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The Charger ~ <800$ First Build

by Garrett_10



Date Published

Aug. 16, 2015

Date Built

Aug. 10, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

827 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C


Converting from the Xbox One. This build is primarily for gaming (Arma, Bf4, etc.) with a little bit of light browsing and schoolwork to go with it. Went for the orange and blue color scheme(School colors, the Chargers :] ) I spent most of my summer working and earning money for parts. I didn't purchase parts in any particular order I just jumped on sales when they came up. Everything was purchased from newegg except for mobo, CPU, and OS. Took the long haul to Micro Center to get a combo deal which is hard to beat.

Monitor bought from a friend a little while back... saved a lot there shouldn't really be in the price.

Purchase CPU fan about a month after build. Keeps temps down and is very quiet.

Cable management is not to great but im lazy so....

Feel free to leave some comments criticism, tips, anything.... Just the building process was a great experience and am glad to see it turn out so well.

*PS. blue led strip is a cheapo off of ebay... works well...

UPDATE*4-13-16: So far everything is going ok. Purchased ssd for windows and a few games, greatly increased the start up speed. Also purchased corsair m65 mouse. Love the weights. Will soon be converting to an intel CPU as this one doesn't run arma very well and that's pretty much all I play.

Part Reviews


Went for the 8320 after seeing some solid reviews and the price/performance was just right for me. I read somewhere that it could be overclocked to match the 8350s performance but it seems to be doing fine by itself.


To be honest I just really liked the blue. Only has 3 case fan headers and I have 4 case fans so one of them is out of commission for the time being until I get a splitter.


Went with the standard 2x4Gb which should be just right for what im doing. Also blue,lol. Good deal for 1866.


Just your basic WD 1TB H.D.D. Definitely will be getting an ssd in the near future probably just a 240Gb.

Video Card

This was one of the harder choices with some sketchy reviews but I didnt want to spend to much. 150 with MIR and is running perfect as of right now. Am running BF4 and Arma 3 on Ultra settings no problem.


Wanted a cool orange case and this fit the job perfectly. Nice little window, screw less design, and adequate cable management room. This being my first build, I have nothing to compare it to but I had no problems this time around.

Power Supply

Another big sale item a lot of wattage for a low amount of money, runs well and has more than enough power for me.

Optical Drive

Nothing major color matches the black part of the case perfectly.


Got the cheaper CM combo and it works fine for my needs mouse is good keyboard looks sweet.

Comments Sorted by:

efin_jay 3 Builds 3 points 43 months ago

i have the hyper 212 evo and it is a pretty solid cpu cooler. you cant beat the performance for the price. just make sure to use decent thermal paste when do the swap. nice build.

Rashiq 1 point 43 months ago

also use the coolabatory ultra...

Rashiq 1 point 43 months ago

Master Race town!! Population: Not an xbox playa!! Welcome bruh!!

Murbit 1 point 43 months ago

Great build and welcome to the master race!

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Replace that PSU at the first chance you get. It is NOT a good quality PSU at all and will cause you problems. Just because something says Corsair on it doesn't mean it is any good. Your PC would be way better off and much safer using a proper quality 650w unit from Antec XFX, Seasonic, EVGA (G2,B2,GS). The PSU is the single most important part of the PC. NEVER cheap out on it.

Here is a review for the CX750 showing how bad it is: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2015/01/21/corsair_cx750_750w_power_supply_review/9#.VdCenq2M5kp

Garrett_10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Yikes... knew it was kind of lower end but didn't know it was that bad... thanks for letting me know.

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Glad to help. Never like seeing people get burned by these units that people THINK are quality but really aren't.

CycoChris 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

congrats on the move to PC! You'll love it : )

sponix 6 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Like the unusual color scheme ..

Always went Air Coolers myself. So I can only recommend the CM Hyper 212 EVO from experience. I Own two of them and must say it is no Fluke that it is the Standard for Air cooling on a Budget.

It is my Reaction to Mutter "EVO" every time I see a Stock CPU Cooler Grin..

With Air even if you have a Fan Clog or Failure you are still more likely to have no system damage compared to a Water Based solution springing a Leak or having a Pump go out -- In my Humble Opinion..

That being said, Water can provide better temps, so if a Person runs the system for a while and turns it off when they aren't around it seems to be a more viable solution.

Personally, I run my Rigs 24x7 and Air coolers help me sleep better at Night Grin..

Hope my Rant Helps..

Thanks for Sharing !!

Garrett_10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Yeah understandable,

Thank you!

jlogan05 1 point 35 months ago

Looks like a pretty solid build to me. Just seems like the pc doesn't need that big of a PSU, I think you could've gone with maybe a 600w b/c it looks it doesn't need too much power to run correctly. I might be wrong, that's just what I think. Other than that it looks good!

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tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I have an h60 and a 212 EVO and the 212 EVO beats it easily, and is MUCH quieter.

Garrett_10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

yep already have 2 of those splitters on the way, am leaning towards the h60 maybe h55.

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Garrett_10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Will do sir ;)

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