Yes! I was skeptical of the mesh sides but it has not seemed to be an issue at all
I have yet to have a problem with that. For the money it's a great case
Just light gaming and casual internet browsing. The APU works wonderfully for these purposes.
There is no way to overclock it. It has a turbo speed of 4 GHz. If you want to overclock you need a "k" series processor.
You can't overclock it as its not the "k" model. So it runs at the advertised 2.8GHz. Thanks!
I agree entirely!
It' really cool for gaming. It's even better for having multiple things going on at once. I'm not a fan of using more than one monitor, the blank spot between them annoys me, So this is perfect. Would take this over 4k any day.
Thanks! yeah why bother spending the money on the cpu cooler if its just not needed. It's not going to be overclocked so there's no point. Yeah the fan is blowing to the back but I'm trying to test out if its better to have the fan blow through the heat sink, or draw from it as it is now.
The case comes with 2 black fans. They look decent but I wanted a bit more flash.
Yeah the fans are really great for the price i love them, the look sweet. As for the 1060 I got the 3gb version purely because of the sale. It was $180 vs the $300 for the 6gb version. I was actuality planning on a 1080 but when the sale came up I thought "why spend more than I need to?" and honestly no regrets
I can't bare to let any fingerprints on it. Yeah it's a bit misleading I got the whole package here.
It’s actually just the AMD stock cooler that came with the Ryzen 3. For all practical purposes it works great. The case doesn’t have any LEDs. If you mean the fans then yeah they can be made to any color. They are fun and bring out my inner child.
Surprisingly, it booted up first time! No problems at all
Or go for a more budget build? Your call. I can set you up with one if you wish. Let me know! Good luck!
No problem! I'd love to see it when you're done! If you need anything else feel free to ask!
That’s lookin great. But to tell you the truth I wouldn’t get a CPU cooler. The Ryzen comes with a very nice one. If it’s not getting the temperatures you desire then buy one. But I’d give the one it comes with a try. It’s al fancy and has an RBG LED as well.
Yes you will have to change the motherboard. The Ryzen is the AM4 socket. It doesn’t affect anything outside the CPU and the motherboard. That’s a good motherboard or the same motherboard you have right now, there is a AM4 socket version of it. I’m partial to MSI just by looks but they would both work just fine. Look at what ports and the amount of usb slots it has and pick the one the fits your needs.
So my most recent build was actually a Ryzen build. And I have absolutely no regrets. AMD has finally caught up to Intel. Yes more cores and more threads are better for rendering purposes. However the i7 will have a higher single core speed which is better for gaming. But the Ryzen 2700x is a great CPU and as of right now, personally I’d buy it over the i7. But the i7 is the more “all around” solid CPU. I know that’s confusing but I’d encourage you to do research on both and decide which one fits your desires best. It’s a really tough decision to tell you the truth. Though as I’m writing this I’m almost convincing myself the 2700x is better. It comes with a really decent CPU cooler so you could save a bit on that as well. Like I said if I had the money I think I’d go Ryzen. I’ve used the Ryzen 2200G and 2600 in builds and have loved them.
The motherboard says it’s compatible for me. Just make sure that the 8th gen Intel CPUs have the 300 series motherboards.
RAM looks good. If you can afford it, go for it.
Storage looks good. Love the M.2. Good price for it.
Great GPU. I’ve had a build with it and it’s a fun to look at. There should be no compatibility issues at all. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work great.
Case looks good. It’s kinda your preference on what you think looks good. The mid tower size is my preferred size so that’s good. Phanteks makes a great case and will have nice cable management in place. It’s a good bet.
I think I recommended the 750w version of that. 650w is starting to cut it close but it would run fine. Just has to run the fan a bit faster to keep up on full load. Either the 750 or 650 works. If you possibly want to add another GPU in the future go with the 750W.
Yeah I never put an optical drive in anymore. I’d definitely go with external. Unless you really want to have it in there.
As for monitors, I’ve always like at least a 27” monitor for productivity reasons. I recently upgraded to an ultra wide monitor and it’s changed my life. Great for having multiple spreadsheets side by side. The smallest id go is 24”. I would not go with the MSI monitor yet. They just came out and are unproven and I’ve heard so so reviews. They just started making monitors so they need to get the bugs out.
That’s the monitor I just got. But I got it on sale and I’m not sure if it fits your needs. It’s also pricey. The computer you’re building will be plenty powerful so it’s only a matter of how much you want to spend on a monitor. They sky’s the limit. If at least go with a 1440p and get a higher refresh rate (144hz). A 4K monitor would look beautiful if you can find it in the price point. You for sure want an IPS panel. I wouldn’t even consider one that didn’t anymore. LG makes a very good looking screen and Samsung is right behind them. Dell is also a good bet, though expensive. Gaming monitors such as the Asus Rog are great but tend to be pricey. I’ve had a few Acer monitor problems so I can not recommend, though they might be okay. Let me know what your budget,size, resolution, and refresh rate preferences are and we can go from there.
Otherwise your build is lookin great and you’re well on your way
Yeah for sure! Just send me what you’re thinking when you get a change and I’ll look it over!
Also, if you want to change your budget to something cheaper its its totally doable to get the same specs for less. You'd just be sacrificing aesthetics at that point. Just let me know and hopefully we can get you what you want!!
PS. This includes windows 10 because its something you have to be aware of in price.
So there's a few things I would address. I think it would be worth it to get the i7-8700k (vs the i7-8700) the "k" means it runs a bit faster and it has overclocking abilities. It's not that big of a price difference and you may not even want to overclock, its still worth it.
No one needs a $75 CPU air cooler. If your not overclocking, a $30 air cooler will work just fine, personal favorite (based on looks and price) is the CRYORIG - C7( or the H7 whatever you like better). it looks nice and has low profile. But if you really wanna cool that CPU for that price you can look into water cooling. NZXT makes really pretty coolers that work well. I'm thinking of trying the new Corsair H60 in my new build. If you're going to spend $75 look into that. But dont waste your money on a $75 air cooler.
The you don't need a $230 motherboard. It's totally overkill you can get one that looks as good and preforms the same for a lot cheaper. I made this mistake on my first build too. The MSI H370 GAMING PRO CARBON is the board I would look into. for $120 you get some great features and it looks sweet, seriously look into it.
For RAM, 32GB is overkill as well. You probably won't ever use more than 16Gb, though I could be wrong. If you insist on 32 GB look into Corsair RAM. For one, its more visually pleasing and its a very reliable brand. When I've tried switching to other brands ( such as GSKILL) I've had some compatibility issues that have cause me hours of work. I probably just had bad luck but still, the Corsair RAM looks cooler.
YOU ARE SPENDING $2000 ON A PC AND DONT EVEN HAVE AN SSD OR M.2?!?! Sorry for yelling but seriously get your self a nice 500GB SSD or M.2. You really wont regret it. Then throw in a 2TB drive if you really need the storage. In this day and age you should be having an SSD for at least your OS.
the GTX 1080 is a good choice. but I dont know if Id go with the founders edition. They are said to have limited cooling abilities. I'm pretty anal about making my PCs pretty and matching up brands, though there's no reason you need to. The MSI DUKE GTX 1080 is the one I will be investing in shortly when I find the cash. Good price right now and looks cool. Look into it. Gigabyte is a good manufacture as well as EVGA. But maybe stay away from the "Stock version"
Your case is fine, just pick something in budget and that you think looks cool. Corsair (I keep throwing that name at you) makes some cool looking ones that I'd defiantly check out.
the PSU is beautiful. You don't need the "platinum" rating the "gold" is kinda standard but the wattage should be fine. Although it is a lot of money to spend on a PSU. Your call though.
What are you looking for in a monitor? Because building this computer and getting a 1080p monitor is almost a shame. You can do some beautiful stuff with 4k if you build this bad boy.
Sorry if im critiquing you hard I just want to help you and give you my personal opinion. Consider it but if you don't feel its right then ignore it. Ill put together what I would build for $2k and show you just to get an idea. Hope this helped!!
Totally! I'm more than happy to!
It doesn't make a huge difference, but it does make some. Some of them will come factory overclocked or with better cooling. But its not that big of difference. The one that is on sale is usually the one I'd go for.
It sort of depends on what kind of monitor you will be using. Rendering takes a lot of power so at the 1080p level I'd at least consider a GTX 1070ti (or above). At the 4k level the GTX 1080 or GTX 1080ti (whatever fits the budget) should work. Unless you're rendering on some absurd level (3 4k monitors or something like that) one GPU should be fine. Any of those GPUs would be great for gaming as well, as they are top of the line GPUs. If you have a budget I think the 1080 is the right move as its a fantastic card at the best value. If you're thinking "**** it I want the best" for $200 more go with the 1080ti. Any more questions feel free to ask!
That's a great little GPU for the money. It should get the job done! I'm glad I could help! if you have any more questions just drop buy! :)
It can run GTA V. If that's the game you are building the PC for then maybe throw in a graphics card (1050it or 1060). But if you are just playing casually it will work fine. It runs it on low-medium settings pretty smoothly. I haven't looked at FPS for GTA V but there's no lag running the game when using low-medium settings.
You'd have a hard time getting it under $500, unless the drive came with windows. That is a great graphics card tho and for $50 over budget you could probably fit it in. I assume it says the CPU and motherboard are incompatible? They are just saying the motherboard might need a bios update. Mine did not it was ready to go as is so you should be fine!
Yeah I'm very pleased with the case for the price. No I actually didn't have to run any splitters. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
It looks really cool for the price I'll give them that. You defiantly have to watch the airflow but its not that awful by any means. I like it a lot and would defiantly use it again. And yeah you're telling me...
I couldn't agree more but I was really trying to stay under $500 (you have to stop somewhere) and that would have put me over. Still conflicted if I should have though.
Didn't even realize it.... thanks for catching it
Yeah I know :) Still impressed though!
Yeah I can tell the mesh prevents a little air flow but its not like it runs hot at the moment anyway. And I don't really plan to overclock so the larger SSD was the right move I felt like. Also, I feel its important to support windows by buying their product from an official retailer, even though its very tempting to just find an activation key somewhere.
Of course ;)