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