This was my first ever computer build. I've always been a console gamer, but wanted to build a PC to supplement that hobby and give me more titles to play in a different way. I set out to build something that would handle gaming and streaming, but that wasn't over the top, or more than I needed. I think this system will work to get my feet under me, and last a fair amount of time should I want to upgrade down the line.
Update: My Nitro+ RX 5700 XT has arrived, and as you can likely guess it did not take me long to have it installed. I also took the opportunity to add some CableMod extensions, and re-do the cable management which was previously a mess.
After a lot of research I settled on the 3600 as being the best value gaming CPU on the market. I don't do anything CPU intensive at the moment, so I feel like this chip gives me loads of headroom for my needs, even if it's not an 8-core processor. The system reads the CPU speed as 4.2GHz and it doesn't ever seem to drop much below that, as I rarely place it under high load.
No complaints. It's quiet and handsome, and not too expensive. Sort of a toss-up between 3600+Cooler and 3600X+Stock Cooler. Overall I'm happy with how this turned out as temps are great.
Like many others building recently I was caught in the B450/Ryzen 3000 conundrum. I wanted to wait for a Tomahawk Max, but this board was only $25 more expensive and has a load of other features that I thought made sense. A local shop did the BIOS update for me, which made this board easy to build with, and the board itself looks great.
I had previously purchased a Trident Z 3200MHz kit, but it had a stuck LED, so I returned it to try a Corsair 3200MHz kit. After seeing both in person I thought the Trident Z looked way better, and I was able to find this 3600MHz kit at a decent (not great) price, so picked it up. I haven't done any overclocking, so the timings are a little loose, but the speed is nice.
I'm very pleased with the NVME so far, it's very quick. I haven't listed other storage as I'm still deciding, but good chance I shuck a 2.5" external drive I already own and install it here so that I have more space later on.
This card is amazing. The absolute top-of-the-line RX 5700 XT, and lives up to the hype. The cooler is massive, the fans are silent, and the ARGB is gorgeous. By far the crown-jewel of my PC.
I spent a long time deciding on the case I wanted, but this one received excellent reviews and looked great, so I decided to get it. It was very easy to build in, even as a first timer, and I love it.
I did make one major change to the case, which was to dremel the removable basement cover in order to make room for a third 120mm front fan. Normally to fit the three front fans the removable section of the basement cover (roughly 1/3 the length of the total basement) needs to be taken out. Instead I just marked the size of the fan on the removable cover, cut it with the dremel, and re-installed the cover plate. this way I have an entirely covered basement section, but with three 120mm fans.
This is the only part of the build I'm not super confident in. I believe the LTT forum guide says that the Smart Pro series is good quality, but I could have mis-read it. Going with an 80+ Gold may have been a good idea, but I'm well below the 650W rating, so I'm not too concerned. I don't have anything negative to say about it, but we'll see how the longevity is. The auto-fan is a great feature, but the LEDs are a bit of a gimick (only 5 pre-set colors, plus rainbow, controlled by a button on the PSU and not the system itself). I didn't buy it for the LED, so I'm not disappointed.
I bought these as a 5-pack from Amazon which doesn't show up in the PCPP lists. They're fine fans and I don't know enough to compare them. I will say that the fan cables are a little short for my liking, but they did include two fan hubs for the five fans, so that's nice. The RGB is nice and bright, and the white fan with black surround look good.
I had originally planned to go with a 1080p 24" Monitor, but knew that the 5700 XT was capable of more, so I began looking at clearance monitors from local retailers. This monitor has a single pixel stuck green when it should be black. Any other time it displays the correct color. Because of this small issue I saved nearly 50%, which made it a steal IMO. So far I've been very pleased with the monitor otherwise.
The G502 mouse is well reviewed and well loved - and I found a decent sale - so I have no complaints.