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My Custom Build 2018

The idea behind this computer was to get something that could be upgraded over time. I plan to get a GTX 1050Ti or GTX 1060 as soon as they become reasonably priced again. I'm going to use this PC for web browsing and light gaming. I have never built a PC, but was encouraged to do so and I'm glad I did. Other than the video card, the parts were easy to find. I took my time putting it together, so it took several hours over two days. Cable management was the hardest part, and the Versa N21 did not make it easy.

In addition to reusing my GT 610 graphics card, I also continued using my HP monitor, mouse, and keyboard. I have since upgraded my keyboard and mouse to models from Redragon. I also added an LED strip attached to the motherboard's "RGB Header", which only gives a limited number of colors through Mystic Light. I got an Airgoo RGB kit, which is compatible with the magnetic Phanteks strips, so I could get the orange look I originally wanted to go with the orange Riing fans. I added a Bluetooth adapter so I can connect my phone without having to use a cable. I got an XBox 360 controller that is compatible with the games I play and is good for driving games.

All together, not including the monitor and graphics card, but including taxes, I have spent $900 on this build, using Newegg and Amazon as my sources.

The only tools I used to build this computer consisted of a screwdriver and set of bits, scissors, and a knife used to cut open all of the packages.

Update: 5-25-2018 I have upgraded my GPU to the Zotac GTX 1060 6GB Amp! Edition. Games that I once played at low settings at reduced resolutions and getting 20-30 frames per second are now running at "Very High" or "Ultra" and getting well over 100 fps at 1080p. While I was at it, I also got some Phanteks sleeved cable extensions. The current amount I've spent adds up to nearly $1,500, including some accessories not on the parts list. It is disturbing how much prices for some parts have dropped, especially the CPU, motherboard, PSU, and RAM.

My current upgrade plan is 1. A 250GB SSD, probably a Samsung m.2. 2. A better case for improved airflow and cable management, probably a MasterCase Pro 5. 3. A better cpu cooler. The 1500x gets a little warm under load, even though it's only overclocked to 3.8GHz.

Compatibility: No issues or incompatibilities found.

Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
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$179.99
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Thermal Compound Noctua NT-H1 3.5 g Thermal Paste
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$6.90
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Motherboard MSI B350 PC MATE ATX AM4 Motherboard
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$84.99
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Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2400 Memory
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$169.99
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Storage ADATA Ultimate SU800 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
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$118.99
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Storage Samsung 860 Evo 500 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive
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$99.99
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Video Card Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6 GB AMP! Edition Video Card
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$299.99
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Case Thermaltake Versa N21 ATX Mid Tower Case
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$54.99
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Power Supply EVGA 500 W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply
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$54.99
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Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer
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$20.39
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Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit
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$99.99
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Case Fan Thermaltake Riing 12 LED Orange 40.6 CFM 120 mm Fan
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$10.56
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Case Fan Thermaltake Riing 12 LED Orange 40.6 CFM 120 mm Fan
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$10.56
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Case Fan Noctua NF-P12 redux-1300 PWM 54.32 CFM 120 mm Fan
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$13.90
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Case Fan Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM 70.75 CFM 120 mm Fan
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$13.90
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Case Fan Noctua NF-P12 redux-1700 PWM 70.75 CFM 120 mm Fan
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$13.90
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Keyboard Redragon K551-RGB VARA Wired Standard Keyboard
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$48.99
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UPS CyberPower CP1000PFCLCD UPS
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$129.95
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Custom Phanteks PH-CB-CMBO_BW 19.68" 24 Pin/ 8pin (4+4) M/B, 8pin (6+2) PCI-E
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$22.97
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Custom Airgoo® Full Kit Computer RGB 5050 SMD 2pcs 30leds 50cm LED Strip Light with Multi Function RF Remote Controller for Desktop PC Computer Mid Tower Case
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$15.95
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Custom Phanteks PH-LEDKT_COMBO RGB LED Strip Combo Set
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$14.24
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Custom Kinivo BTD-400 Bluetooth 4.0 USB Adapter for Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista
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$11.99
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Custom Noctua NA-SYC1 Accessory 4-pin Y-Cables for PWM Fans
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$7.95
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Custom Cable Matters (3 Pack) 90 Degree Right-Angle 6.0 Gbps SATA III Cable - 18 Inches
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$7.49
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Custom Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam 1080P Camera for HD Video Streaming & Recording At 60Fps (960-001176)
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$49.99
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Custom Ugreen 3.5mm Headphone Audio Splitter Cable for Speaker Laptop Smartphone 20cm with Aluminum Connector Black
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$6.79
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Custom Redragon P005 KUNLUN Gaming Mouse Pad, 17.72 x 13.78 x 0.2 inches (Large-Size)
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$13.98
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Custom Gaming Mouse RGB LED Backlit Wired MMO PC Gaming Mouse M715-RGB DAGGER by Redragon, Ergonomic High-Precision Programmable Gaming Mouse with 7 RGB backlight modes up to 10000 DPI User Adjustable
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$22.99
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Custom Element ELEFW2217M 22"1080p PLS LED Monitor
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$129.00
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Total (Purchased): $1736.30

Compatibility Notes

  • Note:Some physical dimension restrictions cannot (yet) be automatically checked, such as cpu cooler / RAM clearance with modules using tall heat spreaders.

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