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Vanilla Ice: First Build

by TheHarbourMaster


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Date Published

Jan. 27, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

980 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C


Built 13/1/16

Well, what an upgrade. My old laptop had been in use for about four years, could barely run anymore and the keyboard didn't even work. 1.9 GHz CPU with integrated graphics- I gamed on this for FOUR years. My gaming days are much reduced now, but they are so beautiful with this PC. My first build, I did about two months of research and spent every dime I've earn' from work on this. I live in Australia so the pricing is a stab in the back as well. I was surprisingly pleased with Dad's support throughout and he made this computer possible.

  • CPU: Fantastic processor, damn perfect for my non-overclocking wishes.

  • MoBo: Solid board, looks great, not spectacular but solid buy for the price.

  • RAM: This is excellent RAM but I might've got the short straw, it shows up as 8 gigs on my PC and appears to be normal, but the debug LED for ram turns on every boot and when playing the Witcher 3, I can get notices saying I have ran out of memory. Not sure what the deal is here.

  • SSD: I initially planned to get a 1tb HDD along with this but didn't buy one when it came to ordering time. I need to tattoo No ragrets on my ****, this SSD is so amazing. Boots are incredible, loading programs is ridiculously fast compared to my laptop, I'm just so happy with this and I'm sure I won't run out of storage soon, so no HDD for me :D

  • GPU: This caused me so much heartache. I almost had a breakdown during the build, after everything I encountered a problem but when it came to the GPU it just didn't fit. My brother came in the room while I despairingly was trying to fit it in and I accidentally slipped it in through a small notch. The PCB will not fit unless it goes through that little gap which is an inch or two from the PCIE slot, meaning I have to slot it in diagonally. Afterwards I discovered the PCI-E cables wouldn't fit. But for some reason, I only had one white extension cable (I don't know what possessed me to only buy one when I needed two), so for the next week I had to take the side panel off if I wanted to use the GPU. Goddamit. I made the conscious decision to buy a 380 rather than a 970 or 390 because the lack of time I'll have to play games over the next two years. So far, I don't regret it at all, Plays the Witcher 3 on high settings close enough to 60fps that I can't tell the difference anyway.

  • Case: Love this case so much, not perfect but definitely a 9.5/10. Beautiful chassis.

  • PSU:Last minute swap from a CX, the peace of mind I get with this power supply is just so good. Take my money.

  • OS: I'm really impressed with Windows 10, very fine operating system. Installing it was such a relief after my disastrous build, it really fixed up the day for me. Looks great, works great.

  • Wireless Card: Deliberately chose this over TP Link, excellent card for the price. Maintains a very solid connection and is far more consistent than my laptops wifi.

  • Monitor: All that research on the monitor was so worth it. I got this for a ******* STEAL, $179 AUD and it looks so beautiful. VA panel, such slim bezels, and a lack of physical buttons gives off a much more elite visage than you'd believe for the price. If I bought a 970 or 390 I'd probably buy another one.

Overall I'm so happy I went through and actually did this. Very happy with this investment and how it turned out . I could've got a 970/390 if I skimped on some parts, do I care? Not one bit. This does everything I want it to and more and looks great, and I'm happy with that.

Cheers lads, have a lovely day.

Part Reviews


Fantastic processor, damn perfect for my non-overclocking wishes. 100% the new i5 to get for low or high end budget gaming and editing!


Solid board, looks great, not spectacular but solid buy for the price. Definitely one of the best budget boards you can buy at the moment.


Double thumbs up. Just wish I could buy it in white.


Can't go better with SSD's for this price. There's no question why this is the most popular.

Video Card

Solid card, gets me 55-65fps on max 1080p in pretty much everything, definitely don't regret it.


Byou-tee-fool. Such an awesome and amazing case, 10/10 just wish it was a bit wider for certain GPU's.

Power Supply

10/10 would literally buy again. Seasonic inside, this is just such a fantastic PSU and I have so much peace of mind with it.

Wireless Network Adapter

Excellent, very happy with this, ridiculous how 19 Australian dollars will provide such a necessary component for the function of your computer. Definitely advocate for this over TP-Link. Nicely done Asus!


Very beautiful monitor, so glad I spent so much time picking this one out. Love the thin bezels, matte finish, very premium design and such a good price. Quite literally 10/10 for this budget, this is one of my favourite parts.

Comments Sorted by:

Eltech 20 Builds 4 points 39 months ago

It looks great! I'm very sorry to hear about the struggle with your GPU. It appears you got it to work at the end of your issues. Your new computer will serve you well. Enjoy! +1

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 4 points 39 months ago

Thanks bro, yeah I bent each individual wire and I can force the panel on. It puts pressure on the parts but it all fits and I have to be happy with that.

Monopoly316 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

+1 for global maps as wall paper.

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Just a wallmap (like a painting or a picture) not a wallpaper but cheers.

Rabab.Noor 3 points 39 months ago

That Title :D Great Build

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Cheers mate.

JuniorVid 1 Build 3 points 39 months ago

I saw you on /r/PCMR!

JunkaDK 3 points 39 months ago

Sexy little devel :) +1

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

<3 Thanks bro

mitzyjack 2 Builds 3 points 39 months ago

nice to know that their is another australian PC maker

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

There's quite a few if you look in the right places. You'll never see any builds over 2 grand though from an Aussie. Says a lot about the pricing here eh. /r/buildapc has a decent amount of Aussies, and its easier to find them considering a lot use $AUD flairs and mention Australia or Aud in their title.

Rrosenquist 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

This is my favorite build that i have looked a t for this price

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Cheers mate!

rdt712 2 points 39 months ago

What CPU fan is that?

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Stock Cooler, I just painted it. I re-touched the circle edges yesterday, I'll link a close up if you want.

FlynnEntwistle 2 points 34 months ago

How did you light up the white case fans to become purple? Sorry I'm pretty new to this. It looks great!

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 2 points 34 months ago

The fan LEDs themselves are white, but its way overpowered by the LED strips along the top and bottom of the window panel.

FlynnEntwistle 2 points 34 months ago

Thanks so much :)

RobertTheCat 2 points 25 months ago

thats a nice microwave you have right there my friend

GrizzlyGoat 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Yo, I have a question. When you installed the operating system via USB, how did you choose whether to install the 32 bit or 64 bit version? I'm pretty sure both of them are preloaded/installed already in the usb, or not. Also +1 very neat build and great case.

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Honestly bro, I don't even fully remember. The build went so bad I was completely out of it and only decided to install windows on a whim. I didn't have a graphics card working and I was completely stressed out. I think it gave the option to choose but skylake processors only allow 64-bit anyway so it could be automatically 64. I was extremely impressed with how easily windows 10 installed and it detected my wifi modem and had selected it before I even had finished installing or creating the admin account. One thing to note though, don't get start if it seemingly keeps freshly restarting the install. It'll do this about three times before it finally goes to setup. Best of luck mate and cheers! Edit: Installing windows 10 is super fast too. I think it was like 20 minutes, maybe 30 at the most.

GrizzlyGoat 1 Build 2 points 39 months ago

Thanks for the reply, it all matters at the end that it's working and all good lol

Damjan25 1 point 38 months ago

how's the case ? Is there enough place for cpu power connector ? I cant decide between this one and nzxt s340 which one has better airflow

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 1 point 38 months ago

Theres PLENTY of room for the 8-Pin CPU power, theres a lovely hidden hole at the top left just for it. This case has fabulous airflow especially for a Micro-ATX form factor. Just looking at photos I think its pretty clear the Air 240 has better airflow but don't make that a dealbreaker.

Sobelek1 1 point 36 months ago

Hi man, can you please tell me how you got that beautiful looking blue/purple light? Did you use two seperate LEDs?

TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 1 point 36 months ago

I had Violet/Purple LEDs in the system and the fans were a very blue hued white, together at that angle they made the sexy effect. Not as nice irl though, I think the camera interpreted the light differently.

Sobelek1 1 point 36 months ago

Thanks for the reply, and very nice build :)

Sobelek1 1 point 36 months ago

By the way, were the fans just originally blue or had pre-installed blue LEDs?

RichiBarri 1 point 33 months ago

what happens if i put 2400mhz ram on it?

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TheHarbourMaster submitter 1 Build 1 point 39 months ago

Thanks bro, that's so relieving to hear! Its an excellent case, just be careful with the GPU you buy. Best of luck!