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Overall Build: Back in 2017, when everyone was an epic gamer and "Dat Boi" was the funniest thing on the planet, my best friend told me that he was building a gaming computer to play the best game of all time, Minecraft. I must've shrugged and said that what he was doing was cool and I got on with my life. Later that year, I bought a laptop for the sole purpose of playing Fallout 4 and for high school work and I noticed that my HP couldn't take me bombing raiders at 13fps everyday instead of writing papers for Dr. Hurt. I shrugged it off for the most part and got through Junior year with it. In the summer, I was dealing with my senior research project which ironically tested CPU fan performance based on price. To test this, my friend Dameon bought the be-quiet Pure Rock Cooler at $25, my friend who actually builds PC's and came up with the idea bought the be-quiet Dark Rock Cooler at $75 for his rig while I bought the be-quiet Shadow Rock 2 cooler at $49.99 having no external use for it. Coming in to senior year, I basically started giving up on my old laptop for gaming and I contacted my friend about starting a PC Build for me and in 30 seconds I had myself one of these lists. This was not that list. Since no high school senior is made of money, I figured that I would wait till Christmas came around to buy parts. My waiting paid off, literally, in the sense that in January I had bought the PSU, Case, and Motherboard (in that order). As time progressed, I worked more and more at my jobs and slowly bought parts while they were on sale because buying parts at full price=dumb. Now, I have this.

CPU: Originally, I had my eyes set on a AMD Ryzen 5 1600 that was $120 usually. But instead, one fateful day, my friend told me the that the 2600 (non "X") was on sale and also included The Division 2 GE and World War Z for free with it for only $150. I think you know what I chose to do afterwards. I haven't had any latency spikes in my time of use. Both games are good. Catch it on a deal, it seems slightly overpriced normally, but I digress. 5/5

CPU Cooler: When choosing a CPU Cooler, I got this one out of complete coincidence. In my senior year of high school, I did a research project with my local Governor's School dealing with CPU Cooler performance based on price point. In order for the experiment to be done correctly, my two partners and I had to buy the fans ourselves and I was tasked with spending $49.99 on this one (the be-quiet Shadow Rock 2). I plan to buy the Dark Rock Cooler off of my friend very soon.

Motherboard: For this, I really just wanted a high capacity MoBO with reliability more than anything. I have not ran the RGB software but I imagine it would be nicer than just red (the default). For sub-$100, not a bad board 3.5 stars only because it's not an "epic gamer Fortnite RGB board" as the kids would say these days. But also because there's a lot of exposure when it comes to the wiring and capacitors on the board, which isn't bad, just not my style. 3.5/5

Memory: The memory was a trip for a while, if you know what I mean. Upon my first boot up, I was astonished to see that the speed the memory was running was at 2133mhz WITH X.M.P. on. After much research for 3 months, I concluded that the memory failed due to a BIOS update that changed how to change the multiplier made it so that to change it, one had to select and type, not click for a drop down, as it displayed. But I managed to make it succeed after manually changing the multiplier. It now comfortably runs at 3200 mhz. The board can only take up to 3200 mhz, which makes me sad but, the 3400 mhz ram wasn't a waste due to the fact of sale I caught it on. $269.99 to $87.99 for better capabilities. 5/5

Storage: I chose a Kingston 240gb SSD for my OS, Steam, Uplay, Origin, Epic Games Store, and Spotify purely for speed. I then went with a 2tb HDD Seagate Barracuda due to it's incredible review, one can hear it on the boot up of large games, but I know that that's not the concern of many. 5/5 on both.

Graphics Card:
An RX 580 8gb card, this card is a beast. How did I get this for a mere $100? Ebay. NOTE: Please be careful if you go with this option, I only bought from a seller that had sold 1,000 beforehand and had a 99% satisfaction rate and a 30 day money-back guarantee. Go with that one. 5/5

Power Supply Unit: I was informed that EVGA made incredible products, but after I received the power supply, reluctantly, I admittedly started agreeing, I have had no problems with this whatsoever. 5/5

Case: Lastly for the PC, aesthetics. I had to go with the Corsair Spec Omega RGB for the impeccable RGB, the simplistic design of the iCUE software, to the tempered glass side panel, and the badass angular design. The back panel has a small amount of space and cable management was interesting, but it worked out after a solid couple hours, just work at it. You got it. 4.5/5

Peripherals: I have a Razer set of peripherals but this doesn't mean that I'm biased (maybe a little) but overall, each have their perks and little to no cons.

Keyboard: The Razer Blackwidow Ultimate is an impeccable keyboard for a hefty price. The Razer Green Switches (the equivalent to Oteuma Blue switches, do research) are very durable and very responsive. The amount of force required to activate the switch is small enough to seem effortless and efficient while also having weight. The actuation force required is 50 G and the distance between the points in the switch is .4 mm while the total distance traveled in the switch is 4mm. This is actually the only peripheral that I bought for full price but the list has the values of each, while the components have the price I bought them at. Great keyboard but it's just a keyboard at the end of the day, this is MY recommendation but with what you can afford. 5/5

Headset: Again, I have a Razer Kraken Pro V2 Headset with superb Surround Sound and I have yet to try the Razer Surround tool. Funnily enough, I got this headset around Christmas when my parents gifted me a pair of Turtle Beach Recon 50's and the left side never worked, and this was the only headset left at Target and so I got my money back and I haven't been disappointed by these yet. 5/5

Mouse + Mouse-pad: Lastly, the mouse and pad I have are the Razer Deathadder (2013) and the Razer Goliathus Mobile respectively. The Deathadder has been revered as one of the best mice ever in terms of revolutionizing the playing field, literally. Don't let me change your mind, read reviews. The Goliathus Mobile was ironically the peripheral I never planned on buying. Earlier, when I talked about my headset and how I got it, the same time that I picked up the headset, this mousepad was literally next to it on clearance for 7.99. The Goliathus Mobile gets the job done and there's a sense of placebo when using other Razer gear with it, but I don't care, it's great. 5/5 on both.

Anyway, that's it for the build, feel free to ask questions about it. However, my experience is quite limited outside of this.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Noice! 💪 Very cool set up!