Description

Here's my first ever computer build!

I built this primarily for gaming but I also dabble in a little bit of light photo editing. Photoshop and Lightroom, nothing intensive. My whole goal here was to game in 1080p at high/ultra settings at a high frame rate and I also wanted everything to be reliable, simple and have some longevity as this was a rather expensive investment to me.

This system has been built for a couple months already, I just decided to re-do this build posting because I felt that the description and pictures were rather unorganized. I've already changed a few things and over the course of the next year, I will be upgrading things when I'm able but my goal for next year is to make the jump from 1080p to 1440p.

I've only had this since December and I've already added and changed quite a few things. Swapped out the case, added a bunch of 140mm fans, was forced to add a fan hub, and got a new keyboard and mouse. I have a lot of plans and I won't be stopping anytime soon. If I can get a new part or two every month, she'll be ready for 1440P by December 2018 which is my goal.

Everything went together flawlessly and I'm truly proud of this. To me, it's a big accomplishment and I couldn't possibly be happier. I had one hiccup while building and it was a stupid, honest mistake. At the time, the GPU was the only thing that I didn't have because the price was ridiculous. Long story short, I was not aware that Ryzen CPUs don't have integrated graphics so the system wasn't posting. Took me 3 days until someone on PCPP told me that. love you guys sniff :p

Some of the games that I play are Battlefield, COD, The Forest, PUBG, ARK, ETC. Mostly shooters and survival games. Every single one of them play well over 60 FPS on high and ultra settings (besides Ark...). Typically, I average about 80-90 FPS on most games. Especially BF4 and BF1, I usually get over 100. The case stays cool and quiet, I haven't had any issues thus far. Unfortunately I don't have any benchmark software so I'm not able to post those scores otherwise I would.

Update - March 2018

Got the Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard with a Corsair M65 PRO FPS mouse and a HUUUUGE Corsair mouse pad. It fits the entire keyboard and mouse - best twenty bucks ever spent. Will be upgrading the CPU very soon, I'm just waiting for the Ryzen ZEN+ to come out any day now. Also upgrading to a Asus motherboard and I'm going to wipe the computer and get a fresh start. Hopefully I can squeeze an SSD into that budget and do everything at once. We shall see.

Part Reviews

Motherboard

It's a good motherboard. Headers are well labeled, instructions are easy to follow and the bios is simple and easy to use as well. It has everything that I was looking for but I do wish I spent just an extra 20 or 30 dollars on an Asus motherboard. Still, it's good. Seems to have a crazy amount of flex though. I was afraid of breaking it when inserting RAM and my GPU.

Storage

Great price and it does what it's supposed to. Seems quite fast for an HDD. Boot time is <26s, that's not terrible for a regular hard drive. Very happy with my purchase.

Case

Such an amazing case! It's quiet, it stays cool, it looks gorgeous and it has good cable management. How can you not like this case?

Power Supply

Great power supply for the cost. Seems to be the loudest fan in my build though.

Wireless Network Adapter

Pretty much plug n play! No drivers or anything required. Started working right away and getting great download/upload speeds even when my router is across the house.

Custom

Very easy to use. Magnetic strips are just the way to go!

Comments

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I like this , i got the same case full white/black and i wanted to do something like this too but i try to high up the power.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! You can't go wrong with the S340.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I cant wait to fill up mine with parts.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

And from what i know a 1400 is safe with a rx580/gtx1060, and the 1200 is at rx560(rx580=rx560x1.1)

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Ive been looking for someone who plays bf4 to give results on it since i plan on playing that game once i get my first build done. U got a very clean build. I like the s340 case. I picked one up for 25 bucks not to long ago :)

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

All the Battlefields run flawlessly! I'm assuming that's just because of how well optimized they are. My mind was blown to see such a high frame rate on high and ultra settings. Thank you! The S340 is incredible. It's even worth it at the $60 price point that I picked it up at. 25 bucks is a steal!

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

None the less. Very nice build once again man

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Really nice. That case color is sick. As a little advice, dont upgrade the mobo. It wont improve performance or anything of the sort except if you want to heavily overclock your cpu, then a mobo with beefier vram cooling might be good.

Anyway cheers and enjoy

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I love it. Well, I do want to get into overclocking eventually. Probably within the next few months but I really need to learn more about how to do it and how to do it safely.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you switch out the MOBO?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Asrock was great but it did not like any form of overclock for some reason. Whether it was the GPU, CPU or even RAM, I could never get it to properly work. I'm not sure what that issue was but it was a great motherboard for factory clock speeds, especially for the price.

Lots of other people have had no issue with overclocking so honestly, I would say that it could have been my own error however the Asus Z370-E that I got works just fine with everything.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I just switched the same board for a ASUS ROG STRIX B350-F for the same issues. constantly turning off and restarting so i concluded it was the MOBO. hope i made the right choice (cost). i saw on forums the ASROCK could have been a bad batch. just got it yesterday soi am switching it out tonight.

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice! I considered the B350 as well. That's what I'm thinking as well. I'm putting together my new rig over the weekend. Will post everything on Sunday night more than likely.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Think i should be gone one more level up? to the X370-F?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

No, B350 is great. X370 just supports for more features and has a few extra things. Nothing really too important. And I do apologize, above I referenced the Z370 because I switched to Intel but I was talking about the X370 equivalent.

With X370:

  • SLI Support

  • Usually RGB

  • USB 3.1 headers

  • Better VRMS

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

My new board so far is handling great. how is yours?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

It's awesome! Love it!