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First Gaming PC Experience

by yupakil



Date Published

Oct. 17, 2015

Date Built

Oct. 15, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.01 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6 GHz


My very first PC build.

Thanks to this website (and its users, of course!) and youtube I was able to build my own gaming pc a couple of days ago. It was a very nice experience to me as I have always been afraid of manipulating components from my old computers. From now on I can recommend everybody to build it by themselves. It is not so difficult!

I spent almost a month thinking about the components, and finnally I decided to choose:

  • a sixth generation i5 6500 + 4GB x 2 DDR4
  • powercolor radeon r9 390
  • msi h170 gaming m3
  • evga 650w
  • 1TB 7200 rpm + 250 GB SSD
  • Phanteks Enthoo Pro M
  • 27" BenQ IPS monitor
  • Cooler Master Quick Fire TK + Corsair Vengance M65

After more or less two weeks waiting to have all the components at home (of course the motherboard arrived the last!) I started to build it. I had really not so many problems during the build, just paying attention carefully to the manuals to find the correct pin to connect everything. I spent something like 3 hours to the moment I firts turned it on. And after that few hours more just installing OS and drivers. I am running W7 at the moment and thinking about go ahead with W10.

Peripherics and monitor seem to be excellent quality :D

I have just few issues while assambling, if you could help me to solve that it would be great:

  1. The led light from the reset button in the case is not fixed light and I think it is reacting to the processor's activity as it is unregular flashing all the time. I think everything is connected correctly.

  2. I had to order an additional SATA 2 cable for my Barracuda as there was only 1 SATA3 and 1SATA2 included in with the MSI motherboard, so at the moment I am just running my SSD and the optical drive.

  3. I had a big pain in the *** with the realtek hd audio codecs but after 4 hour fight I installed service pack 1 for W7 and finally worked fine.

  4. I tried my best with the cable management but I am not really sure about the results everythink looks fina and case looks quite empty under my point of view.

Please feel free to comment everything you want to, specially these issues with the reset button if possible.

Thank you all for taking part in this website. I am sure there is a lot of people in the same situation and it's been a big help to us.



Comments Sorted by:

OnilEssallal 12 points 42 months ago

+1 for 1000$ desk and chair that looks absolutely amazing

Persicuta 1 Build -1 points 42 months ago


kaan 1 Build 6 points 42 months ago

Pro tip: get a drinks stand to stay near you, away from your movement path, below the electronics level, you are eventually going to spill that drink otherwise

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BB2013 2 Builds 4 points 42 months ago

Nice build +1 for using the powercolor R9 :)

remitoburrito 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

love the way you took the photos man

remitoburrito 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

did you use your phone or an actual camera LOL the quality is pretty nice

yupakil submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Nikon D90 for the components and mobile phone for the "set up" and the completed case.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 42 months ago

there are only 2 leds (power led and HDD led). The power button led should always be on and the other for the HDD, should be blinking as it shows the activity of the hard drive.

WOW!! you have a very nice build with great components!!

Why is there always a complaint... now its the desk.. you should have bought another one blah blah blah...

and thinking about go ahead with W10.

good idea to upgrade..

yupakil submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

So any issues with the reset led, just get used to that blinking. TY!

firespitter2917 2 points 40 months ago

it's most likely not a reset led but a hdd activity light which pretty much blinks constantly unless you unplug the hdd activivty light

Iqwan 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Awesome choice of parts! Love the enthoo pro m :D

yupakil submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

As my first case I have not so many to compare with but I had any space issues, there's good cable management options and looks terrific! ;)

CallMeCpt 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

+1 solid build

Do you mind telling me why you chose the 390 over any other competing cards on the market? I'm having a dilemma choosing between a r9 390 and a gtx 970. Please feel free to chime in if you want to (for everybody else)

OAcesync 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago

8GB VRAM vs 3.5(0.5 slow) GB VRAM, performance is same at 1080p but anything higher the 390 pulls away Only 60W more DX12(Although this isn't 100% certified that AMD have a big advantage)

AAABattary -1 points 42 months ago

Technically the 390 does have a slight edge in gaming, especially with the 8 gigs, but it comes down to personal preference as NVidia has things like shadow play and the 970 has a lot lower tdp than the 390.

OAcesync 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

People mistake TDP all the time though, TDP is measure of cooling required or heat output but if the aftermarket cooler can easily handle it(which 390 coolers can) then it's not really a problem. TDP and power consumption are different

CallMeCpt 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Thanks for the info! Will definitely seriously consider the 390 now. My only concern would be the heat output compared to the 970.

OAcesync 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Just get a Sapphire 390 it's doesn't peak 73C and is the quietest

OAcesync 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

Shadowplay is one thing but there's OBS which is better for recording and streaming because of customization and quality. Whatever brand of GPU OBS is the go to option

yupakil submitter 1 Build 2 points 42 months ago

Thank you lads, now I can feel proud about my desktop and shy about my desk!

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firespitter2917 1 point 40 months ago

No he's a student, at university/college?

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JNA_SOLDIER 2 points 42 months ago

nice, how did you get the SSD to stick to the back like that? are there screwholes for that or did you velcro-stick it on there?

yupakil submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago

My case had already attached the adapter there, ready to stick the SSD with 4 screws. Really nice and simple!

JNA_SOLDIER 1 point 42 months ago

ohhhh, awesome, thanks alot mate!!!!

sanadghosh 2 points 42 months ago

Hey epic build! +1 for doing a nice and clean job for your first build. I have all my components and I am looking for a good mid-tower case. May you please upload a picture that shows the window side view of your case? I heard reviews saying it was small and didn't show off components well. It would be really if you could show it off! Thanks! Congrats on your awesome build!

yupakil submitter 1 Build 1 point 42 months ago


ReThorb_ 2 points 42 months ago

Cooler Master Quickfire TK rocks dude.

Great build man, excellent part choices. Good to see someone who actually chooses a decent power supply.

pe6600 2 points 41 months ago

does the msi h170 support triple monitor? ty in advance :) also does the msi b150 gaming m3 support triple monitor

firespitter2917 2 points 40 months ago

also all sata cables are equal so any will work

RandomPoorGuyWhoWantsToGame 2 points 36 months ago

I wish I could afford a desk like that :(

johngerges582 1 point 42 months ago

Such an excellent build. +1

Buuuuutttt you might want to invest in a better desk.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

Looks great!

madurham84 3 Builds 1 point 42 months ago

I see one red flag with your build; the R9 390 has a minimum power requirement of 750 watts. Your EVGA Gold 650w (a superb psu) is going to come up short when your system starts getting hungry. Get the 750 or even better the 850 for upgrade room.

Only noticed this because my new build will incorporate and R9 390. Gotta get ready for Fallout 4 ;)

boss1234100 1 Build 4 points 42 months ago

you dont have to have a 750 watt psu to use a 390 http://pcpartpicker.com/p/XJ6JrH it uses 449 watts with a i5

madurham84 3 Builds 0 points 42 months ago

I concede, but why would the manufacturer require a 750w minimum if it doesn't even come close to approaching that number?

CGMoney14 1 Build 6 points 42 months ago

It's a way for them to play it safe and keep people from lighting their computers on fire

boss1234100 1 Build 3 points 42 months ago


Firecheetah13 1 point 36 months ago

That is a worst case scenario. For example, lets say you have 2 optical drives, 4 HDDs, 4 LED fans, an FX 9590, and the card itself. That system will pull closer to 550 or in some cases even 600 watts. If the manufacturer said 500 watts minimum, people would be pretty upset if they had that setup and it turned out to not work because the power supply would not provide sufficient power.

Petrolspc 1 point 42 months ago

I just saw this case, and it looks like an amazing case for the price. I love the look of it so far, and if there aren't any real catches, I'm going to be using this in the future for sure. +1

Petrolspc 1 point 42 months ago

Also, get something like a hyper 212 evo. You wouldn't know how much you want one until you get one. The intel stock cooler is horrible.

yupakil submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Thank you for the advice, I was thinking about that before I bought the components but I wanted to check temperatures and performance first.

Dabearals 1 point 41 months ago

is the motherboard still working fine?

yupakil submitter 1 Build 1 point 41 months ago

Smooth and fine.

johntraikos 1 point 39 months ago

did the graphics card fit well inside the case?

yupakil submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

no problem at all

TheFriendlyDeathRay 1 point 38 months ago

How are those powercolor GPUs?

Dionalli 1 point 37 months ago

Hey! You have a build that is nearly identical to mine, and I was just wondering if you have had any problems with the mobo and the SSD? The port for the SSD wires on the motherboard are really loose on mine, so I'm just curious to see if it's a general issue or I just got a bad model.

yupakil submitter 1 Build 1 point 37 months ago

No issues at all, just some driver issues with Radeon, as expected.

Nater650 1 point 15 months ago

You mean SATA 3 cable?

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