So for a while I was thinking about moving over from console gaming to PC gaming, and I finally decided to build two gaming PC's (one for myself and one for my brother). I went with Ryzen, because of all the great things I heard about it and the amazing price to performance ratio. I immediately slapped on a 3.8 GHz overclock to the CPU through the UEFI, and I was surprised how well the stock cooler handled it. Unfortunately on my brother's end, he got unlucky in the silicon lottery and I just left his CPU at stock clocks. I was originally planning to buy a Gigabyte AORUS XTR RX580 for a butter smooth 1080p gaming experience, but GPU price inflation was too high, so I went with a cheaper ASUS Dual GTX 1060. All in all, the experience of building my own PC was great (although cable management could've been a bit better), and I definitely recommend building your own PC if you are a newcomer to the PC world.
EDIT: Later on, I eventually got a Samsung 850 Evo 500 Gb SSD to act as my boot drive, and I reduced the OC to 3.7 GHz at 1.25 V.
EDIT: I once again overclocked to 3.8 GHz at 1.35V and I got very good results in several benchmarks, and it remained stable even after 30 continuous minutes of stress testing in CPU-Z. Idle temps were around 39 -40 Celsius, with temps capping out at 82 Celsius with the CPU fan at 100% speed. I also tinkered with the GPU clocks in Afterburner, achieving 2088 MHz boost and 9024 effective memory clock (2256 MHz).
EDIT: I recently bought a new Cryorig H7 Quad Lumi tower cooler for my CPU. It lowered temps by 18 degrees Celsius under full load, leaving me with 64 degrees at 100% usage. All in all my computer is performing better than ever with the new cooler.
6 cores, 12 threads, easy overclocking, and low temps. Great all-around budget CPU for gaming and light workstation use. Recommended!
Great cooling capacity, and is much more than I needed to cool my R6 1600 running at 3.8 GHz. I took one star off because the NZXT CAM software has some software bugs, and it's quite annoying to use at times, with my RGB lighting profiles getting wiped every time I reboot my PC. Other than that, the RGB lighting is great, and it keeps things nice and cool.
Not an outstanding motherboard by any means, but it still gets the job done. One thing that struck me as odd was that there is no LLC setting in the UEFI. However, it still provides me with decent OC control, and as long as the motherboard is working fine, I won't need to buy anything more expensive than this.
This RAM kit ran at the rated speeds right out of the box on my Ryzen build. I was a little bit concerned at first after hearing about the RAM compatibility with early Ryzen, but it seemed to run the DDR4-3200 XMP profile just fine on my B350 board. After tightening the timings a bit (16-16-16-18-32), this RAM kit really shined, gaining a 10-15% increase in performance over the standard XMP profile. Overall a great ram kit!
Runs games at 60+fps, 1080p on Ultra settings. What more can I ask for?
Very nice sound card that really helped open up my Razer Kraken Pro V2 gaming headset. The sounds are crisp and clear, and I can hear little nuances in games and music that I didn't notice before. Creative ALchemy and EAX are the cherries on top. I gave it 4 stars however, because of the lack of driver updates.
After fiddling around in the Nvidia control panel, I got the colors to my liking (running sRGB mode in the monitor's settings, gamma at 0.75 and digital vibrancy at 75% in the Nvidia control panel). The TN panel is pretty decent at reproducing colors now, and the 144 Hz refresh rate makes everything so much more responsive and smooth. Definitely recommended as an entry-level 1080p/144Hz gaming monitor.
As my first mechanical keyboard, I was very pleasantly surprised. The MX Speed switches took some time to adjust to (typos are very common, as these switches are not very forgiving if you accidentally stroke a key), but are absolutely amazing when gaming. Keystrokes are almost instantaneous, and the switches almost require no force at all to actuate. The RGB backlighting is another bonus, and looks great. Definitely recommended!
Comfortable mouse that has a decent amount of heft to it. It isn't so light that you overshoot everything with the cursor, but also isn't so heavy that it tires your arm out after a couple hours. The sensor is top-notch, switches are light and snappy, and the macro-buttons and RGB lighting are very well placed. The multiple weights included are great if you want to alter the balance and feel of the mouse, but I just leave the mouse as it is, with all the weights removed. Recommended!
Great competitive gaming mouse. Weighs just under 100g, and is great for games like CS:GO, Overwatch, and TF2. Sensor is top-notch, and the switches are light and snappy. The 10g weight is nice if you want a more balanced feel, as the mouse is a little nose-heavy. Recommended!