Description

I mainly us this PC for gaming and 3D design on Blender. Before I get into how the build went, I guess I should probably explain the entire story...

In January of this year (2019), I got tired of using a 13 year old HP with a Pentium D. Not only did it die with a browser open, it took years to update, and couldn't play any games. I called up my cousin on Discord, and he made me a parts list. It had an i5-8600k and a 1060 6GB. Obviously, I did some revising, with the 1660 being released, as well as the Ryzen 3000 series. About two weeks after the Ryzen 5 3600 was realeased, I had just enough. My parents pitched in a little, and the parts where ordered.

I decided to go with team red, because I have many upgrades planned for the future. This is ".ruby Stage 0" if you will. I have Stages 1,2 and 3 already set up, but by the time I do them, they'll change immensly. I want to get a new graphics card, a fully modular PSU, cablemod cables, a new CPU cooler, and RGB. Lot's and Lot's of RGB. Because you can never have enough big flashy flashy.

After two weeks of waiting for my CPU to be delivered, because FedEx is slow, I was about to build. My mom continued to insist on waiting for my dad to get home, but by that point I'd spent hours of my life watching Bitwit, Linus Tech Tips, and Gamers Nexus. I knew what I was doing. The build took two hours, and I had it up and running in three. I had to install windows, and let me tell you, that wasn't fun.

Almost two months after getting my PC up and running, I finally cable managed. It took thirty minutes and like 25 zip-ties. the only issue I have with the power supply is the extra PCIe cable, meant for CrossFire. There isn't anything I can do about that cable, so it just floats around below my graphics card. Everything else went smoothly, exept for one of my RAM sticks not sinking fully. I got so nervous it was broken, I was shaking when I resunk the stick. In the end though, my PC finally identified the stick of RAM.

I decided on the name Ruby after seeing the accents on the top and bottom part of the case. It just fit to me. I don't know why. But, all I can tell you is this PC is going to be used until it dies. Then, I guess I'll just go for something more extravagent. But hopefully, it doesn't die for a long, long time. Then, I guess it'll go to PC Heaven. Wait. Isn't this PC Heaven? I guess I'm getting too far into this. My brain hurts...

Anyways, Thanks for taking a look at my build!

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid processor with easy overclocking. It doesn't bottleneck with almost any GPU, so being a versatile little chip is one of the reasons I gave it 5 stars.

Motherboard

Amazing motherboard. Quite possibly the best B450 motherboard. It's Ryzen 3000 ready, so no BIOS is needed for it.

Memory

Best kit of RAM for the price point. Fast, easy overclocking, and minimalistic.

Storage

great little hard drive. If you need a cheaper HDD, use this boi

Video Card

What a TUF card. See what I did there? Anyway, this card is amazing, and the fans keep it nice and breezy underneath it.

Case

good looking case, but the IO shield mounting is a pain in the butt

Power Supply

Amazing power supply. Exept for the extra PCIe cable meant for CrossFire. it isn't long enough to hide underneath anything, so it just floats around.

Monitor

great monitor. would be nice if it had a 75Hz refresh rate though.

Keyboard

amazing budget keyboard. It only has blue LED's, so not much custiomization in the RGB department

Mouse

Amazing mouse. Worth my money. The side buttons do feel flimsy though.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Great job on your build, have an upvote. The 1660 Ti and the 3600 - that's a solid combo. The all black theme with the red accents on the case look nice. That case always makes me think of Joey Delgado's build guides. Could you possible upload a picture of your monitor and setup as well?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

yeah. I uploaded some the other day, but there was an issue and not all of them uploaded.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Get a m.2 nvme when you can and load your os on that. You’ll notice huge os speed increase compared to the HDD. It’ll feel like a new computer. Of course keep that HDD for storage!

  • 1 month ago
  • 3 points

That was my plan. I haven't gotten an SSD yet, because I'm still paying my parents back for my monitor. Which they bought me as a gift, but I have to pay them back. IDK why, but I do. I'll link the Stage 1 Upgrades here

It has a new CPU cooler, and the essential; RGB.

As well as case fans, because the front of my case is bare and ugly.

Also, an m.2 2280 Samsung 970 SSD, and Windows 10. (I'm currently running the free version)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's not a gift haha, that's a loan

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

EXACTLY

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I hate it when parents do that...

if it is a gift, then why do I have to pay you back!?

My parents actually did this on Christmas once :/

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

That's really sad! I'm sorry man

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

lol rip man

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Don't feel bad though, it's still nice that they provided a way to get the monitor early, rather than waiting until you had the full money :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

yeah i guess

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

When adding more ram (which I noticed you were planning on doing 4 sticks) make sure your CPU supports it. From what I've researched Ryzen doesn't support quad-channel and will just default all your sticks into single-channel, which is very slow.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

That sucks. Thank you for the heads up!