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My first build

by yoshidude2009

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Details

Date Published

May 8, 2017

Date Built

April 8, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.556 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

Description

UPDATE 8/16/2018: Added in pictures for the Q300L Case Swap

Back in 2009-2013, I have been using an old HP Touchsmart 300 PC until the power supply broke and had to go. Then I got a Lenovo C460 from 2013 to 2017 and it wasnt really meant for gaming with a Pentium G3220T and integrated graphics. The CPU would get to 100% whenever I would play my favorite games and stay near or at 100%, and the CPU would be at 72°C (and basically throttle) which is not good. Plus, I only could achieve 20-30 FPS on moderate settings and 60 on the lowest settings. Something just had to be done. Then March/April 2017 rolls around and the fam was discussing what I wanted for my birthday. I was very excited when the suggestion of a new computer popped up. I got this as a bday present and I was excited to put it together. So we built it and 2 1/2 hr later it's done. Usually use it for gaming and I have a few games like Project Cars and Euro Truck Simulator 2. 60 fps no problem.

[CPU] The CPU chosen for the build is an Intel Core i5 7500. I really like that it is snappy compared to my old computer, which had a Pentium G3220T. Although, in Forza Horizon 4, it does struggle a bit

[VIDEO CARD] The video card used for the build was a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 at 3 GB. I do like it very much... except when trying out Forza Horizon 3, the gpu memory maxed out at medium settings, but on the flipside, the card can clock up to 1911 mhz! Temperatures on this card vary depending on load and fan speed. I can only play Forza Horizon 4 on very low settings to achieve 60 fps without stutter but input lag may be a problem

[PSU] Power Supply is a Corsair cx550m. it is a fine power supply and gets the job done.

[MOTHERBOARD] The motherboard used for the build is a Gigabyte GA-H270N WiFi. It is a good mobo for the price, but i dont know about the antenna on-top. I decided to get some free Trendnet antennas that my teacher was giving away and decided to use it in my build. Plus, it looks nicer!

[MEMORY] I have 1 8gb HyperX Fury Black stick currently. Its fine but I could use a little bit more

[KEYBOARD] It was originally a K70 red. I didn't like the fact it wasn't RGB so 1 trip to the computer store later, I get a STRAFE RGB, in which I like it very much and have created a few themes. I like the fact it has a wrist rest and with Corsair's CUE software, I changed the numpad plus and numpad minus to vol up/down and the numpad enter to play/pause music

[MOUSE] It is a Logitech Prodigy G403 wired. I like it very much and it even has a setting in which you can change how fast or slow the mouse pointer moves.

[MONITOR] It is a Dell SE2417HG. I had a choice between the Dell and another ASUS monitor. I ended up getting the Dell SE2417HG and I like it after changing some of the colors on it

[FAN]: I replaced the stock Cooler master unit with a Corsair AF120 blue, which in my opinion, looks very nice 10/10/2017 took out the side fan that isn't connected

I like to run a program called HWMonitor for getting my temps for gpu, cpu, etc. MSI Afterburner is the program I use for managing my gpu settings

[PROBLEMS] I start up the computer for the very first time. We go and look at the BIOS and see the CPU idling around 70° C. Apparently, a cable got in the way of the CPU fan and prevented it from spinning. It has been fixed and now idles at 30-35°C.

Next problem: I was eager to get on the wifi but then, I ran into a problem. I couldn't find any networks even where I looked so my brother had to get the network drivers for my computer off his computer cause mine doesn't have an optical drive but he put the files onto the flash drive and copied them to my computer, and it worked!

Since there were 2 storage devices, I had to change every single folder so that the files don't save to the SSD but the HDD

I was playing Project Cars at 120-160 fps but then my brother highly recommend me to put a limiter down to 60 so it wouldn't run as loud. In Drift Streets Japan, the GPU got to 63C. After a few changes to the settings, it was maxing out at 57C

[STATUS]: PROBLEMS FIXED

Overall, I am very very impressed with this build. It could be better with a few upgrades though

[UPGRADE PLANS] Upgrade plans have been SCRAPPED as of 12/17/2017 after discussion

[BENCHMARKS] Unigine Haven http://prntscr.com/ib5t1g

Firestrike https://prnt.sc/ib5kc3

Max temperature achieved at 60% fan speed: 64.0°C

UPDATED 6/2/2018: I have moved all the parts into the Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L. I hope to get a second fan AND a fan hub

What I will like is the ease of access when upgrading components, and what I like so far is how quieter it is, even with the intel stock cooler :D

Part Reviews

CPU

Its fast and i do like the processor of choice... cant go wrong with an i5 7500!

Motherboard

Decent mobo except would have liked a second case fan header

Storage

I think this is the goto hard drive for all builds

Video Card

Very decent graphics card except on a few occasions I get bogged down by having only 3gb vram but cant go wrong for $210

Keyboard

I really like the RGB controls but my biggest gripe with this keyboard apart from the CUE software sometimes acting up is that there are no dedicated media controls unlike my K70 LUX that I previously had

Comments Sorted by:

junit 2 points 18 months ago

I will say congrats as nobody else has

yoshidude2009 submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Thanks!

darkus_f 2 points 18 months ago

I will say more pics please! As nobody else has. :3

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I have actually been considering updating my HTPC in my living room for a while now and I am considering on using the same case you picked here. Space wise its got 2mm of clearance height wise for the shelves in my entertainment center and dept/width has plenty of room. All I am planning on its use is old emulators and streaming video over the network so I will build it using built in graphics on the CPU instead of a dedicated graphics card. My main gaming PC will handle the real game and bulk video storage.

Nice looking build, I am guessing no inside of the PC pics because cable management looks to be a nightmare in this case but when I save up enough money to build my own I will try my best to tackle it, with a non modular PSU too!!! I would also replace both included fans with much quiter fans because I would want it to be as quite as possible but I think I have a good plan on modding the case to have a particular airflow design that might work for my build. Just need to save up about $500 CAD.

yoshidude2009 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

yeah... i agree with the cable management but it is a small case...

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 1 point 14 months ago

Well I did finally finish that build, didn't get the L9i Noctua cooler like I planned as to cut costs but I like the results. I had to take pictures of my cable management as I promised to do my best with said challenges.

My build: Black Ice HTPC

I also mis-measured the gap between shelves on my TV stand. I didn't have 2mm clearance, I had 0.2mm clearance lol, at least it still fit so I don't have to sit the PC on the floor off to the side.