After editing YouTube videos and recording gameplay on a laptop with an Intel Pentium processor for nearly five years, I decided to build my first PC in July 2018.
The main purpose for my PC is for gaming, streaming, and video editing.
GPU: So far, the ASUS GTX 1060 GB has done a great job running games like The Division 2, Battlefield 1, and Titanfall 2. While performing benchmarks with The Division 2, I've been starting to notice that the 1060 is starting to reach its limits. My GPU usage averaged around 83% with default FOV settings, but if I were to adjust the in-game FOV slider, my usage would spike to nearly 90% to 95%.
CPU: Editing with the CPU is great. Rendering a three-minute video in 1080p at 60 frames-per-second with the Ryzen 2700X took about 10 minutes in Adobe Premiere. The stock Wraith Prism cooler does get pretty loud at times when the CPU is under heavy loads when rendering videos. As for streaming, the 2700X is very efficient in terms of overage usage, only using between 15 to 25 percent of the CPU when streaming at 720p60.
STORAGE: When I first built the PC, I could only afford to purchase a hard drive for storage. The 1TB WD Blue is still running great with nearly 2400hrs of operation and 7TB of writes (as of April 18, 2019). I eventually purchased a 1 TB Samsung 860 EVO when it was on sale at Memory Express in early 2019, which is where I now run Windows 10, programs, and all of my games. The hard drive is now used exclusively for ingesting video and storing documents.
RAM: After years of saying that I would never buy anything with RGB lighting on it, I caved in and purchased a 16 GB kit of G.Skill Trident Z RAM. The only issue I've had is that even though it's rated for 3200 Mhz, it's only running at a speed of 2133 MHz - all because I didn't bother to do the research and see if it was on the QVL for the B350-F before I bought the parts. I may upgrade to 64 GB of RAM once I have enough money, but I will definitely do more research next time.
MOTHERBOARD: The B350-F was the best option I had at the time. In the future, I will eventually upgrade to a different AM4 motherboard, but I don't see myself doing that in 2 to 3 years.
MONITORS: I went with two LG monitors, the 24EA53 and 23EA53.I actually got them from my cousin, who was looking for someone to buy them. It does look weird side-by-side (as you can see in the photos) due to the difference in size. I'm currently not considering purchasing any 4K monitors at the moment, but I may upgrade when I can afford it. Yay for crippling student debt!
Blue Yeti USB Microphone: I've had the Yeti for four years now. It's great for streaming and recording audio.
NEEWER Microphone Arm: I've had this arm for more than a year now. It works great.
Elgato HD60S: I previously used a Hauppauge HDPVR2 for five years and I finally upgraded to an HD60S as I wanted to stream and record in 1080p 60fps. There's no delay, and it's really great and easy to use.
I nearly blew all of the money I had at the time to buy the PC parts. It was worth it.
The IKEA desk is great.
Cable management underneath it is a totally different story. It's awful.
Featured photos taken with a Canon EOS T7i and 17-85mm lens.