Hey everyone! This is my first ever PC, named Total Eclipse, which I built myself to use for gaming, editing, graphic design and college work. Note that this isn't quite the perfect article; I do want to add in a Samsung 960 Pro M.2 some time, as well as some Corsair LL120 RGB fans. But at the moment, the contrast between this PC and my old one is night and day; I'm honestly so pleased! It isn't loud at all when idle, and of course it makes a bit more noise when gaming, but not much at all. The PC price was £790, but £913 including the monitor.
The R5 2600X I managed to overclock to 4.1 GHz (At 4.2 GHz, the fans were spewing out moderately hot air and making a bit of noise while idle, so I stuck to 4.1 GHz.) At 4.1 GHz, the CPU idles at a min. of 24 degrees which is just amazing, but does fluctuate to ~35 degrees to when idle.
The only change I'd make in hindsight is buying the black version of the Hyper 212, since it would fit the colour scheme better, which is just black with some RGB for a bit of flair. But I digress, the regular Hyper 212 of course performs well in keeping the CPU cool and doesn't look too bad.
I was caught in two minds about which motherboard to buy. For the longest time, I was so sure that I wanted to buy the MSI B450 Tomahawk. I knew though that it wasn't a WiFi board, so I'd have to buy either a WiFi adapter, or run a super long Ethernet cable along my living room. The latter wasn't an option I'd even consider and as for buying an adapter, that combined with the Tomahawk would just cost more than buying a good WiFi board. So I researched some more and the MSI B450 GAMING PRO CARBON AC caught my eye. Judging by the 'AC', I knew this one did have wireless WiFi connectivity and it was a cheaper solution than buying the Tomahawk plus a WiFi card. Plus, this motherboard has RGB and is arguably the best B450 out there, in the end it was a no brainer for me.
For the RAM, I had to fork out an extra £30 just for RGB haha. My motherboard supports up to DDR4-3466 MHz and I managed to overclock this beautiful RAM kit to 3333 MHz (A few games were crashing at 3400 and 3466.) But still, the RAM comes at advertised speeds and I've no complaints.
For storage, I went with the cheapest 1 TB HDD I could find from Seagate, a reputable brand so I was sure it'd be a good buy and it was. Simply enough, it's a drive for storing files, downloads and games I don't play too often. I knew I wanted an SSD, Samsung was an obvious choice, they are a very reliable and popular brand and their 860 Evo at the moment is the fastest SATA SSD. As mentioned before, I will buy a 960 Pro M.2 at some point. But this SSD is really fast; it loads up the OS within a few seconds and just performs flawlessly. I did install a few games on here that I play often, and the loading times are almost non existent; only being adulterated by internet speeds.
The graphics card was a simple enough decision, I knew I wanted a Radeon RX 580 with 8GB. Whilst browsing through the GPUs, this one obviously caught my eye. I mean, look at it! It's absolutely gorgeous but quite big and heavy. No matter what, you will experience some sagging if you choose this one, but make sure your case is big enough for it! The thing has three fans and is covering my SATA ports, but at least I'll never need to access them again! I'm so glad I spent extra money on a Strix card (£189.99), the cooling on this is fantastic I have to admit! It also covers the grommet which the GPU cables are designed to go through but it wasn't any hassle. Nevertheless, it's an absolute beast! It achieves 60+ FPS on PUBG with high settings, 180-220+ on Fortnite with epic settings (eventhough I rarely play Fortnite.) I mostly play Warframe, with the card managing up to 280 FPS on max settings. I have to say, I'm really pleased with the overall performance of the GPU, it looks great and performs well in any games I play at 1080p and max settings. I did buy the OC variant which comes at 1411 MHz in the core clock and 2000 MHz in the memory clock. I managed to push it with MSI Afterburner to 1475 MHz and 2120 MHz at +37 Mv Core voltage. PS. The stability was then tested in Heaven benchmark and then played Warframe, Fortnite and PUBG, which would crash often if the GPU's OC isn't stable. The GPU idles anywhere from 19°C to 29 ° C. At full load in Heaven Benchmark, the highest temperature was 67°C which is great!
The Phanteks Eclipse P400 is a beautiful case in my opinion. I chose this one as many people said it's easy for first time builders and has tons of room for cable management. It also has a tinted acrylic side panel. It was easy to build in and displays all my parts beautifully. The case comes with two fans, and I bought an extra one for some better airflow.
For the power supply, I went with EVGA over Corsair. The estimated wattage of my build was 409, I knew I was going to overclock and the juice required would slightly increase. I was originally going to buy the 600 W variant, but the 650 went on sale and was cheaper so there was no reason not to go with this one. It has awesome black sleeved cables, of course fully modular and 80+ Gold Certified so I can't complain at all.
Finally, I bought a new monitor. I chose the iiyama G-MASTER BLACK HAWK, it's a 24.5 inch 1920x1080 display with a good 75 Hz refresh rate at a great price. I was looking for one with minimal bezels and built in speakers; it's a beautiful display with actually good audio but I do use my headphones when seriously gaming. At this price point, it was the obvious choice.
Thanks for reading my lengthy break down of all the parts! Up until now, there haven't been any issues at all and the PC's performing like a dream so I'm really glad with how it turned out. Hopefully I made this long read a little better by breaking it up into smaller paragraphs. Let me know what you think of the build :)
Fantastic CPU and one I'd highly recommend. I overclocked to 4.1 GHz at 1.375V. Idles as low as 23°C!
Best air cooler out there, and at a great price too! Cools my R5 2600X to 24 degrees idle at ~77 degrees when under full load in Cinebench R20. I just wish I went for the black version to match my build better but it's still great.
Amazing motherboard; the best B450 out there. Love the small RGB accents and the other features it has are awesome too inc. 6 fan headers, 2 M.2 slots. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is it is a bit off with RAM overclocking. I have Corsair Vengeance RGB Pro 16 GB at 3200 MHz, which I should be able to overclock to 3466 MHz (which is the highest the motherboard supports, a great frequency btw.) Sadly though, at 3400 and 3466, some games were constantly crashing so I lowered it to 3333 MHz and it runs smoothly, no crashes. Overall though, this motherboard is fantastic and I'm definitely sticking with MSI for the future!
Fast and very good looking RAM which runs at advertised speeds once you enable that XMP profile of course ;)
The fastest SATA SSD out there at the moment and apparently there isn't much difference between SATA and NVMe when gaming. Say goodbye to loading times; I've been consistently loading into PUBG waiting room lobbies 40 secs faster than my cousin who uses a regular HDD. Also loads into Windows really fast, just really convenient overall and 100% would recommend if you want a SATA drive!
Not meant for super fast file transfers, it's great for big storage though!
Absolute beast of a GPU; looks amazing and performs better than I thought! Consistently over 60 FPS in 1080p gaming inc. PUBG, GTA V. Better optimised games eg. Fortnite you get 120+ max settings, Warframe up to 300 in some cases with max settings. The only downside is that it is rather large so ensure that you have a big enough case. This graphics card covers the SATA headers and the grommet which the GPU cable is supposed to route through. It's not a problem at all though; very easy to work around. If you need a quick guide to overclocking on this GPU - ASUS OC's this one to 1411 MHz, I managed to push it to 1475 MHz in the core clock and 2140 MHz in the memory clock with +43 Mv in the core voltage.
I read this one is great for first time builders and has tons of room for cable management, airflow etc. I can't disagree honestly! It has a tinted acrylic side panel which displays the components wonderfully. The only reason I'm giving 4 stars and not 5 is that the cardboard box which contains the screws you need is placed in the middle of the hard drive cages; it was a slight pain to get out!
Quiet, very reliable, beautiful black cables and tons of juice for my system. I would always choose EVGA over any other PSU brand!
Just bought this one to match the other 2 in my case temporarily, before buying RGB fans. It does the job well, keeps the PC cool.
Great display, it was a very easy choice since it stood out well from the other monitors in this price range; 24.5 inches, full HD, good 75 Hz refresh rate, minimal bezels and built-in speakers!