Description

I am on a cycle of building a new computer every 7-8 years. I do moderate gaming, and until the last year or two my previous rig was holding up just fine (Phenom II X4, GTX 460, etc.) However, It was time for a new build for (hopefully) the next 8 years.

This is by far the cleanest and prettiest build I've had so far. I used to work in IT and am familiar with building computers, but very rarely have a chance to put together quality parts and make something for the purpose of good all-around performance. That being said, I know this doesn't hold weight against someone with twice the budget, but it's what I need, and I think I got a pretty good value on this as it should be relevant for some time.

I had some initial issues with getting the RAM's XMP profile to run correctly, but after a few tweaks everything is working flawlessly. I will definitely be upgrading the CPU cooler in the near-future as the temps idle around 42(I'm on the top floor, so a bit warm up there anyway), but I'm pretty stoked to have finally pulled the trigger and I'm not disappointed!

Part Reviews

Motherboard

Very impressed with this motherboard. I was a little iffy about this because of some of the reviews about problems moving past POST, but I've not seen this at all. The bios is very well laid out. The only complaint I have is with the stock AMD cooler, the first RAM slot is not usable. This is not a big deal for me, and certainly not worth taking off a star for. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a good and affordable mATX board

Memory

It's ram. OCed to 3200 with no issue, and it runs perfectly!

Storage

This is the first SSD I've ever built into a system, and I debated between this and spending extra money on an SSD, but I'm perfectly happy with this. Boot times are unreal compared to what I'm used to, and game performance is stellar. I'm not so sure I would notice the difference had I spent more for nVME

Video Card

Fantastic card. It's capable of an additional OC with no additional cooling required as long as you have good airflow. This is the first non-EVGA card I've ever bought (I chose this one for the backplate and the fact that it only takes up two slots), and I'm definitely not sorry about it!

Case

I LOVE THIS CASE. I haven't built a computer in about 7 years and wow has cable management gotten easier!.

The glass is beautiful, the design is clean and without any tacky over-the-top designs, and no RGB (a huge plus for me!) IT also comes with all of the fans you'll need and has great airflow. Very impressed.

Wireless Network Adapter

Wireless gets me full internet speeds, bluetooth works well. Nothing to complain about here!

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been literally working on parts lists with pretty much all the same parts to build later! Nice to see some pictures of what my pc will pretty much look like! Looks nice btw.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Well you can't go wrong. One thing I will give you a heads up on is if you use the stock Ryzen cooler, using that first RAM slot is next to impossible, so I'm in slots 2 and 4. Not a huge deal, but it might be helpful especially if you were planning on going quad-channel.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I looked at this post because I’m using the same CPU and GPU, and the NZXT H500 rather than the H400. Nice build nonetheless.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been considering pretty much the same build, save the motherboard, case, and psu. I adore the look of NZXT cases, but it looks a bit small~ https://pcpartpicker.com/list/cZxPRJ I'm totally gonna study your cable management! Looks so neat.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

What monitor did you pair with this build?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I had some standard 1080p monitor, but I had a friend give me a broken MSI 24" curved 1440p 144hz (idk the exact model) and it works really well. I can run most everything on high in 1440p, though I don't usually get to the 144fps (usually stable around 60 on my current games -- Witcher III, Assasin's creed Origins, etc.)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Love your build man. I was originally going to go with your build when I first saw it. What refresh rate is the 1440p monitor you're using? That's awesome that the 1660ti can be used at 1440p.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I saw that you posted it's a 144hz monitor. That's really great that a 1660ti can perform well at 1440p.