Description

This is the first PC I have ever built.

My previous means of gaming were an old PS3 and a Laptop that can barely run anything, so I was really hyped for this one.

My main goal was to build a mid spec PC that would not lack in any department, an all around good PC. At the start of all this I first wanted to go with a Ryzen 7 2700x but after doing some research I came to find that there is not much to gain over a 2600x in the gaming department, as the extra 2 cores generally help more with multi-tasking.

The Cooler does it's job well, temperatures hovering around 60-67 degrees Celsius while gaming, I did hit around 73 for a very brief moment but it was for a couple of seconds, it also looks pretty damn good, but I am looking towards watercooling in the future.

The Motherboard was also not my first choice, as I wanted to go with the b450 Tomahawk due to beter VRMs, but it was literally nowhere to be found in my country, however, the b450 F-gaming is a much better looking piece of hardware.

The biggest surprise with this build was the GPU, as I was hovering around the RX 580, I found a great deal for the Vega 56 and I only paid around 70 Euros more for a much more powerful GPU. I do get coil whine from the GPU, but it can be really quiet in some games, it really depends.

The RAM does it's job well and in quite a style too, they were easy to be overclocked to 3200mzh even if they were not on the motherboard's QVL list.

The H500i is minimalistic but high quality, just the way I like them.

Not much to be said about the PSU, it feels like high quality and it came with everything needed, however the cables are rigid AF and I honestly felt like I might need to grab some cable extensions as I had to bend them pretty hard in order to connect everything to the motherboard.

Overall, the power consumption would probably be the weakest part about this build, as the Vega 56 is quite power hungry, I have done some tweaks to it though and the peak consumption was 223 W, which is okayish considering other users have reported the Card peaking at 280 W.

The building process could have been better, the mounting of the cooler was pretty annoying as I did not know how tight I needed to screw the cooler in place, I also had a hard time lining up the motherboard in the case, it seemed like one of the easiest parts of the build but I swear I just could not get it in place.

I am happy with both the performance and the way this build looks, I really do not feel like it lacks in any department but I've got the itch and I'll more than likely grab a watercooler and an additional SSD soon.

Part Reviews

CPU

Super solid CPU that offers great performance for a Gaming PC. I do not use it with the stock cooler but with a Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Black Edition which keeps the CPU at around 65 degrees Celsius under load.

CPU Cooler

Super decent cooler for the price, stylish too !

Memory

Great RAM sticks that look sensational, they really make my build pop.

Video Card

If you're looking for 1080p gaming, this thing will handle anything you throw at it. Does it draw a lot of power ? Yes. Does it have coil whine ? Also yes. But considering that I got this card for 300 euros, any alternative from Nvidia is more expensive.

Case

Elegant and minimalistic with good cable management. It is definitely not the best case for airflow though.

Power Supply

Everything including the packaging feels high quality. The PSU is quite silent and seems to handle my build with flying colors, considering I have a power hungry GPU. One thing to mention are the cables, as they are rigid AF and it can be quite difficult to bend them in a way that actually allows you to connect them to the motherboard. I did manage to do it though, so I won't take any points away from it.

Monitor

Overall a pretty good monitor if you're looking for Free Sync + 144 Hz. Not the best colors out there, but once you're gaming on it everything looks good and the smoothness more than makes up for it.

Keyboard

Super solid Keyboard with great RGB effects and nice clicky keys. I do wish it had a braided cable though. Another thing to take into account is that only the front panel is made of Aluminum, the bottom panel being made of plastic.

Mouse

Great looking mouse that feels comfortable in the hand, the weighs that it comes with are pretty handy too. Beware of the thumb rests though, I have only just heard about this but reportedly, the glue used to stick them to the mouse is quite bad and they can start to peel off. Supposedly Steelseries started using a better glue on the latest batches but I'd still take this into consideration before buying it. I also wish it had a braided cable.

Speakers

If you're not expecting anything crazy, these speakers are great for the price.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

that card is looking THICC

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a big boi.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks real clean! Nj!

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Sry For the Noob question, But What is Coil whine? Great build btw.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Coil whine is basically the sound an electrical component makes as electricity goes through it. Since GPUs eat electricity for breakfast, it makes the most audible sound. There are some examples on the internet, generally you'll hear the sound while the GPU is under heavy load, sometimes it sounds like it's frying. It's usually harmless, however it can be quite annoying, depending on how intense the sound can be.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 points

Hey, did you use 2 fans for intake at front?

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 point

I did not add 2 fans at the front, I have read some reports that the temperatures are actually worse with front fans added. However, I have ordered an AIO just 2 days ago so that space will be taken over by the radiator and fans soon.

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Okay, update me with the temp after you get AIO. Thanks