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First Computer Build Voyage But She's No Titanic

by Fleuger99



Date Published

June 20, 2018

Date Built

June 2, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

46.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


I recently lost both a GPU and was having issues with corrupted sectors on a mechanical drive on a six year old Dell machine. It was my gaming/video editing machine so decided to try build my own after thinking about it for several months.

It was exciting and a little overwhelming at the same time. I watched several YT vids and read some articles on beginner mistakes and made sure I followed the advice. Concerned I might blow the whole thing up I decided to go lower-end on CPU and GPU and figured I could always upgrade later.

I really enjoyed building the machine which took me about five hours of deliberate and double checking everything. I only had two issues during the build. When I opened the PSU and saw all the cables I thought to myself what have I signed up for. It was just an initial shock LOL! Then after turning it on the the first time and everything actually worked, when I went to install Win 10 64bit I got an error that the formatting I'd done on my reused Samsung SSD was wrong for the Windows installation. I was like WTH? After some searching of the error message online someone had posted a script to run which reformatted the SSD and the Windows installation proceeded with no further issues.

Two weeks after completing the build and working more on cable management I ended up upgrading the GPU to what I have now from a 2GB Geforce GTX 1050. Huge difference when gaming. Eventually, I'll upgrade the CPU to an i7 and then she'll be rocking for many years to come.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

I didn't really need a CPU cooler for this build but I wanted to get experience building out all parts of a new machine. I'd read great reviews of this CPU cooler and bought one from Amazon.

It does an amazing job and its so quiet I never hear it, even when pushing the system gaming. Figured when I upgrade my CPU this will work just as well then.


Great middle of the road motherboard. It is feature packed for the low price.


Bought this on sale from Newegg for video storage. It works well but is a little noisy.

Video Card

This is a great middle of the road GPU. I wanted a 6 GB card (upgraded from a 2 GB card) but didn't want to splurge and get a Geforce GTX 1070 or 1080. I also loved the look of the Founders Edition and the price was right.


I love this case and love it again when I see the price. I wanted a clear side case and one that could help hide the cables as well as the PSU. This also has four filtered venting and is solidly built with tons of room.

Power Supply

This is a slight overkill for my current system but figured it will time and upgrade proof it for a future CPU (maybe GPU) upgrade in the future.

The quality of this PSU makes it a good deal with a ten year warranty.

Case Fan

I bought these blue fan to improve airflow and look great. My case has room for a total of six fans but I've only got three. Two in the front pulling air into the case and one at the rear exhausting it out. The CPU cooler blows its hot air right into the rear exhaust fan. When its running my office actually cools down.

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Vairfoley 30 Builds 2 points 10 months ago

Very nice. Great work on your first build! You did very well on the cable management.

Fleuger99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thanks, appreciate the comment. The last pic I have posted was how it looked after building it and with the 2GB GPU. I started seeing how good other's cable management was and realized how poor mine was. I unplugged just about everything and redid all the cables hiding them better. It isn't great looking though on the back end but no one sees that :)

caument 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Big improvement from the last pic to the first. Looks good.

Fleuger99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Thank you.

hehredt03 2 points 10 months ago

Probably the best title ever, also nice build.

Fleuger99 submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Thanks! :)

mitchydunc 1 point 8 months ago

How come the mobo get 4 stars? Just curious because I'm choosing a motherboard right now and need to be sure of any flaws.

Fleuger99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Honestly, only reason was it didn't have WiFi and could use more USB 3 ports. Apart from that it has been flawless and works great.

The BIOS works flawlessly and is easy to configure/change as needed. I highly recommend the MB for this price point.

bulugudu 1 point 7 months ago

Nice build! I bought the same motherboard, but idk where i should connect the case LED strip. Where did you connect yours?

Fleuger99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Hi bulgudu,

My case didn't come with an LED strip, it is after-market. Mine is not connected to the MB at all. I have it powered via PS and it's got magnets that hold the LED strips in place via the metal case.

Mine came with a remote to change the LED colours, the receiver for that I mounted near the front of my case so it would work well.

Ribastank 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Very cool and clean!! Nice build!

Fleuger99 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks, appreciate it.

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