Description

After practically a year of planning, waiting, deciding what parts best suited what I wanted, more waiting for gpu prices to fall and for 2nd gen Ryzen to release, I finally built my dream PC in August (I don't remember the exact date, August 7th sounds about right). Part of me wishes I'd gone for a 6gb 1060, but for now I'm more than happy with this build, so it's ok. I can play all of my favorite games (Team Fortress 2, PUBG, CS:GO, Ring of Elysium more recently, League Of Legends, and of course, Minecraft) at 1080p 144hz, sometimes well over that. Before I got my 144hz monitor, I overclocked the 60hz IPS display I'd bought to 76hz, and ohmygod there's such a huge difference when you go above 60hz. 76hz is just a taste of the true heaven that is 144hz. I think the only thing I did for about 5 hours when I got it was drag my mouse across my desktop and make highlighted boxes. Seriously, higher refresh rates are NOT a gimmick. Try it. You'll never go back.

In terms of the actual build, it was relatively simple. Once I got all my parts, I spent a few hours putting it all together, cable managing, and for the most part, it went off without a hitch. The P400S is a beautiful case that was fantastic to build in, and the slightly tinted tempered glass side panel combined with the RGB strip that comes with the case really make it shine. My cable management could be a bit better, but I think it's pretty good.

As planned, I overclocked any and everything I could - I'm a sucker for getting my money's worth d: I overclocked my CPU to 4.0 GHz at 1.3875 V, and my ram to 3000 MHz at 3.5 V. I forget what I overclocked my GPU to, so I'll be sure to update this when I check it.

All in all, I couldn't be more pleased with this rig. I can stream, record, game, work, edit, and do general productivity to my heart's desire, all with the buttery smoothness of 144hz. If you do plan on building something similar to this and you have a little bit more money than I did, I would definitely consider a few upgrades, the most obvious of which would be a higher-end GPU (I think a 1070 Ti would be great) and an extra 8GB of ram. A 240 gigabyte SSD might also be worth it, as I have noticed that I only have about 50GB left.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments, and I'll answer them to the best of my ability. I'll be checking in on this quite frequently for the next few weeks, adding pictures, answering questions, and making the information as accurate as I can. Happy building!

(Sorry for poor picture quality, I have an iPhone 6S and the lighting in my room is also really bad. Maybe I'll get a Pixel 3 in a year's time xd also, it's worth mentioning that these pictures are from before I got my 144hz monitor)

Part Reviews

CPU

This thing is nothing short of a beast. A bit overkill for my 1060 3GB, but I want to be able to easily upgrade down the line so that's not a problem. You could definitely pair something as high as a 1080 Ti with this. It does run a bit toasty out of the box, but if you lower the voltage that's taken care of. I overclocked mine to 4.0 GHz and it's worked like a charm. Great buy, would definitely recommend.

Motherboard

Great motherboard. It has a great design, a cool color scheme, and plenty of more premium features at a reasonably low price. Being ATX, it supports up to 64 GB of ram, so my 8GB of ram at 3200 MHz run perfectly, which is important for Ryzen. Overall a fantastic budget ATX board, I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Memory

Good, fast ram. What more is there to say? I have mine overclocked to 3200 MHz, but if you don't care about things like that you can just set it to one of the XMP profiles in your BIOS. I'm planning on buying this kit again in the future so I can have 16GB of ram. It looks great in my case too - nothing too flashy, yet elegant. 10/10.

Storage

A great budget SSD. For only $25, you can toss this in your build and never worry about slow boot times or load times for your favorite games and apps that you put on it. If you do have the extra money I'd recommend buying a 240GB SSD instead, but for this price and my needs it works perfectly. Some people say Kingston is inferior to companies like Samsung and SanDisk, but don't let that stop you from buying their products. They're essentially just as good, and oftentimes much cheaper.

Storage

Pretty standard stuff for any build. I hardly think anything I can tell you will convince you to buy this over the praise thousands have already given it, but seriously, it's #1 for a reason.

Video Card

I love this card. It handles anything I throw at it in 1080p 144hz at high-ultra settings, and I rarely have to go down from Ultra. Perhaps it would've been a better investment to buy the 6GB variant or a 1070, but when I do end up upgrading from this, it's going to reserve a spot in my heart for all the fun it's allowed me to have in the past few months. If you want 60 or 144 FPS gameplay at 1080p for a great price, then get this card.

Case

The centerpiece of my build. Oh, how I love this case. It fits right in with my desk to the point where I can't believe there was ever a time it didn't sit at it. The case is well designed and aesthetically pleasing, with many grooves, edges, and a beautiful tinted tempered glass side panel. Cable management was a dream, and it truly deserves its "S" moniker - even with the stock case fans at the 3rd and highest preset, there's nothing more than a low hum that goes from a whisper to nonexistent when I put my headphones on. The RGB strip that comes with the case has 10 different colors: purple, magenta, dark red, orange, yellow, green, cyan, aqua, white, and dark blue. Even after 2 months, I still can't decide which one is my favorite, so I change it up every once in a while. Overall, this is truly a fantastic case, and it's going to sit proudly at my desk for many years to come.

Power Supply

With a sale plus a $20 dollar mail-in rebate, I got this PSU for $34, and it made me realize that I would've paid the full price in a heartbeat if I hadn't gotten it for so cheap. Being fully modular, having 620 watts of power, and 80+ bronze certification certainly raise the expectations for this power supply, and it meets them all in full and then some. I love this PSU. It has sleeved, sleek, braided black cables, so you don't have to worry about any ketchup and mustard cables ruining your aesthetic. I say that if you're paying over $500 for your build, then a fully modular PSU goes from a privilege to a must. It makes building and cable management so much easier, and it's worth every bit of the premium. So far, I'm only using about 300 watts of its potential 620, so I can upgrade my parts (most notably my GPU) without worrying about not having enough power for a long time. A great investment for any build, and I would highly recommend it.

Comments

  • 9 months ago
  • 5 points

RIP Robbie Rotten :(

This is a nice budget build. Expensive cpu, but allows for upgrades later down the road. Nice work!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Yea, I wanted to be able to upgrade my GPU without having to worry about my CPU bottlenecking it for a few years :)

R.I.P Stefan. He was one of the greatest influences of my life. I miss you every day.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

How much FPS do you get on Fortnite and nice build

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Around 100-140

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The number one double fps

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Forever #1.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Check your 3.0+ voltage numbers you listed lol must be missing a 1 in the front aye? Aka 1.3V+ etc. Looks good enjoy it!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

ah, guilty as charged! thanks for pointing that out lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

reading a lot of comments about the stock cooler being bad on the CPU, did you change it out ?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

really? i've heard nothing but praise for the wraith spire. it works fine for me, temps stay as low as 65C on load. my single complaint is that screwing it in is complete hell but you work it out eventually lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I'll definitely give it a shot before splurging the extra cash on a new cooler. Thanks!

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! Glad to have helped (:

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

How is 8gb of ram? I'm building a pc with the same cpu and similar graphics card. Lots of people say I would need 16gb in 2018, because I often have chrome tabs and discord open while gaming. I'm wondering if I can just get by with 8gb because ram is really expensive.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

get 16gb if you can afford it. my ram usage gets way too high for my liking (75-90% usage with 10-ish chrome tabs and a game open and it literally goes straight to 40% on startup), imo next year will be the year that 16gb becomes the official new minimum and 8gb is no longer enough

seriously, do it, the only reason i havent bought an extra 2x4gb kit is because i'm waiting for black friday for prices to hopefully go down, ram prices have somewhat normalized of late but as you said it definitely isnt cheap

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

hi its my first time building a pc and im looking at this build . does it support wifi and if not what could i add to it to make it work and also do you need to buy like windows seperately? thanks if you could list like a few things that i may need too that will be helpful thnks x

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

You can get a wireless adapter or ethernet

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

you would need to buy either a wifi pcie card or dongle (i'd recommend ethernet above all else but sometimes it just isn't possible), as the motherboard i chose doesn't come with wifi. if you want to get a licensed version of windows then yes you'd need to buy windows separately but you can always just use the unactivated version of win10 and buy a license further down the line