Description

My first PC build, full of rookie mistakes. I wouldn't say this is the most balanced build with a 550w psu paired with a 1050ti (originally supposed to be a 570) but its all done and dusted and I'm quite proud of it.

CPU - It is truly the year where AMD processors shine and I wanted to be a part of it. I was originally gonna get the budget gem: Pentium G4560 but since my first choice of GPU the 470 was replaced by the 570 then the ethereum craze started resulting in inflated prices of AMD cards, I decided to get a better CPU rather than the 1060. I chose the 1500x because it was a whopping $4 more than the 1400 (note these are Australian prices).

MOBO - I wanted an ATX board and this was the cheapest one at my local store. The case had a big window so I didn't want a void around the mobo if I gotten a Micro ATX.

RAM - Well its ram, I made sure not to buy 2133mhz because I know how much Ryzen likes high clock speeds and the Fury pack was the cheapest.

HDD - Good'ol Western Digital. I was contemplating 120gb SSD but I thought that would be too small for school work and games.

GPU - I find the lack of AMD 570/580 cards disturbing. But nevertheless the 1050ti with its lower performance but higher power efficiency. This GPU model was so power efficient that it doesn't even need a single power connector! Certainly makes cable management easier and a cleaner look.

CASE - It was between this and Thermaltake Black Core V31 and I chose looks over functionality (as far as I know the V31 had better dust filters and a couple rubber holes for cable management) plus it was $6 cheaper, enough to cover the upgraded cpu option ;)

PSU - I know its overkill, especially because the GPU doesn't even need power connectors. This was supposed to be powering the 570 but I didn't want to cheap out on this particular item. Compared to other PSU's in the price range, this was the best option. I would like to say that I'm planning to buy a Vega card but my budget was already stretched thin (originally supposed to be under $900 but now $956).

WIFI ADAPTER - As much as I tried to convince my parents to allow me to drill a few holes on the walls for an ethernet cable, they said no. I was gonna buy a $50 dollar one but I remembered that I had Australian internet! We don't have fast internet so a cheaper one would suffice.

Part Reviews

CPU

CPU is great but as a first time pc builder I messed up installing the cooler. I removed it multiple times and noticed that a very small amount of the thermal paste went over the side of the CPU. As such the initial idle temps were a bit high sitting near the high 40/ low 50's. I just set it to a more aggressive fan curve, it's now at low to mid high 30's and the cooler is still nice and silent. But it was my fault and not the part's.

Motherboard

Some features: - 4 fan connectors and 1 pump fan connector - AMD crossfire support - 4 ram slots with max at 3200mhz - M.2 slot It's a very nice mobo with a neutral colour theme packed with features that I don't even need.

However there is one thing I'd like to nitpick. Although I could easily go to the bios on the starting screen before installing the os, afterwards after I press the delete key trying to go to the bios I was for a short time met with a black screen then the Windows startup. Tried using another keyboard but it still didn't work. The only way was to go to settings and manually go to it from there.

Memory

A nice choice for any Ryzen owner who knows that 2133mhs was no good but not wanting to spend too much on 3000mhz+ ram. Cheapest 2666mhz ram available and I'm glad because the design is nice and black goes with almost all colour themes.

Storage

Chose this because of its great reputation and it didn't disappoint!

Video Card

Even though I was going for a 570 (now it only exists in Ethereum farms) I realised this was a perfect GPU for me personally. Before that though it's important to note that it does not require a single power connector making cable management a bit easier. Oh and no led light :( which was a bit disappointing but is expected because of the lack of a power connector.

As much as I'd like to say that I game everyday (that's why I saved up for a PC because 24fps Skyrim ultra low settings on a laptop can drive a person crazy) I don't. I just watch Netflix and YouTube most of the time… ANYWAY enough of that, this GPU is more than capable of 1080p gaming at mostly high settings. Skyrim SE got around 45-60fps and an older title Fallout New Vegas got 55-60fps. Keep in mind that there was no overclocking and that you could just lower a few settings to get higher fps which I assumed you would since it's kind of a budget GPU.

Case

I fell in love with the industrial and sturdy look. Side panels are rock solid (or steel solid), nice window and 2 fans (one obviously has a red led) both of which uses 3 pin connectors.

Cable management was… an ok first build experience. Bad that there wasn't that much options for proper cable placements and places to tie them down but good thing that Corsair knew how to fix this problem - a big side panel. But truthfully it wasn't so bad but I have a semi modular PSU so that might be why.

And yeah, the reviews are right about the dust filers not being great. Good if you want a bit better airflow with the mesh holes being quite big but bad for effectively catching dust.

USB ports are upside down and I'm honestly quite annoyed about it. Who thought it was a good idea?

Power Supply

A solid choice for its price point. Cables were a bit stiff and I was a bit paranoid as a first timer if it would damage them but it is semi modular so no biggie.

Wireless Network Adapter

Strayan internet so I just needed something that was cheap but reliable. Comparing it to my laptops speed, it's nearly identical however the upload speed did drop from 1.1 to 0.7 according to the Ookla speed test.

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I've made bigger mistakes with my first time build, so don't worry. You already have plenty of upgrade paths on what you may need down the road when it's time. It can be the GPU and an SSD down the road or whatever you think is necessary next. You have good computer and it's working well. May enjoy it and thank you for sharing this. +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you, I appreciate it!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow my typing went down hill. Shows how tired I've been. Correction:

I've made bigger mistakes with my first time build, so don't worry you did good. You already have plenty of upgrade paths on what you may need down the road when it's time. It can be the GPU and an SSD or whatever you think is necessary next. You have a good computer and it's working well. May you enjoy it and thank you for sharing this. +1


Thank you, I appreciate it!

And you are most welcome.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

For the motherboard MSI uses the cheapest possible chips for the VRMs that supply power to the CPU on all of their b350 chipset boards. If you were running an 8 core I would be worried on VRM temps/stability with an overclock but with a 4 core you should not have an issue.

I know games really depend on single core speeds of your CPU over the number of cores/threads (aside from the odd game or 2). AMD themselves stated that Ryzen is behind kabylake in IPC by 6% and considering you were originally going to go with a Pentium G4560 this is a good choice. If you can overclock this CPU to 3.7 which is more than doable on stock cooling then its single core performance will match the G4560 and with double the cores and threads multitasking support will dominate the Pentium.

All things considered great build.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know about the mobo, I really am happy with my CPU and thank you for the kind words.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! I have a few questions if you could help me please in regards to the B350 PC Mate Motherboard and the wifi adapter. First question is: How do you control the rgb lighting on the stock cooler through the motherboard and is the default colour red? Second Question: Was the wifi adapter easy to set up and was it difficult to find drivers. Thanks

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, sorry I didn't reply sooner was too busy using the pc lol. Can't help you regarding the rgb lighting on the stock cooler because the 1500x does not have the rgb cooler. The wifi adapter was really easy to install pretty much the same process as the gpu however I had to install it above the gpu because the other slot was blocked by the gpu but no biggie. Installing drivers for the adapter looks to be non-existent, I took a look at TP link's website and the latest driver was 4 years ago and that it doesn't even support Windows 10 (haven't encountered any issues so far tho). Again sorry for the late reply, hoped I still helped in a way

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks so much, I must've thought you had the 1600 for some reason.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

looks good i recommend getting a ssd to speed up boot time

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! My next upgrade, planning to get a 240 or 500gb model

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, bro has Ryzen given u problems so far? A few ppl r having issues and now that time has passed and AMD has done what they had to do, is it stable for you?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Had no problems since it was built, all stable

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

have u overclocked?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope, since the 1050ti kinda bottlenecks the cpu I figured that I wouldn't gain much performance from overclocking the cpu

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build bro but i was about to comment on your mobo bios booting issues its a issue in one o those bios settings called USE 4GB OR MORE FOR CRYPTO/Virtualization you can find this setting in the general settings in advanced mode then you can simply press delete to get to bios without black screen i had the same issue w/ same mobo i love this msi b350 pc mate

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I had trouble with installing the cooler, when I screwed down the 3 screws on the cooler the 4th one would be like couple cm away from the hole. I looked around and saw that other people had the same problem, solution is to screw diagonally.