After using years of only gaming on consoles, I eventually ascended to the master race after getting fed up with them. However, my first computer was horrible and couldn’t even run Overwatch at a constant 25 FPS. Yet, I was not deterred from PC gaming. I eventually got a laptop with an i5-7300HQ and GTX 1050, not really having an understanding of the hardware other than “It’s super good compared to what I have now.” I finally got to see the beauty of PC gaming, but this hardware would prove to not be enough for all the games I wanted to play. Wanting to upgrade to the power of a desktop, I found myself researching prebuilt PC’s and figuring out their hardware’s capabilities. I eventually came across an $850 Dell desktop with an i5-8400 and GTX 1060 and almost settled on it. Eventually, I learned that building it yourself could get you better hardware for a fraction of the price. Continuing researching for months led me to do this build with birthday money I’ve saved over the years. This is what I ended up getting:
I got the Ryzen 7 2700 on sale at Amazon for only $220, ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 used off eBay for only $230, and the EVGA Semi-Modular 600W PSU for only $40. Everything else was bought at the prices that are present as of October 18th, 2018
The RAM arrived a week late but I had built the PC and waited to install the RAM until it arrived, hence why it is not in some photos. I was not able to actually use the PC until October 11th because of it.
Update: I have since installed a second 8GB stock of RAM as of March 3rd, 2019! :D
The pictures currently displaying the computer is, is not where it will be staying. This is just where I built it. Once I get my stuff in my room set up, more pictures will come!
In total, I paid only $722.73 USD!
I am most certainly glad I decided to build my own computer instead of buying that Dell prebuilt...
Thank you AMD! This processor is great for gaming and amazing with productivity! Better yet, I got it on sale for $220 at the time!
Not the greatest motherboard in the world, however, it still does the job! It looks pretty good despite lacking RGB (White lights are on the corners but their color can't be changed). On top of that, hooking up my CPU cooler to its RGB header revealed the very few features and color options the motherboard has. I'm not sure how well it does with power delivery as well lol :P
Good RAM. My motherboard recognized it as 2133 instead of 3000 but changing it in the bios allowed it to run at full speed :D
I love this case! I believe it to be the best budget case there is for under $50! Not only does it have tempered glass, but it also as a PSU shroud, support for radiators, and a nice blue light running down its front! I'd definitely recommend it to budget-minded consumers!
Wireless Network Adapter
This little WiFi card works pretty well! It was a bit finicky at first but after a while of usage, it has been working perfectly with good internet speeds!
Excellent keyboard! I love how it looks and feels! I just wish some colors' lighting was better, such as purple. It is dull and lacks any vibrancy.