 2015 for work purposes only. Growing up on console gaming, ever since the original NES back in the early nineties, I had never got into PC gaming. Naturally after buying the HP pavilion in 2015, which was my first PC ever, It was only a matter of time before I started downloading a couple of games to play when i wasn't busy. Fallout 3 was the first game i ever downloaded for it then I downloaded sims 3 for the wife and I was set. Until Fallout 4 came out... I bought Fo4 about 6 months after it came out, (May 2016) and this was when it hit me that if I ever wanted to play Fo4 with anything other than extreme low graphics settings and ini. tweaks, i was gonna have to upgrade some stuff, but I had no clue where to start. Thus began my foray into the world of pc building. I started researching the subject lightly but felt extremely overwhelmed by all the information. So I put up with the bad graphics and low fps for about another 8 months or so, because work was keeping me busy at the time and I still felt very unsure about messing around with computer parts, then i got shot. While recuperating as you can probably guess, I had alot of free time on my hands, and I got VERY heavily into gaming again.

I started researching more on pc building and after a few months and a lot of researching (circa feb/march 2017) I finally upgraded my HP with the 1050ti gpu to hold me over until i was able to get the funds, courage, and the knowledge needed to build my own gaming computer. Installing the new gpu into the Hp Pavilion and seeing how easy it was is what finally gave me the courage to go balls out and want to attempt it, but the money wasn't right. I wasn't working anymore and had to rely on family to take care of me for the next six months due to my injuries. So i had to wait, but i used that time to research even more and saved whatever funds I could. Now here I am, November 2017, with my first ever PC build, after all this time... I call her 'Big Blue' and I am in fkn love :) I plan to add some more Ram and upgrade the gpu when i get some more money, but as for right now, I am a happy fkn Man.

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Djkong 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

I like it

dogmatic1723 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Nice! I really like the case, too.

nmunoz1015 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah the case was pretty sweet. Lots of room, surprisingly sturdy, with plenty of bay drives and a decent wire management setup on the back of the motherboard panel. Plus I'm a sucker for blue lights so that's what sealed the deal for me. Deepcool also makes a red version of the case with matching red led fans and room for two more fans at the top of the case if you wanted to grab some extra fans to go with it. Cooler master makes some red led case fans that would be perfect for it.

Tshock2001 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah I have the red version and it has all the same features. Looks great too.

Grey_Englishman 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

I'm glad to hear that you're doing better. I can't imagine what it's like to go through that sort of recovery.

Solid build. Honestly, unless you plan on doing other things while gaming, 8GBs on dual channel is enough. Especially with the 3000Mhz RAM. If you're looking to upgrade anything, then have a look at the GTX 1060's and the RX 580's. They're finally coming down in price, and would be perfect for your rig.

nmunoz1015 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks. Yeah I've had my eye on the RX 480 lately but I might end up going for the 580 instead. From what i can tell they're pretty much the same card with the 580 clocked a bit higher. But If I can find a used 480 at a good price I'll probably go with that.

Grey_Englishman 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Yeah mate, A friend of mine is selling 2 RX 480's for @250 around me. I don't think he understands the value of the cards. I'm contemplating getting them to run in Crossfire.

Nibbler43 1 point 14 months ago

Good luck fiinding one for a good price what with all those crypto miners

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Glad you are recovering! Great Build +1

Cerrup 2 points 17 months ago

One thing is try to route cables through the back of your case, keeps them out of sight and makes the build look much cleaner. Besides that great build :)

wampflerman 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I still felt very unsure about messing around with computer parts, then i got shot.

nmunoz1015 submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

It be like that sometimes :/

Ronintheshark 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I hope those two events werent related lol

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

At first I read "I was into console gaming... but now I'm recovering." And I thought - well, that's pretty good. :)

Then I read your entire comment. Just want to say - Keep your head up, live long and prosper!

And get some fan bolts to screw the top fan instead of using that cord and an extra intake fan to have positive pressure in the case to keep the dust out.

You should be able to clock the R3 1400 at 3.4-3.45GHz at around 1.0-1.2V (whichever is stable).


Wi1dCard 1 point 17 months ago

I came to verify that Big blue was indeed an F-zero reference.

Not only was my question answered but quite the story you've got there man.

jakeleyank 1 point 16 months ago

Hi there! Glad you got to build a PC and that everything worked out. I coincidentally have the same build, however mine is unstable. I was wondering if you used the default BIOS settings (regarding your cpu/mem clocking)?

I get graphical glitches occasionally and certain games freeze up. Through months of troubleshooting I have narrowed it down to a clocking issue but I can't seem to get the clocking settings right. I have tried two different mobos at this point too.

Anyways I was just wondering if you've had similar trouble! Thanks :)

nmunoz1015 submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

No I haven't noticed anything, other than a weird usb bug, but no i didn't use the default settings in bios either. I activated XMP profile 1 for the memory, and overclocked the cpu to 3.67ghz with the stock cooler. I also bumped the vcore voltage and SOC voltage up by +6.

jakeleyank 1 point 16 months ago

Thanks! I tried the xmp profile as well with no luck. I tried OC and Under clocking too but nothing seemed to do the trick. I think it may be some other hardware issue. Still trying to figure it out :) Thanks for the response though.

nmunoz1015 submitter 1 Build 2 points 16 months ago

What are your bios settings?

MarkCooper 1 point 12 months ago

so ummmm, is that a string at the top on your PC?

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nmunoz1015 submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

I blame rap music.. Nah Jk, wrong place wrong time.

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