So, to start this technically is like the 4th or 5th update for my build that I started back in 2015. However the only original parts that I have from that are the 1TB HDD and that's about it.
(Original build stuff for anyone interested to see this journey, if not Scroll till you see I DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR OLD COMPUTER NONSENSE below.) I started off with an -FX 8320 -16GB of Avixer green 1600MHz Ram -Gigabyte 970A Mobo -MSI R7 370 (Armor) -Corsair CX 750W PSU -1TB WD HDD -DIYPC Zondda O Case -LEPA Aquachanger 120 AIO
From there I added new parts (Changed to a Corsair C400 case pretty fast) got a 240GB SSD, some green case fans, and some really...really ugly green cables. Got a MSI GTX 970 100ME (Was a huge upgrade from my R7 370. Was also the first Nvidia card I owned. Was and still am a bit of an AMD fanboy.)
Anyway, in 2017 everything but the CPU and HDD was swapped out and upgraded eventually to this:
-FX 8320 -16GB Corsair 2666 MHz DDR3 -MSI Gaming Pro Carbon 970A Mobo -MSI GTX 970 100ME -Corsair CX 750W (2017 Rev) -1TB HDD, 240GB SSD (Boot), 480GB SSD -NZXT S340 Razer Edition -NZXT Kraken 140mm AIO
It wasn't too bad, did well and did whatever I needed it to do. Played Witcher 3, Overwatch etc. (At one point I OC'd the CPU to 5.1 GHz to push it, and it did. Pretty stable if you consider 30Mins before crashing under stress tests "pretty stable".) But I digress.
So, to the good part for those of you who are saying "I DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR OLD COMPUTER NONSENSE". (You may read on from here)
So I put my old PC to rest (Really just sold it to someone) and I have finally installed my first hardline custom loop (Never even practiced with a soft line.) I feel I will be happy with this for a few years. Why did I pick the parts that I did?
Well its simple. I play games, a pretty wide variety. I watch videos, listen to music etc. Normal things. I also run my business from this machine as well. So its enough to handle whatever I need it to, looks great (Just something bout hardline tubing that relaxes you when you stare at it) and didn't cost a whole lot (almost 2,800 is no small amount, but just the PC itself minus the cooling loop isn't too bad, right?)
So, the Ryzen 1600X. Not going to lie, I was drooling when AMD announced the Ryzen lineup. I was like a little kid on Xmas. The rumors of AMD comming out with a chip that could ACTUALLY compete with intel was sweet. Then it came out, and it did very well. However the cost was pretty high for me. (Never owned an intel CPU minus ones they put in laptop's.) I was used to using FX chips. My first AMD CPU was an FX 8100 Black edition. So paying anything more than like 180 bucks was absurd to me. But, I digress again.
The 1600X was a sweet spot for price and performance. 6 Cores, 12 threads. Performs something like 10% less than an i7-8700. SO wham bam thank you mam I bought it.
The RAM was just RAM. Had to be bought, but Its RGB and I love the way it looks, and the speed is great too. It was on amazon for 199 when I got them in Feb of this year (2018) so it was a bit of a score for me.
The GPU was interesting. I was running my GTX 970 still in this Rig because I bought another one and was going to run SLI when after getting them both plugged in, I found out that the MSI B350 Gaming Pro Carbon DOESN'T SUPPORT SLI. So I had two 970's and only able to use the power of one. So, I sold them both for 600 and bought a MSI GTX 1070 Ti Gaming for $616 (It was actually $20 less than the regular 1070 for some reason on Amazon.)
The motherboard I just liked the carbon series from MSI. I didn't think I would need an X370 series, so the B350 was fine. Had the features that I wanted and a sleek black design.
The case (DIYPC Vanguard RGB) is a bit of a pain. I love/hate it at the same time. For $90 and getting 3 side's tempered glass, lots of room, nice cable management and mounting points, it checked a lot of things on my list. Only after i got it did I find out how terrible the front airflow is. (Like, there's none at all. Though that is about my only gripe.)
My storage is fine for now (1TB HDD for mass storage, and a 480GB SSD for some games and boot.) Not much to say, it is what it is. But ill probably be adding a 500GB M.2 drive here soon.
The cooling however, is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. I bought a Thermaltake kit (Pump/reservoir, CPU block, 240mm Radiator 60mm thick, soft tubing and fittings with two fans) for $260. I added some clear hard line tubing and had to get 6 hard line fittings ($50). So with fluid, fittings and the kit (If you also want to include the tools as well) it was about $350 in total. Not to bad. Im happy with it, and I think it came out pretty well for my first hard line job by hand, and only one messed up tube at that.