Description

I'm a 15 year old who loves graphic design and uses programs such as Photoshop and Inkscape. I needed a PC that could handle these programs as my laptop is becoming obsolete. It also needed to be able to handle CAD programs if I decide to take classes in my sophomore year. Finally I don't game much but wanted the option.

I have been planning this for just under a year, scanning Reddit, getting a feel for prices and compatibility, and most of all figuring out how to get deals. I don't have a job yet and had a very confined budget, but I wanted to get the most for my money and for it to look cool without sacrificing performance.

To keep in my budget all parts were bought used or on sale. I bought my used parts on r/hardwareswap and got scammed once, getting my money back in the end.

Here is the list.

MIR = Mail in rebate

Case - Phanteks P400STG (Silent Tempered Glass) - $60 (90-15-15MIR) Really happy with it as it was easy to build in, came with an led strip controlled from the case, and had two fans as well as PWM fan header.

Power Supply - EVGA SuperNOVA 650 G3 - $70 (90-20MIR) Could've gone cheaper with a bronze power supply but energy efficiency is always good and it is fully modular (cables plug in allowing you to only use the ones you need eliminating clutter and making it easier to work with). 650 watts should be more than enough especially as parts keep getting more energy efficient.

Motherboard - ASRock x370 Killer SLI/ac - $100 (140-20-20MIR) - Came with built in WiFi which I wanted and is x370 so I can overclock the CPU later if I want. Obviously x370 is also required for Ryzen platform.

Processor (CPU) - Ryzen R7 1700 - $280 - I went with Ryzen over Intel because I don't game much, so having more cores and threads is more important than clock speeds. Ryzen's CPUs provide more cores and threads for the same price as Intel (the r7 has 8 cores, 16 threads). The extra cores will help Photoshop and other programs execute commands faster. The 1700 is the best bang for your buck high end CPU because other r7s are just better binned versions with higher overclocking headroom. It also comes with a overclocking capable fan unlike Intel's CPUs making this a steal.

Graphics Card (GPU) - GTX 770 - used $85 - I probably over payed a little but I was eager to get my last part after being scammed out of my other GPU. An older card but still beats out todays $150 cards. This was overkill for the programs I use but when I feel like gaming I can run games like Shadow of Mordor at high settings 60fps.

Storage - Samsung PM951 240gb - used $75 - I had to skimp on the storage capacity and am using my external hard drive until I buy a HDD. This SSD is actually an OEM model so its available to consumers but works the same as other consumer grade SSDs. Its an m.2 form factor so it is about 1x3 inches and insanely fast as it plugs directly into the motherboard. It installed Windows 10 in 2 minutes and boots it in 5 seconds.

RAM - Corsair Dominator Platinum 2666mhz 2x8gb - used $125 - Ram has gone up in price a lot due to shortages but this was a great deal as this ram is the best you can buy costing $200 usually. It might be nice to have 3000mhz as Ryzen loves fast ram but I haven't had any trouble with this and it's a great deal at the price. Also it looks awesome.

Total: $795 -10 because of a Newegg gift card = $785

And that's it! I hope you like the build.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow good job but you could get a gtx 1050 ti instead

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Not that big of a performance bump over the 770, Would recommend 3gb 1060 over the 1050ti

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

There is an 8% performance increase for like $50-60 more

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

You're forgetting about the extra VRAM, which IS preferred in this case.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

And they would have spent $285 over the original $85 versus $150 or $190

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

No not really at all, the $50 jump from the 1050ti to the 3gb 1060 is much bigger. $100ish dollar jump from 6gb 1060 to 1070 is a lot bigger also

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

A 6gb is 300 or so and a 3gb is 200. If you are doing 1080p than there is no need for a 6gb

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice job but, if you looked on Mircocenter, they had really good deals on CPUs. I got the Ryzen 7 1700x for $229.99 USD on Black Friday.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that was my only shortfall. Ryzen's started getting really good deals right after I bought mine.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Whats the keyboard?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

MXX Rantopad. Such a great keyboard for $50.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I see that you chose processor power over GPU power. I would have picked up an 8gb RAM kit instead of 16 so you could upgrade the GPU to at least a 1050 ti.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

He edits photos and graphic work, probably has Multiple Broader tabs and programs and Cloud going on, that ram is needed. I crash on GTA 5 when using Discord and 3 open tabs in Browser XD on Very High settings still. 100% usage of 8GB ram.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I agree. Mostly depends on what he is doing.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. As others stated I'm not a big gamer. The 770 is half as expensive and perfect for my needs. The extra savings also lets me get 16gb of ram which is needed.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, as long as you are happy with what you have and what it can do, you are perfectly fine. I, too love graphic design and I'd love to see some of your creations!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Trek2002 if you ever need a good GPU I'll sell you my 1060 6GB MSI ARMOR OCV1 that has a 484 increase on memory and 123 increase on core (can go to 250 core and 650 memory) for $189 (This is a 6GB too at 3GB price) if I ever upgrade! It's a beast GPU been using it since April 2017. I love it! Super Quiet on 100% fan speed. Mint Condintion, cause I'm OCD about dust. Just ask if and I'll tell you if I have ever upgraded yet.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build..and very cool aesthetic. What tables did you use to achieve the look (case lowered and to the side)? I'm shopping around for tables now and I'm curious if you don't mind sharing.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm so sorry I didn't check comments until now! The table is from Ikea as is the desk and the riser. I don't think Ikea carries the table (Lack rolling side table) anymore but this Ikea one is very similar. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10349448/

for $25 cheaper they also have the Lack side table without wood on the bottom and wheels.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

dude it is still in a shortage.....

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to know. Either way though it's a pain for builders.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

The prices may ever be rising, but it still good to know that DRAM is one of the easiest parts of a PC to replace.