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.
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.
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.
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.
This thing is fast! Nice and discreet and easy to install.
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.
Does what it needs to do. The sleeved cables were a little bulky and difficult to maneuver but that's to be expected.