Recently got into PC gaming after about a 15 year break. My home pc wasn't cutting it, so I decided to buy a gaming rig. I checked prices on sites like Dell (Alienware) and Falcon Northwest. The cost of the higher end rigs blew me away. I decided I would build one myself and try and save some money.
A few notes - before I decided to build I thought I would just upgrade the video card in my old pc. I bought a PNY Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050ti at my local best buy for $199. It didn't really help my performance much so I went back to Best Buy and was looking at the gaming rigs when I started talking to the salesman. He encouraged me to build my own gaming rig. He told me about this website and the research began. I decided a budget build was best for me. (As you will see that changed the further I got along)
The first component I bought was the motherboard. Now remember at this point It was still a budget build, so I went with the MSI B350 Tomahawk. I was planning to get a Ryzen 5 2600 as my processor. As I was waiting for the motherboard to arrive, I started reading lots of reviews. Some of the reviews said that a bios update was required before using any of the second gen Ryzen processors and that a first gen processor was required first to update the bios. That's why I got the Ryzen 3 1200. The motherboard already had the Bios update so really I could have gone with the new processor. My plan is to upgrade that soon, although the Ryzen 3 is working great. Also as parts began to roll in (and I continued to research parts) I decided to upgrade the video card to a 1080ti. At this point it's no longer a budget build. I still plan to use the CPU and 1050ti when I build a budget gaming rig for my son. Also, I plan to add some more fans with red LED and maybe a liquid cooler for the cpu. Just have to get some more $$$ first.
Upgraded to this from the Ryzen 3 1200. I like it but it runs hot with the stock cooler. Idle temps were 39° C and under load was getting to high 70's. I replaced the cooler with a Corsair liquid cooler and temps went down dramatically. Many others recommended just using a better air cooler which apparently works great too.
Works great and was easier to install than the stock cooler. Keeps my cpu at 26° C when idle. I also like that I can change the color of the Corsair logo to red to match the rest of my build.
So far I like it just fine. When I ordered it I read some reviews that said some motherboards need a bios update to work with 2nd gen Ryzen processors. When it arrived the box had a sticker that said Ryzen 2000 ready. It turns out it had a bios update that included support for the newer cpu's already.
Works great! With XMP profile 2 set in Bios it clocks in at 3200. The red heatsinks go with my Black and Red color scheme.
Windows boots fast and load times are fast.
I added this for extra storage.
Works great. All games I've loaded run at least 60 FPS at 1080p.
Cable management is great. It's a lot bigger and heavier than I expected though.
Works great. I like the fully modular design. Makes cable management easy.