Description

Finally, after playing on consoles nearly my entire life, I've realized I haven't been experiencing games the best way possible. It's time to make the switch to PC.

It all started after I'd been convinced that PCs were better in general. I began fiddling around in PCPP with a very basic knowledge of PC hardware and eventually conjured up a build, albeit a little overpriced and not exactly long-lasting.

Time passed, Ryzen dropped and its offerings were enticing. Why buy a $195 4c/4t i5-6500 when I could buy a $160 4c/8t R5-1500X that performed slightly better? But, instead of buying that 1500X I got a 1600 because you can never go wrong with 6c/12t.

Time passed yet again and I graduated middle school, received $1,000 in total from my family and other relatives and immediately sought out to purchase the parts, assemble my PC and see what was so good about the PC experience. Problem was I couldn't drive a car so I had to bother my father to drive me to MicroCenter to purchase the processor and GPU, since they had a good deal on the 1600 and because we waited too long to buy what would've been a $230 1060 6GB and instead paid $300 for it. I was lucky they even had one in stock, plus I got a 2 year warranty on it which will let me upgrade to what I'm assuming is a 1070. Yes I should've gotten 16GB of RAM but I thought 8GB was completely sufficient while not thinking about the future, and since RAM prices are absolutely ridiculous at the moment I don't think I'll be able to buy another stick soon.

Actually building the thing was quite easier than I thought it would've been minus installing the motherboard, mounting the Wraith Spire cooler and routing all the cables throughout the case. I'm not sure if it's because this was my first time building a PC but when I say cable management in this case is a total nightmare, I mean it was HORRIFYING. I was lucky to even slide the side panel back on after I was done. I was scared half to death putting the CPU in the socket trying not to bend any of the pins and my hands were sweating the entire time trying to mount the CPU cooler after yelling in frustration at it dozens of times. Installing the motherboard was also a massive pain in the *** because the manual for my case wasn't exactly clear on what screws went in which spot so I had to mess around with screw placements until I was sure the motherboard was secure.

After installing a Windows 10 Pro 64-bit ISO from a USB (since I'm definitely not paying for Windows) the entire thing ran flawlessly, which was a little surprising since I didn't expect to have no problems immediately after I finished building it. The 1600 stays fairly cool idle and under load, GPU sort of fluctuates here and there, in the end it's everything I could've asked for and better. Right now it's mostly being used for music production and an occasional game or two.

I'll eventually add more images when I get the chance.

(Some prices may not be accurate to the time they were purchased)

Part Reviews

CPU

At the time of purchase 6c/12t CPUs at reasonable prices, at least good ones, were generally unheard of. Now this processor, especially at $160-$180 is definitely a great choice for games/productivity. The Wraith Spire that comes with this also keeps the processor fairly cool at stock clocks but I haven't attempted an overclock with this cooler yet. Can't go wrong with this one however it's outperformed slightly by the i5-8600K and i5-8400

CPU Cooler

Pretty nice cooler for the money. It's seemingly silent, keeps my 1600 nearly 10C less than stock and should provide more cooling headroom in the event that I pick up a new processor and OC it. The only issue I have with this cooler is its AM4 mounting system which was a total nightmare. When I finally managed to mount the cooler (almost) correctly I was able to sort of twist the cooler a little bit so I don't think it was completely secure but I wasn't willing to remove the thermal paste and go through the stress of mounting the thing again so I just left it. Of course this may be different for other people but it's still a quality heatsink, just know that there are better mounting systems out there.

Motherboard

Only bought because it was the most inexpensive yet quality B350M mobo at the time. I don't really have complaints for it, at least not yet. It gets the job done.

Memory

RAM is RAM but fast RAM is even better, especially for Ryzen. Overclocked it to 3200mhz without any issues. Kind of mad that I didn't realize the sticks don't have heatsinks on them for both practical and aesthetic purposes but I can't see the RAM from the outside so it doesn't really matter.

Storage

What can I say, it's an HDD and it works perfectly. No issues with it so far but since it's completely mechanical there will definitely be issues in the future.

Video Card

This card performs just like a 1070Ti should. However the cooler isn't as good compared to ASUS' Strix lineup, expect temps under moderate load to be 3-8°C higher than most 1070Ti cards and 5-10°C higher under heavy load. The shroud is made out of a matte black plastic that feels quite sturdy in the hand for a plastic shroud. The card has a metal backplate with a nice, albeit slightly tacky design of the red Cerberus logo. Personally this is a nice touch since this is the first card I've gotten with a backplate which prevents me from accidentally doing anything stupid to the PCB when handling it. Technically I bought this from MicroCenter for $158 after using the 2 year warranty on my $300 1060 6GB to get $300 in-store credit, taking the rest out of my bank account. I don't think anyone else will see a 1070Ti for $158, so for $458 is this card worth it? If you can stand slightly higher temperatures then it's definitely worth it. At the time I bought this card 1080s hovered around $600 at MicroCenter but since 1080s on online markets are nearing MSRP, I'd say pay the extra $50 or so and get a 1080.

Power Supply

The PSU is arguably the most important part of a PC. Knowing this, I immediately went for SeaSonic. Great PSU, it's fully modular so any cables not needed can be removed easily.

Wireless Network Adapter

It does its job and it does it well. People say this adapter doesn't function right on Windows 10, specifically after the Creators Update, but I haven't noticed any massive issues with it yet. If you're able to use a wired connection, use a wired connection, because wireless has its issues.

Monitor

It's an IPS monitor; colors are fairly accurate, however there is some light bleed at times and it's very noticeable in dark lighting. Its "borderless" design is near borderless, there is a small cutoff under about 1-2cm away from the actual plastic bezel but I personally don't notice it when using applications and I don't think others will either. If overclocking is important to you, I could only get this panel to 78Hz, anything higher didn't take affect and on top of that there's no display port. In the end it's still a decent monitor.

Keyboard

Cherry MX Red switches make this keyboard pretty responsive and it's incredibly satisfying to type on. Feels very sturdy even though it's mostly made of plastic. $80 might sound like a little too much but it's definitely worth it.

Mouse

I'm not that big into RGB anything, mostly because it seems a little tacky, but when I tried out this mouse in a brick & mortar store it fit my hand perfectly and when I saw it on sale I couldn't resist. The mouse itself feels very good in the hand and even when using it in intense situations where the mouse is being gripped tightly, I've never found my thumb to slip and accidentally hit the Sniper Button on the left side like other people have claimed. The button takes a good amount of force to press, but not way too much. The only complaint is the braided cable which feels a little flimsy but it hasn't broken on me yet so it should be fine.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

How did you get the GPU for so cheap?

  • 20 months ago
  • 3 points

I got my 1060 FTW+ at around $320 USD new. It was before the price/bitcoin surge so I'm assuming they did the same

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I was going to get a 1070 but wanted to wait for the price to drop or snag a decent used one on eBay. I kick myself every day for that lol

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol unlucky. They are coming down tho. I found a new one from Newegg a couple days ago for $519.99

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

As of now, the only way I'd purchase a Pascal card is straight from Nvidia for MSRP. I'm trying to decide whether I will get a volta card when they come out or take a gamble on a non-mining 1070 off of ebay, hopefully below MSRP.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, its tough trying to decide.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm paying 349 for mine lol

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Pure luck. Most of them were either out of stock or priced way above $300.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I envy you lol

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

There are so many things that don't make sense.

  1. How could you have played on consoles for 14 years if you just graduated middle school.. that is literally impossible unless you failed a grade once or twice and knew how to game right out of the womb. Lol.

  2. Even more so, how did you built this in the future?

  3. PCPP... why do you even let people set their build date in the future?

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

That was sort of an exaggeration, I apologize for the confusion and it has been changed. As for the date it was built thanks for mentioning that because I completely missed it, that'll also be changed.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol thanks for clarifying. I was a little confused about what was happening.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the graphics card performance so far? any issues?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe he miss-typed the date...idk tho.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

How does air travel through the PCB to be expelled between the PCB and the back plate..?!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no idea. Maybe I'm crazy but that's how it feels.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Great Build! that's the same gpu and cpu I'm going for in my first build good choice +1

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Are the thermals still the same with those noctua fans and also are you using this for 60fps max settings with that monitor?

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

I wish I had gotten a different case, that probably would've solved all my problems. I'll add some more pictures later today.

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Just added more pictures.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I was contemplating getting a locked processor for my budget build but then I got a Ryzen 3 1200 for $50 AUD ($38USD) and I don't regret it at all. Now all I need is RAM...