This is my first full-fledged gaming PC that I built from the ground-up. All my previous PCs were either hand-me-downs or pre-builds. Obligatory "it's not much but it's mine". All in all, I'm extremely happy with it. It does everything that I want it to do and leaves me with plenty of upgrade room for the future.
A solid 6 core/12 thread CPU at a price that is tough to beat. This CPU can handle anything I throw at it with ease. The stock cooler does a good job managing temps out of the box, though for overclocking an aftermarket cooler would definitely be needed.
This is a great B450 motherboard that looks good and has respectable power-delivery and expansion room. It's a full-size ATX motherboard with two M.2 slots, several PCI-E expansion slots, lots of SATA connections, and it supports up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 RAM. As far as things that could be improved, I wouldn't mind an extra fan header or two, and also the lighting only comes in red. Still, I don't think these downsides are enough to knock off a star as I've been very satisfied with this motherboard and have had no issues with it - especially considering I got it on sale for $80.
Not much to say here. Team T-Force RAM is solid with good timings. 16GB is enough for my needs and my motherboard will let me go up to 64GB if I ever need more. The price was good too.
There are cheaper options on the market for M.2 NVME SSDs, but I decided to go with this one because of the built-on heatsink (M.2s tend to run a little warmer than 2.5" SSDs and I wanted to mitigate that). As far as performance goes, this thing does well. It has a 512MB DRAM cache to keep things snappy and read/write speeds are excellent. If you want an NVME drive with a heatsink, this is a solid choice.
This is a carry-over from my last pre-built PC. Ultimately, this isn't something that I'd recommend purchasing today since 2TB HDDs are dirt cheap, but since I had this I used it in my current build and it holds up well. Overall, it's a standard-issue 1TB 7200 RPM HDD. Only downside is the 64MB cache size, but that's hardly noticeable with HDDs to begin with.
I picked this thing up used on eBay for $80 from a former cryptominer. Naturally, I had some concerns about doing this, but it has turned out to be the best graphics card I've ever had. No issues what-so-ever. The main games that I play are Star Trek Online, Cities Skylines, and Doom, and it handles all of these without breaking a sweat. For the performance I'm getting with this card, the $80 was well worth it.
I also added a backplate to mine (this card does not come with one stock). Installing it was mostly straight-forward, save for one screw that required some creativity to get in (since I had to navigate between the PCB and the heatsink).
I can't say enough good things about this case. It looks fantastic and cable management is easy. There are plenty of places to mount drives and fans. Airflow is superb. Worth every penny.
I got this on sale for $45 from Amazon. Overall, it's a respectable PSU if you're on a budget and need decent wattage. 600 watts is overkill for my current setup, but it's nice to have upgrade room without having to worry about upgrading my power supply. The only downside is that it's not modular, but I'm not that worried about it personally.
I got this after being unsatisfied with the stock fans that came with the Meshify C. I set this up as my rear exhaust fan. I live in Arizona so for obvious reasons I want decent cooling, and holy hell does this thing deliver. This isn't a super-quiet model - at full blast it sounds like a jet engine, so it's not for everybody (I personally always have a fan going in my bedroom so I'm used to fan noise and quite frankly get weirded out if I don't hear fan noise). It does the job it needs to do well and I highly recommend this fan for anyone that needs good cooling.
Bought a pack of five for $30 on Amazon. They're pretty basic LED case fans. There are better ones on the market, but these are still good value for the money. Ultimately, the keep air moving inside the case and look pretty decent, so I have no complaints.
I got this for $10 at my local Goodwill and use it as a secondary display. Obviously, this is a hugely out-of-date monitor, but since I'm not using it for anything extravagant I'm not that worried about it. Colors are ok and the resolution is adequate for use as a secondary display. It only has a VGA and DVI connector though (again, this is a very old monitor); however, it uses a standard PC power cord, so if you snag one of these somewhere you don't have to worry about finding the right power adapter.
For $90, this is an absolute steal. 1080p, 75Hz IPS display with FreeSync. Colors are bright and vibrant, and the monitor is insanely thin and light. This is a fantastic monitor if you're on a budget.
Very nice mechanical Razer keyboard. It's compatible with Razer Chroma, is sturdy, and the keys are very responsive. This is fairly bare bones, however. No dedicated macro keys or wrist rest; no multimedia keys. I don't think it's worth $150, but it was a birthday gift from my mom so I'm not complaining.
Solid Razer mouse I picked up for about $35 from my local Walmart. Good DPI and great feel to it. The only downside I have is that the lighting only comes in green, but function-wise it's a great mouse.
Everybody and their mother has these speakers, and for good reason: They sound great and can be picked up for roughly $30 at your local Walmart.