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My first PC build in 17yrs.

by bradsayz



Date Published

Sept. 13, 2016

Date Built

Sept. 8, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.152 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C


My first PC build was a gaming rig my dad helped me with back when I was 13, when a 800mhz PC was considered monstrous haha so I was seriously a noob when it came to today's hardware standards. Definitely want to give a HUGE shout out to the PCPARTSPICKER community for their knowledge in current hardware configurations. Helped my decision making a smoother process.

So I just came back from my third deployment, had a year to decide on what parts I wanted. Figured i'd make something that could not only dominate all my consoles combined but also be a great work station for photo editing which my wife and I both do on the side. Money wasn't an issue, I simply wanted the best of the best and it had to aesthetically please my eye balls. :) I choose all AIO parts specifically because of my inexperience with liquid cooling, my next PC (probably for my wife) with CHEAPER parts will be experimented with legit water cooling, EK water blocks and all, that's the plan anyway.

OVERALL this build was very fun, and it performs amazing. If I could re-do anything.. It'd be holding out on the Titan X (first item I purchased on my hardware list) to get a 1080 GPU.

Don't mind the mess in these pictures, just moved and slowly still setting up the office/guest room :P

Thanks for the view!

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This is the first AIO product that i've ever owned so I can't compare it to others out there but it definitely helps cool my CPU under load. I replaced the stock corsair fans with my own just to keep everything in uniform.


I don't consider price a con, this MOBO dominates in every category and very user friendly for overclocking. Bios is easy to navigate through, even has neato RGB lights.

Video Card

Really love this graphics card. Inside my Lian-Li PC-08 case it idles at 28-30 degrees and at full load typically hovers at around 40 degrees. My only grip is that I couldn't replace the stock EVGA fan because it uses a 3-pin which connects to the pump of the GPU. The fans in my case are all PWM 4-pin fans :(


I purchased this case knowing damn well it sucks for ventilation and that your parts need to be water cooled to survive in this setup. With that aside it's build quality is REALLY good, didn't come with a lot of instructions unless you can read asian lol.

  • CONS:
  • Surface material can easily leave finger prints that are hard to remove
  • Cable management was a PITA because of the little room you have between the HDD Cage and PSU.
  • Screw tabs that hold Tempered glass continue to kick my ***

  • PROS:

  • Looks freaking glorious with the glass installed
  • Comes with decent RGB lighting. (adhesive)

Case Fan

Some great quality high static fans with rubber edges to prevent vibration noise! Cables are also braided which gives it a nice touch to the build quality. These are also pretty dang quiet.


Love this monitor! I bought mine used through amazon and it has little to no back-light bleeding. Monitor handles everything i throw at it with super high refresh rates.

Comments Sorted by:

berd0 1 Build 3 points 31 months ago

Epic build, +1

ctmuck 2 Builds 2 points 31 months ago

This is going to seem strange considering the variety of things there are to be impressed with/jealous of, but I'm really jealous of that nice little bookshelf that the computer fits on perfectly. Since I built my computer with the Fractal R4 Full ATX (Massive Case) I have had it under my desk on my desk, next to my desk.... Can't seem to find the perfect spot haha.

Beautiful build!

montiago 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

What desk is that? The quality of everything is just mwah muy perfecto

This better get featured

bradsayz submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

Thanks! Nexera Liber-T is the desk, (amazon) its ikea like build quality.. It's an okay desk, but if i had the choice to get a different one I definitely would.

The shelf holding my PC tower is a modular cheapo shelf. Search amazon for Foremost 327601 and 327301. I purchased this because it had the measurements to fit my tower... and was incredibly cheaper versus buying another Nexera Liber-T desk. It gets the job done.

montiago 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

It definitely does! Surprised at no 5 stars on amazon. Aesthetically, it looks amazingly simple. Doesn't stand out too much, but someone can easily walk by like "damn that's nice *** desk, bro."

Not to mention that PC case <3

DutchTexan 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

God bless you brother

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 31 months ago

Beastly specs, nice room and pics, +1 :)

InvaderGir 2 points 31 months ago

Wow this build id nice, and with some really nice pictures.

Is that the Maxwell Titan X?

bradsayz submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

Unfortunately yeah. I bought it about... 2-3 months BEFORE they unveiled the 1080's lol o well, still a kick *** GPU doe. NO RAGRETS!

InvaderGir 1 point 31 months ago

Lol, yea its still a pretty powerful GPU.

DrWallaceBreen 2 points 31 months ago

Science says if you travel in the speed of light, you will move forward in time. Once, Superman ran so fast that he was never seen again.

+1 on the build +Rep to your Steam profile +1 on the unnecessary topic

bradsayz submitter 1 Build 2 points 31 months ago

You da real MVP

TaufiqTX 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Drooling right now. Love the setup!

bradsayz submitter 1 Build 1 point 29 months ago

Thanks man!

SakruhBuilds 1 point 26 months ago

Wow, that's a beauty.

Props bro.

Plunder 2 Builds 1 point 26 months ago

Mounting the fans on the exterior is exactly what I'm planning to do, I need that case to drop down to 250, it's at 300 now. Nice build man.

PlayzVersionOfficial 1 point 16 months ago

If you had changed your case to NZXT H440 Designed By Razer then you're friends would have been amazed to see a Razer made PC

PlayzVersionOfficial 1 point 16 months ago


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bradsayz submitter 1 Build 1 point 31 months ago

mm.. beer, brother man you have no idea how long it took me to pull the trigger on buying this case BECAUSE of all the negative comments about air flow... however they all have something in common, they've never owned this case. All of the legit case reviews never once brought up temperatures unless they were talking benchmark specs. http://valid.x86.fr/7xnf8w is MY CPU stress test using CPU-Z. the hottest it got was 64C but idles at around 32-35C. My GPU was stressed using Unigine Heaven. Scored a 1437 and the hottest my GPU got was around 50C. The ambient temperature in my room is between 68-70F. I am using 4 intake fans. The 3 you see on the side are cooling the backside motherboard/HDD/PSU, and I have one intake fan mounted on the outside of the case pointed directly towards the GPU (drilled two holes for this to work and made lots of measurements). This option might not work for you if you're running two GPU's The other 5 fans are set to exhaust (two fans on the HDD cage / GPU / CPU fans) Best bet is to do a custom waterloop setup, I eventually plan on doing the same... once i become a little more confident in myself with water loop setups haha.

  • Added pictures to show you what i'm talking about for the fan mounted outside of the GPU expansion slot. To prevent dust, i used a dryer sheet lol. outta sight, outta mind!
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