So i've basically wanted to build a PC for like a year or so which is when i started saving up. When i finally got around £600 i felt like that was enough to build a solid gaming machine. I built a list, and with the help and advice of people in the PCPP Discord server i refined it, to this.
Dell P2213 and Philips 245CS : I got these 2 for free as a gift and cant complain at all, i priced them to what i think a 1080p display should cost, Philips is my main and Dell is my secondary monitor, due to Dell only being able to do 1680x1050 and the philips 1080p.
Upgrades im planning on doing :
- Buy a custom sleeved 24pin,8pin cpu and an 8pin pcie cable and add to the system, Red/Black
- Buy a headphone stand so i dont have to leave my headphones lying on the desk or something.
- Maybe buy a 144hz monitor down the line if i ever decide i actaully need/want it
- LED strip for under my desk
- RF120 x3 kit for some light inside the pc
I know probably no one will read this but its just something i decided to type as rust said it had 40 mins left to download on steam, anyhow if you have a question about any of the parts above id love to answer it i check in here pretty much everyday.
- Ryzen 5 2600 : this is the go to choice for a gaming cpu for a pc in the mid range, havent got much to say about it as i am yet to overclock it but it runs games with no issue for the ones ive played to this moment.
- CM Hyper 212 Black edition : Despite the picture book of the instructions being slightly unclear as to what to do and what screws to use, a quick youtube video ( i believe it was one by GearSeekers) on how to install this resulted in a 5-10 min installation. The CPU idles at 30°c and the default fan curve makes it run at around 800 rpm at this temp, almost inaudible and i checked twice to see if the fan was actaully spinning when i booted up the first time. When i play games it goes up to around 60°c which makes the fan turn at around 80% speed, if your game has sound or your headphones have noise cancelling you wont hear the fan (even if you dont its not that loud even considering i have a mesh front panel). The thermal paste provided with the 212 still has more than half used even after i had to use it twice, first time i messed it up i cleaned it with isopropyl alcohol and applied another pea shape. No ram interference (the bottom of the fan is within 1mm of touching my first ram stick. Looks great and is definatly worth the £30 i payed for it, quiet and looks great.
- MSI B450M Gaming plus : Due to not overclocking yet, little to say once again, motherboard looks good and i can hardly see the red accents through my slightly tinted glass, has 1 m.2 port which is nice, 3 fan headers, and due to the 2 available slots for ram being dual channel there is no bad side to only having 2 slots, by the time 16gb is too little for gaming ill have a job ill probably just build a new computer, that is not to say this motherboard has no ram upgradibilty, you should buy 2 new sticks of 16gb if upgrading when you even have 4 slots so you take advantage of the dual channel. Back IO has 5 total usb ports and 1 usb-c, more than enough for me. The backplate is mostly matte black with small red accents as well as labelling for all ports. The pcie x16 slot has the msi armour metal thing for your gpu, helps with GPU sagging, i have a 24cm gpu and no sagging is seen so i guess it does its job. Both the manual and the case itself have a print out with labeled pins for the front IO, i have fat fingers but still managed to do it in 2-3 mins.
- Patriot Viper 4 16gb 3000mhz : They run at 3000mhz. Its 16gb. It looks nice and high quality, red matches my board, thats about it. Its RAM.
- Crucial mx500 500gb : From the time i press the power button to when windows opens, ~25 secs. From there its ready to go, dont have to give it time to properly boot up or anything, installed a few games on it that i play frequently, so far only Rocket League and CS:GO, both launch up quickly. Still have 400GB left after Chrome, Steam, A few hardware monitoring programs and the aforementioned games.
- Seagate Barracuda 2TB : Downloaded one game onto this so far and thats rust since i havent played it due to not being able to run it previously, if i like it i may move it onto the C drive (mx500), i cant hear it at all. Mass storage for things i dont deem worthy of my ssd.
- Asus Rx580 8gb Dual : I saw a deal pop-up on my phone from gumtree in my area for an rx580, being a card in my price range i checked on it, after about an hour of debating i haggled for the price and brought it down to £100, a very good price for one of these cards as new can cost as much as £180. Runs games very good and have no had any issues with it yet, should last me for a while, very happy with the purchase. No backplate however, due to tinted glass does not look bad at all.
- CM NR400 : I was going to originally go with a define c mini tg, around £5 more. However when i saw this, and its price, a mesh front panel, psu shroud,tg i instantly went to youtube to watch some reviews and they were very positive, so i ended up going for this and have no regret what so ever. The Tg panel, very slightly tinted, has a ~2cm border of black glass running around it, not sure why, but it looks good. Only one complaint, the drive cage; if you chose to have a hard-drive you will need to leave it in which takes up 1/4 - 1/5 of the psu shroud. Might not seem like much, but didnt leave me much room to stuff all my cables leftovers in, luckily due to having a semi modular psu, i was ok. has a few "dents" on the back of where the motherboard goes, where you can attatch cable ties or anything to organise wires, the cable cutout in the top right of the case worked perfectly for wiring my fan cables through and right to the fan port on my motherboard. The case comes with 2 fans stock, one in the front middle slot and one in the rear, i plan to instal 3 RF120's in soon, to provide some light to the inside of the case and to give some additional cooling. Front panel IO consists of 2 USB ports and a single headphone combined jack for audio and microphone. No issue connecting them, (however the usb cable was quite stiff but I wired it in an L shape from mobo to front panel and it worked fine)once again due to conveniently placed cutouts. Definatly recommend this, looks great, good cooling.
- TXM 550W 80+ Gold : Good power rating, good quality, all black cables (not a single ketchup and mustard cable), comes with 8-10 cable ties, looks great and is quiet. for £65 i dont mind paying some extra for a good quality power supply at all. It being semi-modular saved me a little with the situation i mentioned above in the NR400 comment. no complaints.
- Red dragon K552 : Prior to this i had an epic gamer keyboard from corsair, reason being i didnt do any research before purchasing it, DO NOT BUY THE K55 FROM CORSAIR UNDER ANY CONDITION. However, this k552, is a step up despite its price being almost half of the Corsair k55, real mechanical Otemu Blues that have a nice loud click, used to type this review. The TKL format will take some time to adjust to properly but im liking it so far. I have one and only one complaint, that is kind of justified due to its price; when i type, i type. I press down hard and dont stop until i feel the bottom, if you are like me you can hear the metal, kind of echo after you hit it, i assume due to it hitting the metal backplate, you cant really hear it if you are typing a sentance or if you dont hammer onto the keys instead press them lightly, once again its a £30 keyboard. I recommend it.
- G502 Spectrum : Ive had this mouse for like 2 years now, still holds up fine basically as new. dpi up to 16000, i dont know why it goes that far but, hey its there if you want it.The "G" and the 3 small blocks representing DPI level in your current profile, light up and can be changed to any of the "16.7 million colours", or a wave or breathing, speed of those effects can be changed too.