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First PC build for uh "school"

Actually built it for y'know gaming, flexing on my friends on how much of a better PC I have, etc.. A bit overkill for the main games I play which are LoL, TF2, GTA V, Watch Dogs 2, OW, and OSU, but I wanted this build to last me until I graduate high school without having to get any upgrades. Anyways, when I first was looking at building this monster, I decided I was going to only have $1000 or $900 saved up and decided on an i5-9400f and GTX 1070 rig which still would have been a huge upgrade but I am very happy with my components. I got my 1080 Ti dirt cheap off eBay which even though it was a miner, he told me he ran the cards at 80% TDP to improve the lifespan of the card so I hope it'll continue to work for a few years.

So far the only benchmark I ran is 3D Mark Fire Strike and Time Spy (Fire Strike - 21800, Time Spy - 9097). Edit: I also ran recently Fire Strike Ultra - 6889, Fire Strike Extreme - 12809, and Time Spy Extreme - 4283.

Coming from an HP Prebuilt that I threw a 1050 Ti in last year, which got 5682 and 2191 in Fire Strike and Time Spy respectively this is a huge upgrade.

If your asking how a 14 year old obtained $1400 to build his PC, ask my very very wealthy grandmother.

Part Reviews

CPU

Runs like a champ in Cinebench and 3DMark and I'm sure it'll crush any games I throw at it. Happy to get the new 7nm process as well as 6 cores and 12 threads, and is a much better buy then what I was going to go with (an i7-9700k).

CPU Cooler

CAM software is well, a bit **** but is functional and does the job. The cooler however looks beautiful in person, easy to install, and keeps my CPU nice and cool.

Motherboard

Very nice motherboard, a particular fan header was really hard to get to while keeping my cable y'know managed properly, but overall great board and comes with some dank features like hybrid fan headers which was great for cable management with my AIO.

Memory

Super fast, heard Ryzen 3000 would utilize higher clock speed RAM even better so I decided to save time from having to overclock and picked up this super fast kit. The modules feel very premium in your hands and have a bit of weight to it, and look nice and sleek in my case.

Storage

Super fast boot times, from the time I restart to the time I hop back on discord is like 30 seconds - 1 minute and is honestly amazing.

Storage

Installs like an SSD, faster than regular 3.5" mechanical, big enough to hold my games = profit.

Video Card

Ah my pride and joy, this card is a monster. It is huge and really heavy but some of the metal feels flimsy but overall the card feels like a top-of-the-line card should and the benchmarks speak for itself. It takes a huge amount to power this beast, and getting the 2x6+2 PCIE connectors in was a real hassle for me. The card however, runs super quiet and cool and looks dope in your case.

Case

Case is nice but a pain in the *** to cable manage the back, I basically just left most of my cables in a flat puddle in the middle and called it a day with cable ties. But the case looks amazing, but I'd recommend saving up a bit for the newer 560x model which I heard is easier to work in and imho looks a bit nicer.

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Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 16 points

Hey I'm your long lost cousin! Would you mind giving me some of that money from our grandmother?

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

I feel like this mobo theme goes really well with the fractal design meshify c .. thanks for the review anyways gg :0

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

is the mobo good? I'll be getting the 3700x and a mild oc, for "schoolwork", obviously

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Haven't overclocked, but I'm sure the mobo can handle an aggressive oc easily, the cooling on the VRMs looks very beefy and it all feels very premium!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

another question: how brown is the pcb? is it noticeable?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Not brown at all as far as I can see. If it is, its very muted and not noticeable at all.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Im building a PC for 'schoolwork' as well

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the mobo? Is it good? Any issues?

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

So far it works like a charm, no issues and plenty of fan headers, etc.

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Thank you.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

How easy it is to see the motherboards brown PCB? (Sounds very wrong but eh)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry its a bit late, but there is no brown noticeable at all.

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Why would you get a 3600X if you planned on getting an AIO?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Partly its overclockable, although you won't get huge performance gains on Zen 2, its still nice to have the headroom. But mostly I like how it looks in my case, and its very quiet.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

what keyboard do you have

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Corsair Vengeance K70 I believe, and the mouse is a Logitech g502

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. I have the g502 as well, and I love it. I don't have a K70, though. Is it worth it?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends, do you have a membrane keyboard or a cheap Chinese mechanical keyboard? If so then I'd say to get a higher quality keyboard, not necessarily the K70 even though it is a good product, you should look out for anything else that interests you and keep an open mind.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

i have a Logitech g213 membrane kb. I was just wondering if the k70 was better in any way

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Get an keyboard from Ducky, Varmilo, Filco, Leopold, Vortex, etc. In my opinion, LEDs are not worth it for a keyboard.

I can get an Ducky One TKL with Cherry MX Clears (Rare switch, way more tactile than brown) for 90$ with free shipping in the US, if you are outside the US, like me, you will have to pay for shipping and taxes.

For that money, you can get something with way higher quality.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

If you don't like how the membrane kb feels, get a mechanical keyboard. I have never used the g213 keyboard but I have felt quite a few high quality membrane keyboard feel very nice, but personally I prefer mechanical keyboards over membrane. If you're in the market for a mechanical one, go Ducky, Corsair, Logitech, and the ones @Marco_The_Noob mentioned. Some keyboards can get a bit pricey, but here's a few I recommend.

$95 - Vortexgear Cypher 65% with Cherry Browns

$70 - Logitech G610 Orion Red Backlit with Cherry Reds

$143 - Vortexgear Pok3r 60% with Cherry Silver

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I hate to ask but how does the rgb look on this motherboard I’m trying to find one right now and I like the way this one looks I just want to know where the rgb is located at on the mobo

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't believe there is RGB on this mobo, hope it helps! If you have the budget, I believe the 200 dollar variant from the same manufacturer has RGB (the AORUS one from gigabyte).

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Personally I would've gone with a 280 or 240mm rad for your CPU just so that you can nice over clocks with cool temps

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

That was the plan lmao, but didn't have the budget but so far running stress tests my CPU caps at 75C with plenty of overhead for overclocking if I want to, which I do plan on doing when I can find a proper Zen 2 OC'ing guide.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Does this CPU bottleneck the 1080ti?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm thinking about the Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite but having reservations regarding price (lol I like to keep budgets not too high). As far as I can tell, the mobo you have looks pretty damn good and seems durable. Have you been satisfied with the build quality and other features? How many fan headers are there? I'm seriously considering buying the Gaming X instead so I'd appreciate some pointers!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Apologies for such a late reply, the motherboard has 4 fan headers that also support water pumps. I've been very satisfied with the build quality, but the BIOS is kinda **** and difficult to navigate. Overall, the board is a very nice and it feels top-of-the-line and I highly recommend it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries. Thanks for the info! I think it's a sweet spot of good VRM heatsinks, high build quality, and price.