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My first computer was an HP Pavilion P6720F with a Phenom II X4 840T, 6GB of RAM, and integrated HD4200 AMD graphics. I gamed on that for over 6 years. I recently bought a 1050Ti as a birthday present to myself. Back in 2014, my uncle had gifted me the Cooler Master HAF X which had been sitting in my house until 2017. I decided it was time to do my build.

I bought 16GBs of Corsair XMS3 clocked at 1333mhz for $44 off a facebook group and installed that and the 1050Ti into the Pavilion to hold me over until the rest of my build was done. I spent a good 8 weeks with my dad picking out what CPU I wanted to do with a budget of $250 for CPU and motherboard. I went with the i5 4690K for $200 and the ASRock Z97 Anniversary for another $100, using an amazon giftcard I got to cover the extra $50. The CPU took an extra day to arrive. The Seagate Barracuda was salvaged from the HP as was the Lite-On DVD/CD Writer.

Once all the parts were in my living room, I picked up the HAF X from my storage unit, ripped open the HP and tore out the RAM and GPU, carefully opened the HAF X's side panels and began the transplant. After 6 hours of cleaning the case, putting the components in, going through cable management (which I still suck at), and covering cuts with bandages, the build was almost done. When the CPU arrived the next day, luckily a Saturday, I spent another 10 minutes being as careful as possible as to not break it during installation. When it was done, I installed windows and fired it up.

After installing Steam and some games, it was time to see how it ran. After about 10 minutes, I noticed the CPU was extremely hot, like 99C hot. I quickly shut down Vulkan and tore the side panel off only to find out 3 of the motherboard standoffs had popped out and the CPU heatsink wasn't mounted in it's socket. I pushed everything back in, screwed the standoffs back down, and rebooted. It booted up fine, games ran, the computer was working. No heating issues, no nothing. My first build was a success.

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  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Noice M8 this was the same as my first build

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude. I'm proud of it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Good build! The only thing is, I don't know if the 4690k will bottleneck the 1050 Ti.

+1.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol absolutely will not bottleneck.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

250$ is pretty small of a budget for a CPU and Mobo, usually a CPU alone will take up at least that

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah lad but if you lurk around eBay you can find the real bounty... yarrr

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, when you manage to score a 4690K and motherboard, it's a good deal. All in all, I'm happy with it.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Can I suggest some zip ties or Velcro to tidy up the cables? Otherwise good job, cheers

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I suck at cable management, but I plan on redoing it this weekend.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a solid build. Why spend so much on a headset?

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Because Sennheiser.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

It was given to me.

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome, also, your CPU is really good for of so maybe check that out, hehe!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not 100% sure what the second part of your comment means, but thanks.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I meant OC.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah yes. I definitely plan on OCing soon.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the g502. I am going to get one soon and want to know how it does in games like League of Legends and fast paced fps games.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been using one for a short while, and it does well in what I put it through (Bioshock, CSGO, R6: Siege). I haven't played LoL... ever... so I don't know there.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

My Friend owns one, he plays league well so I suppose it does well.