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Budget: 1k'ish Main Use: Gaming (Fortnite, Modern Warefare, Total War: 3 Kingdoms, Web Browsing, normal productivity)

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 2700x $130 Debated between the R7 2700x and R5 3600. The lowest the 3600 went on sale was for $185 while Microcenter (thank you Microcenter) was offering the 2700x for $130. The choice was clear.

Case + CPU Cooler Bundle: CM 500, CM ML240L, Free Grease $130 Cooler Master was offering Free Grease bundles on the /buildapc reddit. I chose the bundle for $130 with no tax. The CM500 was easy to build in. The only drawback right now is that the Front Fans are kind of loud (need to figure out if I can control the fan curve) The air configuration is that the front fans bring air in while the Watercooler blows hot air out on top and the system exhaust fan blows hot air out the back. The Watercooler was slightly difficult to install because the cable pumps are so stiff and awkward to maneuver around. Also, the screws for the fan holes into the radiators don't exactly light up 100% so I had to force some of them in. The result was some slightly bent screws. Mounting to the AM4 socket was not easy. Once mounted, the lighting effects are nice.

Motherboard: Gigabyte B450 AORUS Pro WiFi $79.99 Microcenter offers their $30 off CPU/Mobo bundle so this was a really good value to me. RGB controller, Wifi, and under $100? Can't beat that. The Bios is fine so far. I found a YouTube video with the exact same motherboard and case and it helped immensely. The RGB lighting software could be better but it gets the job done

Memory: Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro $60.19 Originally I was going to go with G.Skill but I saw the set of Corsair Ram go for $60 off Google Express through Bestbuy. I should've bought 2 sets. The cons with this ram are that the heat sink spreaders are too high/big. It was very hard to mount my watercooler radiator since the ram sticks were in the way. It required two sets of hands to mount the radiator. At first my radiator was mounted, but I had to unmount it, in order to stick the ram in. If I were to upgrade my ram in the future, it would be a huge hassle because I would have to unmount the radiator again.

Storage: XPG S11 Pro 1TB M.2 $103.99 Saw an amazon lightning deal on this. There was a lower priced deal on that RGB version for $75 that came after but I didn't grab it in time.

Video Card: Power Color RX 5700 XT Red Devil $419.99 This was the most expensive part of the build. I researched forever and it was between this and the 2070/2070 Super. There weren't many good deals at all on either video card so I went with the Red Devil since my monitor was FreeSync (Dell SD2719G) The RGB Lighting is a nice touch. It's not overdone, and it's very visually pleasing. This was one of the top 3 aftermarket cards for the 5700 xt as well. For the price, I wish they had included some display cables but only the video card was included.

PSU: Seasonic FOCUS Plus Gold 750 W $99.99 This was a good PSU to work with. The cables are sleeved, although very stiff, but I think most PSU cables are. I missed out on the $50 beQuiet! PSU. I only wanted to buy Seasonic, Corsair, or beQuiet. This is super quiet and the self tester was a good thing to add.

Total After Tax: $1082,26

Closing Notes: I bought a Windows 10 key for cheap off the internet. I already had peripherals such as a Corsair K70 RGB and G602. My monitor right now is the Dell SD2719G Free Sync and I plan to get another Dell 27' usb c as my secondary monitor. I'm very satisfied with my build and was happy AF it turned on on the first try. Cable Management took a bit and it will be a hassle to upgrade in the future but I'm very happy at how my first PC build turned out. I also had a Green Arrow Funko Pop laying around and added it there for aesthetics. So far everything runs fast and and usually quiet. I have to figure out which fan is the loudest.

The only future notes I have are: Get RAM with smaller heatspreaders. Get all RAM at once since it will be a hassle to upgrade in the future (unmount radiator and cables are already zip tied on the backside.)

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast and very good Value

CPU Cooler

Hard to install for AM4 socket. Holes don't exactly line up on fans to the radiator causing slight bent screws.

Motherboard

Great easy to work with value motherboard. Lighting software could be better

Memory

Would be 5 stars but heatspreaders are too big. Makes it difficult to install radiaor/water coolers

Video Card

Very visually pleasing lights, no driver issues so far

Case

Great case to work with. Fans could be a bit quieter

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for sharing your info and experience. It was helpful and insightful!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, clean build! I love the color! :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

amazing build. I like what you did with the case fans. +1

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the radiator and the ram a tight fit? I have the same ram and am considering on getting a radiator, but in my measurements it will not support a 240mm radiator due to hitting the ram.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It’s really tight, almost no clearance whatsoever. You’ll need two pairs of hands to mount the radiator and i suggest you max out the ram slots bc if you plan on adding more ram in the future, it’s going to be a headache. I believe the G.Skill Ram is shorter providing more clearance

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

i have same ml 240 in a panzer case, with Gkill 3600 rgb ram. Can barely put a piece of paper b/t the ram and the fans, But i was able to mount the fans after mounting the rad so adding more sticks means just removing the fans again. My issue is 2 different colored fans that will be replaced soon.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Hello, have you had any trouble with Corsair's ICue and Gigabyte's RGB Fusion? A lot of people complaining