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So this was my first build. I had been gaming on an Asus laptop which honestly had some pretty good specs for a laptop (i7 processor, 8gb Ram, gtx 950). However, it definitely wasn't ideal to game on and I just couldn't stand getting 30fps on the lowest settings for PubG. So this build was primarily made for gaming, and a little productivity(doubtful). I wasn't looking to go overboard with price, but I also wanted something that would kick some *** with AAA games at medium-high settings 60+ FPS. I started this build on a Friday night and officially finished it Sunday. It was an insanely rewarding process when I managed to get it to startup first try late Friday night, however that is after 6 hours of cussing out a stock CPU fan that wouldn't go on...

Issues I ran into as a first time builder: 1. Well as I mentioned for whatever reason i struggled with the stock CPU fan. I ended up smearing the thermal paste on the CPU after taking it off and putting it back on a number of times until i realized i wasn't applying enough pressure on the screws themselves to actually get them into the mobo. (take it easy on me i was nervous and didn't want to damage anything so i was being gentle XD). 2. After everything was up and running i ran into issues with the case fans. i couldn't figure out how the heck to get them to run. i had a molex cable and i had no idea what to do with it. don't worry i finally figured it out. 3. I think i went overboard with the mobo because i didn't need such a beefy thing. i got it primarily for the wifi, which for whatever reason didn't work very well so i got that PCI express bracket and that thing worked like a charm. Only thing i'm happy with about this Mobo is the potential for upgrades in the future (more RAM).

Temps: CPU: 32-38C idle CPU: 43-45C under load GPU: 45C idle GPU: 60-64Cunder load

All things considered having only a stock CPU cooler and the case fans, i'd like to think this thing runs pretty cool under load. Can anyone give me advice on how to potentially lower the temps of the GPU? Should i get some more case fans? I wanna OC it for sure, but not if it's running a little hot already.

Note: I also want to thank the PCPP community for all that you guys have done. I've always wanted to build my own rig and never had the guts to do so because I didn't know how. This website and this community not only boosted my confidence, but has continuously taught me so much about PC's and I still have so much more to learn. Thank you all for your help and advice. I love constructive criticism and advice so please feel free to shoot any my way. Thank you again!

Comments

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I just recently built my first gaming pc and I had the same problem with the cpu cooler too! It was so frustrating! It took me practically a hour just to try and get it in right.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean for a first build! Good balance to your parts as well! +1 from me!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

man that means so much coming from you haha. Thanks so much!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

You are welcome!!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

This is great dude, solid specs for your first build! I think it took me 3 years for my build to start resembling yours! As some people have stated here, the only thing I would change would be the power supply, but it looks like you're gonna take care of that!

I think if you want to lower the temperature on your GPU you can try creating custom fan profiles and/or install more case fans. 60° C is nothing to worry about though, it is well under max operating spec which is 94° C I think.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

ok awesome thank you for that feedback. I'll absolutely look into getting a higher wattage PSU and some case fans! Thank you !

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Are those sticks of ram in the slots right next to each other?

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

yea they were and then i realized there were designated slots for them, so i switched them

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

dude i have a better build (haven't built it) but it's around the same pricepoint with a wireless card AND includes a monitor. you didn't save money where you could, which results in the small amount of money adding up quick, also wtf 53 on a wired card https://pcpartpicker.com/list/qXB229 not saying ur build is bad, i'd kill to have it but you could've tried saving some money

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

true he could have; but hey to each their own, we dont know what he plans on doing with it in the future so theres that. only thing i would have done diffrently is invest more cash into getting a better power supply a bigger ssd. Dont think i would trust that psu with such expensive parts but hey it should be fine

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

yea thanks dude. appreciate the actual constructive criticism rather than someone ridiculing what I've spec'd out lol. If you think that i need a better PSU then i'd agree with that. And yes i'm looking to definitely upgrade within another year. Probably a new GPU once the 1180's come out (if they ever do). As well as more Ram, and more storage. I have so many options for upgrade here, so i'm happy with what i've got currently

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, i spent about half of what that card costs. What you fail to realize is that these are the parts that PCPP has currently. Not what I paid. I paid about $70 less for the GPU, paid half of what that wifi card is, and I got a 32' curved monitor for $180 with Gsync. So before you ridicule please ask. And idk wtf that SSD is that you've spec'd out, but i'm not about to buy some ******** SSD that i'm not familiar with. If i'm being frank, i spent less than what your build shows there. I also work for an IT company and can source the majority of this stuff at wholesale.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

...You realize you can manually set the parts prices to show them what you got it for? Also, I'm very familiar with ADATA SSDs, Running one in my PC and she works like a charm.