My First Build!

I built this back in August 2017, before GPU and RAM prices were insane. The prices listed are the amount I paid total for each item, rounded to the nearest ten - for the most part. I use it for gaming most of the time. I would like to stream once I get faster internet, .1Mbps upload doesn't cut it. I might eventually begin doing something like animating or 3D modeling.

AMD Ryzen 5 1600

I chose this CPU to replace my extremely aged AMD fX-4300. It works well in all the games I play, but I might switch to something stronger in the future. I haven't done any overclocking because I'm only running the stock cooler.

My first one died the day after Christmas because I was doing some sketchy stuff with power supply cables*

MSI B350 Tomahawk

I chose this motherboard because it was relatively cheap and I could afford it. I'm not the biggest fan of the red LED's that seem to be always on. Overall it is cheap, but it's reasonably sturdy, has plenty of USB slots in the rear, and looks decent.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-3000

It's ram. It's white. It's fast. It's getting too expensive.

Samsung 850 EVO-250GB SSD

I wish I would have gotten either the 500GB version or the Crucial MX SSD. It still is very fast and Windows boots in around 7-10 seconds, so I'm still happy.

Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD

It's my mass storage drive that I use for pictures and the games that load quickly without the help of an SSD.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB FTW Gaming ACX 3.0

This was the largest upgrade from my previous computer. It looks pretty nice. I do want to get a vertical bracket to make it stand up, but idk how to do that lol. It runs games max setting no problem at 1440p. My only complaint is that it gets pretty loud when the fans spin up.

Phanteks Enthoo Pro

This thing is HUGE. On one hand, I regret buying this case just because of its size. On the other hand, It was easy to build it because it had a ton of room to hide cables.

EVGA SuperNOVA G2 750W

Probably overkill. But it works good and gives a lot of headroom to play with things.

Dell SE2417HG It's a 1920x1080p 60hz TN panel. It looks nice, but the colors aren't spectacular.

Dell S2716DG

It's a 2560x1440p 144hz TN panel. The coolers look great with some playing around in the NVIDIA Control Panel. This monitor also has G-Sync, which is awesome. This is probably the best 1440p for the price since it includes so many features.

Corsair Strafe RGB

A solid keyboard. Pretty lights.

Logitech G502

Very comfortable mouse, although my pinky does drag on my mouse pad sometimes. Might switch to a Corsair Glaive.

SteelSeries Arctic 7

Very comfortable, even with glasses. Good sound quality, although sometimes I feel it lacks bass. I'm not too concerned with that. The mic quality is pretty good. My friends online could tell I got something better before I even told them.

This build was a significant investment for me. It took me about a year of work to be able to pay for the whole thing. Sorry for the poor picture quality. I only have my iPhone 7 Plus.

In the future, I plan to upgrade:

  • CPU- I7-8700k OR R7-2700x. Just for better gaming performance.

  • CPU Cooler- NZXT x62. If I can find a place to put it in my case.

  • Case Fans- Switch out stock fans for NZXT Aura fans.

If you made it this far, you're fantastic! Thanks for reading! Feedback appreciated!

Part Reviews


A very good processor for the price. It does a good job in gaming, but it struggles to get to 144fps in most games. That's a bit of a bummer, but I can't complain because I only have one game that can't get past 60fps cough Ark Survival cough. It stays cool thanks to the stock cooler which looks alright and does a good job.


Good board. Only has four SATA ports which kinda sucks. I'm not a fan of the static red LEDs. The rest of the board looks good though. It has a good amount of USB ports in the back.


Boots Windows quickly, hasn't failed yet.


Hasn't failed yet so 5 stars.

Video Card

This is an amazing card. It looks nice and does a fantastic job in games. My only complaint is it gets loud when the fans spin 100%, which happens in almost every GPU intensive game.


It is a huge case but it is easy to build in, and there is a lot of room in the back for cables.

Power Supply

A fully-modular power supply that hasn't blown up in a year.


Very thin edge, 1440p, 144hz, G-Sync... All wins in my book. For a TN panel, the colors are very nice. Color banding was an issue but I was able to sorta fix that.


It works alright and looks decent. I only took a star off because of its big edges.


I miss the media keys.


Sounds good. Very good mic quality.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build my only worry is that Ryzen 5 1600 it’s a great cpu but with more cpu demanding games it may possibly bottleneck the gtx 1080 overall it’s a great build

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! It does struggle in some games to get past 100 fps which is a little annoying, but for now, I'm very happy with it. That is why I plan to upgrade this summer.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point From what I can tell the difference isn't worth the hundreds of dollars an upgrade will cost. Maybe if you'd gone with Intel to start with it wouldn't matter as much, but honestly dont waste the money changing from your current system

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

When I built this, Coffee Lake wasn't out yet. Otherwise, I for sure would've gotten an i5.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I figured. Just making sure you know the performance difference won't be that great considering the amount you'll pay for an upgrade.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

A core i5 cpu instead of the Ryzen 5 would have made upgrading to a core i7 much easier. Still, looks like an incredible build, great job.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Coffee Lake hadn't released when I built this. Otherwise, I would've gotten an i5 or i7.

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build +1