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First time building a PC and I absolutely loved it! This PC is for normal desktop work and light gaming. After hours of research, I decided on these components. I wanted to build a month earlier, but waiting for product launches and Prime day/ Newegg deals proved to be a good choice.

Ryzen 5 3600- Fantastic CPU. Just read/watch any review out there. Plenty for what I will need. Not much more to say but its amazing for the price. Considered bumping up to the 3600X- but for such limited improvements, it was not worth the $50 for me.

MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon- Great board for what I needed. Went with a B450 because the improvements with X470 and 570 wasn't worth the cost for me. Figured a high end B450 would be better than a low end X570.

G. Skill Trident Z Royal 32g DDR4 3200- Wow. If you want to add some flair then consider nothing else. These sticks are gorgeous and pictures/videos don't do it justice. They look and feel just simply amazing. This was the one area I splurged and I know 32g isn't necessary by any means, but I got it on sale ($230 for 2 kits) and I won't have to worry about RAM for a decade. If on the fence, it is absolutely worth it.

WD Blue 500 GB 2.5" SSD- Not much to say here. Snappy SSD, and my only source of storage. Maybe in a few years I'll add a NVME but until then, this will do great.

Radeon 5700- This is a fantastic GPU hands down. Games look great at 1440 and for the price, it beats NVIDIA. I did have some driver issues, but then again it is an AMD GPU. But those have been resolved after an uninstall and reinstall.

Cooler Master MB530P- I love this case, primarily for aesthetics. It was nice to build in, but I do have some qualms. The hard drive tray sits right next to the PSU, making cable management much harder than necessary. Would love if this was removable (maybe it is, I didn't mess too much to try and take it out). Due to this I DEFINITELY recommend a modular PSU. I couldn't imagine how much worse it would have been if I didn't have a fully modular PSU. I did get the fans to sync with MSI Mystic Light, which brings the whole thing together well. One other frustration was the front panel connectors. Now I don't know if I had issues because I was a newbie, but the front panel connectors are not the standard HDD LED, pwr switch, reset switch, and pwr LED. Boy did this throw me for a loop. One of the connectors is SATA, and two plugged into the correct spots on the mobo. But otherwise I love this case. Got it on sale for $97, which helped me pull the trigger.

Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W 80+ Gold- I would not have gotten this, if it were for not a random Prime Day Deal. I got this for only $75, which made it a steal in my mind. The RGB is worthless for my case (it could only be seen from the right side panel) and it is not addressable. But the wattage is plenty of overhead for me and being 80+ gold is a nice plus too. And being fully modular was great, given I had somewhat limited room.

At the time of writing this the MSRP from PcPartPicker puts it at 1272. When I made my purchases, I was able to save $20 on RAM, $5 on SSD, $33 on case, and $43 on the PSU bringing my total to 1171 before tax. Let me know what you think!

Part Reviews

CPU

Fantastic CPU. Just read/watch any review out there. Plenty for what I will need this CPU to do. Not much more to say but its amazing for the price. Also stuck with the stock cooler and is great for my needs. Considered bumping up to the 3600X- but for such limited improvements, it was not worth the $50 for me.

Motherboard

Great board for what I needed. Went with a B450 because the improvements with X470 and 570 wasn't worth the cost for me. I figured a great B450 board would be better suited for me than a cheap X470 or 570.

Memory

Wow. If you want to add some flair then consider nothing else. These sticks are gorgeous and pictures/videos don't do it justice. They look and feel just simply amazing. This was the one area I splurged and I know 32g isn't necessary by any means, but I got it on sale ($230 for 2 kits) and I won't have to worry about RAM for a decade. If on the fence, it is absolutely worth it.

Storage

Not much to say here. Snappy SSD, and my only source of storage. Maybe in a few years I'll add a NVME but until then, this will do great.

Video Card

This is a fantastic GPU hands down. Games look great at 1440 and for the price, it beats NVIDIA. I did have some driver issues, but then again it is an AMD GPU. But those have been resolved after an uninstall and reinstall.

Case

I love this case, primarily for aesthetics. The case just looks amazing. The glass panels are slightly tinted black, which I had not fully known prior to purchase, but it still looks great. It was nice to build in, but I do have some qualms. The hard drive tray sits right next to the PSU, making cable management much harder than necessary. Would love if this was removable (maybe it is, I didn't mess too much to try and take it out). I did get the fans to sync with MSI Mystic Light, which brings the whole thing together well. One other frustration was the front panel connectors. Now I don't know if I had issues because I was a newbie, but the front panel connectors are not the standard HDD LED, pwr switch, reset switch, and pwr LED. Boy did this throw me for a loop. One of the connectors is SATA, and two plugged into the correct spots on the mobo. Of course the instructions were of no help either. But otherwise I love this case. Got it on sale for $97, which helped me pull the trigger. I really want to give this 5 starts because it is a great case, but 4 due to the fixed hard drive mount and confusing (to me at least) front panel connectors.

Power Supply

I would not have gotten this, if it were for not a random Prime Day Deal. I got this for only $75, which made it a steal in my mind. The RGB is worthless for my case (it could only be seen from the right side panel) and it is not addressable. But the wattage is plenty of overhead for me and being 80+ gold is a nice plus too. It is certainly not worth the current $120 price tag, but at $75 I was incredible happy.

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Comments

  • 7 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you tell me how you made ryzen 5 3600 compatible with a b450 MoBo? Did you flash the bios?

  • 7 months ago
  • 3 points

Yep, the MSI boards come with the BIOS flashback button. Download the bios from MSI's website onto a USB drive, and plug into the BIOS USB slot and press the flashback button on mobo. It is a beta bios and looks very barebone, but all the features are there. Maybe a nicer looking one will eventually be compatible. Helpful links below

https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/support/B450-GAMING-PRO-CARBON-AC https://www.msi.com/blog/the-latest-bios-for-amd-300-400-series-motherboard

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I gotta say the choice of ram confuses me but overall a great build! How is the noise and temperatures on the 5700?

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't blame you there! I would probably have the exact same performance with 16g. But because it was on sale and it just looks so much better in my opinion to have all 4 slots filled, I went with 32. Its a silly thing to future-proof, but I don't have to worry about RAM for a LONG time. I haven't done a stress test on the GPU, but it crushed League (to be expected) and did great with Apex. It was neither loud or hot. I was a bit worried about the blower style, but it has been great for me.

  • 7 months ago
  • 1 point

No I get it, looks amazing actually i just meant if you went with a normal 3200 16gb kit you would of had enough for the 5700xt and an after market cpu cooler or more storage.