Description

When I first got into PC gaming, I was at the age of six years old. I started off with an old Dell laptop with Intel HD graphics being its primary graphics accelerator. I used it to play NFS Hot Pursuit 2 and NFS Underground 2, as well as some random flash games time to time. I used the old Dell for many years until it eventually broke for some reason unknown to me. Once it had broken, I had gotten an HP laptop with a dual-core Celeron and an ATI 3870. It was noisy, and could not play games that were newer that I had wanted to try out. It managed to play older titles, which I still liked at the time, but soon got bored of. I later ditched my HP laptop and only used it for school. By this time I was 11 and had acquired an all-in-one from Acer that ran Android. It was equipped with a quad-core Celeron, the J1850 and managed all the games I played. Since then, every Christmas and Birthday I received 200 dollars from my parents; I began to save up all that money to build a PC that I could use for both gaming and school. By July of 2017 I had saved up 1,400 dollars (and a little more for babysitting); I decided to pull the trigger. This is the first time that I am building a PC. For the most part, building it was fun. I am satisfied with my build as it met all my wants and needs.

It performs great and looks fantastic. It managed over 60+fps on ultra at 2560x1080 and 80+fps playing on high on most AAA games.

Hope you enjoyed my build!

Edit notes: - Fixed sentence structure and grammatical mistakes - Managed to overclock R5 1600X to 4.0 ghz at ~1.4v - Undervolted my R9 Fury successfully without performance drops in MSI afterburner (-48 mV) - Was able to overclock ram to 2800mhz

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor in terms of price/performance. Much better than what Intel has to offer currently. Haven't bother overclocking it yet.

Edit: Got it overclocked to 4.0ghz at ~1.4V successfully.

CPU Cooler

Keeps my CPU cool under heavy load at ~65 C. Has a sketchy mounting bracket for the AM4 socket. It's very quiet, even when my CPU is under heavy load.

Motherboard

Great looking motherboard. The bios is easy to use for first time builders. It's a pain in the *** for overclocking RAM.

Memory

Very good looking ram. It's tall compared to other RAM sticks, so if you do use an air cooler you may have some compatibility issues.

Storage

It's not the fastest SSD but that doesn't bother me. Windows 10 boots in ~12 seconds with fast boot option enabled.

Storage

Got this for around the same price as a WD blue. Great for storing games and other files.

Video Card

Great card if you can find it for less than 300 dollars. It runs most games 60+ fps ultra settings at 2560x1080. If you lower the settings down to high you can expect 80+ fps on many AAA titles. It runs at 56 C under heavy load if you adjust its fan curve and undervolt it. Only complaint is the coil whine is very loud.

Edit: Coil whine noise has decreased significantly; I can barely notice it now,

Case

Comes with 3 fans, dust filter for the front intake, and a dust filter for the PSU (PSU dust filter isn't as fine as the front). It's very spacious and was easy to build in.

Power Supply

It's quiet and reliable. If you plan on overclocking this doesn't have alot of headroom. Would recommend a 650W version of it if you do plan on overclocking.

Operating System

Got a key of eBay for 4.99. No need to pay full price.

Custom

The Chinese have done it again. Cheap, comfortable, and is not as heavy as other wireless mice I have used.

Custom

Got this on sale for $30.00. Has Outemu Blue switches and RGB lighting. The switches feel similar to cherry MX blues and have the satisfying click like to them. Definitely recommend this if you want an upgrade over a membrane keyboard.

Note: Build quality is very good. There is nearly no flex when I try and bend the chassis.

Custom

Has Freesync, IPS panel, 75hz, 21:9 aspect ratio, and measures 29 inches. Great monitor for the price considering all the features it comes with. It's great for productivity with the screen split feature. Monitor is built of glossy plastic which I despise.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

i recommend a high watt psu, the R9 alone would be taking most of its resources, wish i was smart like you as a kid i wasted all my money like an idiot now im trying to save for a new pc... aside from that love this build, hows the B350-F if i can get a little more money i might get that over the asrock gaming K4

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Which asrock board are you talking about? The B350 k4 or the X370 k4? Also I'm not that familiar with asrock bios nor their boards in general.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

B350 because im poor and dont need crossfire

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Whatever fits your color scheme is your choice. There's a review saying that bios is also easy to use and "stylish".

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Red/black -k4 white/black/gray - strix

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Bit of an older card, but nice build overall...

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Well considering the gpu market right now with prices of the 470,480,570,580,1060 and 1070 all above msrp, I chose the fury since it performs similar or better than a 580, and that was around the performance I really wanted.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Also for anyone wondering I got my R5 1600X running at 4.0 ghz easily. Temperatures increased by a bit. I will try and keep you guys updated on my gpu clocks (right now undervolted). I have a pretty low wattage psu for the fury so we'll see what happens.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you plan clocking? You should be able to achieve 3.9GHz at around 1.325-1.35V.

Just stay below 70°C.

Cheers.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This is what I have done on my Ryzen 5 1600X build 3.9GHZ on all cores @1.375v. No point in going higher and shortening CPU life. Using Corsair H60 AIO cooler. Temps between 35-40 degrees C idling