Description

After years of contemplation, and settling for console gaming, I decided to build my own gaming PC. Spent hours and hours researching each component and getting advice from Reddit/friends/this site. I decided on these components based on availability and sales at the time of purchase (about 3 weeks ago now). The computer will be used almost exclusively for gaming (1440p) as well as for word processing and general usage. The build itself was really fun. My girlfriend and I spent a Friday night putting everything together. The longest part was definitely the cable management. I spent about an hour and a half trying to get everything nice and pretty. But I think it turned out pretty nice.

I decided on the Ryzen 5 2600X CPU based on future plans of upgrading to the third gen Ryzen processors (or 4th) somewhere down the line.

I originally bought an MSI GeForce RTX 2070 for the build, but it seemed to be underperforming (based on benchmark tests and in general game play). Couple that with a couple of crashes while playing Overwatch and I decided to return the card and exchange for a beefier Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 Gaming OC, which happened to be on a 1-day flash sale at Canada Computers at the time (paid $919.99 CAD).

So far, the computer has run beautifully and I couldn't be happier. I haven't quite pushed her to the limits yet but it will happen eventually. I can easily get 144fps on Overwatch and Apex on high settings. I'm getting around 110fps while playing Forza Horizon 4 on Ultra settings. I plan on starting my Witcher 3 adventure soon, so we'll see how she performs on that game.

My next big upgrade will be a better CPU fan, at which point I will try my hand at some overclocking.

I'm also having a lot of fun playing with the colour schemes so I am glad I went with the RGB options that I can customize.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU for the price. It was running a little hot at first (50ish at idle, 70s when gaming), but I changed the fan curve a bit and the temps have been fine since. It does everything I want it to and I'm glad I went with AMD over Intel.

Motherboard

Got this motherboard mainly because of compatibility with the future Ryzen generations. It was also on sale for $60 off, which I thought was a steal (it was the same price as the MSI B450 Gaming Plus). I plug my ethernet directly into the computer so I have no need for built in Wifi. The BIOS is super simple and easy to navigate (especially for a first time PC builder).

It looks beautiful and sleek in my case, and it hasn't given me any problems so far. I use mystic light to control the rgb light coming off the side of the motherboard. You can also turn off this light if you prefer no colour at all.

I plan on doing some overclocking in the future so we will see how it holds up.

Case

The case looks really nice and you can't complain too much about a tempered glass case at this price. The cable management was a bit difficult, but I managed to get all the extra/loose cables all tucked away. There are plenty of spots on the back to attach zip ties. I shoved all of my extra/loose cables into the HDD bay, which is empty because I am only using an SSD right now. If I need to add an HDD into my PC in the future, I'll have to deal with that.

The motherboard covers up one of the holes in the top left corner of the case. I had my MOBO screwed in and everything and I realized I could no longer use this hole for routing cables (and I really needed to put the CPU power cable through this hole to help my cable management OCD). So I had to unscrew the MOBO and do that, which was annoying but overall not a big deal.

The air flow is decent. I added 2 intake fans at the front and 3 blowers on the top/back. My system temperature usually sits around 26-30 (room temp is 22).

Power Supply

It supplies power to my PC. It has not failed to do so yet, so I can't complain. It was one of the cheapest semi-modular Gold certified PSUs at the time of purchase.

Case Fan

They are bright and easy to install. They move the air rather efficiently, keeping my case pretty cool. They are not the most quiet fans, but I usually game with headphones on so I barely notice. I would also rather have a cool, loud computer than a quiet, hot one.

It's easy to switch between colours and patterns using the controller switch. The wiring was a bit difficult to figure out (the RGB wires on the fans need to be routed into the RGB controller) and if you don't have enough fan headers on your MOBO (or if you are like me and want a cleaner look with less wires), you will need to buy a separate fan cable splitter - although they are relatively cheap.

I also installed an LED strip in my case, and when I set the LED strip to something bright (like cyan, white, yellow), the colour on these fans gets washed out a bit. But they are the cheapest controllable RGB fans I could find so I have to say I am satisfied. I personally think they look fantastic in my case in certain colour combos.

Case Fan

You won't be able to control the colour of these fans unless you buy the Corsair Controller (separate package). They move air though (and if you get the RGB controller, they make your computer look pretty).

Monitor

Beautiful so far. I wanted a nice 1440p monitor with G-sync to play games in high quality. Games like the Witcher, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Apex, and Forza Horizon 4 look absolutely gorgeous on this thing. The colours, however, seem like they are lacking a bit of vibrancy. I have calibrated it since taking it out of the box, which helped a bit, but it still seems like its lacking. I have the Predator monitor beside a LG27UK650, and I personally think the LG blows this monitor out of the water in terms of colour (albeit the LG is a 4K monitor).

Overall though, this is exactly what I wanted in order to play games at a high framerate in 1440p.

Mouse

Amazing so far. Lots of customization options if you download the Logitech software and I have this synced up with my Logitech keyboard.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

I was going to say that GPU is a little much for that Ryzen 5, but then I saw that you were going to upgrade to a 3rd gen Ryzen, and it all made sense.

Nicely done! +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great, cheers mate!

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