Description

I first got my own "gaming PC" (it was a prebuilt) on December 25th, 2017. (I came up with the name since I grew up with it for 2 years.) I got it for Christmas when I was 11. I am 13 now. I bought the new PC parts for my birthday since I needed them. The prebuilt had an FX 6300 and 2x4GB 1600MHz RAM. I upgraded the CPU, motherboard and RAM. I'm reusing the case, PSU, GPU and HDD. This new PC's difference to my old one is like night and day. I didn't realize that just changing to a whole new chipset would make a big difference. I swapped out the parts myself and the first time I booted it up to see if I get a post, all the RGB lights came on and I had a post. I felt like I accomplished something big.

                                         What part(s) should I upgrade next?
                                          (Budget for the upgrade is 250$)

Part Reviews

CPU

Speechless. I use it for streaming, rendering, recording, editing, gaming and it's amazing! Happy with my choice!

Motherboard

Awesome motherboard! Looks beautiful and has a bios I love! I read that it has great overclocking capabilities so I will be planning on overclocking my 2700X when I get a better cooler for it.

Memory

It looks awesome, only think that I didn't like too much about it was that it arrived at a frequency of 2133MHz. I found out how to fix it and that was to activate XMP which is called D.O.C.P when you use an ASUS motherboard. It went to 3000MHz and it's fine now. The RGB on it looks beautiful too. Only from a distance (~10 feet) or in pictures, you can see the hot spots.

Storage

Great HDD! But planning on upgrading the full SSD. But for now, it's great!

Video Card

It's a slow GPU but not super slow. I'm planning on upgrading it too. But what should I upgrade it too? Suggestions? Budget is under about 250$. Off topic but this GPU is kind of old so it makes sense. It came with my prebuilt so I'm reusing it, for now.

Case

Nice looking case, a lot of spots for an SSD. Also has great additions to make cable management easier for you such as included velcro strips.

Power Supply

Wattage is fine for me but I hate ketchup and mustard cables and it having no efficiency. Planning on upgrading it too but what to? Suggestions?

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I like AMD's stock cooler design.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Same! I love how the heat sinks' design spreads the cooling throughout your motherboards' heat sinks and your RAM.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

If you want to find a good card under $250 I'd recommend going used and getting a vega 64. Orrrr if you want a new one badly and wouldn't mind spending like $30 more I saw the RX 5700 going on sale for like $280 new on eBay a day ago from Dell. Or if you want something under $200 (used of course lol) 1070s have been going for that cheap.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the help! Will definitely put those GPUs into my thoughts for a GPU.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same board and CPU combination and am in the midst of building it. I'm curious how you worked your RGB control for the CPU cooler? Did you connect the included RGB cable and the USB cable? Are you able to use the Asus Aura control?

Looks great man!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! And no, you aren't able to use Asus Aura to control the cooler and I'm not too happy about that. I got my CPU from Newegg and didn't receive the cables that it always comes with (the usb and RGB cables). I looked at some pictures with people having the cables plugged in and it looked like the cables came across the GPU and connected to the motherboard ports. Depending on your case, you can't route it behind. But I've heard that a lot of people plug in the USB cable only since you can control the colors of the cooler with the Cooler Master software. Good luck on your build!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

You should upgrade your gpu to 5700 xt

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great GPU but out of my budget. (Budgets' 250$)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Also the psu

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Planning on it!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

PSU is fine. If you don’t like the colors buy some spray paint or sleeves? +1 nice build

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I am thinking of buying some cable extensions!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build, I'd definitely upgrade the GPU next. If you're willing to buy used, you can find Vega 56es on Ebay for under 250$. Otherwise, the best new GPU you can buy for that currently is the 1660 Super. Maybe wait a bit though because the RX 5600 is rumored to be coming soon

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Next upgrade should be to get an SSD.

It's just fine to leave your games and other large files on the HDD, but a SSD will make your startup faster. If you have a game that is notoriously slow to load, move it to your SSD as well and it should load a bit faster. (as long as it isn't your internet slowing it down.) NVMe SSDs are faster than Sata SSDs, but even a Sata SSD would be faster than a HDD. Keep in mind that there are some cheap m.2 form factor SSDs that still use the Sata protocol and will not get a benefit from your NVMe capable M.2 slot. (Well, I guess less wires is a benefit, but speed wise you won't get a boost over a traditional Sata SSD.)

All of the rest of your system is great and shouldn't need an upgrade until you get a new GPU, although that wouldn't be in your budget unless you went with a used one on ebay. I regularly see used rx580 8gb cards for right at or just over $100 on ebay. That'd be an upgrade to what you have, but still would be the bottleneck on this system.

If you can get a good deal on a 2060 super, a 2070 super, or a rx5700xt or even a rx5700 then that would be better/newer, but I would grab the SSD first. Its a cheaper upgrade and will give you benefits outside of just gaming.

Something like a samsung evo 970 if you want bleeding edge performance, but I like the Intel 660p series for their good enough performance while not breaking the bank.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great help! Will for sure look into an SSD. Thanks! :D