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My first PC build (16 years old)

by ethandubuc1



Date Published

Jan. 13, 2018

Date Built

Jan. 2, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.126 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


Dont have a job lol this is saved money and stuff but does everything i need. any upgrade advice would be nice. Its the normal 980 and the ram is actually hyperx .

thoughts appreciated,


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geoffg67 2 Builds 4 points 15 months ago

You really don't need a liquid cooler as air coolers that cost the same or less cool the same, just fyi

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds -5 points 15 months ago

No.. AIOs still cool better than air coolers.. if you want similar performance on air you need to get a huge cooler and those just look bad imho.

geoffg67 2 Builds 6 points 15 months ago

It's been proven that air coolers cool the same, and yeah they have to be big but looks are subjective. Also air coolers don't leak and pumps don't fail either, maybe just replace the fan in 5 years

Droms 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I agree some what. There are some very nice large air coolers that are all black and really if you put colored fans on them they don't look half bad. And like what geoffg67 said, No leaks, no pump failure just some dusting out and fan change.

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah i said that there are air coolers that have similar performance like AIOs but as you can read i wrote

imho (in my honest opinion)

so yeah.. some people like the looks of big air coolers.. i dont.. Don't get me wrong.. i like the looks of an air cooler but not if they are super huge. I never said you were wrong.. i just said that subjectively if you want similar performance i would go with an AIO

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Then I raise you a few different air coolers.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Cooler be quiet! - Dark Rock Pro 3 67.8 CFM Fluid Dynamic Bearing CPU Cooler $89.79 @ OutletPC
CPU Cooler Noctua - NH-D15 82.5 CFM CPU Cooler $87.95 @ Newegg
CPU Cooler CRYORIG - R1 Universal 76.0 CFM CPU Cooler $89.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $267.62
Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-01-13 18:17 EST-0500

All 3 of those coolers perform in the range of AIOs in actual cooling performance. I got the Dark Rock Pro 3 myself and it is awesome. I prefer air coolers for a few reasons, one no pump noise to deal with, two they are more reliable since there is no possibility of leaks or pump failure. Both AIOs and air coolers could have fan failure but fans are cheap to replace (compared to cost of cooler) and with 2 fans both would need to fail before you really needed to worry.

I think the dark rock pro 3 does look good and same with the cryorig. Noctua on the other hand has the ugly brown fans but considering just how awesome they are having them in your case is like a badge of honor for how awesome they are. Sure they may be massive but they have their own advantages over AIOs.

Gooberdad 10 Builds 3 points 15 months ago

Good job. Got a powerful CPU. Adding a good aftermarket cooler is a great idea. Try to tidy up your cables a little more when you upgrade the CPU cooler.

That GPU is still great. It matches up petty close in performance to a 1060 6Gb. You can always add more RAM, storage, and upgrade your GPU later on if you like.

Enjoy you home built machine!

Thumbs up.

brnrd 2 points 15 months ago

Are you sure it's not a i7 8700 (non-K) that you have? Because the K don't come bundled with a box cooler.

EagleByte 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Maybe he happened to have a fan lying around. I looked at the pictures of the item, and it seems to be a K edition. The box seems to be too small to contain a stock cooler, as well.

kaidoespc 1 point 15 months ago

yeah that is I think a haswell ivy bridge or older era stock cooler, I have one from a i5 7400 and it has a all blue sticker

Shakaron 7 Builds 2 points 15 months ago


No, you do not. Any CPU cooler can work, really. Even a stock Intel CPU cooler for that socket, that is not shipped with the CPU. However, with a weak CPU cooler, you may very well loose overclocking capabilities and even the Turbo Boost if the CPU runs too hot.

And others have already raised questions, whether you really have the i7-8700K and not some other CPU.

Redspirit 2 points 13 months ago

as much aio are praised i'm not a big fan i think good air cooler would do you just as good as long your not chasing the 5.0 try going whit something whit 6 heat pipe if you some what very interresting in O.C and don't get your self wrong not every cpu can hold 5.0 ghz you may want to improve moving air over top moffet/choke whit a fan over the top end of the case but to stay in a balanced state you than need a addiationnal fan in the front;)

your fan seem like to be well placed as top will bring air to cpu and your gpu just pulll the air from your front fan so likely to be perfect.

Point where i would first put my money are objective depending of type of game you play. -some game got long load time so you gain a bit by going whit a ssd but as far i know i would go whit a 250ssd or more wait for good time to buy in back to school or black fridays always nice deal there or maybe a birthday gift:) -When running back aps like chrome tab or disccord or teamspeak++++etc whit friend you rams get eaten lol so the info get stored in you storage slowing you average fps quite a bit. -Also not that is critical in all instance some game pulling whit a gpu of 4gb ram around 8-10 gb of drr4 - the sweet spot kind of is at 12 gb but compagnie are wise they don't offer that capacity lol. -At least buying a second 8gb like you got gonna offer dual channel mode which offer better bandwith for information to circulated between cpu-gpu. -tips Many sadly on pcper lost there mind propably to much gaming ;).Your gtx 980 is perfect for 1080p for at least two years i would say.Wait those two years than start O.c your gpu and cpu should do the trick for little longer to get all the part keep your gpu clean whit a duster can spray from time to time after 3 years you may also want to repaste your gpu if you o.c it. Good to also spray the psu

Hope you get nice time whit it;)

WIseMix 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

should had just gone for 120 ssd

Synchro 2 Builds 2 points 15 months ago

Why? a 64gig is still enough for his OS.

But the price difference isn't that great however.....hmm

michaelk9090 -1 points 15 months ago

yeah, I got my PNY 120gb for $40, so he should've gone for a bigger size

AverageGangMember 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

8700K does not come with a stock cooler. Got the right CPU?

CommanderASN 1 point 15 months ago

should have gone for an amd cpu. cheaper but not worse than intel cores honestly. the i7 8700 is a bit overkill i think but will definitely get the job done

michaelk9090 1 point 15 months ago


brandon9436 0 points 15 months ago

Not a horrible build but way too CPU heavy if your main focus is gaming. Also not quite sure why the Windows 10 Pro is needed at this price range.

geoffg67 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Why not pay a little more, anyways who pays that much for Windows anymore if you know what I mean.

brandon9436 1 point 15 months ago

Yeah true, mostly just surprised by the CPU/GPU imbalance. Money could have been better spent elsewhere.

geoffg67 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

I would have went with the 8600k, 980 is still enough to be able to hold off, and then definitely a better power supply. RAM can be held off on because 8 is fine

michaelk9090 1 point 15 months ago

I think he should've got something like a AMD cpu and gotten a 1060 or something

geoffg67 2 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Well to start, AMD would have been a better buy most likely with the availability and price of Coffee Lake but at least they won't have to upgrade for a while. I assume they had the 980 beforehand or got it used which is why they used it, it performs better or the same than a 1060 anyways

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

8700k is still the best for gaming period. If you have the money why not get the best performance?

brandon9436 3 points 15 months ago

With the money he would have saved by going with an i5 he could have easily gotten a much better graphics card. The difference between an 8600k and an 8700k in gaming is tiny compared to the price premium.

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

You are right, i mixed up some benchmarks in my mind. Yeah it would have made more sense to get a better GPU.

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philip staff 10 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.

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ethandubuc1 submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

thanks , i recently bought a liquid cooler and another 8gb of ram.