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Hey guys!

Just completed building my first ever gaming PC. After doing a lot of research and saving for a few months I was finally able to put it together. I am super happy with how it turned out. I plan on using this for Gaming and a bit of editing of my GoPro videos I take while snowboarding.

I was able to do a modest overclock of 3.75 GHz to the CPU. Perhaps I'll push it a bit further if I upgrade the cooling in the future. Haven't yet overclocked the GPU because I only plan on gaming in 1080p and don't know that there is really a point to it.

Please let me know what you guys think. If I can improve cable management or anything within the build.

Cheers!

Part Reviews

CPU

Awesome chip! Picked this up from a Microcenter near me on sale. Overclocked it to 3.75 GHz and only had to offset the voltage by .0125. Temps stay super lower while gaming, typically under 50C. I am very impressed with the included cooler. I didn't really want to push the overclock too far since I was using that though. Would definitely recommend this to anybody looking to game or even do a bit of streaming/editing.

Motherboard

So happy Microcenter had this in stock. I got $30.00 off plus a $20.00 mail-in-rebate with this. It looks badass and the Bios is super easy to navigate, although I've never really had experience with any other bios so take that with a grain of salt. After reading all the horror stories online of so many people getting DOA boards for their builds I was so happy when this Booted on its first try. Overclocking was simple, just followed Asus video on youtube.

Also, so happy this thing isn't just black and red like all the other B350 motherboards. This thing looks badass.

Memory

Excellent memory. Was able to set the D.O.C.P. setting in my motherboard to 3200 and it ran perfectly. Also, looks so good with this motherboard and GPU!

Storage

Crazy fast boot times and load times in games. Really happy I went with this SSD.

Video Card

I researched the hell out of Graphics Cards. Different brands, 3g vs. 6g, 2 fans vs. 1 fan. Ultimately though, it came down to which card was the best in stock on Newegg when I had the money. After a few weeks of hunting this bad boy popped up and I went for it. So happy with this Graphics card. Runs every game I have tried so far at Ultra or Epic settings at 60FPS. Stays relatively cool at 70C while still being fairly quiet. And it looks so cool with my setup. Couldn't be happier!

Case

Truthfully I wanted to go with a Meshify C. But given my budget and how that case was only going up in price I chose to go with this. My main focus with the case was great airflow, power supply shroud, and cable management. I didn't so much care about glass side panels or RGB built in. Had I waited a few weeks I most likely would have wanted the Meshify Mini C...

That being said, this thing delivered. Amazing airflow, great and easy cable management for a first time builder, a power supply shroud, and air filters. The included 2 140mm fans are doing well so far. They remain pretty quiet while in normal usage.

The only downside of this case is that it is pretty big for a Micro ATX case. Other than that it's perfect.

Power Supply

The power supply was easy to install, cables are all black, and it just works. Not much else to say really.

Case Fan

This fan surprised the hell out of me. I didn't think an $11.99 fan would work this well. But I am happily surprised. It is fairly quiet, with a headset on you won't notice anyway, so who cares! Comes with rubber screws (if that is what you call the rubber things you pull through) which took me a while to figure out but once I got it they are super convenient and I wish my other fans had them.

Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice first build! love the color of the Motherboard. cable management is very good for first time. +1

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Isn't it awesome!? I haven't seen many other builds with it. And thanks! Just looked at your build! Holy cow that looks awesome!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!!:)

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

The motherboard looks really nice and really clean cable management! Keep it up

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! The only thing I would change is the cooler, a AIO would look amazing in the build (yes it would be overkill). But besides that is a perfect mid-range build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I agree. That would make it look awesome! But I had to stick with the budget. That is definitely an upgrade I hope to make in the future.

Thanks!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

personally I would go for a hyper evo 212 cooler, not terribly expensive and much better then intel and AMD stock coolers. If you look at my build, I still have a stock cooler. (stock coolers are really ugly) but a cooler would be a great upgrade.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to jump on this a bit late.

If you're looking at the 212 Evo, don't. It used to be one of the best cheap air coolers. Now though you want the Cryorig H7 or the BeQuiet! Pure Rock Slim. Much better coolers for the same money.

Also I have the Pure Rock Slim on my 1600 and it's frosty!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks for those cooler recommendations! i really like the Pure rock slim. i might get that one when i upgrade!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

No worries!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm considering a similar build--same MoBo, but 1600x. How is the 550W psu doing? Thanks for all the pix, very inspiring and exciting, great job!!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks JTownsle! It was a fun build.

I haven't run into any issues with the 550w Power supply. I've played overwatch and fortnite for several hours and done a torture test on it for 12 hours and power was never an issue. You should be good to go with it!

Also, this motherboard rocks! I think you'll be happy with it.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Pretty clever build.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there!

I've just seen this as you're the first person I've seen review/use this mobo in their build!

I recently changed to it from an MSI Bazooka B350M, which appeared to be faulty and was giving regular audio glitches.

This mobo is so stable!!! Also, I was able to OC my 1600 higher with it than the MSI one. So it's certainly a good board. (I reached 4.1GHz - albeit at too high-a-voltage) I'm now on a constant 3.9GHz at 1.36v which is less voltage than I needed on the MSI. Also RAM seems to OC better too.

My only complain is that the RGB header is not in fact, an RGB header. It's only designed to work with the AMD cooler. Meaning my RGB strip defaults to red only and there's no control!

Regarding your case - I really like the layout of it. How big/good is the cable management area? You mention it's quite bit and I just saw the dimensions - eep! Rather chunky!

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey Esamenoi!

Yeah, this motherboard is awesome! I haven't put any RGB in it... So I haven't run into that issue yet. I'll probably just put some LED strips in there.

Regarding my case. It is quite large for a Micro ATX. However, the airflow and the cable management are incredible for the price. Like I said in my review, I would have gone with the Meshify C mini if it were available for a cheaper price, which it appears to be now. So I'd probably go with that for the airflow and cable management in a smaller package.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome!

Yeah I am looking at a new case and I'm 99% sure I'll go with the Meshify mini C. I just wish there was one more 3.5 bay!

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

Upgrade to bigger hard drives, my friend!

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

:D Yeah I think I need to ! I currently have 3x 2TB. Which are mostly full

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I've tried similar setup (AMD 1600, ASUS TUF B350 and GSkill RAM), but I couldn't OC. I couldn't even reach 3600 MHz (may be I didn't win the Silicon lottery).

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I assume you are talking about the CPU? It should definitely reach that. That's just the stock boost clock!

Did you raise the voltage at all? Because you will need to.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. CPU. I tried raising the voltage as well (0.013) and had no luck with the change.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

You'll probably have to give it more than that! I'm on 1.365v

  • 18 months ago
  • 2 points

I increased the voltage by about 0.04 and was able to OC to 3.7 GHz

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  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't think that was out yet. I built this early 2018.

Check out how much my Ram cost me! haha If I could do it now I'd totally get a 2060 or 2070 now that GPU prices and RAM have dropped.