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This is a PC I built with my friend Michael. I bought a pre-built for myself, and then realized that I should've built my own damn PC. I never again will allow anyone to make the same mistake as I did. Now you may be wondering why the RAM is slow, and why there is no SSD. I originally had the RAM at 3200MHz but it was only 8GB, and Michael's Dad decided to buy 16GB instead. Now I don't blame him at all, 16GB is better. But he forgot to look at the MHz of the RAM, so it is way slower than I'd like. As I'm sure you all know Ryzen processors feed off of fast memory. Also, we had some problems with the RAM not running at the rated speed, so right now it's running at an abysmal 1200MHz. Not to worry, Michael is going to upgrade to 32GB of Corsair Vengeance 3200MHz pretty soon. Now I had only a 120GB SSD originally, because Michael has a 3TB external drive, but Michael's Dad upgraded to a 2TB SSHD. Which is actually really nice so that was pretty great. I originally had a 500 W Bronze PSU, and Michael's Dad upgraded to a 850 W. Problem was it was broken out of the box. Not anyone's fault except for the manufacturer. We went to Best Buy shortly after and bought the power supply you see now.

Why did I choose the parts I did? Well the goal with this build was great value. Our original budget was $750. Michael does a lot of audio production in Ableton Live, and some gaming as well. Knowing this, I wanted a powerful CPU that wouldn't break the bank. This is why I went with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700. I went with this because it has 8 cores and 16 threads, more than plenty for doing all the stuff he needs, and it only costs $160. It usually sits at below 70% utilization, even when under heavy workloads. I also wanted him to be able to game without a sweat. That's why I went with a RX580, because it's a great entry level GPU that can handle any game that Michael will want to play, and at high settings. I went with an NZXT Kraken M22, because it's more than enough to keep the 1700 cool. It also looks insanely pretty, so that's always a bonus. The mobo I chose mostly because it looks super amazing, it's an X370 board, and it's only $99.99. Really a steal. These Apevia fans look super nice, and they also came with two RGB strips that make the build look soo much better. The Deepcool MATREXX 55 is honestly one of the best budget cases if not the best out there in my opinion. It looks super nice, has tempered glass, a built in RGB strip, and support for 6 120mm fans. All for $50! Wow. If your thinking about getting it, just pull the trigger already it's totally worth it. The front panel does take tons of force to remove so just keep on trying. I kept on thinking I would break it but trust me you won't.

Now, this is the first time I've ever built a PC, and we had some hiccups along the 5-6 hours it took to build. Our first hiccup was me being an idiot, and not understanding the instructions on how to install the Kraken M22. I had never done this before, so it was a learning curve. I had to resort to YouTube instruction videos. But eventually I got it on the motherboard. And also the RAM was not running at 2400MHz, and I had to give up because I literally could not figure out what was wrong. We also installed Windows 10 Home, but then bought a Pro key like idiots. So yeah. The only other hiccup was getting a new PSU, because the first one was broken.

That's my first building experience, and there's really nothing I would change besides some of the parts. I highly encourage you to build your own PC. Just dewit.

Part list of planned upgrades: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/JulianRob37/saved/zFRJbv

Part Reviews

CPU

Super fast. Does everything I want it to do.

CPU Cooler

Looks super good, and relatively easy to install. My only complaint is that I couldn't install a different fan besides the one included.

Motherboard

Looks super cool, and inexpensive.

Memory

Super ugly and doesn't run at the speed it's rated for.

Video Card

Fast and good looking. Bit expensive though.

Case

Best $50 case out there.

Power Supply

Honestly I don't really care about anything else, it just smelled so good in the box. 5/5 stars for that amazing new PSU smell.

Custom

Inexpensive and super bright. There's also more lighting effects than countries on Earth, so you'll most likely find one that suits your setup.

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! Sucks to hear about the RAM issues, but that;s what happens when you don't buy reputable I guess, lmao.

How do you have the fans configured? Back exhaust, front intakes?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

I am never gonna trust GeIL again

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

The front are intakes and the top and rear are exhaust.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

What are those fans bro. They actually look so nice!

+1 for the fans lmao

Can you tell me the name of the fans?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

They are Apevia Spectra RGB Fans

They look kinda similar to Antec Prizm and upHere 120mm RGB

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

They really do look amazing! They come with 2 RGB strips too. Here's the link: [STAFF REMOVED]

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Ok I’m definitely getting that.

Thanks for the link!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Anytime

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

;D

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Alrighty then

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Are you sure that the RAM is only running at half speed? Since you mention it's running at 1200Mhz, it might actually be running at its advertised speed. Some programs and motherboards report half speed (or, put the other way, they consider the advertised Mhz to be "double" speed)

For example: https://www.overclock.net/forum/18051-memory/1346124-cpu-z-shows-ram-half-speed.html

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

That is the "issue" I guess. :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

So it might be running at the correct speed, but just showing half speed? Is there a way to test that this is true?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'd run CPU-Z and have a look at the memory tab. The field "DRAM Frequency" will always show you "half" speed, so if that says 1200, your RAM is running correctly. If it's actually running at 1200Mhz, that field should show 600.

Yeah, a bit confusing, but it is what it is...