Description

So This all started at the beginning of this year when I finally decided to take the plunge into building my first gaming PC. After discussing it with the wife (and more than a few eye rolls) she agreed that now would be a good time to do it. After months of research on PCPP and watching YouTube videos I finally dove in, head first. I wanted a build that would run as close to 1440/144 as possible and I think I achieved that. I am so happy with this build so far.

And, it booted on the first try!!

Note: The GTX 960 seen in the first pic was just a placeholder until I got the RX 5700 XT.

Part Reviews

CPU

I don't think I am even scratching the surface of this CPU's potential. So far it hasn't given me even a slight hiccup. I'm very happy with my selection. I was waiting for Zen 2 but when all the launch problems with BIOS and mobo issues started popping up it scared me off a bit.

Motherboard

A very solid board with just enough of the bells and whistles that you could need for a near mid-tier build.

Memory

A little pricier than other kits at this price but it comes with pretty lights and even overclocks pretty well on this mobo.

Storage

Same for this one. Boot times are pretty quick and I am satisfied with the performance.

Storage

Yeah, it's storage and it works. Not much to see here.

Video Card

Not 5 star worthy IMO but a solid card. Just starting out with this beast was a bit scary due to the heat issues that are typical with blower style cards, especially this one. After researching ways to cool it without having a jet engine installed in my case, I learned to just undervolt it without much of a performance loss. It may even have gained some performance due to not thermal throttling. Now this card doesn't go above 65C when in game. I haven't got many games under my belt yet, but, that will change soon enough.

Case

Great little tower with decent cooling and it comes with pretty lights. All for a mere 60 bucks.

Power Supply

This sucker works as intended and I am happy with it.

Case Fan

Very quiet fans that keep the air moving pretty well.

Custom

More pretty lights that I was able to hook directly into the case light control buttons and control the case lights along with the 2 strips that this comes with. I put one above the tempered glass and the other mounted to the back panel to give a nice ambiance through the various openings in the mobo tray and the cable management channel by the front fans.

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Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

The picture with the graphics card in the car with the seatbelt made me giggle. Beautiful build.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! My kids were in the backseat wondering what the hell I was doing buckling in a GPU. I really enjoyed putting this build together and I would encourage anyone to do the same.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Nicely done! Does your wife know how much the pc cost?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. She's just isn't interested in this sort of thing but she said she was impressed that I was able to build it by myself having never done it before.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you undervolt the gpu?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You have to go into Radeon settings under Gaming/Global Settings/Global Wattman and scroll down until you get to % power limit. You then move the slider to a negative value. It consumes less power making the GPU run much cooler and more quiet at a rather slight decrease in performance.

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  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

How did you turn off the Radeon light

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You can't turn it off. As I stated in the description of my build, I was using a gtx 960 card until the 5700 XT showed up.

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