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Hello there! My name is Rob. This is my first legit build and my first post here at part picker and definitely not the last! I recently returned to PC gaming from where I left off back in high school. After almost a decade of not owning a PC, this is my first venture back into the wonderful world of building computers!

Just to make clear, I want to add that every part on this list was purchased on Amazon Prime, EXCEPT for the graphics card. While shipping on Amazon is free, taxes are NOT included with these price totals. If you're looking to build something similar to this, expect to add an additional 10% for taxes.

Let's start with the case.

When I was a teenager playing games back in high school, I had a monstrosity for a computer. My Father however, had a clear panel Shuttle XPC crammed with the latest components and tech for his early morning stock market trading, and I thought it was literally the coolest thing ever.

Eight years later my interest was rekindled, and I set out to make a powerful, portable, and economical PC. I was highly interested in the Dan A4 case, but it seemed a bit too expensive for my budget, and at the time was back-ordered for months. I came across the Geeek A50 and was sold the second I saw it. I purchased the case with their proprietary PCI-E riser so I wouldn't have any problems.

The motherboard I purchased was an ASRock B450 Gaming-ITX/AC, mainly for the positive reviews, and abundance of fan/led headers. BIOS is superb, one of the best I've seen so far. Easily overclocked my RAM, but havent OC'd my CPU/GPU. I've been testing thermals before I settle.

The Ryzen 2600 came highly recommended seemingly everywhere I looked! My 2600 (even at stock/boost clock) is a total powerhouse, resting easy when I pull up YouTube, email, or Facebook in between matches. I plan to overclock this chip, but until I'm confident of the thermals in this case, I'll be keeping it at stock clock, especially with the stock cooler.

My RAM is a set of G.Skill Ripjaw V 3200 2x8. I originally bought this for a Ryzen 2200G build for my girlfriend, but since she only plays Minecraft, I figured she'd be fine with a 2x4 set. I had trouble getting this set stable at stock 3200mhz on the Gigabyte 350 series chipsets, but on ASRock 450 3200 was a piece of cake and them some. Currently running 3466mhz without any voltage change.

The MSI ARMOR RX 580 8GB is the only used part in this build. Got it off Ebay lightly used for $120 plus shipping, and frankly was in pretty much perfect condition when I got it. What a steal! As with my CPU, I haven't OC'd this yet either. Still testing thermals.

To cool my case, I got a pair of 92mm Noctua NF-A9x14's exhausting out the top. At idle, they're super quiet, but when they turbo up they can make the tiniest bit of ambient noise. The amount of heat they pull out of my case is astounding. These fans are HIGHLY recommended!

The Silverstone PSU was the cheapest 80+ Bronze I could fine on Amazon and serves it's purpose well. No problems with wattage limitations at all.

As far as everything else, I just bought the cheapest in its class. Mouse, keyboard and monitor were the least of my worries. Got a cheap 120GB SSD to hold an OS and a bunch of games.

As far as I'm concerned, this rig will hold up for me for at least the next 5 years. Hopefully this will inspire others to build their dreams as well!

Any question/comments are highly appreciated!!! This will be constantly updated with more information and detail with time.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, as far as holding up for 5 years thats a stretch :P

  • 6 months ago
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Haha, maybe I'm stretching a bit but I dont play too many intensive games. PUBG and BF5 are probably the most demanding of what I play.

  • 6 months ago
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Amazing prices, you are one deal finder!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I must say I took most of the year waiting for sales and what not, could've done a bit better but I think it's money well spent! :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

not much storage

  • 6 months ago
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Agreed. I still have an M.2 slot I want to fill in, but the 120gb is definitely going to fill up quick.

  • 6 months ago
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That storage might not be enough, with Windows and a few games it will be full pretty quickly. You could always add a hdd later. I'm going to build a pc soon aswell and I'm going with a 500gb ssd, might add an hdd later.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I have an extra 2.5" mount in the case but I wanted to leave it empty for the PSU airflow. I will definitely get a larger SSD in the future, and I still have an empty M.2 slot to fill as well! :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

it's so small! great job!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love the case, I'd imagine its a bit lighter than the Dan Case and its nice to have the white accent.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Great info here, thank you for the write-up. I'm researching doing an A50 build with a ryzen 2600 and an rx580 so this was hugely educational. If you don't mind me asking, what did you mean when you said that you had trouble getting the ram stable, and what did you do to correct the issue?

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  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

That keyboard is actually around a 65-70% form. If you want a white 60%, I'd suggest a White Ducky One 2 Mini. https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=5027

I'll let OP tell you about his, though. I haven't used it, and its still a good option.

Edit: https://www.amazon.com/Qisan-Mechanical-Keyboard-68-Keys-Magicforce/dp/B01E8KO2B0 is even closer for your budget, but it is a 65% form.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Not the OP, but I do have the black version of this keyboard with red switches.

The keyboard is pretty nice - PCB board is attached to a metal place, while the lower case is plastic. Pretty solid and hefty board for being inexpensive. As mentioned before, it's a little bigger than 60% as it has arrow keys and an additional column of keys, but still compact.

The typing experience seems good to me - it's my office keyboard, so I type a lot more on it than my home gaming keyboard (Ducky One 2 TKL with MX Silent Reds); since that one is for gaming only and a different switch, I can't really compare; however, this E-Element boards does seems to have more "ping" in the keys and a more hollow sound when pressing keys - I added o-rings and dampened the case internally, so that took care of it a little.

The only downside I can think of is the RGB lighting and keycaps. The led is only on the top portion of the switch, so only lights up half of the keycaps and not especially bright - not really important for the office setting but something to consider if you want a light show. RGB settings seem a little different from the directions as well - I can't get the keyboard to stay lit up in one color. The keycap font is a little too "gamer-ish" for me, but only my opinion and easily rectified with new keycaps and others may

  • 6 months ago
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I agree with the key font. It looks cool, but I tend to look at the keys as I type, and it can mess me up mid sentence because my brain doesn't register the font on the caps lol.

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  • 6 months ago
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Its a great keyboard. Keys feel evenly spaced, nice and clicky, no mush. Doesnt flex much at all but thats probably because its a small board. I got the black one with blue switches and its loud as you'd expect. Theres a lot of RGB settings for the price, I saw it on one of the keyboard round-ups on LTT and it was one that was recommended.

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