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Welcome to my first PC build. Picked up a lot of tips and tricks from friends and the web - and this is the result.

Spent a long time researching parts, and changed the planned components a number of times. Very happy with the final results, though testing is still early days.

CPU and GPU are both overclocked (don't have the GPU overclock details on hand at the moment) - performance is strong and temps are manageable.

Mostly used for gaming, but having only just moved over from console, I am still learning the ways with a keyboard and mouse.

Happy to answer any questions for people considering a similar set up.

Better photos to come.

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

Went for this purely for the look of the pump. Love the minimalist design with no lighting - left that for the fans and strips!

Cable management on this thing is a breeze - such a tidy design. On top of that, it is keeping my CPU temps very low even with the overclock. Strongly recommended.

Memory

Researched long and hard to find memory that would be AMD compatible right out of the box. Was very happy when it posted the full 3200 speed with only one setting change in the BIOS.

Video Card

Picked this up used from a friend - was looking at buying a 2070 before I was offered this at a great price. I am very happy with the performance, and with a few tweaks of game settings I am not running into any thermal throttling.

Have overlocked as well, almost to max settings and is running smoothly without any crashes or temp issues.

Have the parts to water cool it, but will leave it stock for the time being.

Case

This case is a gem - so easy to build in and to cable manage. It looks great, but does make you spend more money on bling fans! Also has plenty of room for future expansion and customer water cooling if you are adventurous.

I went with the intake side and bottom, and exhaust through the AIO up top.

Strongly recommend this case to anyone.

Case Fan

Went with the HD120s as I wanted a fan that looked just as good mounted for intake or venting.

I was tossing up between TT Ring fans or even the Corsair LL fans, but glad I landed on the HDs.

Monitor

I was on the fence between the IPS and the TN version of the XB27 - ended up spending that bit extra and getting the IPS. I definitely do not regret that choice - awesome colours, great clarity and no real IPS bleed what so ever.

I have not tweaked any of the settings and I am already blown away, so can only imagine what a few settings changes would do for the look.

Mouse

I went through three different mice before landing with the M65 as my primary. I am new to PC gaming, so still figuring out my style. However, this mouse is super comfortable for me, as it features the hump towards the back of the mouse. Fits nicely in the palm of my hand.

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Comments

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks good, enjoy!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks AMAZING!

+1 for completing your first build.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Appreciate it

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, I love those fans!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

It looks like it's on fire. Enjoy

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

for the red one

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks like anything but a novice build, nice work.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Appreciate it

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

As a fellow console convert, just wanted to assure you that the mkb skill will come with time. Eventually you'll be showing up to work and starting with your hands on wasd as you go to type an email.

Great build. Good use of fans in that case.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha yeah slowly getting there. Still using the default bindings for most games, so need to spend some time optimising the allocations for my style.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I’m still a novice at bop it

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Great job for your first build man.

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