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by navy_16



Date Published

Aug. 23, 2015

Date Built

Aug. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.241 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This was my first time building a PC and I must say I will definitely do it again someday. I ran into one issue which I could not resolve for about a week, and that was the monitor would say, "no signal" whenever I tried to boot up my computer. I eventually fixed this by inserting the RAM into a different slot on the motherboard.

So far, I am enjoying this machine and everything works well. Before I built this rig I was using I still have some things which I need to smooth out, but overall this was a great experience. I will be using this for schoolwork, programming/coding, and maybe a few Indie games. The first three things I plan on upgrading are the Keyboard, the motherboard, and the Ram. By the way, that desk is not the desk the PC will be used on.

CPU: I will eventually overclock this thing in the future, but with my current mobo, not right now. It can run games like Rocket League with no problems when paired with my GPU, and everything is pretty snappy in general.

Case: This case is great for beginners like me because there is a ton of space to work with and cable management is a breeze. Also, airflow is great as well and the fans are barely audible. It is quite sturdy and I expect it to last for a long time.

Motherboard: This motherboard is pretty decent and comes with Asus BIOS, which were super easy to work with. Unfortunately, it only came with two SATA data cables, and I need three for my hard drive, SSD, and optical drive.

Video Card: This thing weighs a ton, and sags a little on my motherboard. However it's hardly noticeable and can run anything I want it to with no trouble. I would recommend this card to anyone who wants a mid-range PC with good graphics.

PSU: This power supply was easy to work with because it's fully modular and runs like a champ. No complaints yet. :-)

Monitor: I love the thin bezel and how bright this monitor is. Like many builders who have used this screen I recommend it to anyone. It's just pleasing to look at right out of the box.

DVD drive: When I first put in the motherboard DVD for the drivers, this thing roared and I thought it would explode. But after that it seemed to work fine. Oh well it does its job so I don't feel the need to worry about it.

Keyboard/Mouse: This is just a cheap placeholder until I can get my hands on a decent mechanical keyboard. But for now, the keyboard works great and is extremely responsive. The mouse is a bit small but I will replace it eventually with a more ergonomic one later.

Part Reviews


Does its job. Have had no problems with it yet.


Great hard drive, every decent build should have atleast a 1TB hard drive.


By far the best component of my build, the R5 is quiet, sleek, and easy to build in. Would recommend to anyone.

Comments Sorted by:

PcDuck 2 points 44 months ago

Great build, and darn, those tri-fan cards are BIG. I didn't realise how large they were until I saw one in a local store. +1

Growliff1234 1 point 44 months ago

What stores do you see Video Cards ?? I'm in a rural area so I'm being serious haha...

PcDuck 2 points 44 months ago

I live in a small city in the UK with a population of around 100,000 people, and computer components are hard to come buy. I saw the card in CEX, pretty sure they're in the States too.

Growliff1234 2 points 44 months ago

Ohh okay, cool.

navy_16 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah I really had no idea how big these things are until I unboxed mine haha. Thanks for your comment, PcDuck.

TarikDurak 2 points 12 months ago

Damn I found someone who listens to Koan Sound! I'd plus 1 you just for that alone ;)

navy_16 submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Yes I will eventually upgrade the PSU; this has been a great learning experience for me so far. Thanks, I'm glad you like it!!

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navy_16 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Haha I'm an amateur but thanks anyways :-)

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navy_16 submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Thanks! As far as the video card goes, I really didn't know there was much difference in performance between the 960 and 380. I guess I should've done some more research! ;-)

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