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This was the first computer I have ever built and for the most part it was super simple. I bought this over Black Friday and spend roughly $1500 all said-and-done. That includes not only the parts for the PC, but also the keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, microphone, and desk (those two are not included in the price). Making my purchase include all my parts and peripherals in a reasonable price was very important to me and I am glad I was able to keep the price around $1500.

I like the possible path for upgrade, including the CPU to a 7 series in the future. I know I have a lot of storage, I was originally planning on using the Samsung SSD to clone an old HDD from my college laptop, but decided to use it mainly for games.

My biggest annoyance with the case is the space for the 2.5" drives. The screws are almost impossible to get off from where they are in the back of the case, unless I am very stupid and just don't get it. I at first wanted to do a SFF PC, but the deals made this more practical for the time being.

Hope you enjoyed!

Part Reviews

CPU

I really am glad I got the 2600X for the overclocking potential, as well as the ability to upgrade in the future. Got it for about $180 on sale

CPU Cooler

Extremely quiet, which is amazing. Nerve-wracking to install for the first time, the most stressing part to install for me. But has been great ever since.

Motherboard

A decent budget board which will do what I need it to do. Only issue is that it doesn't have wi-fi.

Storage

Great price for a M.2 SSD and installed super easily.

Video Card

Got this for around $370 and I am excited to put it to use.

Case

A little annoying to cable manage with and the back 2.5" drive bays are annoying to get out. Otherwise decent case

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Comments

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

Regarding your frustration with the SSD mounts, they aren't attached to the back of the motherboard with screws. They are released by pressing in on the side of the mounting bracket, which moves the little plastic tabs that are holding it in place. The spot in your photo where you can see two screws in the side of the bracket is the part you can push in to release it.

They can be attached to the grill in the top of the power supply shroud if you want them visible through the glass side panel

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

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Thank you for that! That is very helpful.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Where can I get the "I am enough" sign? Other wise, hella clean build.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, I am using my fiance's desk while mine arrives in the mail. Didn't want to move to much more than necessary. Thanks :)

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Great part choices for a beginner and a nice clean build. Be sure to pick up some cable extensions like these ones https://www.amazon.co.uk/EASYDIY-Sleeved-Cable-extension-PCI/dp/B07C4FDGFN/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1543761797&sr=8-4&keywords=cable+extensions+pc+white

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build bro! Had the same idea for my build! (black friday/cyber monday) (i own all the parts, just waiting on my case ugh) Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/thedudeonkent/saved/9DmJ8d (soon to get new peripherals) (Wow apparently i like parentheses lmao)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! That looks like a good parts list!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the picture with all the parts in their boxes. I think they are satisfying. Plus it makes it easy to see what everything in your build is. Looks great!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Prices are so good right now. 16GB of ram has been in the high 100s to low 200s recently. Same for GPU's as well. I'm glad to see they're back down. I love your build too +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

The screws are almost impossible to get off from where they are in the back of the case, unless I am very stupid and just don't get it. Yes, you kind of were. Those ssd mounts are quick release and you press that button. Great build though.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't believe I missed that. Thanks!

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Your photo has HD Corsair fans, and your pricelist has LL corsair fans? What ones did you get? For a first build, you did a great job +1

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

My apologizes, I got the HD120 3 pack. They were the same price as the ones I picked for the list.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build but why put so little money into a monitor ? Should of got something much better imo

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I set myself a rough budget and after the parts the monitor was left lacking a little, but that will be my first big upgrade.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Any benchmarks? Does it run games well on max settings with 144fps? I am going to be building a similar build.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

What frames do you get on fortnite at all low settings

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know the FPS, but I played it on high 1080p settings without issue

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

you have some wisconsin Mac n cheese from noodles after you finished?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Duh!

  • 14 months ago
  • 0 points

Could saved so much money, zotac 1070ti amp 439$ on Newegg, and a Ryzen 2600(you can't utilitize the full abilities 2600x with a b350 motherboard) for 199 but otherwise pretty good build definitely will crush 1080p

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

What abilities can you not utilize other than crossfire/sli/nvlink?

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

There are definitely things I could have done a little better, but I am quite happy with what I got for the prices I got them at.

  • 14 months ago
  • 3 points

That's nice, but it doesn't include any peripherals which is what I wanted to have included when I budgeted out my build.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the random link, but I just wanted to say that you could have opted for a top of the line Graphics Card , with your extras. Although I do want to say that 100$ for three RGB fans is a lot. Go with this cooler for RGB and only 8$ more.

https://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-MasterLiquid-Chamber-MLA-D24M-A18PC-R1/dp/B07CRGC899/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1543772018&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=cooler+master+aio&psc=1.

Here is a link for cheaper RGB 120mm fans.

https://www.amazon.com/KZYEE-3-Pack-120mm-RGB-Fans/dp/B07FSH1NPJ/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1543772072&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=rgb+fans&psc=1

With these, you can pinch the 1080ti just a little over your budget. I hope this helps.

  • 14 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! The RGB fans were a last minute splurge that I wasn't originally planning, after I have purchased everything else already. I could have definitely used that money more wisely.

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Also, by getting the non-X 2600, you could have saved a bit because with a little but of overclocking, you can get it to an x-level. Or go with the 1700X for 20$ cheaper and more threads/cores. But hey, good build tho.

Did you put the ram next to each other, and put CPU installation tool? Otherwise you did it wrong.

:)

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

That was random