Description

A self indulgent gaming build has been something that I've wanted to do for the past 25 years. For one reason or another, it never came to pass. Well, right place, right time and a really good friend to encourage and help me with my first build. The stars were aligned and our project was a go.

I had given myself a budget of $1500 (which I went over by a little bit). PCPartPicker.com was a very import of what I needed to do. My parts list pretty much shows everything I went with (yes, I like having more than enough drives). I already had a mouse, keyboard and monitor that have been paired with my laptop for quite some time. Now happily paired with my Ryzen/Asus/Corsair/Phanteks rig.

While putting everything together. I started to notice a theme. My favorite game series of all time is Halo. As you can see from the photos. Also, I have a habit of naming my PCs. Henceforth, Pillar of Autumn (hope it doesn't blow up).

Anyway, the day of the build was extremely fun. We didn't run into any issues. Within a few hours the build was up and running. The rest of the time was spent installing Windows 10, Steam, Blizzard etc. The only thing that concerned me was the though of buying the wrong sku version of the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16gb memory. Since CMK16GX4M2B3000C15 is optimized for intel CPUs, I was a bit apprehensive. After checking on Corsairs website. The memory sticks were on the updated AMD list. Hopefully all should go well. I'm really not into overclocking memory. So I don't expect any issues.

I went with a Ryzen 2600x because I felt that it offered the best bank-for-buck. Also, I've used Intel for the past 11 years. It was time to try something different. Also, I love the upgrade path of the Ryzen series. The Phanteks case was priced reasonable an is simple and elegant. RTX2060 seems to satisfy my 1080p gaming needs.

After 11 years I've decided to come back to Asus. I've always been a fan of the ROG series. MSI would have been my second choice. However, I simply love the build quality of the Strix card. Anyway, that's my story. A guy in his 50's who loves to game. So play hard all night and Forward unto Dawn.

Part Reviews

CPU

I've been an Intel guy for the past 11 years. So this venture with team red should prove to be an interesting one. In my research, I really liked the 2600x bang-for-buck offering. Then included Wraith Spire cooler fan was a huge bonus in my book. I'm also loving the upgrade path offered with ryzen.

The only negative I can think of, was with the pre-applied thermal paste on the cooling fan. The bottom portion of the plastic container in which the cooler sat in was crumbling (pretty much destroyed). The paste had bits of plastic which needed to be removed. The box appeared to be new with all proper seals in place. Both the CPU and fan were in excellent condition though. Point taken for that.

Motherboard

This one will be short and sweet. This is one sexy board. Love the M.2 slots with heat shrouds. Plenty of headers in convenient areas. Enough usb ports for my needs, including the one type-c. I wonder if a thunderbolt port may have been I nice option. Love the rgb logo.

Storage

I love theses drive. So far, they've never let me down in over 25 years.

Storage

Just installed this drive today (04/01/19). I normally go WD, but I wanted to give the Seagate Barracuda a try. I'll give it 4 stars for being nicely packaged and really shiny.

Video Card

Gorgeous and decently powered GPU for my 1080p gaming needs. Word of caution to those who may consider this ROG Strix card. It measure 300mm wide. If I ever wanted to utilize the right side of my case. One or possibly two of the optional HDD brackets would not make it in. However, it did run Assassin's Creed Origins and Anthem very nicely at mid-high settings.

Case

Beautiful, elegant and roomy design. That was very easy to build in. The case was equipped with two fans. One in front and the other in the rear. The case also provided two magnetic dust screens for the top, as well as covers for optional fanless operation. The cabling came nicely tied with some velcro straps. No missing screws and the led light strip was a nice inclusion that I didn't even know I wanted until it was there.

Power Supply

Easy to work with. All cables included. Pretty straight forward design.

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Comments

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Very clean build. Also like the little Master Chief figure and the warthog. And that Legendary symbol above the metal master chief helmet looks nice too.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you again. It is well appreciated.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Were it so easy... Coming from another huge Halo fan, nice job!

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks. It was a long road getting here. I remember buying my OG Xbox in 2001 just for Halo. Being an old Mac fan at that time. I was totally upset when MS bought Bungie. Halo was originally going to be a Mac exclusive. I'm actually glad it didn't happen.

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

As am I, as am I.

  • 10 months ago
  • 2 points

I used the Phanteks P400s for my first build and I was confused on how to connect the light strip to the motherboard. But otherwise I had an easy time with it. Halo is also one of my favorite game series. I own every halo game except for spartan assault. You're build is great by the way!

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Good parts, looks great! See you in MCC, Spartan!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I’m building a pc w/ the same cpu/gpu... Can you run most games at 1440p at 60+ frames or no?

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

You can. However, you need to tweak your settings. Also, it depends on the game. Some games are better at optimizing the hardware they are running on. Since completing my build. I bought a Dell S2716DGR 1440@144hz which sits next to my AW2518h 1080@240hz. Assassin's Creed Odyssey runs nicely on this build.

Hope this helps.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!