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First PC build. Wife had me keep it under $600. Just got it set up this weekend. Planning to play Apex Legends and Rome Total War II as well as a family/desktop PC.

Went together really smoothly. Really like the build quality of the B450 and the thermaltake case. After rebates and a few credit card cash back deals I should be around $550 all said and done.

Planning to use for a few years, then drop in a little more ram and maybe upgrade CPU with a later gen Ryzen.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Excellent build, my dude! I just put together something super similar.

That CPU should get up to 3.7-3.8 GHz using the stock cooler to overclock it.

After RAM... Maybe look into a bigger FreeSync monitor to capitalize on that shiny RX 580.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback! I actually already overclocked to 3.7 and it seems to be running beautifully at stock voltage. So good advice there!

On RAM, is it okay to get another set of 2x4 gb sticks down the road and just plug them into the A1 B1 slots? I've read some conflicting advice online about that. I would obviously get another set of the same ram I already bought to avoid unnecessary issues with compatibility.

Also, for someone who doesn't keep a ton of tabs open, do you think I'd notice a significant difference with 2x8 instead?

Last....thanks for the tips on the monitor. I am a total noob and am learning as I go. Maybe I'll ask for it for Christmas ;)

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I wouldn't expect that to be a problem with the RAM. Ideally, 2x8 GB would best utilize the dual channels, but 4x4 GB should still be an upgrade. I don't know by how much. Maybe check youtube for some comparisons?

You can always set up dual monitors! I would love, too, but my desk is too small.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Btw, just saw your build. That is NICE! Well done

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! It has done all I have asked of it thus far. Admittedly, that hasn't been much... Fortnite, The Long Dark, and Rocket League have all been super smooth.

I'd like to give Apex a go too, but my time is super limited right now.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Might suggest replacing the psu next time you upgrade.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Appreciate the feedback. I have read some people not having good experiences with the VS650. I'll be monitoring closely and will probably look for an alternative in a year or two. Any suggestions for things to look for? I'd like a power supply that I could use for a long time, even after a number of other upgrades.

Thanks to the PC partridges community. You guys and Reddit made it possible for an ordinary dude like me to build his own PC. And that's awesome.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

No problem, I suggest looking at the cam series from Corsair