Jason's Gaming Rig

by Jason M Posted on: 7/31/2020

Build Description

I play World of Warcraft and wanted a high end gaming machine for the upcoming expansion. Also going to try MS Flight Simulator when it comes out in August to really push my new machine. In the future I may decide to swap out the two cooling fans in the case with RGB ones to add some more color! I will definitely be using Micro Center moving forward for ALL my computer part needs...no more big box store for me, lol. The associate (David) spent so much time answering all my questions and getting me all the right parts for what I wanted (especially his great recommendation on the GPU). He was not only helpful but his pleasant attitude made the whole experience a joy. Love the Wraith cooling that comes with the AMD Ryzen 7 that I bought. It is a very quiet fan and the colors make the interior of the computer look more like a gaming machine (which is what it is so that is what I was hoping for!) I was also happy to save a few buck when bundling the AORUS B550 PRO AC Motherboard with the Ryzen 7 processor together. Every bit saved helps in these challenging times. My expectations were met in every way for this build from pre-planning to buying to build to loading all programming. Build took approximately 5 hours from the time I laid the unopened boxes on the workspace until the final build was on my desk. Took about another hour and a half to update the BIOS, load Windows 10, and update drivers and install my key programs. My son is a big gamer and he is super jealous of the final product! Thank you Micro Center...I will be back!

Favorite Feature

The case selected is perfect. Everything just fits so not wasted space and doesn't eat up all my desk space! Looks classy and sleek.

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Matisse 3.6GHz 8-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler
AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Matisse 3.6GHz 8-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Prism Cooler
Qty: 1 $259.99
Amazing processing speed
Gigabyte B550 AORUS Pro AC AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Gigabyte B550 AORUS Pro AC AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $169.99
Love the on-board WiFi
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER XC ULTRA Overclocked Dual-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER XC ULTRA Overclocked Dual-Fan 8GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $469.99
Love that the downloadable software let's you take pics/video direct in game. Maintain great FPS. I have dual monitors so the HDMI and DP outputs from this device are perfect. Detected instantly and set up the dual monitor viewing on it's own.
G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Memory Kit F4-3600C16D-32GTZNC - Black
G.Skill Trident Z Neo Series RGB 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Memory Kit F4-3600C16D-32GTZNC - Black
Qty: 1 $178.99
Able to have so much running at one time. The colors on it really make the interior of the machine POP!
Fractal Design Meshify C Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Fractal Design Meshify C Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $99.99
Love the case. Small enough to not use all desk space but big enough that I didn't struggle to get the components in. The included fans are quiet and keep the case very cool. Love the semi-covered wire feed holes.
PowerSpec 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply
PowerSpec 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $74.99
Wiring was a snap. Plenty of power for what I have on board.
SteelSeries Apex 100 Gaming Keyboard - Tactile & Silent - Blue LED Backlit - Splash Resistant - Media Controls
SteelSeries Apex 100 Gaming Keyboard - Tactile & Silent - Blue LED Backlit - Splash Resistant - Media Controls
Qty: 1 $29.99
Love the lighting. Feels very sturdy and very reactive.
WD Black SN750 1TB SSD 3D V-NAND PCIe NVMe Gen 3 x 4 M.2 2280 Internal Solid State Drive
WD Black SN750 1TB SSD 3D V-NAND PCIe NVMe Gen 3 x 4 M.2 2280 Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 2 $137.99
Put two SSD in (the B550 motherboard has spots for both). This was easy as pie to install and my boot-up time and loading programs has never been so fast.
 Drill/ Driver Multi-Bit Contractor Kit - 53 pcs.
Drill/ Driver Multi-Bit Contractor Kit - 53 pcs.
Qty: 1 $12.99
This kit was great. Able to use various size bits and the ratcheting handle saved time and work.
 Magnetic Parts Tray
Magnetic Parts Tray
Qty: 1 $1.99
Kept all my screws where needed!
NTE Electronics Nylon Cable Ties 8&quote; UV Black 100 Pack
NTE Electronics Nylon Cable Ties 8"e; UV Black 100 Pack
Qty: 1 $6.99
Held cables together nicely.
SteelSeries Rival 310 Gaming Mouse - 12,000 CPI TrueMove3 Optical Sensor - Split-Trigger Buttons - RGB Lighting
SteelSeries Rival 310 Gaming Mouse - 12,000 CPI TrueMove3 Optical Sensor - Split-Trigger Buttons - RGB Lighting
Qty: 1 $49.99
Smooth operation and button setup is what I was looking for. The lighting is also really great...I love that it can cycle through colors.
Logitech Speaker System Z313
Logitech Speaker System Z313
Qty: 1 $44.99
Great sound without being overbearing.
BenQ XL2731 27&quote; Full HD 144Hz HDMI DVI-D DP FreeSync e-Sports LED Gaming Monitor
BenQ XL2731 27"e; Full HD 144Hz HDMI DVI-D DP FreeSync e-Sports LED Gaming Monitor
Qty: 1 $269.99
This monitor was actually not in my original plans but when I saw what a difference the 144hz refresh made I was sold. My games look so smooth and video is fantastic. Colors are not muted or washed out at all.