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This is my first gaming PC build that I finished about 2 months ago. At the time, some of these prices were a bit higher than what they are listed now. And I am still fairly new to PC building, just a heads up =)

CPU: I went with the Intel i5-8600k because my local Micro-Center had it on sale for $130.00 with the purchase of a compatible motherboard, hence the purchase of the Gigabyte Z370 HD3. It is a great budget CPU that can handle games and video editing well.

Motherboard: The Gigabyte Z370 HD3 is a great motherboard that has everything that is essentially needed for me for gaming and editing purposes. 4 USB 3.0+ slots, Dual-Channel Memory, and Ultra-Fast M.2 with PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA interface were a few of the biggest selling points for me to choose this as a budget-friendly motherboard.

GPU: The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB SC at the time was the best bang for my buck when I was in the market for a GPU, and even to this day, is still a good quality GPU that can hold up a good portion of today's AAA games.

SSD: I went for the Sandisk 240GB SSD because before i completely redid my computer, using only a traditional HDD was miserable, especially with boot-up times and application start-ups. And after doing some research between SSDs and HDDs, I made my first SSD purchase. I know that I'm only using a SSD, but with Christmas around the corner, I intend to get a 1+ TB HDD to store all of my games and edits on.

RAM: The Ballistix Sport DDR4 RAM was a cheap, yet good quality memory that (for now) meets the needs of my games and editing programs. I am considering upgrading my old memory to get the G.Skill TridentZ RGB 16 GB 3000mHz RAM. Any thoughts on that?

CPU Cooler: During the process of building my computer, I used my old CPU fan, only to find out it was an AMD cooler (Yes, I realize that is an incredibly stupid mistake on my part). After doing my research for a suitable cooler, I stumbled upon the Cryorig H7, which keeps my CPU nice and cool, while still maintaining a low noise level.

PSU: I used the same PSU that my old system had, and it runs quiet, while having more than enough for all of my components's wattage needs, and even if I plan to upgrade.

Case: The NZXT H500 is an amazing case that has amazing cable management assistance along with a nice simplistic design. It provides good airflow, great temps, and even quiet fans despite them being stock fans. This was my first NZXT product, and I am planning on getting some more after Christmas.

Summary: I am very proud of my first build and aspire to build more in my near future. It is so much fun going through the whole process and even better getting to the point when you're done and you boot up and get to the POST screen! The only parts I'm considering upgrading sometime soon is the GPU, RAM, or CPU Cooler to an AIO. I'd love to hear your feedback and recommendations to help improve a new builder's skills =)

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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Clean. Small inputs.

  • Route the cables that are running along the bottom of the PSU shroud, to run underneath and behind the motherboard. (Pull the motherboard, run them through the hole behind it and out from underneath the board to plug them in.)

  • Invest in EZDIY individual sleeved cable extensions on Amazon. They're $30. They'll really clean up your build and get rid of the mustard cables. Phanteks also sells a $30 cable extension kit. They're universal.

  • I'd reroute the USB 3.0 cable so that all that slack isn't there and the cable is more straight.

  • Move the top exhaust fan to the front, I'd recommend buying another matching NZXT fan for a 2in1out fan config. The case currently is going to have negative pressure, which will pull dust in all crevices.

Notable upgrades in the future - Gold rated PSU. Tier S or A preferred (list here: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/986897-psu-tier-list-30/) Before you upgrade your GPU AND before you overclock. The BR is NOT an overclock friendly PSU.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the help! I will definitely look into those cable sleeve extensions. I am considering getting an AIO with a 240-280mm fans. Would that work for it or would just 2 regular fans work better? I really appreciate the tips! =)

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

280mm would be better than a 240mm, if you're running an AIO. Personally, I prefer air coolers. I'm actually also rocking an H7, but on my 6700k and I like it. It's a good cooler. So unless you're going to do serious overclocking, your H7 is perfectly adequate. You can always add an AIO afterwards and still use the fans so long as you match the radiator size to the fans.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay. I don't plan to do a whole lot of overclocking, so I'd say I'll probably end up getting another case fan for the front and move my top one to the front as well. Thank you for the help. It's much appreciated! =) (And btw, I LOVE your mATX White Build!! Very clean cable management and nice colors! Idk if I'll ever be able to make something that clean, but your builds definitely give me inspiration!)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I've probably built over 50 computers. I really enjoy it. I had to redo that mATX build 3 times before I got it right, lol.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It is definitely a fun (but expensive) hobby! From start to finish, it's something that'll keep me busy for a while, while also improving my skills to become a better PC builder! My next project is an all-white PC with a budget-friendly total of about $650ish. I can send you a link if you wanna check it out and see if it's a decent project to go along with.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the noise with that h7 cooler? Was thinking about snagging one of those to get a bit more out of my oc and quiet things down a bit(over stock amd wraith cooler).

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

It is incredibly quiet for me, even with overclocking at max rpm. It keeps my cpu nice and cool while still maintaining a nice quiet sound level, and that's what I LOVE about it! I would highly recommend the H7. You can definitely tell a difference from the moment you turn on your computer with that H7.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Im gonna recommend a couple of things. - replace the non modular with an evga 550 80= bronze fully modular. it will have cleaner looking cables, and can be modified with either extensions or a cable kit. - reroute the usb 3.0 cable to be straight, maybe tie it to the motherboard power cable for optimal straightness. - move the ssd to the slot on the right, and get a 3.5 hdd for games. - if you get an aio, remove the top exhaust fan. - remove the caution sign on the window. if your youre worried about it leaving anything behind, get a heat gun. here are links for some cable kits, and the power supply i was talking about. PSU: https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=220-B3-0550-V1 cable kits: im gonna provide different colors. green and black: https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Sleeve-Extension-Supply-AC-034-CN1NAN-A1/dp/B01IA9FEJY red and black: https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CP-8920148-Premium-Individually-Sleeved/dp/B01N7HEWCK white and black: https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CP-8920156-Premium-Individually-Sleeved/dp/B01N5EM4RF cable combs for cable management: https://www.amazon.com/Pieces-24-pin-8-pin-Gesleeved-0-13inch/dp/B0756XF5ZQ/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_23_lp_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=TNWC21HQ4241YYV6CVXJ

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

im sorry, i couldnt format it right

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It's all good. I really appreciate the recommendations! With Christmas close, I might be able to fix up my rig a bit. The community on here is so positive and nice and I love it! Thank you! =)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Great first build!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I still plan to do some improving on it, and I'll more than likely post it once it is all finished! =)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

np