Description

This is my first complete build. I've upgraded older computers, trying to give them new life. I've always had a base system with which to work with and improve. This is the first time I've had to build something from the ground up. My goal was to create a system capable of consistently pushing a minimum of 60fps at high settings at 1080p. I did a lot of research on my build and the final product has changed slightly from the original due to sales that were on at various points. My theme is red and black, I really like how it looks. All prices include taxes (Ontario, Canada)

I chose the Ryzen 5 2600 originally simply because of its great price to performance. However the Ryzen 5 2600x went on sale for basically the same price so I picked it up instead. For the cooler I chose the Artic Freezer because it had good performance ratings and because it matched my colour scheme.

I picked up the MSI B450 Gaming Plus because it had the feature set that I needed and matched my colour scheme. For the memory I bought Timetect 3200mhz cl16 memory because it didn't have any heat spreaders because I bought those separately. I've overclocked them to 3466mhz and I've had no issues so far.

I bought a 1TB ssd because I wanted to be able to install my games on it and get the benefits of the quicker load times associated with NVMe drives. I also bought a mechanical 1TB drive as back up because sometimes I like to mess around with my system and that can have consequences so a backup is always nice.

For the GPU I chose the Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1660 Gaming OC. It was on sale for only a couple more dollars than a base 1660 and performs very well in the games I play easily exceeding 60fps. I picked the NZXT H500 simply because I really like the minimalist design. Thermals are decent, I went with a balanced air pressure set up because I have a cat whose hair can clog up anything no matter how many filters I use. On the power supply I picked one up with more juice than the system needs simply for piece of mind.

I also have an aggressive smart fan profile for the cpu cooler and system fans.

Part Reviews

CPU

Having used this part for a couple months now I can honestly say that I am extremely happy with it. Ive been able to get a 4.15GHz all core boost out of it that's stable. I've gotten it to 4.2GHz but the amount of voltage required even with an offset makes me uncomfortable, so I backed it down. I mostly game at 1080P and it really flex's it's muscle.

CPU Cooler

Use it with my R5 2600x with PBO enabled and it does a really good job. I have an aggressive fan curve on the CPU fan because frequency with Ryzen 2000 is really temperature dependent. Keeps everything in optimal temps.

Motherboard

It's a good board, although I didn't have a choice because I wanted my black and red build. I did have some trouble with PBO being borked by AMD in a bios update and I had to use a special utility to flash back to an earlier bios because AMD decided to block flashing back to bios' before 1.70(?). Anyways it's served me well and any complaints I do have are AMD's fault. Mystic Light works fine, all my RGB gear syncs well.

Storage

Speeds are as advertised, boots up quick, loads my games fast.

Storage

It is a backup mechanical drive. It stores my stuff. She's a bit loud when she spins up though. Been spoiled by SSD's I guess.

Video Card

Really happy with this card. 1080P beast. I never hear the fans, even when gaming and it's under a high load. Would buy again.

Case

I love the look of this case, its elegant and the vent panel on the side brings in enough air to keep my stuff running cool.

Power Supply

Great power supply, I did add cable extensions but other than that, no issues powering my system.

Wireless Network Adapter

Never dropped a connection. I get similar speeds downloading over wifi as I do with Ethernet. I use Ethernet for gaming, and only because of The Division 2. Great little card never the less.

Comments

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

thats sexy

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah it is.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks great! Love the custom PSU cables!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, the whole thing turned out better than I thought it would. Those cablemod cables really do make it so much better.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, I'm in the process of putting together my own red and black build and this is exactly what i had in mind for mine, I think I'm going to be stealing the majority of this part list for my personal build. Looks awesome man!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks a lot! There's just something about red and black. I love looking over at my computer while gaming/working. Since I posted this I've refined a lot of settings and have it running beautifully.

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