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My very first build, long time coming. I dub thee, Deep Thought

by gurdonbob



Date Published

Nov. 22, 2014

Date Built

Nov. 20, 2014

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C


**First, pics!! and moar pics!!.

Background: When I was a young teenager my parents gave me a choice. Either buy me the parts for my first build, or a new bed. I chose the bed and have been sleeping in it since (I'm a grown *** man now). In hindsight, it was a fantastic decision, but it left a hole. Finally I've filled it. Oh, and the name should be obvious to most on here - I love Douglas Adams' books.

Mission: Work PC with the ability to be a console crusher and then some. Tight budget since it's under the work budget, and can't really get crazy components without people saying, uh, is that really needed for what we do? So I am holding off on the GPU (that will be personal expense add-on) and will get HDDs during BF/CB sales most likely.

Research: Going into this I knew very little about how to do this, what the difference between AMD and intel was, or what "PSU" stood for. Thanks to loads of help from r/buildapc and r/buildapcsales, I learned a ton - more than enough to successfully complete my first build in under 5 hours (from start to everything installed). I used my newly acquired knowledge to selectively pick parts from CL, and got realllly lucky with a CPU sale at Fry's (price matched against Staples- cha-ching!), nice discount on Windows, and RAM sale on new egg.

Parts prices include all shipping/taxes.

The two extra case fans I just ordered today, going to put in the top of the rig.

Final Thoughts: I think I'm most satisified with that CPU grab and the decision to get a really high quality mobo. I also am really benefiting (or just "need" it, can't tell) from the cooler because my office gets uncomfortably hot, even in the winter, and I don't want to risk the 4770k even if I don't OC it much or at all. I will eventually get a GPU (can't decide on the deals for the 290x vs 970 - daddy like dem low temps so prob 970), double the RAM (probably with BF/CB sales), and certainly will be getting big boy HDDs in RAID fashion because it's a work comp. So while I say it's complete, it's not 100%, but then again are they ever 100% done?

Oh yea, and I think I need some lights up in this biotch.

Overall, I'd say this was a fantastic experience, tons of fun, and now my friend who built it with me will probably do it too. And I can't wait to help/be involved in another one! Thanks pc part picker for the awesome site!

Comments Sorted by:

wharfrat19 4 points 53 months ago

Ok but can this machine answer the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything?

gurdonbob submitter 1 Build 4 points 53 months ago

Ask me again in 7 million years.

wharfrat19 1 point 53 months ago

And here I thought it would take 7 1/2 million years. Are you going to call your next build THE EARTH? Nice build though

gurdonbob submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Ah indeed. a well read Douglas Adams fan. Always a nice thing to find.

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Crimson7770 3 points 53 months ago

Nice choice of parts, though I would have personally gone with the Hyper 212 EVO. Other than that, your build is quite cool. Your cable management especially is better than most. +1

gurdonbob submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

oh wow thanks! i thought my cable management had much to be desired. I went with the cooler because i got it for $15 on Craigslist. is the 212 a better cooler?

LaputaCake 1 Build 3 points 53 months ago

Same Keyboard +1

Veni.1 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

How's that motherboard?

Great build +1

gurdonbob submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

love it! i i feel really well covered by it. I can slap on a plethora of drives and what not, SLI if i want to, throw in more RAM, etc. I like knowing i can do more if i need to. "need" to...

ninja edit: oh and thank you!!

Veni.1 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Thank you for the reply :) I plan on using the motherboard for my next build.

ultrakiller21 2 points 53 months ago

Nice rig, noticed there was no GPU but then read the description. If you don't do extreme 1080p/1440p/2160p gaming then a 750 Ti should do the trick, or a 760. Or even 950/960 whenever those come out. Very nice cable management as well!

gurdonbob submitter 1 Build 2 points 53 months ago

Thank you and thank you!! cable management was up in my priority after reading about people's builds and having an OCD streak. I can improve it still but for now it will do.

interesting on the 750ti. was in best buy and saw one and thought it was old tech. i only have 1080p monitors so i don't need 4k gaming, but i do like great graphics when i do game.

DelQz 3 Builds 1 point 53 months ago

With aftermarket coolers, you won't notice the difference with Radeon/GTX. They're identical so just pick what would suit you.

Also, nice work +1 :D

Crimson7770 1 point 53 months ago

Well, I haven't carried out extensive comparisons with an N520 CPU cooler, so I can't comment which would be better between it and the 212 EVO to be completely honest. But from personal experience, the 212 EVO is without doubt one of the best CPU coolers. Especially when on a budget.

As long as you don't over-clock the hell out of your CPU, then the n520 should be fine. Keep up the good work! >:D

gurdonbob submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

Looking at reviews and such it seems 212 is undoubtedly better. Oh well, I won't be over clocking at all anyway I think. And for $15 I suppose I did fine.

Thanks for the encouragement! Already looking to my next build for the family comp haha. Should be much cheaper

Bigmeanmike 1 point 53 months ago

Did you already have a HDD? Overall I really like this build. Good price for a good computer. Props on the first build!

gurdonbob submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

thank you! i just got $10.68 removed on the SSD thanks to amazon because they lowered their price a week after i bought it. no, don't have an HDD but that is my BF/CB mission :D

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gurdonbob submitter 1 Build 1 point 53 months ago

oh wow jeal