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First time build

by Metzelder



Date Published

June 18, 2017

Date Built

June 16, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

57.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.1 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C


I had no intention of building a pc. I was planning to buy a laptop to replace my old one, which has like 3 years on it and was kinda slow. But then while looking for laptops the "good" ones were priced at 700+ and had things I did not need at all - touch screen, 2 in 1 etc. I then decided if I am gonna put in money in a machine, might as well put it in a powerful one for almost the same cost, and something that will be easier to upgrade in the future. Started off with a $800 budget more or less, but then as I began to look at parts and reviews, I kinda stretched it a bit to reach where I am at right now.

It was a good learning experience for me, and I'd appreciate any reviews about things I might have done wrong here, something that I might have overlooked.

The resources here on pcpartpicker really helped me with coming up with a parts list, this site is A+!!

For purchasing parts, my preference was Amazon since I knew that if I had any problems that would have been taken care of stat (which they did for some items). Newegg was my next option if I could not find it on Amazon. So even though some parts might be listed lower elsewhere, I went with amazon and newegg cause the difference was not usually too big.

I have given a 5-star rating to the parts here, because well, they all work fine for me, and I have had zero complaints with them so far. Too early to give any of them less than 5 stars, if I did, then I definitely did not research well enough lol.

Prices are after taxes.


Part Reviews


The cost to performance ratio made sense to get this one without going too overboard on the price. Wanted to keep the cost of processor < 200, but went above a bit there. Worth it, IMO. Amazon third party seller.


Wanted an ATX-form factor motherboard, the reviews on this were not negative. Works well for me. Newegg with $20 MIR.


Cheapest DDR4-2400 at the time I got this. Amazon.


Went with this cause I trust Sandisk. Have had their products before and had no complaints. Amazon.


Got this off Craigslist. Does its job.


Probably would not have got this if I hadn't already got the other two HDDs. But kept it because I could always use that extra storage. Amazon.

Video Card

Had a budget of around $250 set for this. For that price point, I felt this was the best thing I could go with. Amazon third party seller, not sure if eligible for MIR, if yes, then price goes down $20 more.


Cannot go wrong with this case, especially for a first time build where it gives enough room to hide away the cables. The manual said it should have come with 10 thumb screws in the package (other than the 9 or so attached to the case), but they weren't there. The manual suggested their usage for the third drive at the bottom of the case. But I managed without them using other screws that came with the box, so no complaints there. Newegg with MIR.

Power Supply

Not sure if this is overkill or not, but got it for that price after taxes, so why not. Works well. The VGA cable supports hooking up two GPUs, which I was not aware of till I began building, so I tried to make the best out of what I got. Not the product's fault though, obviously. So 5 stars stick. Amazon warehouse deals. Box was unopened and in original packaging.

Case Fan

Fans for the front. Reviews said they do their job. Amazon.


Did not want to go over 100$ for a monitor. Atleast for now. I think this was the best thing I could have gotten for the price. Amazon and MIR. Not disappointed at all with this. But then again, this is coming from someone who has always used laptops. But for $100, I think this is a really good monitor.


Set aside $30 for speakers. Basic, does it's job. No complaints so far. Walmart, price matched with Amazon.

Comments Sorted by:

Hector1908 9 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Awesome build for the first timer :)

Metzelder submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks :)

Danaw 1 point 22 months ago

Great job

Metzelder submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you! :)

mcaranay 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Nice Build! +1 With your parts, it still has a "sleeping potential". You could start more research if you are interested with Overclocking.

BTW, what LED lighting did you use?

Metzelder submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! Yes, I kinda tried picking parts which could potentially be overclocked, but I haven't looked into them yet, and I was not sure if the parts I had were ready to overclocked - that wasn't my no. 1 priority. But I'll look into that more now, and if it's possible I'd def want to try that out too!!

I bought the DeepCool RGB350 Color LED Strips off of Amazon for the lights. It's pretty decent for the price, does it's job. I was looking for something that I did not have to glue in, because I wasn't sure where I'd want to place the strips, the magnets on this fit my needs well. It does have the receiver sticking out (like in the 5th pic, next to the SSD) and it's something I could not fix, and then there's the wire that you can see coming out of the grommet cut-out for one of the strips, couldn't figure out any other way to get that strip there. But they don't stick out at you since they kinda blend in so it did not bother me a lot.

mcaranay 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

With your motherboard you can OC your CPU to 3.7-3.8Ghz using your stock cooler. Anything beyond that I suggest you invest on a aftermarket cooler. Your memory is good enough, but I believe that 16GB is the sweet spot. It will all depends on how you will use your pc or how much multitasking you will do. IMHO, your build will be good for 2-3 years and its 2017 already. You will surely need extra RAM in the future, but that can wait. Enjoy destroying 1080p games!

zdbpcmaster 1 point 22 months ago

dude, I love your build! the RGB's are exceptional, and until now, I had no idea that the mobo had RGB's. I might just have to get it for my build.

Metzelder submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! Yeah the mobo's lights are customizable too. Easy to work with. Would recommend/10.

Zewia 1 point 22 months ago

i usually see people pairing a weak cpu with a powerful gpu or the other way around but this build is pretty much perfect good job doing your research!

Metzelder submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you! :)

kinglupit 1 point 19 months ago

how do you connect to the internet?

Metzelder submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Onboard LAN on the motherboard. Connect one end of an ethernet cable to the motherboard and the other to your router/modem.