Purpose of the build:
This is to be a dedicated Sim Rig. Therefore, it will be running Project Cars 2, Assetto Corsa, iRacing, Race Room, maybe a couple others, but most likely primarily PC2 and AC. For now, it will be running on a single old 60” Sharp 1080p TV. Soon, this will change to VR. VR and a direct drive setup for the sim rig will add another $3K to this build. But due to being on this site, I will stick with the computer. Benchmark numbers comparing it to my regular gaming computer of about the same budget are in the photos since I don't know how to format this well on this page. Also, I will probably add a picture of the simulator seat once I get it back as I am very excited about it. But I have to wait almost a month for powder coating to get done. Also, some of the aluminum piece are still being machined. Just added Assetto Corsa benchmark. This was with all setting maxed out and blur at 2.
CPU: Ryzen 5 3600 I chose this because of it’s amazing value. And supposedly you can easily clock it to be the same speed as the 3600X, so why pay the extra $50? Also, I was trying to keep the entire build as close to $1K as I could and still meet the build requirement of being able to VR sim race. BTW, the stock cooler is being utilized. I will monitor this and upgrade as necessary, but I don’t foresee needing an upgrade. In benchmarking, this turned out even better than expected.
Motherboard: MSI MPG X570 Gaming Edge WIFI This is one where I probably should have gone another route. I picked this board because I wanted the future proofing of the X570 platform. I also wanted wifi6 and the fancy cooling for the M2 drive. I thought all the X570 boards had wifi6. Should have done more research. That’s what happens when you get excited about something on release day. Hopefully 433Mb/s is sufficient for racing. If not, I will bring in the Asus PCE-AC88 adapter from my non-sim rig computer and call getting a wifi motherboard a lesson learned. Also, there is another lesson learned I cover on the M.2 section.
Video Card: XFX Radeon RX 5700 XT On par with the RTX 2070 Super for less cash. Plus goes well with the AMD theme. Once I run it for a while I will update here with how loud it is as that seems to be a big concern for people. Including me. But I am very much looking forward to seeing how this one performs. Youtube says it will be great 😊 BTW, during benchmark testing when loaded it did get a bit loud. Louder than my GTX 1070 ever has. But not obnoxiously loud.
Memory: Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (2x16) DDR4-3200 Pretty basic RAM that has enough clock speed and is supposed to be AMD friendly. This has CL of 16. I have seen elsewhere that the Ryzen 3600 with DDR 3200 is supposed to be optimal with CL of 14. I really don’t know. We will see. Price was decent. Red and black looks good. Benchmarking for this turned out very well. So I am not concerned about the CAS numbers.
Storage: Team MS30 1TB M.2-2280 SSD Got it cheap and it should be large enough for the given application. Should have got an NVMe drive, but at the time they all cost significantly more. A week later, you could get them for $5 less. Oh well. If doing it again, I would pay more attention to read/write speed ratings, but honestly, racing games are not the most demanding thing out there in this regard. So it will be fine for this application. If not, I will update this page. I am not expecting good numbers here from the benchmarks. I was right. Benchmarking rated this worse than my ADATA SSD in my other computer. Also, because it is SATA III I had to mount it in the secondary M.2 slot which doesn't have the fancy cooler.
Power Supply: EVGA B3 550W 80+ Bronze Picked this because price was decent for a fully modular power supply. Again, a week later you could get the Gold rated version for $4 more. Obviously there are deals to be had if you can be patient. That is not my strong suit. Only "downside" to this power supply is it does not have the CPU2 power plug. Other than that, it is quiet and seems to supply plenty of power.
Case: Corsair SPEC-DELTA RGB I wanted a case with the separate channel for the power supply and with a tempered glass side. This has an acrylic front that I am guessing will get scratched up but hopefully not too quickly. It picks up finger prints that do not wipe away without windex too. This case seems to have plenty of cooling for my application with 4 built-in fans even though the front airflow is restricted compared to other cases. RGB is a bonus, but not a requirement. This will be my first foray into ricing out a computer. Cheaper cases lack grommets around cable routing holes. Also, it is fairly compact for fitting a regular ATX case in. I wanted somewhat small since I have to fit it in with the TV components due to being for the sim rig. While installing components I found that completely removing the internal drive storage helped a bunch with routing power supply cables. Also, the USB3.0 header connector is big and inflexible. I kind of wish it had grommets around the holes near the PSU as I used those for more things than the holes with grommets. Also, for other RGB newbs, plug the case fans into the JRGB plug, not the JRainbow plug. BTW, tempered glass cases are very hard to get decent pics of. But overall, I am very happy with this case. Especially for the price I paid. And I am a fan of Corsair products even if the build would not lead to to assume this.
Note: These are all unmodified numbers. No overclocking, undervolting, or any other tricks. Also, for some reason I forgot to write down the overall number for TimeSpy. See photos for numbers.
Crazy fast for the price. Runs a little hotter than my 2600 did, but also benchmarks at nearly 60% faster.
Fast and looks good. Why make a wifi X570 board without wifi6 though? Also, the cooling for the M.2 only works on NVMe drives, not the SATA III M.2's. Not really a terrible thing, just be aware. One other thing, I had to flash the BIOS to get the wifi to work. The PCIe benchmarks showed an increase of 81% bandwidth. Is it needed? Right now, probably not. But in the future, I assume so. Everything fit as expected on the board. The DRAM slots are very tight and required more pressure than most to click in the boards, but that is good.
Fits nice and tight,. Benchmarked 38% faster than my PC3000 RAM. Looks good if you need black and red. No complaints. But I have not tried to overclock it at all. So I can not say how it is that way.
SATA III M.2 drives are slow anyway. This one is very slow. My regular SATA III SSD is faster than this M.2 drive.
Faster than my GTX 1070 by 40-50% and my GTX 1070 benchmarked quite a bit faster than the standard ones listed on the PassMark site. Looks like it is running closer to 2070 Super speeds on most games. Fan gets loud when loaded hard, but that is expected with this type of fan. I kind of wish the logo was RGB so it could match other stuff in the system since that red Radeon logo clashes with most colors. But I won't knock the rating down for lack of bling.
Looks good. The fans are pretty quiet. RGB is a nice touch. Airflow is sufficient enough that during normal gameplay I have not had any fans in the system ramp up during play. Price was decent for a tempered glass case. I wish there was grommets on the holes around the PSU as I used those holes more than the grommeted ones. Internal drive bay gets in the pay of PSU wires, so I just tossed mine since I wasn't using it. But if you need it, that may be an issue for you. The front panel picks up fingerprints that don't just wipe off, you have to use glass cleaner to remove them.
Fully modular 550W Power supply for under $70. I run it in ECO mode and it makes no noise. It does not have a CPU2 plug, but I don't think any PSUs with 550W do. So no big deal there. All wires are black. Fits as it should.