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Ok, so it all started a year and a half ago when my dad saw a video on computer building. he showed it to me and from then on I knew there was something better out there, something better than console gaming. I saved, saved, saved some more, did I mention saved? compiled a bunch of amazon links to a bunch of incompatible parts, we're talkin an AM4 Board with a core I5, yeaa... well after watching some of paul's hardware's videos I came across PCPartPicker. I then created a list of parts that was compatible, I know I know crazy idea, and spent most of 2018 refining the biggest purchase of my life. after saving up $1300 I made the jump. and it was worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY. Ive had friends who thought I was crazy to begin with ask me to help rescue them from console gaming. I thought that this build would secure 100-120 frames in high/ultra 1080p. I was wrong, in most of the games I play I can get 150-160 frames full ultra settings. By the way, you havent lived until you have had your games default to ultra and then achieve the fabled 144 frame mark. i have learned so much about hardware its not even funny. If I could give some advice to new builders, it would be to not worry about software, I built this pc in 4-5 hours including software installs, probably because of my ssd but still, I had LITERALLY no experience with file explorer. now, just a month after building, I can confidently navigate file explorer, task manager, stuff like that where once I was afraid to even boot those programs up in worries of screwing up my Hp Pavilion fully kitted out with a dual core I3 6th gen (i think) with 6gb RAM.

---- I am NOT endorsing buying cheap gray market windows keys ----. They are most likely bought using stolen credit cards, or are OEM keys with NO support as when you are the builder of the PC you are also the equipment manufacturer

The setup is still in progress. my headset mic is incompatible with pc, i was going to buy a legitimate wireless headset anyways, my keyboard is from my Raspberry Pi from 2 years ago, and my desk is just temporary until I buy a new one. and Cable management is not great as 1. its a temp desk and 2. Hurricane Dorian's coming so I need to move everything upstairs, yay... (hence the lack of light, the windows are boarded up) we're in South Carolina though, shouldnt be too big a deal

Forgot to mention, nothing is overclocked/overvolted, yet, so everything is base, on to the part reviews!

UPDATE #1 Designed a desk that I will build soon. will update pics when done, should be r/battleship ready. bought a set of HS50s, got a mousepad, cable managed, small things like that. Thanks For Reading!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great value, only $10 more than the non X variant. no big problems, the CPU cooler did not want to go on without a fight, not sure if this is normal or not, just felt like I would break the board or bend pins or something. cooler is LOUD, however as to be expected as it is bundled in the box.

Motherboard

I like the aesthetics of this board, the IO is good enough for me. However, for an ROG product that has the ROG tax placed on it, was a little disappointed. that red and black cable beside the networking is ugly, the RGB on the SSD heat-sink is really dim (the amazingness of corsairs RGB probably just makes everything around it look bad) so I keep the Mobo lighting off. I believe it was the 7pin connector above the heat-sink is just in a bad spot, you have to route it over the heat-sink. things I would like to see at this premium price range is a fixed IO shield, most of asus' boards at this range have them, and a 90 degree usb 3 connector, however most mini itx cases cant utilize 90 degree connectors so, understandable. it was the only X470 mini ITX board I could find, and at the time the only other AM4 mini ITX board that I could find that fit my needs was B450, and was somehow more expensive than this one?

Memory

Incredible RGB lighting, Incredible software, (and at the the time of purchase, pretty incredible price. at the time of purchase the 3600 speed was like $30 more than this one, but of course just a few days after buying the 3600 speed gets cheaper than the 3200 speed, weird. great RAM, would recommend, 5 out of 5 I think you get the idea.

Storage

not the exact ssd I have couldnt find it anywhere on PCPP or Amazon, most ssds come out of the same factory anyways, but I bought the cheapest 500gb ssd at the time. DO NOT buy/build a pc with only an HDD, PLEASE spend just a little more to see windows boot in literally less than 10 seconds. my HP Pavilion booted in 4 and a half minutes, I counted. most ssds

Video Card

Got a good deal on it, was going to buy a 1660, but last minute literally logging on to amazon to buy stuff I saw this deal, $30 off i think, great performer great Nvidia software and support, only gripe is the overall look of the card, its an obviously cheap plastic shroud with gaps, backplate was a must for me, I think thats what keeps it looking decent, I knocked a star off it as im pretty sure they could've done something better with the shroud, even if its a base price card.

Case

you can find a bunch of reviews for this, all im going to say is great case. only problem is the front panel removal you have to tear the thing off and it feels like youl break it. now the H210s out for the same price though. so buy the H210 not the H200, side panel removal is better, usb type c, H210 is just better.

Power Supply

good PSU, not sure if the fan EVER runs, no dust on dust filter, never audible, only complaint is if your buying this power supply with a larger mini ITX case like the H200/H210 your 24pin ATX and supplemental power cables are too short, which is why I have some cheap sleeved cable extensions from amazon. honestly a good problem to have though as the sleeved 24 pin looks good.

Case Fan

Noctua Build quality, Noctua quietness, not Noctua colors, what could be better.

Monitor

my first one was DOA it flickered on and off after about 10 minutes. just my luck I guess. cheap 1080p 144hz monitor. 27" is MASSIVE, I thought it would be about the size of a 23" honestly. just a little warning, 1080p at this size is not as sharp as you may think. im fine with it, all I want is the 144hz but if your doing any real work, I would go with a 1440p display. the stand is crap but its the boxed one. pretty good monitor

Mouse

Best purchase of my life. yes I have joined R/G502masterrace. i dont care that its heavy, I just needed a mouse with buttons, thats what I got. totally do it if you have larger hands and need buttons. I have heard its pretty heavy though, im coming from a tiny logitech mobile mouse though with worn out skates, it dosent take too much energy to move it.

External Storage

dad had it on hand from a job he just left. its actually the 1TB model. use it as a backup drive. now that I have been spoiled by an SSD, I have been scarred by a loading window when I tried to backup my photos.

Custom

best console, other than the PS4 Pro, but wayyyy worse than PCMR

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EPIC KEYBOARD, BETTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE ON THE MARKET. - Fake Reviews .com

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Great IOT Device pretty slow though, you get what you paid for.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Very nice! Your experience sounds a lot like my first build as well. Sounds like you sure did your research, and it has paid off for you. You've got a very solid platform there that will provide a great upgrade path for the future. Well done!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, lots of research, time, and effort. still forgot to buy Sata data cables though. thank god for two day shipping

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I love my 1660ti however its bottlenecked because I have a fx 6300 but it still runs pretty fine. Only annoying thing is when my games crash because of the cpu.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

FX chips are known to have some compatibility issues

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yo nice computer, Deni

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, ikr

  • 4 months ago
  • -2 points

You may want to run your ram sticks in slots 1,3 or 2,4 . This lets you access dual channel memory

  • 4 months ago
  • 4 points

he has a Mini ITX motherboard with only 2 slots, It runs in dual channel

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

its ITX

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

You're dishing out help but it seems like you're not knowledgeable.