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Garretts first PC

by Gooberdad


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Date Published

Sept. 26, 2018

Date Built

Sept. 3, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

4.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

33.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

70.0° C


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I was talking with my brother a little more than a month ago and let him know I had a spare i5 4690k, 8 GB of ddr3 ram, my last OE version of Windows 7 64 Pro, two Corsair 120mm quiet fans, a Hue+ (a friend had received two of a while back and had gave the extra one to me), an EVGA GTX 770 SC 2GB card and a Zalman CPU cooler I'd give to him if he wanted to build a PC. He let me know he wasn't interested right now but his son, Garrett was interested and excited.

So it was time to build a parts list for my nephew to go over.

I quickly dumped the idea of using the Zalman for this build. To help make up for the expense of a new cooler I covered the cost of a 2TB hdd for him. He chose the EVGA DG73 case while on sale at B&H, a 500 GB Crucial MX500 ssd from Microcenter on sale, and an EVGA BQ850 while on sale on the EVGA site. I snatched up a Cooler Master Master Liquid 240 from Newegg while on sale and some Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut 5.5g (not listed on Pcpartpicker.com yet).

Building was fairly easy, but this case needs some help for air intake at the front. I added washers and orings to hold the washers on the front panel bolts when taking the front plate off. This opened a gap all the way around the front panel cover. That helped tons. Even sounds quieter running now.

The i5 4690k needed an appropriate motherboard, so I suggested I try to find a Z97 Pro version from Asus on Ebay and got one. Black and gold. Well the old 770 matched, but the old ram was blue. Time to get out the tape and spray paint the ram black. That's better looking. The fans gave changeable intake side rings so white seemed like a good color reflector for the HUE+ lighting. I think we're good. Time to build.

Garrett helped assemble this one. Im glad he got involved in the process. Now next time he can build one by himself if he likes. We worked on getting the IO shield installed, the stand offs, the power supply, the cooler bracket on the motherboard, the motherboard itself, drives, CPU, ram, cooler and fans, thermal paste, cooler pump, and HUE+.

Windows 7 Pro had such a long set of updates, I gave up on it. I switched to Windows 10 Pro using the key from the 7 disc box. Much easier getting it going. Drivers installed easily as well.

Oh boy. The new style HUE+. Hmm the box and lights are nice. The CAM software is simply put, pure garbage. NXZT has dropped the ball with CAM.

The Coolermaster AIO liquid cooler works really well and keeps the little i5 cool overclocked at 4.5Ghz on all cores. It has a bright logo perfect for covering with something. Marla made a couple of somewhat opaque discs stamped with a "G" and adhesive added to the blank side. It turned out looking nice over the logo of the pump, but my phone camera had trouble getting the shot.

After using the GTX 770, I installed my 1070 SC to show him the difference. I'll retrieve the 1070 in October and reinstall the 770. I'm hoping to motivate him to upgrade.

I let Garrett know he was $424.14 in but needs to get a better GPU and better faster ram since I was never able to get a stable overclock on them and they only add up to 8GB. After assembly I lent him a GTX 1070 which he loves, but it's just going to have the 770 once I pick it back up. He can gather up more money for upgrades and make a 1070 or better his new GPU.

Alright, here's the final product. My cable management still needs work, but he thinks it looks fabulous as is.
He's very proud of his first PC.


Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

overclocked. Like a good replacement for the Nepton line. I like it and it's quiet.

Thermal Compound

The included applicator wastes a lot of the product, but Kryonaut transfers heat well.


Fantastic old motherboard. Packed with features.


Couldn't overclock this ram. Disappointing, but cheap.


Great SSD by Micton I mean Crucial.


A little on the loud side, but works great.

Video Card

Love this GPU. Such a great step up over the 770.


Had to modify it slightly to get decent airflow. Looks nice. Great price at $39.99 with no tax and free shipping.

Power Supply

Got it on the EVGA website for $59.99 no tax and free shipping. Semi modular. Yes sir. Love it.

Case Fan

Nice and quiet...kind of. I own quieter fans that move more cfms on paper. Still free to this young'ns build.

Comments Sorted by:

Eltech 20 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Very cool and certain your nephew is thrilled to have his first custom computer. He definitely has some upgrades left available when the time and money is available. I enjoyed reading the description and happy to see the continuation of helping family with computers. You've taken my one and my support to you all.

And really cool on how the "G" logo was created over the liquid cooler. Looks great.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

Thanks, El.

Glad I had a family member take advantage of the parts.

Tensoinz 1 point 6 months ago

How much FPS in fortnite?

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

He lowered his settings with the 770 and we got 40 to 80 fps on q run through one of the cities. On maxed settings with the 1070 not overclocked we got 60 to 95 fps ttying yo do the same thing in the same area. It's not a benchmark so we're may have skewed the results without knowing. It improved by about 10 fps when overclocking the GPU but again this wasn't a benchmark just what we came up with.

Tensoinz 1 point 6 months ago


Otterman366 13 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

looks fantastic, especially for a 1st build!

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Yeah man. He loves it. I hope he gets a 1070, or ti, more and faster ram to replace that old ram I painted and then runs it until the next CPU socket choice. I mean he can always get an i7 4790k for that setup and roll, but next time who knows what generation of AMD or Intel will be out with ???? number of cores and threads.

Anyway he's into home built PCs now. Mission accomplished. Spreading the addiction!

dasauceboss 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Nice build! I'd keep an eye on that RAM though - it looks like you have a decently thick coat of paint on those, which will act as an insulator for heat as opposed to diffusing it. Just don't overclock it and you'll probably be fine.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks. Before the paint I had attempted several times on a stable overclock on q previous system and couldn't get it.not even a 2% Bclock increase. It just doesn't want to play for long. It would eventually lock up when playing World of Warcraft on any setting I used over the 1600 settings. Nope these are just going to stay at 1600 now :(

I suggested his next upgrades to be his own good used 1070 or 1070 ti and find 16GB of good 2400 ddr3 ram.

dasauceboss 2 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Ah, I see. I have no experience with intel, but the couple times I have ran into memory OC issues, it was actually the cpu being unable to handle both a processor OC balanced with a memory OC. Though ultimately, it could just be the type of RAM - if it's any help, I'm currently running Gskill Ripjaws X 2x8GB DDR3 1600mhz ram at a stable 2200mhz. That type has multiple reviews of overclocking success. I might even try to push it higher just for fun lol. Good luck!

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

That's awesome. Great OC, fella!

LiquidArrogance 5 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Good attention to detail -- very clean. I've always been a Corsair fanboy when it comes to cases, but these EVGA cases are looking clean. Great for cable management.

Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Thanks. He picked it out when it went on sale. Im glad it turned out looking good.

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Gooberdad submitter 10 Builds 1 point 6 months ago