Sorry about the bad images, phone camera was all I had and it's a bit dodgy since I dropped it. Will upload better images when I can. Also the image of the system booted up is before I tied the GPU cable back and made it look prettier
This is my second system that I've built and the first one without any help what so ever (Except maybe a youtube video but that's because I was silly and missed something.
With all that hype surrounding the Ryzen platform I thought I would build my own Ryzen system and give my little brother my old 4th gen i5 system, it served me well, but I thought a little upgrade was in order and I'd treat myself for Christmas.
I didn't exactly have a budget as all these parts were collected over the course of 3 months but the total came to just under £600 which I think is pretty decent. It's not a huge fancy system, but it'll get the job done since all I will use it for is gaming and occasionally streaming. It also has upgradability with room for more RAM a new GPU, CPU cooler or even CPU.
I mainly play PUBG, Battlefront 2 and Battlefield 1 right now but of course there are loads of other games out there that I play from time to time, this system should handle them all pretty nicely at 1080p and should be a step up from my old system. With PUBG's new test server showing better game optimisation getting 60fps should be a breeze at higher settings.
I went with 1 stick of RAM due to the fact that it worked out £20 cheaper than dual sticks, easy enough to grab another to give the system 16GB which I hear is the norm these days.
As for colour theme, well its an RGB case and the motherboard is RGBFusion compatible which means I can mess about with the colours a bit, the only annoying thing is the cases fans arent fully RGB like the motherboard, they only have limited colours and no customisation options, but its hard to complain considering the case was £40. Easy enough to buy some Corsair or NZXT fans and swap them out.
The case is surprisingly decent. Lots of places to run cables through, even places for the case cables to come through the power supply shroud, also. Power supply shroud, it's hiding a huge number of cables under it. My only major gripe is the lack of space between the drive rack and the power supply, it was very difficult to screw in the hard drive from either side. Also not a lot of room for all the unneeded molex and sata power cables. Its workable though. Didn't have problems putting the back panel back on although the cables might make you think otherwise. The plastic covers on the side window was staticky so it was a bit worrying at first but I just gave it a bit of a wipe.
EDIT: I now have a couple of game benchmarks, I so far have PUBG, GTA V and Cities Skylines installed with Battlefield 1 and Battlefront 2 currently installing. I also got RGB Fusion to work properly! Have it set on a nice static light/sky blue colour with my fans and desk lights matching.
On to the benchmarks.
PUBG: Believe it or not the first time I loaded the game up I couldn't touch 60fps. Wondering why, I dabbled around with settings and Nvidia settings. Now Im up at around 70-90fps on custom settings. The only issue I have no is that when the game is in Fullscreen mode, it likes to flicker and have this green overlay over the top of the game, switching to Fullscreen (Windowed) is all thats needed to fix it.
Settings - Resolution: 1920x1080 Screen scale: 100 Anti-Aliasing: High Post processing: High Shadows: Medium Textures: High Effects: Low Foliage: Low View Distance: Medium V-sync: Off FPS - Minimum: 57fps Average: 73fps Maximum 102fps
GTA V: GTA V is a pain in the butt to deal with when it comes to graphics settings, I got so bored of resetting them that I just used the Nvidia Geforce Experience app to optimise the settings and changed a few settings from high to very high. Using the bench mark I got around 68fps average with a minimum of 52fps and a peak of 108fps
From what I've seen so far it's perfect for gaming if people can't stretch to a 1600 or 1600x. Does the trick nicely and has great overclocking capabilities and its not too expensive. The stock cooler will give you some room for overclocking too but it's always best you go for an after market one.
Nice clean motherboard with just what I was looking for, 4 DIMM slots, M.2 support. RGB lighting and it has overclocking support. Decent price too!
The backplate did come off and wouldn't stick to the motherboard so I could install the cooler for the CPU but after some trial and error I managed to get it on by holding the backplate in while the case was on it's side and getting the cooler to grip the standoffs.
RAM is quite expensive these days, and seems to be out of stock a lot. The ballistix sport LT ram is quite cheap and does the trick nicely. 1x8 works out cheaper than the 2x4 sticks also.
Solid card, runs games nice and smoothly at 1080p at higher settings. 0 complaints with it yet.
Loads of wattage and it's got black cables! No more ketchup and mustard am I right?
Nice and quiet blends in quite nicely because it's fully black. Just wanted a rear exhaust fan.
2TB of space for games, not much more expensive than a 1TB HDD, can't complain yet :P
Decent case for the price, a bit annoying underneath the power supply shroud due to the lack of space between the power supply and hard drive rack. Plenty of places to feed cables through to front of case, fans are nice and quiet. It's like "Entry level" RGB too.