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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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

Motherboard

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.

Memory

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.

Storage

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.

Storage

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.

Video Card

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).

Case

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.

Power Supply

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.

Case Fan

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.

Case Fan

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.

Monitor

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.

Monitor

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.

Keyboard

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.

Mouse

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.

Speakers

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.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Solid Build! Looks like a solid first build official build for you personally. I am kind of working on my own right now with upgrading parts that were given to me by a friend. I am just saving up to get the parts.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I've always wanted to build from scratch instead of just tinkering with pre-builds, and I think I'm addicted lol. This is a great (albeit expensive) hobby.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha I couldn't agree more with that statement! I don't freaking care if I was given unlimited funds to build computers, even if I the one rule is I wasn't allowed to use any of the ones built. I love putting together a build and if you ask me, that also includes the setup around the pc. The desk, cable management outside of the PC ect. I love putting together the PC and the whole setup around it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Heya. Nice build! Where did you get the backplate for your GPU? I just picked up the same one on eBay for a used parts build I'm doing and the backplate could spruce it up a bit.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the kind words! I got the backplate at ColdZero.eu. It's a pretty decent quality. If you have the same model GPU that I do (the MSI Gaming X version) then you'll want to have a small magnet for getting the nut secured to the screw that goes underneath the heatsink (it's a very tight squeeze). I ended up having to use the back magnet on my Star Trek combadge to get it on there.

  • 13 days ago
  • 1 point

Did you remove the panel that went above the hard drive bay?

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 points

I did. I wanted a third front intake fan to cover the dead zone in the GPU area, and that mandated removing the hard drive bay panel.