Description

Calling it (mostly) quits with console gaming I decided I'd enter the world of PC gaming. I had a huge amount of help from an enthusiast friend along with some self educating thanks largely to Youtube channels like Paul's Hardware and JayzTwoCents. All the prices listed are what I paid. Some items I probably could've gotten for better prices elsewhere but when I've got a MicroCenter and Best Buy card, I gotta take advantage of the financing. All in all I don't think I did too bad. Hope you enjoy.

Part Reviews

CPU

Got this for a great price thanks to the new Zen 2 architecture recently released. Wraith Prism cooler does great for a stock cooler and a light overclock. May upgrade in the future.

Motherboard

Only trouble I encountered with this build was installing the front IO panels to the Mobo. I'm sure this is a pretty universal problem with motherboards but everything went very smoothly other than that.

Memory

It's RAM. It's fast enough for what I'm doing. No RGB, No frills. Not the lowest latency but it's good enough and cheap enough.

Storage

I'm still amazed at how much the prices of storage has dropped over the years. This isn't the best NVME out there but still miles ahead of a SATA SSD or HDD for that matter.

Video Card

I can't really accurately rate this myself yet. I knew I wanted a 5700 XT based solely on price to performance but I wanted to wait for the custom cards to come out because of the reference cards god awful single fan blower cooler and temps. Ran a couple of stress tests and it topped out at 91C which isn't terrible. Time and new driver updates will tell if this card was worth it but for now I'm happy

Case

PSU Shroud? Check. Easy Cable Management? Check. Easy Install? Check. Simple and Sleek Design? Check. I really can't say enough about this case. Everything was a breeze. Probably not the best airflow out there but it does great for the price. I'd recommend to anyone, especially a first time builder.

Power Supply

PSU prices have been creeping up thanks to our trade war with China. I managed to get this for a great price. Fully modular, 80+ Gold. What more is there to ask?

Monitor

This one really blew my mind. Most monitors with these specs run about $550 range. It's IPS, Freesync, 2560x1440p, and 144hz. Couldn't be happier

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Comments

  • 19 days ago
  • 2 points

Nice components.

How to ptimise the video card's performance - use MSI Afterburner to also apply a "-0.100V" offset to the GPU.

Icrease the power slider of the GPU in the range from +20 to +50%, whichever is stable, and apply a custom fan curve:

  • 33% at 0-30°C

  • 40% at 50°C

  • 100% at 80°C

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

In my book that's an absolute win

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Sick build, nice case. Lol like your home screen pic. I'm done with console to, never even bought an Xbox One. Game on man.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

You got some great prices on some of your components. Similar to you, I caught the Corsair bug as well. This is a great build! How are you liking your Acer monitor?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Happy so far, only got to mess around with it for a few hours because of work. The blacks are pretty deep, some of the whites seem a little more cream colored but it's hardly noticeable. Haven't noticed any backlight bleeding. Gonna mess with the picture settings and I'll see how it ages in a few months time.