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First Build: No Corners Cut

by Sir_Salmon


Long story short, I got a gaming laptop last September and I hated it. So I sold it to build this.

Building it was an awesome experience and one I really want to do again. There were some frustrating moments but overall I'm super happy with how it turned out. Some things I still need to take care of are making the system quieter with a few more case fans and a new CPU cooler, and adding more storage because right now I can't install all my games because I only have my SSD and a slow 320gb laptop drive I pulled from an old laptop. Aesthetics are important, too, since I'm gonna be admiring it while I game. I think a purple sleeved cable for my 1060 will compliment my purple color scheme.

Overclock: I overclocked the 2600 to 3800mhz on all cores at 1.35 volts with Ryzen Master. My CPU temps are around 50c during gaming and my rig isn't too loud, so I'm gonna settle for that until I upgrade my CPU cooler. Overclocking is oddly fun, and I'd love to do it some more.

About the current CPU Cooler, my friend who built a 2700x system didn't use his Wraith Prism so he gave it to me about a week after I built mine.

Part Reviews


This chip screams value. No reason to buy the X version unless you don't want to overclock, but I did. The stock cooler included was okay for the week I used it, but I really think AMD should have included a Spire instead of Stealth. They did it in first gen.


Got this for $110 at Microcenter after I decided to stop waiting for B450. The RGB is nice, not a fan of orange, but I can't see the orange accents through my tempered glass that much anyways. Ports are plentiful. AMD StoreMI is headache and caused me a nightmare. The APP Center from Gigabyte is nice to have, but I can't download RGB Fusion for it. It claims I don't have APP Center, but I clearly do. This means I can't sync my case RGB or CPU cooler RGB to it, which is annoying, but seems to be more of Windows problem.


Looks nice, cheaper than other kits, and accelerates Ryzen. All I need.


Cheap and super fast, coming from a guy who's used to hard drives. Boots into Windows 10 in 20 seconds, and the Skyrim loading screens load in only a few seconds.


Slow, but works. Pulled from dad's old work laptop.


A good game drive, I'm rarely dissatisfied with loading times.

Video Card

I could have gotten a GTX 1070 if I had gotten B450 and 2x4gb RAM, but I regret nothing. This GPU may 2 years old you really don't need anything else for 1080p 75fps at High - Ultra settings in most games. I don't have a lot of super graphically intensive games right now, but this card stays above 60fps in GTA 5 almost maxed out. Fortnite, 75 - 100fps maxed out.


A beautiful case with sturdy metal build quality, except for the front panel, which is plastic. Good amount of tie-down points in the back for cable management, plenty of well-placed cable routing holes. Knocked a star because there's only one included case fan and it's loud. RGB is subtle and fantastic.

Power Supply

Not bad for $33. The 24 pin connector's cables were bundled together extremely tight and I had to twist it super hard to get it into the 24 pin header.

Case Fan

Silent. Ketchup and mustard cables though with a brown connector, though, so beware.

Case Fan

Works great for an exhaust fan, and I can't hear it. Gonna get another to put up top as intake. Or maybe exhaust? Don't know yet.


Doesn't feel cheap, that's for sure. This is all I really need in a gaming mouse. RGB is a bonus.


I did a side by side comparison with a friend's HyperX Cloud II headset. I would not pay $50 more for that. These don't look very gamer-ish, so I'm comfortable wearing them in public. Sturdy headphones that sound great with lots of bass. They're comfy and not too heavy on my head, The mic quality is pretty good and the mic is detachable. On-headset mic mute and volume adjustment wheel is convenient. My ears get kinda toasty, though.


The first one I ordered came with a significantly annoying amount of backlight bleed in the bottom right corner. Returned that and the next one was great. Only required a little bit of color/contract calibration and now it looks alright for a TN panel. 75hz refresh rate is a good step above 60hz, as well. Very thin bezels. One thing, though, the power brick is massive.


Got this for free from a friend with a lot of mechanical keyboards. A few keycaps were missing, but he put spare unnamed caps on them and it works now. I've never tried any other Blue switches, but I really like them. The RGB is a bit too flashy and fast for my taste, so I use the 6 LED zones or single color.

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karyylol 1 point 8 months ago

damn dude this looks great! how was building it? I have never built a pc and was really thinking this could be the one i try to build. suggestions?

Sir_Salmon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

If your budget is similar to mine, weigh your options. With less RAM and a cheaper motherboard I bet you could get a GTX 1070 instead, getting more performance off the bat. Or maybe get a cheaper RX 580; that, or the 1060, really depends on what gives you better performance in the games you play. Another thing, the EVGA 450w B3 PSU is on sale for $36, might be worth losing 50 'peace of mind' watts for fully modular.

Kyzan 1 point 8 months ago

How is the Team Vulcan ram doing for your build, are you able to get it to 3000mhz stably?

Sir_Salmon submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Yep. Just had to enable XMP.

Kyzan 1 point 8 months ago

Thank you

BlueTrooper2544 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Quick Question... What is the front panel material? Metal or Plastic?

Sir_Salmon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Plastic, I think I said that.

BlueTrooper2544 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I'm retarted

Sir_Salmon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago


I'm pretty sure the P300 has a metal front panel.

BlueTrooper2544 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Yeah, it does

MassiveLegend2 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Ever get the P350X connected to the motherboard? Have the same problem as you.

Sir_Salmon submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

No, however a friend did help me locate the header. To the right of HDAudio, faces up. Problem is, neither me or my more experienced friend were able to connect it; we believe it's obstructed by a 2 pin header to its right. If you find a workaround, pease do tell me.

MassiveLegend2 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

You need a 5v 3 pin RGB controller. Google Phanteks PH-CTHUB_DRGB_01. Just happened to be the same brand but I doubt it has to be.

CrossFarm 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

did you have to Overclock this RAM?

Sir_Salmon submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I had to enable XMP, yeah.