Description

My desire was simple: a reasonably priced machine capable of 1080p gaming with the option to slap in a better card down the line. This build was my response, and it (so far) has been perfect. With 16GB of RAM and the Ryzen 5, I can theoretically put in a mid-to-top of the line GPU a few years down the line, which I can use for Freesync/Gsync/4K gaming (no real interest in VR - yet). I'll also probably add an m.2 SSD at some point because I have a slot for it and they're super cool.

I've tested this build in Dishonored 2 and can play on the highest (Ultra) settings with no issues whatsoever. I imagine with some more resource intensive or less-efficient games (pubg) I might run into a few issues on the highest settings, but with some minor adjustments would be able to compensate. Overall I'm very happy with this machine, and for just under $800 I'm very satisfied with the price as well.

Also, I can't recommend the Phanteks P400 enough. $60, perfect cable management, easy installation of parts, hidden compartments, and great OOB cooling. Plus, it looks really cool with the provided red LEDs and side panel edge-to-edge tempered glass.

P.S. - The RAM is actually the 3000mhz model. Part Picker didn't have an option for the D10 version of that, so I used the 2666 one they had.

P.P.S - I'm also using a FX-Audio DAC-X6 with the Audio Technica ATH-M50. Lovin' that sound.

P.P.P.S. - Please excuse the keyboard/mouse. They're horrible and will be replaced.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice to see another R5 1500X, instead of a R5 1600! +1

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

well r5 1600 overclocked is as fast as r5 1500x, with more cores and threads

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm saying its a nice budget CPU, but I know what you mean :)

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Looking good. Your monitor stand is great.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha thank you, really spent a lot of paper on that.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build at a budget. Are you saying you have the DDR 4 3000 (PC4 24000) AX4U300038G16-DRG instead of DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) AX4U266638G16-DRG? If so, any reason not running it at factory speed of 3000MHz?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I do have the 3000MHz model and I am running it at a factory speed of 3000MHz. It's just partspicker didn't have that model in their list, so I used the nearest version to reflect it. It was running 2400MHz after install but I activated the XMP profile on the motherboard and it bumped it perfectly to 3000MHz. No hitches or updates/flashes needed.

  • 24 months ago
  • -2 points

You could have gotten a windows key for cheap

  • 24 months ago
  • 4 points

Maybe personal preference, but I don't tend to trust those cheap keys with a (Windows) 10-foot pole. Much rather get the legit disk/key from a reputable site.

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

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