This pc took me over 3 years to complete, didn't have the financial capability to build it all even in 1 year but its finally done with upgrades to come in the future, hopefully in less than 3 years this time lol. My computer is currently an upgraded standard prebought gateway pc in a new case with a graphics card and has worked surprisingly well. The last components I needed to complete it was my CPU (in this case APU), motherboard and RAM. I've always used Intel in my prebuilt standard pc's because I was brought up told it was the best, and in some cases it is but for gaming everyone chose the Ryzen line over Intel's lower i5 line or upper i3 from what I saw, so I chose the newest Ryzen 3 model that best fit my budget. I got the GTX 960 way back on sale for like $40 off with mail in rebate so it was a good deal even though it didn't really fit my build's theme. Plan on changing that next. The rest is self explanatory.

Update: So the motherboard didn’t support the CPU version so I’m currently waiting to hear back from AMD for the boot kit. I have no other chips to use and I’m not trying to pay someone to do it for me. The components look nice though. Oh and my old version Cooler Master 212 wasn’t compatible with this socket type so I’ll have to purchase a new cooler in the future.

Update 2: Finally got ahold of AMD and my boot kit is on its way. I’m hoping it’ll be here by early next week when I actually have time to work on my pc. My Ryzen chip is so lonely sitting in a box on my desk lol.

Final Update (for now): My Ryzen 3 chip turned out to be faulty even after all the hassle I went through to get the boot chip, so I returned it to Amazon and got an older model Ryezen 5 1500X instead. I also got a Coolermaster 212 LED Turbo to cool it with hopes of overclocking in the near future. It shows up as uncompatible with this case but it fits with like an inch to spare. Ran FireStrike to benchmark and got a score of 6220 nonoverclocked. Graphics is where it lacked, time to start saving for a new GPU.

Part Reviews


Great chip for a very moderate price. Perfect for gamers in my opinion. Was able to overclock it to 4GHz with no problem. Ran Cinebench with a 879 score.

CPU Cooler

Good air cooler at a great price, it feels a little big to me but that's my opinion. If you're looking for a good cheap air cooler, you can't go wrong here.


No problems with this motherboard, overclocking settings are easy to get to and use. Still playing around with fully overclocking now but so far has been a breeze.

Video Card

Great graphics card, I could run most games bigger games at a steady 30 fps, and 60+ on easy games at 1080p. GTA V runs at 30 fps on max settings with little to no problems.

Its just about outdated, I run into a lot of issues with newer titles like Star Wars Battlefront II and GTA V at max settings. GTX 1060 6GB is my next step.


Good case for the price, lots of room for cable management. Very sturdy, but usb ports are upside down compared to most ports but that doesn't really matter.

Power Supply

Great PSU for the price, it does have a lack of cable management potential but that's the trade off for the price. Its going 3 years strong

Wireless Network Adapter

I get a very strong and reliable connection on my pc. My room compared to the position of the router is upstairs around many different walls yet never have a problem. I also have a TP-Link Archer C8 router.


Great graphic for a good price, games look and run great at 1080p.


Great entry level mouse and keyboard. The only thing I find annoying is the backlighting doesn't come on till you press the screenlock button, and in the dark its hard to see but over time you learn where it is by feel and its no problem.

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  • 22 months ago
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great start! I know that the gpu didn't fit the theme but hey a deal is a deal.

  • 22 months ago
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If I were you, I would've gotten the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti DirectX 12 4gb instead. It's at $185 on newegg at the moment. Plus, it runs better than the 960.

  • 22 months ago
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But he only paid $40 for the 960

  • 22 months ago
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I paid 190 after a $40 rebate, and the prices on the 1050ti was a lot higher when I bought the gpu 3 years ago, my next upgrade for gpu I'm looking at the 1060 or 1070. I'm not familiar with team red's cards but will look into it when time comes.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

If I say "bloody mary" in the mirror, will this computer show up behind me? Cause that would be awesome!