Description

Finally decided it was time to invest in a PC as I'd only ever had mediocre laptops. Use it for gaming and graphic design, will probably see some audio recording components added at some point. In the span of the past 3ish months this hobby has absolutely consumed me.

Spent an entire month comparing components, prices, combos, etc and built it mid-August. Since the initial build I've added a Noctua slim fan for exhaust, upgraded from an MSI Armor 570 8gb to an XFX Radeon 5700, and added an HDD to store files I don't need often.

Really the only thing I'm unhappy with is cable management, but all the case cables cannot be tucked behind and also reach their headers. It looks pretty shabby but uhh... yeah there's nothing I can do about it.

Part Reviews

CPU

Performs as advertised, powerful enough for everything I use my PC for.

CPU Cooler

I don't overclock so this AIO keeps my CPU cool enough, RGB looks good. Tubes are incredibly stiff and I had a very difficult time mounting the radiator to my case. The heatsink on my mobo combined with the layout of my case made it quite difficult to position where it wouldn't touch. There's room for 2 120mm fans on the top of the case, and I had to mount it slightly offset into the 2nd space.

Motherboard

Cheapest 570 mobo I could find. Heatsink is kinda tall, and there's not a whole lot of fan headers.

Memory

RAM is RAM, no complaints here.

Storage

For my OS, performs as advertised.

Storage

Performs as advertised.

Storage

Got it free from work. performs as advertised.

Video Card

It's a reference card(I think?) with a blower fan, which I think sums it up pretty well. Got it on sale for $289 at Newegg. Not the greatest 5700 card, but $289 is a great price.

Blower fan is a... blower fan.

Case

The cheapest decent case, it fit my budget, but if I were to go back and do it again I would definitely devote a little extra cash to a nicer case. Cable management isn't fun. Not a lot of areas for routing/tying, so the majority of your cables are all going through the same holes. Screws are incredibly prone to stripping.

It gets the job done, and that's about all I can say.

Power Supply

Got it on sale for $50ish I wanna say, very glad I opted for a fully modular PSU.

Case Fan

I respect a company that values performance over aesthetic. Incredibly quiet, box comes with 2 mounting options, extended cable, cable splitter, and low noise cable.

I wanted the 25mm version, but I was worried about it clashing with my mobo heatsink as I already had problems with that, went for the slim version just to make sure it would fit.

Log in to rate comments or to post a comment.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

At least you're honest. Not bad!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

haha thanks

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice PC name lol.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thank you.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build! I plan to upgrade to this cpu from my R3 2200g at some point. I like to see a full AMD build(graphics and CPU) rather than just the latest and greatest intel/nvidia. I have a corsair 650cxm psu, 30 more watts than yours, fully modular and got it for $70. I try to stay away from "off brand" PSUs, i've never bought anything besides a corsair. If you have any problems with that one, update this listing because i'm curious about the quality of it. +1

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you.

I was torn between getting a 2700 and the 3600, decided that I'd rather have the latest CPU with less but faster cores.

As much as I'm sure intel/nvidia make great components... man that stuff is just outta my budget. Really the only complaint I have there, is that the vaaaaast majority of older games were optimized for Nvidia architecture, so certain titles get pretty bad camera stutter that takes a lot tweaking to remove.

So far I've had zero problems with the Seagate PSU, but I'll let ya know if I experience any errors.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah you can't go wrong with 7nm. And no kidding, that's why i prefer AMD so much, I feel like you get way more for your money on any end of the spectrum. Also, I see some people correcting me about the SeaSonic thing, so don't take my word for it lol

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah. I'm aware they have their shortcomings, but it really just seems like most of the stereotypical "AMD" problems are really Primarily from software/games intentionally optimizing for intel/nvidia

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree 100%. Although I don't know if you play or not, but No Man's Sky was one of the first games to change the engine from OpenGL to Vulcan, in the recent Beyond update. While the game gets a little boring after a while, I like that they're taking the initiative. Not that I could afford one, but I'm looking forward to the 3rd gen threadrippers being released this month :) I think more devs will start optimizing for AMD since the Zen 2/RDNA architecture was released. They really took a leap ahead of intel and I think people are starting to realize that. Hopefully at least. Have fun with your PC!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh I am, thank you.

Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to devs at least making games/software stable for both brands. It's uhh... not fun downloading a new game and then having to spend 2 hours downloading patches/mods and tweaking config for it to run smoothly. Currently fighting FNV right now and I'm about ready to give up, every single solution I've tried has absolutely failed.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

SeaSonic isn't "off-brand" they just don't make a lot of other components so they aren't as well known. They have perfectly good PSU's, in fact, I have one in my build.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok I didn't know that! I'll keep that in mind, however my corsair CXM is still cheaper than this one with more wattage.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

FYI - SeaSonic is the OEM (company that actually produces the part) for a number of other companies who just slap a sticker on the side.

They are about as far from off-brand as you can get.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh wow I had no idea. I think I get them confused with Rosewill, raidmax, etc. Appreciate it, I hate posting misinformation :)