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Link to short presentation video that I made

For this build, I wanted to build something that's an all-rounder. A little bit of gaming and streaming here, some video editing here, and video streaming from YouTube and some homework (using Google Chrome, Docs, Classroom, etc.). This means I couldn't really cheap out on anything, but I also couldn't gorge myself on anything (like the graphics card) either. Also, I'm on that student budget (gotta love it) so I wasted no money on anything that I didn't need (like RGB or an aftermarket cooler, though now that I'm testing the system I wish I would have gotten one; more on that later).

CPU

So for the CPU, it was a no-brainer, really. Ryzen 5 3600 all the way! The only other option was the 2600, which was about $120 at the time, but I wanted a little bit more future-proofing for my rig; also, third-gen Ryzen was just so revolutionary with dethroning Intel and all, I just couldn't miss out.

Motherboard

So, there's nothing specifically special about my chosen motherboard. It's just a B450 mobo so I have the option to overclock, and the four DIMM slots and USB 3.1 Gen 2 type C on the rear IO were nice touches.

RAM

So, RAM prices were super low, so I decided to go ahead and get 16gb of 3600 speed RAM because Ryzen greatly benefits from fast RAM. Everything's pretty standard here.

Storage

Since I won't be playing a ton of games (likely the only mass storage game I'll be playing is GTA V), I don't need a lot of storage. It just needs to be fast, since I'm impatient; hence the NVMe SSD. If I wanted more storage I would just get a 120gb SATA SSD paired with a TB hard drive. But seeing as the NVMe SSD was $50, I don't know if that option would be available at this price.

GPU

The GTX 1660 Super is smack in between the vanilla 1660 and the 1660 Ti. Its price is closer to the 1660's and it's like a scaled-up 1660 rather than a cut-down 1660 Ti, but because of the dramatic bandwidth increase (14Gb/s vs the 1660's 8Gb/s and the 1660 Ti's 12Gb/s), it's performance is closer to the 1660 Ti's that the 1660. This is what makes this card such a good option for this price range. It can definitely handle most games at 1080p and can achieve high framerates. Also, it works exceptionally well for editing videos.

Case

All I needed was a case with a side panel that didn't look like garbage. And the DIYPC DIY-F2-W came through. It looks really stylish, has a side panel, is very compact and light, comes with two decent blue LED fans, and I was able to grab it for just $35. An absolute steal.

Extra Case Fan

I got an extra case fan just to add some more airflow to the system. to start, the case had one fan pre-installed at the front and one at the back. I moved the one at the back to the top to pull in some air and pump it right into the CPU fan so as to keep the CPU cool, and put the Noctua fan in its place. This leaves two intake fans and one exhaust fan, but I configured the exhaust fan in the BIOS so that it works hard enough to compensate. It's Noctua, so it's pretty quiet even when it's moving a crap-ton of air.

Power Supply

The power supply is something that you definitely don't wanna skimp on if you don't want your computer to explode. So I took mine from this filter: Manufacturer: Corsair, EVGA, SeaSonic; Efficiency Rating: 80+ Bronze, 80+ Gold; Wattage: >500 W; Modular: Full, Semi.

Wireless Network Adapter

This is mainly for Bluetooth. Initially, I got it for WiFi as well because my WiFi is really crappy and the router was far away from where I put this system, so Ethernet wasn't an option. But then we moved the router and now I'm able to hook up an Ethernet cord, so I just use it for Bluetooth now. $34? It's a steal.

Monitor

Now, this is where things got kinda dicey. I knew from the start that I wanted this monitor, but the only place to get it from was Amazon, and some days it would just go away and not be for sale. Some days the price would fly way up to more than $300. It's insane. On the day that I was ordering all of my parts, the monitor was priced at $298, twice the price of what I'd seen it at days before. The Chrome extension Honey saved my life. It showed me that the monitor, the same monitor, was available at Shopper's Drug Mart for $139.99, lower than I'd ever seen it on Amazon. Course, the shipping would be the sketchiest part of it, but I took my chances. And lo and behold, it arrived two days later, in good condition.

As for the specs of this monitor, it's a 24" 1080p 144hz curved VA panel. 24" is a good size, since my desk is pretty small. 1080p was a no-brainer since I can't afford 1440p. 144hz was also a must-have since I'd be playing games on the system. Sure, the panel's curved, but looking at it I sometimes forget. It just gives the whole thing a gamery vibe. Then, the VA panel is super important because I'm going to be doing some content creation with this system. Sure it's no IPS panel, but VA has good contrast and isn't as whitewashed as most TN panels are. Of course, you trade off the whitewash and bad colors of TN panels for smearing, but other than that the panel looks really good.

USB

The USBs were just so I could download Windows and for a BIOS update so my motherboard would work with third-gen Ryzen, but to my surprise and gratefulness to ASRock, the motherboard came pre-updated 😊 so i didn't need to take the time to update the BIOS.

That wraps up my build. I'm so so SO happy that I was able to build this computer. I love it so much. It easily hits the 150 frame max that I put (because my monitor can only run 144) in Minecraft, and, after running some benchmarks, my overall average FPS on GTA V was about 145.

Note: the CPU temps get pretty high and it's a little concerning, but I'll be buying some different thermal paste to see if that helps the problem. I am using the stock AMD cooler after all.

EDIT:

I ordered the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo on sale for a little over $20 and the temps and noise levels are much better now. It pushes air to the back of the case, so I had to move the intake fan at the top of the case to the front of the case to keep the air flowing from front to back.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent choice for anyone, really. With all of the high-end CPUs reaching up to hundreds of dollars, I got this one for less than $200 USD. 6 core/12 thread is greatly appreciated. When paired with high-speed ram this thing conquers any task.

CPU Cooler

It works pretty good. The temps on my Ryzen 5 3600 are from 35-45 at idle, and never go past 70 during games. It DOES come with a mounting bracket for Ryzen (AM4) which was appreciated; it also comes with some thermal paste. The instructions were a little confusing, Though. The overall worst part is the size; this thing is huge.

Motherboard

Absolutely love it. I got it for $70. It has two PCIe Gen 3 16x, four DIMM slots, a generous amount of headers and SATA ports, two M.2 slots (though note that only one is for NVMe, the other is for SATA or PCI or whatever). I greatly appreciated the USB 3.1 gen two and USB 3.1 gen two type C.

It came pre-updated to support 3rd-Gen Ryzen chips, which was great.

Memory

Fantastic RAM. I was able to get it for $70, and it ran at 3600MHz cas latency 16 first try. Paired with Ryzen 5 3600 on a B450 board, it works AMAZING.

Storage

I was able to pick it up for $55, and man is it a deal. It's wicked fast, and I think that's all I need to say about it.

Storage

It's a hard drive and functions like one. Not a lot else to say.

Video Card

Extremely compact card. It has a really stylish backplate and the shroud looks sick as well (though of course you can't see it). It came factory overclocked, which was appreciated, and manual overclocking went pretty well (though not the best experience).

The fans can be quite loud, but that's only at high speeds. At low temps (35-45), the fans turn off which I love.

Case

THERE IS NO CUTOUT FOR 8-PIN CPU CONNECTOR. That's my only complaint; other than that it's a steal of a case. It comes with two blue LED fans that are a little loud, but they do the job fine. Another thing to note is that the expansion slots for GPU, sound card, etc. are not reusable. Once you remove them, you can't put them back. I'm fine with it, though

Power Supply

Pretty quiet, semi-modular, not too bad-looking, gets the job done. I don't know what else it's supposed to do lol it's a power supply

Wireless Network Adapter

Really nice. It has Bluetooth as well as WiFi. I absolutely love it.

Case Fan

Though it's a bit pricier, it's worth it. It moves air like no one's business and is barely audible while doing it.

Monitor

Got it (or a variation of it) at Office Depot for $139.00. 144Hz is buttery smooth and the monitor itself is an absolute beauty. Colors are decent, which is why I love VA panels -- not horrible colors, while still being able to achieve those high framerates. There's a lot of smearing, though, but I barely notice it most of the time.

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Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I am thinking about making my first gaming pc for about $1000 including the moniter, mouse, and keyboard. I don't know if I should get a ryzen 5 2600 or 3600, and also if I should get a gtx 1660 super, 1660 ti, or some ryzen gpu

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

It depends what you use it for. If you're using it for purely gaming, I'd go for the Ryzen 5 2600 and 1660 ti. if you're doing more than that like video editing and such, I'd go for the Ryzen 5 3600 and 1660 Super. As of this moment, there isn't really an AMD GPU for a 1000$ price range.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

By the way could you also check out my part list on my profile

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm I didn't see one 🤔

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

The build looks really good. If I were to do it, I'd save on the case and motherboard (check out the DeepCool MATREXX 55 or Cougar MX340, and for the mobo you can check out the micro-ATX ones, they look a little small in a standard ATX case but they function just as well) and use the money saved to buy a 1tb NVMe SSD. You can find a cheaper one for around $100. An NVMe SSD will totally improve your boot times and overall performance. Don't get me wrong, the Tomahawk is a really reliable board and if you get it you won't be disappointed, but if you want to save a little coin you can follow my suggestions. One last thing-- you don't need that powerful of a power supply. I'd suggest the filter that I put in my build guide, as the list you gave me is very similar to my build.

Here's an updated list for you.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the list! I still might go with the tomahawk though because I might be able to overclock a bit. Also, I could still use it if I upgrade my parts. Here is my updated list: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Quizzy8/saved/QdRrVn

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good 👍

One thing though: if you want to overclock, the stock AMD cooler is not the way to go. It works fine if you have good airflow in your case and are not taxing it too much. But if you want to get into overclocking, you should definitely get an aftermarket cooler like the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.

One last thing (lol) is about the monitor. Last I checked, the only place to get it (according to pcpartpicker is Amazon and the price often spikes (I've seen it as high as $320). If it spikes when you want to buy it, check out Office Depot. Actually, check it out nonethelesss because most of the time its cheaper there than on Amazon. My experience was great, it shipped in two days.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Looking great! I'm a fan of non-RGB insides hah. How is that EVGA 1660 Super been to you so far? Is it loud? I'm looking for a 1660 Super at the moment and I'm leaning towards this one or one from Gigabyte. Mostly looking for a card that is cool and quiet. Thanks!

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah it's great. It has the 0dB tech so the fans don't spin at lower temperatures. At idle, the temps are somewhere in the range of 35-45 C without the fans spinning. It's also super compact, it's a 2 slot card as opposed to most which are 2 1/2. Highly recommend.

The 1660 Super I'd recommend over this one is the Asus Dual Evo, it's factory overclocked higher and looks more stylish (IMO).

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build! Were you able to get you memory speeds up to 3600? Also, did you have to flash your motherboard's bios so that you could use the cpu?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

Yes, the RAM is awesome. I was able to clock it to 3600 easy-peasy. I haven't tried overclocking it further, but I imagine there's still room left for improvement.

As for the mobo, it came Ryzen 3000-ready, which was super handy. It didn't come with the latest BIOS version (3.50 or so when the most recent is 3.90) but everything operates perfectly fine which is more than fine by me. It's an absolute steal of a motherboard.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

My scenario same as yours except I don't want monitor or keyboard or mouse but all the rest non skimped but best bang for buck :D will be streaming, Gaming, Video Editing, Audio Editing, what can ya make or recommend? Case can be super simple no lights or rgb or nothign but a good basic case with tons of air flow

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

I'd be more than happy to suggest something! What budget are you looking at?

  • 25 days ago
  • 1 point

What would you think about something like this (You seem to be pretty smart haha) : https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/kXf9p8

Essentially i am just looking for something to run GTA 5 with FiveM and or LSPDFR.... :) Wont be using it for anything else really... I truly know nothing about computers but have been trying to research...