Description

This is the first time I've built a PC on my own.

This one was to replace my 10 year old system which a friend built for me. I wanted it to be powerful enough for 1440p gaming. was thinking of waiting for black friday/cyber monday but I jumped the gun...

I went for the Ryzen 5 2600, overclocked it to 4.1Ghz fairly easily (my first time overclocking). I'm at 1.3625 volts which maybe is a bit high compared to others I've seen, but temps are pretty good at the moment. (Edit: I've lowered the clock to 4.0Ghz at 1.35v since)

Managed to get good prices on the ram and graphics card on eBay (the graphics card is 2nd hand).

Very happy with how it turned out. Cable management was so easy, and I really love how clean it looks, managed to hide most wires from sight (except for the ulgy one for the exhaust fan, which is going to go when my Corsair ML fans arrive). The only thing that I'd like to change is the white fans that came with the case. I've used them as intake so they are mostly covered from sight.

I've tried to keep a positive air pressure by having 2 intake fans in the front and my PSU facing upwards to blow air in the case. It probably isn't ideal blowing warm air towards my GPU but I'm quite worried about dust buildup (as I live in a flat in the city, and there's a lot of construction going on at the moment). I've got one exhaust fan (from old build) at the back and my GPU is a blower.

Nothing much else to say except I'm really happy with the build. Best decision to build this one instead of forking out double the money (£2400) on a gaming laptop!

Edit: got a good deal on the samsung 860 evo 2.5 inch ssd, which definitely provided a tangible upgrade to the kingston. Also added an ML120 pro fan for exhaust, and installed the 2 original fractal case fans as front intakes.

Part Reviews

CPU

Can't complain. Talk about value. Overclocked quite easily to 4.1ghz at 1.3625V, temps are pretty reasonable (73 celsius max after half an hour of prime95) with my Cryorig H7.

CPU Cooler

Got a good price on ebay (was brand new). Love the RGB as it lights up the motherboard as well. Probably one of the best looking RGB heatsinks? The new Cryorig one with RGB on the fan as well is coming out soon though..

Motherboard

Think it looks cool. Not sure about the VRMs and stuff but allowed me to overclock my Ryzen 5 2600 to 4.1 Ghz at 1.3625v. Has all the ports and stuff I need. No RGB, which i appreciated.

Memory

Does what it says. Had to enable XMP with my mobo to use it at displayed speeds. Haven't overclocked it. Think it looks awesome in black without the RGB

Storage

can't complain. got a fairly good price (it's come down to 33 pounds now). Windows boots in <15 seconds

Video Card

This card looks really cool, nicer than the aftermarket ones imo. I managed to get a pretty good price on ebay for a 2nd hand card. It gets pretty hot goes up to 83 celsius after 10 mins of gaming.(Edit: I turned the fans up using NZXT Cam as they were only going up to 80%. Now with fans at max, the highest temps I get are around the 74-75 celsius range. The fans are a bit noisy.) Not sure how it stacks against the other blower cards but I suspect the others are better.

Case

Gorgeous, clean case. Would give it 6 stars. Probably my favourite part of my build. Easy to build and cable manage in, has dust filters where you need them and sound dampening as well. Initially was thinking of the meshify mini instead but that one didn't have a clear tempered glass (it was tinted very dark). Now I think I would have preferred this one over the meshify anyway.

Power Supply

It looks and feels like quality. Read only good reviews about it. Was also considering PSUs from corsair and EVGA. Got the best price with this one, and not disappointed one bit.

Wireless Network Adapter

Really impressed with this card. Get 8-9mb downloads, downloading games from steam. Wifi router is about 12 ft away. Had to use a lan cable to download the driver for the card before it would work though

Monitor

Beautiful screen at quite an unbelievable price i think. Got it on amazon. Saw the offer and it was too good to be true. It was a pre-order and it was to take 2-3 months to arrive, but it arrived in 3 weeks. Christmas came early!

Comments

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build and cool color scheme. I see some inspiration here from one of Kyle's (Bitwit) makeover builds. I like it.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes Kyle and Lyle are huge influences! Thank you!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Very Nice

Thanks for Sharing !!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

82 degrees is a bit high. definitely something to look out for but don't worry about it too much. just make sure your card doesn't overheat, depending on ambient room temps.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, thanks. It's getting cold here in the UK now, but I'd be worried in the summer. I may use the ML120 Pro fan I have coming as an intake right in front of the GPU to help it (as it goes past 2000rpm)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet. What did you do for windows? Does the WiFi card work alright?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Im using windows 10 but I haven't activated it yet, I have yet to purchase a key. The wifi card works great! But I had to download the latest driver from the website, which meant a lan cable initially.

And thanks!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the info

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you enjoy that monitor? I was going to get a different one, but this Samsung one looks trusted and your thoughts would likely help my decision.

+1 for the nice build ;D

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I really do! It's 27 inches, slim bezels, 1440p at 144hz. Only downside is that as it is curved its viewing angles aren't the best. The other thing is that my desk is quite shallow so I'm sitting too close to the screen, but that's not the screens fault!

And thanks :)

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the reply! Very helpful bb

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

No worries!

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

How is that monitor working for ya.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

It's great, can't complain. I think anything larger than 27 inches has to at least be 1440p

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautiful. The cable sleeves (or extensions I can't really tell), RGB, and dedication to your color scheme really earns my plus one. Enjoy that killer rig of yours!

Also, can you list any benchmarks? Would like to see them!

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks buddy, I really appreciate it!

To be honest, I'm pretty new to all this and am not great at interpreting benchmarks and stuff. I've only run Cinebench R15. On the CPU test I get: 1388 @ 4.1 GHz, 1355 @ 4.0 GHz, 1294 @ 3.4 GHz (stock)

I haven't run any others. Any you'd recommend or like to see?

Oh yeah and they are extensions, made cable management a tad bit harder

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay, Thanks! I heard that installing cable extensions is easier than sleeving them. What would you recommend?

Oh, and I would recommend benchmarking any games that you can get. Would like to see performance from a PC similar to the one I plan on building! Thanks!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

The power supply takes air from the case and exhausts it on the back of the case. It doesn't blow inside the case.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

WHOATT. Thanks, friend

  • 9 days ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get the sleeved cables?

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

I really do love it, don't thing you'd regret it at all