Description

My first build from the ground up! I spent about 6 months researching before pulling the trigger and am SO grateful to the PCPP and r/buildapc for all of the great resources!

I'll primarily be using this PC for gaming along with a little software development and music production when I have time.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic performance. I was able to get this with a free game, which made the value proposition even better. I do wish the instructions for attaching the stock heatsink were a little clearer, but I'll chalk that up to inexperience on my part.

Motherboard

Ryzen 3rd gen ready out of the box! There's a reason this is one of the most popular AM4 motherboards on the market. It's cheap, performs well, and is extremely easy to work with.

Storage

Great little NVME drive. Super fast and does what it needs to. The aluminum packaging is also great; so much so that I want to find some other use for it.

Case

Pros:

  • Looks great

  • Excellent cable management

  • Generally easy to work in

Cons:

  • The 3.5" drive cage gets in the way of power supply cables during installation. Take it out until you're ready to use it.

  • Airflow leaves something to be desired in the front. The case is clearly built for a liquid cooling setup, which is fine, but not within my initial budget. I will definitely upgrade to that down the line.

Power Supply

Does the job admirably. The only non-modular cable is the main ATX. In hindsight, I do kind of wish I'd bought a fully-modular PSU for aesthetic purposes, but that doesn't take away from what is a great component.

Wireless Network Adapter

The WiFi works great and was a breeze to configure. While I didn't buy it for the Bluetooth functionality, I was disappointed to discover that it can be somewhat difficult to get working.

Keyboard

This being my first mechanical keyboard, I wasn't sure what to expect. The keys are a bit loud when they bottom out, but that may just be my typing style. That said, this was an excellent value, especially with the mouse included.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Cool build. What an awful placement for a fan header on the bottom left of the cpu. Lol

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Agreed! I may eventually invest in a separate fan controller to better manage those cables.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

cool box