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My Frankenstein's Monster of a First Build

by gatsu12


This is a computer that I put together for myself for gaming as well as general use. I don't know enough to determine whether or not the components will have a bottleneck somewhere, but it does what I want it to, and I'm happy with it. I didn't buy all of the parts listed specifically to make this build (hence the name), but instead I salvaged certain components from my old computer and others were a hand-me-down.

All in all, I'm happy with the way this build turned out and so far, everything is running smoothly. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have! Thanks for looking!

Part Reviews


The main reason I put this computer together was because I wanted to upgrade to an Intel processor. In doing so, I needed a new motherboard, and it escalated from there. It works great for my needs and handles anything I throw at it and takes it in stride. My only regret was buying this hastily when the price dipped, instead of waiting for kaby lake.

CPU Cooler

I went with the Cryorig H7 over the wildly-popular Cooler Master due to the clearance height of the heatsink itself. The Cryorig fits snugly in my case and I'm positive that the Cooler Master would have made closing the side panel an issue. Aesthetically, I find the Cryorig cooler more pleasing and for my needs, it does it's job.


I haven't had enough experience with the mobo yet, but it was very affordable and well-reviewed, so it was a no-brainer. It has a very easily navigable UEFI BIOS that is a breeze to set up. The only thing I noticed when throwing everything together was that there are only two fan headers on the board. One is for the case fan and the other is labeled as the cpu cooler fan. If you intend to install more fans, you'll probably need to use molex.


RAM - The main reason I got this ram was because it was cheap when I purchased it. I took a risk, since a lot of reviews were saying one stick came DOA, but both of mine work, so no complaints there. It performs well and has a nice, understated look, compared to other ram heatsinks out there.


Since this is more of a custom upgrade for me, I transferred over the SSD and HDD from my old computer so I could keep all of my files and save a bit of money and trouble on the reinstalling. They aren't the best or fastest drives on the market, but they work well, especially on a budget.


The case... I wanted to stick with a smaller form factor for my computer and began my search for a mATX case. This case was amazingly cheap and looks great to me. It even comes with a window in the side panel. For a mATX case, Apevia has done a great job, giving you lots of room if you have an enormous graphics card. It can also take several hard drives and a 5.25 inch drive in a couple different configurations, to meet your needs. That being said, there are some things that I didn't like so much about this case. Apevia give ample room in the case for components, but contrary to their description, cable management is a nightmare. A NIGHTMARE! They were nice enough to have a few cutouts to run the cabling through, but between the wall the motherboard is mounted on and the side panel of the case, there is maybe half and inch of clearance to squeeze all those cables into. This is where a fully-modular PSU would've been great. Although I tried to use only what I needed, there were still a few extraneous, leftover cables hanging out. Another thing that gave me difficulty was the wiring from the front panel. The power button and USB inputs are placed on the top of the case, which makes sense in terms of ease of use, but for wiring, that proved troublesome. The mobo header for the HD Audio was on the opposite corner of the case and the only way the connector could make it was directly across the inside of the case. This issue may have just from the combination of mobo and case, but a slightly longer wire wouldn't have hurt. Another interesting thing I noticed is that the top fan mount is located smack dab in the middle of the top of the case. There's a mesh vent on the top, which is identical to the one on the front to show off the glow of the fan, but the top vent doesn't line up with the top fan mount... And this may be my fault for picking a small case, but my PSU was slightly too long, so it prevented me from installing my second fan anyhow.

Power Supply

Because of the draw from the graphics card, I decided to invest in a beefier power supply, and hopefully future-proof my build a little. I love that it lets me use pretty much only the cables I need, but after my experience with this particular build, I wish I had gone with a fully-modular PSU.

Case Fan

Not much to say, other than it works. Noctua has a great, little fan here and it's dead silent.

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Cruzaz 3 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

u should be fine a titan x from that generation is equal to a 1070 and the 6600k doesnt bottleneck that much at all if not at all +1

gatsu12 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Cool, thanks! That helped clear things up for me as far as where these parts stand.

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 4 points 23 months ago

You know you have cool friends when they give you their spare titan x.

gatsu12 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Yeah, they knew I was working with a limited budget and were kind enough to let me have it.

tyreshredder 1 point 21 months ago

your gpu costs more than my whole setup now WOW

Kevin37241 1 point 5 months ago

How were you able to remove the top part of the pc i was only able to remove the front panel off the Apevia Case?

lndemnity 0 points 23 months ago

Hi everyone!

I'm looking to build my first gaming PC for my birthday this May, my budget is $1300 and I know nothing about PC's >.<. I was wondering if you guys can give me some feedback on my build, thanks! - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/YvxmNN

Shadowprince94 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

I would wait out AMD's Ryzen, it could change a lot.

lndemnity 1 point 23 months ago

Hmm, thanks! I'll take that into consideration, it might cost like 100 more than the one I have in the build Im guessing? Hopefully more details come out on it from here to my birthday

LastSecondClutch 1 point 23 months ago

Questions: Where are you buying that motherboard? Are you planning on gaming in 1080p 60hz, as indicated by that monitor?

lndemnity 1 point 23 months ago

Yes I plan on gaming in 1080p 60hz, I don't have enough money for a 144hz monitor, but I might be able to get one in the future. I'm planning to buy that motherboard from Jet but Im not too sure right now, I might buy it from another seller.

LastSecondClutch 1 point 23 months ago

Are you planning on overclocking? For that resolution, if you aren't planning on upgrading to 144 hz, an rx 480 or gtx 1060 will do the job, whichever is cheaper. Normally the rx 480 is. Also, are you planning on rendering, video editing, etc., or just gaming?

lndemnity 1 point 23 months ago

I do plan on rendering and video editting but for games, nothing to serious. Like once in a while just to get some frags if you know what I mean

LastSecondClutch 1 point 23 months ago

I made you a build, https://pcpartpicker.com/list/sTKjLD, took me at least 30 minutes! All the parts are from newegg, one of the sites I trust the most and normally buy from. Buy now, there are a lot of sales going on and you won't find these parts really any cheaper than this, especially the GPU. I looked for the best sales on parts. Windows 10 is free as long as you're fine with that watermark at the bottom right, and if you think the g4560 will bottleneck that rx 480 in most occasions, remember that:

A. The rx 480 is basically the same price as an rx 470, which it doesn't bottleneck

B. You can upgrade later on

C: It won't in most titles, and the bottleneck will be minimal and price for performance is much better than buying an i3 or i5. Anything above an rx 480, I would say, should be paired with an i5 at least.

Don't buy i3's right now, they have horrible price/performance ratios.

Hope you enjoy it, I focused on staying at the 1080p/60hz performance that you're looking for, and while you won't have a constant 60+ fps in every game, you probably will with the graphics bumped down to high at least. If you insist to go 144hz later, I wouldn't unless you play esports or are serious about shooters and fast reaction games. In that case, you'd have to go to about the 1000-1200 price point, and in this build I focused on the cheapest possible build for 1080p/60 fps, so you don't have to spend too much and will still have an awesome time!

lndemnity 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks for the build! I might consider it when building a PC for my little brother in the future. Me on the other hand plan on using at most $1,300 for something more powerful since I do take Fps a bit more seriously.

LastSecondClutch 1 point 23 months ago

Well in the future the parts would change, but if you want a most performance for the money build i can make you that later too :)

LastSecondClutch 1 point 23 months ago
syg101 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

There is literally nothing wrong with that part list, I'd say it's actually pretty good. If you can, try to get some sleeved cables. Here's a link to some: https://www.amazon.com/Silverstone-Extension-Motherboard-Connector-PP07-MBW/dp/B00B46XJQ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486730496&sr=8-1&keywords=silverstone+tek+sleeved Those will help your build look cleaner overall.

lndemnity 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks for the feedback! :) Thanks for the link also, I plan on ordering them in a week from now since its only $12

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 23 months ago

You're very welcome! always glad to help another PC builder.

WhatIsTheMatter 1 point 23 months ago

i would suggest upgrading to kaby lake bc it doesn't really have an upgrade cost, just like 20 dollars eack kaby lake thing, soo, if ur willing to spend a bit more, I would go for it

brycejonathan 1 point 23 months ago

Two things I would recommend if you can get a fully modular power supply, trust me when you want it to look great there is nothing worse than yellow an red cables that just look bad. Also you will not be really taking use of your system at 1080p 60fps if you can save a bit more to either get a 1440p monitor or a 144hz 1080p monitor would really have you use your pc for what its meant for. Unless you are thinking of a multi monitor set up in the future.

lndemnity 1 point 23 months ago

Im planning on ordering Sleeved cables to make my build look better with that PSU. Also, Im thinking of getting a 144hz now, so which one would you recommend me?

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