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It's been a longtime dream of mine to build my own computer. When I was young, I never really had the opportunity. Now that I've had a bit of free time and cash, I've been able to assemble a mid-range gaming PC, with the components that I want.

Overall, I'm really satisfied with how these parts play together, and the CPU and GPU performance so far has been great. I'm using it for Apex Legends, WoW, and a few old games. I plan on using this for Cyberpunk (if it ever actually comes out). On top of that, I'm also using it for general web browsing, word processing and other boring everyday tasks.

From here, I'm planning on adding another 8GB memory kit, adding another HDD (for long-term media storage) and possibly swapping out the stock cooler for an AIO water cooler, as well as picking up another couple NZXT fans.

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Good looking build - planning on something similar - can I ask what led to the Gaming Pro Carbon vs other MSI boards (Tomahawk Max, for instance)?

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Foremost, stock availability - I had a chunk of time away from work in which to get the build done, and my preferred retailer didn't have the Tomahawk Max in stock. I had initially planned the build around that mobo, but had to change at last minute.

I haven't worked with the Tomahawk Max - so I can't compare it with the Gaming Pro Carbon in practice - but so far, I have no qualms at all with recommending the Gaming Pro Carbon. It also has built in WiFi, which is super handy.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Excellent build!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I can't tell you how relieved I was when it booted up first time.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking build, I am actually planning on saving up for a build using this same CPU. The only difference between my upgrade vs your build is I have to include a new monitor as my current one won't be able to take full advantage of a graphics card that I am upgrading to.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Let me know what monitor you go for. I'm using a pretty average 1080p monitor from BenQ, and I'm currently searching for two 1440p 144hz monitors to replace it.

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking of going for a build almost identical to this so thank you for helping me as well. Just wondering how loud is your pc? Also does your cpu need a cpu cooler or does it come with a stock one

  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

It's not super loud. I can hear it, but it's never overwhelming - especially if you've got headphones on, then you won't hear a peep.

I know it's possible to change your fan RPM pretty easily, but I haven't bothered to set this up. I'm sure I could manage to get this setup whisper quiet if I wanted.

The Ryzen 5 3600 comes with a Wraith Stealth CPU cooler. It's been getting the job done so far, but I'll update to an AIO at some stage.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

Build looks great!

I am in a similar boat. First build and similar budget.

I've been struggling to pick my cpu/gpu combo. Getting caught up in benchmarks vs how I'll be using it (mostly gaming).

What made you go AMD vs Intel CPU - cost?

  • 12 days ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

It's a tough choice. The overwhelming online perspective is that the R5 3600 is the best way to go at this price point, which I agree with. I picked up mine for about $290AUD, which is a decent price. So far the performance has been great, too.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

This build is pretty much exactly what I've been thinking about doing.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Hello, did you by any additional fans or did you just use the ones included in the case?

  • 5 days ago
  • 2 points

I'm just using the 3 which came with the case. I've encountered no real heat issues so far (despite a very hot Australian summer). Having said that, I do plan on swapping out some of the fans and possibly replacing the CPU fan with an AIO, once I find one that I like.