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Update: 4/23/17

I'm in the process of changing the theme of the build and ditching the red LEDs. More picture to follow.


This is my first computer build.

I've been primarily a console gamer since my parents bought a Nintendo NES in 1989. Ever since then, I've owned nearly every mainstream console released (with the exception of the Sega Genesis and PS1) and dabbled a bit with computers in the 1990's. In the early 2000's, I had a friend give me his old AMD Athlon computer. I used it for about a year until shorting the system by trying to replace the PSU. After a short memorial and mourning period, I decided to stick with consoles and subsequently bought the first Xbox. Fast forward to 2011 and >100,000 gamerscore points on the Xbox 360, I bought an overpriced pre-built Dell XPS 8300 for the pure purpose of playing Diablo 3 and StarCraft II (warning: don't try playing these on a 2010 MacBook). Overall, its been a good secondary system for games. The Dell XPS 8300 had an i5-2400, 6GB of RAM clocked at 1333 MHz, and an ATI Radeon 5870. Last year, I decided to research on how to build my own computer. Countless hours of study and watching tutorial videos on YouTube lead me to this point.

Additionally, I grew tired of the locked nature of consoles. Most games have terrible textures along with low frame rates and loading times. For instance, games like Dishonored 2, Battlefield 1, and Final Fantasy 15 all had terrible textures and low resolutions on the Xbox One. I couldn't take it any more of the abuse.

TL;DR: Console gamer to PC master race.

After reading forums about PC building, I noticed a lot of bias towards Intel and hatred towards AMD. So, when I heard AMD was working on a new CPU, I decided to be one of the first adopters. I remembered my first AMD system being a beast before I fried it.

My build experience was pretty painless. I had to reorient the CPU cooler a few times for better cable management.. plenty of zip ties were used. I did have a short period where I thought my PSU was DOA. Fortunately, my computer case power button wasn't properly hooked up so I was able to figure that out.

I wanted to build a great system for a fraction of the price. I think I was able to achieve it, mostly. All of the parts listed were bought sporadically and on sale over a period of 8 months. I sold some of my old console games and other various gaming memorabilia to cut costs down a bit. The prices listed are accurate to what I paid.

The final savings was around $500.

Part Reviews

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

nice

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem one of the first builds i've seen with ryzen, this is my build .https://pcpartpicker.com/list/skwVQV

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. I have the STRAFE keyboard and love it.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Could you share your FPS results for Fallout 4 Vanilla? I was hoping to upgrade to a R5 CPU later.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure. I don't have the game for PC but was eventually going to get it. This gives me an excuse, lol.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually, I think I'm going to wait until Bethesda releases a GOTY version of the game. Which R5 are you looking to get?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

1600X

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

That CPU will be more than enough for gaming. I think there are reviews out now with benchmarks. Definitely a good choice.. it doesn't come with a CPU cooler, though.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

To be honest I ended up here cause I was reading through ryzen reviews and Saosin jumped off the page. Saosin in the name Ryzen in the build, and Fall-out references. I applaud your taste.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated. Thanks!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey nice build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, man. It's been running beautifully so far.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow, every other price I can understand but how did you get that case for 50% off? Which sale was that?

P.S. Love the Fallout theme and your stickers. You're giving me good ideas for my upcoming Ryzen 5 build.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

It was during a flash sale on Amazon in early December. For the price, I couldn't pass it up!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I will build something similar, but is RGB Working Good(in like, color cycle mode)?

Here it is: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/user/GrinDraffen/saved/DqWCJx

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Yeah, there's a strip of RGB lighting down the right hand side of the motherboard. Also, it has a bunch of cool options for changing the color and mode in the BIOS. I updated pictures of what mine looks like from the side panel (red on low illumination).

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Is the M.2 faster than the 850 EVO ?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

They're both SATA based so speeds are comparable. For instance, sequential speeds for the 850 EVO are ~445 MB/s vs ~401 MB/s for the SanDisk M.2

You wouldn't be able to tell the difference in real time.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

what type cpu cooler did you use. im trying to build with a similar Board and it keeps giving me compatibility errors.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm using the AMD Wraith Spire cooler that shipped with the 1700. What are you using?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Why only 2x4 ram at 2400Hz? I'd imagine you'd see massive boosts in power if you upgraded to 2x8 @ 3000

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I'm actually looking into upgrading my RAM when Vega is released.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Good call. Based on their high bandwidth cache, I'm expecting it to be able to utilise four ram sticks rather well. Just something to consider.

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

Definitely. I appreciate it, man.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey! Where did you buy the stickers? I'm thinking of adding some personality to my case!

  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

I bought the mini logo from a seller on Etsy and the larger one from eBay. Just type "vault tec decals" in Google and you can find a lot.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

On Gigabyte's website, they have a supported SSD list and that Samsung 500 GB isn't listed. Yours works with no problems?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

No problems here!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Super awesome build. Love the Fallout theme. +1

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, man. I had to do something with the military green case.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey saosin, I'm a first time builder and I am interested in the case you use here. As I am a first time builder, I don't know a lot of stuff about building one. I just want to know this: because this case has fans built in, would I need a cpu cooler for anything or am I alright with the built in fans?

Thanks and could someone reply please?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This case had a bunch of fans pre-installed when I bought it. However, you can always add fans or change them out if you want. Make sure to note how many fan headers are on your motherboard. Otherwise, a fan controller would be needed (or fans directly connected to your PSU... but they'd run at 100% always and could be loud depending on the max RPM rating).

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Love your Fallout theme all around:-)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'M LATE!

But...

Welcome to the PC Master Race!

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, the RAM is stable at 2400 with no problems.

I'm using the F6 bios that is available on Gigabyte's website here: http://www.gigabyte.us/Motherboard/GA-AB350-Gaming-3-rev-10#support-dl

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  • 32 months ago
  • 6 points

Sure, it crushes it in everything http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i5-2400-vs-AMD-Ryzen-7-1700/803vs3917

Ryzen CPU's aren't bad for gaming, it's just if you're purely gaming, you'd get a 7700K. I hate it when people claim Intel is still better whilst comparing the Ryzen with the 7700K. You can't compare a gaming CPU with a Workstation CPU. http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-7700K-vs-AMD-Ryzen-7-1700/3647vs3917

The Ryzen's weren't targeting low end i7's/high end i5's, just the high end i7's as shown here: http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-6900K-vs-AMD-Ryzen-7-1800X/3605vs3916

Even the 6900k doesn't compare to the 7700K in gaming http://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-6900K-vs-Intel-Core-i7-7700K/3605vs3647

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point
  1. This was a joke
  2. You gave no actual benchmarks, you can't judge a CPU just by it's specs, if that was the case then everyone would be gaming on FX 8320's. You must consider architecture.
  3. I love ryzen and this was all a joke to see what would happen lol.
  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Just saying, I'd never game on a space heater all the time. My dad uses one, though.

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

1: Seems convenient

2: These are actual benchmarks, it has been said that the architecture of Ryzen is about as efficient as Intel Broadwell so these benchmarks make sense considering Sandy Bridge is older than Broadwell. And these aren't based off the clock speeds

3: You're just reiterating yourself.

  • 32 months ago
  • 5 points

Maybe, maybe not. Want to buy my 2400 and test it for science?

  • 32 months ago
  • 5 points

Ryzen is more then capable for gaming, I don't see how it's bad at games. I am more then happy to take a 5 to even 20 frame hit when the dang thing cost way less then intel's cpu'. But that's my preference.

  • 32 months ago
  • 5 points

lol, you might as well delete your comment because your comment karma is going way down. Guess you shouldn't assume because you dont even have an i5 2400 anyways. The recent windows update also closes the gap with the 7700K, so you're 100% wrong

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

Lol this comment is a joke

  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

When you comment anti ryzen **** as a joke and only one person gets it.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I came by but the joke was deleted. I should've seen it.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I didn't like the color initially but it has grown on me. Also, my wallet enjoyed the 50% savings on it. lol

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. I have them turned off now. The colors were too much of an eyesore to me after a while.

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