Description

Here is my Red PC build updated with an RX 580 that I was able to track down for a reasonable price. I was going to build myself an economy gaming computer until my wife convinced me to buy the fanicer stuff and it make it pretty with a red and black theme. (What a great wife, eh?)

Wanting to be able to play modern games, I opted for the Ryzen 5 1500X since it was $70 less expensive than a 1600 at the time and I don't need 6cores/12threads. It is an excellent CPU that stays cool and performs flawlessly.

The case was a splurge for me, but well worth the coin. Easy to work in, beautiful to view, and plenty of features.

Total cost before shipping & taxes: $1400 CAD

Part Reviews

CPU

Although I considered a 1600 or 1600x, I decided on this R5 1500x based on a $70 price difference at the time of purchase, since I simply didn't need 6core/12thread. The stock clock is performing excellently and breezes through multitasking and gaming. 5/5

Motherboard

I decided on this motherboard primarily because of its styling, but also for the spacious placement of the components, plentiful USB connectors, and future ability to upgrade. The BIOS is stylish and easy to use, although I had to update it for it to properly acknowledge my Team Dark RAM and run it at a full 2933mhz instead of the stock ~2100mhz. 5/5.

Memory

I bought the red version of this RAM and the styling is perfect for my build. The 3000 speed should also be nice for an R5 1500x! 5/5

Storage

This price point was a little high compared to similar SSDs, but the styling matches my particular case well. I'm enjoying my fast boot time! 5/5

Video Card

Excellent! With the 1411 mhz factory overclock, I get a cool 90 fps on BF1 at ultra settings 1080p- just what I wanted for this price range! It was difficult to find this card for a decent price since the mining craze, but well worth the wait. 5/5

Case

I am very pleased with this case. The tempered glass feature has elegance with its black trim that matches well with the flat-black front. The interior was easy to work with and made cable management as well as component installation a joy. There were some negatives in my case such as flimsy cable-managent clips, and a 1mm misaligned usb/audio front panel, but these are forgivable as the finish of the entire case is marvelous. 5/5

Power Supply

This Power Supply Unit has fewer cable options than I would have wanted, but enough connectors to make a modest build like mine work flawlessly. 5/5

Case Fan

They blow air and look cool in Red! The rubber anti-vibration mounts are also a nice touch.

Keyboard

Other than my regrets of not having a numpad, I really enjoy this keyboard. It is a loud clicky, but positive-feeling keyboard that has good backlighting and a cool keycap font! The rainbow version of the board is not colour-customizable, which was disappointing at first, but now appeals to my eyes once on my desk. 4/5.

Mouse

Excellent mouse, feels smooth, good scroll wheel, and I like the two side buttons. However, the rgb software was too in-depth- I only did a basic customization. Still- 5/5!

Comments

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

is it good

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

It feels real good. :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks clean. I'd add a red fan in the back.

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I was thinking about that! It would would nice like that.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Its a bit of a shame you didnt go for a r5 1600. Theyre only 10% more in the UK, and you can overclock them. Ow well, still a very nice pc, A new gpu will do very well if added :)

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

A taste of red? More like a full course meal! Red PC hardware with red team CPU and video card!

Great looking build BTW and if all you do is gaming most games use 1-2 cores or are actually optimized for 4 cores (most AAA game titles) aside from the odd game and that is likely not going to change for a while yet. That CPU should serve you well for your use and hope the GPU market crashes hard enough you can get a rx 580 much lower than MSRP!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comment! I am really enjoying the 1500X- 8 threads feels great! I too hope that I can get my hands on a cheap RX 580 or perhaps a base-model Vega if it is affordable enough!

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

did you ever manage to get your ram off of 2933? and to 3000mhz? im planning on buying this board

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

This board automatically downclocks 3000mhz ram to 2933mhz. I don't think that 67mhz is going to make much of a difference! :P

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i know it doesnt make a difference i was just wonder if you got your full speed, but it automatically downclocks it to 2933 then why does it say it supports up to 3200?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

It is base clocked RAM at 2933 but you can manually overclock it to 3200 mhz if you want.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, so I see that you have the Asrock ab350 Gaming k4 board. I have that right now and wanted to upgrade my ram to what you bought. Did the ram work at 2933 without overclocking? I already updated my bios to 3.0.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I upgraded my BIOS to 2.60 in July when I built the computer and the RAM worked fine at 2933mhz after I enabled the XMP settings.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks lovely, nice build.

Certainly better than mine ;)

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! :)

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Is that a SSD sticker? It looks amazing! May I ask where did you get it from?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you provide the height of your RAM?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Dimensions are 146mm x 38mm x 8mm Here's the link to the website specifications: https://www.teamgroupinc.com/en/product/dark-ddr4

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey built a r5 2400g system based on the same motherboard. What BIOS update got you too 2933 mhz on the team dark ram? Mine wont run anything over 2400mhz even though its rated at 3000. Very nice build btw!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Quote: "I upgraded my BIOS to 2.60 in July when I built the computer and the RAM worked fine at 2933mhz after I enabled the XMP settings."

  • 28 months ago
  • 0 points

I just bought the same motherboard for my build. How do you like it?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like it. It had all the features that I wanted, the style I liked, and lots of room for additional parts in the future!

[comment deleted]
[comment deleted by staff]
  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice! I hope so!

[comment deleted by staff]
  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats what i said 2 months ago lol

[comment deleted by staff]