Matte Black Blues

by Alexander K Posted on: 11/2/2020

Build Description

Last October, in the midst of exam week, I spilt coffee on my gaming laptop. My budget was tight ($800ish) but my exam schedule even tighter, thus I had to act quick. I watched all the possible video tutorials on “how to build a PC” and researched the best “bang for buck” hardware in the time span of one weekend¬. I was anxious yet zealous at the same time. I went ahead and purchased all the parts from Microcenter, drove home with the slowest speed I’ve ever driven in my life, rolled up my sleeves, and my journey began. The whole process took me 8 stressful hours, during which I was constantly re-watching videos and checking if everything fit as it should. I was so jittery I even dropped my CPU but thankfully the Internet taught me I could bend the pins back with a card. Phewww. I was also able to reuse my HDD and the m.2 NVMe SSD from my dead laptop which was a big victory considering my budget. I couldn’t stop admiring my build for weeks and I have slowly but surely been upgrading parts ever since. I created a custom logo for myself and purchased a custom GPU bracket to make my design pop. I am a mechanical engineering student currently and I use my PC for AutoCAD, SOLIDWORKS, and to learn programming languages on the side. So far, I’m proficient in HTML, CSS, Javascript and beginner in JAVA, C++ and Python.

In my free time, I enjoy playing Rocket League, PUBG, Among Us, Fall Guys, and the classic- FIFA. I also love listening to music and that is why I recently purchased the Hifiman HE4xx. Looking to buy an AMP and a DAC soon (another rabbit hole I am entering).

I’m a very visually oriented person and love being able to match my peripherals and pc with RGB. Since I am not a fan of rainbow effects, I have synced all my devices to be split in half - one side light blue and the other dark blue.

With the $500 gift card I am planning to majorly upgrade my system. I want to go from a Ryzen 2600x to a 5700x and add 16gb more RAM, so that I can create more complex models in SOLIDWORKS without hiccups. At the same time, I want to upgrade my GPU to a RTX3060 or 2070Super, which will be more than enough for 144Hz 1080p (hopefully for the horribly optimized PUBG too).

Favorite Feature

As someone who likes a clean workspace, messy cables make me feel very uneasy. I have positioned my PC case with its back facing a little cutout in the wall which allows my build to be nicely displayed, while all cables are absolutely hidden behind it and under the desk.

Parts contained in build

AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6 Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6 Core AM4 Boxed Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler
Qty: 1 $139.99
ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming AM4 ATX AMD Motherboard
ASUS ROG Strix X470-F Gaming AM4 ATX AMD Motherboard
Qty: 1 $139.99
Returned a b450-f and got a x470-f to be able to have an adressable rgb header and a front usb-c port
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus Overclocked Dual-Fan 6GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
MSI GeForce RTX 2060 Ventus Overclocked Dual-Fan 6GB GDDR6 PCIe 3.0 Graphics Card
Qty: 1 $339.99
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 16GB 2 x 8GB DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit CMW16GX4M2C3200 - Black
Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 16GB 2 x 8GB DDR4-3200 PC4-25600 CL16 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit CMW16GX4M2C3200 - Black
Qty: 1 $89.99
NZXT H510 Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
NZXT H510 Tempered Glass ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case - Black
Qty: 1 $71.99
EVGA 650BQ 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply
EVGA 650BQ 650 Watt 80 Plus Bronze ATX Semi-Modular Power Supply
Qty: 1 $69.99
DEEPCOOL Castle 240EX
Qty: 1 $129.99
A month later upgraded from the stock 2600x cooler to an AIO for looks and silent operation
Laptop HDD 1TB
Qty: 1 $0.00
Laptop M.2 PCI-e NVMe 250Gb
Qty: 1 $0.00
WD_BLACK SN750 NVMe 500Gb
Qty: 1 $75.00
BenQ EX2510 MOBIUZ
Qty: 1 $249.99
144Hz 1080p IPS monitor
Hifiman HE4xx
Qty: 1 $100.00
Bought used in pristine condition
Logitech G Pro Headset
Qty: 1 $81.99
Outstanding headset for the price
Razer Huntsman TE
Qty: 1 $55.00
Bought used in pristine condition
Razer Lancehead
Qty: 1 $70.00
Razer Wolverine TE
Qty: 1 $82.99
Amazon Prime Day Deal