My first PC build. I've upgraded components before but never built from scratch, so a lot of research and price hunting went into this build. I was aiming for around $1000 CAD but I kinda went overboard with the RGB lol. The total price you see is before taxes, so if you're planning to build a PC and you're from Canada, keep in mind the taxes if you wanna stay within budget! I added a list to reflect the actual price of the products after taxes and also where I bought them. I activated a free month trial of Amazon Prime which helped big time cuz they offered free 2-day shipping and competitive prices! There were also products that offered mail-in rebates but I probably wont see that for a while.
The last thing I bought was the video card since I had an old MSI R7770 kicking around. Found a great deal on Facebook Marketplace for the Asus Rx580 for $250, it was going for $350 at Mike's Computers but with shipping and taxes it would've been $400, so I decided to take the risk. I'm always wary of buying anything used but so far so good. The only issue is that it's got a slight coil whine from running games, but it's not noticeable with headphones on. I chose an AMD graphics card Because of FreeSync. Before I started my build I already had an Asus VP247QG 1080P 75Hz FreeSync monitor. (https://www.asus.com/ca-en/Monitors/VP247QG)
The CPU was probably the hardest part of the whole build. Since it was my first time doing it, I didn't have the right feel for setting the processor on the socket. I watched many videos that said to just place it on top and not press it down. So that's exactly what I did and it unfortunately didn't work out for me. I had so many problems from the PC not posting to the DIMM modules not working. I had apparently bent some pins while installing the stock CPU cooler from AMD. So I had to watch videos on how to bend it back and I installed the water cooler instead.
Let me know any thoughts or suggestions for my build. Eventually I'd like to make a significant upgrade to my GPU. Maybe Vega 56 or 64? Budget 4k is my next goal lol.
Update: I overclocked the CPU to 4.0 GHz and it seems to be running very smooth, I think I can push it to 4.2 but I'm happy with where it is right now. The memory was initially clocked at 2133 MHz but now it is at 3000 MHz and it is stable. The video card core is clocked at 1400 MHz and memory clock is at 2200 MHz. I was hoping for more out of the video card but I was experiencing a lot of crashes from overheating. It was jumping to 90C under load! Since it was used I had to open it up and check out what I was dealing with and my assumptions were correct, the thermal paste had really dried out so I cleaned it up and put a fresh coat of Arctic Silver. That helped significantly as it now only goes to 50C under load, a 40C difference! I was also getting overheating problems because of the case that I chose, it really restricted air flow and became a ticking time bomb. So I just ordered a new case (Cooler Master H500) and I'm hoping I can push the video card even further.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 - $259.44 ($229.59 @ Amazon.ca)
- CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML120L RGB - $80.21 ($65.99 + $4.99 shipping @ Newegg.ca) $15 mail-in rebate
- Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450F - $172.87 ($152.98 @ Amazon.ca)
- Memory: G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB - $172.88 ($157.99 - $5.00 prime reward @ Amazon.ca)
- Storage: Corsair Force MP500 120 GB SSD - $56.36 ($49.88 @ Canada Computers)
- Storage: WD Blue 1TB SSD - $180.70 ($159.99 @ Amazon.ca)
- Video Card: Asus ROG Strix Radeon Rx 580 8GB - $250 (Used @ Facebook Marketplace)
- Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 RGB - $101.69 ($89.99 @ Amazon.ca)
- PSU: Cooler Master MasterWatt 550 W - $75.70 ($66.99 @ Canada Computers) $10 mail-in rebate
- Keyboard: ASUS ROG Strix Flare - $146.89 ($129.99 @ Best Buy)
- Mouse: ASUS ROG Gladius II - $79.09 ($69.99 @ Best Buy)
Actual total price including taxes: $1575.83
It's a good CPU, just had a bad experience using it for my first build. I had a hard time setting the CPU on the socket because the pins weren't lining up properly. Also the stock cooler was difficult to install because the screws didn't line up evenly with the bracket and kept making this cranking screeching noise when I was screwing them in. All of those things caused some pins to bend which gave me a lot of problems - from the PC not posting to the DIMM modules not working. Fortunately the pins were fairly easy to bend back into place and I finally got my PC to boot (I swapped out the stock cooler for the liquid cooler which was much easier to install and puts less pressure on the CPU.) I bought it for $229 CAD and the next week the price dropped, so keep an eye on the pricing and you'll do well. Ryzen 3 is coming out so the price will drop even more! I did get the included game Division 2 which is pretty good so far, so all in all a pretty good deal for this CPU.
Great looking liquid cooler, compatible with Aura Sync and super easy to install. The only downsides are that the fan is really loud at full speed and sometimes you hear the liquid pumping at startup. But overall I would recommend this over the stock AMD cooler anytime.
One of the best looking mobos in my opinion. Just black with no other color, matches any theme or color scheme you come up with. Love the Aura Sync capabilities, hate the software though. Had some trouble with many of Asus' software and deleted most of them that I didn't need. Had to uninstall/reinstall Aura Sync just to make it work again cuz it kept failing to launch. BIOS is easy to use, overclocking was pretty straightforward, and updating it was "EZ" lol. Some are saying that VRM temps can get pretty high but that's only if you have bad air flow, so definitely don't wanna cheap out on the case if you're planning to buy this motherboard.
Do not buy this case if you plan on gaming! Yes it's cheap and RGB and it looks awesome, but don't cheap out and sacrifice air flow for aesthetics like I did. The front panel greatly restricts air flow and causes crashes from overheating. The only way around it is playing without the front panel but it increases risk to dust exposure inside the case.