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April - My first build!

by CowNation



Date Published

Aug. 13, 2017

Date Built

Aug. 12, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

2.025 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.458 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C


I built this pc for myself after my $800 gaming laptop wasnt cutting it for me. (xd) This was my first build. I mainly use it for games, light web browsing and streaming.

Here are some benchmarks I ran: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds - Ultra - 1080p = 70-90 fps depending on what I'm looking at | Watch_Dogs 2 - Very High - 1080p = 60-80 fps | Saints Row: The Third - Ultra - 1080p = 100-120 fps | Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Ultra - 1080p = 240-280 fps | (I will update the list as I play more games) I did not oc for ANY of these benchmarks!

The first time I tried this build, I had the MSI Tomahawk B350 but it ended up being doa and I wasn't getting any video output. The next day, I went to MicroCenter and bought the Gigabyte GA-AB350 GAMING 3. I set it up that day and everything worked great!

--Credit-- | JTGaming__ for helping me and answering all of my stupid questions!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Keeps CPU very cool and is completely silent unless you press your ear against the fan :P


Bought it for $110 at MicroCenter. The LEDs look nice and the software for it is easy to use. No motherboard sag either! From what I can tell, it doesn't seem to be doa very often. Feels durable.


Very fast read/write speeds! With rapid mode on Read and write speeds hit the upper 5,000 mb/s! (but my internet sucks so downloads take forever)

Video Card

I bought it for $440 on newegg. Very quiet most of the time. It keeps a cool 65 degrees Celsius when under heavy load! Can take any game that chooses to challenge this beast! In my opinion, with it being cheaper than most 1070s out there I would recommend you buy this!


My overall experience with this case was well... pretty abismal. I first got it with ever plastic peg on the thing broken off. The 2nd one i got was fine but if you take off the front panel, there is hot glue everywhere and fan installation is quite tricky. Other than that, It was fine.

Power Supply

Comes with WAY too many sata power cables. (It has a total of 15) It would be a little easier and since it's not modular I couldn't remove them.

Case Fan

Extremely quiet fans but if you plan to use the metal screws, you'll have to make your own threads into the fan with either a drill or brute force.

Comments Sorted by:

JTGaming 2 points 20 months ago

Great PC. Name's even better.

CowNation submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

You got that right!

_Machinate 1 point 20 months ago

What frequency and timings do you have with the RAM? I am planning on getting the same RAM and mobo.

salvajee 1 point 17 months ago

hi, where did u buy the adapter for the cpu cooler, i want to use that cpu cooler but it says i need the adapter

CowNation submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Microcenter or cooler master's website

salvajee 1 point 17 months ago

thanks :)

CowNation submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

np mate :D

j.nuzz 1 point 11 months ago

Does the RAM run @3200?

waleheroix 1 Build -3 points 20 months ago

How do you only get 280 frames on csgo?

CowNation submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago
  1. CSGO is CPU-dependant
  2. Haven't OC'd the 1700X yet.
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