Description

Note - The first 4 pictures are the representation of the current look of my room of my gaming pc setup and the icons are up to date as well.

I built this machine on my birthday mainly for gaming and working with a budget of $800 at the beginning. Later on I was able to gather more money and upgrade the parts. The motherboard allowed me to overclock the AMD FX-8350 up to 4.5 GHz stable but I chose 4.4 GHz because at 4.5 GHz CPU would heat up a little more than 65 degrees which would get up to 68 degrees. They say it's still safe if it's under 70 degrees but I think running it like a little below that would lessen my CPUs life. The motherboard does its job in unlocking the potential of my CPU though. My main game is CS GO and it plays at 250-300 fps most of the time sometimes dipping below 200 fps which is ok since the cpu is just tiny little bit of a bottleneck but at least overclocking it will give me higher stable fps. The ram, power supply, and case was given to me so I just used it not big enough to fit the 1060 I bought but I removed the Drive bays so that it would fit. The motherboard fit very well though and the power supply is just a Dell 525 watt 80 plus silver power supply that I took out of a Dell Precision T3500 workstation but it worked and was compatible and has no problem powering up this PC. Oh and sorry cable management is not that good cause there are no holes in this case to loop it over and so they are a little crammed in there but I did the best I could. So the total cost of the build with the monitor would be about $999.99 +tax and that's when you add up the cpu cooler, ram and I added another 2.5" 1 TB Western Digital Blue on it. If you guys have any questions or comments about my pc then feel free to discuss with me here on what should be or shouldn't be done. The 1060 is really the sweet spot for 1080p gaming as most if not all AAA titles that I play have 60+ fps on ultra and once in a blue moon dipping below 60 which is pretty stable. The only time I've seen it struggle a little on is Arkham Knight which pretty much ranges 60-90 fps but only sometimes dipping down as low as 45 fps. This is also my build diary and blog of my first pc build. As you can see I am power hungry on improving this PC and I'm a performance freak. In all other aspects I would say this has the same performance and power as the new PS4 Pro and that's good enough for me. Although sometimes I think the 8gb of ram might be bottlenecking my games a little bit as well and opting in the future for 16gb of 2400mhz ram might keep a higher more stable fps. I'm all open for tips and advices. The color scheme and lighting for my PC is blue and I get hypnotized and lost in time with it's awesomeness like the weed itself that's why I call it The Blue Dream Gaming PC.

First Update: I recently added more cooling to my system. I removed the cooling fan from the stock FX-8350 processor heatsink and placed it in front of my motherboards VRMs and MOSFETs to provide more cooling to them and also the CPU idles at 42 degrees and doesn't get hotter than 65 Degrees under load with 4.4 ghz overclock now that I did that. Also I put a Nexus D12SL-12WL White Led case fan to replace the black rear fan I had so I have more lighting on the pc. I put the black rear fan in the front bottom part of the case so it can cool my graphics card even more as I plan to overclock it to 2100mhz. After a while of using it, I realize the Nexus D12SL-12WL Led case fan was overheating and causing my processor to overheat as well so I returned it to Amazon and put back the black stock case fan.

Update on 12/15/2016: Bought a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO Solid State Drive and put it on my PC. Reinstalled windows and the overall system is better than ever and more snappy. Anyways off to wonderland with this PC.

Update on 12/26/2016: Uploaded a picture of my 8350 CPU-z benchmark scores against the i7-6700k. In single threaded tasks it was 1300 on the 8350 vs the 2031 of 6700k. But it did manage to beat the 6700k in multi threaded tasks by 8721 to the 8554 i7. That was the highest benchmark I got on my 8350 @ 4.5 Ghz and temps seem to be at the high 70s with the Hyper 212 Evo. Playing Battlefield 1 on Rush mode @ 4.5 Ghz I never drop below 60 fps and manage to get an average fps of 72 and above. Overall I'm impressed with how my 8350 is performing. But I'm looking to buy a liquid cooler for better temps and a stable overclock. I guess it depends on the kind of motherboard you got cause not all of them work the same that way. And personally people just go through what there preference is.

Update on 01/10/2017: . After 3 days of using the Corsair Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler I found out the radiator had a hole and was leaking liquid so I had to return it and went back to using my Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo. I realize the risk in using liquid coolers that they can break easily as the hole was pierced by one of my screws that I screw on my PC case and the screw to put on the cover on my PC case was too long and pierced the radiator luckily my motherboard didn't get wet and just a little bit on my power supply that I wiped away. My project is not done with this PC. I also noticed my Hyper 212 Evo had a lot of dust on it so I cleaned it really well and took out the dust and remounted it back to my CPU. So far the temps are better after I have cleaned it and to tell you the truth I'd rather stick to air cooling cause my case is too small for it and maybe in the future if I swap out my case for a bigger and better one I'll get the liquid cooling again. As of now the temps have improved after cleaning my Hyper 212 Evo the temps peak at 65 degrees on my 4.5ghz overclock now after monitoring it on full load. My last two things I aspire to do before the end of 2017 to complete this PC is to put 16gb of 2400mhz Ram and Bitfenix Alchemy 2.0 Magnetic White Led Strips to light up the motherboard.

Update on 2/2/2017: Rebuilt my computer from the parts that I bought from my friend and its now an AMD FX 6300 paired with an ASRock 960gm/u3s3 fx and now I have a Gigabyte Radeon RX 480 G1 Gaming card in it with the same 8GB of ram. The case stays the same. I would say it has the same performance and maybe better in some games as the old setup with the AMD FX 8350 and ASRock 970m pro3 just maybe 5 fps slower. This premium card can actually run witcher 3 maxed out at 70 fps which I am happy with. Overall I'm satisfied with my build and I'll do some future upgrades to it later on in the year.

Update on 2/6/2017: I removed the Radeon RX 480 from the case and added back the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 because I was getting too many blue screen with the Radeon. I guess it was just a defective product but the new replacement 1060 I bought was top notch and better than the last one. I am able to overclock it and everything is better than ever.

Update on 4/4/2017: Remodified everything to now what the parts list says with updated pictures. I can honestly say there is nothing more I will work on besides led strips on the bottom and maybe one more fan. And everything runs 4k at above 70+ fps and 1080p gaming is smooth and fast with no hitches and that the system is running really great that I have no trouble running Arkham Knight and CS Go is as what is advertised on youtube 300 - 750+ fps ranging there in 1080p. Really glad I have modified this PC at its best. Will plan on keeping it for at least 1 year and a half to 2 years as I believe its future proof. Thanks to all who have read and comment below on what you think.

Update on 4/6/2017: Added my light on the bottom of my case to illuminate the bottom and a 120mm NZXT Cooling fan in front of the PC on the bottom front cover.

Update on 03/18/2018: I sold my Blue Dream Gaming PC to a friend for $3500 and bought myself new PC with Ryzen 5 1400 on it and replaced it with an AMD Ryzen 5 1600 with also 8GB of 2400Mhz Ram, and a 1000 watt power supply and a Geforce RTX 2080TI. I also have a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO that I run Rapid Mode on that gets my reads and writes like a Samsung 960 evo m.2 ssd that reads and writes between 1500mb/s and 2500mb/s. I used stock cooler and run the CPU at 4.0 GHz. This Ryzen 5 1600 works like an intel core i7-6850k which is both 6 cores 12 threads to the weaker 4 cores 8 threads intel 6700k. I love the layout of my computer. I keep it as open air system and its nice to look at. I run my system with over 125 games that I bought and it plays 4k at a solid 300-500 fps on all triple AAA titles. The 2080TI with ray tracing is really the king of all graphics cards my games are buttery smooth and looks so realistic I get so caught up and addicted to it. I enjoy it because I worked hard for it and it makes my games more enjoyable. I run it with Windows 10 and it works like a boss like me. I like to play CS GO all the time catch me at my account Maxpower4g-pA-. I call this new system The Ultimate HP Blue Dream Gaming PC.

Update on 4/19/2019: My dad bought me a birthday and christmas gift all in one package with his credit card to Best Buy to get a Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 Founders Edition. It's The Real Thing from Best Buy. Pictures of it inside my Computer up top and the box itself. The power of the Nvidia Geforce RTX 2070 rivals the performance of the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 but about 10-15% higher fps and faster because of its 14 gb/s memory speed compared to the 1080 which is just 10Gb/s. It has the all new advanced GDDR6. For just $599 which is $50 more than the 1080 at $549 you get a 2070 that can play any game you throw at it at 1080p even 4k. I'm overall happy with my purchase from my dad and continue to play for my gaming PC. I use MSI Afterburner to run the core clock of my RTX 2070 at -500 and memory clock at -500 with 116 times of power and 88 degrees of temperature because its too powerful of a card for my B350 motherboard and processor. I run it between 10-25 percent of constant force on the voltage. I run the processor at 3.8GHz at 1.35 volts so that it will catch the power of the video card and make a balanced game. I run every game with no problem here at around 60-150 fps depending on how graphics intense the game is. All the parts updated are as real as it gets.

Update on 5/3/2019: It turns out I had a defective RTX 2070 so I returned it to Best Buy and bought myself an EVGA Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 XC Ultra Gaming Video card instead with 16gb 2400mhz corsair vengeance LPX ram and a Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 250 GB Drive. The 2060 is overclocked on the core clock +50 and +200 on the memory clock. I play every game on Ultra settings with no problem with it. My Battlefield V plays at around 75 fps all maxed out settings and as high as 120 fps. My fps is averaging 87 fps everytime. My Battlefield 1 plays at around 80-130 averaging about 87 but reaching more on the 90's. The Witcher 3 maxed out with Hairworks 4x plays at 110-150 fps. It is a better option for me because It is something that was well made.

Update on 7/5/2019: I rearranged my room with the RTX 2060 and everything seems to run well and I got an Xbox One Wired Controller that connects to my PC to play Xbox Game Pass games on the PC. I did so many things in the last 2 months that I've been just getting better at everything and just focusing on important things in my life that matter that I've improved and done a lot of good and bad things in my last 2 months here at my mansion. I've just done a lot and my latest pictures of my room are up.

Update on 10/01/2019: Things are working smoothly on my computer. A year and a half to two years ago My Girlfriend and I delidded my Asus ROG Strix GTX 1060 OC Edition to convert the 1060 into a 1080TI chipset board and 1080TI Fan shroud and she had the same Asus ROG Strix 1060 of her own get delidded to also be an Asus 1080ti by us so that it could at her spot going for her too as well. It runs exactly like a 1080TI on my HP Ultimate Blue Dream Gaming Setup at 1080p because the board and chips are there with the 1060's square processing unit. I play a lot of Triple AAA games like Gears of War 4 and Gears of War 5 and a lot of CS GO to rank up where I used to be at the highest I've been which was Distinguished Master Guardian and I'm starting to rank up from Silver II starting today.

Part Reviews

Storage

The best solid state drive you can buy on the market. My cpu boots in 10 seconds or less. Games and apps load much faster than a regular hard drive and the 850 Evo has never let me down.

Storage

One of the best spinning hard drives out there is this Seagate Barracuda hard drive that utilizes SATA 3 6.0 GB/s speed and connection. My computer may not boot like an SSD with this but this gives me an average 20 second boot which is somewhat better than other 7200 RPM drives out there.

Monitor

The 144hz is true and crisp in this monitor. Games play better than ever with this monitor. You'll definitely see a difference from a 60hz monitor to this one. It's cheap and affordable and a premium monitor. The only problem is I had to turn down the brightness a lot because lightboost with this monitor made my eyes hurt real bad after playing for 6 hours. lol

Comments

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Should've waited for AMD to release Zen in January/Febuary.. Oh well, if you were impatient then fair enough, nice build and +1!

  • 34 months ago
  • 2 points

I know man would've been better but before I built this I didn't have a computer for 3 months and couldn't wait anymore so I decided to give it a try it was my first build and thanks for the point. : )

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I am more a bird in the hand person myself too. This a respectable build. With Zen so close it may have been even cheaper in a month. What if Zen is not so Zen too? What then? +1 for a decent on air OC and a sweet gaming rig to last you a few for sure.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah Zen is coming close to its release but I know this build will last me a while maybe looking to replace the case sometime next year because this case was used before me and wasn't perfect when given to me. I was looking at your builds too and although mine isn't as overkill and good as yours I am happy to say that at the level that my computer is in is probably like the new PS4 Pro.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

True, true. And isn't that why we pc game anyway. We were fed up with the consoles and wanted better performance. So anything less then the best console is a waste right?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah basically was tired of consoles and you could do so much more with PCs honestly and I really matched mine to the specs of the consoles with their 8-core Jaguar to my 8-core FX and output to the PS4 Pro is about 4.2 Teraflops and my GTX 1060 outputs up to 4.2 teraflops too plus the motherboard I got was released in 2015 since its the first microATX 970 chipset and its more updated and durable to last. One things I can prove is that comparing it to the Xbox One with Gears of War 4 I get typically 100+ fps on my pc comparing to xbox's 60 fps framerate on it so I don't really lose anything in performance wise.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

most of the time sometimes dipping below 200 fps which is ok since the cpu is just tiny little bit of a bottleneck

Is it noticeable?

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

its not really noticeable since I overclocked the cpu the game is quite fast and smooth. On tunnels and small buildings in maps it gets 350+ so that shouldn't be a bottleneck.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

This can definetly outperform the PS4 Pro.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup I agree with you man. Thanks.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool build man, I'm looking at that board, how's it working for you?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It was good till the liquid from the liquid cooler fell and made the board wet so the board practically died. I downgraded and went back to an ASRock 960gm/u3s3 fx and fx-6300. other than that it would have still been alive.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Woah

+1 for the big library

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah it does it can change to any color its nice man