Description

This is my first PC in almost 8 years. When starting design school, I was advised that Apple is the way to go, but there's almost no difference now and I also use a PC at work so I've decided to make the switch.

I've never built a PC before and was overwhelmed by the thought of it until I finally starting asking around and researching. I always thought it involved a lot of wiring and soldering but it turns out it's just plugging things into each other.

I'll use this PC for gaming, illustration and general things like streaming. I went for mid-range since I usually game on console, so my standards aren't too high. Money is a stressful subject for me so I did what I could to get the price of parts down. I bought the RAM and GPU used. The GPU was mined on for a few months but is working great nonetheless. However the RAM's RGB isn't syncing so I have to do it manually through different software (sometimes but not always, the GPU software will force one RAM orange, so all lights are orange in some pics). Peripherals were a combo of freebies and Gumtree/sale snags so aren't on the list.

Quick tips from a newbie for newbies: Make sure all cables are plugged in all the way. My PC wouldn't turn on at first and I checked everything for 20 minutes only to find that one end of the motherboard cable wasn't pushed onto the pins all the way. You MUST REFER to the manuals for the case and motherboard at the very least. More force is required than you'd think when plugging in things like the RAM and GPU. It won't break, just make sure it's not on an angle and keep pushing. Magnetic screwdrivers are your friend.

Big thanks to Dad, Monica, Ed, Emma, Abi and Yuven for all the help and enduring my questions.

Part Reviews

CPU

My CPU knowledge is minimal and for my first build I was going to go Intel since that's all I've ever known until I did some research. I never planned on overclocking or putting much stress on my system, so this Ryzen does what it needs to do for cheaper and with a cute little stock cooler.

Motherboard

Running this with a Ryzen 5 2600 and it's a nice MOBO that's easy enough to navigate for my needs. Personally I wish the LEDs had a frosted filter over them or something since the eight individual lights could look better but that's not what you buy a motherboard for, at least not this one.

Memory

This RAM looks fantastic! Very bright with smooth transitions. However they can be temperamental and I'm having trouble syncing them up though due to combating lighting software (but that could be my fault for not thinking twice before installing 3 different lighting apps). Profile one is stuck on 2133mhz even after editing in the BIOS, but this is also likely a motherboard issue.

Storage

This thing is fast! Nice and discreet and easy to install.

Case

I absolutely love this case. I was going to get a Phanteks P350 but this is a lot sleeker with the side and front panels being completely flush. Worth the price bump. I assumed the white panel covering the PSU/SATA area would help disguise my newbie cable management, but this whole case makes management a breeze anyway. Unfortunately mine came with a small scratch on the inside white bar but it's barely noticeable from the outside so I'll let it slide.

Power Supply

Does what it needs to do. The sleeved cables were a little bulky and difficult to maneuver but that's to be expected.

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Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 4 points

Does it run 5% better because of the rgb?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

For sure

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

yeess. we need all the rgb

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Orange is my favourite colour so i think it looks cool. Very nice build. Ryzen seems to be the way to go for any casual PC these days. Long gone are the days of the quad core i5 XD

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Am I the only one impressed with the Deadpool figurine? I think that + RGB adds at least 60 Fps for Minesweeper. Also, download more ram if you want even more performance. All jokes aside, your build looks great! Love the minimalist look of the RGB!

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks lol I don't have a cute pet to add to my shots so Deadpool will have to do for now. Maybe I can download a dog while I'm there looking for more RAM.

  • 13 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice, lol. I downloaded two cats. One was a mistake. He's a kleptomaniac, keeps stealing files I forget to put up. And Deadpool is a great pet!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Good selection of parts. The 2600 is great with the 580.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

You've done a good job with your build. :)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing job with the cable management, looks extremely professional and I can tell you spent a lot of time on it. The only thing I could possibly criticise is the 2400mhz ram. It's going to take away a significant amount of CPU performance vs 3000 MHz. Whether that will matter with a 580 is doubtful but it's something to keep in mind if you decide to upgrade your GPU down the line that you may want to consider swapping the ram too. Again it shouldn't be an issue with your current config so enjoy it! I have a 2600 with an RX 480 and gaming on it so such a great experience compared to console.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you :) We did spend a lot of time plugging and re-plugging the cables trying to find suitable routes. I originally planned on getting 3000mhz but downgraded to save a little since RAM already seems expensive for what it is (and I wasn't sure if I'd feel the difference). But it'll likely be the first thing I upgrade so I'll keep that in mind.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Try overclocking the ram before you replace it. It seems to run at 1.2v stock. Try 1.3 and see how high you can get it before you replace

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok I may give it a shot after doing some research since I chose to ignore anything regarding overclocking.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice. I'm collecting parts for a new build and it's going to be almost the exact same parts.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Good luck with your build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a stunning build, I love these white tg cases.I also think u're bottlenecking your amazing CPU with 'only' 2400 Mhz ddrams. the 2nd generation Ryzen cpu's true potencial comes out at 2933+Mhz.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I may upgrade the RAM sooner rather than later, so thanks for the tip.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

"Magnetic screwdrivers are your friend."

TRUTH!!!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build, and super impressive for a first. Before spending bucks on new RAM, there's a very good chance you can overclock what you already have. Look into that and see if the gains are worth it to spend more for even faster.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll do a little research after getting more familiar with PC. Since I'd want to get some cash back and resell the RAM, I may forego overclocking and just get brand new ones in case OCing reduces its value.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Now this is the big respect. You done good soldier. +1

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

If you were trying to save money there are some parts that would make it a good 150 or so cheaper

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I got impatient towards the end and decided not to skimp out on some parts like the mobo and PSU.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Gotcha I just made a similar built recently with a 1070 for a bit cheaper

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does this play AAA games? I just ordered an rx 590 and otherwise we have literally the exact same build and I cannot use mine until my GPU comes in so im wondering.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I've still only just been playing Soulcalibur 6, which can play on ultra just fine, but it's not a good yard stick since it's not very demanding.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Ooo this looks awesome! How has it been holding since January? :D

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

To my shame, I don't really game very much on it so haven't pushed it very far at all. It's working as well as it did from day 1.