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OVERVIEW: This was my first PC build, upgrading from an old laptop that I used to get through college. The laptop started dying on me and I needed to get something that would be a decent workstation but also a solid gaming PC. I decided on a white aesthetic after lots of thinking (a regrettable decision if it didn't look awesome). It seemed while shopping for parts that white parts tend to run a little more expensive then their black/red/etc... counterparts. Oh well. Definitely glad I went with white as I absolutely love the look of it in the end.I had everything put together and was still without a graphics card, so I had a very expensive paper weight for about 4 days. That's why some of the pictures are without the graphics card.

CPU: For my CPU I decided to go with the Ryzen 5 1600. After lots of research I chose this cpu because of it's balance in performance and price. You can never go wrong with Ryzen and being that it's a last gen cpu it's a little cheaper but still very powerful. 6 Cores, gotta love it. Handles games well also. Have yet to overclock but that's something I am going to get too eventually.

Cooler: I chose the Corsair H60(2018) AIO for my cooler mainly because of the aesthetic. It has a nice led glow and the piping looks nice with a small radiator. Overall works decently, still has the flaws of AIOs but it's sufficient as I haven't done any overclocking yet.

Mobo: For the motherboard I went with the ASRock X370 Killer. The board has built in wifi and was on sale for 100 bucks. For an aesthetic that matches with a white look, that's a steal. I wanted an X370 board so that I could upgrade to possibly a 2600x or 2800x in the future. RAM slots were not the greatest and I had some trouble getting my RAM in, but besides that good board. The wifi works well, and the ports are laid out well around the board for good cable management.

RAM: As RAM prices are still crazy high, I decided to save a bit of money and go with 8 GB to start. The Crucial Sport LT kit had a nice white look to it so I snagged it. Wish it was a little faster as I know ryzen benefits heavily from faster RAM. I'll either get another 8 GB stick to match or go with a faster 16 GB kit later on. Only time will tell.

Storage: I knew that I wanted to fit an M.2 drive in my build for my windows install and some apps and games that I frequently use. For $45.00, the ADATA SU800128 GB will do, but I might try to get a larger capacity later on if the price drops on them at all. To supplement the low amount of storage on the M.2 drive, I picked up a WD Blue 1TB hard drive. Seems relatively fast for an HDD and I can't complain. I might also pick up another larger hdd later on based on how fast I fill this one up. All in all $89 USD for an M.2 and an extra TB isn't bad in this storage market.

Graphics Card: The graphics card was a hard choice and I went back and forth basically all the way up until I bought it. I didn't know if I should go with a GTX 1060 or RX 580, finally deciding on the 1060. After deciding that, I looked for the fastest card I could find that had a white aesthetic and boom, out pops the Asus GTX 1060 6 GB Dual card. It's a sexy card that runs lightning fast and I knew it was the one as soon as I saw it. However, with a combination of impatience and bad timing, I ended up overpaying for this one a good bit. I went with Newegg for the purchase because I ordered it on the weekend of building my pc and B|H, who had the cheapest card and no sales tax, closes their online store on the weekend. I also finished building my pc that day, so I wanted the card to show up as fast as possible, so I got one day shipping. I ended up paying $315 for the card (which hit as low as $285 in the past couple weeks) and on top of that 20$ in tax and 16$ in shipping. Although I overpaid, I'm still very happy with the card and don't regret my purchase at all (maybe just my timing).

Power Supply: For my power supply my checklist was an 80+ bronze rating, 500+ watts, fully modular and black cables. The Seasonic power supply works great, has a decent looking set of chords, and stays pretty quiet. No complaints on this end, as it was only 55$.

Case: The case was also another hard choice and one that left me with a lot of deliberation. I started picking parts for the build by starting with the case, so I had a decision on build size and color off the bat. After deciding to go with white, I was torn between the Corsair Carbide 275R and the NZXT S340 Elite. In the end I decided to go with the Corsair case as I really liked the front panel and the tempered glass window looked great. Some of the complaints I read when researching this case regarded airflow, but it hasn't been an issue for me. It has punch out vertical mounts if you want to mount your video card facing out (which I tried to do but failed because of a poorly designed PCI-E riser cable), and if you don't like the look of them when you use a standard mount, you can pop them out and put the two brackets you removed for the standard mount in the slots. It looks much better when you do this, as the pop out mounts are rather ugly.

All in all, the build has been performing up to what I expected and even surpassing my expectations. Although I wish I spent a little less overall, I felt like this build has a solid upgrade path moving forward and it's going to do great work for me over the next several years.

OVERCLOCKING UPDATE*** CPU/RAM Overlocking: For the cpu, I managed to overclock from 3.2 to 3.9 GHz with my voltage at 1.35. I'm really happy with that and I saw a cinebench score jump from 1103 to 1262. Also, the voltage wasn't too much to make my cpu get real hot so that's good. For my RAM it was rated at 2666 MHz but it came with a factory overclock setting of 2733 MHz that I stuck with. And I put the voltage for that at 1.3v.

GPU: For the gpu I was able to bump my core clock speed by +170 getting my speed to around 2.1 GHz. For the memory I settled at +700 and the speed got up to 4.7 GHz. After applying those overclocks, I got a cinebench score of 1282, a 20 point gain over just my overclocked cpu. Obviously games play much better now also!

Overall my CPU and GPU both overlocked very well and I'm more than pleased with my luck in the "Silicon Lottery".

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  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Man I've got the same CPU and GPU. This is a great budget build that shreds most if not all games with at least 60 fps. i'm thinking i might upgrade my GPU to a 1070 in the future possibly a 1080 once prices drop a little more with the 1180's coming soon.

I"m afraid though, you think a 1080 would bottleneck the cpu?

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, I defintely think you are going to run in to some bottlenecking because of the cpu, and the fact that it is an older generation, you'll be missing out in performance and therefore wasting money. The 1060 should be solid at least another year or two from now for almost every game, so I think you are better off upgrading to a zen gen cpu like 2600x or 2800x. Then I would wait for the 11 series nivdia cards which are supposedly dropping soon!

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

appreciate the feedback this was super helpful!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Of course!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'd strongly have to disagree with you on that point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH0GDxLL-RI

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen this video, and although Jay has an interesting point his testing methods were questionable at best. You will most likely experience bottlenecking, although it may be so minimal that it doesn't bother you. Regardless, I was speaking more in terms of performance for money. He would be better off, in my opinion, upgrading his cpu before his gpu, as i feel that the cpu will lack behind in performance first. Not to say that upgrading the gpu isn't a good idea either, but it would be cheaper to upgrade a cpu and get significant performance, as well as setting yourself up to upgrade your gpu and have zero bottlenecking whatsover (as insignificantly better as performance might be with upgraded cpu and gpu over just upgraded gpu for games, it will be significantly better for other tasks). So, IMO, i thought upgrading a cpu first is a better idea, and getting an 11 series when they drop.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Linus actually just made a video highlighting what I'm talking about. https://youtu.be/dt5CNi0aEpI

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

And you would have seen that he said that there has to be bottlenecking. There always is. But paying $100 dollars more for minimal frame improvement doesn't make sense.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm saying that I'm looking beyond just fps, upgrading your cpu isn't about sucking more fps out of games. You obviously know computers are for more than just gaming, and upgrading your cpu will benefit everything you do on a computer, even if it's only a slight improvement on gaming. Main point is IT'S UP TO YOU whether you want improvement solely for gaming or for a more well rounded upgrade, whichever is more relative to your workload. PERSONALLY, I would upgrade the cpu first. But that's my OPINION.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice Ryzen build. How is it for gaming?

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

So far has destroyed every game I've run on it. Minimum 60 FPS for all my games and even up in the 100s with slightly lower settings for that competitive shooter fps. I highly recommend the ASUS Dual

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice, clean build. I do like that AIO placement (even if I wish it was a 240 cuz OCD). Quite a unique placement that I've not seen anyone else do. +1

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

A 240 radiator would've been nice as I still have room but it increased the price by about 30$. In the future that's definitely what I will be upgrading too, especially if I get into heavily OC my cpu. Thanks!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Still wondering if it can handle black ops 4?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I'll never know! I'm a long time cod fan but I can't even touch the game since modern warfare 3. But I'm sure that it will be able to run it at 1080p at relatively high settings, as cod is usually pretty well optimized. You might have to drop some settings but I personally recommend getting as many frames as possible with the minimum graphics you're comfortable with for that real high fps. Just my opinion though some really like crystal clear picture.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice! Quick question on your cooler: Is the fan set to push or pull?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The fans on the front (including the one over the radiator) is pull and the fan in the back is push