I was very tired of gaming on an old laptop, so I decided to make a budget build. This is my first build ever, it went well but there were some issues that I will list below. I’m having a baby in a few months so budget has been priority.
I'm sure the first comments will be that the Ryzen 7 2700X is overpowered, and yes it is I know. But it was at a price low point and only $40 more than a Ryzen 5 2600. I also liked the RGB stock cooler, so I said why not. Shortly after I purchased it, it jumped up to $240 so I think it was a good buy. Also, I know the graphics card is an older model and will definitely bottleneck. I’m ok with this, it’s a budget build and I’m not a graphics snob.
Idle CPU Temp: 46-53C Stress Test w/ CPU-Z CPU Temp: 79C Borderlands 'Badass'(highest) Graphics Benchmark: 34-39FPS, GPU Temp: 74C, CPU Temp:61C
Things I might do differently next time: -I should have researched the M.2 SSD a bit more, I missed out on the faster read/write speeds of NVMe, but those are also more expensive. -I should have researched the RGB connections better, there’s a 4 pin 12V and a 3pin 5V addressable. When ordering my mobo, I did not know the difference. 4pin 12V is a single color per fan that can change to other colors, 3pin 5V has more of a rainbow effect where individual LEDs can be changed in a single fan, it is a much better looking option and has more versatility in my opinion. My CPU cooler fan is currently addressable because I hooked it up through a USB port.
Mistakes: -Forgot to put the I/O shield on before plugging in everything to mobo, this was fun: I successfully unscrewed the mobo screws with everything attached, and there was enough slack so I could move the mobo a few cm to put in the I/O shield. There were some little metal pieces on the shield that seemed like they were supposed to go on the outside of the I/O panel USB ports and LAN cable jack but they accidentally went inside, I noticed it later so I bent them outwards and I’ll just cut them off at some point.
Still figuring out: - The stock clock of the Ryzen 7 2700X should be 3.7GHz, but I'm getting a max clock of 4.3GHz. I never touched any overclocking in the BIOS, maybe I clicked 'yes' to some of the suggestion boxes that popped up on the mobo and graphics management software, but never did I see anything about overclocking. My cores bounce between I've been reading that these values are pretty normal, my power consumption is normal as far as I've read - I don't have the values in front of me right now though. - Looking into overclocking my GPU, it’s definitely the limiting factor on this build and I knew it would be, but I’m getting 35 FPS on the highest settings of “Badass” Benchmark on Borderlands 3 so I’m not really overly worried about it. I think I was getting around 70 FPS on high and 90-100 on medium.
To do/add-ons: - Second hard drive: I think I’m going to go with the hybrid option since I already have a SSD as my boot disk, I’ll keep the games I play most often on that for the faster load times, but keep everything else on two mirrored 2TB 7200 RPM HDD disks. I’m about to have a baby so it’ll be nice to have the security of the mirrored disks in case one of them goes out. - At some point I will get a key for windows 10, I’ve heard that you can go to companies that sell overstocked keys for $30. All in all, I think it was a very successful first build, no major mistakes occurred and I was surprised at how easy it all went together.