My First Build

by Timothy Lee D Posted on: 9/14/2020

Build Description

Over the years I have replaced video cards, RAM, hard drives individually but I've never built the whole computer from start to finish. The last time I purchased or even upgraded a computer was at least 8 years ago. A lot changed but many of the basics still remain true. Before buying all of the parts I began watching videos on youtube to research, parts, trends and favored brands. I watched guys like JaysTwoCents to ground myself in the do's and don'ts of building as well as what to do once the computer is built. For three months watched video after video and then began planning my purchase.

I've always been a fan of AMD. Even when their trustworthiness wasn't as quantifiable as it is now I would buy their products and never regretted it.

My AMD focused build has been great and I'm excited to show off my first full build.

I wanted a build which would take my gaming experience up a notch or two while providing an better overall pc experience during general usage. I'm very happy with its performance and built it with the ability to upgrade this build in the future rather than rebuilding from the ground up. I could upgrade the CPU, GPU or even dabble in some lite water cooling.

Currently I play a lot of Pathfinder:Kingmaker and Stellaris when I'm in a Grand Strategy mood.

In hindsight, I am something of a minimalist, I didn't feel the need for lots of RGB (can get a bit gaudy) but after seeing my GPU light up along with the lighting on my motherboard... I might have considered playing with the lighting a bit more. Or gone for more more power in the GPU with the 5700XT. Did you hear that? Sounded like Tim Allen growling in far off distance. lol

Favorite Feature

Given the amount of time since I last bought or tinkered with my pc, I was really impressed with the design of the computer case. It allowed me to hide almost all of the the cords and avoid the tangled rat's nest which was common with old PCs.

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 $258.63
Excellent CPU!
ASUS X570-Pro Prime AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
ASUS X570-Pro Prime AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $229.99
Probably could have saved a little $ here but with the idea of future additions I wanted a solid foundation that I knew would have the needed features.
Sapphire Technology Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse Overclocked Dual-Fan 6GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Sapphire Technology Radeon RX 5600 XT Pulse Overclocked Dual-Fan 6GB GDDR6 PCIe 4.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $288.48
Great card!
G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3600C16D-16GVKC - Black
G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3600 PC4-28800 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit F4-3600C16D-16GVKC - Black
Qty: 1 $76.59
As with most of these parts, I had function in mind when I chose these. They suit my needs.
NZXT H510 Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
NZXT H510 Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $69.63
Minimalist Case. No flashy fans or lights but I really liked the ability to keep the case clean.
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G+ 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular Power Supply
EVGA SuperNOVA 750 G+ 750 Watt 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $146.04
Cooler Master Hyper 212X CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212X CPU Cooler
Qty: 1 $44.76
Keeps the system cool even under heavy load.
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5&quote; Internal Hard Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5"e; Internal Hard Drive
Qty: 1 $54.70
Data storage. Plain and simple.
TP-LINK AC1300 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter
TP-LINK AC1300 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter
Qty: 1 $38.94
Crucial P1 1TB SSD 3D QLC NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
Crucial P1 1TB SSD 3D QLC NAND M.2 2280 PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive
Qty: 1 $99.47
Super fast as my primary drive.