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VEGA (My First PC Build)

by Gutawer

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10 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 19, 2016

Date Built

Dec. 11, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

4.2 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

45.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

Description

Bought this PC to replace my laptop that has never really performed particularly well, but I needed for portability. I don't need the portability aspect anymore, so I decided to go for a full desktop PC this time. I use it mostly for gaming, but I also use it for programming on the side and I'm looking to potentially get into 3D modelling as well.

Since this was my first PC, I did have a few issues while building it but everything turned out great in the end and it's been running perfectly, enough to encourage me to put an overclock on the CPU, from the stock 3.5GHz to 4.2GHz, a very easy process thanks to the optimised OC settings in the ASRock UEFI. The fans are all running in "Silent" mode, but thanks to the IndustrialPPC Noctua fan in there (which I mainly got because of looks when compared to the default colouring of the normal Noctua fans) if anything does start to get hot it quickly gets taken care of. The LED strips, while cheap, work as well as I would expect them to so I'm happy on that front.

I know that builds have been done at this price tag which can get a GTX 1070 card in the PC, but they generally make compromises in other areas, such as storage, motherboard or processor - I decided to make no compromises here and probably upgrade the GPU in the future, perhaps in 2 or 3 years.

Very happy with all the components here, they all do their job as advertised, and very happy also with the final PC which looks great and performs just as well. :D I named it after the AI from the new DOOM game, VEGA, since I'm a big DOOM fan.

Part Reviews

CPU

It's a CPU. It processes. Does it quickly. With overclocking potential. You probably don't need me telling you that this particular CPU works well, but here it is.

CPU Cooler

Cools the CPU to reasonable temps without breaking the bank, happy enough with this.

Motherboard

I was a little skeptical to buy this board due to low reviews elsewhere but I realised that the low reviews was not due to the quality of the board, but more to do with the lack of reviews - something of a vocal minority situation. Regardless, I'm very happy with this board myself and I'd encourage it as a cheap mATX Z170 board.

Memory

RAM performs well, but the RAM I got sent had one stick not working - the replacement had the same issue, but at this point I had 2 sticks so I now have what I paid for :). Apart from that, RAM performs well, for whatever reason the XMP profile causes the computer to have some issues booting so it is running at a lower speed than advertised but I really doubt this is a fault of the RAM. Good sticks.

Storage

Got this for £120 as part of Black Friday deals and for that price it is absolutely amazing. Huge amount of storage, and while not the fastest SSD ever made, it still performs far faster than a HDD at prices much lower than competitors like the 850 EVO. I was looking for space, not particularly super fast speed that I don't need so this works for me!

Storage

It's too early for me to judge reliability, but this drive is pretty fast for a HDD and is very large at a low price point. Happy with it.

Video Card

Nice looking card with more IO than the cheaper WF2 edition of the GTX 1060, making this the card I needed, since it offers 2 more displayports, and displayport splitters aren't cheap, making this worth the extra money since I will likely go multi-monitor soon. Performs great too, although you would likely expect this of a GTX 1060 anyway.

Case

Really nice looking case with really good airflow. Being a first time builder, it may have been slightly easier to go with a tower but I needed a window on the right on the case, which is not available on most cases since you would only see the back of the motherboard. Building was a tad awkward, but the end result was worth the minor hassle.

Power Supply

Fully modular PSU with great efficiency and a nice price.

Operating System

People tend to hate on Windows 10, but I don't mind it. Upgraded from 7 on my old laptop and I'm planning to stick with 10 in the future.

Wireless Network Adapter

The PCPartPicker listing says that this adapter is a/b/g/n, but it actually does have ac support (as you may have gleaned from the name, AC1300). Happy with the card, although the antennas aren't amazingly sturdy and one of mine broke because of an accident while moving the PC. It doesn't really matter though - antennas are cheap.

Case Fan

Pushes a lot of air, and stays quiet once the fan curve has been adjusted correctly. Doesn't look like the normal Noctua fans, which was my main reason for going for this one.

Other

Nice RGB strips, the do the job of emitting light acceptably for a low price. You aren't going to get extensive control from these but it shouldn't really matter at this price.

Other

Nice looking monitor, with great colours and viewing angles, as you'd expect from an IPS display.

Other

I bought this sound card a while ago to replace the shoddy built-in sound card in my old laptop. Does the job really well, and is super reliable. Would recommend.

Comments Sorted by:

SirMints 3 Builds 3 points 28 months ago

Great first build but I second that request for cable management. You will be sooo much happier staring at your hard work when it looks buttoned up a bit more.

CRS10114 7 Builds 2 points 28 months ago

Your rear fan is blowing air into your case, while your CPU fan is blowing air towards your rear fan. I recommend you flip your rear fan around.

Also, as an owner of the same case, I think you could do a bit better with your cable management. Obviously it isn't the end of the world if you aren't as anal-retentive as I am about cables, but it's just something to note.

That all said, you've definitely got yourself a good setup.

Cheers, CRS10114

Gutawer submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Oh, thanks for the tip about the rear fan, it would make sense to do that. And yeah, I will do some cable management in the future, it's actually been annoying me a bit too - just happy to have the build done by now, lol. Thank you :)

LightProtecter 1 point 27 months ago

The window scratches?

alan092177 1 Build 1 point 24 months ago

What LED strips do you have running there?

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FreeWayPineapple 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

It's named after the ai in Doom, not the upcoming AMD cards.

Jinx83 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Love the doom reboot and waiting for the Vega card :D

Gutawer submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Hehe, yep.

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FreeWayPineapple 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Oh

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Gutawer submitter 1 Build 1 point 28 months ago

Thank you, I am planning to do some cable management in the future but as a first time builder I'm just kinda happy to have it done right now, haha. Thank you :)