This is my first build, and I'm very proud of it. I bought all of the parts at Microcenter and the video card and peripherals were bought before the build. This PC performs very well and I'm going to have a lot of fun with this PC.
Should have went with a 16 gig kit of ram for 20 dollars more. More ram > faster ram.
True, but there isn't much of a performance difference in games over an 8 gig or even a 4 gig kit.
Edit: I also plan to upgrade in the future.
It would have been more like $40. Ram speed and latency is more important in gaming than volume. As long as you have 8gb you will have almost no problems in gaming.
The only thing bad about this build is the cable management. But it is an easy fix. For the gpu cable I would route that strait down to the psu. It would make it look cleaner than just hanging on a cutout. And since it is an EVGA card I would recommend spending $30 at some point to get the powerlink. It would really help. I would also try to move the cables behind something that can block them from view. Other than that good build. Welcome to PC gaming. May your framerates be high and your temps be low. ALL HAIL THE GLORIOUS PC GAMING MASTER RACE.
Was it hard?
Not really, after you watch a few how-to's on pc building you start to catch onto everything.
nice, hows the ryzen? is it better than intel?
ryzen is better than intel
I haven't had much to compare my ryzen build with yet, but I know I get about the same performance as my friend with a i7 6700 + 970 build in games.
Very nice build. I would say with the 1600 (multi-threaded beast) to have 16gbs of ram to make the most of the processing power. Apart form that great stuff
The builder mentioned in another comment that it is used for gaming. So 16gb is not really needed. 16gb is really the most that any gamer needs but 8gb is still fine in 2017, And probably will be for the next few years. However he did say he plans to upgrade in the future.
Well if he only wanted to game he should've gone for a unlocked i5. Higher fps in almost every game.The reason to gat a 1600 is because you get much more multitasking performance and about 85% of the gaming performance. Makes no sense to get the ryzen I this situation (although I'd always recommend it because a couple of tabs in the background when gaming means more cpu & ram usage which is never normally factored into benchmarks).
More ram, more cores = real life workload
Well the performance is not only 85% of an unlocked i5. More like 90%. But there is another factor in gaming besides framerate. Frametime. It is what causes stutter. The ryzen chips usually have better frame times. But if you have an unlocked i5 than frametime will not be much of a problem. That being said if he does get into content creation he will make use of the extra cores and threads.
An OC'ed i5 is better even at frametimes. I would always recommend to get the 1600, but again 8gb of ram does limit any proper workload
I planned to get more ram, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I will soon though. I do some video editing for youtube, but nothing too fancy.
What kind of games do you play? I have a 970 right now and an AMD FX 6300 and was wanting to upgrade to a new CPU. I just want to be able to run CPU intensive games and not worry about a bottle neck like I do now :/
Any chance you could tell me the FPS you get?
I mainly play Overwatch with my new build. I can get around 120+ fps without v-sync on the second highest setting (whatever it is). I barely have any stutters except when my internet starts to lag. I also have tried Ghost Recon Wildlands and I get around 60-100 without v-sync. So I think you can take more advantage over your 970 with a better CPU. Good luck!
Why a semi modular instead of a fully modular PSU
It was a bit cheaper at the time, but I did end up getting a modular because of a deal that was going on. I just chose the semi as a placeholder price and because I couldn't find the psu I got on PC part picker :P