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My First Build!

by treesofvalinor



Date Published

July 4, 2018

Date Built

July 3, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.411 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


I got a raise at work and finally got to start shopping for my first PC build to replace my laptop with a budget of around $1200. Since I already owned a 1080p 144Hz Freesync monitor, I opted for the RX 580 8GB as it had come down in price to the same as the 1060 6GB. I am a programmer and can use the extra threads, so the Ryzen 5 2600X was a better choice for me than an i5. I didn't expect to have my first PC build be all AMD, but I am happy with my purchases. I shopped around for deals on Newegg and Microcenter and eventually collected all my parts. This PC was a blast to put together and even more fun to test out in games.

EDIT (8/3/2018)

I just bought two Noctua NF-A14s and put them in the front of the case as intake. Moved the front Fractal Design 120mm fan to the rear-top as exhaust. Testing before and after using AIDA64 and Furmark while monitoring with HWInfo showed that my CPU temps dropped from 77 °C to 72°C and my GPU temps dropped from 75°C to 71°C. If/when the Noctua U12 CPU cooler comes out in all-black or chromax this year like Noctua said it would, I'll probably replace the stock AMD cooler with it.

EDIT 2 (10/9/2018)

I was given a Noctua NH-D15S with which to replace the stock CPU heatsink. Not only did my CPU temperatures drop drastically, I also started seeing the 2600X reach higher clock speeds. Without manually overclocking anything in the BIOS, it now boosts dynamically up to 4.2GHz, which is really fun to see and demonstrates the power/convenience of XFR2.

Part Reviews


The better stock cooler and cheap price at Microcenter convinced me to go with this over the 2600. Right now it boosts to 3.95GHz. Down the road I may upgrade the cooler to see if I can get it to boost higher. I'm very pleased with it though.


I didn't need a super fancy mobo, so I went with this one per HardwareUnboxed's suggestion - especially since I could get it $30 off at Microcenter. The BIOS is very easy to use, and I like the aesthetic of the board that matches my GPU.


Got this in a combo with the SSD from Newegg for $229. This may not be the fastest or coolest looking RAM out there, but I couldn't argue with the price (I may disagree in a few months if RAM prices come down). I was able to get it to run at 3000MHz very easily with a profile in the BIOS, so I'm quite pleased overall.


Super solid SSD for my OS, programs, and games at a great price in the bundle from Newegg.


It's a cheap 7200RPM 2TB drive that does it's job.

Video Card

Not quite back at MSRP, but the price was acceptable to me. Sure I could've gone with something cheaper from ASRock, XFX, or PowerColor, but this card looks great, has a nice backplate that matches my mobo, and has better power delivery if I do decide to overclock.


Overall, this case was super easy to build in, and I like the way it looks with the untinted TG. However, one of the motherboard standoff holes was stripped when I got the case, so I'm taking off one star.

Power Supply

The 10 year warranty, 80+ Gold certification, fully modular cables, superb performance, and compact size for an ATX PSU make this an awesome buy at this price from Newegg. I will say that the cables are very stiff and a bit hard to manage due to the in-cable caps. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to using this PSU for potentially many builds to come.

Case Fan

They look great, run quiet, and helped shave 3-5°C off both my CPU and GPU load temps. I'm a big fan of Noctua's chromax line and hope they continue to expand it!

Comments Sorted by:

GizmoFTW 2 points 9 months ago

awesome build bro

treesofvalinor submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago


WheatFarmer337 2 points 9 months ago

This is a great build :)

treesofvalinor submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you!

tech_geek100 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Wow, great parts, great build. welcome to the site! +1

treesofvalinor submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you! It's good to join! :)

SuperGT 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Great build! What do you use to monitor temps?

treesofvalinor submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

In game, I use MSI Afterburner with Rivatuner Statistics. I also have HWInfo and CPU-Z installed too.

SuperGT 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Nice. I’d definitely recommend at least one more fan in the front. It will help with temps.

Kjwkj2010@gmail.com 1 point 9 months ago

Looks good man! Literally about to build my first pc with most of these parts except I have a gtx 1070. How is that ram doing for you? Are you able to overclock it using the asus motherboard?

treesofvalinor submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! Sorry for the late reply. I was able to easily get my RAM running at the advertised 3000MHz using a profile in the BIOS, but I haven't tried pushing it past that. Enjoy your build!