Hello PCPP! This is the first PC I've ever built and I'm very happy it all came together with minimal issues. I first looked into building a custom PC two years ago and finally decided to blow a hole in my student wallet to make it happen.
I went with a Ryzen PC because of the better multitasking and possibility of streaming in the future. Paired it with a 1060 graphics card because my existing monitor is 1080p, 60Hz and I wasn't planning on upgrading it in the near future. I'm unfamiliar with the specific benchmarks, but I know it can run my casual games smoothly at high settings (Guild Wars 2, League, Sims 4, etc...) - a huge improvement from my laptop gaming days.
The build process was much easier than I anticipated. If you are also using the same motherboard/case as me, make sure you put the front panel USB 3.0 cable through the bottom cut-out before screwing on the motherboard because otherwise the cable will not fit. I also made the mistake of plugging my monitor HDMI cable into the motherboard, and wondered why there was no display... make sure you use the HDMI port on the graphics card!
Lastly, I spent some extra money on a Corsair Lighting Pro kit which came with 4 LED strips and a control hub. This is just for the aesthetics. The LEDs are extremely bright, and very easy to put up because of the magnetic strip. However, the inner frame has a few clip-things from the front panel which made it impossible to lie the LED strip completely against the frame.
Overall, its silent, pretty, and I love it! Thanks for reading :)
Recommended by a friendly user on r/buildapc and overall I'm very pleased with it. Will try lightly overclocking in the future.
Very small and aesthetically pleasing cooler - I had no issues with RAM clearance. The box came with an AM4 bracket. Installation was a little difficult since it was my first build - screwing it in from the back of the motherboard was really stressful... The fan is very quiet, and I love how the lights from my RAM reflects off the white fan blades.
Great motherboard, don't have any complaints. If I wanted to save some money I could've went for a B450 instead but decided to stick with this one for the looks.
Very fast SSD that is capable of booting Windows in a few seconds. Just be careful when taking it out of the box.
Basic HDD for a very good price.
Went with a 1060 graphics card for my 1080p 60Hz monitor. So far it works great and can handle the games and software I use. Bought it during an Amazon prime sale. However, there's only one HDMI port.. not sure if this is the norm, but it'll definitely be extra work if I do decide to get a second monitor.
Love this case, it's super easy to build with, and has lots of options for cable management. The instructions were very easy to understand and it came with all the accessories you could possibly need.
Bought two 140mm Fractal Design fans to replace the one 120mm fan at the front.
Works great, no complaints. It's semi-modular but I didn't find it confusing to install at all.
And it has black cables.
Great RGB RAM that goes well with my Ryzen CPU. Personally think it was well worth it to pay a little extra for the bright lighting.