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Black Mamba

by Dayshell77

Description

This PC has been something I've been wanting to build for about 2 years now (obviously the parts have changed dramatically but the point is the same). I wanted to build a computer that could edit video, stream, game at 1080p high settings, and also be quiet. But when i got into computers i was only a junior in high school and computers are very expensive, luckily i was given some parts from a friend and bought some of my own and made my first PC. If you go to my profile you can see it was an AMD apu computer and well to be frank it was terrible lmao. So with graduation money, money i worked for and a couple gifts i was FINALLY able to build my own, i was originally gonna go for the i5 6400 (much to my disappointment because of bad streaming and editing performance), but the Ryzen CPU's came out and i HAD to buy in.

The processor is amazing! in games the average frame rates about 5 percent slower than Intel i5's but the minimums are generally higher so it still is a very smooth experience. The motherboard is literally the CHEAPEST motherboard you can buy for the AM4 platform, but honestly ASrock's quality is great, their UEFI really surprised me as it offered memory overclocking (which we know is very beneficial to Ryzens performance) which isn't usually offered in the A320 chipset.

The memory was just some basic memory i bought a while back works fine, SSD is a bit too small but with rising prices i took what i could afford. HDD is great price as always no complaints.

NOW THIS CASE I'LL TELL YA, My previous computer went through two cases, one was 20 bucks, one was 40. When you're first building a computer you think that "oh lets just get the cheapest case it doesnt really matter" WELL DAMN I WAS WRONG. They were horrible to work in, were loud, looked gamery and restricted so much airflow. I cant stress how easy it was to work in the Fractal Define Mini C. Going from working in terrible cases, this case took me 30 minutes to build in no joke. It was like butter. it looks sleek and is quiet. Probably my favorite thing about this PC.

Lastly the GPU (RX 480) was a best buy exclusive and i got it RIGHT before the Etherium mining took off ( i was lucky). It has tasteful lighting on the fans and logo and a sleek backplate and it plays all my games perfect, power supply runs quiet and has all black cables, thermaltake fan is just for looks and is quiet.

Overall im VERY happy to finally have a BADASS computer after all this time.

Part Reviews

CPU

4 cores 8 threads for 160 bucks? very competitive and powerful CPU compared to intel's 4c8t 320 dollar cpu's.

Motherboard

Amazing motherboard for the price, even has memory overclocking which most A32O mobo's dont have, Neat!

Memory

Works great, no complaints.

Storage

120gb is pretty small, but its fast and functional.

Video Card

XFX makes quiet and pretty cards.

Case

By far the best case I've ever worked in. Ample room for cable management, minimalistic look, audio foam on side panel, and GREAT build quality.

Power Supply

Quiet and efficient, what else could you ask for?

Monitor

Bit high of a response time for gaming, but the colors are great and its still usable in games.

Keyboard

The switches remind a little of Cherry MX browns, not too clicky, but they do offer tactile feedback. Great for people who want to feel what they're typing but dont want it to be too loud. Also the lighting software looks great just wish it was maybe a little brighter. Lastly the media keys are a MUST for me so this keyboard excels in that category. Also a much better value then Corsair and Razer's offerings.

Mouse

I like small mice, i tried the 6502 Proteus Spectrum from Logitech, but it was too big, this is light, cheaper, and fits my hand better. And lets not forget the most important part ;) RGBBBBBBBBB

Headphones

Best music experience you can get for the price hands down, not the best for gaming though (as expected)

Speakers

Damn these babies pack a punch, haven't turned them up past like a quarter volumes because they're so loud. But i'm not complaining.....my neighbors might be though ;)

Comments Sorted by:

mapegl 1 Build 4 points 17 months ago

Very nice my friend. The rx480 is a very nice card and the ryzen 1400 is also a good choice on a budget. I would have loved to see a b350 motherboard, because then you could do some mild overclocking. Nonetheless, this is a very good build concerning price/ performance. Good on ya mate.

I myself switched to the 1600 and also have an rx 480 and I must say I like it a lot.

Dayshell77 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Yeah i agree a b350 would've been ideal. Tbh the reason i went with that mobo was it was the first part i bought and at the time the cheapest b350 mobo was like 30 bucks more and at the time i couldn't afford it, But hey at least it allowed me to overclock my memory a little which surprised me.

Juggerron 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

I agree scrape up some cash and get a 350. Other than that great build

MightyAlFred 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Very balanced build indeed, I'm sure it performs very well.

I have to agree that I'd loved to see at least a b350 motherboard here, since your value can increase so much with a bit of overclocking. Alternatively you could've got a 1500X for higher stock and boost clocks without having to fiddle with the bios.

In any case, pretty solid.

Nullarc77 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Nice choice of parts. I know the feeling of waiting two years to build a pc. That is how long it took me to save for mine. But good job on sticking with it. May your frame rates be high and your temps be low. All Hail the Glorious PC Gaming Master Race.

joshzpants 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Nice build, I would seriously consider selling your 480 on ebay soon as you can make over $400

AnAngryTeddyBear 2 points 17 months ago

i just have one question do i need a wireless network adapter for the motherboard? other then that its a beautiful build i might have to steal a few parts myself :)

Dayshell77 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

You do need a wireless adapter if you want to run off Wifi yes

Z_e_p_h_y_r_ 1 point 17 months ago

How did you come up with that pc name?

Dayshell77 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Its micro atx so it small, its sleek and black like the snake, but it packs a huge punch for being so small like the snake.

Electroman01 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Reminds me of: This

Kaffarov 1 point 17 months ago

How abouts did you get the XFX logo to light up? My brother has the same card and his is off.

Dayshell77 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

This is actually a Best Buy exclusive that has the white leds included. The RS version of this card was the one that looks the most similar so i included that in the parts list instead.

lil_cozy 1 point 16 months ago

Is this cpu overclockable on this MOBO?

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