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The Brick

by darkshade87



Date Published

June 30, 2017

Date Built

June 28, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

49.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

27.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

68.0° C


This is my first build, and for doing it on my own, it turned out fairly well, with only a motherboard being sacrificed in the name of learning what not to do when building.

Part Reviews


Massive improvement over my old Celeron J1900..lightning fast speeds had me floored when I first started using the computer.

CPU Cooler

This cooler was not necessarily what I would have chosen myself, but it gets the job done. The installation was a pain, as the screws kept falling out of the backplate while trying to set the cooler up. Other than that, no complaints.


This is my second motherboard for my build (originally went with an H110M Gaming). USB ports are a little lacking, but an external hub solved that problem with ease. BIOS was easy to understand and set up.


Good memory. Sticker looks kind of tacky, but I guess I get what I paid for.


Great boot/game storage drive.


Almost every computer I've owned had a WD hard drive, so I decided to stick with tradition here, but boost the size of the drive. Not sure I'll ever fill the whole terabyte, but it's nice to know I have the extra space if I need it.

Video Card

Got this card secondhand off eBay. It handles everything I've thrown at it, and does a great job while doing it. Easy Ultra High graphics and up to 130 FPS in all the games I've tested so far.


I wanted a case with plenty of room to build in, and this definitely had it. My only regret here is that I went with the solid case instead of the windowed model. Great cable management system inside, and plenty of room for cooling options. Drowns out all noise with those side panels, even with the optional dust filter sitting on top of the case.

Power Supply

Not much to say here. It works great, and I'm glad I went modular over having everything wired in place.

Case Fan

I had the room and money for a third fan, so I decided to get it. Works just as well as the two included with the case, and makes no noise, but that may be more the case than the fan.

Comments Sorted by:

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

Rotate your heatsink 90o clockwise. It's blowing all the warm air down onto your gpu.

Vergere 7 Builds 2 points 20 months ago

as an alternative, you can flip the fan on the heatsink over, and it will push air out the top of the case.

darkshade87 submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

It's set up to gel with the case's natural push/pull now..all it took was about 20 minutes of cursing and frustration.

Vergere 7 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

good to hear you got it cursed, I mean cured.

darkshade87 submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Wish I'd taken your advice..it would have been less painful than taking the whole cooler out and rearranging it.

Xavier_DK 1 point 20 months ago

I like the name

sparklingjuice02 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

What are the CPU and GPU temperatures on idle and load? I have a similar build in mind but I'm unsure whether to get an extra front case fan.

darkshade87 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

CPU idle is around 35-40 degrees, and GPU idle is roughly 40-50 degrees.

Tested load with Subnautica...got 45-50 for the CPU, and 55-60 for the GPU.