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Edit: 4 new pics added of the current build, ended up upgrading to the captain 240 ex because I was seeing higher temps than I would have liked with the smaller nzxt rad and the price difference wasn't justified for the aesthetics of the nzxt bigger rad, temps are a lot better now! also another reason was because the led's would not turn off during sleep which was kind of bothersome, same with the ram which is why I just ended up turning them off. satisfied for now!

Ended up spending more then I originally thought I would but created a little budget beast that has been keeping me very satisfied! (:

All in all ended up making a rig valued around 1.5k while only having to spend around 1k.

Story of how I got there:

All started when I saw my little cousin building a PC when I recalled that I had a "Samsung 970 EVO NVMe" installed in an old laptop to speed up performance and even then, felt horrible to use. I believe it was a 2017 low end HP envy, I really loved the sleek logo and polished accents HP threw on the this line of laptops and even though I was never really a fan oh HP products to begin with I thought I'd give it a chance, long story short I probably only used it for a month. After this I figured the only things I was really using my laptop for were things that a chromebook could do(ie. mostly websurfing), started looking around and I found that a majority of chromebooks were just plain ugly imo, mainly for the huge bezels which aren't the norm of today. However, finally set my eyes on the "2015 Google Chromebook Pixel 2 LS" and fell in love and to this day can speak nothing but positive on it's name. This chromebook was in my eyes and probably many others the pinnacle of chromebooks. It has the build and trackpad quality similar to that of a macbook, screen is flawless, ran smooth and fast af, battery is amazing, usb-c charging, basically the ultimate websurfing machine. Only downfalls were that the storage is limited (which doesn't really matter when everything is saved online) and I wasn't able to use some adobe products like photoshop and illustrator (which I knew going in so can't knock it, and I believe there's even a work around was just too lazy to try). Nevertheless will probably keep it for a while just cause of how amazing I truly think it is.

ANYWAYS, decided I wanted to pull the ssd from the coffin that was the hp envy and build a pc around it so it wasn't just wasted money since it wasn't even being used anymore. I would have never thought I could build a pc as when I was growing up it just seemed impossible and whenever someones computer started acting up it was time to buy a new one.. But here I am typing from a pc, that I built myself. (: Watched my cousin and his friend figure out how to build a pc and the more I watched the more I thought "that looks easy". I've worked on cars as a hobby for quite some time now and I saw building a pc as just a small version of it, especially when I started hearing about water cooling, radiators and fans. lol So I got to it and for the most parts I was right and I strongly encourage anyone who thinks they can do it to just go for it, as having something you built yourself and knowing how everything works and how to fix it is an amazing feeling! And if you do I recommend taking your time and enjoying the process not stressing because you messed something up trying to rush the build. Take time to research making sure everything is going to work together and that your getting the most for your money and it never hurts to ask for help, I suggest making a reddit account if you don't have one and posting your questions in the builapc subreddit as there was plenty of people willing to quickly respond and help a noob such as myself, really helped me along the way.

I thought about what I would be using the pc for. Originally(lol), I thought I would build it to regain the accessibility to adobe products once again and maybe play a couple of games trying to be as budget friendly as possible. The more and more I got into it the more I valued being able to game on it, and now I know why the "pc master race" is a thing now. lol

SSD

Samsung 970 EVO NVMe SSD, absolute beast for loading times. Only has 250gb but I also have a Samsung 850 EVO 500 GB 2.5" SSD as back up in case I need it.

CPU

Ryzen 5 2600 seemed to be heavily praised so that's where I started with my budget. At the time it was going for about 185 new and the 2600x was going for about 220. I was fine going with the non-x until I saw someone local selling the 2600x for 140 in like new condition. Decided to take a gamble, made the purchase and in the end (ie now) everything is working great!

MOBO

I knew I wanted something with a small footprint for space constraints and I just thought the appeal of having a beast in a smaller form factor was quite beautiful. At the time I ended up choosing a micro set up as I didn't want to bite off more then I could chew but in hindsight I think I would have liked the mini even more, that's not to say I don't like what I've built, I still think it looks amazing! So now that I had decided to go team red I decided on the Asrock b450m steel legend for my motherboard as it had NVMe support and some nice features, such as a nice digital camo skin, rgb heatsinks and USB type c, and it fit my budget.

CASE

Moved onto the case at which I ended up going for the Corsair 280x which was quite a bit more that some of my other options but it was pretty much at this point that I fully decided I wanted to build something that not only worked good but looked aesthetically pleasing as well. During the build I felt like it was a little bigger than what I was hoping for but now after building it and looking at it, it's damn near perfect. Made installation a breeze and looks as beautiful as I had hoped. side note: always check that you don't have any extra standoffs for your motherboard as I believe I had one the was shorting my motherboard and creating a headache for a bit.

CPU COOLER

Underestimated the size of air cooling as I had planned to go with something along the lines of the cooler master hyper 212 evo, as it had been recommended to me but luckily this site did not bring it into light at what first I thought was weird but ended up being the nice feature of telling me that It wouldn't be compatible due to its size. At first I was kind of bummed but I suppose at the same time it was nice because aio's do clean up the case quite a bit, unfortunately that does come at a cost sometimes. When looking at aio's and people using them in the 280x I came across the NZXT Kraken M22 and fell in love with the infinity styled led rings. When I saw people mentioning they were getting good temps with the smaller radiator of the m22 I knew I couldn't beat the price, so I went for it. I do have small gripes with the m22 such as the led not being able to turn off in sleep but I believe the aesthetics proper cooling of it ended up being worth it in the end.

MEMORY

Had a look at asrock polychrome sync compatible rgb ram and came across the g.skill trident z sticks which I had seen earlier and thought they looked really nice so once I saw this I thought it was a no brainer. Few gripes with this as well where the led's do not turn off during sleep which pretty much light up my whole room if I'm trying to sleep can become very annoying, just end up shutting down if that's the case. The asrock rgb app I feel isn't all that reliable as well, every time I shut down the rgb goes back to default upon start up. Not the end of the world so I'll deal as the rgb's on this look amazing.

VIDEO CARD

Another reason why I started this build was because I had a coworker who was willing to give me some old spare parts he had such as an extra GeForce GTX 750 ti. This was nice to get me started but ended up wanting some performance and ended up setting on my eyes on the MSI - Radeon RX 580 8 GB GAMING X which goes for about 400 but found someone selling manufacture refurbished on ebay for 150. Yet another gamble I took that ended up working out pleasingly. Only flaws I found when looking close was a tiny bit of paint missing from the front of the cover, doesn't bother me as the case window has a tint to it so you hardly even see it especially with the lights off. Chose the Radeon 580 for the native freesync support and because it seemed to be reviewed well and is top tier in terms of value. Would have just got one of the cheaper versions of it but when I came across the deal of the higher valued one for a good price I decided to just purchase it. Very pleased with the performance as now I'm able to play max at the max frame rate of my monitor which is exactly what I was looking for. Much louder and creates a lot more heat than the 750 ti but makes sense with the dual fans and overall power difference. Wasn't really a fan of the bright red on it but gotta say the led's really bring it out and make good use of the color looks really nice. The backplate is a nice touch as well which I don't think I would have gotten out of the cheaper versions of this card. I think it fits really nicely in this case as well.

MONITOR

Knew I wanted ultrawide and got the LG - 34UM69G-B for what I thought was a really good price @ 300 dollars after price matching from 330. After doing some reseach on reddit, people make it seem otherwise but overall a really nice monitor with a slight bump from 60hz to 75hz. After realizing I was playing more games then I had originally thought I would I went back to look if there was anything I should return for with a higher refresh rate but the price differences for an ultrawide from this 75hz to a 144hz gets close to double in price which I couldn't justify. For the time being I'll manage but in the future I plan on upgrading to 2k 144hz ultrawide and at that time will probably have to upgrade video card once again.

PSU

Another part that my coworker handed over to me, however this one is definitely staying as this thing seems A1. Not too much too say about the EVGA - SuperNOVA NEX 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply. Does it's job no problems and the fully modular support is a really nice feature to have.

Thanks for reading!

Part Reviews

CPU

Does everything I need it to do and fast!

Motherboard

looks beautiful and does its job. nice to have added features such as usb-c and rgb.

Memory

beautiful, should add a feature to turn off led's during sleep.

Storage

super fast load times for me

Video Card

big step up from 750 ti. able to max out ultrawide 1080p 75hz no prob (:

Case

beautiful and easy to work with

Power Supply

does its job and nice to have full modular support

Monitor

beautiful screen, would have hoped to get some more fps going but that's more reliant on my budget I suppose

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 4 points

just going to put it out there that the admins may remove this because of the grey-market Win10 key

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

They'll remove the hyperlink from the description. As soon as one of the staff will be able to. And you are right, grey market Windows 10 product keys are not allowed nor encourage to be recommend here.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

woops sorry wasn't aware! removed link! thanks for the heads up!

  • 3 months ago
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No worries. Thanks for removing the link danny.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

AMAZING build under 1k! Well done!

  • 3 months ago
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thanks fellas! (: as you can see if you look under the price break down the build is worth a bit more than 1k maybe around 1.6k but was able to save some money from the parts I already had and from the psu provided by my friend, plus all the disounted parts I searched for was able to save a good amount of money!

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, love that case. The 2600x & 580 8 gb is a great freesync 1080 combo. I overclocked my 580 with afterburner just a little bit and it really helped. Either way i'm sure your rig plays real smoothly, good job!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks bud! would consider overclocking if I wasn't already able to max out my monitor, very happy with the card so far!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

For a first timer this is absolutely beautiful. The story of keeping that old 970 and the build that you made for under 1k is absolutely something to be proud of, my friend.

  • 3 months ago
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thanks a lot friend! feeling pretty good about it! (:

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

You have some really nice quality and popular parts in this which makes it quite impressive mate. Great job... Use it in health, as Turks say.

  • 3 months ago
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thank you sir! I did a ton of research finding the most recommended budget friendly parts before diving into it and I think that really ended up paying off!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice job. You and I built very similar rigs!

  • 3 months ago
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thanks! nice job on yours as well! really like the single color uniform light up. and damn you got some quality photos! thumbs up from me! need to get some decent lighting in my room so I can upload some higher quality photos. my plan was to originally just have everything lit a static white as I think the rgb can be kinda corny sometimes but the mobo heatsink white has a reddish tint to it and every time I reset my pc the ram sticks go back to they're default setting of running through the colors. plus the gpu only lights up red so that would kill the all white theme anyway. however, the rgb kinda grew on me for the moment (I'll probably get tired of it), the saturation of color on the ram sticks is quite amazing!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree rgb can get corny but that's the beauty of it you can switch it up. Mine is rgb at lol. I didn't really do anything for my pics but thanks. I'll give credit to my pixel 3

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

dang yeah my s9 usually takes beautiful pictures but my room lighting has never helped any camera lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Should I use this case in a $700 build or is it too expensive. I was thinking about the spec 06 instead.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I wanna say thats the case that my cousin has and he loves it. It is kind of expensive, mine was as well, when theres cheaper options with good reviews and that money can be used towards hardware but its more up to your liking if you really like the case I say go for it. that's how I was with my case in the end I really loved the way it looked and its smaller form factor so I just went for it. best of luck with your build bud!

edit: mine is a corsair as well and it was damn easy to work with if that helps at all.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Short story, i really liked what you done here +1

Also, what's that mouse?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

thank you!

its actually this cheap guy:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WEVLE30/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

originally bought it to go try hard for fortnite on ps4 lol, will probably be taking a razr deathadder off my cousin soon though!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Who would thought XD Never saw a cheap mouse looking actually cool.

Razer deathadder is more than a solid bet ;)

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Right! Lol Yeah I like the way it looked and it had good reviews so I just bought it. I think it feels kinda cheap but does it's job well I think. Will have to compare once I get the razer!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Great 1080p gaming rig.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks! (:

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

beautiful i love it good job. you are giving me some good inspiration.

  • 3 months ago
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Thank you!(:

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

what is the keyboard that you are using bro ? nice build by the way

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks bro! It's a budget mechanical keyboard I found on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0789C52WX/ref=ppx_yo_mob_b_inactive_ship_o1_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Picture 7/12 looks so good. I can't believe a motherboard priced at $89 can produce such beautiful looking rgb.

  • 3 months ago
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the wide shot? I feel like you can barely see the mobo lights in that shot lol but yeah was definitely impressed with this mobo at this price point. wish the whites were a little more white but overall def worth the money!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much all the pictures that show the top left of the mobo look very impressive from an rgb standpoint and especially compared to what Asus/Gigabyte/Msi got to offer in that price range.

How is the polychrome software working out for you and have you tried using Asus Aura Sync? I heard it works with Asrock motherboards.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks man, yeah that's why I ended up going with it, I believe asrock is supposed to be the more budget friendly out of the group but all is working well here.

I haven't used any of the other rgb software but polychrome just seems kind of sluggish and could be a little more user friendly. One thing I couldn't stand about it is that the water pump and memory led's would not shut off in sleep mode and the water pump's wouldn't shut off until I would manually flip the switch on the power supply. This was quite annoying and the best I could do after reaching out was set the computer to go into deep sleep from the bios and that would turn off the wp if I shut down the computer. There was no solution for the ram because in sleep the ram is still working. I like my room dark during the night so I can sleep, so if I really wanted all the lights off I would need to shut down all the time. This bothered me so much so that I just ended up turning off the led's on the ram completely and purchase a new water cooler. Ended up switching to the CAPTAIN 240EX since I was seeing higher temps than I would have liked anyways. Should be updating the pics soon when I get some down time. Pretty satisfied with where it's at right now but maybe Asus Aura could help me solve some of the problems of the led's staying on all the time if it ends up being compatible so I'll keep that in mind for future ref thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey there, Looks nice! I notice you GPU looks similar in size to the one I just bought today (MSI GTX 1660ti). I was worried that the back of the card wouldn't go over the chipset heatsink, did you have any trouble there? Also, how the heck do you upload pics of your system build? I'd like to post mine as well... TY Don

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! So far tried out 2 gpus and no problems with clearance of the heatsink, I would think you would be fine with most gpus. The heatsink doesn't come out further that the port for the gpu I believe. When you post your completed build I believe there is an option to upload photos.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you comment on the usefulness of the PcCooler fans? I have been eyeballing these for a fair bit and was curious about there cooling capability.

Also, are they synched with the mobo software?

Thanks and very nice build!!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

They seem to be doing the trick for me! Yes they are, and thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Could anyone check my pc and check everything is good because I’m new to this and don’t want to get it wrong https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/user/Chilcottdood/saved/#view=xd9hyc

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I would look through what 580s are available again, some of them come with free games. 2x8 ram sticks work better than 1*16. Also unless you plan on overclocking the stock CPU cooler for the 2600 is fine, if you keep it make sure it fits in the case don't trust pcpartpicker. If you plan on doing more productivity stuff than gaming the Ryzen 7 1700 might be a better option for the same price. Your PSU is also a bit overkill, for that build, I'd do 450W-550W. Adata has some cheaper M.2 options you might want to look at. Don't pay for windows, you can get it for free or get the pro cheap. Hope this helps. :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I took on board most of that but I had one questions(sorry if this sounds stupid, I’m relatively new to this) what’s a 580?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

They meant Radeon's RX 580 video cards: List of RX 580 GPUs.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant RX 580 graphics cards as Eltech said. I would recommend getting the 8gb version and one that currently comes with a game bundle. Here are a few - Sapphire card Asus card Powercolor card where I live (USA) all of these cards are priced at 190 USD, around 145 pounds, and come with 2 free games. I personally recommend the sapphire card, the xfx brand card is also good but isn't currently available at a good price.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you calvin, very cool

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree with these suggestions, also noticed the gpu he has selected only has 4gb, I would assume he would be better off choosing an 8gb card right?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

More memory is always better even though you won't see a difference in many games.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

For $10 more you can get a dual channel kit.

https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/wZ22FT/corsair-vengeance-lpx-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3000-memory-cmk16gx4m2d3000c16

It's at advertised at 3000 and will really benefit that Ryzen CPU. :)

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I found that the "Enable compatibility filter" option on the left when you are searching for parts is pretty well optimized and saves you the mistake of purchasing parts that otherwise would't fit. I don't know if you can trust it for 100% but worked for me, even when information on my mobo was pretty limited due to it being relatively new to the market. as stated in my description would have ended up purchasing a cpu cooler that would have not fit if it wasn't for that filter. Looks like your good to go though with the "No issues/incompatibilities found" above your build.

otherwise I agree with gabe, I believe having dual channel memory is the better choice so instead of going to the 1x16 go for the 2x8 if 16gb of ram is what you desire, and since your motherboard supports it the same as mine did I would recommend utilizing the max speed of 3200 to get the most out of your memory which I hear helps ryzen.

the cheapest option I found for you: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/product/66zZxr/kingston-predator-16gb-2-x-8gb-ddr4-3200-memory-hx432c16pb3k216

I'm not sure on your attentions or your budget are with your pc but you could also power a nicer monitor with that hardware I'm sure.

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edit: and good luck with your build! remember to take your time and enjoy the process! (:

  • 3 months ago
  • 3 points

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  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for the heads up, wasnt aware!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Any idea what kind of monitor upgrades? Sorry for asking more questions

  • 3 months ago
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I would look at what has good reviews and either try to go with a higher refresh rate around 144hz or upgrading resolution to something around 2k, which ever you feel suits you more and will make the quality of use better. Otherwise I feel like you wouldn't be getting your money worth! Maybe even ultra wide such as I ended up getting.

  • 3 months ago
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  • 3 months ago
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This is pretty much the same build I am looking to make! Thank you for sharing. I think you have helped me decide on the case + mobo here.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

case was super easy to build with! good luck! (:

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the mother board have a WiFi card built-in?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

No it does not

  • 1 month ago
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Thank you!

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No way that's sick! I was actually thinking about putting Majin vegeta in my case at the beginning too! Lol he's the ****! I was actually going to try and have him pointing his palm at the water cooler led ringw to make it look like he was shooting it out of his hand. Might still do it now that I have the longer graphics card just not sure if it'll look weird with him being turned around. How's he holding up in there?

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't worry that it will get too hot in there and melt him? I've seen other people do it with pops so idk how they manage. I also have a smaller case and would probably have to put him on the gpu so kinda scared.

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