This is a PC I built with my friend Michael. I bought a pre-built for myself, and then realized that I should've built my own damn PC. I never again will allow anyone to make the same mistake as I did. Now you may be wondering why the RAM is slow, and why there is no SSD. I originally had the RAM at 3200MHz but it was only 8GB, and Michael's Dad decided to buy 16GB instead. Now I don't blame him at all, 16GB is better. But he forgot to look at the MHz of the RAM, so it is way slower than I'd like. As I'm sure you all know Ryzen processors feed off of fast memory. Also, we had some problems with the RAM not running at the rated speed, so right now it's running at an abysmal 1200MHz. Not to worry, Michael is going to upgrade to 32GB of Corsair Vengeance 3200MHz pretty soon. Now I had only a 120GB SSD originally, because Michael has a 3TB external drive, but Michael's Dad upgraded to a 2TB SSHD. Which is actually really nice so that was pretty great. I originally had a 500 W Bronze PSU, and Michael's Dad upgraded to a 850 W. Problem was it was broken out of the box. Not anyone's fault except for the manufacturer. We went to Best Buy shortly after and bought the power supply you see now.
Why did I choose the parts I did? Well the goal with this build was great value. Our original budget was $750. Michael does a lot of audio production in Ableton Live, and some gaming as well. Knowing this, I wanted a powerful CPU that wouldn't break the bank. This is why I went with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700. I went with this because it has 8 cores and 16 threads, more than plenty for doing all the stuff he needs, and it only costs $160. It usually sits at below 70% utilization, even when under heavy workloads. I also wanted him to be able to game without a sweat. That's why I went with a RX580, because it's a great entry level GPU that can handle any game that Michael will want to play, and at high settings. I went with an NZXT Kraken M22, because it's more than enough to keep the 1700 cool. It also looks insanely pretty, so that's always a bonus. The mobo I chose mostly because it looks super amazing, it's an X370 board, and it's only $99.99. Really a steal. These Apevia fans look super nice, and they also came with two RGB strips that make the build look soo much better. The Deepcool MATREXX 55 is honestly one of the best budget cases if not the best out there in my opinion. It looks super nice, has tempered glass, a built in RGB strip, and support for 6 120mm fans. All for $50! Wow. If your thinking about getting it, just pull the trigger already it's totally worth it. The front panel does take tons of force to remove so just keep on trying. I kept on thinking I would break it but trust me you won't.
Now, this is the first time I've ever built a PC, and we had some hiccups along the 5-6 hours it took to build. Our first hiccup was me being an idiot, and not understanding the instructions on how to install the Kraken M22. I had never done this before, so it was a learning curve. I had to resort to YouTube instruction videos. But eventually I got it on the motherboard. And also the RAM was not running at 2400MHz, and I had to give up because I literally could not figure out what was wrong. We also installed Windows 10 Home, but then bought a Pro key like idiots. So yeah. The only other hiccup was getting a new PSU, because the first one was broken.
That's my first building experience, and there's really nothing I would change besides some of the parts. I highly encourage you to build your own PC. Just dewit.
Part list of planned upgrades: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/JulianRob37/saved/zFRJbv
Super fast. Does everything I want it to do.
Looks super good, and relatively easy to install. My only complaint is that I couldn't install a different fan besides the one included.
Looks super cool, and inexpensive.
Super ugly and doesn't run at the speed it's rated for.
Fast and inexpensive.
Fast and good looking. Bit expensive though.
Best $50 case out there.
Honestly I don't really care about anything else, it just smelled so good in the box. 5/5 stars for that amazing new PSU smell.
Inexpensive and super bright. There's also more lighting effects than countries on Earth, so you'll most likely find one that suits your setup.