This was a Christmas gift for my son, Im a single dad that has built and picked up PC gaming in the last 3 years, its something we do on the week nights and we both highly enjoy it. Im not sure who was more excited, him knowing he was getting a gaming PC, or me getting to build another PC!
I decided to take Christmas eve off work so we could build it together, man was it hard to sleep the night before! Once we awoke on Christmas Eve we got right to work assembling the motherboard.. so far everything was going as planned. I chose AMD Ryzen 5 2600x for price, and a budget Asrock mobo which offered enough goods and longevity but also a cool look with some RGB. I upgraded the cooler as I have read AMD runs hotter than Intel, and i dont mind spending extra so the heat will not damage the processor. I chose the cooler master 212 RGB edition, i use the 212 evo in my build and love how simplisticit is, yet it cools extremely well. An AIO watercooler maybe would drop a few more degrees and maybe that will be a future upgrade. I had the Corsair Vengence 2x8 16GB 3000hz ram laying around collecting dust from a combo purchase including an SSD that my friend wanted for his PS4. For storage i chose a few options, one is a seperate 250gb boot drive. second it has a 500gb m.2 ssd for games that run better on a faster drive, and third a 2tb HDD for simple games and anything else he may save like music, photos..etc.
The rx580 8gb seems to me like the best bang for the buck currently on a mid tier build and gives some room for future gaming, and thats exactly why i chose it. Also the monitor, which i used as a second monitor for my build, happens to be freesync which is a really nice feature to take advantage of. The GPU came with Borderlands 3 and 3 months to xbox game pass...SCORE!
Once opening the DIYPC case we found that it was broken in shipping, BUMMER!! I had bought a fan controller for the 5.25" bay and two color matched fans for an aesthetically pleasing look which we were not able to use any more. So we ran to our local Best Buy to grab a new case and since i was returning the broken case and spare parts we were close to breaking even. Building in a midsize case had its challenges, wire management was tricky and trying to get the power supply hooked up proved to be quite the process. I chose the 750w mainly because the price was affordable and with the added 250w leftover he could upgrade his video card in the future and not have to worry.
The mouse is the same that I use, so why buy different? haha The keyboard was just an affordable "gaming" (and i use that loosely) board that offered media controls and RGB The headphones he bought with his own money while we were at Best Buy.
I've traveled out of state a few Christmas' with my son, and yes those are memories we will never forget, but this Christmas we both received the gift of making memories on those nights of the week where nothings really going on and were just waiting to start the next day! Im thankful Im able to do something like this for my son, as we dont come from much. The hours we will spend grinding through games together will pay for every dime I spent.
Thanks for reading -Dad