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First Build Ever

by jonathiqq

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12 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 17, 2017

Date Built

July 16, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.582 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz

Description

Have used a Lenovo Y510p for the past ~4 years (c. 2013) for everything. Started moving from console gaming to PC gaming after getting into Overwatch and some other FPS games. My Ideapad was struggling to run games on low/minimum settings while barely scraping 40-50fps and frequently overheating (always in the 70-80C range). Also started using some data-heavy programs for work and school so i decided to look into building my own computer!

Was going to go with Intel i7 for CPU since i was happy with that in my laptop, but decided to hop onto the Ryzen 5 hype train for my first build and i'm so happy i did.

Since this was my first build i had pretty much no knowledge of where to start, and with the help from a friend and tonsssssssss of reading online i came up with this parts list. Building was fun, and now i can multitask with my programs like i'm not even running anything! This build is VR ready and can run most things i've tried in Ultra/Epic settings while keeping pretty cool and always staying above 60fps (literally so shocked at this still coming from my laptop).

Don't usually play games with Ultra/Max/Epic settings so i usually squeeze >180FPS out of most games and temps hover around 60-65C. Fans are dead silent, RAM is really pretty, and cable management was tricky but doable. So so happy with this build and already want to build another computer (but $$$ is holding me back there...)

Part Reviews

CPU

So happy i waited to build with Ryzen. Threads are awesome and utilizing all the cores pumps out some beefy performance. Love it. Stock cooler (Wraith Spire, NOT the LED version that comes with the 1700-1800 models, is pretty usable and comparable to a sub $50 aftermarket cooler. Ready out of box with AM4 unlike most things right now and totally switchable if needed.)

CPU Cooler

Note that as of July 2017 this does NOT come with the AM4 bracket. Cryorig was awesome about providing the bracket for free however it took about 2 weeks to get the bracket so i ended up using a stock cooler for my Ryzen 5 1600 (Wraith Spire) until it came. Performance was better than the stock cooler but not life changing. Definitely a larger heat sink and seemingly more powerful fan. Silent too. Pretty happy with it but would probably spend more money for a non-stock cooler next time.

Thermal Compound

Not much to say. Cheap. Good stuff. Difference in this build was not really noticeable but used some in an older laptop that tends to overheat and the difference was pretty good.

Motherboard

Wasn't originally going to go with MSI but really happy about this purchase (got a free gaming mouse too lol). BIOS out of the box was PAINFULLY slow during boot (currently July 2017, BIOS was from March 2017). Updated the BIOS and the startup was lightning fast and supported way more DDR4 options so definitely update it before anything. I really liked the MSI BIOS and found it really intuitive and useful compared to some other programs. Board also has more than enough room for what this build needed and then some. Would go with MSI again!

Memory

Glad i found these on sale. Not really concerned with RBG for this build but the lighting looks so, so cool. I know everyone says "Ram is Ram" which, honestly, i have to agree with to some extent. But for the price i got it at and the RBG this was definitely not "just Ram". If the prices aren't crazy inflated this is a solid choice and the memory was more than i needed.

Storage

Fast SSD. Honestly just went with SanDisk for the name reliability and the price. Personally would have gone with Samsung had the prices been better but cannot complain about this at all. Awesome SSD for the price.

Storage

Pretty much a classic option as far as HDD storage space goes. No complaints. Easy to install. Would buy again!

Video Card

Dual fans keep this pretty cool. Running most things at Ultra/Max/Epic settings with FPS always above 60 and capping around 250 for some games (!). OC compatibility is nice and was able to see performance near/at 1070 with this build. Was lucky to grab this at sub $270 price as the mining craze has most 1060 cards inflated to $350-400 riht now. Aesthetically it could be better but not too concerned. Comes with 2 VGA, 1 DP, and 1 HDMI port. Beast of a GPU for the price in my opinion!

Case

For being my first PC build EVER, this case made it a breeze. So much room for building and cable management was definitely in mind when NZXT was designing the case. The 2 NZXT fans that come with the case are great and silent, definitely appreciate that. Added 2 more corsair 120mm fans in the front and the airflow is great. The window is an awesome feature as well. Do note that this case is a fingerprint magnet though. Would DEFINITELY build in this case again.

Power Supply

Great wattage for this build. Definitely gave me some good headroom for overclocking. Fully modular build was so, so necessary and convenient--don't think I would ever use a semi/non modular PSU after how nice this was. SeaSonic is also very reputable and reliable which is why i gravitated towards this model.

Operating System

Ordered the USB retail package off of Amazon. Could not install Windows 10 for the life of me and kept getting errors. Messed around with my BIOS forever, my memory, my SSD, etc until i found out that the USB Microsoft sent was corrupted. Found out many people had a similar experience. Went onto Microsoft's site and made my own USB using the media creation tool and the key i purchased which was super easy and worked seamlessly. Have always used Windows OS and really enjoy 10, but not too happy about the physical product. Save yourself time and money and just purchase a key and make your own USB.

Case Fan

Super cheap. Silent. Awesome airflow. Easy color swapping. Would use again for additional case fans!

Monitor

Had to mess around with the color a lot but happy with it now. Using this as a second monitor and loving it--got it on sale a while back and has since gone up in price. Only downfall is that it isn't as sturdy as i'd like it to be (shakes if i shake the table too much) but the specs on this thing are great for the price and size. Asus has always been my go-to for monitors and i really enjoy this one!

Monitor

Upgrading to this monitor was like putting on glasses for the first time. Colors are awesome, no ghosting, menus are intuitive, ports are plenty and accessible, and the ability to tilt/turn/move the screen is super useful. Using this as my main monitor and love seeing everything on this screen. would 10000% buy again. Asus always makes me happy with their gaming monitors.

Keyboard

Had this for a while before this build. Nothing more satisfying than the tactile responses and sounds this keyboard makes. Love the RGB, custom keys, and the additional USB/headphone/mic ports on the side. Razer's Synapse program also works really well and i'm really happy with this keyboard!

Mouse

Love the ability to customize the weight with the removable weights. Software makes the DPI settings really easy to customize. Love all the features this thing packs and I think it looks really cool too. Have not had any problems with this in the past few months!

Headphones

Comfortable, good sound for a gaming mic, pretty cheap, and mic quality is good for the price as well. I like the on-ear controls for volume/mic and the LED on the mic telling you battery life and mic on/of status is super useful.

I wish RGB was not part of this headphone though. The RBG drains the battery SO fast it's almost useless. I'm talking like maybe an hour or two with RGB on. Off it lasts a while which is how i have it now, but the RGB did not seem to be thought through. Without the RGB this would be an awesome set.

Works with a USB wireless connector that is about the size of a standard usb stick. Havent had any connection issues

Speakers

So good for the price point. Awesome sound and not bad looking either.

Other

Makes gaming really fun and offers great mouse control. After going from a small mousepad to this i don't think i could ever go back. Pretty decent size as well

Comments Sorted by:

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

first build cable management, top notch.

Vengeance1871 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Agreed. Those cables look great.

jonathiqq submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thanks!! Probably spent more time figuring out the cable mess in the back than the actual build lol

dslansky 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

very nice looking build!

jonathiqq submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Thank you! :)

drferrell 2 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

You managed to get a gtx 1060 6gb for regular retail price?! That is definitly one lucky sale you got.

jonathiqq submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Yup. Was about to postpone the build but i got super lucky!

eligaminglee 2 points 19 months ago

im using this build as a reference of what you can do instead of buying a 1000$ macbook air lol

jonathiqq submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I'm sure there are a lot of things you can do with $1k that don't involved buying a macbook air hahaha

Moose123 1 point 19 months ago

Building really close to the same build and was wondering how the monitor looks with most games because the build can run almost everything on high/ultra 1080p 60-75fps?

jonathiqq submitter 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Love love love love the larger Asus monitor i'm using. Tweaked colors a tiny bit but other than that i would definitely use this monitor again (and might replace my smaller secondary Asus with another of the larger one actually because the colors/build quality on the smaller one are significantly worse after getting used to the better Asus)

21stCenturyGamer 1 point 18 months ago

I'm sorry if I'm being a bit too nit-picky on your grammar/acronyms, but it's RGB, not RBG. Aside from that, you have a nice build here!