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My First Build

by AidanRiches



Date Published

Jan. 27, 2019

Date Built

Jan. 25, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

64.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


This was my first build completely from scratch and although it is not quite done yet (there will be updates) it is up and running so that will do for now. I am planning to get some sleeved cables, go full ssd storage to accommodate for the 3rd intake fan and add some rgb fans (other then the ones I have now).

The Build Process

This was my first build and although I have taken computers apart and put then back together I was handling a lot more expensive parts then usual so it was quite nerve-wracking to put the CPU in the socket and then the when the RAM made some horrible grating noises as it went in I was freaking out. but everything ended up working and it booted first try, although I did have some trouble with the AIO as when installed it blocked access to the top of the motherboard and I had to remove it twice to plug in cables. Another thing about the size of the case is that since the motherboard fills up most of the space inside it blocks the holes that the front IO connectors and GPU cables should be routed through. The angled cable grommets at the side of the motherboard meant the I couldn't use the sideways usb 3.1 header and had to use the one at the bottom which doesn't look as nice, but these can all be fixed as I will have to remove multiple components when I change and add to my system. All other installation went smoothly. My CPU stays at 60 degrees while gaming and my GPU at 70 both running nearly silent. I managed a 5.2 Ghz overclock at stock voltage but temps topped out at 91 degrees while running cinebench R15 (1191 score) at stock CPU temps hit 64 degrees (964 Score). This is a massive upgrade from my last build ( AMD Phenom x6 1035t with a 1050ti) and I can now nearly max out all my games at 1080p 144hz.

Part Reviews


Works Great, managed to get a 5.2 Ghz overclock at stock voltage, very happy with it's performance.

CPU Cooler

Looks beautiful (the reason I got it) and is quiet while keeping my CPU cool during sustained workloads. Syncs with Asus' software nicely.


Got this refurbished for a great price and it works like charm nice LEDs and a great looking mobo with lots of features.


This RAM is a bit problematic as even though it says on the packaging that it is compatible with aura sync it just isn't it still looks good though and is really the only RAM that is RGB and is still short enough to fit under the radiator (literally no gap). I also had to re-install it after one stick wouldn't show up but worked great after that.


Cheap, had it for ages and still works.


Good hard-drive, not much more to say.

Video Card

Got this used as a mining card and it looks and performs amazing. Haven't tried oc'ing it but may try in the future.


Looks stunning and has great thermal performance but the angled grommets are a bit annoying and clearance is pretty tight but it can be resolved with a bit of foresight.

Power Supply

From my last build, going to get a modular one still works well though.


Great looking monitor 144hz truly is amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone how is into gaming.


Amazing keyboard fells good and looks even better. the USB pass-through is nice to have.


One of the few ambidextrous mice that I like out there and wow was an upgrade from my last one.


Good sound but a bit bulky and the sound could be better for the price.

Comments Sorted by:

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I wish I could get the Castle, but it is not available in the US. ) :

AidanRiches submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Yeah, luckily i'm in New Zealand so that isn't a problem as I think it is the Asetek patents that prevent deepcool from selling it in the U.S

diypartsjoy 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago


firewrath9 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

stock voltage is auto, that means it could be 1.5-1.6v, and you wouldn't know it.

AidanRiches submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Oh ok didn't know that thanks for telling me :)

DevamCool04 1 point 1 month ago

Man you could have saved a little bit on the keyboard and mouse and have gotten a better graphics card or a CPU. A GTX 1080 could have been bought by that money for example

AidanRiches submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I have had the keyboard and mouse for a couple of years now so that wasn't an option but I probably would have if I could.

himynameissanta 1 point 1 month ago

are u left handed?????

AidanRiches submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

yes :) it kinda sucks for gaming as everything is made right-handed

himynameissanta 1 point 1 month ago

cool i have a friend too who is left handed:)

djmcdee 1 point 1 month ago

Looks great we actually have the same mouse and keyboard and I've got parts arriving for a very similar build. Mainly the same case and cooler.

How easy was it to fit the cooler in this case? Where did you place it and did you have to move any pre-placed case fans? Also, how easy was it to configure the colour and effects of the AIO RGB?

AidanRiches submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

The cooler fits quite easily in the case as long as your RAM isn't over about 40mm tall or so (mine just cleared it) and as long as you route all your cables to the top before hand there should be no trouble fitting it. The RGB works well and looks nicely but is somewhat limited as you can only control the fans and block as 1 unit, not separately (unless I am doing something wrong in the aura sync software). Other things I like/dislike about the parts can be found in the part reviews. :) Hope I helped.

djmcdee 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks a lot that is very helpful :D