My first build

by Suhyeon P Posted on: 11/2/2020

Build Description

I wanted a computer that's had more power than my laptop. So I saved up and built this. I do everything on this now, everywhere from watching lectures to working on large CAD files and playing games. I've been playing games that I can play with my friends, like Valorant, Phasmophobia, GTA, Rainbow 6 Siege and such. For these games, the 1660 Super can handle 1440 pretty well, so for my first build, I'm very satisfied.

In hindsight, I think getting a 20 series card would've been nice, especially for 1440p gaming, but a lot of the budget went to the monitor (which I like very much and I can't even look at the laptop display now) and getting a worse monitor for a better graphics card wouldn't make much sense.
Also, getting a semi-modular/modular PSU would've been a good idea. I think I cable-managed pretty well, but it wasn't exactly the easiest.

The single RGB fan came with the case, and that is the only RGB part outside the little strip that comes on the Aorus mobo. I put it on the back as it's the only place I can see the lights from

Favorite Feature

I initially had worse fans and it was too loud so I bought Noctua fans and a 212 Evo, and now it's so quiet, it's nearly silent, and I get better thermals.

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Matisse 3.8GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X Matisse 3.8GHz 6-Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler
Qty: 1 $210.00
Gigabyte B550 AORUS Elite AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Gigabyte B550 AORUS Elite AMD AM4 ATX Motherboard
Qty: 1 $150.00
ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Super TUF Overclocked Dual-Fan 6GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
ASUS GeForce GTX 1660 Super TUF Overclocked Dual-Fan 6GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $235.00
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit CMK16GX4M2D3200 - Black
Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit CMK16GX4M2D3200 - Black
Qty: 1 $60.00
Corsair Carbide Series 175R RGB ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Corsair Carbide Series 175R RGB ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $50.00
Thermaltake Smart Series 500 Watt 80 Plus ATX Non-Modular Power Supply
Thermaltake Smart Series 500 Watt 80 Plus ATX Non-Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $50.00
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Universal CPU Cooler
Qty: 1 $26.00
Stock cooler felt too loud for me. This is equivalent to the stock cooler at half the RPM
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Seagate BarraCuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA III 6Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Qty: 1 $54.99
Logitech G602
Qty: 1 $86.00
Not something I bought but had.
Noctua NF-P14s Redux 1300RPM
Qty: 2 $15.00
Redragon K556
Qty: 1 $55.00
Cherry Browns. Backlit RGB
Samsung 27GL83A
Qty: 1 $380.00
1440p 144HZ. 27in.
WD Blue m.2 NVMe 250GB
Qty: 1 $55.00
Boot drive. Apparantly there's only 2.5in SSDs under SSD.