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Black Friday 2015 Build

by rawlingsheart



Date Published

Dec. 2, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 30, 2015

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.165 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


I've always wanted to build a PC for a few years now but never got around to it. Well now I have. This is my first gaming pc ever. I've been playing on a multimedia laptop with an nvidia 750m. It wasn't too bad but it couldn't handle most of the newer games I wanted to play so I wanted something that could run today's games at high/ultra settings at 1080. Fortunately I did my build around Black Friday and got a bunch of good deals.

I know the wiring in the case is messy rn but with all that room in the case I got a little lazy and just wanted to get it up and running. I'll definitely get down to cleaning it up soon.

Overall I'm really happy about my build and glad I chose Black Friday to buy the parts. Ended up building a better computer than originally planned.

EDIT: Cleaned up cables, moved computer to new desk and added logisys rgb led strip.

Part Reviews


CPU - Wanted to go for a i5-4690k but didn't want to drop another $40. Plus wasn't sure I was going to overclock considering this was my first gaming pc and didn't want to screw stuff up. Also why I decided to stick with stock cooler


MOBO - Solid price for a solid board. Good for oc also. Was easy to navigate around the BIOS too. The only negative for this board for me was that it didn't support SLI, even though that wasn't really in my budget. it does support crossfire though for all you amd fans


Memory - $30 for 8gb 1600mhz from a trusted brand. Need I say more?


Storage - Just wanted something to put OS and some of the games I play more often. Have an extra 1 TB hd laying around I'll install

Video Card

GPU - This was my favorite purchase of the entire build. $265 for a 970?! Was planning on getting a 960 but the $100 price difference was too wet. Plays all my games (BF4, Rainbow Six Seige (Free with GPU), Shadows of Mordor, Tomb Raider, Rust, LoL, CSGO) at high or ultra settings at over 60 FPS. Most over 150. The only bad thing about this gpu is that it doesn't come with a backplate, which is pretty dumb considering how much people are paying for these. You can buy one for $20 though.


Case - I wanted a windowed case because I plan on adding LED fans and strips later on and wanted to show off my build and this case was just what I wanted. It is also very very quiet and spacious. The case was made for adding water cooling so not having one made putting everything in easier.

Power Supply

PSU - Needed something that could handle the GPU and future upgrades

Wireless Network Adapter

Wifi PCI-e - Can't run a wire to my room so needed wifi. So far it's been solid and has had no lag problems like the crappy one in my laptop


Monitor - Nice crisp view. Very bright. Had to turn down brightness to around 40. No HDMI port. Uses VGA or DVI Also viewing angles aren't the best. Stand doesn't til much either. Just a little up and down.


Keyboard - Just wanted a mechanical keyboard for gaming and found this at Fry's on sale for $60. Not too bad. Pretty solid and the clicks feel nice. Also pretty loud, though that's expected from a blue switch. (Kailh not Cherry MX)

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The_Great_Revanchist 3 points 40 months ago

I'll be honest.... The computer AND your rooms cable management is scaring me a little :P

Ropota 1 point 40 months ago

cable management is on point +1 for the entire build

epsilon58 1 point 40 months ago

Nice build! Albeit, I spent about $1030 on a skylake (6600k) build, including the monitor, no keyboard, and a free copy of windows 10 that I got from my uni. I have m.2 ssd. I'll post it soon. But you got, the 970 for $30 less, but mine is 3975 I believe. All that aside, nice build. I enjoying seeing black friday build a for the deals.

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

Hah I got an i5 6600k + 970 ftw build for about that price too (including monitor) from black Friday sales

epsilon58 1 point 40 months ago

Post your skylake build please.

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 2 points 40 months ago

I haven't gotten it built yet, i'm sleeving the cables and putting some custom switches for fans and LEDs on it, so it is going to take a while. I'm awaiting some resistors that will come in the mail.

epsilon58 1 point 40 months ago

Resistors!? For what?

Unuvailiable 2 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

I'm making a variable speed fan controller switch. I have a dpdt switch. One of the speeds for the switch will be the molex supplied 12v, and the second speed (obtained by using a resistor on a 12v line) will be between 8 and 9 volts. I know I could just use 5v for the low setting, but for the fans that is just too inefficient. It's a fun little project, i'm learning a few things on the way :P ill post pictures of them when my build is completed

rawlingsheart submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

Thanks! And nice build! BF building might be a new yearly thing for me now haha. I was thinking about going skylake but ended up deciding for haswell because i wanted to save that extra ~100. My actual budget was actually supposed to be about 800-850 haha. In hindsight i probably shouldve gone skylake for more future proofness, but what can you do =P. Either way im loving having a gaming pc!

markasoftware 6 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

When was Windows 10 $45? The price history shows it never going under $100

rawlingsheart submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I bought off a seller from bonanza.com. Was sketch about it at first cause I have never heard of the website but after doing some investigation found it was a safe site so i went ahead and bought it. i actually bought 8.1 pro and did the free upgrade to 10.1 pro. Guy sent product key via email in about 5-7 min after purchase.

markasoftware 6 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Jsyk, almost always people selling product keys only are a non-genuine Windows. I can almost guarantee you that it isn't legit. You should probably run the test on microsofts website to check if it's genuine. That being said, Windows will still work fine even if it's not genuine. Also, it's possible that the key will be blocked and Windows will deactivate after a few months

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

That's not a legit key. It's a dev key and will be deactivated in 3-4 months. Happens every time.

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tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

It's not a real copy. It's a microsoft dev key that will be deactivated in 3-4 months. All the cheap keys are.

markasoftware 6 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

Yeah, that's my guess, or some other type of key that isn't meant for consumers (like a TechNet one or something). I got a Windows 7 key from a similar website once, and it was actually deactivated when I bought it...

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

YEah, the rule is: if it is less than $80 it is not a real key.

rnpo 3 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

What is the purpose of a GPU backplate you were talking about?

detechtive 1 point 40 months ago

You don't have much foot room with your case taking up almost all of it!

omharock 1 point 40 months ago

Killer deal on the 970! I'm jealous, you got that for an insane price. With that price I'd definitely go with that over the 390, shoo pf stay nice and cool.

GarethNotBale 0 points 40 months ago

I wouldn't recommend keeping it on carpet, you can collect a lot of dust that way and also can collect static which can ruin components in the PC, good looking PC though

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

There is zero chance of that happening.

GarethNotBale 1 point 40 months ago

If the PSU is oriented towards the ground it can get quite dusty and isn't the greatest for air flow either, as far as static goes it is not likely, but quite possible. I would recommend placing it on a piece of wood or another non-conductive material

tiny_voices 4 Builds 1 point 40 months ago

No, static is basically a non issue. There is zero chance anything will happen. The POINT of the case is to be grounded. SO if you shock the case, it will not damage anything inside.

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rawlingsheart submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I thought it was the best mobo for the price at the time of the sales and also because I got the mobo before cpu and had planned on going 4690k until i found the 4590 deal.

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rawlingsheart submitter 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

just so i could take the picture haha. gonna move it back to that little shelf on the right there. hangs off a little though.

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Ropota 1 point 40 months ago

970 hate? wtf you talking about lol

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Ropota 1 point 40 months ago

i shall camp this page and be sneaky beaky like, waiting for these amd ppls :)

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Robotfood 1 Build 1 point 40 months ago

I would agree with this. My XFX 390 runs pretty cool, and to be completely honest I can't recall it going over 75 yet. (Going to play with it tonight out of curiosity now)