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Crimson Dragon Build

by chavezgarrett7



Date Published

Feb. 18, 2016

Date Built

Feb. 17, 2016

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.241 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

55.0° C


This is an updated build [http://pcpartpicker.com/b/9dkTwP]

UPDATES from old build:

-New and upgraded memory with better color scheme from 8 gb ddr3-1600 to 16 gb ddr3-1866

-New and better headset

-New and better mouse

-More fans [5 total]

-Better Pictures

-More to come in the future :)

What I want to upgrade:

-A fully modular PSU would be a nicer fit, so cable management could be made easier.

-A few years from now I want a new case with more room in the backplate :P

-A 144 hz monitor

-A good CPU cooler

Pictures: My pictures just show around my case, and my dog (named Halo) for the first one. The LED fans provide a much nicer ambient to the interior of the case, but I'll explain more in the explanation tab. My desk isn't in great condition so please ignore it :P

Back-Story: When I got into pc gaming, I played on my brother's factory windows PC with low frames and only a gtx 770 supporting any game we played at the time. We always played on low settings and the monitor wasn't 1920 x 1080... I decided it was time for myself to upgrade to not only have my own personal computer, but something I can use to have all my games look great while maintaining a great fps count. I worked very hard to achieve the money I needed for this pc, and I know this is a budget build for some, but I started to save for this build when I was 15 with basically no job. A year later of savings, hard work, and part scouting, I finally had enough money to get exactly what I wanted and what I thought was going to be sufficient enough for playing the games at the settings I wanted to play at.

Explanation of Build: I love my build for it suits my needs for my gaming life. It's that simple, but as always I wish I had a few changes for very simple reasons. I plan to have another upgrade build in a year or so that will include a new case with a more manageable area to route all my cables in a nice orderly fashion without having to spend 5 hours trying to get everything to fit after trial and continuous error. My case is nice in showing off what's inside of it, but I spent all day today doing wire management in the back-plate which came out nice, but I BARELY fit the back panel on the case [RIP 10000 zip-ties]. There isn't a very good amount of room in the back area behind the motherboard, but it's a $50 case, so what else did I expect. I wish I had taken a picture before I put it on to show you how insane it was, but I didn't and I'm afraid if I take it off, I won't be able to get it back on again. A new CPU cooler is needed as well, because I'm still using the stock fan. Another big part on my list is getting an 80+ Gold fully modular PSU, so I can do some cable sleeving while being able to manage my wires better while getting a good power efficiency supplied to the rest of my components. For giggles as well, I want the MSI gaming 5 or 7 motherboard because of a nicer black/red color scheme along with a sick dragon logo. Other than these small first world needs, because they are all mainly for a better look, I am very ecstatic about my PC and how all of my components and peripherals have preformed so far.

Games FPS count: Games + FPS (High-Maxed settings):

CSGO [Maxed] | 200-250 FPS

CSGO [MIN] | 250-300 FPS

BF4 [Very High] | 70-100 FPS

PlanetSide 2 [Very High] | 70-100 FPS

War Thunder [Very High] | 110-140 FPS

Arma 3 [Very High] | 40-70 FPS

Note: I added a few parts that aren't listed on the site, so this build is well over $1200.

Part Reviews

Video Card

I love this card! This Card is perfect for anyone wanting to have a budget build and still achieve max game-settings while keeping great FPS numbers. This was the last part of my build that I installed, and I must say, before this card was in my system, I had low settings with low frames. After installation, I was able to play on max settings on all my games with a huge FPS boost. The 4gb vram is a great bonus to my system that is insanely better than getting the regular 2gb card. This card exceeded my expectations, and is helping me enjoy the games I love to play more. I hope it will do this to you if you decide to buy it.


Very good looking case if you are on a budget and intend to upgrade in the future. This was my first ever case and I must say that I was able to keep my system very nice and cool with all of my fan mounts. A few things I wasn't happy with, was that the back-plate didn't have a lot of room for wire management, and there wasn't anything blocking the opening between the front panel and the back-plate. But I can't complain because it's a $50 case. The LED's are really cool if you plan to go with this color scheme and from my experience, there isn't a lot of scratching throughout the exterior case, even after a lot of moving for me.


A very comfortable mouse that definitely improved my aim in FPS games. Very smooth and works well for me, because I palm my mouse.


WOW! Kingston, I am VERY happy about this headset that has given me an insane edge in my games while maintaining comfort. This headset doesn't have any drivers which is really nice for plug and play, but it does have a clip that I didn't think I'd use a lot and ended up using all the time. This is by far the best headset I have ever owned, and will continue to use.

Comments Sorted by:

waffle502 3 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Nice doggo

Khaosix 22 Builds 2 points 38 months ago

Looks great man. Loving the color scheme. The Spec-01s definitely are a huge pain to get all the wires behind the panel but it looks like you did a really good job especially considering that you don't have a modular PSU.

MateoS 2 points 38 months ago

So you threw in there a hot dog with that ketchup and mustard? XD. Nice build color scheme a bit ruined by PSU and intel stock but in the right direction

Victor_the-_- 1 point 38 months ago

What a beautiful dog and a 5 star pc!

ProgramCrazy 1 point 38 months ago

I can't say that your dog looks too pleased that you spent all this money on a PC and none on him/her!

mlach 4 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Considering there's no fan filter at the top of the case, I'd flip over the top fans and use them as exhaust rather than intake.

chavezgarrett7 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

Thanks for the tip, I asked on many pc forums but no one helped me :(

om3gA_3 1 point 18 months ago

nice doggy u got there

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chavezgarrett7 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 38 months ago

I believe he's a retriever, husky, and lab mix. Thanks :)

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