Description

I helped a friend put together a PC based off the Build Guide's "Great AMD Gaming/Streaming Build" from late September 2019. It's mostly identical to the state of the build guide from that time, with whatever the parametric filters suggested for us.

This was the first PC we've both ever put together, and it went off without a hitch! Zero build issues regarding correct connections, BIOS/UEFI setup, Windows install, etc. Though as an electrical engineer, I feel like my general skill set was pretty helpful in this regard :P

My friend is using this rig pretty much exclusively for gaming, and so far it crushes everything he has thrown at it, especially in 1080p. Since the prices might be a bit out of date, the grand total was a little over $2,000 Canadian dollars. The Canadian meme tier currency exchange rate vs. USD causes some components to cost considerably more vs. the US equivalent. Note that he didn't have any peripherals or a copy of Windows before starting, so those have also pushed the cost up by a fair amount.

Some of my personal feedback about the build and known issues:

  • The Ryzen 5 3600 has one of the best price/performance ratios on the market right now.
  • The motherboard is expensive and overkill (did not use parametric filter). A lot of people advocate for cheap motherboards but I believe that having one that is good quality in your build is essential because of how vital it is.
  • As of this writing, the Great AMD Gaming/Streaming Build Guide has swapped the 2060 Super for the 5700 XT. Let the nVidia vs. AMD debate begin, is all I have to say to that. "But the 5700 XT performs closer to the 2070 and is cheaper!" Oh well. We picked what was recommended at the time. The 2060 Super uses less power, for what it's worth.
  • There are better cases at the same approximate price point as the Corsair Carbide 275R. Some pieces of the case definitely felt more cheaply made. We likely should have sprung for a slightly better one, but at least it looks nice and fits everything in nicely.
  • The monitor bottlenecks the capabilities of the PC somewhat, since from my understanding the 2060 Super can also be used for a considerable amount of gaming in 1440p, so we cheaped out a bit here.

Thanks for reading. Any feedback is welcome!

Comments

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Very good build! The cable management could be better XD Also imo you should've opted for the 3 fan model instead of the 2 fan model.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I agree that the cable management could be better but it was ultimately my buddy's PC, and he didn't seem to care that much so I didn't bug him too hard about it. If this was for myself I would have been more meticulous about it.

For what it's worth, the second pic is actually an intermediate step during the build process, so the cable management looks even worse there.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

A tomahawk could have sufficed. Just update bios, you don't even need a CPU, just mobo power.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

I kind of thought this, but I went ahead and got a newer chipset anyway based on the advice from the build guide as it strongly cautioned against it. the B450 Tomahawk is a great bang for your buck mobo.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

Thats ok. How is the ram anyway? Can't find any reviews.

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

So far so good. It looks nice, has low latency, and XMP seems to work out of the box with it. All good things, considering I had never heard of OLOy until I started this build.