This is my second build! I have similar needs to why I built my first one except now I had some extra spending money and I've gotten more involved in my hobbies.
My needs for my custom rig was to have no problems reaching 60+ FPS in any game at 1080p, run and use my Corel suite for editing my photography smoothly, a machine for school work, and some internet browsing to find those spicy memes ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°). Oh, and she had to look beautiful.
CPU: My reasoning behind the Ryzen 5 1600 was simple. I wanted a much better processor over my old processor (Athlon X4 860K) that also had two more cores. The system is still fresh and new so the processor hasn't been under any real heavy loads, but the little bit of experience I've had with it, its great. I ran the GTA V benchmark at High Settings with the same graphics card from my old system and went from an average of 50 FPS to right around 100 FPS. Currently downloading Cinebench to see what kinda score I can get. I will update this when I get those scores in. Also, she has just a slight overclock on her at 3.8GHz. I don't want to push it too far while I still have the stock cooler on.
Cooler: Bought this a while back at a great price! Still waiting on the AM4 kit to come in so I can put it there, but I don't actually know if I will because the Wraith cooler is keeping the 1600 at a nice, cool temperature. Will update on decision and pictures if installed.
Motherboard: My original plan for this build was to go i5 7600K with the ASUS Prime Z270-AR, but then Ryzen was released. So I started to look around and I decided that Ryzen would be the better option for me, or I just wanted to see what the hype was about. Either way, I had to look for an AM4 mobo. I was really happy with the Prime Z270 so I looked to see if they made a Prime X370 and thankfully, they did! Motherboard looks great and the pattern on the PCB is very close to matching the design on the backplate of my RX 480 so that design element worked out well. The only problem I've had is the rear green speaker out port is like half fried. The left speaker was muffled so I moved the AUX to the front and problem solved. Not a huge problem, but a little annoying.
RAM: Looks great! Is plenty for what I need, however it will only run at 2133. Overclocking of any kind just crashes the whole system and I get an overclocked fail message. Talked to my boss at work and he is having the same problem with his system. He also has 16GB, but a different kit and a different motherboard. The only similarity is 16GB and his board is also ASUS.
SSD: Simple nice design. 250GB is enough storage for me. Fast and reliable. I would recommend it. Also got a great deal on it from B+H. Holds OS and most minor programs.
HDD: Bought this for my first build and just passed it on to this build. Never had a single hiccup with it. Holds Steam library and my Corel Suite. Works perfectly.
Graphics: I bought this back for my first build and again just passed it on to this build. Doesn't get terribly hot, looks nice, has 8GB, performs like a champ for not a terrible price. Like two months after buying this one, the 580 series came out and that was just like wow, but that's how computing goes haha! Was very bottlenecked by my previous processor so I'm excited to get some benchmarks up and see what she will do with a capable processor with her.
Case: Looks so nice. Super high quality. Love the PSU shroud. My only suggestion would be that I hope you know how to fold some cables and do some great cable management because there are a lot of cables crammed under that shroud haha. Still a great case and I loved building in it!
PSU: Got this from work for free. Works perfectly fine! Cables aren't pretty, but I fixed that with an extension kit.
OS: Windows 10. What else is there to say? haha
Monitor: Picked this bad boy up at work for free as well. I was operating off a 17" Lenovo monitor and my boss was like you want something bigger and hella better? I said sure, he gave this to me. Only thing was it had a dead pixel in it, but somehow the dead pixel is gone. Not gonna say no to free!
Keyboard: Bought this last year around Christmas time as a refurbished model. Everything works perfectly except sometimes some of the LEDs like to mess up and put up the wrong color, but within a week in a half or so they go back to normal.
Mouse: Was operating off a Logitech M705 Marathon Wireless mouse and was looking for something wired and ergonomic. Was looking at this one and one day when I was in Best Buy buying some other stuff I splurged on it and I'm happy with it!
Speakers: Got these at Walmart. Work fine! Just wish I had more bass.
Cable Extension Kit: Cables that came with the PSU were super ugly so I needed to fix that. These look amazing and are high quality!
Mouse Pad: Was cheap on Amazon, but is actually pretty nice and works great!
Well that's my second build! Had a lot of fun building this one except for having to reinstall Windows and all my programs, but that isn't too bad. Suggestions for people that are looking to build would be take your time, route cables effectively and be smart where you put them, and jsut have fun!
Comments are welcomed!
Happy Computing! -CaptainLamie