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Since posting my first build, and more importantly after seeing how good it could have been, I slowly started accumulating some new parts to improve my rig. At this point, I'm satisfied with how it performs and had a ton of fun upgrading!

You may notice a GTX 1050ti in some of the pics - I forgot to take more before buttoning it up with the 1060 so I had to use some old ones from before I had the new card.

Part Reviews

CPU

Very happy I switched to Red Team.

Video Card

So far so good with this card, I was lucky enough to be able to pick it up second hand in excellent condition for $300 CAD.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build dude :D

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Kool, only thing I’d suggest doing is maybe have the fan blowing up or towards where you’d exhaust unless you’re currently having it pull up or something.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

The way the AM4 mount for that fan works, I can only have it face up or down which is a tad annoying. I’m keeping my eyes open for other coolers on sale as this one is pretty small and gets loud quickly when I’m working the CPU.

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

A cooler master hyper 212 EVO or a CRYORIG H7 would be pretty good, they're usually not more than $30-40 and run pretty quietly, all while keeping your CPU at decent temps, you'll just have to get the AM4 mounting backplate shipped if you go with an H7, but that comes free from the CRYORIG website.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Is shipping fee req? Cooler master charges $8.75 shipping to Sf Cali lol

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Not sure about the shipping fee, but I ordered my H7 from amazon so I got free shipping on that. The hyper 212 EVO is on amazon, so if you want you can look here and see how the shipping is on there, if there is any.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Just got the h7 Newegg $30 shipped. Its on sale.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

You may be better served by a downdraft cooler than a tower cooler. The NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 should clear the RAM on this mobo while giving you better performance than the stock Wraith cooler.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi, solid build, great choice of MB and CPU. I'm only curious about RAM frequency. Did you overclock it to get some extra performance or just used with stock frequency?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

I attempted to, the best I was able to do was 2666MHz at CL15 - not much better than the stock 2400MHz. The kits I have are OK at best, and from what I've read having mismatched RAM can cause issues with overclocking. I'm hoping to pick up a 16gb, 3200MHz around black Friday to replace what I've got.

Edit: I forgot to mention that I did notice a performance increase even with the small overclock.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank for your reply. Oh, I see now.

  • 22 months ago
  • -1 points

Respect on that case choice my dude, great budget case that looks nice. Using it in a build myself pretty soon, getting the parts shipped sometime this month. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Kr0Nc/saved/tmwNNG

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I’d suggest getting the red version if you can - the blue LEDs are crazy intense. I keep mine in my bedroom and whenever a large windows update hit, I could sleep because of the light staying on.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I like blue a little better, and I'm keeping it under the desk so it won't be an issue in terms of excess light, so it should work out fine for me.

  • 22 months ago
  • 0 points

I noticed that you choose a 60 Hz monitor, I don't know what your attention is on your build but if you going to game in any shape or form I suggest you purchase a monitor with higher refresh rate. For example a monitor with 120hz or 144hz, it'll feel smoother and you'll get more out of your gaming experience.

Best of luck with your new build!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I've been told that a few times, but for the kind of gaming that I'm doing (casual gaming, nothing very intense) I'm not gonna need a very high refresh rate monitor. I will eventually buy one, it's just not a very high priority compared to other things in the build

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I paired this build with an Acer GN246HL 144Hz monitor, and its definitely nice to be able to go past 60 fps. There are also some decent 75Hz monitors out there that could be nice - those extra frames do make a difference.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

That's actually one of the 144Hz monitors I've had my eye on for the future, once I upgrade the rig I might spring for that one and use it as my main monitor, while using the 60Hz monitor as an extra monitor, but for now I'm focusing on actually building the thing and having it in working order. I'm trying to keep my build price under $1,200, or if I go over then it be just by a few bucks.

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