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My First PC Build!

by dannybae.16



Date Published

Nov. 7, 2018

Date Built

May 13, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.354 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C


Thank you all for the positive feedback! I'd love to hear more from you guys! Feel free to ask as many questions as you would like, I will try and respond to all of them asap.

One day I was extremely bored so I said, I'm going to build a freaking PC. So I destroyed all my piggy banks, and gathered up some more pocket change and came up with around $700.

As my first build, I'd give myself an 8/10. I just wish I got a better case. This Bitfenix is total garbage. Cable management does not EXIST in this chassis.

Anyway, with this GTX 1050, I'm pulling around 140 fps on Fortnite running at high/epic settings (v6.20). And also, before getting angry, please not that I have shadows completely off. I've seen reviews complaining about how under-powered the 1050 is, and how it barely manages 60 fps on Fortnite low settings. Maybe their PCs just all suck.

Ps. Never buy a cheap case from Bitfenix.

Part Reviews


Absolutely amazing. I was never fond of i3 processors previous to the 8th gen launch, but this quad core is destroying everything I throw at it. I mean, I don't do any 4k video edits or VR, but just check how cheap this thing is. Great value, great CPU.


Freaking amazing. Usually I enter a little pros and cons section, but this motherboard has no cons. Zero. It's cheap, works properly, and can pretty much do everything but OC. I don't have a high end CPU, so I won't be doing any of that anyway.


Ram is ram. DDR4-2400 isn't too shabby is it? This pair consistently pulls its weight at 2400mhz. The only thing is... they're freaking GREEN! Like old fashioned DDR2 green! They work, but just look dumb.


The cheapest SSD I could find at the time. And, it does its job. Read/write at max speeds consistently, and is just very fast. I boot my system in about 10-15 seconds.

Video Card

BEAST! After reading reviews of this budget card, I was expecting much worse performance. I am CONSISTENTLY pulling 140FPS on max/high settings on Fortnite (1920x1080). One hundred and forty. I don't know if there was a mixup of 1050 TI versions at the factory, but this thing is pulling benchmarks better than a lot of 1050 tis I've seen on various websites.


I mean, It looks decent and is cheap, but can't they give a little more than 2mm of space at the back? And channels to run the cables through the top? The only way I can route my cables are through the right side of the motherboard. This means that ALL my cables need to go ACROSS the motherboard to find their ports. Just terrible.

Power Supply

Cheap, and reliable. Great choice.

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ArtsyFartsy 4 points 5 months ago

Nicely done, however I would question your choice of an Intel i3-8100 over a Ryzen 5 2600. For $20 more, you could've made a jump from 4 cores & 4 threads to 6 cores & 12 threads.

dannybae.16 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Now that I think of it, I completely agree with you. This is why I'm using a 2200G for my friend's build. Although it isn't the 2600 you mentioned, I know know that any second gen Ryzen CPU is capable of much more things than Intel's chips at the same price point.

MrBeastyCakes 1 point 5 months ago

i did a similar build but switched graphics performance for cpu performance, I3 8100 -> I3 8350k | gtx 1050 -> gt 1030

i game at 720p since i don't want to throw a bunch of money into a monitor (mine cost $20) so going low end and getting what is essentially a media processor was not a hard choice, the quad core 4.0 ghz on the i3 eats everything i throw at it no problem, but the 1030 did not change much, my frame rates were relatively the same using integrated graphics

RayplayzRGG 3 points 5 months ago

As a professional PC Builder I must say Good Job! I agree with everything here (except the case)

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Phildilf 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Kind of a douchey comment, don't you think? OP built a computer for under $600. It's a perfect budget build. You know nothing about other people's professions.

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Phildilf 3 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Since there were no punctuation's, I really don't know what you're trying to say.

Who are you to say something is wrong with his build? Are you a professional? If not, maybe opt out of giving your opinion on things you really aren't knowledgeable enough to touch base on.

He built a perfect budget build. Just because you don't agree with a certain part of his build, doesn't mean there's something wrong with it.

Also, down voting someone's comment because they disagree with you is petty.

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Hotsmithy2016 3 points 5 months ago

My friend got a 1050ti and never complains about it he gets like 100fps on like medium settings.

dannybae.16 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

That's wierd... does he play with shadows on? When I turn my shadows to medium or high, my fps dips faster than an insecure kid in the locker room. W/o shadows, I'm almost always at 135-145 fps... not sure what's going on.

Hotsmithy2016 1 point 5 months ago

Prob without shadows

Frappy25 3 points 5 months ago

I would consider getting a 3 TB 7200 RPM hard drive. As the 240 GB SSD will fill up quite fast. Build looks good.

HotShot_01 9 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Very nice but i do agree that the cheap bitfenix cases are crap. Then again i actually overpaid for a case that initally looked cool but now realising there are way cheaper cases that look even better for the price.

As for the build. Very solid and great choice of components. The new i3 with a 1050 means that you can have a quad core CPU at a budget. Personally i would have bought a used GPU but then again this works nicely and for $700 and intel CPUS being way overpriced, this is pretty good.

Socialkonstruct 4 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

The Bitfenix Merc Beta I have for my stepdad's PC is actually super nice but sadly enough doesn't exist anymore.

Tranquil_Havox 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Welcome to the PC overloads!

I built my first PC a few months ago! Isn't just great? :)

BLS15 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Love how your in your completed builds name you put "for school" and it has a 1080ti lol P.S. Not trying to sound mean

Tranquil_Havox 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

It was a splurge buy. I did have a 1060 3GB Asus card, and wanted to upgrade before the prices increased. (which they did) The same 1080ti card I bought originally for $750 increased to like $1400 on Newegg. I am super happy I bought it when I did. Ti cards are hard to find on amazon and are outrageously priced on Newegg.

That, and the high GPU helps me with all the essays I have been doing. (=

kenley89 2 Builds 2 points 5 months ago

Well done! you made the right choice, the i3 will play nice with the RAM

VII77 2 points 5 months ago

I think what is happening is the people that are complaining about the 1050 not being able to hit 60fps on low is they are running into a balancing issue. There is a sweet spot balancing act on settings for the CPU and GPU. As you lower your settings, you put more load onto the CPU. As you raise your settings, you start move the load to the GPU. The 1050 is a good card for the budget gamer. You just have to utilize it right so you don't run into a balancing issue and pair it with the right CPU so you don't wind up with bottlenecking.

You got my +1.

Jnathanroy 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago

That's not quite how it works. Bottlenecking occurs when a slower component limits the performance of a faster component. For example...if you had an i3 paired with a 1080 Ti, you would only get the performance of of the i3 and the 1080 Ti would be limited. You'd get a LOT more performance by pairing an 8700K with a 1080 Ti because the faster CPU frees up the GPU to run at full speed. "Balancing a system" is important, but picking well-matched parts WON'T make either part faster. In other words, pairing a 1050 with an appropriately matched i3 won't make the i3 run like an it or the 1050 run like a 1060. It will simply remove the limit and allow the faster part to get closer to its full potential. Ideally you want to have your GPU be your bottleneck, because that means it is running at full speed and performing as fast as it is supposed to.

Eliminating bottlenecks will never make your components run faster than stock. It will prevent them from being slowed below stock performance.

VII77 4 points 5 months ago

I wasn't intending to imply that the pairing would make the hardware run faster. I was only saying that from what I have seen people that have a 1050 are pairing it with a CPU that is way beyond ideal for the 1050. I agree that if you have a bottleneck it should be your GPU that is the issue. What I was getting at is that balancing your settings will make your PC perform better.

Jnathanroy 1 Build 3 points 5 months ago

Sure. We are agreed. But that still doesn't explain why his 1050 is performing like a GTX 1060 or GTX 1070. I have an RX 570, which is roughly equivalent to a 1060 3GB, and at Epic settings, I'm getting 85-90 FPS. I know that my CPU and other components aren't bottlenecking my GPU. So the question is how is he getting 140 FPS?

VII77 1 point 5 months ago

I'm not sure. Maybe he is playing at 720p?

Jnathanroy 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

That's what I'm thinking. OP doesn't have a monitor listed, so it's hard to tell. But something is abnormal, that's for sure.

Jnathanroy 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

Impressive build for the money. That's a lot of PC for 500 bucks.

Kovus 1 point 3 months ago

I want to build myself same-ish pc as yours so do you have any final suggestions about case replacment or maybe cpu?

dannybae.16 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I think the CPU is fine. Unless if you're doing high-res video editing, streaming, or running some heavy-load programs, it'll handle anything you want to throw at it. And the case... well, I'd recommend the MasterCooler case I used in my other build, or if you have a little more money to spend, go for any NZXT cases. They've been my absolute favorites for aesthetics and cable management in my past experience. Just avoid the Bitfenix cases at all costs.

Kovus 1 point 2 months ago

Its mostly for gaming and for some light programming and CAD so I think it will suffice.I havent still firmly decided about the case so every tip is welcome and I will look into it gladly .

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dannybae.16 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

I have no idea my man but I don't see a point in lying about my build on this page, I'm being as honest as I can be. Sometimes when I'm in buildings with no one around, I hit 160-170 fps.

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dannybae.16 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Maybe the factory messed up and Gigabyte accidentally put in a 1050 ti chip instead of a regular 1050

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nonoesimposible 1 point 5 months ago

You can check what chipset you have with software.

MrBeastyCakes 1 point 5 months ago

maybe he's playing 720p