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About two months ago after attempting to game on my Macbook Pro I decided it was enough. So I started looking into prebuilt gaming PCs and came across buildapc's reddit. I decided to just go for it and build my own. I started out just wanting 1080p gaming and then after doing some research (hence the title) got sucked in. Then I went from 1080p 144 hz gaming to 1440p 144 hz gaming as I wanted something I would not have to significantly upgrade other then a few parts for the next couple years. So, for the last two months I have been looking for sales and purchased every component on sale other than the GPU. I understand I could have cheaped out on a few parts and upgraded others, but for the most part was looking for medium-high quality in everything.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 3.6 GHz 6-Core: -Everybody knows why I went with this.

EVGA CLC 280 113.5 CFM Liquid: -My inexperience shows here as I did not budget accordingly to cooling as well I wanted too. Would have preferred to go Dark Rock Pro 4, and buy 4 Noctua fans, but only had $80 for the budget. I came across the EVGA on Staples for $50 off, so I pretty much just said screw it and grabbed it because it also came with 2 140 mm fans. As you can see in the pictures to my dismay the radiator doesn't fit with the Red Devil lol. So I was forced to put the other fan in front of the radiator inside the front panel. Obviously this isn't optimal, but everything seems to be fine thermal wise. Whenever I get an extra $100 I'll upgrade the fans as I'm using the stock case fans as rear and top exhaust. Keeps the CPU super cool, but the stock EVGA fans are pretty loud, the next thing I'm doing is switching them out.

Gigabyte X570 AORUS ELITE WIFI ATX AM4: -I needed a board with Wifi and didn't want to deal with flashing the BIOS as it was my first build. Microcenter bundled it with the 3600 for only $160, which I figured was a decent deal. People were worried about the chipset fan, but I don't even think it turns on. The VRM keeps temperatures really low. I had a problem posting XMP from BIOS bootup as CMOS would reset. I downloaded the APP Center under utilities, and then EasyTune from the support page and enabled XMP from there and it worked right away.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200: -From what I researched 3200 mhz and CLS 16 was pretty optimal and I didn't want fancy RGB. XMP is set to 3200 and it works. Don't see a reason to push it yet.

Samsung 970 Evo 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME SSD: - I wanted to experience what it was like using a really fast SSD, and I have to say it is kind of ridiculous. I boot Windows in less than 5 seconds. I'll end up purchasing more storage in the future.

PowerColor Radeon RX 5700 XT 8 GB Red Devil: -Was decided on a 5700 xt and randomly decided to refresh the Newegg page. Man did I get lucky this thing is awesome. I've seen reviews of driver instability and crashes, but I have not experienced a single problem. It's cool and quiet.

Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower: -Wanted a minimalist case with good airflow and I'm really happy with it.

Corsair RMx (2018) 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX: -Saw it was highly rated and on a slight sale, so I just grabbed it. The whole not compatible with some motherboards because of connectors was annoying, but I haven't had any problems with it. The cables are kind of difficult to maneuver, but I'm not sure if that's with all fully modular PSUs. The whole connecting the 6+2 pin to the Red Devil was really confusing for me. After 4 hours of building I literally said screw it, and attached it the way seen in photos. Honestly not even sure if that's right.

Dell S2719DGF 27.0" 2560x1440 155 Hz: -Wanted the cheapest possible 1440p 144 hz Free-sync monitor. The whole TN, VA, IPS thing didn't matter to as I was coming from a Macbook Pro. Got this thing on a decent sale and it's awesome. Picture looks great, have it overclocked to 155 hz, and have had zero problems.

Still need to purchase: Keyboard, headset, and case fans

Overclocking: -For right now I really have no reason for overclocking as this thing handles pretty much everything I throw at it. I did enable Auto Overclock from Ryzen Master and it currently runs at 4 GHz at peak of 1.4V. Under Cinebench stress test it peaked at 74 degrees and sits idle at 34. - I have not attempted to overclock the Red Devil as it's stable, quiet, and has good thermals. It has no problem running anything and for the time being I see no point in potentially messing anything up. I do have the switch set to OC mode on the chip itself though.

Well first PC build, roast me.

Part Reviews

CPU

Best value CPU currently

CPU Cooler

Keeps the CPU super cool, but the stock EVGA fans are pretty loud, need to purchase better fans, but other than that it works great.

Motherboard

Wifi works great and ran right away without issues. People were worried about the chipset fan, but I don't even think it turns on. The VRM keeps temperatures really low. I had a problem posting XMP from BIOS bootup as CMOS would reset. I downloaded the APP Center under utilities, and then EasyTune from the support page and enabled XMP from there and it worked right away.

Memory

I didn't want fancy RGB and XMP is set to 3200 and it works as advertised.

Storage

I wanted to experience what it was like using a really fast SSD, and I have to say it is kind of ridiculous. I boot Windows in less than 5 seconds. Getting slightly over 2,500 as a read speed.

Video Card

I've seen reviews of driver instability and crashes, but I have not experienced a single problem. It's cool and quiet. I have not attempted to overclock it as it's stable, quiet, and has good thermals. It has no problem running anything and for the time being I see no point in potentially messing anything up. I do have the switch set to OC mode on the chip itself though. Sits idle at 36.0° C and under full load only gets up to 67.0° C.

Case

A minimalist case with good airflow and easy cable management.

Monitor

Got this thing on a decent sale and it's awesome. Picture looks great, have it overclocked to 155 hz, and have had zero problems.

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Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 3 points

The EVGA CLC 240 would fit in the top exhaust and would have been a better choice in terms of fit.

Unfortunately the Meshify C does not give much wiggle room for 280mm AIOs.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, op should've realized gpu and rad clearance issues before buying. Mostly the fault of the red devil for being a long boi

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Went 280 because I figured I needed 2 140 mm fans anyway as intake and the $50 off really made me jump at it without thinking too much lol

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

very sexy +1

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Not bad for your first time! Your cable management is way better than on my first build. And good choice for parts too! +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, but from the images it's hard to say your GPU is sagging or not.

My build with same case and same GPU, but my GPU is sagging ~ 7-8mm and it's annoying. Do you face this issue?

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Slightly, but that's why I have the 6+2 pin above it kinda holding it a little.