Description

This was my first time building a PC. I had way too much fun researching parts and once I finally started buying things it felt like they would never arrive. I want to thank all you awesome users on this site for answering my many questions! Assembling everything went quite smoothly. All the components fit together easily and the cable management was very smooth (more on that later). I think the whole build only took a couple hours (mostly pouring over the mobo manual).

I mainly use this machine for modelling 3D projects in CAD, coding in various languages, generic everyday email checking and web surfing, and some light gaming. I've currently played Battlefield 4, Shadow of War, Borderlands 2, The Witcher 3, and a few other titles with no problems. I'm currently using a 1080p monitor with 75Hz refresh rate and it's the only thing limiting my fps (did come with freesync which was nice). Overall, I'm really happy with the performance I'm getting out of this machine and feel like the price-to-performance ratio is really awesome.

PARTS

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 It took a lot of research and deliberation to choose team red. Most of my peers all use Intel and encouraged I do the same. However, the price for this CPU was too good to let pass and the extra threads seemed useful for my line of work. No regrets now that I have it. It's done everything I need it to and more. 10/10

Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC This also took some thought. I wasn't sure if choosing a B450 instead of the X470 was a good idea. Again, I've been really happy with my choice. This mobo doesn't have a lot of fancy lights but it does what I need it to, has plenty of features, and didn't cost too much either. Some people mentioned too few ports, but I had no problem connecting everything up. 10/10

RAM: Corsair Vengence LPX 16GB Simple, fast, and pretty cheap. 10/10

Storage: Samsung 860 Evo 500GB Contemplated choosing a 250GB SSD to save money and I'm so glad I didn't. The SSD filled up way faster than I thought. It holds my OS, my games, and a few other programs I want to load quickly. I can never go back now that I've experienced these boot times. I love turning on my computer now. Need to restart? Not a big deal anymore. 10/10

Storage: Seagate BarraCuda 1TB 7200RPM Generic boring HDD. Does what it needs to and does it cheaply. This is my storage drive for all the other miscellaneous things I need. 10/10

GPU: XFX Radeon RX 580 8GB XXX ED Another big decision for me. Since I don't do competitive gaming, I chose this GPU. I know it's kind of old but it's where I saved some money. I looked at the 1060s but this was sitting at $180 so I bought it instead. It's definitely what's limiting my gaming (not the CPU) but I'm happy with the performance I'm getting. This will probably be the first thing I upgrade. It runs quite, cool, and isn't too ugly. 9/10

PSU: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650W 80+ Gold They said get a good PSU. I did. This thing was so easy to work with. Love the modular design. Very pleased with this purchase. Originally planned on getting the 750W but this gem went on sale for $50 so I snagged it instead. 10/10

Case: NZXT H500 (black) ATX Mid Tower While small form factor builds seem really cool, I wanted some space for my first build. This thing was wonderful. Easy to open, easy to manage cables, easy to hook stuff up. I love the simple, sleek black design and the glass side wall (it is really black - thus the title). I need to talk about cable management a little bit more. IT WAS SO EASY. Everyone who has seen my build has been really surprised by how clean the build was. Great case NZXT. 10/10

I'm definitely hooked on building PCs now. I'm already thinking about a themed build where I create some custom parts. I did purchase a few extra parts (two case fans for the front, one extra SATA cable, and the peripherals I needed) which I haven't listed but if anyone has questions I'll gladly answer them!

Thanks again to this awesome community of PC builders! I'll add the loaded temperatures soon. I think they've been hovering around mid-60s.

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

That's a nice build! Very well done for your first. Welcome to the PC master race, my friend! :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I tried for a good price/performance balance. And yes, I'm sold out on the PC platform.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Honestly, for around $800, I don't think you could've built a better system. You did your research and you definitely did it well.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty much the perfect price/performance build at the moment! Very nice.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I agree. AMD was such a good bargain for this build. Really happy with everything. :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty similar build to my recent one. I went for the RTX 2060 over RX 580. It is slightly less price/performance value at $350. However, it will run 1440p a lot better, and it has Ray Tracing support.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah! It's a slick card. It hadn't come out yet when I put my build together or I probably would have bought it. How do you like it? What CPU are you running with it and what kind of fps are you getting?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm running the same CPU as you are, Ryzen 5 2600, overclocking to 4.1GHz. Same RAM, Corsair Vengeance 3000, overclocking to 3200MHz, same SSD (though I bought the 1TB version), and I went with the MSI X470 Gaming Plus motherboard over the B450 cause it was a little cheaper. I also added a bunch of Noctua fans to keep my case cool, since I was overclocking. I also replaced the stock Noctua fan on the heatsink with 2 black ones for a push-pull. A little overkill on the fans, but they looked cool, and they are extremely silent. :p

Here's the link to my completed build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/2RXPxr

Hasn't been approved by mods yet cause I just submitted it. :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Solid. We put together pretty similar builds!

The last couple years have been really good for Team Red--especially on the low-mid tier of gaming machines.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

So true. I was really hyped for CES 2019 and disappointed that the new Ryzen products weren't displayed. I think AMD has some solid competition getting going for Intel. For me, the price difference and thread count won me over.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Dude, you beat me to it! I have the exact same processor, mobo, and case. I grabbed a 'like new' sapphire RX 580 from eBay. Same size/speed RAM but I grabbed the Rakuten ADATA Gammix set instead. Essentially the same storage, and I stayed with the EVGA 750W but the semi-modular. You must've got the b450 GPC before it went on backorder across the nation lol... this is the last piece I'm still waiting for to arrive. I hope I can make mine look as clean and well-done as yours. Great job man!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the compliments! I did manage to snag the MSI B450 before it disappeared. I honestly looked at the Sapphire RX 580 for a long time. It seems like a slick GPU. Went with the XFX due to price and solid black theme but I've only heard good things about Sapphire's stuff.

Just take your time with the wiring and plan where you'll run cables as you build. I was surprised by how easy cable management was. That's probably due to NZXT's awesome case though. Hope your build goes well!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

With the cost you spent with the SSD and hardrive you could’ve got one 1 TB SSD lol

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty close. I thought about getting a 1TB SSD but went with the setup I have since it saved me about $20 and gave me 50% more storage. I originally planned on a 500GB SSD and a 2TB HDD which would be a big price difference.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah ok that’s fair

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I'm doing my first and noticed yours as I was looking at the RX 580 (debating XFX vs. MSI to theme w/ the same Mobo). Does this handle CAD easily?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The RX 580 and Ryzen 5 2600 have been handling my CAD programs very well. No complaints at all!

Hope your build goes well.