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Sold off my first build around the summertime and have been computerless since then. Didn't really need a computer but ever since I started playing this one battle royal mobile game, I've been itching to try out Player Unknown's Battleground and Fortnite so I decided to through some money to build a new system.

I had already bought a Corsair H60 AIO water cooler and wireless card some time ago but never got to use it so I decided to finally put them to use for this build, I had bought the H60 used from craigslist for $40 and $10 for the card. Spent a some time on this site putting up parts to meet my budget, I wanted something cheap but powerful couldn't decide what to do so I had looked around and found this case which seemed like a great case for its price and bought it.

Still looking around craigslist, I saw this pair of 16gb ddr4 for $100, I still hadn't decided whether or not I wanted to build an old ddr3 or ddr4 system so I saved that for another time to decide. The next parts I came across were a 1tb seagate hard drive for $30 and the Corsair 650w power supply on ebay, the hard drive has only about 7 hours of usage according to crystaldisk and the psu was a refurbished unit being sold by newegg. After ordering both the psu and hard drive, I decided to also order in 2 additional 120mm fans since I saw my case has 2 spots for fans that were not used. After a few days, I came across someone who posted two 2 tb hard drives for sale, a western digital green and black, asking $50 for both, I didn't hesitate to buy them at all, they have been used extensively but seems to still work just fine. Then, I came across someone who had posted their system for sale which had the gtx 970 and ssd, I offered to buy them both for $150 and they accepted so I quickly ran and snatched them before some miner does as I've been looking around for a good gpu realizing how unstable and HIGH prices are going, so I had no choice but to settle with this beast.

Still not having decided on whether or not to build a ddr4 or ddr3 system and choosing intel or amd, I finally decided to just do an am4 build as it seemed to be the cheapest and still has a good upgrade path. Going with intel's new line of chips(coffee) was also on my mind but I realized how expensive the motherboards were aswell so it didn't meet my budget. I quickly ordered the motherboard from newegg and found a 20% off deal using google express to buy the ryzen. Waiting for my last 2 pieces to come in, I finally ran and grabbed the 2 x8gb ram from before. Getting anxious, I had already put my case fans, psu, hard drives all in my case waiting for my motherboard and cpu.

Once everything came in, I put everything together. This was the first time I worried myself about cable management as I did not know what cable management was on my previous build and had my cables just lying around. Cable management was some what challenging on this case but it wasn't either and I'd say for a micro tower, it was reasonable. I had planned to do a push/pull on the H60, but didn't have room for the push fan in the end. The next step on my list is overclocking to about 3.8-4 if I can but so far this machine has been a beast.

Part Reviews

CPU

Nice and fast, also cheap. Easily overclocked it to 3.8ghz

Motherboard

Feels nice and sturdy, liked how it had 3 sys fan headers which is why I bought it, had some troubles understanding a few things in the bios when overclocking though.

Memory

i didnt buy this exact model, but i believe its the same, just that mine has a silver heatsink or whatever you call it, bought it used but seems to work like intended, ive been trying to overclock it but havent had any success as im new to overclocking anyways

Storage

Reasonably fast, I think I’ve seen better but this still does a good job

Storage

Bought this used, crystal disk puts its usage hours at nearly 40k, its lasted awhile, i can almost guarantee itll last me awhile too

Video Card

Haven't pushed this to the limit yet with the more demanding games but its been great with the games ive been playing. bought this used locally on craigslist, cleaned it and reapplied thermal paste, works awesome.

Case

Awesome little case with a decent amount of airflow and reasonable cable management.

Power Supply

I didn't get this exact model as mine was a semi modular model, i bought it refurbished from newegg but it works like i got it new, does what i need it to and being semi modular was a ++

Wireless Network Adapter

I haven’t had good experiences in the past with WiFi cards but I haven’t had any issues with this yet, seems to do its job pretty well.

Case Fan

Awesome and cheap, literally can feel the airflow, was way better than the stock fans that came with my case

Custom

Needed something to fill in my empty pci slot so I got this to help push air from the bottom of my case and cool the area around my gpu. Seems to help cool things a little and is easily the loudest thing in my case but I don’t mind the noise anyway. LED matches my computer but overall, I’d suggest buying this if you don’t mind noise or just filling an old unused pci slot

Custom

Didn’t get to use it as I went and bought some Walmart ties before they arrived. First impressions, looks ok but doesn’t seem to be better than the ones I bought at Walmart for $2

Custom

huge tube, im sure it'll last me a long while, i dont know much about thermal pastes but so far this has been doing its job

Custom

Haven’t used them yet but looks like good quality for the price and was a good deal comparing to other deals

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Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm surprised someone would be stupid enough to sell their WD BLACK 2TB for only 25 dollars!

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I mean it has a lot of hours on it already according to crystaldiskinfo but I grabbed it anyways cause I’m almost certain it’s still gonna last me

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

No doubt

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Just overclocked the ryzen 3 to 3.8 ghz at 1.25v, been getting 60c max temperature for benches, i could probably push it some more but i think 3.8 is good enough for me

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

my first overclock to 3.8ghz was done with auto voltage, after rerunning prime95, my temps rose up to the 90s in no time and crashed so i manually put voltages at 1.25 and that fixed the problem, maxing out temps at about 66 Celsius and 32 Celsius idle which i believe is still good.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you buy me a 970/980ti and ship it to Texas I will give you +$35 or so

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

lol, i wish i could find another one for the price i paid for it, especially a gtx 980. i regret not buying a gtx 1060 i saw a couple weeks ago for $150.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

I just want to build my first PC guess i will have to wait :/

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah wait till the crypto currency market crashes