Through careful buying and shrewd purchases from eBay, I put together my first gaming pc. I use it for gaming as well as work, and am loving it! Had a couple hiccups, including RMA-ing a probably perfectly working PSU by accident. Even installed the PSU upside down! The GPU's middle fan makes a rattling noise under 60% speed. I bought the Noctua fan erroneously as an intake fan. Besides that, everything works just fine!
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 - I've overclocked it in the BIOS to 4.05Ghz (best I could do without fine-tuning the voltages), which has it sitting at a stable 4.0Ghz 100% of the time right now. Performance is super snappy!
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60 - So this cooler fit perfectly in the case with my 2 exhaust fan set up in the top of my case - using the fans that came included with said case. After replacing the Deepcool fans with the Cooler Master Sickleflows, it's pretty tight but made it work. Replaced the stock fan with two Corsair SP120s in a push-pull configuration with air flowing into the case, added the red plastic rings as a cosmetic touch. Keeps the CPU nice and cool, hovering in the low 30s (Celsius) at idle. Came with thermal paste pre-applied but I removed it as noted below.
Thermal Compound: Noctua NT-H1 - it works. I got it because during my troubleshooting earlier on I unseated the pump to check if I'd seated the CPU correctly. No complaints on the temps.
MOBO: Asus Prime B450-Plus - Works perfectly, I plugged in the original exhaust fans incorrectly at first which it caught and refused to start up. Took me a while to figure out the problem but glad it saved my components. The orange LED strip on the left side can't be customized but with my color theme it works just fine. I/O shield was a pain in the rear to install but does the job. All the ports and headers I wanted. BIOS is a breeze, allowing even a novice builder like me to have confidence making adjustments.
RAM: Team T-Force Night Hawk RGB DDR4-3200Mhz 16GB (2x8 GB) kit - I wasn't about to compromise on RAM when it came to the clock speed and capacity. I was set on 3200Mhz, and 16GB in this configuration. This kit was the cheapest at the time of purchase, the RGB was a plus. I referenced the QVL for my motherboard to narrow down my choices, and I'm glad I picked this kit. No complaints, fast and stable.
System Storage: Kingston A400 120GB SSD - It was cheap, didn't need a lot because only the important programs and the OS were going on this drive. Computer boots up in mere seconds, no complaints.
Games Storage: WD Blue 2TB 5400RPM - Works well, can't hear it whatsoever and is a good speed. Found it on eBay unopened at a similar price to the 1TB model, so decided to go for it. No complaints.
GPU Gigabyte GTX 1080Ti Gaming OC 11G Black - Found on eBay, cheapest 1080Ti I could find (right after the launch of the RTX cards) that didn't look broken or sketchy. Performance is outstanding, runs my 144hz monitor with no issues after driver installation. The middle fan makes a rattling noise that almost sounds like electricity crackling, but if I run it at 60% speed there's no noise. UPDATE: Replaced the fan, there's another that barely makes any noise but I can fix that at a later date. For now, I'm satisfied. Problem solved.
Case and Fans: Deepcool Tesseract SW ATX Mid Tower (Red), Cooler Master Sickleflow (Red) 120mm x2, Corsair SP120 x2, Cooler Master Jetflo (Red) 120, Noctua NF-F12 - The case was the cheapest I could find for the price. The side window is plastic, which isn't the best but you get what you pay for.
Airflow is good when you have the right fans. The included fans didn't exhaust well enough for my 1080Ti, so I replaced them with the Sickeflows. You can definitely hear and feel the air moving out of the case, which is what I wanted so I'm satisfied. I have them running at about 1450RPM, I'm not a stickler for noise since I use headphones most of the time anyway.
I made the mistake of buying a static pressure Noctua NF-F12 fan as my air intake, which I immediately noticed was causing higher temps than necessary on my GPU. I removed that asap and replaced it with the JetFlo, which is actually quieter than I expected. I run it around 1350RPM, noise is unable to be distinguished from the exhaust and CPU fans.
The Corsair SP120s work perfectly for my use, pulling/pushing cool air from outside the case through the radiator. Noise is a gentle hum, at idle they run around 850RPM on average. They look great and work well. No complaints. Did accidentally push one up against the case when installing, rendering it unable to spin. I fixed it without damage to the fan thankfully.
Altogether, I have air intake from the front bottom and the back top, and exhaust vented out the top. Works well for my use, will change it up if I deem it necessary.
PSU: EVGA B3 650W 80+ Bronze - Works without a hitch, I accidentally installed it upside down when I rebuilt the system inside the case after troubleshooting outside of it. No noise, no defects, even though I RMA'd it by mistake when the problem was my fault. Plenty of power for my system.
Monitor: Asus ROG SWIFT 248Q - I'm very pleased with this purchase. I sniped it on eBay for almost half off, the only blemish being a tiny scratch I have to look hard for to notice. Have to definitely tinker with the colors a bit but I'm not a stickler for accuracy. Menu and controls are a breeze, and love the ability to overclock this monitor to 180Hz should I so choose. Low the red glowing ring and ROG symbol on the bottom! Another big selling point for me was the vertical rotation, I sometimes like to view longer documents that way so huge plus!
Accessories/Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite, Roccat Taito Control, Glorious Gaming Wrist Rest, Tecware Phantom RGB TKL Mechanical Keyboard - I bought the mousepad becasue I wanted the maximum control I could reasonably afford when gaming. The Deathadder Elite I sniped from eBay, works perfectly, love it! The wrist rest I use with a hand-me-down M.A.D.C.A.T.Z Cyborg V7 keyboard from a friend - which was missing the wrist rest. Right now it goes unused, instead I've opted for a Logitech wireless keyboard for easy desk cleanup for the time being. Will probably upgrade to a mechanical keyboard in the future with brown switches. The ethernet cord works perfectly, but is no longer needed for the time - I use a usb wifi card I had lying around. Love the extra bling the LED lights add to the case, they are bright and colorful and the receiver picks up the remote easily. UPDATE: I now have the LED strips connected to the mobo, AURA Sync is pretty dobe. The Tecware keyboard is awesome, I love it! Really completes my build!
Beast of a processor, flies through everything I throw at it! Stays pretty cool with my 120mm aio, and have it overclocked modestly to 4 GHz to boot. Very glad I chose to go Team Red for my first rig!
Worked out of the box with my Ryzen 5 2600, looks great and the orange LED strip fits perfectly with my red/black theme build! Manual is a bit to be desired, but features are solid. Controlling my fans, overclocking my 2600 and RAM, does it all well!
Love these DIMMs, have nothing but good things to say! Fast, play nicely with my mobo and Ryzen 2600 to deliver a smooth experience in everything I do. Asus Aura Sync works perfectly with them, would definitely buy again!
Inexpensive and fast, no complaints!
It's 2TB of space for my games. Not the quickest by any means, but fast enough for my needs.
Card itself is a beast, got it used and replaced a noisy fan. Pushes 120+ fps on all my games!
The case has served me well for my first build. A bit cramped to fit a 120mm rad with two fans in push-pull with two case fans at the top for exhaust, but it all fits. The LED power and hard drive lights were too bright for my taste so I disconnected them. Cable management wasn't the easiest, but with a little time, it can be done. Wish the window was tempered glass.
Solid, not a single problem with it, can't hear it even though I have eco mode off!
Love these fans, move a lot of air and exhaust my case very well.
I keep these at 50%, all I can hear is moving air.
Use this as my main intake, love the color and moves a lot of air. Provides fresh air to my graphics card very well.
Love this keyboard! Super solid construction, plus extra switches in case a couple break! Nice and quiet, love the effects too!
Got it used, love it! Fits my hand well and my accuracy has gone up quite a bit!