Description

Ever since I was first introduced to the world of pc hardware in 2017 I've wanted nothing but to build a gaming computer with my own two hands, and finally, two years later, I've accomplished (almost) just that! The foundation of this computer is the amd radeon hd 5850. I had previously bought this card for a different plan that I had but it ended up playing into this build pretty well. Obviously its a very old gpu now and is hardly capable of 1080p gaming but we'll get more into that later. I previously had a prebuilt computer with an i7 4770 that i upgraded with a gtx 1060. Upon realizing that this is about as good as that computer could ever be due to its "prebuilt nature," I decided that i would sell it and use the money to build something a little more custom. I sold it locally for $450, thus making that amount the budget for my new computer. Which is within a dollar of this build's total cost after tax. Without question I decided that I would focus on upgradability above all else. Aesthetics were important too but if it were necessary I totally would have been willing to go windowless in the name of performance. For the mobo I went with the Asrock b450m steel legend. It supports ryzen 3000, basically meaning there is extensive support for more powerful cpu's then what I could ever need should i feel like i need to upgrade down the line (which wont be any time soon). Also plenty capable of OCing my 2600 which is great, and the rgb is pretty hot so that's cool too. Didn't think Id be able to get rgb ram in this build but to my surprise this 16gb 3000mhz kit from team group was actually the cheapest option with that speed at the time. $69.99, Nice. Now for the brain of the operation, the ryzen 5 2600. Simply an unbelievable value and i couldn't pass it up. 6 cores and 12 threads for $130 is a steal. I 100% recommend it. As for the case I went with the Coolermaster q300l, and well, eh. Thermals are good enough, looks fine. Its great that I can see my parts, though i'm pretty dissapointed with the acrylic window due to scratching and i don't plan to buy an acrylic side panel case ever again. This is totally on me but I when I went to remove the pcie covers to install my gpu they were blocked by my mobo and its heatsink. So i had to take the mobo completely out to remove the covers(I had to do this twice actually bc i removed the wrong ones the first time), which can be taxing for a first time builder like myself. Psu was just the cheapest 80+ 500w with none of those ugly ketchup and mustard cables, i'm satisfied. The ssd is very basic, seems to be performing at about the same speed as my old kingston a400, leagues faster than a hard drive, but nothing impressive. Overall happy with it.

My plan is to see how the rx 5500 series plays out and probably pick up one of those by the end of the year. Overall I'm happy with the choice I made. The choice not to go with a weaker cpu so i could afford a real gpu, that is. Given some time I'll have a great 1080p gaming rig on my hands by 2020. Thanks for reading!

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic value at just 130 us. Definitely recommend and i couldn't be happier with my purchase.

Motherboard

Great budget board. BIOS is easy enough to navigate, and the digital camo combined with the rgb looks sick too. Haven't tried OCing my 2600 yet but there's not a doubt in my mind that it will do a great job of that too. Just beware if you're building in a compact case, I had to remove the mobo to take out the pcie covers in my q300l as the mobo and its heatsink blocked them. Asrock's polychrome sync software is absolute garbage and seriously messed up my board's lighting at one point. So unfortunately i couldn't sync the mobo rgb with my ram. Since the polychrome software is a literal crap fest mobo rgb customization was limited to the options in the bios.

Memory

$69.99 is a great price, 3000mhz, and the rgb looks cool, or dare I say, epic.

Storage

Leagues faster than a HDD, but nothing impressive as far as SSDs go. Boots windwos in under 20 seconds, and runs my games very well. Great price too, definitely recommend.

Video Card

Ebay buy for $30.00. Not about to blow anyone's socks off but im satisfied with its performance.

Case

The case is pretty good. Temps are okay with the included fan, though I would suggest adding a couple more at the front. Definitely wouldn't put any i9 9900k type parts in here. Plenty of room and tie down points for cable management, and I really like the ssd mount. The only withdraw here is the acrylic window, and if your'e thinking "I'm going to be so careful there's no way I'll scratch it," think again. Also don't clean it with a microfiber cloth unless its brand new, dirt particles in the cloth scratched mine up. If there was an option for tempered glass, I would definitely be willing to fork over the extra dough and it would without a doubt be getting 5 stars.

Power Supply

Works good, looks good. The power cord that goes from the wall to the psu falls out sometimes if i bump my computer or even my desk, but it hasn't presented a big issue yet.

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Alarmingly close to the build I'm about to get. Same CPU, same mobo, same RAM (but at 3200), same case.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Remember the mobo clearance thing i talked about lol best of luck with your build man

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank

[comment deleted]
  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I love your build, clean and simple. Wish I had such a clean build like yours.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Well thank you very much, that's exactly what I was going for. And as far as your build it looks like you got some pretty banging spec and I'm sure you could make it look way better than mine if you put the effort into it. Thanks again and best of luck

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

we should all suggest to cooler-master, make same case, tempered glass window with finger screws and replaceable PCIe covers lol

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

ahah absolutely!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Go for a 2060 instead they are faster but cheaper!

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Also, my first case was acrylic and yes it's awful.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

definitely will consider, thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 3 points

Or maybe a 2060 Super, better price/performance and you're getting a GPU upgrade might as well get something you won't have to upgrade again for even longer (without going to a Titan RTX, I guess)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, i forgot about the supers.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Just asking how many fps get in your favorite games?

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Obviously since the gpu is older, I cant really play anything more recent than 2013 unless its a lower end game. Games I've been enjoying a lot are cs:go(90+fps high settings), paladins(maxed out 100+ fps), battlefield 4(low settings 60-70 fps), MW2 maxed out 100+fps no problem. Been playing an absurd amount of minecraft, ofc 100+ fps there as well. Payday 2 runs relatively well with 60+ on mid-high settings. Haven't been able to play a ton of games since i don't have much storage atm, but these are plenty good enough to keep me entertained until i pick up a new gpu. Thanks for asking.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Damn dude image that but with the new GPU, papa bless

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol ik man i cant hardly wait. Thanks🙌

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

look out for the RX 5500 series, they will likely play a factor in your decision making

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah i saw bitwits livestream about that shorty after posting this. definitely gonna have to keep an eye out for that, thanks