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I've always wanted to build my own PC but have never really had the motivation until after purchasing an iPad pro and my laptop began to go down hill. Using the iPad pro as my main portable device freed me up to finally look into building a desktop. I titled this build Down the Rabbit Hole, because that is exactly how I felt as I began researching about building a PC, it was an endless supply of information and opinions.
My main focus on this build was making it as future proof as possible. I am currently in grad school and have limited finances but wanted a build that will last for several years to come and that can be upgraded over the next few years. I specifically wanted a motherboard with both WiFi and Bluetooth on board, a Samsung SSD, and a Seasonic power supply.
Yes, I am completely aware that I could have built a gaming computer with a dedicated graphics card with the amount of money that I spent, but I knew that it would require me to compromise in other areas, such as a cheaper motherboard, cheaper power supply, and no SSD. Rather I have decided to upgrade my PC over the next couple of years with these specific future upgrades: 580 8gb GPU (hopefully within the next 6 months) - death to my Xbox one 1TB SSD or HDD (for games) 144hz 1080p Freesync Monitor Additional 8gb T-force DDR4-3000 Ryzen 3rd or 4th generation CPU
As of right now I couldn't be happier with my PC. Not only is it actually running and working! It is 10x faster than my old laptop, the mechanical keyboard makes me WANT to write my papers, and I can currently play Overwatch in 1080p with an average of 64fps. I'm looking forward to upgrading in the future and have completely fallen in love with the PC community. I have been so thankful for all of the information I have been able to gather from this site, reddit, and youtube to help me during this process, you guys are great! Thank you!
I chose this APU as it fit well into the budget, has 4 cores, and allows me to play some e-sport and older titles on the integrated graphics. So far everything is running smoothly, haven't had any problems running several applications at once. I've been able to play Overwatch on 1080p with an average of 64fps and haven't overclocked anything yet. I plan to buy a dedicated graphics card in the future but still believe this will be a great CPU. I would say that if you are able to buy a dedicated graphics card off the bat go with a Ryzen 5 1600 or 2600 as they do seem to get better FPS in games but for office work, light gaming, or as a budget build this APU is great!
I mainly chose this motherboard as I had already decided on the Ryzen 5 2400g and wanted a 450 motherboard so there would be no bios problems. I also wanted a motherboard with built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, both of which have been working perfectly. The RGB was a nice bonus and adds some pleasing aesthetics to my build. Overall I wanted a motherboard that had the features I was looking for and that I felt would last for the next several years. As of right now this motherboard is working perfectly, with no problems. I love that it has features that I don't even need right now as it will allow me to continue to upgrade my build in the future.
Chose this memory mainly because it was the cheapest black 2x4gb DDR4-3000 that I could find at time of purchase, the RGB was just a nice bonus. With my b450 Gaming Pro Carbon motherboard I did have to go into the bios to manually overclock in order to get the advertised speed. However it has been running stable at 3066 for several weeks now. I can also modify the RGB through the MysticLight app which has been nice as well, and it looks great.
After reading several reviews for SSD's I decided I wanted to go the Samsung route even if it meant I had to pay a little extra and start off my build with a little less storage, but I couldn't be happier with my decision. This is my first experience using an SSD and I am completely blown away. Windows 10 loads in less than 10 seconds (and that's no joke, I thought other reviews were exaggerated, but its true), and I am able to download and upload documents, pictures, and videos incredibly fast. I'm not sure that I can ever go back to the HDD world. You won't be disappointed with this purchase.
Was able to find this case on sale for Black Friday, as I had been planning on purchasing the non "smart" version of this case. However with the sale price it was only $15 more for the smart version and it was definitely worth it. The colors as great and look fantastic with my build, and having the fan speed controlled keeps my PC running nearly silent even under load. As for the case itself I am very glad that I chose this case for my first build, it made cable management so much easier and has plenty of room for my future upgrades (GPU and Water cooling). So far my only complaint I have had with this case is the CAM software, but I was able to fix the problem pretty quickly with some help from the support forums.
I already had my mind made up that I wanted a seasonic power supply after reading several reviews of various power supply units. I also wanted to go ahead and get a gold rated to help future proof the build, and was originally planning on the 550w. However with a rebate I was able to catch the 750w on sale which actually made it nearly $30 less than the 550w. It is major overkill for my build, but it provides plenty of growing room. So far I haven't had any problems, the black cables look sleek and were easy to work with even for my first build. I don't foresee any future problems, and Seasonic has earned a customer for life.
(There was also a $25 steam gift card "gift" inside of the box which I wasn't expecting, I filled out the form and am waiting to see if it actually works, if it does and I receive my rebate as well then I will have gotten this power supply for 24.99, which is crazy!).
After reading several reviews I knew that I wanted a mechanical keyboard with RGB lighting but yet I wanted to spend less than $50. I also needed a 87 key version as I have a very small desk. I was originally looking at the Reddragon K552 RGB with blue equivalent switches. However, I really wanted brown switches and that's how I came across this keyboard. It was a newer keyboard with fewer reviews on Amazon, yet good reviews so I decided to give it a shot.
My typing life will seriously never be the same again. I absolutely LOVE this keyboard! It literally makes me WANT to write my papers for school. It feels great, it sounds great, and it looks fantastic. I was completely taken back by the quality of an "off brand". Granted I haven't tried a $200 Corsair mechanical keyboard but for the price it seriously can't be beat. Now I'm going to have to buy one for work as I now notice how horribly mushy a membrane keyboard is. Did I mention I can average 96 words per minute on this thing? Its crazy!