Third Build - First AMD Build

by Kevin G Posted on: 7/20/2020

Build Description

This is my third-ever build and my first using AMD instead of Intel. My first build was i7-6700 (Gigabit Motherboard - don't remember which one)
with 250GB SSD and 1TB Hard Drive (7200 RPM). Video Card was an ASUS Nvidia GT745 in a Corsair Medium Tower. Unfortunately, my 1TB hard drive
was down to 30 GB when I got back from a trip to Germany and Windows 7 support was done. I bought a 4TB Hard drive and 500 GB SSD and was going
to replace the drives in the Intel build when I decided to build a new computer instead to avoid losing the other data.

Went to Microcenter in Fairfax VA, and he suggested a AMD Ryzen 7 instead of Intel i7. Price point - very good. Then he sold me the case-
Lian Li LiCool II. REALLY good move I later learned. Brought home the gear and put it aside until I had time to build it.

Well...COVID closed everything down and I decided to build it to get my mind being stuck in my house. Loved it. It was a great little build,
and I was able to upload my photos and purge my old drives. I also updated the First build with the same 500GB SSD and 4TB Hard Drive so
I got the old computer working well in Windows 10.

My only "complaint": my ASUS Nvidia GT1030 was just underpowered. I was only able to use two monitors and I wanted a three-monitor option. I was
not in a hurry to buy a new one, but I was looking for video cards that could handle three or four monitors.

A few months later, I watched a video from JayzTwoCents ("Is NVIDIA even trying anymore" - April 25, 2019) when he was reviewing the GT1650. For
some reason hecompared it to an PowerColor AMD RX570 Radeon Red Devil 4GDDR. Reason: it was CHEAPER than the GT1650. When I saw the RX570 price
($139.99 vs $80 for the GT1030), my jaw dropped to the ground. When I checked Microcenter, they had that very card on sale for $139.99. Bought it
online on the spot and picked it up that day. I replaced the GT1030 and LOVE the new card. I don't even play games!

Monitors:
AOC 2770 27" 1920x1080
HP 27q 27" 2560x1440
LG 32 FHD 32" 1920x1080

Favorite Feature

I really like the AMD speed on the Ryzen 7, and really like the GPU update (Thanks Jayz).

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X Matisse 3.9GHz 8-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X Matisse 3.9GHz 8-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler
Qty: 1 $299.99
MSI B450 Tomahawk Max AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
MSI B450 Tomahawk Max AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $94.99
PowerColor Radeon RX 570 Red Dragon AXRX Dual-Fan 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
PowerColor Radeon RX 570 Red Dragon AXRX Dual-Fan 4GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $139.99
Thank you JayzTwoCents. Though it was not the same as the RX570 in your video, it was still a really good card,
Crucial Ballistix Gaming 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K8G32C16U4B - Black
Crucial Ballistix Gaming 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit BL2K8G32C16U4B - Black
Qty: 1 $65.99
Lian Li Lancool II Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower Computer Case - Black
Lian Li Lancool II Tempered Glass eATX Full Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $89.99
Corsair CX650M 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply
Corsair CX650M 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $99.99
WD Blue Mainstream 4TB 5400RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5&quote; Internal Hard Drive
WD Blue Mainstream 4TB 5400RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5"e; Internal Hard Drive
Qty: 1 $92.99
WD Blue 500GB SSD 3D NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5&quote; Internal Solid State Drive
WD Blue 500GB SSD 3D NAND SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5"e; Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 1 $79.99