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New Year, New PC (First Build)

by Kevin_Salonga

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Date Published

Jan. 1, 2019

Date Built

Nov. 25, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.41 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

14 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C

Description

Before you ask, I plan on upgrading my monitor to a 1440p 165hz monitor (and updating images) later.

So back in May of 2018 I had no clue in what it took to build a pc, let alone had interest in building one. At the time I owned a Dell Inspiron that I mainly used for school. Aside from homework, the only game that my laptop could handle was Minecraft. I also have a Ps4 but I didn't want to be limited to a controller to play games anymore. Plus, I heard Steam sales were more frequent and better than Playstation and Xbox game sales. Thus, I began researching.

Fast forward 6 months later to November, Black Friday deals have begun and I start buying parts. This explains why some (or most) of the items on this list are fairly cheaper than usual. I managed to buy all the parts except for the gpu since my paycheck could only buy so much stuff. So I went to buy a used GT 710 for $25 just until I could buy the actual gpu (hence why this build was posted a month later after building). Unfortunately, since the gtx 10 series were no longer in production, inventory was scarce among online and local retail sites; so I ended up buying a used gtx 1080. Meaning that every single part in this list I bought new with the exception of the graphics card which was barely used.

During the 6 month period that I waited and pondered about my future pc, I had lots of time to watch many videos on PC building (Thank you Linus, Jay, and Kyle). When the time came to build my pc, I basically had the knowledge and confidence on building my pc blindfolded. After a few hours of building and "cable management" I have successfully completed my first pc build without checking my phone for additional help. And to my surprise, IT BOOTED ON MY FIRST TRY! I could've sworn I've forgotten to plug something in but apparently everything checked out! Peeling off all that plastic felt so good.

Additionally, I bought two external led buttons to which I placed on the sliding keyboard tray on my desk. Instead of reaching for the power button on my case, I wanted to sit down in my chair and comfortably press a button at an arms reach. Not only I wanted to have the button functionality on my desk, I also wanted to have the buttons on my case to work as well. I could have easily soldered wires together to connect both the I/o and external buttons to a single connection to the pins but I wanted something more user friendly. So I went searching for a 2 pin Y-Splitter; which were incredibly hard to find at first. Plus, I needed to find 2 pin extension cables for the external buttons since both of which did not reach my pc with the included wires but they weren’t that hard to find. The buttons don’t look as good in the photos but the colors of the buttons look more red and blue in person.

I really wanted to go for a red/black theme since red is my favorite color but I also wanted rgb so I could also change the theme if I wanted to. Since this is my first pc, I wanna stay at clock speeds for a month or two and then probably get into overclocking to compare differences.

Timelapse

Happy New Years!

Note: My setup is in a temporary place at the moment so ignore the messy wires and clutter lol

Part Reviews

CPU

For just $100-$150 less, it has the same core count as its 2nd iteration (2700X) and the only main difference is the clock speed. Just because it's AMD, doesn't mean it's not great for gaming. Works great when paired with a good gpu. Those 8 cores could always come in handy whenever I need them.

CPU Cooler

Even with my 1700X at 100% utilization, this cooler can keep my cpu cool at 47C! Whenever my system is at idle, the temps are usually around 29C. Fans are super silent and the rgb lights look amazing. I've heard that people are having trouble with the CAM software but I'm not experiencing any issues.

Motherboard

No problems at all with this motherboard. Can't really go wrong with mobo's in general other than OC capabilities but I can't complain here. It has rgb led backlighting which can be controlled through Mystic Light.

Memory

Absolutely gorgeous ram! Lightning can be controlled through G.Skill's software. Each led can also be individually changed to any color you'd like. Only issue is that Mystic Light interferes with G.Skill's software leading to lightning glitches. To fix this issue, you'd have to set your lightning profile in Mystic Light first and then in G.Skill's software. Spec wise, it gets the job done and no issues whatsoever.

Storage

Ludicrous NVME speeds compared to SATA! Definitely worth the extra $$$ to reduce those long load times.

Storage

Definitely can't beat the price per GB + performance for this one. After a month of use I haven't experienced any problems but I will update my review if I ever encounter any.

Case

I am in love with the dual chamber design. No need for the ugly psu shroud and still lots of room to work with. The numerous tempered glass panels definitely puts your build on display especially if it has rgb lightning. My only complaint is that the rubber grommet that is right next to the 24 pin of the motherboard is in an awkward spot. Meaning that since it is a little lower than the 24 pin, there is no way to route the cable completely straight to the 24 pin without the wire travelling diagonally. I've also heard people having concerns about the amount of air flow since there isn't much clearance between the glass and the case but I'm not having any noticeable issues. That aside, I still would recommend this awesome case.

Power Supply

Doesn't blow up my pc so it's definitely doing its job. Jokes aside, having fully modular capabilities reduce a lot of cable clutter so less cable management for me.

Wireless Network Adapter

Both Wifi and Bluetooth work great. I only bought it just in case I plan on taking my pc to a friend's house and the bluetooth is also a great plus. I still would recommend a wired connection if possible as you will experience higher ping if someone else is connected and using the wifi bandwidth.

Monitor

After 800 hours of usage, no dead pixels. The bezels are almost non-existent!

Mouse

Awesome mouse in every category! Rgb lightning, weigh adjustable, DPI buttons, Sniper Button, Foward/Back Button, and numerous macro buttons are what makes this the perfect gaming mouse.

Headphones

The only difference between this and the G430 is the color and the USB sound adapter. You can literally buy a similar 7.1 Channel adapter for around $7-$15 online. Sound quality is decent and so is the microphone. Only downside is that sound easily bleeds through.

Speakers

Great speakers! Not saying the basses are extremely deep, but for regular use such as gaming or casual listening to music, the speakers are perfect.

Comments Sorted by:

TurtleBobThe1st 2 points 2 months ago

Those power buttons are a great idea !

Kevin_Salonga submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Thanks! I also plan on embedding a fingerprint sensor on the side of the desk as well so I can also login without typing. Everything done with a button and my finger lol

Ducdoc848 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

TechTubers Rock! Learned so much from those guys, don't leave out Paul. Also Cable management

Kevin_Salonga submitter 1 Build 2 points 2 months ago

Definitely didn't forget Paul! Also cable management was a huge hassle at first but after recently selling the 1080 and acquiring an RTX 2060 (arrived yesterday lol), I took the time to re-do some of the cable management and with a few cable ties everything came out perfect.

Ducdoc848 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Yeah those guys rock! Nice RTX 2060, I bet it kills with that monitor! You need a 1440 or high refresh rate monitor with that set up.

Kevin_Salonga submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I'm actually saving up for this monitor (1440p 165hz): https://pcpartpicker.com/product/CwgPxr/dell-s2417dg-238-165hz-monitor-s2417dg

const88 2 points 1 month ago

Power buttons definitely make it unique. What is that clock under your monitor?

Kevin_Salonga submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! The clock is the Frigidaire 308-2408FR Curved LED Wireless Weather Station. I got it for $10 at Fry's during the Black Friday sale.

Rydeets 1 point 1 month ago

I have the same question about the clock under the monitor? Can you tell us brand and model? Love the build. I am building mine with this chassis now. Any idea which fingerprint sensor you would use? I was also thinking of doing something like that. Thanks!

Kevin_Salonga submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks! I'm slowing adding parts so I may update the build later on. The clock is the Frigidaire 308-2408FR Curved LED Wireless Weather Station. The fingerprint sensor I am using is this one from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XG4MHFJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1