Hi there, Squarewave here. I'm a gamer and music producer. The last console I had was the Xbox 360, so needless to say I've been behind in current-gen gaming, using my mom's facebook machine to run games like Rust and Astroneer as my own toaster couldn't. So, after saving up money from my job, money from my family for my birthday, and some money my parents gave me, I was able to build the perfect PC for me.
I was originally going to run intel, but I waited for months for Ryzen 5 to release. It performs great, even if setting it up was tricky. If I could redo my build, I'd get a modular PSU, but zip-ties definitely made cable management look pretty good.
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This thing is worth its salt. Compared to an i5 6500/7500, it outperforms it by a country mile. It runs at a stable 3.60 ghz, which is crazy since all I had to do was press a button to have it do it automatically. Stock cooler is incredibly efficient, even if it isn't "RGB".
Great motherboard, lots of future proofing. It's got everything from crossfire support to an m.2 slot. It definitely pairs well with a Ryzen 5. However, the BIOS is kinda crap, at least without updating it, which the new BIOS fixes pretty much all the problems. Otherwise I'd give it 5 stars.
It's RAM. It may not be DDR4-3000, but offers lots of space, and down the line you can buy another if you want to.
Boots windows in about 10 seconds, I can't complain. Plenty of space for small files and programs I use regularly.
These things are amazing. Fast read and write times, perfect for pairing with an SSD. I use it for storing games and my big files, and it does so perfectly.
This case is great, and has a lot of small features you wouldn't think of. It has slots on the back for zip-tying cables, which makes cable management easy. Side panel is clear, although I'd suggest putting some source of bright light in. The Achilles heel of this case is the light on the front, being a stupidly bright blue LED. It didn't match my computers theme, and it made it difficult trying to sleep, so I just wrapped it in electrical tape.
Good power supply, sleeving is nice. Isn't modular, so your cable management may look odd, if you're into that sort of thing. You can certainly make it look good, but it's harder than using a modular one.
Can't go wrong with fans. Loaded mine up, even under load it keeps my PC nice and cool.
It's fast, has nice contrast and range of colors, supports FreeSync. If you're in the market for a cheap monitor, this is the one you should get.
Holy S**T, this card is nice. I had bought it, and 5 days later the 580 came out, but even then it's only a marginal difference. Got it for 200$ on Newegg, and it's worth it. Runs Rust on highest settings at 60-70 fps, no dips. Can't wait to try some AAA titles on it.