After two years of playing on a laptop with a crappy APU that costed around 1000 NZD (735 USD) and having to resort to lowering graphics via configuration files and the settings, I've had enough and decided that it's time for me to use the money I saved up for a new PC! I now see why laptops are so overpriced after building it, I built it on carpet too!
About the hardware I reused for it
I've decided to reuse some of the old hardware I have around to save money. My monitor is an Acer P191W (1440x900, 75hz, 19"), my keyboard is a Dell SK-8125, and my mouse is a Logitech G600. Don't worry, I'm fully aware about how outdated these are but hey, they still work and they do their jobs fine! Due to the 16:10 aspect ratio of the monitor and the 75hz, it still makes games look clear and HD enough and the refresh rate is above 60 which is nice! I plan to upgrade these once I save up more money.
The keyboard does require a bit of force to push the keys, can't find the exact number sadly but I've gotten used to it and it's challenging to accidentally press a key on it. The two USB ports on the front near the two stands at the front that lift it up a bit is useful if you need those, it's linear and has a clicking sound when typing but its nowhere near the sound of mechanical keyboard switches. To register a key-press requires bottoming it out which may deter people but I'm fully fine with that since I'd do it anyway for other keyboards.
The mouse has software that is easily configured to give those RGB effects that you commonly see and you can switch it around via the button on the middle of the top of the mouse. The third mouse button is useful for a game that you play a lot and you can configure that to make it useful. (e.g make it the inspect button for CSGO) Although if you're the type to lift your mouse frequently when gaming, it's quite a heavy mouse.
So hey, if you aren't a stickler for aesthetics, don't hesitate to reuse stuff you got already that can be a bit old to save money!
How is it overall?
For the first-time builder, it took me 5h to get it fully working with the OS installed because figuring out where the cables go into was a pain for me! The case is as easy to build in for first-timers and it does what it says on its features! It has very good airflow and as you can see in the images there's heaps of space. I plan to upgrade the cooler in the future and the stock cooler from the Ryzen 5 1600 works as well as they say. Although the cable management I did in the back that's covered up is a bit bad because I've had to connect some cables in the PSU when it's already in the case itself because I didn't know that I needed those. :L
Luckily it booted the first time and worked properly as I installed the OS, the drivers and set the XMP for my RAM to run at rated speeds, so I'm happy with that. The combo of the 1060 and the R5 1600 works awesome for 1080p60 and for computer power when using software! So far I've had no problems at all the day I made and got it working. I know the prices are expensive but I'm not in the US so they're as good as they get. I got my 1060 3GB on sale for 313 USD and without the sale, it's usually around 353'ish USD for many online stores here in New Zealand. Bought all my parts and they shipped to me within the same week for about 3 - 4 days without anything broken or sent back.
And I know the tinted glass on the case is a bit dark, but you can still see the parts within it and playing at night renders it fully invisible for the stealthy purpose it meets. Adding RGB within it will make it look better with the slightly blurred lighting. It's not THAT bad like reviewers say.
Its performance on games
As for the games, I've tried it on the ones I've got now and I have little money to spend on more of them now sadly. I'm sure that if you're that guy who plays every game that comes out and wants it on pretty high graphics, it'll still look good and playable if you have to adjust settings a bit. Here's some of the ones I tested uncapped:
• Killing Floor 2 (Maxed, No Gibs & Fluids) - 150 FPS in intense situations of blood, gore, explosions and gunshots everywhere
• PAYDAY 2 (Maxed) 90 - 150 FPS with bodies on High on the depending on the map and you know how bad its optimization is and how spammy the cop spawns are. Rooftops in Hotline Miami Day 2 was at 90. :L
• Paladins (Maxed) 220 - 300 FPS
• GMod (Maxed) It depends on the servers you play on, it can get to 40 FPS on those cinema servers with a bit too many add-ons... But it can get to around 150 - 200 on lighter servers.
• CSGO is at 150 - 200'ish on Casual games. So in comp that'll be much much higher.
• Fortnite on High is an easy 150 - 200 FPS as well in any situation, I don't see the difference between High and Epic so I just keep it at that. Looks good!
Overall, it's awesome and is a step-up from playing on a laptop with an APU! I chose to cap mine for a significant 10 - 20c reduction in temps while playing on load since I like to keep it cool. If you have any questions about these parts, ask away!
Does its job well for a reasonably cheap motherboard! The BIOS when installing the OS and the XMP for getting your RAM up to its rated speeds is as easy as it gets for the first-time builder like myself. Two weeks passed since I built my PC with this and no problems so far.
It's RAM, and it works. Reasonable price if you don't want to go to the expensive 16GB 3000MHz. Don't really need those if you don't play every game that comes out. I know how much Ryzen loves RAM, this is the minimum and it does the job. Just get it up to rated speeds with XMP if need be.
It's an SSD, it has the expected speeds of modern ones. Guaranteed below 10s log-in time from pressing the power button if you're a fast typer. Boosts loading times for games quite noticeably compared to if you put it on an HDD. For example, Killing Floor 2 takes like 2 - 5 minutes to load on an HDD, put it on an SSD and it'll load up around 15s to the game's main menu.
Wireless Network Adapter
It's a Wi-Fi Adapter that does its job, not much else to say. Simple enough to install.
I like the simple look and the font on them isn't edgy and doesn't make you cringe. It also has weight to it, strong braided cable and its quite sturdy, doesn't bend at all even if its plastic. It would have been nice if it had a usb passthrough, the port on the keyboard is a USB 2.0/3.0 instead of a USB type C that is on the keyboard since its kinda weak and looks fragile, and the LEDs aren't that bright at max, but thry're bright enough.
You should still get it though, the bad reasons are just being nitpicky at this point since there aren't any major flaws. I just use the num pad for macro keys XD