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Gaming with faraway friends: first build in 15 years

by lesabendio



Date Published

June 11, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.506 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.192 GHz


Now, back in the day (like 2003-2004) I used to be really into building gaming rigs, but when I went off to college, I sold my last build for book money and haven't had a PC since (just a couple of Macbooks for school). I haven't been much of a gamer since high school really.

But! In the past couple years or so, many of my friends have picked up gaming as a way to stay in touch and hangout, but until recently I didn't have the money nor the time to join them. Every time they organize a PUBG squad I've felt left out! And they can't stop talking about how I should play Witcher 3, etc.

Finally, after deal hunting and collecting parts over the past couple months, I've completed my build.

All prices are after-tax.

Part Reviews


Really waited a long time to buy a CPU/Mobo. They were the last parts to buy, but the 2600x is really the best balance between value and performance for me. I bought it to futureproof a bit, even though I know that's a little bit of a fool's errand.


This is probably a little overkill for my purposes, but I didn't want to wait for the B450 boards to come out in late July or go through the hassle of updating a B350's BIOS just in case I received a board that wasn't Ryzen 2000 ready.

In any case, this is a gorgeous board and has worked perfectly. Great VRM heatsinks, seems to be good build quality, and I'm hoping it'll be a good board to expand into as I upgrade parts in the future.


I got these for real cheap. Probably the best deal I got out of all the other parts. They work fine, but I've had real difficulty getting their RAM speed up to their advertised 2666mhz. No matter how much tinkering I do with latency, voltage, etc., I can't seem to push past 2400mhz. Perhaps I got a 2400mhz kit instead?

Along with the GPU, this will probably be the first thing I upgrade down the line. I know Ryzen CPUs benefit from faster RAM speeds.


One of fastest and best SSDs I hear. I might need to add another down the line, but we'll see how much space I really need.

Video Card

I got luck with the price of this card considering the crazy GPU market. Thankfully it looks like that's settling down. I would have liked to get a 1070 Ti, but I just couldn't justify the extra $150-$200, even though it'd last me longer. But I think this card is a quintessential mid-range GPU. Like I said, it'll probably be the first to upgrade down the line.


Such a beautiful, clean, minimal case. Perfect for my non-gamer aesthetic. It comes with some fantastic cable management features and a beautiful tempered glass side panel. The magnetic puck comes in handy if you have a VR-headset (which I don't) or some headphones.

Power Supply

Pretty good deal on this PSU. It being fully-modular really helped with cable management. It also came with an extra Velcro pouch to store away your extra cables. I ended up using it for all the extra screws, accessories, and cables I ended up not using in my build.


Only thing I didn't have to buy for the new build. I used to dock my Macbook into this monitor. As it turns out, it's not such a bad monitor. Bright IPS 1080p 60 hz. Good for my purposes.


Never tried a mechanical keyboard before, but I've really enjoyed the Cherry MX reds that come with this board. Great for typing too, which I do a lot of in my profession.


These are actually HP Omens, but they're essentially rebranded SteelSeries Rival 300s. Quality mouse for the right price.


I got these from HyperX's ebay store refurbished. They arrived in packaging that made it seems as though they were brand new, and they work perfectly. Great headset.

Comments Sorted by:

matogl0396 3 Builds 3 points 9 months ago

Nice, clean, logical part selection. I dig it. :)

lesabendio submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you! You have no idea how obsessive I became looking up part reviews and waiting on deals. I'm glad my part choices were sound.

Ben28282 2 Builds 2 points 9 months ago


diabolicflame93 4 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

Your build looks great. Hope you have fun in PUBG :)

lesabendio submitter 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

Thanks! Played with my friends for the first time last night. Had no idea what I was doing. It was great.

Otterman366 13 Builds 2 points 9 months ago

VRM heatsinks not VRAM heatsinks. vram is on graphics cards

lesabendio submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks for the typo catch. Corrected.

byrdada 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

Sweet build! Glad you got back into it. I also did some computer gaming back in early 2000's and now just recently build one. Also, have you tried just turning on XMP in the BIOS for the RAM to meet its advertised speeds?

lesabendio submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

I tried, but it would never post properly just in XMP. I only ever managed 2400. It's fine for my purposes for now, but I'm hoping it's simply a RAM issue and not a motherboard or CPU issue so that in the future I can get at least 3200 or something. Thanks for the comment!

unitedbrotherss 1 point 9 months ago

So I am looking into getting the Ryzen 5 2600 over the 2600x because I have heard with the x's they run hotter. I was curious what your experience has been with the X. Also I am looking into getting the same mobo and was curious what your experience has been with that so far as well.

lesabendio submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

So far, with the stock cooler plus the 2 case fans and 2 additional fans I added to the front to blow air over the entire motherboard, the CPU hasn't gotten hotter than 40 C or so. I haven't had any trouble with temps so far.

The motherboard is great! More than I need really. No problems with the hardware, but it does periodically beep at me, and I've trying to figure out why. Beep codes suggest it might have something to do with the RAM installation, but it hasn't affected performance or temps at all. Just annoying. I don't know if the beeping has to do with the RAM kit I got, my installation there of, or the motherboard itself. Probably not the latter. I would definitely recommend the mobo and the 2600x for the higher clock speeds.

Px_mj9 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Good day

I was wondering how is the temp with the stock cooler going and did you managed to overclock with it?

lesabendio submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Hi! See my reply comment above, but the stock cooler is working out well for non-OC purposes, but I don't know what the temps would be like if I were to overclock, but I heard the cooler can handle a little overclocking (especially over its wraith stealth cousin that comes with the 2600).

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