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I FINALLY HAVE IT

After saving up all summer, this is my first desktop PC! I graduated from a trash Toshiba laptop, the speed difference is MIND BLOWING! I'll walk through each product on the list (The prices on the list aren't 100% accurate btw, the real thing was cheaper) and my reasoning behind buying it.

-CPU: Ryzen 3 1200 Processor

When I started eyeing a PC build about a year ago, I has my sights set on the i3-6100, the budget king at the time. Eventually the G4560 came along, at $70 it was an insane deal on a Kaby Lake CPU with 4 threads. Right before I was ready to pull the trigger on the build, the Ryzen 3 dropped. A true quad core, unlocked, for a hundred bucks. After crunching the numbers for the motherboard I'd need for each processor, I decided the R3 was the way to go. If I wanted to upgrade later, I'd need an OC capable mobo, and a B350 board is about $40 less than the Z270 board I'd need for the G4560. All in all, I was looking at about $10 bucks more for the AMD setup, a happy premium for the quad core performance. This processor is a beast. Although I wasn't particularly lucky in the silicon lottery, I was still able to hit 3.88Ghz @ 1.34V on the stock cooler while not breaking 76C on Prime95, and that process was made easy by the Ryzen Master software. This CPU is a tank and seemingly doesn't even notice background apps when gaming. The one thing that scared me with this CPU was during construction, when i found a few bent pins. I've heard horror stories about bent pins, and, this being my first PC build, I was super nervous. Hands shaking, I was finally able to bend them back into place with a razor blade. All in all, however, the Ryzen 3 1200 has been an awesome CPU and I would totally buy it again or recommend it to anyone in search of a strong budget setup.

-Motherboard: MSI B350 PC MATE ATX AM4

My thought process for this board was pretty simple. One of the cheapest B350 (overclockable) chipsets, It had great reviews, and was from a trusted manufacturer. It also is full-size ATX, which means I have plenty space for PCIe expansion. Finally, its black/grey aesthetic ensures that it will blend into a higher end system, so I won't be pressed to get a new board if i plan on upgrading.

-Memory: Kingston FURY 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400

It's from a trusted brand, it's black so it'll blend into a higher end system, it's decently fast, and it looks cool. Don't overthink it ;)

-SSD: SanDisk Ultra II 240GB 2.5" SSD

Originally wanted an 850 EVO.... realized I have no money. Still want an 850 EVO, feel free to send me one if you're feeling charitable :D 240GB seems really small for something without a HDD, but I have a cheap 1TB external drive I found somewhere, I throw my media and some games on it when I need to free up space.

-GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB SC GAMING ACX 2.0

This probably would be an RX 470, but you know.... miners. This card is a beast, I don't have any tough-to-run games, but it does run DiRT 3 at 1080p Ultra at like 120fps, which is crazy and makes me want a 144hz monitor. As for the specific card, I could've payed around $10 less for a Gigabyte card, but I just trust EVGA a little more, and didn't want an orange card.

-Case: NZXT S340 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower

This case is wayyyyy overkill, there's no denying that. However, it looks amazing, is built like a tank, and for just $40 more than the cheap Corsair Carbide 88R I was going to use, I won't have to change cases for a long time. Front mount SSD is really cool, cable management puck is more rubbery than I thought it would be but it's a great place to hang my Audio Technica M-50s. Oh also, I guess this is just b/c I'm not used to ATX desktops, but this thing is huge. Like... it's taller than my 23" monitor on a stand. It's kinda hard to explain, but it's big. And I love it ;)

-PSU: EVGA B3 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX

$30 after rebate. For a fully modualr EVGA PSU. Need I say more?

-Monitor: Acer H236HLbid 23.0" 1920x1080 60Hz

Good colors, perfect size, tiny bezels, minimalistic design. What more can you ask for in a monitor at $100?

  • Keyboard: Razer Ornata Chroma

I got a lot of flak from mechanical loyalists for getting an Ornata, but once you stare at the pretty colors, you forget everything else. The white background coupled with lower keys gives an amazing effect, and pairs nicely with the Mamba TE mouse. The noise is much different than a mech. It's very loud and high pitched, it almost sounds fake. I guess that's because it kind of is though. You don't hear the actual travel of the key, just a sharp click, if that makes sense. I like it, but it might as well be an air raid alarm at night. Minimalistic design and comfy magnetic wrist rest are a huge plus as well.

  • Mouse: Razer Mamba Tournament Edition

Coming from one of those super tiny Microsoft wireless mice, it feels like going from safety scissors to a katana. The precision and feel is crazy, and you can program a button as a DPI clutch in Synapse for better precision. As for the lights... well... they kinda speak for themselves. They look the same as the pictures, so if you like RGB, you'll like the Mamba.

  • Speakers: Logitech S120 2.3W 2ch

These speakers suck. I don't know if I got a different model than the people who left raving reviews, but the left speaker (the one with the volume control) has crazy static and just sounds horrible. I'm not one to be picky with speakers either, there's just something wrong with these. I plugged them into my laptop too, just to isolate the issue. Same deal. I would not buy these again.

  • Steam Controller

Weird. Great haptic feedback, and the paddles on the back are awesome for shifting in racing games, but the controller just takes a ton of fiddling with to get comfortable. If you just want something that works, get a console controller. Once you nail the settings, however, the Steam Controller can be head and shoulders above other controllers. Little tip, check out GloSC if you want to use it with non-steam games.

  • Camera/Mic: Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000

I just got this b/c it was cheap and my M-50 headphones don't have a mic. Quality (both audio and video) is really good, I would totally buy/recommend again.

  • Audio Technica ATH M-50x Headphones

I bought these a few months ago and they don't have much to do with the PC, but you can see them hanging on the case in the photos. I bought them refurbished off eBay for somewhere around $80 if I remember correctly. They are phenomenal. Super comfy, good build quality, and perfect sound. The bass is heavy but not overwhelming, they're fairly low-impedance so they'll work with a phone great, I just can't rave enough about them. I hear stuff in songs, background instruments and stuff, that I've never heard before using earbuds or speakers. If you want to listen to your music how it was intended to sound, buy these. You won't regret it.

Well, that's it I guess! Feel free to comment, I will be checking regularly and answering any questions. Have a great day!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great quad core performance, amazing OC potential and the stock cooler to (mostly) keep up with it while looking halfway decent. Ryzen Master software is great too. Single gripe is that it has pins on the bottom instead of a flat plate like Intel, mine had a couple bent pins I had to bend back. According to my research, I wasn't super lucky in the silicon lottery, but I managed to hit 3.88ghz at 1.34v on the stock cooler without breaking 76c under full synthetic load!

Motherboard

Sturdy, good IO, great looks for an amazing price. BIOS was pretty easy to navigate too. Would buy again

Memory

Does RAM stuff. Does it good. Looks good while doing it.

Storage

Fast... I guess that's all I can say so far. It's really, really fast. Reliability review will come later

Video Card

Scored 77th percentile in userbench, boosted up to about 1950Mhz! Runs quiet and cool, looks nice too. Destroys 1080p. Buy it. Buy it now.

Case

Way bigger than I thought it would be. Sleek and... monolithic looking. A piece of art. Cable management puck is convenient too. A pleasure to build in, built like a tank.

Power Supply

Black cables are awesome. Fully-modular EVGA PSUs for $30-40 are awesome too. 10/10 would reccomend

Monitor

Sexy, sharp, nice colors, tiny bezels and perfect size, for a hundred bucks. Buy it.

Keyboard

Looks stunning. Hands down best looking keyboard ever. Also really, really loud. Love it or hate it I guess. Comfy wristrest and nice build too. Would buy again

Mouse

Coming from one of those super tiny Microsoft wireless mice, it feels like going from safety scissors to a katana. The precision and feel is crazy, and you can program a button as a DPI clutch in Synapse for better precision. As for the lights... well... they kinda speak for themselves. They look the same as the pictures, so if you like RGB, you'll like the Mamba.

Headphones

They are phenomenal. Super comfy, good build quality, and perfect sound. The bass is heavy but not overwhelming, they're fairly low-impedance so they'll work with a phone great, I just can't rave enough about them. I hear stuff in songs, background instruments and stuff, that I've never heard before using earbuds or speakers. If you want to listen to your music how it was intended to sound, buy these. You won't regret it.

Speakers

These speakers suck. I don't know if I got a different model than the people who left raving reviews, but the left speaker (the one with the volume control) has crazy static and just sounds horrible. I'm not one to be picky with speakers either, there's just something wrong with these. I plugged them into my laptop too, just to isolate the issue. Same deal. I would not buy these again.

Custom

Weird. Great haptic feedback, and the paddles on the back are awesome for shifting in racing games, but the controller just takes a ton of fiddling with to get comfortable. If you just want something that works, get a console controller. Once you nail the settings, however, the Steam Controller can be head and shoulders above other controllers. Little tip, check out GloSC if you want to use it with non-steam games.

Custom

I just got this b/c it was cheap and my headphones don't have a mic. Quality (both audio and video) is really good, I would totally buy/recommend again.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Greater build! Looks super clean and nice especially for a first build, and the part selection was spot on. Also the logitech z200 is a great speaker system if you want to upgrade from your bad ones. Also is the ricer pc joke because you put a low end pc in a Tempered glass case?

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Thanks for the recommendation, I'll definitely check em out! Yeah, the name is a little reference to disguising low end firepower with pretty lights and stuff as well as overclocking cheap hardware to keep up, kinda like a turboed 350z or something haha

  • 27 months ago
  • 3 points

Sexy build, it has bling in all the right places(great headphones, glass window, a touch of color on the keyboard and mouse). I really like the all black interior as well, classy. The price is pretty dang good for the whole set up as well and plenty of room to grow.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man, it really means a lot :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

ayy my ricer friend, I also payed way too much for a tempered glass case! I guess the next step is a big wing and 15 degrees of camber lmao

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Yummy! Looks super sexy! I'm excited to build a ryzen system too

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome budget build. $1000 for a full setup as good as yours is pretty sweet.

I know what you mean about the Steam Controller. It is pretty weird. I've actually switched to an Xbox One controller recently, but I love using the paddles on the back when I can.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Name.

+1

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Would pay more money than the Mayweather vs Mcgregor fight to see that pc drift.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks haha, I want to get some stickers like K&N, NOS, Hoonigan, etc and stickerbomb the glass panel

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I hear each sticker adds 15fps

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Adds an extra 5 horsepower every sticker.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I love the ricer joke in the title

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Be very careful not to draw more than 450W on the PSU.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/evga-450-b3-psu,5160-11.html

In the end, it may not matter because the 450 B3 has other, more serious problems. It looks like Super Flower made a huge mistake in its design, which poses a major safety risk. We noticed that the over-power protection triggering point is set way too high. Even under normal operating temperatures, one of the primary FETs in our store-bought sample, along with some other components, blew up. Either SF should set its OPP point much lower or use components able to handle higher amperage. We were also disturbed by the fact that, after the primary side shorted out, the PSU's fuse didn't blow. Every time we applied power, we saw sparks. Obviously, that's a fire hazard.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

wow, thanks for the warning... maybe that's why it was so cheap... I think I'm in the clear for now, only drawing a bit over 200 under load, but I'll keep that in mind when I go for a bigger GPU down the road.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, bent pins on the CPU (PGA) is easy to repair. When it's on the motherboard, like Intel (LGA), your motherboard's finished.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I guess you're right that bent pins can occur on motherboards too, but it was scary nonetheless, especially on a first build

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Threadripper's socket, TR4 (LGA) is so dense it needs a special mounting system.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been looking at the Razer Mamba TE for a while now but have heard some bad things about it. How is it working for you?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

I think it's great! Of course, coming from a tiny logitech wireless mouse, I'm probably not the best person to criticize a gaming mouse... The build is great, no creaking or anything, the feel is nice, it tracks true and smooth, it's everything I wanted in a mouse. I would totally buy it again. But again, it's the only gaming mouse I've ever used, so...

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Sweet, thanks!

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem man

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

are the m50xs noise cancelling

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

No, they're completely passive. My earbuds do a better job of blocking out background noise.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

great cable management

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! There wasn't much to manage and the S340 makes it easy :) Trust me though, you don't want to see underneath the back panel haha

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi there,

A few weeks ago I made a build almost identical to this one. However, it didn't work and the CPU EZ Debug red light was on. After RMAing the CPU back i plugged the new one in and the same problem happened again. Did you have any problem like this with the motherboard?

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah that light is on for me sometimes, i think I read somewhere that it's because the CPU doesn't have integrated graphics and the mobo thinks that's a problem, nothing bad has happened tho. Just make sure you have a dedicated GPU and the video output plugged into it, not the mobo.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

As you said, you went overkill with the case, but its a great case because my build (The Dark Knight, Edgy nickname I know) has the same case.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How well does the ryzen 3 1200 paired with the MSI B350 PC mate and a gtx 1050 ti work on a build, I seem to use those same parts in my build that I am saving up to do.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

works great! Everything for the most part runs 1080p Ultra without a hitch. This PC has been chugging along for over a year now without a single issue and is still razor sharp in multitasking and gaming.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

where is the budget part?

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