Description

It's my first pc build ever. The goal is gaming at 1440p at high frame rate, at least 100hz on average. Trying to build a pc of good quality that can last 3 - 5 years while keeping the cost cheap as possible. Definitely will consider the upgrading possibilities down the road as new hardware coming out, old hardware dropping the price.

Not too happy with the mobo nor the case. But they are good, my mistake. Will talk about details below. Overall I am very happy. My first ever build and did not encounter any major issues other than at first I plugged the CPU fan wire into a wrong slot on the mobo, which causes the computer refused to boot. I fixed that one quickly and it has no problems whatsoever. It's great. I really learned a lot from this website and got some sweet deals from /r/buildpcsales. Check that out, you will save 30% at least with patience. Not a fan of RGB fans (pun not intended) and so forth, so no lights. Maybe I will consider minimal RGB lights on the case in the future, but not for now.

If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I'm more than happy to learn my building mistakes.

Part Reviews

CPU

Definitely a great deal and good enough on performance with the stock cooler. I'm trying to keep the cost cheap as possible so I did not push the CPU selection. Especially I got a great deal from google express which saved me extra $20 on an already low price.

CPU Cooler

Tried my best to use the stock cooler of Ryzen 3600. But it just did not work out. Normally the temp is around 50c, under load playing light games is 74c, which is fine I guess. But under heavy load, when I was playing Witcher 3, a 2015 game, the peak temp can reach 100c. Insane. Get the best air cooler I can find under $100, heard a lot of good things about it. It works. Now the cpu temp is always below 50c. incredible.

Motherboard

Good? I guess so. Like it? Not so much. I got x570 to save the trouble of bios boot cause I know little about pc in this first build, not because of any features or functions of x570. Turns out I don't need x570, a b450 with a flashback can do the job. I regret to buy this too early on newegg. I cannot return this thing when I found out I don't need x570 nor WiFi. Had to use this mobo at the end to avoid wasting money. It's working fine, just I don't really need this. I will never shop on newegg again. Return and refund policy is terrible.

After 1 month review: Now I start to hate this mobo. The Bluetooth is terrible, the signal on and off a lot, happens both on my airpods and qc35. And my time settings always wrong when I start the computer. Took me a long time to figure out that the battery on mobo is dead. Within just a month. wow

Memory

Pretty standard. Good performance good price.

Storage

Very happy with this one, half the price, nearly identical performance of Samsung Evo. I strongly recommend this. Got another nvme SSD with 500 gigs as a boot drive. Also saved the trouble of cable management of regular SSD. Very pleased.

Video Card

Very good. Founders Edition looks dope (personal opinion). Basically a 2080 with $200 less. Great performance. I used to consider 2060 super, but that one seems hard to achieve my goal of 1440p 144hz gaming at all times, especially next 3-5 years down the road, more titles coming out with more demanding requirements. And I got a G-Sync monitor so did not choose 5700xt. Overall very happy. Just remember no matter what, Nvidia rips you off. You just have to accept it when building a pc.

Case

I was trying to get nzxt H500 with cheaper price and reasonable front panel USB io. But man, don't they sell like hotcakes? It's just so so hard to get one new H500, old ones are even more expensive, it's madness. I thought I was lucky enough to get a new H500 on safe harbor computers. Turns out they don't have it in stock either. So I waited 10 days for nothing and nobody told until I called them. Second lesson: never shop on safe harbor computers again. Just get them at Amazon and make your life easier.

H510 comes with USB type C front io. I cannot use it because of my bad choice of the mobo. Anyway, mobo and the case are the bad decisions I made in this build. I will see what I can do to take advantage of this USB type C in the future.

Power Supply

Great PSU. I got a great deal $84 for this. Was planning on getting a 550w. But this one is even cheaper.

Monitor

Couldn't be happier. I know it's costly at $580 (when I bought this new). But I do think a good monitor is really important for final performance result. I cannot find any bad things about it except the price. It's perfect. 1440p, 165hz, G-Sync, 4ms, IPS panel. What more one can ask?

At first I got a Dell S2716DG. Same as this one except that it's TN panel. If you only gaming on this monitor, TN panel would work. But I just cannot stand the horrible image quality of S2716DG when watching a movie. So I got this one, it's $300 more I know. But I think it definitely worth it in the long run.

Keyboard

Not an expert of keyboard switches. But I guess these cherry mx speed switches are good, especially for FPS games, which is my goal. I picked K95 simply because there is a good deal on Amazon. Same price with K70 at $139 with 6 more global keys. Though I don't think I will ever need them, it doesn't hurt.

Mouse

Price and performance both great. I just thought G903 is too expensive and with that double-clicking problem. So I got this for $50. It's a bargain.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 3 points

this is so clean

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

For a first build you did knock this one out of the park. congrats. And you'll love that monitor, I've been rocking mine for almost 4yrs and it is just as good as the day I got it. I expect another 4 out of it too.

  • 2 months ago
  • 0 points

Thanks. Do you know where I can find calibration instructions of PG279Q? Trying to get it right.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought a Spyder Colorimeter that makes colors more accurate. If you are willing to buy the monitor I'd suggest getting one or something similar.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it. Thanks.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Really appreciate a simple yet high performance desktop without wasted money on rgb fluff

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha. Ain't need no light pollution.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Newegg's customer support is kind of a roulette . . .

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

nice build but isn't a 90 dollar cooler kinda overkill for a 5 3600

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

True.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Made the same mistake with the motherboard and this case. Pretty upset with myself and also with the USB naming scheme and NZXT who sells this cheaper end case meant to be used with higher end motherboards. Doesn't make sense. Header cables should be different.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

You can always get a USB 3.0 to USB-C header converter for about $25 on Amazon since this motherboard has two of them. You'll probably be limited to speeds equivalent to the quality of what you buy, but it'll make it functional.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

impressive work for a first build. great job on the build and pairing parts that shouldn't each others performance.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

very good job. this thing is so sleek! :o

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

  • 1 day ago
  • 1 point

Nice monitor, but you could have gotten an LG Ultragear 27GL83A-B For around £320 with the same specs (apart from being 144 FPS)