Description

Only days after finishing my final year of college (Dec. 14) I decided to build my first PC.

Motherboard Price Glitch

All my parts arrived before 2019 except my motherboard (X370 MSI Gaming Plus). It turned out the seller had the wrong price ($72!) and changed it back ($224), but I still paid for it. They never contacted me, so here I was short $72 and a MB. January 4th I finally called them and they said it was "too much of a loss" to give me the MB, so I got my refund. I called NewEgg about the whole issue and they settled it straight, offering me $50 off any item, so I instead got a B450 Tomahawk for $100.

It wasn't until Jan 10 that I actually had all of my parts to build it. TLDR; seller MB issue got me a better deal

BUILDING

Putting together my first PC went very smooth. I never built one from scratch, but I been always keeping up with 'the tech news' for awhile now. Probably the most stressful thing was putting on the Ryzen cooler, but it was smooth otherwise. I recorded a video timelapse of the build, but I haven't got around to editing it together yet.

DAILY USE VR/FPS Gaming/Video Editing/3D Modeling

It runs really smooth. I had crashes at first, but once the BIOS and all drivers were updated it's been great. In mid-January we split on a Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headset from Acer for $249.99. VR on this system has been really good. I made sure to install the proper plugins so I could use all WMR,Oculus,Vive programs on the headset. I pretty well have access to any VR program because most developers may not say that their game is WMR compatible, but it will still run. I have played Pavlov, Project CARS 2, Onward and more and all run well. I have had certain tracking issues, but the easy setup of WMR makes it worth bringing around to friends.

I typically played older FPS games on my previous PC (BF4, CSGO), but I have ventured to try other titles that have been on my wishlist. Cites: Skylines, Squad, Insurgency: Sandstorm all have balanced well on this system and I have enjoyed the upgrade to my older favourites.

I dabbled in video editing with Sony Vegas (thanks Humble Bundle) and now I can just do it all faster. My older CPU was an A10-5700 (2C 4T) so now render times are far better.

I haven't done 3D (Blender) yet on this PC, but I imagine now I can up the quality. Previously I had a 650Ti (2GB) for my system.

I plan on getting a 144Hz 1080p monitor as my next upgrade to get more out of my PC.

*Note: All prices Canadian $ *

Part Reviews

CPU

Have not overclocked with it. Runs well for VR, video editing, gaming. Putting on the cooler was stressful for a first time builder, but it worked out.

Motherboard

Have not used for overclocking. Nice neutral look. I had no issue updating BIOS. RGB can be turned off in Mystic Light, which can be accessed via phone or PC. IO shield seems a bit off, not an issue. Comes with nice red MSI badge for your case.

Memory

Works great. Comes in at 2400MHz by manufacture default, so put it back to 3000MHz.

Storage

I have moved this from storage on my previous PC and moved it now to an OS drive on my new PC. Still just as fast and has room for extra games. Comes with 3yr manufacture warranty.

Storage

Works well and still running smooth after ~2years.

Video Card

Great card for my VR games running on an Acer WMR headset. Played Onward, Pavlov, Project CARS 2. You will want to up the sampling in SteamVR to clear the image. Would recommend.

Case

Clean looking case that makes my PC a beauty. Comes with extra screws for all the fans. Has one SSD mount included out of 2. Fits my EVGA G3 750 PSU and MSI B450 Tomahawk.

Power Supply

Bought used from a mining rig. Only was mined for ~4 months so there is plenty of life in this guy. Comes with a bag for extra cables and 6 velcro cable ties.

Comments

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

only one way to describe this epic thing - 11/10

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

np

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

Great build btw

I would buy more ram, to get it to 16gb. Also, what did you graduate in? Just want to know :) +1

7/10

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

I graduated from Instrumentation and Control Engineering. Officially graduation isn't till June, but my program finishes earlier than others. Now seeing the prices I might get more ram in the future, but it is enough for now. A monitor is my next upgrade.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

nice good luck

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

16 GB RAM should be a future upgrade using 2 x 8GB sticks so you can maximize system stability on most games but still a good build.

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I'll look into upgrading RAM down the line. Build is still going strong.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

never too late to build a pC looks good and price wise it is decent +1 for the solid appearance

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I had thought of building a PC one year earlier when the mining ruined the prices. I'm glad it worked out after the wait.

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

i would have gone with a rx580 or 590 when it came to the 3d modeling part but overall a very good build 10/10 :)

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

For myself I don't do enough 3D, but that is good to know. I have had a good experience with my previous 650Ti, which was why I settled with the 1060 6GB.

Thanks for looking at my build.