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Hi all, this was my first time getting to handpick and build every part of my pc. Spent about a month watching Jayztwocents, Linus Tech Tips, OzTalksHW, and watching the price fluctuations here on PC Partpicker. Then bought everything over the course of 6 weeks, waiting till everything was on sale for as low a price as the items have ever been. All the reviewers said late 2018 was THE TIME to build so I feel I truly did maximize my performance per dollar value as far as possible.

I even produced a spreadsheet listing MSRP's along with the prices I actually got them for. NOTE* MSRP prices are PRE-TAX AND SHIPPING. ACQUIRED prices listed are INCLUDING TAX AND SHIPPING. So my actual savings are even higher.

BUILD COST MSRP(pre tax and shipping): $1,255

TOTAL SPENT TO BUILD: $890.25!

Ok, lets talk parts.

Ryzen 5 2600, msrp at time $200, acquired for $165. This was the perfect starting point. All the reviews basically told me that this was the point where you get diminishing returns on power and that is absolutely correct. From AMD, the 2600X is almost $100 more, and an i5 from Intel would have been double. I'm not gonna fanboy either side, at this point both companies are producing very high quality chips. Intel edges out AMD by a couple frames per second... worth double? hell no. Ry5 FTW.

I also spent $35 extra on ebay for a Wraith Prism cooler that comes with the Ryzen 7. It's better than the stock wraith that comes with the ryzen 5. its GORGEOUS with its lighting effects, and super easy to come by since most ryzen 7 users seem to be really overclock-happy and upgraded to an AIO.

Gigabyte B450 Pro wifi MOBO, msrp $140. acquired for $119. Wanted a 450 MOBO because I didn't want to have to flash a 350 with a gen-1 Ryzen processor. Wanted the Strix for looks, but settled on this for functionality. This board is fantastic, but since it is a B series it was built with limited overclocking potential. not a terrible thing, they gotta save SOMETHING for their X series. With Wifi and Realtek sound built in.

*My only gripe is the crap Aorus software. Going back, I wouldn't have gone with any RGB ecosystem for the MOBO. It keeps overriding my RAM RGB software and all of them apparently trip the anti-cheat programs in online games. I'd rather just deal with separate programs for my ram and cooler. Actually, you HAVE to use the cooler master software anyway to get the Wraith Prism's full functionality of the rgb ring + 2 LED zones. Lessons learned.

UPDATE: I deleted the Aorus app center and RGB Fusion software. Controlling the RGB through the BIOS you sacrifice speed adjustments on pulses and cycles, but now I don't have to end a task before logging into competitive games or deal with having my ram go mono-colored randomly during use. This is fine by me, much better than how it was.

PowerColor Red Devil RX580 8gb, msrp $265, ACQUIRED FOR $163 ON EBAY! Can you tell I'm really excited about this deal? All the reviewers say there is absolutely nothing wrong with buying real used cards on Ebay. Ebay buyer protection is superb so I bought with confidence. It arrived in the original packaging in fantastic condition, looked barely touched. This card sits right between a 1060 and a 1070 and at over $100 off, there was no question. Oh, and I hadn't even really heard of Powercolor, but after digging, they've been making AMD graphics cards for a looong time and the Red Devil series are their premium ones, the Red Dragon being the basics.

Ran Batman Arkham Origins benchmark on max settings (except for physX engine, thats nvidia only) and averaged 190 fps with a min of 120 Will be upgrading main monitor to a 2k 144 hertz around cyberweekend to get best deal. Even freesync monitors are less expensive than their g-sync counterparts. Another win for AMD.

Trident Z 3000 mhz 16gb RGB's, msrp $210, acquired for $182. Hands down the most attractive of the rgb ram dimms. Ryzen likes high memory clocks so I could get faster sticks. These have lower latency as their lower mhz counterparts as well so that's more win. 16gb has been plenty so far and if needed, there's space to move up to 32gb.

EVGA G2 750W 80+gold Full Modular, msrp $130, acquired for $66. A 750w gold power supply for $66? STEAL. I have more than enough headroom to never worry about overtaxing it, the full modular makes cable management and adding accessories a breeze, the G2 series is legit according to the reviews so I hit that buy button when I saw it for that low. I was having trouble finding even 650's at that price so I jumped.

Phanteks Eclipse P350x Case, not gonna list the msrp cause I only saved 10 bucks paying $65 for it but it's a gorgeous case, the price was amazing for a quality case with good cabling, ventilation, and tempered glass side. I love the subtle RGB strips in it. Beautiful.

NOTE* If I could go back and do anything different, I'd have gone with a micro-atx build. The micro cases have improved significantly in cable management, style, and airflow. I have almost too much space in this mid-tower. If it was smaller it would be better for transporting to LAN parties.

For storage I have a Silicone Power 256gb SSD $47 for my OS and a couple games that I play competitively. Then a 2tb WD Black enterprise drive I picked up refurb on newegg for $49 bucks that I use for my steam library. Will be expanding with a 500gb ssd (possibly 2 in raid) for games that I need to be faster. For most games, the traditional hard drive is just fine.

Lastly, you might have noticed the RGB graphics card stand, I found this person on etsy that makes custom computer accessories. I picked his Devil logo design, and had him add the 2 other graphics on the sides. He is very accommodating. Here's the link to the etsy page if you'd like to contact them for your own projects. https://www.etsy.com/shop/DreambigByRay

Part Reviews

CPU

Nothing beats this processor price-per-value. Performs just under an i5 for half the price? No Brainer

Motherboard

my only complaints are with Aorus Fusion RGB software.

PvP games that use Easyanticheat software wont launch unless you endtask on the LED program running, which is stupid as hell, but apparently all the RGB boards have that issue. Also, Aorus Fusion keeps running over my trident z's program, which is also stupid since my ram will be color shifting beautifully then all of a sudden go mono red :/.

As far as actual functionality, its a great mobo with built in wifi and realtek soundcard, and built in IO shield.

UPDATE: so i did the sensible thing and deleted the aorus app center and rgb software. went to controling the rgb through the BIOS. super basic, but it works now. no more ending the SeLED task before logging into games, no more monocolored g.skill ram.

Video Card

Got mine used on Ebay and gotta say, ZERO REGRETS. Came in almost new condition, sits right between a 1060 and a 1070 on Nvidia's side, and that price was insane. Buying all my videocards used on Ebay from now on.

Case

Soooooooo puuuuuuurrrddddyyy.

Plenty of space, awesome cable management, well designed. What more could you want?

Power Supply

Fully-modular is definitely the way to go. All cables come wrapped in black covers so your build will stay looking good, use only what you need.

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Comments

  • 19 months ago
  • 3 points

Wonderful build! I’ve been thinking of building a very similar build for a friend for around that price and this has inspired me to watch prices. I’ve also been planning to use that case for my build and am pleased to know it has good airflow and plenty of room.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

cyber weekend is coming up, may the compatibility gods favor you! and yes, i cant say enough good things about this case. phanteks has their **** together. they cut all the right corners to keep their costs down.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks bro!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Is that a stock fan? Was literally going to make the exact same build for my first build. https://pcpartpicker.com/list/Qx29Bb As you said price per value the ryzen 5 2600 is great. But as someone who’s new to pc I’m not sure how much I’ll get into overclocking, would it be worth it to look into the 2600x for better out of th box performance, albeit marginally but just a thought. I can get the 580 for 200 brand new which as a new builder I’m more leaning towards, but please if you think eBay is the way sway me. Ultimate nice build, I can’t wait to get mine this coming Black Friday!!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I'm super happy with it so far. It is not technically a stock fan. The ryzen 5 comes with a wraith spire, this is the wraith prism that only comes with the ryzen 7, Another ebay get. I'm not much of an overclocker either so air cooled works just fine for me.

At the time i purchased, i got my ryzen 5 for $160, the 2600x was $100 more. Super not worth it. Most (like, 85%) gaming power comes from your video card anyway. That's where you want to spend. 6 cores is plenty, ryzen is modern and will be relevant for years.

And as far as video cards, i say if you aren't going top of the line, no reason not to ebay them. I've gotten 2 cards of eBay so far and they've both been in perfect condition. Also, eBay 100 percent sides with buyers if there is anything wrong. Just make sure to only but name brand cards. Some unbranded ones are counterfeit, some are just weird Chinese tech cafe cards.. either way just go with reputable makers. I love my red devil rx580, got it for $160 and it's slaying Batman arkham benchmark in max settings 1080p 190fps. Currently doing for a 2k 144hrz monitor to push it

Best of luck with your purchases!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking about the nocturnal nh d15 but I wonder if it will be too big for the case, I definitely want to stay away from water cooling. Maybe a couple more exhaust and intake fans would do the trick. Pretty excited for my first build but I want to make sure everything is going to be good for the next couple years without upgrading. I was thinking about a ryzen 3 2200g with a 1060 3gb but I think spending the little more and getting the 5 2600 will be better especially because I intend to stream and video edit etc.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

they should have the clearance specs listed on the items, check the height and make sure the cooler you want is under it.

yeah this was my first build too and im beyond stoked at how it turned out. i was looking at the 2400g chips for about a second, but if your going with a dedicated graphics card theres just no point. your paying for 2 vega graphics cores that you arent even going to use. i say ryzen 5 all the way. i have barely hit above 35% utilization on this chip.

and never get the lower memory version of a videocard. it isnt worth what you lose. i think youre gonna need a better video card if your gonna be streaming. youll want to be playing in 2k and you need higher video memory to push those resolutions. 1070ti's are around 300 buy it now on ebay, if you actually bid on one you could get one a bit cheaper, just gotta have more patience for that

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

One last thing, where did you get that plastic devil piece that’s hanging? Or did you make it? If so how? If you tell me that’s dremel work I’ll be very impressed.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

heheh no dremel, thatd be beyond skilled... its a lazer engraved acrylic piece. got it from this persons etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/DreambigByRay

they are in china so it will take a few weeks to get over but they also accommodate custom jobs along with already having a bunch of laser files to choose from. i had them add the pentagram and the succubus chic to the Powercolor Devil series logo, and they were able to do it from pictures id found and lightly modified in paint... didnt even need some crazy vector making program (im assuming they've got that on their end).

its an led light bar at the bottom and it comes with a remote to cycle through colors and patterns. I love the custom touch it adds

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

What size are your case fans?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

2 high cfm 140's in the front, then just the 120 that the case came with in the rear.

i have room to add 2 more up top but ive had zero thermal issues, even during extended gameplay

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you get the Wraith Prism cooler? Nice build btw +1

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

that was an Ebay score. i got it for around 35 bucks. seems like a lot of people that shell out for that r7 chip also shell out for water cooling, there were a bunch available.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the mobo been holding up?

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

great, since im not an overclocker. ive had no issues other than the crap software, and everyones software is crap so cant hold that against it.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! I've built a very similar PC and I'm wondering how you managed to connect the P350x RGB connectors to the motherboard? I can seem to only get the color yellow to appear.

  • 17 months ago
  • 2 points

eheheh... i didnt. the case's own light modes are pretty decent so i didnt bother. i dont like the motherboard software and the bios rgb is limited.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha fair point. I decided to do the same myself. Thanks a lot!