Description

Since 2011, my system consisted of an Intel i7 875K processor, an Nvidia 250 GTS upgraded to a GTX 970 in 2015, 8GB of DDR3 at 1333mhz, and a 120GB Sandisk SSD, with a 2TB Seagate Barracuda added for games and files. This old system was built my junior year of high school to get into PC gaming, and help with graphic design in college. While it has served me so well for almost 10 years, it was finally time to upgrade.

This new system was built with a target price of $1000 for 1440p gaming on a 144hz monitor. I was able to snag some higher end parts with a combination of black friday sales and local Microcenter deals. The CPU, Motherboard, RAM and GPU were purchased at Microcenter. The M.2 SSD and Power Supply were purchased from Newegg. And the case, extra fans, and RGB strips were purchased on Amazon.

My last system was built by a family member with a strong hate for RGB, so this time around I wanted to do things my way. I totally understand that the theme and colors may not suit most tastes around here, but I am extremely pleased with how things turned out both in looks and performance.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent price to performance. While it is certainly a step down from Ryzen 3000, and the 3600 would have been a better choice for framerate in games, you can't beat $130 for 8 cores/16 threads. I do intend on some light render work in the future, so this processor would edge out the 3600 in this regard. Very pleased with this pick.

Motherboard

The Tomahawk has become a staple of boards at this point. It's excellent quality allows my 2700x to boost comfortably. Purchasing my motherboard and CPU together yielded a $30 discount off the board from Microcenter. At $85, it's hard to find a better AM4 board.

Memory

Out of the box, it hit 3200mhz without any bios configuration. I personally think it has the best RGB settings of any RAM out there, however that obviously comes down to personal taste. At $85, there are cheaper options that get the job done, but for me it was worth the extra $20 for some extra RGB.

Storage

I was able to find this drive on a newegg black friday sale for $80. Coming from a sata SSD, this thing is lightyears ahead. I think it may be a bit overpriced at it's normal price of $140, but if you can catch it on a sale, it's a great drive. Very aesthetically pleasing as well.

Video Card

This, like most builders experience, was the most difficult decision for me. I had my heart set on a 5700XT around christmas time, however I opted to wait things out for my tax return before pulling the trigger on a GPU for this build. I knew the 5600XT was just around the corner, and at $100 less, it seemed like a more sensible option. However, driver issues plagued AMD, so this initially scared me off into thinking I should go back to Nvidia. After the 5600XT came out, it had some bios weirdness which I wanted no parts of, so I decided to once again look into the 5700XT. At this point, driver issues are worked out for the most part. So far I have had zero issues with this card. It's by far the best looking card out there in my opinion, and it's able to run everything I throw at it in 1440p at anywhere between 80 and 140 fps depending on the title. It even runs most games in 4k between 50-70 fps which works great for gaming on a TV. Thermals are good, and using Adrenaline's GPU overclock settings, it sits around 2000mhz+ at about 65c. While you can get cheaper 5700xt cards, treat yourself like I did. You will not regret it.

Case

I really wanted to go for an all Corsair build, as their fans are some of the best RGB effects you can get out of the box. This case is an extremely great value, as it can often be purchased for $90 on sale, and the fans alone cost $70 for a set. Airflow is good, and it's easy to work it. It is quite small for an ATX case however, which presents some issues for builds looking to add an AIO. If you have a large GPU like mine, you may not have enough clearance for a front mounted AIO. I certainly do not, as the clearance from my GPU to he fan is about half an inch. If you have decent sized RAM, you also cannot top mount an AIO. For a company that puts out some of the most used AIO's out there, I would have expected more attention to detail in allowing for more options to mount an AIO. But I also understand that being the size it is, you do have to make some sacrifices. My other complaint is the cable management area around back. some wider gaps to route cables would have been greatly appreciated. While not the worst, it could definitely benefit from an extra half inch in width and height, just to account for a top mounted AIO and extra room for cable management. Extremely pleased with the aesthetics however, as it's small footprint really does look nice up on a desk.

Power Supply

A lot of people will probably shy away from Rosewill, not being one of the big players in PSUs like Corsair or Seasonic. I have owned Rosewill PSU's in both of my builds now, and I have not had a single problem is about 10 years. My original Rosewill Hive still runs my old build to this day, and thus far I have had 0 issues with this PSU. Highly recommended if you can find them on sale.

Custom

To stay in budget, I wanted some inexpensive fans for exhaust in my system. Eventually I will probably get another set of Corsair SP120s to match my case, however for now, these do the job just fine. They are molex, so no control on them, but they are quiet and are black to blend in well with the build.

Custom

I had a hard time justifying spending $60 for corsair's RGB strip kit. It also would have added yet another RGB controller in my case. So instead I went with this kit. It was extremely cheap found on sale on Amazon, and provides bright lighting to the case. It is not individually addressable, however they sync with your motherboard, so for the price it's hard to beat. The adhesive was a bit tricky to place, but once in, they look great.

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Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Lovely lighting colors!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

This hasn't got nearly enough attention. Gorgeous build!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I really appreciate that, thanks!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

So everything works great on this build? No problems? I love it and may make the same one.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems to report at all! I think I'm one of the lucky ones that hasn't had any issues with GPU drivers like a lot of folks seem to have. One of my buddies just got the card too and has experienced black screen issues. Mine has been totally solid so far though, along with the rest of the build. Thank you, and good luck!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Just as a quick update to this build, I wanted to comment on the GPU. About a month after posting this I did start to experience some of the common black screen, green screen, and crashing issues from my 5700 xt. The most recent driver update plus uninstalling MSI Afterburner has fixed these issues. I run a slight OC off of Adrenaline now and it seems completely stable. Everything else has been rock solid so far! Will update if anything else changes. Thanks for the love, and stay safe out there!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you reset your motherboard CMOS before installing your GPU? I'm also unsure about your Tier 3 PSU, it could potentially be causing stability issues with Navi's sensitive voltage control. Hope this can help.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

I did not. I haven't run into any issues thus far, however I will keep that in mind if I do. I appreciate the information!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Was it difficult to manage the cables with the HDD?

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Initially, however I ended up taking the 3.5 inch enclosure out, plugging in and routing all the cables, then placing it back in once all the cables were plugged into the psu. It's a snug fit, but it works!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you need rgb cable splitters? im building a similar pc with same case, 3 rgb fans and 2 LED strips (40cm). Also, how do the figurines affect airflow? Is it okay to keep them in there for long?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

So this case includes a fan hub to hook up the 3 front fan RGB controls. You could add 3 more SP120 or 140 fans to this hub. The hub does not however hook up the actual fan power. Each fan is hooked up to a header on the MB. Then the black fans for exhaust just use molex power. The strips all daisy chain together and hook up to a RGB 4 pin header on the motherboard. They just sync with your motherboard rgb through whatever program yours uses. In my case this was Mystic Light. As for the figures, it's perfectly fine. Temps are the same within margin of error with or without. The main thing for me was GPU sag, as you don't want extra weight in an already heavy card. I just make sure I put something in there to brace it. You can buy a bracket, use a figure like I did, or I've even seen folks use Legos lol. I keep them in all the time. They get a little warm but as long as you don't put them like directly on the PCB and they don't like clip a fan, it's perfectly safe. And they don't conduct electricity so no risk of shorting your board or anything. Hope this helps! And sorry for the late reply!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for the reply, I just wanted to make sure the motherboard had everything I needed. so far, I haven't really found much on how to hook up fans and LED strips and was wondering if you knew any video tutorials on it. I was originally going for an almost identical pc to yours but due to COVID-19 making everything going out of stock, I decided to increase my budget and buy Black Friday. Maybe will get a next-gen GPU.

Also, Is there much dust in your build?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

In terms of RGB strip tutorials, I don't know if any for sure. The kit I bought is strait forward enough. I just lined it along the edge off the case with the adhesive tape. I had to redo it once as the original layout I did left a few gaps. Patience is key to make it look good. I would also test fit the strips before actually plugging them together to make sure they fit properly.

Dust is very minimal as the filter on the front of this case catches all of it. I've swapped out some figures now since building and there's basically no build up at all after about 3ish months.

If I were you yeah I would wait until Nvidia 3000 series. AMD driver's still aren't where they should be even after some major updates. Were I to redo this, I would probably have went with a 2060 KO or saved up more for a 2070 super just for the sake of reliability. I love this card, but I still get occasional crashes that I really don't think I'd get on Nvidia. It's great I'd you like tweaking things, but if you're more of a plug n play kind of person, go Nvidia.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hey cocopuuuff! I’m in love with your build! My question though what are your thoughts(today April 17th)still on the Red Devil 5700 XT? I’ve just purchased one off amazon a couple days ago. Then as I’m researching all my parts to get familiar, I learn that GPU has had some major crashing problems! I’m kinda scared because this is my first build in a couple years, also first build with all AMD, so I’m getting thrown for a loop with regret that I should’ve gone Nvidia again. Do you think I should just hold out and see how it goes? What recommendations could you provide or heard with fixing crashes/bsod’s? I really want to make this card work as it’s extremely beautiful! Thanks!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

This was a big point of contention for me too. When I first started using the card, I wasn't having any issues but as time went on, a driver update started giving me black screens. It really depended on the title for me. Witcher 3 was totally fine, no issues whatsoever. Final Fantasy XIV had occasional stuttering, but never really fully crashed. Dark Souls 3, would crash every few hours randomly. The black screen issues tend to occur when I ran duel monitors, so if you only run 1 that never really happened. My problem is I don't really play a lot of super modern titles yet on PC, as this build was mainly to get ready for Cyberpunk. I think most of the issues have been ironed out in the drivers for more modern titles, but if you play a lot of stuff 2015 and before like I do, you might run into problems. My best advice, if you only have $400 to spend, get a 5700xt. If you can push an extra $100, the 2070 super is worth it in my opinion. The drivers are much more stable, and a majority of titles will see a slight increase in fps. In your situation, I would use the card for a bit and return it if you encounter any issues. Amazon I think will give you 30 days, so I'd say if you get too far into May and you are encountering issues, don't wait. That being said, I'm really happy with the card's performance. It's so good when it's good. Hope that helps!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I was wondering if you had any problems fitting the PSU and the hard drive with the bay in the case considering how compact the 220T is. I was considering getting this case and reusing my old hard drive along with a Corsair RMx model PSU, but I was worried about fitting both the PSU and hard drive within the cage. Please let me know if you had any problems fitting your PSU and hard drive, and if you did, what you did to work around it.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Fitting the PSU and drive cage was a struggle. the trick was to remove the cage, get all the cables fitted, then slide in the cage. Don't try to work around the cage fitted first as this will prove to be impossible. It was a very tight squeeze nonetheless. Had I not used a fully modular PSU, I don't think it would have been possible. That being said it is doable, so if you want a smaller form factor full atx case, this one is pretty nice.

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

OK, so since the GPU is 300mm long you couldn't front mount a liquid cooler, but if the GPU were say 290mm long and you got rid of the cover with the red graphic on it, do you think you could of fit a 360mm radiator with those 3 fans? I am asking as I am considering this case, but I would want to use the H150i which is a 360mm AIO. If absolutely no way of doing that then I guess I would just reuse my existing 240mm cooler and top mount it. I would have the same ram as you have listed but 4x8 for 32gb of ram instead of 2x8 for 16 so I don't believe they would be in the way of a top or front mounted AIO. Otherwise looks really nice. Too bad your family member couldn't look past their hatred for RGB and build you a system that was exactly what you wanted.

  • 12 days ago
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So in regards to a top mounted AIO, it's not going to happen. Theres about 38mm of clearance from the ram sticks to the tip of the case. There's 1 weird low profile Silverstone AIO that would fit up there, but no standard aio would fit. If you had a smaller GPU then yes you could easily mount a 240 or 360. Like you said the red devil is 300mm, and most radiators are around 30mm, so you would need a card at a maximum of 280mm. Anything more than that and I don't think it would fit.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I was afraid of that. Thanks for your reply.

  • 15 days ago
  • 1 point

i was just browsing when i came across your build and instantly fell in love! i really think i may be following it to start my first pc build! is there anything about the build that you would have changed when you built it or is everything keeping up well?

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Aww thanks! All of the parts have been great. The GPU has had it's ups and downs, but after driver updates and reseating it, I'm very happy with the 5700xt. I would still say if you aren't willing to deal with some occasional troubleshooting, go Nvidia. If you can bump up to a 2070super, do it. Otherwise, the case has been somewhat regretful. I love how the space is filled and the sp120 fans are an amazing value included with the case, but the size has limited me on cooler options. With such a large GPU and no top mount options, I'm basically stuck with a 120mm AIO if I wanted to go that route. I may end up getting a larger form factor air cooler, but we'll see. Otherwise it's been fantastic. Good luck with your build!

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

nice build :)

  • 11 days ago
  • 1 point

must say... appreciate someone that speaks and owns up to keeping things in budget. lovely build :)

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I only started PC gaming about a year ago and I have a prebuilt that came with Windows installed. I noticed your build doesn't have the Windows software on the list. How would you get Windows on this computer then? By the way, this is one of the best builds I've seen on here :)