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First time gaming build

by Glyphnutz


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Date Published

Sept. 7, 2015

Date Built

Aug. 27, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.291 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


This PC right now is used primarily for gaming and looking great while doing it. Going into high school it will be used for coding and video editing.

This build received a lot of planning, I decided I was going to build myself back in March, and have been working on different part combinations on PCpartpicker since then. I knew from the beginning that I wanted my computer to be one I could show off, with stunning aesthetics, and that was relatively easy to do. However looking at other builds I saw I was not the first one to think of this. At that moment I decided I wanted my PC to be unique, and my solution to that was to custom paint it.

When I painted the case my build still included a 4690K on an MSI motherboard, before the release of skylake, so that was the inspiration to paint the MSI dragon on the side of the case, in addition to the red accent lines. For a first time builder, I was a little surprised at how much work I had to put into it in order for it to look the way I wanted it to, so the reason it looks a little messy was because I thought it looked kinda cool, and at that point I was just too lazy unfortunately.

I know my budget allocation was not the best, I put a lot into parts that don't necessarily improve performance, but look really nice. Specifically the motherboard.

I built this after playing on a laptop for 3 years, getting 15 FPS in CS:GO on average and when I booted up I was first blown away by the speed of the SSD, and then the fluidity and responsiveness of the graphics card and the monitor.

The playseat I got from my uncle, who hadn't used it in years, and as I was getting into some racing sims, he gave it to me, so I had to buy the wheel for it, and I love using it.

Will upload more photos later

Part Reviews


Not much to say about the CPU, as it doesn't affect gaming performance hugely, went with i5 over i7 for best value, and am very happy with the decision.

CPU Cooler

I have no complaints so far about this cooler, keeps my 6600K nice and cool, and I really like the sleek looks.


This motherboard looks outstanding in my opinion, and was purchased for this reason. I haven't had any issues, and would recommend it to anyone with a side panel window.


8GB will do for now, not much to say about ram, looks good with red color theme.


As someone who had never seen an SSD, I thought this product was fantastic, and am very happy I got it


Big enough to hold everything I need to store at the moment, haven't had any failures, but haven't had it for long.

Video Card

Got this card on sale for 200$ off, and its a very good card, handles all the games I play right now with ease at 1080p


I really like this case, I really like the amount of space inside, the large window and very nice design.

Power Supply

More than enough power for my system, they were sold out of the 750W

Optical Drive

Doesn't serve much purpose, but for 20$ it was worth it for my driver and windows

Operating System

My favorite windows yet, was not much of a fan of windows 8 or 8.1.


This is a great monitor. The FPS setting are not very good, and I would change those if you're the kind of person that likes actual colors, and I am happy with the "photo" preset

Comments Sorted by:

Znait 4 points 44 months ago

arr, thars a byooteh! Great first build, great choices though I'd recommend WD over SG for the HDD anyday. Very beautiful kitchen, is that pineapple juice? I am also a fan of your granite type, I have a nice leathered blue in my kitchen, haha back to the PC. I love those new LGA1151 boards though I don't see a reason to drop from my i7 4770k. Curse you aesthetics! Making me want to buy a new cpu just for a pretty board. Did you get MGSV:TPP with the GPU? It is an amazing game. So well optimized you will have no problem running on max.

Glyphnutz submitter 1 Build 2 points 44 months ago

Thanks for the great review, I'm really happy about the computer and the kitchen, and it's orange juice not pineapple. I bought the GPU early so it came with batman not MGSV.

Znait 2 points 44 months ago

darn! I was going to assume that too! I drink both, so it is probably not the OJ I drink. How exactly did you paint it? I have seen case/part painting before and I doubt just any paint works. I am sort of curious because I have an Air540 case that I would believe could be enhanced with some art.

Glyphnutz submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

What I did was probably not the easiest way but I did some light photo editing of an MSI dragon I found on google images, and split it into 4 printed sheets. I taped those sheets together to make 1 big dragon, and traced that onto some vinyl. I then peeled the back off the vinyl and stuck it to the box for my case, and cut along the lines with an exacto-knife. Then i peeled the cut out vinyl off the box (not easy) and stuck it on my side panel. And then I put like 8 coats of spray paint/primer mix )because bugs kept landing on it and then it rained). 2 days later I peeled off the vinyl and it looked great, besides some residual glue from the vinyl.

The exact paint I used was Krylon Dual Superbond paint + primer I got at the hardware store

Znait 2 points 43 months ago

man sounds like a lot of work! My hand eye coordination is poop. I will need to learn how to use my HS's laser cutter when it comes! Start learning how to use CAD and/or SolidWorks

Glyphnutz submitter 1 Build 1 point 43 months ago

Yeah it was and I cut a few corners so it isn't perfect. Sounds like you have a lot better tools than I do so good luck if you paint your case, hope it turns out well!

rhali8 2 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

Very nice :D


ROG2000 1 point 44 months ago

At this point, it is tough, but I have seen Windforce 390 8GB cards that will perform slighly better than the 980 (300) otherwise +1

Glyphnutz submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Yes I agree AMD does have some better cards in that price range, I went with Nvidia for some drivers I really wanted to have but thanks for the +1

ROG2000 0 points 44 months ago

No problem!

colinreay 3 Builds 1 point 44 months ago

980 for $200? Heck yeah! Looks nice, the MSI Logo looks like it has some bubbling, but nothing a credit card couldn't smooth out!

Glyphnutz submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

Yeah the deal on the 980 was great. The logo is bubbling unfortunately it started raining right after I painted it.

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Glyphnutz submitter 1 Build 1 point 44 months ago

No problem

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