Description

After a failed first build attempt in 2015 due to my childish incompetence, I have finally taken another shot at building a computer, now with even more money at stake. Stupid, I know. It only took me 2 more years to completely understand computers, but the wait was definitely worth the outcome.

Without further ado, let me introduce you to 6 months of planning. This is Etna, my all-rounder machine built from the ground up with actual competence, care, and way too much stress.

Everything actually managed to go without a hitch! It went really well, actually. I'm very happy with this build. Let me give a quick thank-you to r/buildapc, the PCMR Discord, and plenty of others who helped me plan this thing.

UPDATE: I have upgraded my GTX 1050 Ti to a GTX 1060 3GB. Please reference my review of it for more information.

(Another) UPDATE: My g430 headset decided to (quite literally) fall apart on me, so I bought some HyperX Cloud IIs as a replacement.

Part Reviews

CPU

A really outstanding budget gaming CPU. Coming from a non-hyperthreaded Pentium user, this thing is really a beast. AMD really outdid themselves with this series of chips (finally), and I'm very happy to be able to choose AMD because it actually does better than the competition. Absolute i5 crusher (most of the time). Overclocking was quick and simple, and it still runs relatively cool.

Motherboard

Not a whole lot to say, really. It's just your typical motherboard plus a strip of white accent lighting, It does the job, has all of the ports I can ask for, etc. Only bought this instead of the better, "glowier" models MSI offered because the others were out of stock.

Memory

It does the job, looks nice, etc. Going from 2gb to 16gb of RAM was really an improvement. I have yet to use any more than 70% of RAM on any set of tasks I have set upon this rig.

Storage

This is an amazing M.2 drive. I was considering not getting an SSD due to the price, but I'm glad I got this anyway. It's an absolutely amazing drive! Very fast & very affordable.

Storage

This drive has served me well. This actually belonged to the 2015 build, but has since been set into a surrogate system. It is planned to be moved into this PC as a secondary drive in the near future. WD has never failed me, and I hope this won't anytime soon.

UPDATE 2/23/19: Recently transferred the disk into my main system. Formatted the drive and everything of the install it had and downloading some 300gb of games and photo/video backups and it's still running good as new; 4 years in and not a single problem.

Video Card

Definitely an upgrade from my old 1050 Ti. Got it from a hardware swap from a friend. It comes with the added feature of being able to crank the settings up just a bit higher and much less stuttering. The fans don't run when at idle, so I guess that's kind of cool. Problem with that is once it does start to heat up, the fans don't kick on until it's already pretty hot. Not a huge deal, but it is a flaw with the card.

Case

What a case. This thing is absolutely amazing to work with. The cable management is glorious, even for a newbie builder like myself. The colors are a nice touch, Should have gotten the sound blocking one though (The p400s I believe). When my fans ramp up it sounds like a hollow tube. Spend the extra money, you won't regret it.

Power Supply

Does what it needs to and the packaged cables are nice. Mine in particular has some issues with coil whine, so I plan to RMA it soon.

Case Fan

Sounds much quieter than the stock fans from the p400. Not as great as a Noctua fan, but it does what it's supposed to.

Monitor

It's a monitor I got for free. Colors are decent but washed out. It does the job as a secondary monitor.

Monitor

Got this thing on sale for $130 instead of $180. Man, was that worth it. It's a very nice 1080p panel. Colors are excellent, the built-in software is easy to use, and the one button under it. Yeah, that's a thing. Problem is, it's a bit short, so if you're used to anything larger than a 21.5in panel, you might need to adjust to the height of this thing. Otherwise, it's an outstanding panel for what I paid.

Keyboard

My first mechanical keyboard. The sound is nice (but loud), the keys feel great to type on, and it glows red! It feels wonderful and the keycaps are nice, though one came with a crack in it.

Mouse

Pretty simple mouse. Just need something that feels nice and does what it needs to, and this fit the bill. Much better than the OEM HP mouse I'm used to. The scroll wheel seems to be getting worn out, so I'm going to need to replace it soon.

Headphones

Does its duty, though the color doesn't match my setup. Bass is good (in my opinion) and sounds good. The mic is, well, a mic. It's not great, but it does what it needs to. Sometimes people complain that I sound a bit quiet, though.

UPDATE: Well, so much for that. The thing ended up just falling apart piece by piece; the plastic just started chipping away for no reason and ended with me having two dangling, unusable earmuffs. I guess you really do get what you pay for. Bought a HyperX Cloud II after this and couldn't have been happier with that purchase.

Speakers

Really nice speakers. My first subwoofer in a speaker set from what I can remember. The bass is nice, but lacking compared to more expensive options. Audiophiles, this isn't quite what you're looking for. For basic use and listening to some music, however, it sounds plenty good enough for what I spent on them.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

This is a very nice build. The RAM is a bit over-kill but nice for anything else you do. Good cpu & gpu. I really like the case and SSD in this build, great additions.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

The RAM was overkill, true, but I was mighty aware of that. I did it for the sake of using emulators & heavy multitasking. The extra RAM has come in handy sometimes. Glad you liked the build!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I really wouldn't say the ram is overkill. Ryzen likes fast ram and as far as the amount some games you need more than 8. I play Rust and it eats ram like crazy. Hovers around 8. I will never run less than 16. Plus 1.

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

That's a good point! My brother no-lifes Rust and he has told me it eats up his 8GB of RAM at some points. Didn't really believe him though, figured he forgot about having Chrome tabs up or something.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Good Build. I like that you put your peripherals in the price too. It is a very well rounded budget system

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I tried to keep it as detailed as possible. Glad to hear you like it

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I just tried using the same M.2 drive in the same board, and it didn't end up working. The specs say it's only compatible with a PCI-e M.2 drive with a Ryzen processor. Did you have any troubles with it?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not experience an issue with it. I slipped it into the m.2 slot and it worked. You probably got either a defective m.2 slot or SSD.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know. I'm going with the 2.5" option anyway as the M.2 was just for the cool factor. Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

Just a warning I'm giving out to people who purchased a B3 unit; Consider replacing your PSU, it's from a lineup that has a tendency to blow up or refuse to power on again.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the warning. Then it is probably the PSU making that sound. Please give me any sources if you have one. Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

There's two Tom's Hardware Reviews; http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/evga-450-b3-psu,5160.html (The power supply blew up) http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/evga-850-b3-psu,5186.html (The power supply never turned back on again)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel kinda hypocritical for buying that PSU though >.< hopefully I'll save up enough for a FOCUS unit

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm going to contact EVGA and ask for a refund or replacement unit ASAP. Maybe I can ask for them to send a comparable unit that isn't a B3?

What the issue probably is is that the PSU's protection features do not work as planned because the thing cannot seem to handle higher loads.

My build is fairly low in power consumption, but if my PSU is already showing signs of dying (the sound from the PSU rail) I am not going to wait on this. Thank you for letting me know. O had no idea this was even happening to B3 PSUs

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

How does this PSU replacement fair (if I get a refund) https://m.newegg.com/products/17-151-093?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! Thanks for the quick response! As for what PSU to get, you should probably get a full refund and buy a SeaSonic FOCUS Plus unit