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by StaticShock



CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



Name: Blue and Gold where i come from are the colors of Michigan University. Home of the Wolverines.

Reason for the build: Just long overdue for a new pc and dissapointing console launch pushed me over the edge

Use: Gaming, Game Design, Video Editing, Graphic Design, Everything else

CPU: Seemed like a good choice

Storage: SSD boot & essential programs - HDD everything else

Memory: i know, i probably didnt need 16gb. Better to have and not need than need and not have

Case: Money saver case. I heard good things and when it arrived i was left impressed. Big enough to make for an easy first build. I would buy it again

PSU: I spent hours and hours researching every piece of this and power supply was definitely the most hit and miss of the reviews. Finally i just picked one and went with it

Monitor: Yea i know, could have saved money here, but its a damn nice monitor and after having it i would absolutely get it again.

Mouse/Keyboard: What can i say, needed a mouse and keyboard, put a $50 limit on each and here we are

MOBO: Once i settled on my processor i quickly found a motherboard to suit my needs. Wasnt sure about the gold, but i paired it with blue accessorys and a gold GPU. Very happy with the look in the end

GPU: I spent days trying to decide on this. I feel I made a good choice and in the future will probably add a second

The build: I was nervous, being my first time. Was worried about static shock on account i randomly touch a pet or kid and shock them. Dry winter days apparently arent good building days lol. I put on a grounding strap and touched the case often just to make sure. Happy to report static electricity was not a factor in this build. I was nervous with the $300 cpu and "fragile socket pins" but it too was an enjoyable, no problem experience. I added a new rear exhaust fan and put the stock exhaust fan as a blowhole exhaust and the temp dropped about 5 degree and it feels like everyplace has good air movement. I got everything hooked up and remembered reading "its ok if it doesnt work, first try usually doesnt" .. Setting up for first startup and started to get nervous lol.. No problems at all. Fired up and has been working like a champ. Flashed my bios to get my memory speed up where it belonged, at first it was listed as 1333. Other than that, its been everything i hoped it would.

The cables still need to be cleaned up a bit. Im workin on it ;) .. I know, i could have saved money in multiple spots. But this wasnt about saving money. Dont be too critical, im new here

*Prices are estimates. Its all roughly what i paid, but i dont recall exactly how much each piece cost

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xx116xx 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Awesome build! I like the colors, it looks sweet. +1

StaticShock submitter 2 Builds 2 points 43 months ago

Thanks, it will show better when i customize a window side panel

katjust 3 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Good job! This is very similar to my recent 2nd build. The main difference is that I went with a 4670k. Same GPU and Mobo. I really like the z87-pro, and used it in both computers I built. I also added a Hyper 212 to my 2nd build, and I like the way it looks. But I did the same thing as you with my first build and just went with the stock cooler to make sure I didn't mess anything up. Have fun!

StaticShock submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

I had my eye on the 212 and figured since i dont intend to overclock right now it could wait. Once she feels a bit sluggish i will upgrade cpu cooling and OC.. Not sure if i will end up air or liquid cooling. I love how big air units look, but liquid is just so efficient and their clean look isnt a bad thing either.

actechy 7 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Love to see the 200r builds +1! You might consider throwing the SSD behind the mobo panel and the hdd into a 5.25 bay with an adapter. That's what I did and it looks super clean, clears up the cable mgmt (which is lacking with the way the 200r 2.5" bays are arranged) and clears up some fan airflow (you don't the air over the HDD, but not a big deal).


StaticShock submitter 2 Builds 1 point 43 months ago

Interesting. It hadnt occured to me to put the ssd behind the mobo. I intend to clean up my cables in the next day or two and will definetly take that into consideration. Thanks for the suggestion!!

a1m05tn1nj4 0 points 43 months ago

Love why you chose the CPU! haha!

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