This is my 2nd build ever and I'm feel as if I'm becoming more confident building again. This was a lot of fun putting it all together. I think I may have spent more time reading into every components than I did building it. But anyways, I don't want to bore you with my personal feats so I'll get going.... :)
I bought almost everything around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which saved me around $110 bucks! This build actually cost me around $1040 total. I primarily use this for gaming and productivity/music composition. It is also my first Ryzen build and I gotta say, this thing is RESPONSIVE AF. The Zotac 1060 6GB Mini is a beast! I can easily browse away, run YouTube on 1080p and switch to gaming (ex: Overwatch) under load and get a decent temp going on both CPU/GPU and get no lag. The only problem I really had was that I noticed some screen tear going on when I played a few games of Overwatch, which I believe is due to my old Acer monitor 6ms, but changing my Nvidia settings cleared it right up. My next project is to get a better audio card and get ProTools installed so I can get to work with my music so that is next on my list.
Other than that, I'm extremely happy with my new PC. I currently have no plans right now to OC but I may do so in the near future. Big thanks to PCPP for helping me compile my build and the community that helped me with some of the questions I had. Thanks to them, I was able to successfully POST on first try, especially with the problems the mobo was said to have when paired with my CPU. But it worked, everything was firing on all pistons and I'm a happy dude.
Please feel free to comment or hit me up with any tips on improving my build that I currently have. Thanks for reading this far.
Super fast, super responsive. No complaints at all AND it comes with a very decent stock cooler! Paid: $189.99
It's a good mobo for my needs and it was the cheapest that I could find at the time. I'll be honest, I was kind of scared to build with this mobo when I heard about it not working out of the box with the Ryzen 5 1600 but apparently MSI had fixed that problem later in the production. It's nice aesthetically to look at and I'm please with it. It could use more fan headers though than just the 3 that it comes with. Paid: $73.90
After looking around for ram that was compatible with my mobo, I ended up getting these bad boys. These are super fast and I used the XMP to get to 2666 and I am more than pleased with the speed. Paid: $174.95
My Windows 10 Pro boots up quick!! It's a great SSD and really can't go wrong with SanDisk. Paid: $74.99
The right amount of storage space for me! It's faster than other HDD I've worked with in the past and I have nothing bad to say about it. Paid: $53.66
I've never bought an actual GPU ever and this blew me the hell away with it's performance for it's size! It can handle all of my games (Overwatch, Dark Souls 3, Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen, etc) all at 60fps in ultra settings! It's an amazing GPU and if you're looking for a budget gpu, this is it! Paid: $239.99
Very happy with this case. It's easy to work with and even added a couple more led fans to it. The glass is very sensitive to light scratching so keep that in mind when unboxing it, or lifting it around. Paid: $69.99
Easy to install. Gold certified and it runs pretty silent! Paid: $69.99
Wireless Network Adapter
Needed to get this because mobo doesn't have one onboard. Very pleased with it reach and download/upload speeds. No complaints at all. Paid: $34.99
I got these fans as an addition to my S340 case, and to give it a nice red hue near the mobo and I am very pleased with it. Paid: $5.14 (for the pair!!)
Beautiful LED keyboard. It has a variety of colors that you can customize. Good quality board and it's pretty quiet too. Paid: $37.99
These speakers are nice and loud for the price. Just needed a newer set since my old Altec Lansing speakers were dying on me. Paid: $34.88