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I've been playing the waiting game and have been putting this build off for months, and had finally decided only after the new Ryzen refresh was announced. Coincidentally, just weeks after the announcement, Prime Day was just around the corner. And I could not have thought of a perfect time to decide than now.

Just your pretty decent, run-of-the-mill build, by anyone just starting out into PC building. Bought almost everything on Amazon since package thieves are a thing in my area, and Amazon lockers are just a lifesaver. Other reasons are because I don't wanna deal with the hassle of rebates from other merchants. In addition to that, majority of those components was bought during Prime Day, which saved me more than a few dollars on my build.

Needed to replace a nearly decade-old rig that by my older brother bought, then left in my hands. Main specs of our old system had an Intel i7-4820K, GTX-960 Palit card, Cougar 550w PSU, a couple of HDDs, an unbranded case with no exhaust fans, and with 2x4 + 4 = 12gb of ram (I know, the guy who assembled it at the time probably didn't know any better). It still runs most older titles at 1080p just fine even above 60fps. But most modern games now are getting even more demanding, and it could just barely get it over even 50fps. Even day-to-day multitasking workloads was almost too much for it to handle without stuttering, and the stock fan spewing heat like a blow dryer.

Having only recently started researching about PC building, at the same time while I was planning my build, I decided to open up the CPU of my old rig to reapply thermal compound (mainly because I'm curious since it's my first build, and just considered it as a test run). And to no surprise, our decade old PC that had no maintenance done since it was first assembled, would have thermal paste as dry as the Sahara desert on its CPU. After cleaning and application, I bought cheap fans on Amazon (uphere 3-pack) just to prevent the inside from choking on itself. Might even add an SSD as its boot drive later on. Although some might wonder why I even bothered, rather than just be done with it and have it sold. Latter half is true, but simply because I wanted to extend its life for a little bit longer, so that the next owner, who might not even know the next thing about PCs, needn't worry about fixing it, like I did.

Overall build went smoothly as anyone can imagine building their first PC, which is a little bit more research. Didn't really need over-the-top RGB, but just subtle accent lighting from the card and cooler, and I have no idea of the first thing about overclocking. Multitasking and just general computer work is simply a breeze. The difference coming from my old PC was just night and day. Could comfortably play almost every recent game without lag or stutter at 1080p. Might even plan on upgrading my monitor to 1440p since the card can push more frames than I was able to experience before. Now, I can finally let go of my old system having served its purpose for so long, and just give away to someone who's just into some light gaming, and doesn't multitask as much as a professional.

Only issue is that the lights on the MOBO, the GPU, and the stock cooler, and even on my peripherals such as mouse and keyboard, won't turn off after I shut the system down. It's like it's still on, but nothing is showing on the monitor. Only after holding the switch down for a few seconds will it turn off, which I hate and I know I shouldn't do. Also, pushing the reset button restarts the system and only then shuts down properly after. I've updated the bios and all drivers, so I'm not really sure if its an issue with the MOBO.

Part Reviews

CPU

This was probably the only component I had bought over Newegg since they also tend to put these sales alongside Prime day. Originally, I had planned for a Ryzen 5 2600 as my CPU, for a budget-oriented build. But shortly before I was about to purchase it, I was watching TechDeals' stream on YouTube for sales on Newegg, and immediately bought this instead. Price to performance-wise, it was no contest with the 2600 at the time, I was surely glad I made the choice cause I certainly got a deal. Incredible value CPU.

Motherboard

For a hundred dollars, you can't go wrong with this. Lots of features with an easy to navigate bios. Great MOBO in a budget.

Memory

Just great RAM for a decent price.

Storage

Nothing else really needed to say other than this thing is hella fast.

Storage

Used as storage for all games and it certainly beats any mechanical drive at any given day. Booting games and slow loading times are a thing of the past with HDDs.

Storage

Needed to upgrade my PS4 for something a little bit faster that won't break the bank. Took the stock drive from my PS4 and added it into my build for additional storage. Hybrids make the best of both worlds for price and performance.

Video Card

Interestingly, out of all the components I used, this is where I cheaped out on. Bought one used and was afraid of having to return it. Fortunately, it's a great value card for anyone looking into 1080p gaming, and can certainly afford to go for 1440p on certain titles as well. Add that little extra bling of RGB with that sleek brushed metal backplate, and it'll look great with any system you pair it with.

Case

Was on the fence with this and the slightly lower budget P350X. Got this from a local Walmart instead as I couldn't resist the tinted TG. Great case with a slightly smaller form-factor than most ATX cases, beginner-friendly with room for upgrading in the future. Also an absolute joy to work in.

Power Supply

Very well-built premium PSU and is packaged very nicely, with all black-sleeved modular cables. Works best for any mid-ranged budget build for any beginner.

Case Fan

Case only came with two fans so I just added another one for additional intake.

Headphones

Actually bought Drop's (Massdrop) version of this, the PC37x. I couldn't find it here, so I used it's counterpart as reference. Upgraded from a Corsair HS50, and while it was a great budget pair, I just wanted something with a wider soundstage, and edges a bit more in comfort with it's lightweight build. What can I say though, it's the best gaming headset I've ever owned.

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Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Heard the pc37x are one of the best in the business. Good stuff!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

It's reputation precedes it indeed! Drop often puts in on sale too, so keep an eye for those deals!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds like a bet. Looking to get my Massdrop keyboard and headphones.

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Great value-to-dollar build guy. Good job. Looks great too!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I had researched the best price to performance parts to make this the budget build I've always wanted. I'm sure glad it turned out as I imagined it would be. And it's my first build too! Thank you for the kind words!