I have never built a computer before. A coworker led me to believe it was simple, "like playing with legos" he said. It it weren't for PC Park Picker, I wouldn't have even tried to do it.

Success, first try it booted up and I was able to load the OS. No issues yet and the machine has been running strong for about 3 weeks now. Since I originally put it together I have added the wireless/Bluetooth card as well as the RGB mouse and keyboard. there appears to be some sort of issue with the RGB software, perhaps different manufacturers. Also, I haven't figured out how to get the RGB fans to change color, they are stuck on white. Perhaps I didn't connect them correctly.

Overall it was a tremendous fun experience, and I already want to build another system. My son helped some and he wants to try to do one as well. Thank you PC Part Picker and all the patrons who posted builds for me to compare and use!

Part Reviews


Easy to install, just had to watch a video on YouTube to know how.

CPU Cooler

No issues with heat yet, I started with another build I found on the site and only replaced a few items. Hoping this cooler works well.


Was nervous about this and how it would work. There are way more connections than I needed and a few of the connections I wasn't sure of (again my first build). But, it worked on first start so I guessed right.


I was just going for some good median quality memory, and these turned out to be great. I didn't realize it was RGB at the time of purchase. The lights are fun though.


I don't store large files locally, so only needed a basic storage drive. A coworker recommend SSD so I got this. Might add a second one eventually if needed for OS or games.

Video Card

I wanted a good video card as I do CAD work at home, as well as gaming.


Case was on the build i copied, couldn't be happier. it comes with a lot of things built in so I didn't have to do any customizing. It has fans and is wired for the front USB, LEDs, and power button.

Power Supply

Again just went with the build I copied. Has enough power and connections for my build.

Optical Drive

Haven't used it yet except to load software and drivers. Lookikng forward to trying a BuleRay movie.

Operating System

It is what it is.

Wireless Network Adapter

After building, I found there was no wifi or blue tooth built in. I didn't know this. I used the hard wire until i purchased and installed this. Now I can use wifi if needed and I can connection my blue tooth head set.


Thought I would try out an RGB mouse, so purchased 2 weeks after the build. This mouse takes some getting used to, but has lots of features and lights up like the rest of the computer.

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  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

In my defense, your GPU of choice is suffice if you're doing moderate gaming, even at 2k resolution you should expect at least 60 fps which is standard, but the more frames the merrier. 8GB for your GPU is plenty, I plan on upgrading to an 8th gen i7, and figured even a 1070ti is more than good enough for most triple A titles. I'd rather have a bottlenecked GPU than CPU, only other thing you may want is some more SSD storage with all that memory! Other than that, nice build, enjoy.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the comment @Dotz59. I do some AutoCAD work as well as gaming on the machine. Most of my gaming is modded Minecraft. So far the computer works great for both. There are even some Minecraft mods that I couldn't play before than I can now!

I installed an old HHD for mass storage, but will upgrade to a larger SDD one day. I keep most everything I do on the cloud and do occasional backups to an external. So no real need for another drive...yet.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

That's an extremely weak power supply for the parts that you have in your build. You will probably be fine, but if your power draw jumps in an intense workload you might get crashing or bluescreens. You're using an 8086k, so I recommend switching to a better cooler unless you want your CPU to die after a few years, the 8086k runs HOT. Definitely get a better motherboard, it's kind of ridiculous given your other parts. You went for 32GB of ddr4 3000 ram- 32GB is complete overkill, I've never even maxed out my 16 with multiple Chrome tabs, Photoshop tabs, blender projects, and other various monitoring softwares open. Also, the RAM is kind of slow considering your other parts. Good pick for the SSD if you don't store files locally. The card is.... a bit underpowered, all things considered. It's a great card, don't get me wrong, but it's a bit of an odd card that you paired with the CPU. Nice pick on the case. All in all it's a great build, you just have some wonky unevenly matched parts. Hope you have fun building your son's computer! (I do recommend giving him your board and PSU and getting new ones, same thing with the card, possibly)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Since building this unit, I have learned a lot more about builds and parts. Thanks for the input. I will look into getting a better cooler, perhaps a liquid with radiator mounted to the top. When I run CAD or games I keep "Core Temp" open and monitor the temps, as well as Task Manager for the CPU and RAM usage. No problems with high temps or usage yet.

I have been considering adding more RAM, but just for fun as I have not had any issue with RAM usage. I will look at upgrading to a faster speed instead of adding more.

I will most likely get a better power supply for my next build (prob in about 3 years), but going to use this one unless there are problems. Bronze 80+ is not the cheapest, but I agree a gold or platinum + would be better and will go into my next build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool. Have fun building it! If you need any pointers, just ask.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm really surprised you cheaped out on a bad motherboard and got a weaker gpu for such a powerful cpu

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

@ooferino, Thanks for the comment. I am still a noob as to computer builds. I just used an existing build and modified a few parts. Any suggestions on a motherboard I could use instead? I am looking to build a new, less powerful, gaming machine for my son and could give him this motherboard and upgrade my main machine. Also is GPU part of the motherboard?

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

the the gpu is the graphics card. Motherboards don't usually have integrated graphics anymore. The ASRock Extreme4 Z370 is a solid board that overclocks well, has great onboard audio, and a little rgb if you're into that.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Did you actually build this computer? I'm starting to doubt that after you ask what the "GPU" is

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

lol, yes, it is built and using it now. Use it for Cadwork and modded minecraft. everything is working just fine. I built it as my old computer was failing. i didn't know too much about builds when i built it, but I have watched many hours of "how to" videos on YouTube since: Jayztwocents, Linus, etc.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You mentioned "After watching the Video" in the main review posts. What what video and what topic...Delidding?

I'm about to purchase parts for a new build from use with X-Plane Flight Sim. Any advise/regrets with what you chose for your build you can share?



  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I just searched YouTube for videos on my processor and my specific motherboard, just for installation. I have added a Cooler Master "MasterLiquid LC240E RGB" but no delidding. No regrets on anything. I got a great, fast machine that does everything I need. I sometimes wish I had more RAM or cores, but that is just me nerding out on the latest technology. This build works perfectly fine for what I do.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

October 2019 Update. I removed the M.2 Optane drive, never noticed it helping much anyway. I replaced it with a 1TB Samsung 970 Evo m.2 NVME SSD (only one M.2 on the motherboard). Cloned the boot drive over, unplugged the old Samsung 250 GB SSD, and it works great on the new 1TB M.2 SDD. I was running out of file storage and didn't want to store the files on the HDD. While I was in there I swapped the above listed RAM with 4x8GB 3600Hz G.Skill Trident Z RGB. Same as the existing, just upped the frequency from 3000 to 3600 and now four sticks, but still 32 GB total. Ran some of my own tests/benchmarks and no noticeable difference. Ran Cenebench R15 and the score went from 1180ish to 1315ish. But, that was changing the bios frequency from default 2133 to 3200 (high as I could get it stable). Overall no noticeable difference but it was fun to do. I also installed a Cooler Master AIO CPU liquid cooler, but it died at about 8 months so went back to the above listed Cryorig cooler. I monitor the temps and the air vs liquid is maybe 5 degrees C difference. Stays betwen 40C to 50C, and will jump to 65C under load (loading minecraft and such).