Hi guys,

This was my first ever build and oh was it fun!

Issue 1: r9 270x - issues with TV picking it up through the hdmi and installing drivers etc but eventually came good! What I have tried so far, it runs like a dream. Can handle tomb raider, thief and batman on very high settings with no probs!

Issue 2: panel removal - case is abit of a nightmare when it comes to removing the top panel and the front panel.. The sides are no issue what so ever.

Issue 3: wifi card wouldn't pick my internet up, found out that it was faulty and had a new one sent out which was fine.

Think that's it! If I can do it anybody can, first time build and I think it looks pretty sweet. Still early days but will be looking to upgrade and add a few subtle mods :D

Scored what I can at the minute.. Added CPU temperature (38c) at idle and motherboard was showing 28c. How I am I best to record this to update my details on here?

Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core - seems to be doing the job, no issues, running pretty smooth

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing - unsure on how much of an affect this has as installed with the rest

MSI Z87-G45 Gaming ATX LGA1150 - really like this mobo, loads of features and running like a dream

Corsair Vengeance Pro 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 - brilliant value for money and look great

Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM - another part with excellent value for money

Sapphire Radeon R9 270X 2GB Dual-X - installing drivers were abit hit and miss but handling everything I've thrown at it

Zalman Z11 Plus ATX Mid Tower - case looks awesome in my opinion, few more lights inside to brighten it up abit but the big downfall is getting the panels off. USB 3.0 + for me

Corsair 500W ATX12V - cheap and cheerful without too much clutter!

LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer - haven't fully tested as of yet, no issues with disks used so far

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) - installed twice and seems fine, had a bargain with this!

TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 - 1st one was broke.. Replacement seems fine and picks up signal easily

Mad Catz R.A.T. 5 Wired Laser - still in the box

Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 Headset - seems pretty good, not used the chat feature yet

Custom - Zalman ZM-K300M Keyboard - pretty good, not too fancy but fancy enough for me.. Matches the pc and has a little blue zalman logo to blend in! Not bad for a tenner! Like the shortcut buttons for music, email volume etc

Just did a benchmark test on Intel MSI Extreme Tuning Utility

Scored 670 first run Scored 699 second run hitting 85c at max temp, 4.6 ghz Third and last attempt 691 hitting 73c max temp, 4.2 ghz

Kept it at the last settings, nicely in the middle! First ever attempt at over clocking so won't try and push too hard

Will update again in a few days once I've had a little play :D


UPDATE: DO NOT use MSI update application to update your motherboard! Completely bricked mine and had to get a replacement sent out to me.


  • 66 months ago
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Good build. I laughed at the inverted pic. +1

  • 66 months ago
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Wait, isnt the fan on your cooler backwards?

  • 66 months ago
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Yeah I think it is, was pondering that the other dsy! Will have a look at moving it later!

  • 66 months ago
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Looking at it it has punters but all seem to be going to wrong ways to where I want the air going?

  • 66 months ago
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Should have went with an 8320 and a good mobo for OCing and got a 280x. Still a decent build +1