Description

This was my first time building a PC. Recently graduated from grad school so decided to venture into the PC gaming world.

The build process went better than expected with a few minor hiccups along the way. I purchased everything on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, and only ended up with one issue. I ordered 2 x 4 gb sticks but ended up only getting one. For the time being, it's sufficient and doesn't limit me too much.

I was able to overclock the Ryzen 3 1300x to 3.9 ghz and run at comfortable temps under stress tests. I haven't really tested the gpu to the max yet but am getting steady 130 fps in Overwatch on epic settings. I benchmarked using Unigine's Valley at 52.1 fps.

I'm already looking to upgrade the RAM, but I'm happy with the performance. I liked this build because I felt like I could get entry-level performance and leave room for upgrading into the future.

Any tips/comments are welcome! Pictures coming soon...

Part Reviews

CPU

I got this for the same price as a Ryzen 3 1200 on Cyber Monday and I'm extremely happy with the results. Was able to overclock to 3.9 ghz with the included wraith cooler.

Motherboard

I had no problems with this motherboard and the BIOS is easy to navigate even for a beginner like myself. The one thing I was not aware of before purchase is this motherboard is slightly smaller than a true full ATX board. it didn't really change my build at all, just was not aware. Also only includes 3 case fan headers so be aware if you want more than 3 case fans you will need a splitter.

Memory

RAM looks nice and I had no problems getting it to run 2400 mhz right out of the box. Can't complain.

Storage

First experience with an SSD. Literally takes just a few seconds to boot into Windows 10. Definitely don't want to go back to a HDD after this.

Video Card

I would have liked the 8 gb version but the 4 gb was more in my price range. Overall, I am very happy with the performance so far. Haven't noticed any dipping, but I haven't really tried any AAA games on it yet.

Case

I loved the looks of this case and building in it was a dream. The cable management was a breeze even for a first-time builder. I will say keeping the tempered glass window clean and not scratching it has been slightly difficult. For the price, I don't think this can be beat.

Power Supply

After purchasing, I read some bad reviews on Raidmax PSU's blowing up in computers and smoking. Can't say I've had this experience. I'm not a huge fan of the blue and black mesh on the cables though.

Wireless Network Adapter

Recognized my network right on the first boot and has given me pretty good download speeds. I've been hitting under 40 ping playing Overwatch as well which is good enough for me to not run a cable upstairs.

Case Fan

I can feel it sucking air into my system and everything seems to run cool. It's a little louder than I would like, but not terribly loud. They aren't nearly as bright as I expected, but it could be because they are connected to a fan splitter.

Monitor

For the price, I'm not sure you can beat this monitor. The only detraction is it isn't IPS, but I can't say the colors look bad. The display is a bit distorted from different viewing angles, but that's not a problem for me.

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Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Definetly upgrade the ram ASAP if you can, but otherwise great build. +1

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

This looks great