Description

Hello all! This is my very first computer build ever. For years, I lurked on PCPartPicker and created my own build in the hopes of making my own computer. Once I graduated from college, I decided now was the time. In some ways, I timed it perfectly. RAM prices were dropping, as well as flash memory. I think my build turned out way better than I initially planned. I budgeted out this entire build and bought parts over the course of five months.

I hope the pictures came out alright! Let me know if you have any question about my parts.

I plan more upgrades in the future! Hoping to make an updated build with some of these parts in the future.

Part Reviews

CPU

Solid price per performance CPU. If you are creating your first build for a PC and are on a budget, this is a great choice. So glad I went with AMD over Intel on this.

CPU Cooler

I know this part on PCPartPicker normally says it's out of stock. Check the Cryorig store on the Newegg Marketplace. It goes for $35-38. It is great at keeping my CPU cool and looks great. It loses one star for me because the installation process was a nightmare. It was so difficult and frustrating to put together by myself.

Motherboard

Easiest motherboard to use as a first time builder. I understood how to adjust any settings in the BIOS. If I didn't I could easily look them up in the manual and understand it. I have had no issues with this board and would recommend it.

Memory

Great looking RAM. Sturdy build on them. Clocks to the A-XMP speed somewhat easily. I had a slight issue where I had to swap the sticks in the slot the other stick was in to get them to go to the A-XMP speed. The iCue software works with MSI Mystic Light without any issues too! So I can get the cool effects in iCue and it won't effect my other RGB lights.

Storage

Great performance for a low cost. I would recommend over any Samsung NVME drive or SSD. Boots my system in 4-6 seconds. Boots any game or program extremely fast. Has a nice heatsink on it that looks great with the design of my build.

Storage

If you're looking for a 1TB to 2TB drive, go with this over a traditional HDD. I notice a substantial speed increase over a traditional hard drive when booting games or loading up programs. If you're looking for higher capacity, you'll have to go with a HDD for now. Hopefully someone will have a higher capacity SSHD soon.

Video Card

Card was a decent price at the time that I bought it. Wish I waited a little longer and gotten it for cheaper or gotten a 590. This will be the first part I upgrade in the future. It performs 1080p gaming great. I had one issue with artifacting when using the MSI Gaming program. Could be my card, but I'm not going to waste my time with an RMA. Still glad I chose this over a GTX 1060 because those were $50 more expensive at the time.

Case

A great airflow focused case. There are so little airflow focused cases. So this was an easy choice. It shows off my RGB RAM and fans beautifully.

Power Supply

Solid performing PSU. Love the modular cable and the eco mode. Got a 650W so I have extra room for future upgrades. It is the perfect size for my Meshify C case.

Wireless Network Adapter

Gets me the rated speeds I would get over Ethernet. Only complication was plugging in the Bluetooth part into my motherboard.

Case Fan

Great fans that looks amazing and key my system cool. Would recommend over the more expensive RGB fans from competitors.

Monitor

Above average monitor. Found this in my house. Works nicely as a second monitor.

Keyboard

Totally worth it. I've been missing out on mechanical keyboards! The Cherry MX Brown switches are the perfect middle ground between red and blue. I don't need any fancy lighting. Love the added switches. So easy to remove and replace switches.

Mouse

Pretty good mouse. Love the side buttons. Feels nice in hand. Lighting effects are nice, but just a gimmick. Can't really see it when your hand is on it. Did have an issue once or twice where it wasn't responding and had to unplug and replug in.

Headphones

Love this headset. The microphone is the clearest of any gaming headset. I can wear it for long periods of time. I love them. They are on Amazon (despite that PCPartPicker can't find it).

External Storage

Got this as a gift for Christmas. Saw the reviews and that some had WD Red drives. Bought it and haven't looked back. It isn't too loud. Doesn't get too hot. Definitely search for a deal on it. Sometimes there is a sale for them on Best Buy. This one was purchased from Amazon.

Custom

Was also a gift for Christmas. Solid 1080p Freesnyc 144hz monitor. It works well. Main issues I have with it is that it isn't calibrated well from the factory. There is a lack of calibration profiles because Viotek is a small company. The curve is also sort of pointless at this size monitor, but I still love that it has it!

Custom

Solid gaming mouse mat. It's huge! It fits my entire keyboard and mouse with plenty of room to spare. If you have a small desk, be aware that it does take up a ton of room.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice all-around build. Great cable management for first build.

I'm building my father a computer and just bought the ADATA - XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive you used, even on Adata's site I see nothing about drivers for download. How/where did you get your drivers from?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

There should be no need for drivers! It should be essentially plug and play. Now if you need drive cloning software or the toolbox that ADATA offers, you can find that at https://www.adata.com/us/ss/software/

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks appreciate it! I built a gaming machine last year and used a 1TB Samsung 970 Pro M.2 drive and that required special drivers from Samsung so assumed this would be the same.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, yes. I remember seeing that in a review of the Samsung 970 Pro. If you head over to the ADATA website and look for drivers, there aren't any, only a pdf of the manual.