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I recently sold the internal parts of my 1st completed build to my nephew who wanted to upgrade from his 2 GB RX 560. Instead of him spending hundreds of dollars on a new gaming PC (his mom really not him, lol) I offered him my MOBO, CPU, RAM, GPU, and PSU. He immediately said yes since he had already seen what it could do and it was a waaay cheaper offer than buying a brand new PC. So, I was left with a case, storage and a need for a PC. I originally bought the parts on black Friday 2019 but I hadn't gotten around to getting it on here until now. I could have gone with Ryzen Gen 3 but since I'm on a tight budget I just went with what I found. The only thing I will splurge on is the GPU but that's coming in later.

CPU: I had loved the original 2600 from my 1st build and I saw this guy here for 105, I immediately snatched it up along with the motherboard and RAM. I first pushed it to 4.0Ghz on the stock wraith cooler it comes it and the temps were running around 42-45 on idle/65-68 under load. Once I installed the NEPTWIN cooler with Thermal Grizzly paste on it, though, temps dropped to 35-36 on idle/41-43 under load. That is an insane drop coming from a 30 dollar cooler. I do plan on pushing it to the 4.2 MAX and see how it takes the load. (will update on that).

CPU COOLER: This cooler was priced at 39.99, but it came with a 10 dollar coupon that dropped the price even lower. I wish it had been the RGB version that had been on sale, but hey, can't complain at all. For that price, and such a massive drop in temps is amazing. I also wish I had read more on RAM height cause I had to take off the front fan since it is supposed to be place where the RAM is. It's fine with me since I had already planned to take off the stock fans it came with and replace them with my own Deepcool fans. I plan on buying another 3 pack and place one on the front of the radiator, it will cover the first RAM but it fits perfectly over it. I wont be able to buy more RAM though unless I get a different cooler or an AIO.

MOBO: I fell in love with Asus and their ROG line just seeing their massive GPU's, colorful MOBO's and how they're supposed to be designed for gaming and all that. Yes, I suckered in. I saw this MOBO for 110(again, black Friday is amazing) and bought it along with the CPU and RAM. BIOS is easy to navigate, I pushed the 2600X to 4.0 right off the start and it booted with no problems. I should have gone with a x470, again, on a budget really limits your choices, but I'm happy with this one, it's been great so far.

RAM: This RAM is the cause of cheap black Friday prices, I'm not really too knowledgeable with this, but I was sold at the price and lighting it has. Booted to 3000Mhz without me having to change it in BIOS or anything.

GPU: I bought this graphics card from a friend who upgraded his prebuild to a Strix 2070. Killer price for it, I couldn't say no. And performance? Amazing. Nothing compared to the Vega 56 I had before either but it sure beats a 2 GB RX 560. I plan on upgrading to a 5700XT or a 2070S in the near future. I don't like, however, that it runs super hot when I'm gaming.. around 82-85. Is that normal?? I will change the thermal paste to the thermal grizzly and see if that helps.

CASE: I don't have the PRISM, I WISH I DID. I still have the crappy P350X prebuild case I bought first around 2 years ago. It's not bad, cable management isn't horrible on the P350x. whenever I buy the PRISM I will get an AIO cooler to slap it on the side and show it with some RGB fans. I'm a sucker for pretty lights.

PSU: This PSU isn't the best, I KNOW, but I got it for 45 brand new, how I can I say no????

ANY COMMENTS OR TIPS ARE APPRECIATED, THANKS!!!!

Part Reviews

CPU

CPU: I had loved the original 2600 from my 1st build and I saw this guy here for 105, I immediately snatched it up along with the motherboard and RAM. I first pushed it to 4.0Ghz on the stock wraith cooler it comes it and the temps were running around 42-45 on idle/65-68 under load. Once I installed the NEPTWIN cooler with Thermal Grizzly paste on it, though, temps dropped to 35-36 on idle/41-43 under load. That is an insane drop coming from a 30 dollar cooler. I do plan on pushing it to the 4.2 MAX and see how it takes the load. (will update on that).

CPU Cooler

CPU COOLER: This cooler was priced at 39.99, but it came with a 10 dollar coupon that dropped the price even lower. I wish it had been the RGB version that had been on sale, but hey, can't complain at all. For that price, and such a massive drop in temps is amazing. I also wish I had read more on RAM height cause I had to take off the front fan since it is supposed to be place where the RAM is. It's fine with me since I had already planned to take off the stock fans it came with and replace them with my own Deepcool fans. I plan on buying another 3 pack and place one on the front of the radiator, it will cover the first RAM but it fits perfectly over it. I wont be able to buy more RAM though unless I get a different cooler or an AIO.

Motherboard

I fell in love with Asus and their ROG line just seeing their massive GPU's, colorful MOBO's and how they're supposed to be designed for gaming and all that. Yes, I suckered in. I saw this MOBO for 110(again, black Friday is amazing) and bought it along with the CPU and RAM. BIOS is easy to navigate, I pushed the 2600X to 4.0 right off the start and it booted with no problems. Just wish it had a 5v RGB header on it for more light control. I should have gone with a x470, again, on a budget really limits your choices, but I'm happy with this one, it's been great so far.

Memory

This RAM is the cause of cheap black Friday prices, I'm not really too knowledgeable with this, but I was sold at the price and lighting it has. Booted to 3000Mhz without me having to change it in BIOS or anything.

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Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

how is the keyboard?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Keyboard is amazing! Asceny really made a great job with this one. Bought off Amazon for 60 dollars with Gateron Blue switches. Since it's a hot swappable PCB all I had to do was pull the blue switches out and replace them with any other hot swappable switches. No soldering needed. Comes with NKRO and anti ghosting, which at this price, is AMAZING! I bought gateron brown switches, o-rings and some hyper-x keycaps which made the rgb even brighter. Best investment for less than top leading brands. Totally recommend! Bad part is that its usually not in stock, so if you see it, buy it!

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I'll take note!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No problem!