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Summer Holidays CAD and Gaming Build

by Matt_B03



Date Published

July 22, 2018

Date Built

July 21, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.607 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


First of all, PC Part Picker is incredible. It kept me updated on all price fluctuations and gave me a brilliant understanding of the value of different components in the month leading up to me pulling the trigger and buying all of the parts. The PC itself was about £600 at time of purchase. Monitor, mouse, keyboard was about £210. I already had a headset. I also stuck LEDs everywhere that I got of off Amazon, a USB one for my desk and monitor and a 4 pin that connects directly to lead from the power supply to go inside my case. These where £8 a strip (I got two) and highly recommend lighting up your area as it makes it look extremely nice and allows you to play without a light on in your room and not straining your eyes.

The build went absolutely fine. The endless amounts of YouTube build guides and browsing online forums gave me all the information I needed to put the thing together. The only issue arose when I plugged the power button wire into the motherboard in the wrong pins (they looked the same and I cba to look at the instructions); but after troubleshooting the build as to why it wouldn't turn on, all was righted. I cannot describe the emmence feeling you get when the fans start spinning and the LEDs on the motherboard flash on. Probably because I was heartbroken by it not running on a few hours ago but still.

I've just finished year 10 (Age 15) at my school, and being keen on Design Tech with GCSEs approaching, it made sense to get myself a PC that could run Solid Works, a CAD program that my school uses. Along with that, this PC enables me to finally play games with stunning graphics and FPS, something I've only dreamed of when using my old run down HP laptop.

Ultimately, I'm extremely happy with everything I've purchased. My keyboard and mouse look incredible, my monitor is so much better than the laptop screen I'm so used to, and the PC runs everything incredibly. I'll update in the future if any issues arise, but for now, I'm gonna enjoy while it's new!

Just some quick benchmarks for y'all, all on the highest presets.

Fortnite ~90FPS - Maxed League of Legends ~180FPS - Maxed Minecraft ~250FPS - Maxed Rust ~75FPS - Good CSGO ~270FPS - Maxed

Any feedback or questions please share them down below!

Part Reviews


Works great, handles every game from CSGO to Rust. Stock cooler’s great as well however I haven’t overclocked so I’m not sure how it performs under that extra stress.


Does the job; looks great, performs great and has an easy enough bios to work with. Only issue is there are no LEDs on it that light up before the PC is powered on so there isn't a way of checking if the motherboard is receiving power or not.


Good looking fast RAM with an XMP of 2800 or 2933 with a base speed of 2400.


Incredibly fast since my whole life I've been using HDDs. Would recommend at this price point!


The big ol' reliable every PC needs.

Video Card

Incredibly fast and quiet, I was so really surprised when Rust ran smoothly on this rig, guess I underestimated it!


Can’t get a better case for £35! Dust filters everywhere except for the back fan which will always be blowing air out anyway. Loads of room for cable management, spacious inside for better airflow and overall, pretty good looking. Not a glass window, however still looks great and if anything, it means I wont break it.

Power Supply

Solid semi modular power supply with a 5 year warranty. Quiet as well. Would recommend.


At £140, I couldn't be happier. The screen quality is great, the design of the monitor look great, and it's the prefect size at 23". Honestly don't need anything more, only issue would be that it has no speakers, but for the average gamer you'll have a headset in nearly all the time anyway. Also quick side note, turn on the Freesync mode whether you're with AMD or not and you can play in glorious 75Hz!


The perfect keyboard! It feels great when you type with it and is extremely responsive for games. I've had no issues with it whatsoever, and it uses Logitech Gaming Software so that the LEDs are fully customizable, and even sync able with my Logitech mouse. Every key is remappable!


Looks good, feels good, and utilizes Logitech Gaming Software so that the LEDs are fully customizable and sync able with my Logitech keyboard. The software also allows you to create profiles with different DPI speeds and button mapping.

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xtrademon 1 point 7 months ago

Awesome build! Just wondering, what was the case like? Any problems or would you recommend it? Thanks!

Matt_B03 submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Hi, sorry for the late reply. The case is awesome! I can’t recomend it enough. For £35 it’s honestly a no brainer. It’s easy to work with, big enough for any build and comes with an intake fan aswell as an outtake, already fitted. There’s also loads of room to stuff your cables behind. Just follow the manual, it was easy enough to work with for me and I’m a first time builder so yeah, I recomend it!

xtrademon 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks for your help!

Biffa2 1 point 7 months ago

this looks awesome! just wanted to ask how you've found solidworks on it? does it run well with larger assemblies?

Matt_B03 submitter 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

When downloading it I ran into an issue where I couldn’t use the automatic download feature and when trying to use the manual download it would bug out and wouldn’t let me. I’ve tried googling it and it’s a common problem that has no fix so I haven’t actually been able to use it. I’m sure it would be fine however as I use an architecture equivalent called sketch up and that runs fine.

Biffa2 1 point 6 months ago

oo that sucks, glad you could run sketchup. thanks for the reply!

Matt_B03 submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

No probs dude!

Wadz 1 point 7 months ago

Hi, currently building a pc and need help. Were you able to hit 3200mhz or 3000mhz with this set of memory if not what was the highest speed you got a stable OC thanks in advance.

Matt_B03 submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

Go into your system bios and select the xmp profile for 2933mhz. It will be stable at that because it’s been tested at it which is why they advertise the ram at 3000 MHz, although it doesn’t actually start at that speed.

Javild27 1 point 5 months ago

Are the lights on the keyboard fully customizable? Lije can I choose the color for each key or only by parts?

Matt_B03 submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

Only by parts through the Logitech gaming software