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So as mentioned in the title, this was my first build ever... After using every trash PC that my family was getting rid of, I finally decided to build something new!

I googled a freaking tons to compare all product since i was starting from scratch. I also had some tips from my colleague but I always made sure to double check because one opinion about a product doesn't garante anything. So I watched many video, reviews, comparison, etc. and came down to that list of stuff.

For the assembly, it was really easy by following a Youtube step-by-step video. Everything went well, I used the oem Ryzen cooler and it's pre-applied thermal paste since I'm not planning to OC this cpu. This was a breeze to install just like pretty much all the rest. Only trouble I went through was the rear top exhaust fan cable which was too short and it was messing up my cable management in the rear... I ended up sticking it next to the mobo output on the rear, down under the gpu and then to the header, voilà!

Oh... I must say though, I had trouble with the memory speed and it caused 3-4 BSOD but it's all my fault. I googled so much stuff and all to build this pc that for some reason I thought the memory was 3600 so I got it set to that speed but if you check at my part list, my ram is 3200. Someone on this forum politely pointed me that dumb error and it solved everything of course.

Before you say it, I know the monitor is pretty lame for the build but it's from my previous PC and I'm planning to change it or just add a second screen as soon as I find a good deal. I'm actually trying to learn all about this and if it's worth it or not to go 120-144hz, 2k, curved, ultra-wide, etc... I am also planning to move my PS4 next to my PC and use the same monitor for it. So I'm thinking to invest a good budget for the monitor but not sure of how worthy all those spec will be to the ps4 or even the downside? Like ultra-wide might be bad with the ps4 and always show black bar on each side? I gotta check that up...

Note that all these prices are in Canadian Dollar ... I already had the headset which I use on the PS4. The tower, I was already planning to buy that one but I found someone locally which was selling it so I only paid half price! Had a contact for windows 10 so freebie :) ... That's pretty much it.

Part I'll need to update once I buy them:

**Mouse - Probably going to go with G502 Proteus Spectrum if there's a sale at some point. Otherwise maybe G-Pro?**

Done! I got my G502 and i love it so far.

**Monitor - No idea yet... Research ongoing.**

I got that too! There was a deal on this black friday(2018) and I found what I was looking for... which is 144hz, g-sync, 27inch, 2k and the only thing I would of prefer on this monitor I think is a VA panel instead of TN. I know TN is best for competitive and such + I think my ps4 plugged onto it will benefit from that too but when I watch movie onto it, dark image with fire lighting and things like that really appear cold instead of the true color I think. But hey! when I play my game, I don't see that so far and I love it!!!! (PS: I still haven't tried any modern AAA game onto it, only ps4 game and on pc Borderlands 2)

**Case Fan - Not sure I'll need more than the two that comes with the case but if so, not sure if I'll goo with rgb or just plain fractal black fan... **

**Led Strip - I got some in stock that I was supposed to install in my kitchen but never happened. The only thing is that they won't plug into the RGB header but I guess i can just head onto a more modern look with a fix color. Well, I really gotta find a way to light up the interior a bit because that GPU doesn't have any lighting at all and the RAM + MOBO Block ain't enough. I don't want a ton of lighting but just a little to see the beautiful interior.  ;) **

**Speaker - Those old Klipsch does the trick for now but I'll probably upgrade for a more complete sound system at some point once all the other step are done.**

And now for the picture... It's going to be a work in progress as I have to move my PC in a new room and right now it's pretty much a mess. This is why I only took the picture of the assembly. Oh and I haven't even received my chair and keyboard yet...

Finally, this build is purely for gaming and sometime watch some movie I guess. As previously stated, I never really had a good computer before so because of that, I don't even actually know which game I'll play. I wanted this PC to be able to take those Triple A game of either FPS, RPG or whatever to the top graphic to have the best experience. But most importantly, I wanted it to be able to pass through the year and last a long time. Normally I'm not a freak of the graphic and such, you can tell since I still play some Diablo 2 hahaha... But who knows, I might get addicted to all this fluidity and sharpness! So I think this build is pretty decent to last a good time and also it is open to be easily upgraded on a short/medium timeline.

I'd like to say thanks if you have read all this and let me know your thought! Don't be too harsh if anything there is wrong... haha! I just got into this big PC world ;)

Comments

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice cable management for your first build!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

I started to build my PC at 10pm a saturday night and I just thought I'd install the cpu and cooler then finish the rest another day. I ended up having too much fun and kept ongoing all the way till 3am... haha! It was challenging to place all those cable the best way possible. I wish i had a cable mod or sleeved one but I didn't have that much money just for esthetic.

I know 5 hours is very long but I jist took my time and tried to enjoy every part of it ;)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I take about 20-30 minutes putting all the parts together in a PC build myself and then take another 2+ hours fiddling around with cable management even though I have built many PCs in my time lol. Cable management is the real time killer when building a PC.

Great build and I hope it serves you well. From what I hear the 2nd gen ryzen cpus get better gaming results with its own precision boost over manually overclocking so leaving it the way it is might be the best option for you. That is because it's self 1-2 core turbos can reach higher than all core overclock and that has the biggest effect on gaming. I am glad though that Ryzen includes decent stock coolers with the CPUs, more than just performance and noise wise but aesthetics as well. All 3 category AMD stock coolers beat Intel stock coolers on.

+1 from me

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hahaha right... The cable management was what took the most time but I still really enjoyed it!

And yeah from what I researched, those Ryzen 2nd gen. X cpu really don't benefit much from manual OC. So from there I knew I wouldn't OC the Ryzen and that the stock cooler would be enough.

At some point during my build, I was hesitating between INTEL and AMD and the point mentioned above is what made me choose to go with Ryzen. Principally comparing the cost of each and that the intel would require a cooler bought separately.

Anyways... Thanks mate for passing by! Love this community :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Some tips for picking your monitor:

It's up to you when deciding whether to go with image quality or smooth gameplay. If you want to visualise a true 140 frames per second, go with 144hz, but if you want stuff to look pretty, go with 2k or something.

Good build in the end, good luck!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah mate! Totally make sens :)

I think having 120 to 144hz is a must for a very smooth fluidity and also an advantage if playing FPS game. I'll choose one with that double hz refresh rate for sure!!

As for 2k, I think for many games full hd might be enough but just like the rest of my build, I'd like the monitor to be future proof too. Also, I might use this monitor for some movie, series and cool rpg cinematic so I think 2k is actually the perfect spot for the resolution.

Then there's G-Sync... I didn't search about it that much but iirc, people seemed pretty satisfied to go with that even though there's a steep lrice to pay . I guess this is part of the future proof also... since at some point in the future my pc might not be able to push the f/p/s fully anf there won't be any problem if it has g-sync.

Finally, the most flexible point is the screen type. 16:9 vs 21:9... people owning a ultrawide monitor seem to go crazy about it like whatever the downside, the upside are totally worth it. But as i said, I don't know the compatibility of those monitor with a ps4 and future console. I think it would be pretty disappointing to have those 2 black bar for EVERY console game. Not sure how I should prioritize this part... the curved ultrawide looks pretty damn nice if you ask me! And this would prevent having 2 monitors side by side.

Oh well... I have some time to think about it anyways since there's not really any big deal coming by shortly.

Thanks for reading aye! ;)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

impressive first build. +1

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks... much appreciated! :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build! +1 One question, why 850W PSU?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey thanks!

Good question i guess... because there's no way i would of choose a 850w if it wasn't for the price i paid. I was aiming at a 650watt 80+gold and full modular but there was a sale for this one. It was 124$ before taxes iirc and the 650w i was looking at was 120 or 130 so I just took it... especially since it's a G3 and i needed that compact version for my case!

I guess if the technology doesn't change too much, it will be future proof too! :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Very impressive build, love the cable management.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you ReeperJeepers!

This means alot man... I feel like it's really easy to compare to other beast build from this community and feel like mine is kind of "wack" , hahaha!

Cable mod and all could of been great but this case is really dark and I was going more for the minimalist look. I have to pimp my desk but one thing at the time.

Added a photo of the actual complete build... can't wait to change that mouse and eventually monitors!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the cooling?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello Sir

Well... I must say I haven't looked much into that yet because I don't even own any modern AAA game at the moment.

I do have battlefield 1 as a trial version for 10 hours but since I don't have the full game I didn't botter to go check the temperature and everything yet...

Actually, I haven't checked that out especially because I don't even know which software is best to monitor that! Which one is the simplest and most friendly user? I've seen one that was really basic but maybe too much, I couldn't tell which temperature sensor was what -_-'

If anyone can help me out with that it'd be great! :)

  • 10 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice. Really similar to what I put together, but yours inspires me to clean my build up and take some better photos. Great job

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I must have missed your message... sorry about that!

Seriously, just trying to make it look good and clean makes it even more fun. Also, since you do it once and then your good for a while, why not take the time to enjoy that part as much as possible ;)

My build is really nothing that fancy because i didnt wanted to spend that much money on the visual but it was still a very fun first experience. I still haven't bought any AAA game... waiting for some good deals. Same for the monitor, i can't wait to buy that piece!! :drool:

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh man, just looked at your build again. It's almost the same as mine, but your cable management is so much nicer. Also what SecretLab Titan is that? Ash? Im about to get a chair next. I have a $300 ish ergonomic one, but I don't like it. It's too soft I think. Do you like your Titan?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey ChrisCPC

Yep the chair is a Ash color Titan. I like it really much, the quality is pretty good and it feels like it's gonna last a long time but there's still a hiccup for me...

I thought the lumbar adjustment from the Titan, which is integrated, would be the deal breaker between the Titan and the Omega and I gotta say that I'm a bit disappointed. I think this is just a personal opinion but I feel like the adjustment is really minimal and the memory foam pillow from the omega would have done better for me. Actually, having the adjustment + the lumbar pillow would be ideal but at the moment I'm way too greedy to add another 80$ just for a SecretLab lumbar pillow though hahaha... I guess if I buy a random lumbar pillow online the chair would be perfect! At the moment I use a regular pillow which is way too soft.

Second thing would be the armrests, the chair is a bit wide which I actually like but the armrests are wide too, sometime i'd like to have them a bit closer. I could make some new holes underneath where it is bolted to have them narrower.

Bottom line, don't get me wrong I really love my chair and I don't regret buying it at all!! I wish I could of try the omega to compare it though... I think it's a really great product and I recommend it.

::Side note:: I just bought my monitor, mouse and mouse pad!! I'll probably just update the photos once I build my new desk though :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you disable the light on the motherboard?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey there!

Yeah you can easily turn it off with the ASRock software.

Also, if you come upon a deal like a mail in rebate for that motherboard, it's a legit mir but be aware that it took like 3 months before i got the 40$ cheque.

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