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First build. Goal was to build the best 1440/144 computer I could using cheap, used, parts whenever possible.

I got the x470, Ryzen 7 2700, H60 CPU cooler and the original Ryzen 7 air cooler as a package deal from someone I found on FB marketplace for $200. I originally wanted a 2600 but this was cheaper than any I could find.

Ram (new), PSU , Keyboard, and GPU from eBay. SSD I already had

Phanteks p400s, tempered glass, silent edition was also from FB marketplace and came with 4 good fans and a working computer inside (Old quad core and terrible GPU).

Monitor and WiFi/Bluetooth card (35) I bought new from Amazon.

I still need a hard drive, and a set of speakers but its pretty much done for now. My biggest concern was the GPU, im still not sure a GTX1080 is enough but ill try it for a few weeks. If it isn't enough ill sell it and put the money towards a 1080ti or a 5700xt. Took me about a month to piece everything together but could have gone much quicker if I wasn't so adamant about getting good deals.

Some of the things ive learned. The 1070ti and Vega 56 are really good value for money. Go onto ebay and search using the "completed items" or "sold items" option. It gives you a good idea what parts are actually selling for. 80+ Gold rated power supplies sell for roughly the same as bronze on eBay; just go for gold. RGB ram is MUCH more expensive for essentially the same ram. Pixio makes a really nice budget monitor. WiFi / Bluetooth cards are not cheap and are surprisingly hard to find used. The cheapest one i could find that was actually worth purchasing was $35. Selection is better if you dont want Bluetooth 5.0 but id recommend it; its a good improvement and much more future proof. Buy a packet of m3 screws (i think they are called) if you are buying a used case. I wouldn't go Razer again. I think id be happier with Logitech or Corsair for the Keyboard + Mouse. Using a PS4 controller is not as plug and play for every game as many would have you believe.

Ive only tried a few games so far with everything at its highest settings possible. Dirt rally was about 100 fps, Witcher 3 about 70s, Borderlands 2 was about 160 fps and Left 4 dead 2 was well over 200. All of those were tested with my second monitor streaming Top Gear during gaming if that makes a difference.

Question: 1) What settings should I reduce first to get closer to the 144 fps? Are there any that dont make a large difference in the image or experience but make a big difference in frames per second?

2) Would I be better off sticking to the stock air cooler or putting on the H60? I dont initially plan on overclocking much, if at all. I need to buy some of the mounting hardware to use the H60 but dont want to go through the hassle if its not worth it.

Part Reviews

Mouse

Despite what the Razer website says, this mouse does not work with Razors newest Chroma software. The old software is unusable so its essentially impossible to have it sync with your Razer Keyboard in any way.

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Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Very thrifty build, good job. Actually looks pretty nice too. Also I would think a 1080 would be enough for 1440p/144hz but feel free to prove me wrong. +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. When I get a little more time I'll try disconnecting my second monitor and play with the settings a bit to try to get the FPS closer to 144. The Witcher 3 is the only game low enough to really bother me.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! IMO I would choose the stock cooler for the 2700.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points
  1. You can't get 144fos on every game unless you turn everything to low settings, stick with high settings and enjoy as long as it a over 60fps you're very good to go.
  2. It's better to stick with stick cooler since you're not over clocking, save h60 for your next build..
  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

1) turn off shadows definitely, and stuff like MSAA uses a lot of fps but has a bit better look to the game but nothing major.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow very nice build great budget too. I'd love my system to be speced like this. Enjoy it.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job on keeping the budget in check while still putting together a very nice machine.

The only games you need full FPS on are first person shooters, and esports. For everything else like Witcher III as long as you have 60+ why not enjoy the high graphics?

How do you like your pixio? I got their 27" IPS 95Hz 1440p (PX275h) and am very happy with it.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Im very happy with the Pixio; would definitely buy again.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my questions as well!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the ram for that cheap?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

"Ram (new), PSU , Keyboard, and GPU from eBay."
It took a long time though. Lots of lost bids and declined offers.