Description

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!

OTHER EQUIPMENT

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.

MORE THINGS!

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.

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

if the RAM works on the motherboard, dont worry about whether its on the QVL. you should be able to run those bad boys on 3200mhz if you give it the XMP profile. look up how to do in via youtube. Nice build, and 64 GB RAM is crazy, lol

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I play a lot of Cities: Skylines, and it will eat your RAM. There are so many assets and mods that I want to use. I do understand that I don't have to use mods and assets, but it's hard to go back.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Its really easy to get the RAM from 2133 to 3200Mhz. Are you comfortable going into the BIOS?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not that comfortable going into the BIOS, but I'm willing to give it a shot.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

4th pic looks really good

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! It took a few attempts with my DSLR camera to get it right.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Where'd you get that desk? It looks awesome. Also, did someone say peanut butter?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Got it from IKEA! It's the Karlby countertop with the Alex drawers.

The riser is also from IKEA, which uses the Capita legs and the IKEA Ekby Jarpen shelf unit.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh snap that's a pricey countertop. So it's just sitting on top of the drawers?

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes. There is rubber that comes with the drawers that allows you to place things like the countertop to reduce the chances of it sliding off if you move it.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome! I need a new desk. Thanks~!

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Question though, does the mic stay permanently in front of you? Also, have you run into an issues the the desk bowing in the middle? Also, I hope you were able to get into the BIOS and up the speed of the RAM, kuz it pains me to see your money wasted.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

The mic is on an arm, so I can easily move it around. There isn't any bowing in the middle of the desk as the only weight on the middle is from the Xbox One. It's a wooden kitchen countertop, so it should be fine. I'm still working on getting the RAM speed fixed, but I'm not great at messing around in the BIOS.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I just wish you bought a 500 gb ssd and a 3TB hard drive, saves alot of money

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

true

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

I have way too many games and programs to fit on a 500 GB SSD. I also have two external hard drives with a combined capacity of 6TB, so there wasn't really a need for me to get a larger hard drive. The SSD was also on sale at Memory Express at the time.