Description

When I first got into PC gaming, all I had was an hp laptop with a core I5. The only thing I could really use it for was Minecraft. I heard about Fortnite and wanted to try it out. When I finally downloaded it (which took awhile and was really boring as Intel CPUs suck at multitasking), It crashed within an hour. At that point I decided I would save up my money and hope for a good gaming PC. Moving to Alaska really didn't help. A friend of mine, who knows a lot about computers, told me about PC building. I only knew a bit about computers at the time, but as I did more research, I became more fond of the pc world. I finally got enough money and checked my parts compatibility to make sure that it would work. I made sure to follow all the advice given and I ended up building this. When I showed this to my friend, he said that he was surprised to see how clean it was.

So far I really like my computer. The Ryzen 5 is really good at multitasking and it's processing power is quite respectable. The graphics card was recommended to me by my friend and it serves me very well. I decided on 2 SSDs for now as I like accessing files and games rather quickly. My RAM isn't the best out there but it does the job quite well. I plan to use it for regular schoolwork, as well as games like apex, fortnite, minecraft, or whatever becomes popular all of a sudden. I don't plan to overclock it just yet.

Any advice to make this build better than it is now would be gladly appreciated. I hope to see this build last 'til the end.

EDIT: well it looks like my PC stopped working. Hope to get it fixed. Edit 2: got it working again. Was the motherboard's problem. 7/3/19: Got a new GTX 1660 TI that has really improved my low framerates while using minecraft shaders. Overclocked my CPU to 4.0 GHz and temperatures are stable at 60C. Next up, RAM upgrade. Edit 4: Huge upgrade with peripherals. Besides much better ram, I got a better monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The new setup definitely improves my gaming experience. The upgrade from 2666 to 3200 MHz ram has greatly improved processor performance. The only other upgrades I can think of getting now is to add case fans and an actual gaming chair. Once that is done this build should be complete. 10/21/19: Got a new CPU cooler. I was tired of hearing my Hyper T2 whirr while playing RLCraft (good modpack, you should try it) and a slew of other games, so I got the pure rock CPU cooler. Definitely solved that problem. Now I just need to reassess my case fan setup and change my storage setup (turns out kingston has a bad rep).

Part Reviews

CPU

For the price point, it can be quite a steal. Performs near equal to that of the Intel I5 9400F while being $20 cheaper. Was able to squeeze out 4.025GHz at 1.27v which will hopefully serve me well. Multitasking is a breeze for this thing. Plus efficiency is modest at worst. Never see temperatures climb too high on this beast

CPU Cooler

For the most part, temperatures stay below 50 C and only under full stress does the temperature rarely get above that. even under full load, my case fans drown out my cpu cooler, which aren't that loud. It is a bit large, but that may just be me. Only issue was getting the fan on since the wire that holds it on really hates bending.

Motherboard

Knocking off one star because it isn't the most tolerant to very sudden power connects and disconnects, but that may just be me. Accidentally plugged in my PC while the PSU switch was on and, since i kept unplugging and plugging it, trying to get it in, it silently fried my motherboard. Got it replaced and has been working just fine. The pci-e x16 slot is a bit difficult as the clasp is nerve-rackingly tight. Other than that, it does what it needs to do.

Memory

Perfect for Ryzen Zen+ series. Also I can finally allocate more ram into minecraft and be able to generate more chunks.

Storage

Windows boots up in only a matter of seconds and loads games much faster than my laptop did. However, One issue that I wish I had done research on is how these things are DRAM-less. Now i have a ticking time bomb that could go off between a few years to a few hours.Another issue I found is that the drive is starting to stutter when booting up windows which I believe, from what I've researched, is a common issue for Kingston SSDs. Will most likely get a researched and reliable M.2 SSD that is carefully researched. Only get this if you routinely backup your files.

Storage

This is a good drive to have ONLY if you have a hard drive to back up your files onto. It boots up windows in 11 seconds on average. However, One issue that I wish I had done research on is how these things are DRAM-less. Now i have a ticking time bomb that could go off between a few years to a few hours. Another issue I found is that the drive is starting to stutter when booting up windows which I believe, from what I've researched, is a common issue for Kingston SSDs. Will most likely get a researched and reliable M.2 SSD that is carefully researched. Only get this if you routinely backup your files.

Video Card

For the price it is amazing. I can get anywhere between 50-120 fps and an average of 100fps with Seus Renewed Minecraft shaders. The fans are very quiet while keeping the under 70C. The backplate blends in with the build and is very sturdy. Only complaint I have is that certain games will cause the card to produce a ghastly coil whine, even when not a full power, while others that are more demanding barely produce any coil whine.

Case

Looks nice and provides good airflow. Cable management could have been a bit easier but was still easy to do.

Power Supply

Works fine and provides ample power. The sleeved cables look great but are a little hard to bend. It's one of the few things in my build that I almost completely forget about. Haven't had any sort of problems with it at all.

Wireless Network Adapter

It has a bit of trouble with 5ghz band but that might just be because my setup is far away from the router.

Case Fan

Does its job well, provides good airflow, and looks pretty good as well. However, one of the fans I have will sometimes make a really fast ticking sound. Still don't know why.

Monitor

Big, fast, and colorful. The only problems are a bit of glare and the wobbliness of the stand.

Keyboard

Solid and sturdy. Great responsiveness.

Mouse

Feels nice, responds great, but it does take a bit of getting used to the sudden change in sensitivity.

Headphones

Good quality headphones, but the cord can be a bit annoying

Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

nice build, and a satisfying lack of flashing lights, +1

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I didn't want to go over the top with rgb lights since it's a budget build.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

good choice, if you want to make a build pretty use PLASTIDIP...

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I've never heard of that. What is plastidip?

  • 6 months ago
  • 3 points

spray paint but safe to use on litterally every part of a pc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO4Zope7I84

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

For your first, this is an amazingly good value part selection. Love how everything looks. How's the case? I was considering it for my next build but my current build (Core V21) has lots of dents and creases in the magnetic mesh filters because of them shifting around in transportation and such. It's made me more wary about mesh on my cases, but I wonder if that is a problem on this case.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

If you carry the case around the mesh can be a bit annoying as it slides around a bit but so far it has been very durable. You can always take them off as they are magnetic

  • 12 days ago
  • 1 point

From what I understand the Q300L has really bad airflow, just something to consider.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Last till the end! That sounds a bit bleak. The end of what? You build the ultimate bang for buck pc! Well done.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I meant that I want it to last for a few years, or until I decide I want to build a better one

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Pretty nice, i would recommend moving up to a 2x8GB 3000mhz kit in the future, should be able for find them on amazon for around 100

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. I'll try that.

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

yeah dont worry about going higher than that. You typically have to start researching specific dimms and kits to get higher than 2933mhz out of your ram when it comes to ryzen builds

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

that case is a real beauty and the build compliments it very well. good job.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks!

  • 6 months ago
  • 2 points

How many fans do you have connected and running? I'm starting a PC build similar with the same motherboard but just realized there's only 2 case fan headers, so not sure if I would be able to run 2 front and 1 exhaust along with 1 cpu fan cooler

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Some case fans can be connected in series depending on the brand.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

There are only two fan headers, however I got an adapter for the psu that allowed me to place one more fan at the front. They really aren't that expensive.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Ticking noise? Are you sure you don't have wires hitting the fan?

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. The noise has now gone away. Haven't heard it in months now.

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

I have to say, I'm in the same position you were in, with a Core i5 laptop and just about the only game I can play with decent framerates is Minecraft. I'm looking into building my own PC, and this gave me an idea of where to start!

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

definitely don't cheap out with the ram though. I just bought some corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8 3200mhz ram that will help boost performance.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that 450 watt psu enough for your pc? I have the same psu, and I am planning on upgrading my current system with very similar specs to yours. I am wondering if I can keep what I have now, or if I should upgrade to a 600 watt. I'll probably be getting a ryzen 7 2700 as well.

nice budget build btw :)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

The Ryzen 7 may need a tad more power than my Ryzen 5, but if efficiency isn’t what you are looking for, go for it. My graphics card’s recommended PSU is a 450w one so you should be good. If you want to be completely sure, make a parts list of your build and see if it’s in the wattage parameters.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

this a very intelligent buid for minecraft shaders and modpaks, me to i want to buy 1660 ti from msi so can you give me a benchmark on direwolf20 or crazycraft please ? And thank you

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently this is all I can do: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/19050166

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you very mutch you really helped me

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

And i have a other question: when buying minecraft i get a windows 10 code for free ? If that is true, i get home or pro ?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Buying Minecraft for console will only let you play on windows 10 edition for free. You don’t actually get a free copy of Windows. You have to purchase that separately

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build and upgrade ! Is the MSI GPU quiet/loud during load ?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't hear a whisper from it, probably because my Hyper T2 is drowning everything out lmao.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Sorry to here you had motherboard problems, nice computer though +1

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Just gotta be more careful when plugging in my pc.

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 point

I'm curious why you have 3 SSD's and not a single HDD?

  • 5 days ago
  • 1 point

back when I first built this, I was a PC amateur. I thought of a hard drive as a mere inconvenience and that I wasn't going to use too much space. Because I found out my SSDs are DRAMless, I am planning on reevaluating my storage setup with a 500GB M.2 drive and a 2tb HDD.