Description

This is my first build, ever. Was a laptop user with a Nvidia 760m, which actually held its own. However, it was showing its age so I began building.

This build took about 3 months of waiting, and scavenging. I think it paid off. According to PCP, if I remove all custom pricing, build comes out to about $3000 https://pcpartpicker.com/list/jmVtKB

The mouse, keyboard, headphones, and 1tb SSD were all bought back in 2016 so I did not include those prices (the SSD was $200 I think).

Temps are around 28c when idle and about 61c when under load. The high temps is just one of the drawbacks of a blower card, although I am tweaking fan vs temp curve and will report my findings next week. As well as better pics, they are trash.

Current fan configuration is a little bananas but it's working. One 200mm intake in front, 3 120mm intakes up top, one 140mm exhaust back top, and the blower exhaust.

Comments

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

good build! btw why did u get an intel ssd when u already had a 1tb ssd?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanted a drive dedicated to the OS and other more static programs. Plus, the price was right.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting! Looks like we got a few similar parts for our PCs. From the prices, I can guess you got the CPU off Ebay and the Team Vulcan memory during the Newegg sale a few weeks back. Same here, if that's the case! Got a question for ya- are you getting the full 3000mhz speed from the RAM? ASRock mobos don't show the same model number for the RAM in their supported list of RAM from TEAM, which has me a little hesitant to start building my PC just yet (other reason being that I'm waiting on the free AM4 upgrade kit for a CPU cooler I bought). Obviously, they're working for yours, so I don't need to worry about that being a problem. Otherwise, looks really good!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

First of all, congrats on your build-to-be! My experience with it so far is I'm just blown away. Correct on CPU and RAM prices! Most other parts were Reddit trades. And the RAM by default will be rated to 2400 via Asrock but XMP can get it to 2933 with 0 issues. I have not tried overclocking yet. You'll be fine!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

That's great to hear. Definitely looking forward to posting my build when I finally get my upgrade kit. Thanks!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

You can definitely bring that load temp down on the 1080Ti. Blower card fans are a lot more capable than they are given credit for and not as noisy as people think if they are managed correctly. I would shoot for a more reasonable 60c under load. Good luck!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

You are exactly right, MSI afterburner has come in clutch as the stock fan curve is set for danger, with 100% power only when hitting 90c. I adjusted for 100% at 60c and I cannot hear it unless I listen for it, and the tower is 2 feet away from me sitting on my desk. It hits about 61c max now.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Love the build.. But why a sound card? the onboard audio usually good enough and if you want best quality a DAC would have been a better buy imho

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Haven't used a DAC, but I have been blown away with this sound card after cross referencing it with the on board. There is a lot more 360 awareness, mids, highs, and lows are all very well equalized and balanced. Features like scout mode really help during my CSGO and PUBG sessions.

I remember many moons ago my dad told me that sound cards are crucial for sound engineering. Granted this was 10 years ago and I also don't engineer sound. I honestly didn't plan on getting it after a recommendation similar to yours, but an eBay bid that I ended up surprisingly winning changed that.

No ragrets!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah alright... glad to hear that the sound card worked out well... rn I have plugged my headphones into my focusrite scarlett solo.. also a fantastic midi audio interface. But yeah, nowadays people usually get a dac or just use the audio interface from their xlr mic Like I do. But hey.. A good seems like the deal on Ebay really did turn out for the better ;)