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First Build

by brigittebeau



Date Built

Nov. 23, 2012

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Eh, finally updated it on 3-30-13

Anyways, this is my first build. I was on a $800 budget... this is low-mid gaming (hopefully I can change to high-end gaming). Everything runs great. Coming from a laptop that had a GPU that ran 105 celesius (I'm serious), 2GB of RAM, and Vista 32-Bit... it's a great leap.

I got the CPU for $184, the motherboard $140, and the hard drive for $105 at Microcenter. The rest were from Newegg. The RAM looks sleek. Case runs silent. Still working on cables. I know I'm going to get some hate for a 750w, but I'll be adding a video card(s). I also plan to get a GPU and a SSD

Eyy finally updated 12-4-16

Finally all solid state storage, 165hz 1440p IPS monitor, beautiful case, AIO, braided cables! I've actually owned a few of these parts for awhile but I've finally got around to editing the part list and pictures. I'll add more pictures, but I'm too tired to do so now.

Holy cow another update, on 4-8-17!?

That's right. Another one. This time hitting hard with a 1080 Ti Strix, plastic cable combs, and a new CPU.

Part Reviews


A little bit of IPS glow, but only noticeable on a completely black screen.

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IamApropos 3 Builds 3 points 78 months ago

for the prices you paid this is a great build just missing a great video card. Why are all the photos sideways?

brigittebeau submitter 2 Builds 2 points 78 months ago

Probably my iPhone turned all the photos sideways...

philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 78 months ago

It is looking like the image processing that is happening on the server backend to generate thumbnails is not respective flags in the image that specify orientation... I'll look into it and see if I can get that fixed. (fortunately I do keep the original resolution version around)

Cavskid12 1 Build 3 points 78 months ago

Pretty good build, but for the graphics card defiantly get the 7950 or 7970. Comes with 3 free games and much better performance/price than the 670, defiantly the 7950.

TestBuilds 2 points 78 months ago

Great build, what GPU are you planning on getting?

brigittebeau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 78 months ago

Maybe a 670 FTW or a 660 ti. Or maybe a 7870 or a 7950. A lot of choices out there.

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 78 months ago

don't go 660 / ti what ever you do. for some stupid reason they have removed the memory bandwidth by nearly half. So imo unless you go GTX670+ the cards underneath aren't worth the money since Radeon for the same price range don't skimp and provide extremely more powerful cards.

Just compare memory bandwidth of the 660's to the 7950: 7950 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127667 ~ 660 Ti - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127696

It basically puts the 660 / Ti at half the memory speed / ability as the 7950 which limits its performance quite a bit. Also by putting the 660 / Ti into SLI it further compounds the memory bandwidth. Though it would work and run things great, compared to what is available it wouldn't make sense to go with a 660 if you can afford to step up to a 670 or if you don't have issues with Radeon. :D hope that helps.

brigittebeau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 78 months ago

I already knew about the decreased bandwidth lol. But thanks anyways. I want to go with nvidia partly because of EVGA (I heard they have really excellent support) and also I want to go with AMD since they provide great graphics for the cost, but I loss EVGA... so what would be the most reliable company for a Radeon series card?

brigittebeau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 78 months ago

Forgot to mention graphics driver support. Nvidia or AMD have the most stable driver support?

IamApropos 3 Builds 1 point 78 months ago

ASUS and Gigabyte are really good brands.

raiserstyle 1 Build 2 points 78 months ago

nice build. U should definately get a better monitor :I that thing doesn't even output 1080p! :( Overall, very nice build

sumoera 2 Builds 2 points 77 months ago

Nice case :D

brigittebeau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 77 months ago

It is a great case but I couldn't plug the side fan all the way into the Motherboard header.

sumoera 2 Builds 2 points 77 months ago

why not?

brigittebeau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 77 months ago

It's not a regular 3-pin fan connector... it's a 3-pin fan connector but has wider edges and won't plug in all the way since the wideness hits another part.

sumoera 2 Builds 2 points 77 months ago

oh. i have mine set up on the extra pin connector that is connected to the front two intake fans. which is connected to the control box. is there a difference if you connect it to the mobo?

brigittebeau submitter 2 Builds 1 point 77 months ago

I'm not too sure it would make a difference...

jeff8484 1 point 21 months ago

Hey man, Sweet build! I know this is late but I have to ask. The SSD Bracket from Phantek, did it come with 4 screws for the SSD? Thanks,

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MrCanadianAviator 1 Build 1 point 78 months ago


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