First ever PC build. Transitioned from console because of Fortnite. I knew I didn't need as much as I have, but I am glad I went with each part and I know it will last.
Gaming and a little web browsing is all I use this for. I have used basic Microsoft applications as well, not much to say there. I haven't monitored the system fully, but I do have software for both the GPU and CPU. So far so good except for GPU monitoring issues and a few crashes from drivers which seem to be resolved from updates. Temps currently on chrome with Twitch/YouTube are 32-45 degrees Celsius (CPU/mobo/package) and about 40 degrees Celsius for the GPU.
Comments and questions welcome. Build was Completed beginning of October 2019.
Reviews for Special Items:
Keyboard is amazing. The feel and build quality is there and I always wanted one because I watch Tfue. Researched different switches and looked up Logitech G Pro, Glorious, plus many alternatives. Went to Best Buy to test there display of basic gaming models from Corsair, Hyper x, Logitech, and Razer. Immediately enjoyed the clicky MX Blues over MX Reds, and I was steered away from Logitech due to switch compatibility. Didn't like the sound of Blues o I went with the MX Browns. Pre-ordered and took 2 more weeks than expected. Still worth the wait IMO. The RGB looks great, the quality feels great, and the switches feel even better. Highly recommend both the switches and Keyboard.
Glorious released their Model O during this time and I almost jumped the gun, but had no previous experience to determine the size for me. Waited for the Model O Minus to release while I still picked out my parts and all I can say is there's nothing I don't like. First gaming rig with a gaming mouse to match. It's a budget Final Mouse with lighter and similar specs as the G Pro wired which was my original option. 58 grams, honeycombed, light as hell with pretty lights, and $50 makes this mouse better than any of my friends. Highly suggest if you plan on "getting good". I may have been able to get away with a the Model O instead of the smaller version, but I'm used to it and see no issues with FPS games.
Mouse pad was purchased as the same time as my mouse and it covers my desk perfectly, would've gone bigger if it fit my desk. Better overall quality than Steel-Series (friend has one to compare). Very smooth, washable, stitched edges. Highly suggest.
Monitor was laying around from my parents. Temporary use while I grow funds for 240Hz AlienWare or IPS monitor.
Speaker was a free gift with purchase of $200+ a while ago (3 years). Meant for phones, but pairs well with my PC. Glad I chose to have Bluetooth on the motherboard. Rarely use it, but my monitor doesn't have speakers and my next one might not either. Good for guests too.
Originally was going for Intel before learning the new Ryzen was about to launch. The debate seems proven for AMD's price to performance. My budget wasn't fully developed or established yet and I'm glad I waited. Ditched the 3600x and stock cooler for the 3600 with a CM Hyper 212. I overclocked the CPU automatically through the Asus AI Suite to 3.95 GHz at 1.35v. Currently 15% on task manager with content playing. 55 degrees while gaming more or less. Don't know much about fan curves but I increased all three from the default Turbo profile.
Pretty good so far, although I wanted a Scythe Mugen Rev. B. for similar price (out of stock atm).
Motherboard is beautiful, many features that I don't use with potential for many upgrades. Pictures don't show much, but the quality and looks are great. Went with X570 because of BIOS flashing issues on older chipsets and for the long term stability. Little RGB strip flows well with the RAM and I still have two headers on the board.
The G.Skill Trident Z Ram caught my eye from the start and I was okay with the price difference for the looks and RGB. Luckily a few models were capable with my motherboard, and the Trident Z Neo came out for "optimized Ryzen" performance. Went with 3600 C18 over 3200 C16, due to the potential to tighten the timings which I don't care to do currently (saw someone claim C15 with this set). Overclocked through BIOS to rated speed and timings with no issues. Currently 30% on chrome with background tabs, and I haven't seen more than 55% being utilized during gaming. Looks absolutely phenomenal and syncs with the little strip on the board through Asus Aura. One of my favorite parts of the build.
SSD had reviews comparable to Samsung and I filtered out cheaper models because of Cache (why? idk). Price was great, performance is there. No issues, I recommend.
GPU was "overkill". I started my research considering a Strix or MSI 1660ti for 144 FPS gaming @ 1080p, was led to believe the price wasn't worth with the 2060 being not much more, and eventually AMD releasing their new GPU.
Decided I wanted to keep the Mobo/GPU theme the same from the start and I also enjoyed idea of triple fans which MSI lacked at the time. I waited for the Asus TUF RX 5700 to release more than a month after other models, except the RX 5700 XT came up first... by this time I had all my parts delivered and I bought the better GPU (non-XT version came up 24 hours later, but it went with it). Still very happy with my pick and the price. It hits 240-280+ FPS in both CS:GO and Fortnite on high settings at about 65 degrees Celsius. Uncapped I've seen peaks of 380 on CS and 700 in the Fortnite Lobby. 85+ FPS on Rust and other games I haven't tracked. I did play Astroneer with my Game Pass and it put the GPU to work. Reaching 75 degrees and almost 110 junction temp, I was worried at first but the fans were working at 75-80%. It was rather loud, but I don't remember it passing through my mic and the headset eliminated the noise. Overall a killer GPU for 1080p gaming. Planning to use it for 240Hz FPS gaming once money for a monitor is saved and potentially 1440p down the line.
NZXT case has always caught my eye, although I considered a Meshify C. Matte Black and Box styles ruled this decision and the new 510 case was released. Wanted the Elite as the RGB is worth, but I didn't want to overwhelm my budget and build with RGB. Wire management is easy for first timer and the fans seem decent.
I was going for a 550w 80+ Gold PSU like Seasonic, Corsair, or EVGA. However once I was going to place the order for my PC case on NZXT I saw the PSU for sale from an original price of $125. I did some research and heard it has Seasonic internals, then did some more after I bought a more powerful GPU. After various opinions and wattage estimates I was still confident I would be fine with the quality and the power of 500w 80+ Gold. Except, the wattage monitoring hasn't worked since first boot. I could try to switch USB ports, but I don't see it being useful anymore. My GPU software can monitor the power of my biggest concern, the GPU. If I decide to do serious bench marking I will try to fix the issue, till then its a regular PSU and I'm happy with it for $80.
I'm sure there are better options for optimal flow and low noise, but they work.
Headphones were a gift. Meant for music I think, but it sounds good and feels good too. Mic is okay.