For some time I've been gaming on some old Dell Latitude E6340 that struggled to run CS:GO, Minecraft, TF2, or anything you attempted to throw at it with an i5 3320M on integrated graphics so I desperately needed an upgrade. Most of my friends are able to run the latest games smoothly with their gaming laptops and sufficient machines, and with my potato laptop joining them would be out of the question.
I knew absolutely nothing about computer hardware, but I was interested in it. I researched a lot on PC parts and how to build them and let me say, it got me hyped. I started putting parts together on PCPP at the beginning of 2018, with a budget of around ~$1600 NZD. But I wanted something that would last, so I decided to up the budget into what became this current list.
I'd say I'm fairly young compared to the majority of people on here, so earning enough funds for this project wasn't exactly my idea of a walk in the park. I would earn money through gifts, chores, previous money saved, and small jobs done over the weekend. By the end of 2018, I had purchased some of the parts on sales and saved up enough cash to buy the rest of the hardware.
As for the parts, it was difficult to decide on which brand to go for or which chip to choose. After hearing about the rumours of Ryzen 3000, that pretty much sealed the deal for me and I went the Ryzen 5 2600 (excellent value). Jumped for an RTX 2070 because the prices in NZ for one are actually good compared to other cards. At one point I decided to go Radeon Vega as the prices were really cheap, but I had already purchased a 550w PSU which I didn't think would cut it. You might be wondering why I chose a 240mm AIO for some Ryzen 5 2600 that's never going to touch 4GHz+, but IMO watercoolers are more sexy and they are something cool to brag about ;) . My choice for the other components was mainly based on the colour scheme I was going for (white + purple).
When I got all my parts, I was ready to build. Everything went great, no problems, no delays, nothing but a beast of a machine ready to game. I intended to use this for gaming on 1440p @ 144hz, possible streaming, and browsing the internet without having to wait 5-6 seconds loading a YouTube video.
In the end, I am extremely thankful for everyone who helped. Thankful for the community on PCPP, to the people on Tom's Hardware, to those on r/buildapc, and all tech tubers on YT, and my family for helping out. I know I pretty much wrote up my whole life story on here but this build is special to me and I wanted to share it. Thank you for sitting through this with me.
If you guys want some benchmarks, more photos, or have any questions, pop them in the comments. I will make sure I will read and try to respond to all of them.
Also, check out the montage I made if you have the time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLqSqFtVmGo
Two words - Great value. Pair it with most modern GPU's on most resolutions, and you'll have a good time gaming and if you wanted to - streaming with 6 cores and 12 threads. The good thing about going Ryzen at this point of time is that you have the ability to upgrade to Ryzen 3000, which is looking promising.
An AIO that comes in white - what more could you ask for. This thing performs well and looks great in the process. It also comes with an RGB led strip and a fan hub which is great of Deepcool. I idle my Ryzen 5 2600 on 20-30c and under some load it runs as low as 45c.
Good looking motherboard and has the ability to upgrade to Ryzen 3000. BIOS is easy on the user, and the RGB integration is subtle but nice. good port selection on the back and overall good quality.
Fast. Sexy. Memory.
Probably quite overpriced for an SSD but it's NVME. Unfortunately I didn't really notice a difference between my old SATA SSD and this one. Luckily I got this one on sale :P
I've had this card for 2 months, and I haven't experienced any problems like some other users may have. Runs every game I've played on it at 1440p highest if not high settings with 60fps+, so I recommend this card to users who want a good gaming experience at 1440p.
Quite compact for an ATX case which is nice. The mesh panel on the front not only looks good but also brings some performance increases in the temperature side of things. Cable management is great also.
Fully modular, 80+ gold, what more could you ask for? 550w is perfectly fine for most machines these days so this PSU was a no brainer.
Good looking, but IMO overpriced for what they are.