Now, back in the day (like 2003-2004) I used to be really into building gaming rigs, but when I went off to college, I sold my last build for book money and haven't had a PC since (just a couple of Macbooks for school). I haven't been much of a gamer since high school really.
But! In the past couple years or so, many of my friends have picked up gaming as a way to stay in touch and hangout, but until recently I didn't have the money nor the time to join them. Every time they organize a PUBG squad I've felt left out! And they can't stop talking about how I should play Witcher 3, etc.
Finally, after deal hunting and collecting parts over the past couple months, I've completed my build.
All prices are after-tax.
Really waited a long time to buy a CPU/Mobo. They were the last parts to buy, but the 2600x is really the best balance between value and performance for me. I bought it to futureproof a bit, even though I know that's a little bit of a fool's errand.
This is probably a little overkill for my purposes, but I didn't want to wait for the B450 boards to come out in late July or go through the hassle of updating a B350's BIOS just in case I received a board that wasn't Ryzen 2000 ready.
In any case, this is a gorgeous board and has worked perfectly. Great VRM heatsinks, seems to be good build quality, and I'm hoping it'll be a good board to expand into as I upgrade parts in the future.
I got these for real cheap. Probably the best deal I got out of all the other parts. They work fine, but I've had real difficulty getting their RAM speed up to their advertised 2666mhz. No matter how much tinkering I do with latency, voltage, etc., I can't seem to push past 2400mhz. Perhaps I got a 2400mhz kit instead?
Along with the GPU, this will probably be the first thing I upgrade down the line. I know Ryzen CPUs benefit from faster RAM speeds.
One of fastest and best SSDs I hear. I might need to add another down the line, but we'll see how much space I really need.
I got luck with the price of this card considering the crazy GPU market. Thankfully it looks like that's settling down. I would have liked to get a 1070 Ti, but I just couldn't justify the extra $150-$200, even though it'd last me longer. But I think this card is a quintessential mid-range GPU. Like I said, it'll probably be the first to upgrade down the line.
Such a beautiful, clean, minimal case. Perfect for my non-gamer aesthetic. It comes with some fantastic cable management features and a beautiful tempered glass side panel. The magnetic puck comes in handy if you have a VR-headset (which I don't) or some headphones.
Pretty good deal on this PSU. It being fully-modular really helped with cable management. It also came with an extra Velcro pouch to store away your extra cables. I ended up using it for all the extra screws, accessories, and cables I ended up not using in my build.
Only thing I didn't have to buy for the new build. I used to dock my Macbook into this monitor. As it turns out, it's not such a bad monitor. Bright IPS 1080p 60 hz. Good for my purposes.
Never tried a mechanical keyboard before, but I've really enjoyed the Cherry MX reds that come with this board. Great for typing too, which I do a lot of in my profession.
These are actually HP Omens, but they're essentially rebranded SteelSeries Rival 300s. Quality mouse for the right price.
I got these from HyperX's ebay store refurbished. They arrived in packaging that made it seems as though they were brand new, and they work perfectly. Great headset.