Description

CPU

I chose the R5 2600 since it performs excellently for my purposes and it came with a great stock cooler. (Google Express)

Motherboard

The Mortar has the best heatsinks of all the B450m boards, so I chose it. I prefered the Titanium version, but it's OOS everywhere :( The BIOS was pleasant to work with. (Amazon)

RAM

It's got RGB and it's 3000mhz CL15. The software's kinda neat as well. (Google Express)

Storage

Borrowed the hard drives from my dad since it wasn't in my budget to get an SSD. I will get a Crucial MX500 m.2 SSD very soon. (Dad)

GPU

Chose this over the 1060 6gb because 1) It's $50 cheaper 2) It has more VRAM 3) I got two free games out of it. Chose this specific model because I heard it has the best cooling. (Newegg)

Case

I fell in love with this case as soon as I saw it. Its look is amazing. The dual compartment concept is really nice, I can barely see any cables other than the PCIe for the GPU. I haven't done much testing with airflow yet. (Ebay)

PSU

It was at a great price, it's semi-modular, and has enough wattage. Good reviews too. (Google Express)

Monitor

Another thing I "borrowed" from my dad. PPI is kinda low, but the colors are super nice. (Dad)

Mouse

The side buttons are definitely useful. Saw great reviews about it. (Amazon)

Headphones

Good price, they look nice, and perform well. (Amazon)

I ordered the parts over a period of time. When I got them all, my friends who are experienced with this stuff came over and built it for me helped me build it. The build itself was very smooth; my friends were commenting on how nice the case was to work in. We ran into a couple of hiccups including the classic forgetting to turn on the PSU, the outlet's switch was off, and we kept screwing up the Windows installation (I'm using the free version btw).

When it finally finished, it looked good at first. I started the download of Rainbow Six, but it was taking so long so I downloaded Minecraft just for giggles and to get 200+ fps. Turns out I couldn't even hit 30 fps (wth). I just thought it was an HDD bottleneck since Minecraft is a procedural generating world. I shrugged it off and at the same time, I noticed my PC was really quiet. I just thought that was money well spent on a GPU. I booted up R6 and it was bad. 900p, medium settings, couldn't hit 60fps. This time I turned on Radeon Overlay and saw that the fans were at 0rpm at ~85°. Did a fan health check with Sapphire Trixx and the fans are dead. Tried a few solutions like replacement fans from Sapphire and setting custom fan curves.

In the end I sent it to Newegg for RMA, let's hope it goes through and I get a speedy replacement! I'll update on everything else like temps and performance once I get it back. I'll also take not so crappy pictures.

Update: The new GPU works! So far I've tried Rainbow Six Siege and Titanfall 2 on it and they both run flawlessly. R6 gets 140fps at max settings (with TAA, TSAA x4 drops it down to 45). The CPU cooler is kinda loud even when idle and the idle temp is around 40-45C. Planning to upgrade the cooler. The SSD is amazing, however it's already filling up. I'll get another one when $80/1tb.

Part Reviews

CPU

Pros: great performance for price, comes with a great stock cooler, unlocked.
Cons: no integrated graphics, bottlenecked by slow RAM

I would absolutely recommend this over any i5 for mid-range gaming.

Motherboard

Pros: nice BIOS, solid heatsinks Cons: one m.2 screw was missing (not the end of the world)

Memory

RGB is really nice. The RAM works as advertised.

Storage

I got this for $54. Amazing price. Installation was a breeze (it comes with two screws), and it's super fast. For gaming, SATA will suffice, however, if you're doing heavier work, NVMe will be better for you. The 500gb fills up fast, so depending on the games you play, you might want to get a bigger one.

Video Card

Compared to a 1060 6gb:
* More VRAM
* $50 cheaper at MSRP
* Guaranteed Freesync support
* Some cool software like AMD Link, Wattman, and Chill
* Missing some not so important features like HBAO+, Hairworks, ANSEL, etc.

This specific model: quiet, fast, RGB, nice software, good build quality, looks beautiful, nice backplate.

Case

Really nice to build in. The second compartment is super handy for stuffing stuff in.

Power Supply

Semi-modular, good price, didn't blow up. What more can I say?

Monitor

Amazing colors, low PPI

Mouse

Really comfortable, the side buttons are very nice, the battery life is crazy good.

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

From the one source I found on the internet, there isn't that big of a difference between 2400mhz ram, and 3200mhz ram, like 2-8 fps in games. Anyways, nice build, I think it could use a light strip though, I think that would really help to make the CPU cooler and GPU back plate more visible.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, that's a great suggestion. Sort of unrelated, but does anyone have suggestions for taking better pictures in terms of settings? I have the S7 camera.

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm not really a photographer, but maybe you could take your side panel off to get shots of the inside, and maybe turning down exposure. I don't know how to do it on Android, I only know on iPhone.

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  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

That makes sense.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

yuh.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

maybe use 3.5 inch hdds instead? they should be more affordable