Description

This build started out as a budget build while browsing amazon for a decent laptop for my mom. I came upon an AMD FX-8350 for a hundred dollars which sparked the flame of desire to build for me. Building my own PC was something I'd wanted to do for a long time, but budgetary constraints and other extenuating circumstances prevented me from doing so for quite some time. Finally, after building up my credit and saving up some money I reached a point fiscally that allowed me to complete this build.

I originally started out this build with the FX-8350 and a ASRock 970A in mind. After running this by a friend of mine who is a lot of informed on the latest tech than I am, he advised to go with a Ryzen processor due to my upgrade path being much better than going with a processor from 2012. After returning the RAM, CPU and MOBO to amazon, I visited my local Microcenter for a nice deal on the Ryzen 5 1400, ASUS B350-F STRIX and 8GB Kingston HyperX Fury 2666mHz RAM for $323 after tax. (I know it lists my RAM as 2133 but I coudn't find my actual RAM stick listed so I ran with that one).

After having all the required parts, I began to build. I watched many tutorials and was suggested to build many different ways through watching those tutorials. I'm glad I chose to put my mobo, cpu, cpu cooler and ram together outside the box. If I hadn't I'm sure I would have gotten some nice slices on my hands. After I had everything connected some hours later, I tried to boot up and NOTHING! I was heartbroken. My friend I aforementioned had given me an old GPU he had laying around his house until I could afford to buy a better one. It came down to a few things in my mind after doing some research, I had a bad GPU, my mobo was DOA (I took extra precaution to ground myself throughout the build) or I hadn't connected some part of the CPU or 24-pin connector to the PSU correctly. I went to Microcenter on my lunch the next day to buy a $40 GTX 710 1GB graphics card to test out my theory. Got home, slid it into its slot (that's what she said) and BOOM! Booted up to BIOS! Such an amazing feeling watching everything that I put together work seamlessly in accordance with one another.

After that I ordered a better GPU, then returned the test GPU to Microcenter for a 1TB HDD. I put that in yesterday which will be the last thing I believe goes into this computer for some time. I've started overclocking after reading a ton of tutorials and watching some videos as well. I currently have the Ryzen OC'd to 3.7 gHz and my GPU OC'd as well but not by too much. I benchmarked it on CineBench around 86 fps which honestly I have no idea if that's good or not. When I get home I'm going to torture test it on prime95 for 25 minutes to test stability again @ 3.7 GHz. I'm able to play GTA 5 online and starting playing counter strike again which I'm stoked on. Honestly I don't know how to find out how many fps I get while playing GTA 5. Any suggestions or critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking.

UPDATE: I updated BIOS from 3803 from Jan 2018 to 4011 from April 2018. I had to overclock again and now I'm at 3.8GHz. Benched on CBR15 94fps and 799 on CPU clock and everything is stable. I will provide further updates for those interested (:

Part Reviews

CPU

Easy to overclock and got to a stable 3.8 GHz with no trouble at all. Handles everything I throw at it with ease.

CPU Cooler

For the price, can't beat it. My CPU doesn't get spicy hot at all either.

Motherboard

Got this bundled with the Ryzen 5 1400 from Microcenter for $200. Decent mobo for the price. My GPU blocks the RGB but it still looks nice regardless.

Memory

Its fast RAM and it's pretty. Nuff Said

Storage

Screaming fast SSD. This puppy allows my computer to boot in what seems like seconds from the time I press the power button on my tower.

Storage

Got it for 40$ at microcenter. Does the job for a 5400rpm hdd.

Video Card

Best Buy price matched me on Amazon's price so I financed it for 12 months with my credit card. This thing completely destroys the 1050ti in terms of performance (duh) but I really can't be happier with this GPU is slays. (nails being done emoji)

Case

case is with the business. tempered glass- full on cool guy ****. rgb with fans and whatnot come with it. Super easy to build in.

Mouse

Right click is too easy to press. Pain in the *** honestly. Definitely would advise getting a better gaming mouse if you can afford it. It does the job for me but am definitely going to look into getting a DeathAdder in the future

Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good. I'm glad to see you got everything all sorted out :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! After a lot of frustration and research it all panned out (:

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

nice job on troubleshooting.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you (: The build itself took me around 4 hours because of all the troubleshooting but definitely worth it!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I would recommend getting a second 8GB RAM stick in the future to take advantage of dual channel memory (link explaining that here).

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Funny you say that! I just exchanged the 8GB Hyper X for (2) G.SKILL TridentZ 8GB 3200 RGB RAM today (: Thank you for the link!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same motherboard and I'm wondering if the G.Skill Trident Z RGB is stable at 3200 MHz, have you experienced any issues? Is stable out the box at 3200 MHz? Thanks

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't had any issues with it. I tightened up the timings on the RAM and ran a 3 hour test on MemTest64 to test stability with no errors. Everything is running quite smoothly. Only thing I had trouble with was linking up Asus Aura with my the RGB RAM and GPU. Turns out it was the Corsair mouse RGB controller that was giving me issues, after I uninstalled that it I've had no issues. So be wary of having multiple RGB controllers installed with the G.Skill RAM.