Apologies for the low-quality images. My camera is poor in low light conditions.
Hi there! Thanks for looking at my build. This was my first build after ascending from years of Xbox One & Intel Pentium laptop with 4GB RAM which struggles with almost everything!
My PC Build went very well. I had spent many hours reading guides and opinions on parts, as well as spending a lot of time on PCPartPicker looking at other builds.
I had originally planned to build earlier in 2018 with a total budget of around £800 to achieve 1080p 144Hz, as you can see that budget almost tripled! After a few setbacks this year, I finally achieved my dream of getting a proper desk/chair and building my own PC after using a creaky garden chair with my Xbox for many years.
I had price alerts set up on each part & all were purchased in November 2018, mostly on Black Friday where I got some incredible deals. Here’s a quick summary of the cost for everything:
PC - £1,518.60
PC w/ Monitor, KB&M etc. - £2.215.56
Desk - £177.50
Chair - £229
I’m 20 and I work as an IT Technician, so I already had a good knowledge of PCs and their parts, but I was still a bit nervous when putting it together as I’ve never spent so much on a project. It took most of the day to build the PC, but I was taking my time with the parts and double-checking each step. In the end, I didn’t have any issues with the build and she booted first time! I did have an issue trying to install Windows 10 on my NVMe drive though, I had to unplug all other drives for it to work.
Here’s a quick summary/review of the main parts:
CPU – Nearly went with the 2700X but knew I didn’t need it. Settled for the 2600X and this is incredible performance for the price. I made the right choice by picking AMD.
CPU Cooler – Great cooling efficiency and great lighting which syncs with CAM software so the RGB can be linked with my HUE+ stuff. Really quiet at idle and can easily cool the CPU when under demand.
Motherboard – Nearly went with a B450 board to cut costs, but decided to go all out in the end and get an X470 for better VRMs. Was instantly attracted to this board when I saw the looks as I always aimed for a black/white build with RGB.
RAM – Popular, good reviews and has RGB. It was also on the QVL for the motherboard so I knew it would hit 3200MHz. I really wanted to go with the new Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro but that would mean another program to control RGB and I already am using 3!
Storage – Samsung 970 Evo NVMe is super-fast and is used as my OS drive, it only took 5 minutes to install Win10, very fast! Other 2 SSDs are for games and the 1TB HDD is for other junk.
GPU - Yes, it was expensive, but it came with BFV and £30 of Steam cards which made it the same price as the model below my GPU, so I took this into consideration. I know would have saved a ton of money by waiting for AMD’s next line of GPUs but I had been waiting to build all year. As for the card itself, it handles games well and has great cooling. Oh, and the RGB looks great and the backplate is beautiful.
Case – S340 Elite was always my only choice for a case. I love the look of it, I specifically bought a Samsung SSD to put in the front SSD slot as it looks so clean.
Hue+ - Looks great, I mainly leave it on all white as it looks clean af. Didn’t go for Hue 2 as it’s way too expensive.
Monitor – 1440p 144Hz IPS is so good I can’t put it into words. Only issue is now when I look at a 1080p 60Hz monitor it looks like 480p 30Hz!
Keyboard – Nearly went with Corsair but got a chance to test the Razer BlackWidow Chroma V2 and loved the Razer Green switches so I decided to buy it. Never actually tested Cherry MX Red switches but will do in the future.
Mouse – Was in the market for a Razer mouse due to my keyboard being Razer, I wanted to sync the RGB. Loved the look of the Razer Lancehead TE and the clicks feel really nice. I have big hands and the mouse is slightly too small but it’s still comfortable for me and is light enough.
Sleeved Cables – Went with Shakmods as they were the cheapest and still looked nice. They come with clear cable combs which complements the cables really well. Only issue is that the cables are quite hard to bend.
However, I enjoyed the building experience so much that I kind of want to build again. For 2019 I might build a Mini-ITX as a server setup to play around with and gain some more experience.
Overall, this PC is very incredibly snappy around Windows and temps are great. Both CPU & GPU idle around 38-44° and I’ve yet to see either go above 75° when gaming. I have yet to overclock but with thanks to the Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi my CPU automatically boosts up to 4.25GHz easily when needed and never gets too hot. I may OC my GPU in the future but specs say it can auto boost up to 1830MHz but mine boost up to 1935MHz and I haven’t changed any settings in MSI Afterburner so I’m not too sure what’s going on there.
Thank you for taking the time to read! If you’d like any more information about this build and parts used please feel free to comment :)