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Linus Helped Me To Build

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello ladies and gents.

Wasn't sure where I should go for this but I thought General Discussion was as good a place as any. I just wanted to extend my thanks to LMG for their great content. I have always been a console gamer but dreamt of having my own gaming rig and getting in on PC gaming. I never thought I would have the skill to be able to build my own and having the displeasure of once owning an Alienware "gaming" laptop decided I never wanted to go down the pre-built path ever again. After watching Linus' videos for the past 6-8 months an opportunity arose to build my wife her first gaming rig and test my skills. After a bit of research (and I still think I may have gotten somethings wrong) I ended up with these parts:

Case- In Win 303 black
Motherboard- ASRock B250 Gaming K4
CPU- i5 7500
GPU- MSI GeForce GTX1060 OC 6gb
RAM- Kingston HyperX Fury (2x8gb)
SSD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
HDD- Seagate Barracuda 1TB
PSU- SilverStone Strider 500W
Cooling- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240mm AIO & x5 Riing Plus 12 RGB fans

I was insanely jealous as I had finally built a gaming rig but not for my self but I had at least gotten some practice in for when I could build my own.

As luck would have it a couple of months later another opportunity arose for me to build my rig. I had been doing some more research on what I wanted for mine and eventually came up with this list and was able to get all the parts and build my machine.

Case- NZXT S340 White
Motherboard- Gigabyte GA-Z270X Designare
CPU- i7 7700k
GPU- Galax GeForce GTX1080Ti EXOC White
RAM- G.Skill TridentZ RGB (4x8GB)
SSD- Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
SSD- Intel 600P M.2 128GB
PSU- Corsair RM750i 
Cooling- Deepcool Gamer Storm Captain 240EX AIO & NZXT Aer RGB 120mm (x1) and 140mm (x1) fans

And a but load of Hue+ RGB... Im one of those people... sorry.

I'm sure if anyone reads this you will likely spot something I did wrong or did match properly and if so would love to hear what you think I did wrong so I know for the next time (there will be a next time)

Since building them Ive purchased a couple of Corsair Strafe keyboards and Corsair Void headsets for my wife and I plus some other goodies here and there. I'm pretty happy with how both of these builds have turned out. I was thinking of getting a 4k monitor mine but I have decided I will wait a couple of GPU generations. I dont want the framerate drop just for 4k resolution. So I am thinking of moving to a 1440 ultrawide in the meantime.

None of this would have happened with out Linus and his crew or you guys here in the forums (I have been doing a lot of reading here the last few months). I have fallen in love with PC building and can't wait for my next chance to be able to build one. Hopefully my 3 brothers decide to invest in some parts.

Anyway, just wanted to share a story with you lot and thank Linus for teaching me and showing me that building a PC isnt as hard as I originally thought it would be. I look forward to more content across all your media.

Thanks. 



 

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Real nice, a shame no ultrawide monitor though [:


Workstation Rig:
CPU:  Intel Core i9 9900K @5.0ghz  |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Dark Rock 4 |~|  MOBO: Asus Z390M ROG Maximus XI GENE |~| RAM: 32gb 3333mhz CL15 G.Skill Trident Z RGB |~| GPU: nVidia TITAN V  |~| PSU: beQuiet! Dark Power Pro 11 80Plus Platinum  |~| Boot: Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2X4TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Iron Wolf + 2X2TB SSD SanDisk Ultra |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Acer Predator X34 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
 
Personal Use Rig:
CPU: Intel Core i9 9900 @4.75ghz |~| Cooling: beQuiet! Shadow Rock Slim |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z390M Gaming mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3400mhzCL15 Viper Steel |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition RTX 2080 Ti |~| PSU: beQuiet! Straight Power 11 80Plus Gold  |~|  Boot:  Intel 660p 2TB NVMe |~| Storage: 2x2TB SanDisk SSD Ultra 3D |~| Case: Cooler Master Case Pro 3 |~| Display: Viotek GN34CB 3440x1440p100hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.


HTPC / "Console of the house":

CPU: Intel Core i7 8700 @4.45ghz |~| Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 212X |~| MOBO: Gigabyte Z370M D3H mATX|~| RAM: 16gb DDR4 3333mhzCL16 G.Skill Trident Z |~| GPU: nVidia Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti |~| PSU: Corsair TX650M 80Plus Gold |~| Boot:  SSD WD Green M.2 2280 240GB |~| Storage: 1x3TB HDD 7200rpm Seagate Barracuda + SanDisk Ultra 3D 1TB |~| Case: Fractal Design Meshify C Mini |~| Display: Toshiba UL7A 4K/60hz |~| OS: Windows 10 Pro.
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Posted · Original PosterOP

What can I say, I like me some shinies lol.

The speakers do their job. I was going to fork out for some good ones then realised "why bother when I have the 7.1 headset" and I nearly always am wearing it. So some cheap USB speakers were more than enough for me.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, Princess Cadence said:

Real nice, a shame no ultrawide monitor though [:

The ultrawide is coming. I burnt through my savings on this thing but I will have enough funds for a new screen soon.

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3 minutes ago, Hockeybalboa said:

The ultrawide is coming. I burnt through my savings on this thing but I will have enough funds for a new screen soon.

Trust me it's well worth it (IMO).
I recently got a U3415W on sale on newegg, it's fantastic.


I make bad life decisions.

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1. Water cooling with i5-7500.... At least it looks good

 

2. Silverstone Strider? They are either bad or mediocre, what is the exact model?

 

3. I guess you bought the NVMe drive as boot drive? Sadly NVMe and SATA SSD as boot drive perform more or less the same. Unless you have to move huge files around all the time, dont get NVMe drives. SATA SSDs are enough.

 

Is the NZXT case being hold up by a book underneath?


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Love the build, all glass side panels with RGB is one of the things I am debating about upgrading my desktop. I am still not sure if I want to focus on silence with something like a Define R5 or just go all glass and RGB.

 

On a side note Alienware does make pretty solid laptops, and with laptops you don't get to build your own.


 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
17 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

1. Water cooling with i5-7500.... At least it looks good

 

2. Silverstone Strider? They are either bad or mediocre, what is the exact model?

 

3. I guess you bought the NVMe drive as boot drive? Sadly NVMe and SATA SSD as boot drive perform more or less the same. Unless you have to move huge files around all the time, dont get NVMe drives. SATA SSDs are enough.

 

Is the NZXT case being hold up by a book underneath?

1- you're correct was more for looks than actual cooling performance. I considered a just a regular fan and heatsink but my wife liked the look of the radiator setup and there was no harm in doing it

 

2- Silverstone Strider Essential 500w ST50F-ESB

 

i can't remember reading bad reviews for this one. I hope I didn't go wrong here but so far there have been no issues. 

 

3- again you are correct. It's for a boot drive. I had read that there was no point to getting an NVMe over a SATA SSD but I had the money for one and wanted to give one a shot. I'm one of those idiots that likes to spend more on the latest greatest even when it's not that big of an upgrade over existing tech... personality flaw I guess. 

 

No no it's not being help up by a book. That's just where I have placed the box for my Windows 10 USB box, so I know where it is at all times just in case I ever need it in an emergency. 

 

Im planning on getting a set of drawers to go under neath the desk to place all that stuff in. 

 

Thanks for the feedback. I hope my choice of PSU for my wife's PC doesn't bite me in the arse. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
43 minutes ago, Inkz said:

Love the build, all glass side panels with RGB is one of the things I am debating about upgrading my desktop. I am still not sure if I want to focus on silence with something like a Define R5 or just go all glass and RGB.

 

On a side note Alienware does make pretty solid laptops, and with laptops you don't get to build your own.

I kind of wish I had waited an extra week for the S340 elite to be in stock so mine could have had the glass panels too. But I was slightly impatient and the S340 still looks sexy even with the plastic panel so Im not too fussed over it.

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6 hours ago, Hockeybalboa said:

2- Silverstone Strider Essential 500w ST50F-ESB

 

i can't remember reading bad reviews for this one. I hope I didn't go wrong here but so far there have been no issues. 

 

Thanks for the feedback. I hope my choice of PSU for my wife's PC doesn't bite me in the arse. 

Tier 6 PSU... The higher the worse btw, so it's nearly as bad as it could ever get.

Tier 1-3s are the recommended ones. Tier 4s can work but probably wont last long. Tier 5 or above is [profanity]


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Posted · Original PosterOP
39 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

Tier 6 PSU... The higher the worse btw, so it's nearly as bad as it could ever get.

Tier 1-3s are the recommended ones. Tier 4s can work but probably wont last long. Tier 5 or above is [profanity]

Fair enough but what exactly makes it "Tier 6"?

I was going through my saved articles from when I was researching the parts and nothing in my list told me to avoid that particular PSU. Either I missed something then or Im missing something in that link.

Im trying to find more specific info so I can find out why it was put in a T6 spot and you are so against it.

If you have any links or reviews that you think would help me please point me in the right direction. If this PSU is (expletive deleted) I would like to know why and look for something to replace it with.

Thank you.

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8 minutes ago, Hockeybalboa said:

Fair enough but what exactly makes it "Tier 6"?

I was going through my saved articles from when I was researching the parts and nothing in my list told me to avoid that particular PSU. Either I missed something then or Im missing something in that link.

Im trying to find more specific info so I can find out why it was put in a T6 spot and you are so against it.

If you have any links or reviews that you think would help me please point me in the right direction. If this PSU is (expletive deleted) I would like to know why and look for something to replace it with.

Thank you.

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Silverstone/ST50F-ES  (tier 6)

 

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Corsair/CS650M/11.html (tier 3)

 

https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Seasonic/X-750/ (tier 1)

 

You shouldnt buy it because they are lower tier ones available at this price range (not those I give link to)

 

Of course you can ask @STRMfrmXMN himself in his post.


CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.47V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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