Hi all, thanks for checking this sweet build out! Pics will be up as soon as I can figure out how to post them.
This is my first build, literally all I do on it is toy around with overclocking and play games.
There is a LONG story behind this PC. It all started out in early March when I salvaged a Dell Optiplex 790 (desktop) out of my church's E-Waste pile. It had an i7-2600 in it, and no other working parts aside from the HDD (A 3.5" 500GB example). it funds from my dad, we replaced the mob, the power supply, got a 240GB SSD, and replaced the dead monitor we got with it with an ASUS VS228. I used this monitor until early last month. Well, after a wasted weekend or four and a few trips to Fry's, we got the computer working, and we also installed an MSI GT 710. At least it was a half-height card.
I used this setup (Which played CS:GO at 35 FPS if you were lucky) until early summer, when I screwed $550 and bought an Intel DH67BLB3 Mobo, an EVGA GTX 1060 6GB GPU, and 8 GB of G.Skill Ripsaws Memory. A waste, since the board couldn't overclock. Also a crappy $23 case with no room. Ny dad also bought me the CM MasterLiquid Pro 120 you see in the build now. It worked out okay for about a month, but the CPU ran at around 70C, which was pretty hot, even when it was liquid cooled. Looking back, it may have been because it had a TON of thermal paste on it, like WAAAAAAY too much. Not to mention I broke the mobo trying to install some new fans on the radiator. Another identical mobo and case later (the one you see now), the computer still ran hot. So, my dad said screw it, and a week later, I built the new computer (with al the stuff you see here) with new gear, and it ran somewhat cooler! Also by this time, I knew a lot more about thermals and what was safe and just more about computers.
The new build was sick! It was SO much faster and smoother, and I could finally OVERCLOCK! About a week or two of stock speeds, I overclocked my processor to a beastly 5.0 GHz, but it was running hot. consistently hitting high 80's isn't the best thing for your processor. So, I backed it off to 4.9 GHz (BCLK 102.1, X 48) and it stayed consistently around the low 80's. Somewhat better. I then tried my hand at GPU overclocking and got +190 Core and +625 memory. for about a day. After trying to push the GPU even more, my system wouldn't connect to the internet, even with the WiFi card I had installed then. So, I wasted money on a gigabit ethernet card, only to find that EVERYTHING had slowed WAY down! Two system formats later (and ditching the 60GB SSD I had as a boot drive), everything ran stabler (and slightly faster) on the new SSD I got back when I was using the Dell workstation. I dialed my overclock down to +125 and +600 Memory.
Early last month, I decided to replace the monitor, and bought an Acer GN246HL. With help from my brother (who also has a gaming PC) I was able to get the refresh rate properly set up. HUGE improvement from the 60Hz the old monitor had. Most recently I decided to improve my GPU overclock once again, and got it to +175 on the core and +650 on memory stable. It runs great! VERY happy with EVGA and SUPER glad I didn't go with MSI! I have friends who regret going MSI.
So that's my build! Let me know what I should do in the future! I'm thinking of switching the cooler to an Thermaltake Floe Riing RGB360 to hit that magical 5GHz and join the club. I also am now thinking of buying a decent half-height GPU and cramming it into the Dell. It just needs to only draw power from the PCI Slot. Let me know what you guys think! I had (and am having) so much fun with this!