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Hey!

Since this was my first ever gaming build, I'll accept any criticism for any of my buys. I bought everything from my local Micro Center excluding peripherals.

CPU - Ryzen 7 2700X

AMD was the way to go with having a more budget-friendly processor. I could've went with the Ryzen 5 3600, but I do prefer the higher core count for workstation capabilities, despite being a second gen CPU. Maybe I'll upgrade in the near future.

Cooler - Stock (AMD Wraith Prism)

I've set it to H mode for I guess higher fan speed. It's definitely the loudest fan in the entire case right now, but based from what I saw from Ryzen Master, it has been able to keep cooling around 60C-ish and idles around 35C-42C.

Motherboard - Gigabyte x570 Aorus Elite WiFi

The motherboard at Micro Center paired with the CPU ended up around $150 USD, which was a bargain for me. I didn't know much initially about it, but so far it's been a pretty good motherboard. No hiccups, crashes, anything. Everything is loading up fine. WiFi connection seems to be pretty good as well. Shame that it doesn't have a thunderbolt port on the back though. It does lack some more RGB bits if you were eyeing on it. I personally don't mind, though.

Memory - Corsair Vengeance RGB (2x8GB 3200Mhz)

The two RAM sticks i was looking at were this or the G.Skill Trident. One was cheaper and that turned out to be the Corsair RAM. The lights on them are the brightest thing in the build and I'm not regretting buying a tinted glass panel version for my case. Looks pretty nice, though.

Storage - Crucial P1 1TB

M.2 SSD drives are the fastest and I found it a bit too expensive to get the Samsung 970 Evo. The performance is similar that it shouldn't matter much. My OS boots up lightning fast and games as well. It's also one less cord coming out of the motherboard, so it's less hassle for me at least.

GPU - Gigabyte RTX 2060 Aorus Xtreme 6G

I was going to get the Gigabyte RTX 2060 Super, which would've been the smarter decision. Micro Center had it out of stock I couldn't wait on that card and just decided to buy this one. Otherwise, it's a very good GPU along with the RGB bits. It's a bit dim compared to the Corsair memory but it runs cool. Idles around 35C-40C and at decent load around 60C with fans not running at full speed with ambient temps being around 30C. The Aorus Engine is pretty trashy, but not impossible to use. I heard some people using EVGA related software, so I might consider switching over to run the card.

Case - Fractal Design Meshify C

Looks cool and has some good open areas for future cooling upgrades. There's filters on the front and the bottom of the case, and I haven't figured out how to get the front filter out. The bottom one, however, slides out. The glass tint is light enough for RGB to filter out nicely and it doesn't strain my eyes.

Power: Corsair RM 750 - Silent PSU and is fully modular which helps clear some clutter in the back

Monitor: HP 22cwa - Great budget IPS screen. I'm eyeing a LG monitor right now (27GL850-B).

Keyboard: Corsair K70 Mk.2 MX Reds - Clicky, but not Razer clicky. It has a very good feel and it is well built.

Mouse: Steelseries Rival 600 - Great feel and all the keys can be remapped via SteelSeries Engine 3. I don't use the weights.

Headphones: Corsair HS60 - Great headphones, bass is decent. It's enough to enjoy music and the mic is clear, but not the highest quality out there.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very good performance for the price. The stock cooler, although a bit loud under load, is well-made compared to its competitors. I did run into some RAM (Corsiar Vengeance) clearance issues with the first slot, which is not a huge problem for me.

CPU Cooler

Great cooler. It's pretty beefy with copper heatpipes and a large heatsink and it keeps my CPU cool during gaming (40C idle, max 65C under load). It is a bit loud for me, but I can't really complain since it was included with my Ryzen 7.

Motherboard

I was going to take a star off for the lack of an external Thunderbolt port and more RGB bits on the mobo, but it's more of a preference than a downside. Otherwise, the board works well and comes at a good price for the chipset. The wifi seems to work well and connectivity issues are nonexistent. The board itself feels well-built and everything was easy to navigate.

Memory

It's freaking bright and tall! Colors are accurate and works as advertised.

Storage

A good alternative to the 970 Evo. If you're not willing to pay the large price, this is pretty good as well (in my experience). Games load fast (what would I know, I've been used to SSD's for a long time) and I've haven't had to wait more than 20 seconds for any game to load.... except for Destiny 2.

Video Card

This card packs meat. From being new to using graphics cards and doing my own little tweaks, I found it generally easy to work with the card. When idling it stays around 35C-40C and under load 55C-65C. When gaming on light titles at 1080p 60fps, the fans don't even spin. I'm guessing it being semi-passive will make the GPU last longer, which is nice for future-proofing your build. I would suggest the RTX 2060 Super for around $50 USD more though. Overall, this card is a beast.

Mouse

Great mouse to really personalize your playstyle and get comfortable with it. The software to customize all that is easy to use and really can get into detail with how everything works (mouse acceleration, liftoff distance, etc.). I don't use the weights and it's a bit gimmicky for the regular consumer. For maybe a competitive esports player, it might come in handy.

Headphones

4 stars because the ear covers part thing won't swivel all the way. Other than that, it's a good budget headset. It looks good and performs decent. I wouldn't say the mic quality is bad, but it's definitely not the best. You can hear the voice clearly from the other side, but it's not high quality if that makes sense.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

I like the RGB. How did you get a Fusion to work? It wasn’t agreeing with my secondary SSD so I bailed on it.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Everything worked fine for me. The Fusion 2.0 file was compressed to I had to unzip that and install it from there. The software there seemed to recognize all my rgb-related stuff and worked ok for me.

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

This build is very nice. The rgb fit so well with your setup creating a beautiful illumination. Well done sir well done