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First Gaming PC (go easy on me)

by jdukes96


Well I've been a console peasant for quite some time now, but my cousin had a LAN party as his bachelor party last fall. All I could to bring was my crappy laptop, which did well enough in some games, and of course made most games horribly unplayable. This didn't phase me too much though, because I was pretty true to my Xbox One. Well, as he had a few more LAN parties, I began to realize that consoles don't even compare to an entry level gaming PC in terms of performance (duh). Needless to say I wanted in. I decided to use part of my refund from college to build my first ever gaming PC. I set my budget, and my cousin and I began to talk frequently about which parts I should get. We spent a few weeks deciding on what to go with and this is the final product! Also, don't grill me on the cable management on my desk please, its a built in desk that came with my apartment so I cant run anything behind it :/. Also, I do plan on getting a cable sleeve off of Amazon to make it look at least a bit better, so go easy on me about it.


I debated for ages whether to go with the 1060 3gb or the 6gb. I did extensive research and decided that the 3gb was the way to go for me. $50 less, amazing performance, and I don't think I'll need the extra 3gb of vram within the next year. I'm a senior in college, so I might upgrade my system next year when I graduate anyways. So far I've played Prey, Star Wars Battlefront 2 Beta, Skyrim Special Edition, Alien: Isolation, and Overwatch all at max presets at or above 60fps. Seems like I made the right choice :).

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I was originally going to get a Ryzen 5 1600, but if I did so, I could only really afford a gtx 1050ti, which I was originally going to do. However, doing more research led me to believe that upgrading my GPU and downgrading my CPU would be more beneficial in most games that I planned to play. Honestly I haven't even overclocked my R3 1200 and its doing absolutely fine in every game I've thrown at it (granted the GPU really helps). I get no lag or stutter in the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta on ultra settings in 1080p!



Not really much to say here, it pretty much just fit my color scheme quite well and was compatible with my CPU so it's what I went with. No complaints!



I was originally going to get 16gb of RAM, but once again, rearranging my budget around didn't exactly leave me with much extra money and I haven't had an issue with my 2x4gb sticks anyway! I went with this particular brand because it was blue! it matched my color scheme.



Looking back, I probably should have gotten a bigger SSD but I didn't really know that at the time. I don't have many complaints about it as this is my first ever PC, so I don't exactly have much to compare it to. To me, there's no issues here! I just stuck the OS and LoL on it and called it a day.


Pretty standard, no complains here.



Oh boy, here we go. This case is beautiful, make no mistake about it. But this being my first build I didn't understand what a pain a MicroATX can be. My dad has been building computers for a while now (don't think he has had too much experience with small cases though) and even he was getting frustrated at times. When we first put the build together, my family was over at my apartment as we had just celebrated my birthday that day. It took my dad and I about 8 hours total to put it all together since we had a few complications at the end. Anyways, we didn't end up making it to where the front of the case lit up, but this past weekend he came up and helped me with some cable management and we got it done and now it looks so much better! The airflow is pretty questionable as well, but my 3 corsair fans plus the wraith stealth cooler on the Ryzen CPU still do a fantastic job keeping my system cool.


For $35, you cant go wrong! They sound very crisp!



This keyboard is something I mildly regret. This is not because its a bad keyboard, it's actually fantastic! I know on the picture in the parts list it looks RGB, but its actually just either blue, red, or purple depending on which you have it set to. Well, I wanted a nice looking keyboard that had a solid blue backlighting because originally I was going to have a white/silver themed setup with my monitor, case, mouse, and keyboard. That idea was more or less scrapped due to the way I got my monitor. I still love the keyboard, but I will definitely be upgrading to a black RGB mechanical keyboard in the future.



My cousin linked me this mouse, and for the price I don't think I could have done any better. The subtle RGB lines make it stunningly beautiful in person and it fits very well in the hand, no complaints!



I was originally going to get an AOC monitor that was silver and looked very modern. However, one of my friends said that he could get me an Acer for very cheap (he would buy it for me). I tried to protest, but he wouldn't let me. He said his dad knows a guy at Acer and he didn't tell me how much he got it for. I'm not going to complain, its 27" and thinner than my phone. The picture is beautiful and I was able to get it to 74hz!

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Jazz. 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Which way do you have those bottom case fans oriented? Looks to me like exhaust?

carloR.M 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

same here.. :/

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 6 points 17 months ago

No worries, I flipped them already. Much better temps now :)

carloR.M 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

glad to hear that mate :)

scss 1 point 16 months ago

Does this cpu works without bios update ? Some people are saying that ryzen 3 won't post without a new bios.

_Trooper 1 point 11 months ago

I think it's for the Ryzen 3 2200g, and the 2400g that have the issue, the ones with an integrated GPU, but the bios issue can be easily fixed at your local tech support.

Sn0w-Q 2 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

ok, the build is really nice but the thing that set me off is the price u paid for rgb fans. I know I know some people like rgb but if u put that money on the cpu instead u would've gotten a ryze 5 1500x or 1600 which are 8 threads or 12 threads and would've got much better out of ur system. For me I always aim for performance more than visuals so I wouldnt mind not having the rgb lights in my system for a while till i get the price of these fans and enjoy the stronger cpu performance. It's ur choice anyway so enjoy ur build :)

Ben28282 2 Builds 3 points 10 months ago

Ryzen 5 is not 8 cores

Sn0w-Q 2 Builds 5 points 10 months ago

1500x is 4cores/8threads. I said threads in my comment if you actually read

Ben28282 2 Builds 4 points 10 months ago


Sn0w-Q 2 Builds 4 points 10 months ago

it's all good dude

Ben28282 2 Builds 3 points 10 months ago


pcp1989 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

wow its very refreshing to actually see some politeness in the gaming/pc community. tbh i feel like i dont see that enough usually alot of arguing and rudeness when talking about builds and components and what should of been or should not of been. its crazy sometimes but ya i just had to throw you guys a couple of likes and put that out there.. well done and very nice to see this:) take care both of you and good luck with your future endevours :)

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

That would have no impact on gaming performance since he's using a 60Hz monitor.

Sn0w-Q 2 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

It would've an impact on the long run, and it'll be much better for multitasking and doing other things as well

pcp1989 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

actually hes using a 74hz monitor:) just saying he did say that he clocked it to 74mhz and besides that it actually would of helped i think because he would of experienced better lows with a better cpu and there fore would of had a all around smoother gaming experience. cause his system wouldnt be dropping off as hard.. now i could be wrong and it really wouldnt surprise me about that cause i am still very new to pc gaming myslef, actually only been in the game for about 2 months now but from what ive learned so far, i believe that statement to be true. although it prolly could of been worded better im sure :)

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Well, I forgot to address that in the description actually. I didn't know that the case didn't come with case fans. I would have gotten aftermarket fans anyway if I knew even a little bit about computers (I was virtually clueless about 2 months ago). But, nevertheless, what actually happened is that my dad and I rode over to Best Buy (like 2 minutes away from my apartment) and grabbed these. They were the same price as Amazon, Newegg, etc. anyways and I definitely wanted the RGB :p. So long story short, I didn't buy the fans, my dad did.

Sn0w-Q 2 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

oh alright then, thanks for replying :). A nice well rounded build and I hope u enjoy ur time with it

Jushi 1 point 4 months ago

Kinda thinking about that... But I agree with him cuz his Ryzen 3 CPU overclocks up its potential than what he would have paid for on a Ryzen 5 CPU.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Need to flip those fans the other way around. Right now you've got nothing but exhaust, which means you have negative air pressure, which means every other crevice is sucking in air and dust. Flip the bottom fans to intake and then you blow cool air straight at your graphics card and create positive air pressure, expelling air from all the crevices and keeping dust to a minimum.

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

I rely on my dad for most things that have to deal with working on my rig. The reason being is that this indeed IS my first rodeo. That being said, I spent too much money to mess anything up (which would probably happen bc I'm clumsy). So, that's why I just sort of watch, learn, and help. I didn't know this, but thanks for the advice! I'll flip them over :p

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Definitely keep the back one as exhaust because you need to chuck the hot air out of the back of the case. But on top of the other points I made, your graphics card will run a little cooler too after you make the changes to the bottom fans.

Oh, and welcome to the Master Race :3

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

So far, besides the games I mentioned I've played, I've spent a whole lot of time just sitting there on Steam trying to decide what I want to buy with the $20 gift card that my brother got me for my birthday. I was going to wait for the Halloween sales, but Cuphead has me very very interested....

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

If you like RPG's I highly recommend Divinity: Original Sin 2. Though it's new so you would be looking at an extra $25 out of pocket. Cuphead is insane though, it's on my list to pick up when I get bored of what I'm playing now.

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion! I'm still very slowly working my way through Skyrim though, so that'll take the RPG slot for a while :) and yeah dude I'm so tempted to just get Cuphead. I don't think I'll regret it unless it goes on sale sometime soon, which I don't see happening.

saibalroop 4 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

This was a great build for your first time! The parts were carefully selected and the cable management was clean.

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thank you! :)

The cable management wasn't originally there due to time constraints when we first put the build together, but my dad came up and helped me with it this past weekend and it looks a million times better.

annasoh323 3 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Really neat build, especially for a first! I just helped my sister with her first desktop and we have the same core components (R3 1200 and 1060 3Gb). That case is definitely a beauty. Well done!

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks! :)

Honestly they're great components. The only issue I've had is playing the COD WW2 beta, I had to turn all settings down to low. However, I'm pretty sure that's because its not very well optimized. Other than that, I've been able to game at max settings in just about everything I've thrown at it. She's gonna love it!

annasoh323 3 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Cool, good to hear. I'm waiting for her to get Left 4 Dead 2 and Borderlands installed so that I can resume fragging her (or getting fragged by her as things often end up)

FlyinToasteronie 2 points 17 months ago

Are you sure this is your first time building a PC? That thing looks absolutely stunning!

Also, I now regret not getting the InWin case....

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 3 points 17 months ago

Haha yeah it definitely is! I had a lot of help from my cousin on picking out parts (he picked out the RAM, case, mobo, power supply, HDD, and SSD), and my dad pretty much built the thing with me watching and helping out here and there. Hopefully my next build will be something I do on my own, but for now I just wanted it to be done right given how much money I threw at it (compared to how much money I had, that is). But thank you! I appreciate it :)

CaptainXD 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build! I'm guessing you saw Tech Deals' video on the 1060 3gb vs 6gb?

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

I actually did! I love his channel, no fluff or messing around, just tells it how it is and explains things very well!

customgtp 23 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

I think you did well. I have the in win 303 so I'm a fan of your 301. And yes I agree with the other guy. You could of gotten some Thermaltake riing fans or something less and saves some money to go with a more powerful cpu for future proofing

customgtp 23 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

And the bottom fans are blowing hot air down...hot air rises so that is counter acting. I'd just flip the bottom fans if I were you

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

You can read my other reply about the fans :p. Essentially my dad bought them for me, I didn't get them. I wouldn't have spent that kind of money if it were my own. And we bought them after we had my build all the way built anyway so I didn't factor that cost into the original build.

customgtp 23 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

No worries, they look good just need to flip them... Great build man. Congrats on your first gaming pc

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Thanks man its exciting :) I just watch an insane amount of tech videos now, and it sucks being a broke college student watching all of these videos in awe of the tech, but not having any money to play with haha. But, I have decent willpower along with a shallow wallet, so I restrain myself pretty well.

customgtp 23 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Well your rig is good and will hold up long enough threw college. Enjoy it and study... Don't game too much haha

Evilernut08 27 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Nice build buddy, I love it. As the other guys have said, you do need to flip those 2 bottom fans around, but other than that it's solid! Love the looks! (you forgot to add ur GPU to the list btw)

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Well, I had the GPU added under custom parts because I got it from Jet.com, which isn't listed on this site, and I just used that parts list for this post. I couldn't figure out how to edit the parts list after I'd already added it to this post. Looking back actually, I could have deleted the parts list from the post, edited it, then went back in and added it, but oh well :p. The GPU is on the parts list at the bottom and obviously the review is at the top under the description. Thanks for the kind words though, the PC world is an exciting one :)

Evilernut08 27 Builds 2 points 17 months ago

Ahh I see. Yes very exciting it is, and we all wish you a warm welcome :)

Wolf88 4 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

Nice, build. I'm thinking about this case for one of my family members. Can you elaborate on building in this case with hindsight ? What would you of done differently if you started over again ?

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Well, as I've stated before, my dad did most of the heavy work since I didn't want to mess up or break anything that I spent so much money on :P. However, it went fairly smooth as long as you do some simple planning as to what you're going to do. The hardest thing was cable management, but that only took us a total of an hour to do the other day, nothing too crazy. The tempered glass side panel doesn't require tools to take off, you just push down on a button and it pops open! The other side just has these little screws that you can unscrew by hand. In that regard, its a pretty easy case to work with. I would say any problem you'd have with this case you'd probably have with any other MicroATX case (if I had to guess). All in all its a beauty and I highly recommend it (especially for the price)!

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Okay guys, I have now flipped the bottom case fans around, thanks for pointing that out! <3

Royal_GamerYT 1 point 16 months ago

Is your 3gb GTX 1060, have any problems with its v-ram 3gb?

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Not yet! The most demanding games I've played are Prey and the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta. I was able to play both at 1080p on max settings with between 60 and 75 fps. I also get like 85 fps in Overwatch on epic settings and 74 fps (capped to my monitor) in Skyrim Special edition.

Kendozin 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I would recommend getting a modular or semi-modular PSU next time. I got the same PSU for my first build, and it isn't very good for cable management xD

Anyways, good build. Hope it works well for ya +1

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Can confirm about the cable management haha. It took a while, but we eventually got it done :p. Thanks man it's doing great so far :)

Caldeen 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

Very awesome build! What temperatures are you getting on the CPU and GPU whilst under load? Also what kind of fan setup did you used, are the front ones intake or outtake?

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I don't have the numbers in front of me or anything (I'm at work). I'll post the actual numbers when I get home later, but all I know is the temps are very good haha.

Gavinaugh 1 point 16 months ago

Looks beautiful. Especially for your first time, has a very pro-gamer vibe.

One little thing I would say is, when you're on a budget, core components come before peripherals. You spent around $90 on your keyboard and mouse alone, when you said you wanted the Ryzen 5 1600. You could have gotten a cheap keyboard and mouse for around $15, and put the leftover money towards the higher-end CPU. Then later on, you could buy more stylish peripherals. Just my personal thoughts.

Either way, the whole thing looks amazing. Nice job with the cable management too, looks clean.

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I'm not sure why it says that my keyboard was $60, I should probably change that but meh. The keyboard was $33 and the mouse was $16. But thanks man, I'm definitely having fun with it :)

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Update: I now have the Corsair Strafe RGB with Cherry MX Silent switches (early Christmas present). It's literally the most satisfying thing to go from membrane to mechanical. Its like night and day. Plus the software controlled RGB is just icing on the cake.

realnotmo 1 point 15 months ago

Nice, I wondering why you gave it 4 stars? Just wondering ;p

ugapeyton 1 point 16 months ago

I would hope that you are over clocking the 1200. I would only get the 1200 if you plan on over clocking and get the 1300X if you don’t. Just a thought.

ItsHam 1 point 15 months ago

pc m8

JustAPCNoob 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

how was building in it with a non modular psu? i plan to get the same case but my budget doesn't really allow for a modular psu. Was it easy to hide the extra cables? Thanks

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

It wasn't exactly easy. Honestly with this particular psu in this particular case there are certain cables you can't really hide, but rather sort of tuck behind things or ziptie to the edges of the case where you can't see them unless you're specifically looking. Don't let that discourage you though! It is by no means impossible. Happy building!

UncleBunky 1 point 14 months ago

Great build. Beats my first one hands down. That case is awesome.

mmstroik 1 point 14 months ago

if u didn't get those rgb fans u could have gotten the 1060 6gb which is much better

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

I already explained this in another reply, but I got the fans afterwards, and I didnt even buy them, my dad did.

eliasnesta 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

This is so beautiful dude! Got the same case, but black.

eintot08 1 point 13 months ago

Hi jdukes, I'm planning to have the same build however, I'm still confuse what board to pick if msi or asrock. Some said that MSI boards are not reliable so I doubt picking the mortar arctic and change to asrock b350m pro 4 but I really like the arctic since I'm building a white theme build together with the InWin 301 and knowing that I already have the Galax 1060 6gb exoc white. Just a few questions:

  1. How far did you overclock your chip? What voltage? temps?
  2. For the InWin 301, what's your overall temps? idle and full load.
  3. What fans you think should I use and how should I setup the fans?
  4. How's the cable management? Is it really hard for InWin301?
  5. How long do you use your motherboard? Any issues with BIOS? overclocking? Voltage control?

Sorry for the lot of questions. Hope to hear you back. Thank you!

Pcjulian12343 1 point 12 months ago

How is the POST time for the motherboard?

pcp1989 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

congrats on your build man looks really good and i hope your enjoying it. one thing tho you did say that you got the 1060 3gb cause itd be good for a year and youd prolly be upgrading that in a year or so well since your already planning on upgrading in a year or so i kinda wish you had just got the 1050ti and a ryzen 5 1600. not to be critical or anytyhing if your happy with what you built bro thats all that matters and im happy for you either way but i myself own a 1050ti and ryzen 5 1600 and its amzing man idk about the 3 1200 but my 5 1600 is an absolute beast and i doubt ill be upgrading my cpu for quite a few years atleast. 6cores/12threads for multitasking and productivity o ya and the gaming on this msi 1050ti oc 4gt graphics card which by the way is one of the cheapest 1050ti's you can get and that said the perforamce is actually pretty darn good. now i cant really sync my 75mhz/84mhz with an overclock monitor but thats fine with me i been playing doom, runescape3, fortnite, battlefield1, etc and evberythings been on high or ultra with some high fps. 80+ on doom, rs3 80-100, fortnite, i can get i think around 120 with one or 2 settings on mid like the shadows which i dont really need to shoot ppl lol. now battlefield1 i actually havent looked at my fps yet cause i just got the game an havent played it much and i have heard that game is really tough on a system so idk but the gameplay i have done was enjoyable and smooth and it looked really good to my noob eyes lol. anyways sorry so long i truely hope you enjoy your new build and it does look pretty sweet man just my opinin on the cpu but like i said only your happiness matters just something i would of done for better future proofing so as to not have to upgrade the cpu anytime soon but ya have fun gaming and take care :)

Colin10101 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Looks cool, I just want to know what gpu that is, it doesn't say it in the part list

DatDadBodd 1 point 8 months ago

The entire description of this PC sounds like something I would write so Bravo!!! I love the build fam

Ethor_L 1 point 7 months ago

Your pretty lucky to get your monitor for free

Almighty_hotdog_man 1 point 6 months ago

Hey we have the same mouse! :D

Really nice looking build too!

Aryan.Z 1 point 4 months ago

how much did the whole thing cost? it's not giving the cost for some reason

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Hey sorry I haven't logged on in probably a year and I've moved into a new apartment, graduated, gotten my first job out of college and gotten engaged in that time. And now we're planning on buying our first house this year haha. Crazy. Anyway, I think it cost me around $800. Currently planning my next build, which I'm basically just gonna throw my wallet at towards the end of this year haha.

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customgtp 23 Builds 3 points 17 months ago

They took our jobs! It's a free country! Don't drink the water! I'm all jacked up on mountain dew you motorboatin sumbch... Hahah

jdukes96 submitter 1 Build 2 points 17 months ago

Nah dude I'm from Mars.

shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 1 point 17 months ago

What's that even supposed to mean?