Description

This is an update to my build I uploaded a couple of months ago. I mainly focused on peripherals and not a whole lot on the actual hardware of the computer.

For those of you who want to learn a little bit more about me: I am a sophomore in college studying biology so I can become a nurse. I love anything science or technology related and I can be a pretty big nerd. My roommates were the ones who convinced me to build a computer because they kept making fun of me playing on console. I built this computer in January after a couple months of researching parts. My original budget for the computer was $800 and I actually kept it in that range pretty well, only going like $50 over. Since I built the computer I have fallen in love with it and everything is working perfectly. I got a job as an IT assistant at my university so I work with computers almost everyday and building this computer definitely has helped with my job. The money I earned while working helped me buy these upgrades, but yeah lets stop talking about me and get to the computer.

Upgrades to the computer: I didn't upgrade a whole lot inside the actual computer. The biggest items being the h100i pro aio and the trident z royal memory. The h100i pro was pretty easy to install but I did have one mistake that could of been really expensive. When I removed the AMD stock cooler that came with the r5 2600 I did it when it was cool so the thermal paste was really stuck onto the CPU. I accidentally pulled a little too hard and ripped the CPU out of the socket and it was still stuck to the heat sink. I used a hair dyer to remove the CPU and thankfully none of the pins were bent. The CPU seems to work completely fine and I haven't noticed anything abnormal since then, so I got pretty lucky. The aio works well and I was able to overclock my CPU to 4Ghz at 1.325v and it doesn't every go above 45C. The memory also had a weird problem that I've never seem before, when I installed the memory both sticks lit up and seemed to be working. However, when I checked task manager it only showed 7.9GB of memory were available and 8.1GB of memory where reserved. So I removed the memory sticks and put them back in and now everything looks how it should be with 15.9GB of memory available. I'm not entirely sure what was wrong, maybe one of the sticks was slightly loose, I don't know. All the other upgrades went completely smooth, except for the fact I realized I hate removing and installing case fans, especially in the h200. The top fan has a filter but you have to put it between the case and the fan so it just becomes a pain, I don't know why they couldn't just make it magnetic and put it on the outside (like the h400). All in all the computer looks great and i am extremely happy with how it turned out!

Upgrades to the peripherals: I was originally gaming on a $99 dollar 19 inch 1360x768 insignia television i got 6 years ago. So one of the first things I got was the ASUS mg24qr 144hz 1080p monitor, and it is incredible. I wasn't sure what I would expect with 144hz because some people say you cant really see the difference, but let me tell you they are wrong! 144hz looks so smooth and when I went to play a game on my ps4 I really noticed the difference between 60hz and 144hz. The monitor has free sync but I disabled it because in game like Dota 2 and GTA V it was causing weird stuttering issues that weren't there when I turned it off. I don't know why it was stuttering so if anyone has any insight about it I would love to hear about it in the comments. Next I got the Glorious GMMK compact mechanical keyboard, and this keyboard is amazing. What you get for the price is unheard of, and one of the coolest features is the hot swap switches. For someone who is new to mechanical keyboards I want to test out switches to see which ones I like the best, so far I have Gateron brown and they are pretty nice but quite what I want. I would like to try out a heavier tactile switch so if any of you know of a good one just leave it down in the comments. After the keyboard I got 2 mouses, the Logitech g403 and the Glorious model O. The Logitech g403 was the first mouse that I got, because the model O just came out. The g403 is a really nice mouse but i really liked the idea of a light mouse and the only super light mouse at the time was the finalmouse air 58 ninja, but that mouse goes for $200 on ebay. When I heard of the model O I immediately bought it and I have no regrets, the weight feels really good and I don't think that I will be going back to the g403. One thing to note is the model O is a lot shallower than the g403, so if you have a g403 and love the hump on the back of the mouse you probably won't like the model O. To add onto the the mouse I got the Glorious 3XL mouse mat and the Glorious mouse bungee. I know that I bought a lot of Glorious products, but I believe that they are putting out some of the best products right now, and I have zero issues with anything I've gotten from them. The 3XL mouse mat is incredible and allows me to move my mouse anywhere on my desk. The mouse bungee makes the model O feel like its wireless, which is amazing because the cable on the model O is already really light.

Anyways this description went on a little longer than I intended, so I will stop rambling. I am really happy with how this computer had turned out. This is probably the last time I will upgrade this computer until i get a new CPU or GPU which will take several years. If you have any questions about the computer or anything else, doesn't even need to be computer related, then leave them down in the comments and I will respond to them. :)

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

This cooler works perfectly and lowered my temps by about 20 degrees Celsius. My r5 2600 doesn't go above 45C at 4Ghz 1.325v.

Thermal Compound

It works really well with the Corsair h100i pro aio and I couldn't be happier.

Memory

These memory sticks are beatiful and definitely worth it if you want the best looking ram. They matched my build perfectly and I couldn't be happier!

Case Fan

I wasn't super impressed with these fans. They do look amazing and they move quite a bit of air. However, they are pretty noisy once you start getting passed the 35-40% area.

Monitor

This monitor is definitely one of my favorite parts about my build. The 144hz display is incredible and really smooth. I did have some stuttering issues with freesync on a couple of games, not sure what the problem is. The picture quality was pretty bad out of the box so I definitely recommend spending some time to calibrate it.

Keyboard

This keyboard is amazing and is super fun to type on. I have the compact version and I am loving it. The hot swap feature is really nice if your like me and want to test out new switches. The board is really solid and weight a decent amount. The only thing I would change about the board would be a better way to add macros, but besides that this keyboard is perfect.

Mouse

I really love the weight of this mouse. There are only a couple of mice in this weight category and I feel that this one is the best. It is essentially a better finalmouse air58 ninja that you can find for $50 and not $200 on Ebay.

Custom

They are cheap LED strips and they work perfectly fine, nothing else to really talk about.

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Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

DUCKS!!!

  • 6 months ago
  • 4 points

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!!

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

That G.Skill looks amazing when it isn't rainbow puke. Nice theme and great build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! Yeah I completely agree. I also found it really bright so I had to lower the brightness down to about 25%

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

I really like that color scheme.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

GLORIOUS PC GAMING RACE YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!!!!!

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

That's ducking amazing! congrats on your feature.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I like how different the Trident Z Royal looks, it just pops with the sparkle effect. Most people won't notice a huge difference going from, say, 100Hz to 144Hz but it's a much different view coming from 60 or even 75Hz. I certainly can't see a difference between 100Hz native refresh to 120Hz overclock but I sure did when coming from a 60Hz flat panel TV. Nice PC, great pics!

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I'm glad you like the photos, I just took them on my s8 so I was hoping they would look good. Yeah I love the sparkle on the royal ram. It matches the sapphire gemstone look that I was going for. I could definitely see someone not seeing the difference between 100hz and 144hz since it's not there isn't a big jump there.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

The looks so ducking cool. Welldone.
pun intended.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha! Thank you!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing build! Love the colors! How did you decide on them also why did you choose the 5 2600 vs the 2600x?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I chose my colors because of my GPU. I saw it and immediately thought "I need that!" I also prefer white cases over black ones, so that is why my build is blue and white. I got the r5 2600 because at the time I bought it the 2600x was about $75 more expensive. I also thought since I'm overclocking the 2600 the performance between them wouldn't be worth the extra money.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the unexpected feature! Love the theme and those cables match it so perfectly. Did you customize them yourself? You did get lucky on that CPU thing, but I'm not sure how you would avoid the situation.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for you kind words! I really wasn't expecting a feature (probably why I didnt check until now) I didn't do the cables myself I bought them off of Amazon. They are the Antec sleeves extensions, and I needed them because the stock power cables that come with the sf600 are too short.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Could you do a review on the AsRock Mobo? I'm thinking about putting it in my upcoming build :D Very sexy build btw, congrats on the feature

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I did a short review of the motherboard on the first version of this computer but I will do another one here for your convenience. I believe the ASRock motherboard I have is the best mini itx motherboard for AMD CPU's. The motherboard has two fan headers for case fans which is really nice in an itx build. The positioning of all the headers worked perfectly with my case and I honestly have no complaints with the motherboard. When I bought it I regularly saw it on sale so that is another plus about the board. ( I got mine about $20 off) So if your thinking about doing an itx build with an AMD CPU I highly recommend this motherboard. 5 out of 5 stars, and thank you I had no idea this build would ever get featured. :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Loving the blue & white theme. Them duckies kinda seem out of place though, LOL!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the duckies were an April fools prank that my roommates did on me. They bought 200 rubber ducks and placed them all over our room. I keep them on my computer as a reminder. Thanks for your comment!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Congrats on the Feature! I did the exact same thing and ripped an Athlon 64 x2 out of its socket while I was disassembling an old PC I found.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! I really freaked out when I did it but thankfully everything is alright :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Man I love the Sapphire Nitro+ RX 590 Special Edition. Definitely my favorite card, and the Trident Z Royal looks amazing with it and adds to the aesthetic!

I sadly upgraded my GPU to a pulse vega 56 which isn't anywhere near as pleasing to look at :[

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah I love the blue of the Rx 580, it's my favorite part of the build. I was looking at vega 56's but they all looked pretty boring in my opinion, so I definitely prioritized aesthetics over performance. I do believe it was worth it though.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

How do you like your GPU? Do you find that it runs games well?

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like my GPU because its performance is way better than anything in its price. Usually on games I can achieve 100+ fps on high settings at 1080p unless the game is terribly optimized. Almost all games run at 60+ fps on ultra settings at 1080p. Some games I play for reference: Rainbow 6 Siege: 140 fps on high, Rust: 100 fps on beautiful, Black Ops 4: 120+ fps on high, GTA V: 80 fps on high. Currently if you want the blue version of the sapphire Rx 580 its going for $220 on Newegg which is cheaper than the black Nitro+. The sapphire pulse version of the Rx 580 should perform similarly to the Nitro+ model and its only $185 on Newegg. So long story short, if your looking for an affordable graphics card that will crush 1080p then I 100% recommend a Rx 580.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you so much for this information!! It is greatly appreciated!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Amazing looking build! Cool color scheme too! About your stuttering issues, maybe check what the freesync range of your monitor is. Iirc if the fps goes out of this range, then you might notice stuttering. Do verify this with someone else tho! ( I would suggest that whenever you next upgrade the PC, do swap out the a400 for a faster and more reliable SSD! )

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I appreciate your help! :) The freesync range of my monitor is 40-144hz and the lowest fps I get is in gta v which is around 70. I've never dropped out of the freesync range so i don't know what going on. The stuttering isn't major but there is like a micro stutter that appears. As far as the SSD the a400 works fine, although a faster and more reliable one would be nice it probably isn't at the top of my list. I only use the ssd as a boot drive, so all of my games are on my HDD, which I am currently thinking of replacing because it is only a 5400 rpm hard drive. However, since I'm using the NZXT H200 i can really only fit 2.5in drives which makes the price of a nicer hard drive more expensive.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry, I can't really pinpoint your stuttering issues, since I have basically zero physical experience with a gaming PC. Maybe check with someone on forums to see if you can get any inputs!

IMO a boot drive is what should be the most reliable one. Don't stress too much, just keep it in mind for sometime later. It should be the cheapest upgrade ( decent ssds are available in the $20-50 range these days!).

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Your all good, I really appreciate the help.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you have freesync enabled in in-game settings? I've heard that when using a freesync monitor you should only enable freesync on the monitor and then in the AMD software but disable it in the games settings themselves! I haven't really tested it both ways but I always turn off freesync in my games and never have issues

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not entirely sure, I know I set my games to 144hz but I dont know if I turn off freesync in game. I will have to try that and see if it works.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Mashallah, nice build dude, did you pick parts in a real store or online? wouldn't it be harder if a beautiful build like this was made only through browsing for parts online? It's really pretty, did you want to use hard line custom water cooling instead? Congratulations on the build dude IDK why you say you were rambling because those details you're mentioning are great information for people in maeket. So thanks for them. EDIT: You built it because your roommates made fun of you playing on console? LOL God bless the members of master race

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks you! I picked all of my parts entirely online. I did want to do a hardline build but it would have been too expensive, but it is still on my to do list. I really want to do it in the h200 case or a similar itx case because I want a challenge and I prefer smaller computers. Yeah my roommates "bullied" me into building a computer and I'm glad they did.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Finally, a non custom watercooled build.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to do a custom loop in the h200 eventually but it would have been too expensive and time consuming. The h100i pro works for now. Thanks for visiting my build! :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem man.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

I really love the RAM... and the ducks too but damn, that RAM is gorgeous. I'm a little jealous cause in December 2017, I bought 32GB of RAM for $350 and now you can get that much for $200 with a higher clock speed. But nice job, the photos look nice!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! The RAM prices dropped quite a bit, which is great, but I know a lot of people got screwed and had to buy it more expensive. I was surprised at how cheap the royal ram was.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Not sure if anyone mentioned, but when you pull a heatsink off the chipset, twist it just a bit to loosen up some of the thermal compound. With use and heat, the compound gets cured onto the surface (which is normal), so you have to loosen it up a little with a slight twist. Good stuff though, it's nice to see more affordable builds get featured :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I looked up online and they said to twist it so I tried it and the CPU still wouldn't come off. I didnt want to twist hard because I was afraid of breaking something. After trying every technique and not knowing what to do, I just winged it and that's how I ripped the CPU out. I eventually had to take a hair dryer to loosen up the thermal compound. I really appreciate your comment! Thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! That is what I call having your ducks in a row!

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Thank you!

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a question about the NZXT H200 and the Corsair SF600 80+ Gold. PCPartPicker says that these aren't compatible. However, it says that the SF600 80+ Platinum is compatible. Do you know why one is and one isn't?

Also, do the stock cables of the SF600 reach in this build?

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

The sf600 80+ gold works in the h200. It is what I have in my build. The only thing is the stock cables are to short for this case, so you would need to get cable extensions like I have. I got some antec extensions for pretty cheap on amazon and they look great. Hope this helps!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Find it kinda hard to see that no one has said this so far but... wait for it.... it's safe to say that you've got your ducks in a row. Nice build by the way.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha! Thanks :)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build man, my dream build is similar to yours lol I can imagine my build now, looks very good specially the ducks, quack

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks! Would love to see your build when your done with it. If you have any questions about anything just ask me and I'll get back to you.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice cable on the GPU, I honestly thought that was AIO tubes lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the 2600 with the 580? Any bottlenecks? What FPS do you get when gaming?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The 2600 and rx580 is probably one of the best 1080p combinations in my opinion. You definitely wont have a bottleneck with that combination. When gaming I could get 100+ fps on most titles using the high preset. Here are some numbers for reference: Rainbow 6 Siege: 140fps on high, Rust: 100fps on beatiful, Black Ops 4: 120fps on high, GTA V: 80fps high, and Destiny 2: 80fps high. I would definitely recommend this combo if you are looking for the best price to performance ratio, since a 2600 is $120 and the Rx 580 is around $180. Hopefully that answered your question :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow...thanks! All the games i'm gonna be playing seem to work well here.