Description

This is a first-time build. It's designed as a gaming machine to replace my aged Asus ROG laptop. The components were brought by my spouse as a 50th birthday gift, hence the name.

This build is largely based off of the October Modest Gaming Build by Manirelli. The CPU is the Ryzen 5 1600, which is in a nice sweet spot of price to performance. The Mobo is an ASRock AB350M, taken right from the build guide. It's very Ryzen friendly, and the MircoATX format works perfectly with the case. I chose to use the stock AMD Wraith Spire cooler, but I will switch out to a Cryorig H5 if it runs too hot.

Memory is the G Skill Aegis's. They aren't sold in paired kits, but because they were bought at the same time from the same place, the serial numbers are sequential and shouldn't have any difficulties. The DDR4-3000 speeds should pair nicely with the Ryzen.

Video Card is, again, right off the build guide. Being this build was parted in October 2017, you can see how prices influenced many of the choices made. The 1060 with 6 Gb should work for my gaming needs and is easily upgradable, if and when the prices improve.

Storage is one place where I went away from the build. The HD is a healthy 2T running at 7200, which should move along nicely, but I also indulged myself and also bought a 250 Gb M.2 SSD, with NVMe, because it's stupid fast and it's one less thing this first time builder needs to wire.

Case is the Fractal Focus G mini, which was comfortably roomy for everything I put into this. I also love the two built-in fans in the front. I added an additional fan on the back panel to help with venting, and so far, the build is idling at a comfortable 36C.

The PSU was off of the build list and it's performed perfectly. I appreciated the number cable options that came with it. My MoBo has 4 SATA slots, which made it easy to fit everything nice and tidy.

I'm planning on updating this as the project continues. Right now, I'm downloading everything, which will probably take all night. After that, I want to play with some gentle overclocking.

I can say that I really enjoyed putting the build together and that the only difficulty I had was fitting everything in once the GPU was mounted. As such, the GPU was remounted twice, but in the end, it all worked out.

Update: After a week and a steep learning curve, I've gotten the CPU overclocked and stable at 3.8 GHz. I might be able to push it higher, but I'm really happy at this level. The load temps are 66C, which I'm very comfortable with. Memory is clocking at 2966, which is acceptable. My Cinebench score is 1222, which I'm delighted with.

I'm still trying to get the GPU up to 1.7 GHz, but I've been having a lot of difficulty with the EVGA OC program. More of that learning curve I mentioned. It currently cinebench's at 104 fps, but I think we can do better.

My only concern is twice it's had trouble booting up, where it will shut itself on and off 4-5 times before it will be steady on. I'm thinking about checking all the connections on the mobo, but if this is a common thing, please let me know.

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Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 3 points

This is where I hope to be when I’m 50 :)

Great looking build +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I thought it was a pretty sweet gift! My SO knew I was getting desperate for a new rig, because I was talking about the new consoles that were shown at E3. That's pretty desperate for me. So the sneaky git made plans back in June for me to get the pieces for a nice build.

I think I lucked out when it comes to spouses.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Tell me about ram is the RAM running @ 3000 or 2933 MHz?

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I will only swap the PSU top-down so it can take air from bottom. If i remember your case has the bottom air-intake for PSU.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

It does! One credit I have to give the Focus G is that it's well vented. That's a great idea. I'm still really worried because I don't really understand airflow. Thank you for the suggestion.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

This build is spot on. (nvme, 60fps 1080 max, 12 threads) Well done.

That said a single channel RAM is unnecessary in this build.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome! Hope I will be like you when I am 50. Just wondering, what is the voltage the cpu is set at. ( I am getting the same cpu and mobo and am planning on oc'ing)

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