Looking back on all the systems I’ve built, they’ve always been a hodgepodge of parts and colors and really didn’t have a cohesive color scheme. This all changed with my latest build, dubbed #FORTHEKIDS. The name comes from my involvement with Extra-Life, an organization that works closely with Children’s Miracle Hospitals and provides assistance to kids and their families while they’re in the hospital for whatever reason.
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While the mostly agreed upon idea that the AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is the sweet spot for gaming and occasional streaming folks, the extra boost and $10 difference (at the time of purchase) between it and the 1600X made the choice easy to pick up the 1600X. OC’s like a champ to 4.1Ghz easy and handles everything being open at once and running during game play which is important.
Picked up the ASUS X370-F Gaming due to excellent OC capabilities according to Gamers Nexus and I believe I picked it up right before they axe’d it and EOD’d the board. That might cause problems down the road if anything ever goes wrong, but we’ll cross that bridge then. The UEFI is pretty sweet and easy to understand, ASUS has been improving their BIOS options over the last couple of generations and with just a few more tweaks I could call it perfect. All of the ports I could ask for and then some, and a sleek black/silver color theme makes color matching a LOT easier than other boards out there.
Cooling is something that I am very particular about. I want good performance and quiet operation. The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo that I originally had was okay but not very quiet. Enter the Cryorig H7. I use this cooler on ALL builds I do that don't have water cooling. Give this a gander; it's worth the small premium over the 212 Evo. The H7 is combined with the two Fractal Design Venturi fans and the Noctua fans are used as intake and its all super quiet and keeps my system nice and chill.
The Fractal Design Define C has been a killer case for value and cooling, as well as near silence. This case has it all; super simple cable management and rubber grommets aplenty. Very few ways you could go wrong with this case.
While shopping for GPU’s back in late 2016/early 2017 I figured that the 6GB memory in the GTX 1060 from EVGA would give me plenty of legroom for 1080p gaming and medium-high/ultra settings and so far there’s been little hiccup in game play, with the occasional exception due to loading. A cool and quiet card that is sure to be a winner in the mid-range.
Thanks for checking out the system, any questions can be put in below, and I'll be glad to help!
A slightly more expensive option (depending on which way the wind blows) than a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, but IMO worth the extra $$$. Smaller and more aesthetically pleasing color-wise, will fit in a lot more mid tower cases than the 212 Evo.
+PRO+ +Great performance \ 1-2C lower idle and 3-5 lower under load vs 212 Evo +Much quieter fan than stock 212 Evo +Very clean and sleek looking (black top and no protruding randomly closed nubs) +Angled design that allows for "Zero RAM clearance issues) +Metal clips to hold the fan on vs destructive screws +Mounting back plate and securing cooler is fairly simple and straight forward.
-CONS- -Metal fan clips are a little difficult to apply/remove -Finding all 4 holes on the bottom of the cooler with the fans attached is difficult to secure the cooler and finalize the installation. -Coolers' angle doesn't leave much room behind it for rear exhaust fans if you want a dual fan push/pull setup.
Stupid fast SATA based SSD's, the 500GB capacity is tough to find at a good price, but I bought these way back before the prices shot through the roof. One in my system is OS and apps, the other is games that benefit from fast loading times and these are very easily mounted in the back of the Define C case.
Cheap and fast (for mechanical drives) and used for frequent file transfer/changes (google drive/dropbox) and games that do NOT benefit from faster loading times via an SSD.
Gave up on WD and their bunk drives after a rash of 4 bad/chirpy drives in a 6 month period and am VERY happy with how Seagate has turned their drives around from what I remember them being in the early 2000's