Description

After lots of contemplation, I decided to use my Christmas money to build a (mostly) new PC! I primarily use this computer to play games do homework, and it works great. Since the budget was tight, I decided to use my old GPU, SSD, and power supply, all of which are still great components. Here's a breakdown of what I used for the build:

Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus. This is an impressive board for the price! It looks good, has a nice BIOS interface, and has no issues running my RAM at 3200mhz. I've heard the overclocking capability is decent, but haven't tested it.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600. With 6 cores and 12 threads for $150 USD, this CPU was kind of a no-brainer. It's crazy fast for the money! The included cooler keeps it relatively cool, I haven't seen temperatures over 60 degrees even when stress testing.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3200mhz. Not much to say about the RAM besides it runs fast and looks nice.

Case: NZXT H500i. This is hands-down the best case I've ever built in! At $90 it's a reasonable price for a case that looks this good and feels really sturdy. It might not look like it, but the included fans provide pretty good airflow and keeps my components nice and cool. The cable management is amazingly easy which made the build process very enjoyable. The included fan controller and RGB strips are a great bonus!

SSD: Crucial MX100 512gb. This SSD is from my old build. Still fast and reliable with enough capacity for my needs.

GPU: GTX 970 G1 Gaming. I've had this graphics card for 3 years now and it's still a champ! It's able to run at up to 1500mhz stable without touching the voltage, and stays at a cool 60 degrees under intense gaming loads. While not the newest GPU, it's still plenty fast for my 2560x1080 monitor and is able to run all my games at 60+ fps on high-ultra settings. I plan to keep using it for quite a while.

Power supply: EVGA 750 G2. I've been using this PSU since I had a power hungry R9 280x, and I see no reason to change it. It's reliable and efficient, plus the modular design makes it easy to make a clean build.

Overall, I'm super happy with how this build turned out! Any comments and/or suggestions are welcome.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 3 points

I saw the images and was like wow it's almost the same as mine (ryzen 5 + msi gaming plus mobo in an nzxt case). Then I saw the cost and freaked out because I thought I built mine for a really good price while waiting 2-3 months for the best deals I could find before realizing you already had some used parts. Anyway, it looks great! What do you think of the slighty smaller h400i matx? https://pcpartpicker.com/b/7XBbt6

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks! Your build looks great as well, I love NZXT's newest line of cases!

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Honestly I really like this build, Its something us guys with a small budget can wrap our heads around! I think in a year or so when I plan on upgrading my pc i will look into this. I plan on saving this build for future reference if that's okay. +1

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the whole ballin' on a budget thing! Go right ahead, I look forward to seeing your build on here :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 3 points

Extra kudos for rotating the AMD logo on the cooler. You did that yourself, correct?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep, had to unscrew the fan from the heatsink and rotate it. Looks much better!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

You're one of the first I've seen do this to their builds. Is it difficult?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice looking build. How's that wraith cooler treating ya? I've been wondering about it, as I've read a lot of mixed reviews.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Works good for me, stays under 60 degrees while gaming and is virtually silent. I think having the two exhaust fans right by the heatsink helps.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ahhhh Good deal. Ty for letting me know. ;)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

You might wanna move a fan to the top. NZXT cases have bad airflow

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

The case comes preinstalled with a fan in the rear and on the top. Airflow has been great in my experience :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

What games do you play?

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Quite a few, my favorites being Space Engineers, Overwatch, Elite Dangerous, Beamng drive, among others.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

NZXT really has the sexiest cases on the market. defiantly going to buy the non-i version of the H-500 when i get enough to buy a PC this summer.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build but you should really upgrade your GPU

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

As I said in the description, my GPU works great for my needs and I plan to keep using it until I have a need to upgrade :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok then

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! And you did it really cheap to. I've been trying to put one together for under $1000 and it's been rough. I heard alot of people having BIOS problems with the MSI MB, how's it been running for you? So what's the VRAM on that GPU cause it fairly old and what games do you use it for?