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College Student Dream Build

by White_Burn


Hey guys, this is my first completed build on PcPartPicker, this build has been quite the experience for me and it's been a dream of mine for a long time and i really love this PC. This build isn't "complete", there are things i want in this PC like an SSD and a new keyboard, but it's good enough for now. i recently upgraded to Ryzen from a Core i7-2600k that i overclocked to 4.8ghz, but that wasn't a very good PC, it constantly had BSOD's from a dead ram slot on the motherboard (msi p67a-g43(b3)) and then i got a new (used) board for it, an ASRock extreme 4 that had a dead usb 3.0 port so i returned it and planned this build. The hard drives, the case, the fans and everything else besides the cpu, board and ram are from the 2600k build.

but i started planning this build waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 2014, I was in 10th grade at the time and i have been working all summer long. the original plan was a i7 4790k and a 980, then time went on and it became a 4790k with a 980ti, then a skylake i7, then a kaby lake i7, until i heard about ryzen and i was absolutely thrilled for it's release, i knew AMD wouldn't disappoint since they're trying to "shake things up", so now this brings me here, as a college student. But this PC is a real conversation starter. I leave the door to my room open as I'm playing pc, and sometimes people come in and the looks on people's faces when they see this pc is hilarious. They're in awe of this PC. Feels good man.

I don't plan on overclocking yet, i will when i see a reason to.

Also, enjoy the free cat picture, Her name is Dewey, and I've had her since i was in 5th grade.

Part Reviews


Awesome CPU, definitely better value than intel's offerings. Great for streaming which i do from time to time.


Great MoBo. Would recommend. Updated to the latest bios and got my g.skill trident z 3200mhz to run at 2933. Haven't tried higher.


Great ryzen compatible ram, atleast for my motherboard.


Reliable drive. Mine is a couple years old and its been in and out of many systems and ive had no problems.

Video Card

Runs a my games on ultra settings at 1080p with 60+ fps. Great gpu.


Great case, but lacks hard drive bays. There's only 2 full size hard drive bays, so that may be a problem for some, like me.


Beautiful monitor. Has HDR and ips with freesync, although i i have an Nvidia gpu.


Good keyboard with good features, but my f11 and = keys stick sometimes, not sure if this is a widespread issue or just me


love this mouse. RGB is amazing. feels very solid


Decent headset, does the job for me.


Great sound quality and excellent bass for what it is.

Comments Sorted by:

JackBarker 1 point 19 months ago

I was wondering how u did it so cheap, with a 1060 and Ryzen 7, then realised the storage had no price

White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

The board, ram and processor were on sale on newegg at the time. The board was 90 and then it was on sale for 80 and then it had a rebate on top of that. The build originally had a 16gb kit of corsair vengeance 3000mhz, but i had to send it back because one of the sticks were bad and were making it blue screen. Then i got a 16gb kit of g.skill 3200mhz for 10 dollars cheaper somehow.

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Because it would've made a huge difference? Haha! He even included his speakers :p which are actually worth more than his storage.

White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

What? lol

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

I was responding to JackBarker

codex41 3 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

Why not go 1070 and Ryzen 1600?

White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I already had the 1060. I bought it a few months before i got the ryzen 7.

Abab 1 point 19 months ago

good luck in collage you might need a better power supply

White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks, and i find that the power supply is good enough, it's decent quality i heard from various sources.

drferrell 2 Builds 1 point 19 months ago

If your PC does not dispense tacos on demand, than it is not a true dream PC.

I kid of course.

It really is a nice looking pc, and specs are pretty good too. Feels good to finally build your PC that you've been planning for so long, doesn't it?

White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Well thats true. A taco dispensing PC would be fricken awesome. But yes definitely, it was very rewarding, i love it :D

rroguet 1 point 19 months ago

I'm still on i5 4460, 8go ram 1600mzh (it does blue screen) and a gtx 1050ti ;(

White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago


KillerBeastly1 1 point 17 months ago

Should have went with the Acer GN246HL 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor for less than what you payed for that dell and a 144Hz refresh rate too so it would have been the ultimate choice.

White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

i went with what best buy had at the time. but i also wanted IPS and HDR with a sleek bezel. i don't regret it. and at the time i only spent 170 on the monitor.

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

yo, so how does the motherboard play with the Ram, I'm currently creating two parts list for my friends. Both of which will include this board, one of them using Crucial 2666mghz memory, and the other, some memory from G.Skill that is either 3000 or 3200, is this board finicky?

White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

this board has a list of it's supported ram and the speeds. my g.skill ram is on the list at 2999mhz even though my ram is 3200mhz ram. works great though. but the board isn't all that bad. hopefully this helped.

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White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Yeah it did lmao :p

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White_Burn submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Not yet. Wanted a r7 more than an ssd lol. i'm going to buy one soon and update the build