My first self-built pc.

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My first self-built pc.

This is my first (and so far only) self built-pc made in 2015. Before this I had a prebuilt Dell pc with a core 2 duo (2.33 GHz) and an nvidia 8300, I believe, that went on to die and was then replaced by an AMD Sapphire 5570. I'm not really big on rgb. It's fine if it comes built into a part, but I don't think I'd ever go out of my way to add it myself or pay extra for a version that does have it.

I've been able to achieve a +100 MHz core overclock on the GPU at +63 mV (1040 -> 1140 MHz) with max temperatures at 78° when gaming, though it has gone in to the low 80s when running benchmarks. It's starting to struggle with some new games, such as Battlefield V, but it's still mostly solid for the time being.

The CPU is at stock for the time being and reaches 58° with the hyper 212 evo. I did try to overclock at one point, but my impatience lead to what i assume was the unstable overclock messing stuff up and resulting in me reinstalling Windows. It isn't too practical for me to run the suggested length of testing that I see because my pc is in the room where I sleep so I've just left it at stock for the time being.

I haven't felt too limited in the amount of ram I have so I didn't feel the need to buy any post-build, and prices being high for a while didn't help either. I think I will opt for 16 GB in my next build though since running an Ubuntu virtual machine smoothly was an issue and I think my ram capacity was a problem there.

The case was slightly frustrating as a newbie to building, but also convenient. The frustrating part was some build quality issues like the rubber grommets (I think that's what they're called, the things you pass the cables through) coming off with little to no force, and eventually having the rear exhaust case fan make clicking noises if you had the fan controller on the highest setting when waking or booting the system. Had to smack the fan if I forgot to turn the fans to low or else it wouldn't stop, and eventually just replaced it. Otherwise, there was lots of room and the hard drive cages were convenient. It does have a lot of openings, so beware of dust. I will probably opt for a case with filters next time, like I suggested my friend buy for the system I built for him.
Color(s): Gray
RGB Lighting? No
Theme: none
Cooling: Air Cooling
Size: ATX
Type: General Build

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Hardware

CPU
$ 249.99
Intel - Core i5 4690K
Socket: LGA 1150
Cores: 4
Motherboard
$ 112.26
Gigabyte - GA-Z97X-UD3H
Chipset: Z97
CPU Socket: LGA 1150
Size: ATX
Graphics
$ 399.00
MSI - Gaming
Chip Manufacturer: AMD
Chip: R9 390
Storage
$ 15.00
Kingston - SSDNow V300
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 120 GB
Storage
$ 69.99
Kingston - UV400
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 240 GB
Storage
$ 28.00
Seagate - Desktop (ST1000DM003)
Form Factor: 3.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 1 TB
Storage
$ 169.99
Toshiba OCZ - Vertex 460
Form Factor: 2.5 Inch
Interface: SATA 6 Gb/s
Capacity: 120 GB
PSU
Seasonic - M12II
Wattage: 750
Form Factor: ATX
Efficiency: 80+ Bronze
Case
$ 319.00
NZXT - Phantom 410 Gunmetal
Type: Mid-Tower
Side Panel: Window
Case Fan
$ 10.44
ARCTIC - F12 PWM PST
Size: 120 mm
Cooling
$ 60.00
Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Evo
Type: Air Cooler
Size (WxHxD): 116 mm
Monitor
$ 155.00
ViewSonic - VX2257
Size: 22 Inch
Panel: TN
Refresh Rate: 75 Hz
Keyboard
$ 32.99
Redragon - K553
Interface: Wired
Key Switch Type: Outemu Blue
Type: Full Size
Mouse
$ 55.80
SteelSeries - Rival 310
Interface: Wired
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