My Rig

Last year I finally took the plunge and decided to build a computer from scratch. In the course of my 20 years, I've purchased and upgraded many PCs - just about every part, soundcard, RAM, PC-speakers, hard drives, etc. The reason why I never built one from scratch was I did not want the hassle of incompatibility, along with dealing with constant returns.

This all changed until I discovered PC Part Picker, along with a handful of useful YouTube videos from Paul’s Hardware:

It’s nice to see a mature community where people have tried and tested various builds, saving me the headaches. This book also came in handy, to give me a quick crash course on modern hardware:

My User Requirements for a New Machine

  • Windows 10 Pro for Gaming 1440p on 27” – I’m not a fan of Windows 10’s privacy concerns from the tech community, but I can’t deny the fact that it’s probably the best choice now for modern games running modern hardware (and drivers).
  • Editing 4K video on DaVinci Resolve, outputting to 1080p.
  • Run at least 2 (Virtual Box) VMs simultaneously (Linux and multiple versions of Windows) while gaming.
  • And of course be my main machine for everyday tasks like email, development, etc.

Basically, I built a beefier version from what’s demonstrated in those videos. The build I made is here.

Here's the build, and more stuff added:

Ryzen 5 1600X

Why AMD? I get more bang for the buck, basically. This version of Ryzen does not come with integrated graphics like Intel, so you HAVE to use an external card, not the one that comes with the motherboard. I panicked a bit while testing the machine, before installing the graphics card; thought I could get away with just integrated graphics. One quick Google result told me otherwise.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition

So far this card has been holding up very well. All the games run buttery smooth with settings cranked up pretty high.

Cooler Master Air Pro 4

Decided to use a custom cooler to eek more performance while overclocking. The default wraith spire wasn’t enough for me. This version did not come with an AM4 bracket – realized this the hard way while building it. Not having built a computer before, I missed Paul mentioning this in his YouTube videos.

Asus Prime B350 Plus

Decent for its price. Does its job. Came with the number of open ports that I needed. I wish it had come with a PC speaker or LED display that would help troubleshooting.

Vengeance LPX DDR4

Vengeance LPX 16 (2x8GB) DDR4. Does the job. Can be overclocked a bit more.

SanDisk SSD Plus

Two 500GB Drives.

WD Blue M.2 250GB PC SSD

Had one of these lying around so I plugged it in!

NZXT S340

Been loving this case a lot. I love the clear glass cover on the side. Of course this meant that I had to do a decent job with the cabling inside, as I didn’t want to display my traditional rat’s nest of wires that are typically inside computers.

EVGA - 650W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply

Does the job. Not currently using that much wattage, but gave myself plenty of room.

PC Motherboard Internal Speaker

Nothing fancy about these.

AOC AGON AG271QX 27”

Gaming Monitor, FreeSync, QHD (2560x1440), TN Panel, 144Hz, 1ms, Height Adjustable, DisplayPort, HDMI, USB – Been loving this monitor. Great value for its price.

Corsair Gaming K70 RGB

LED Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - Cherry MX Brown – I’m a mechanical keyboard enthusiast and had to go with this. Feels great, lights are fully programmable for each key, media control buttons, and downloadable profiles based on games. Love it.

IOGEAR 8-Port HD Audio/Video Switch

Basically I need to switch amongst the following: This computer, Media Server PC, Raspberry Pi, Macbook Pro 15” Retina (2013), Macbook Pro 15” with Touchbar (2017), Xbox 360, Have open ports while troubleshooting other PCs.

VIVO Single LCD Monitor Desk Mount Stand

Fully Adjustable/Tilt/Articulating for 1 Screen up to 27" (STAND-V001) – This is handy for my second display.

Sceptre E165W-1600HC E 16" Screen

This is a cheap little monitor I just have hanging from the arm mount for when I’m watching / listening to podcasts. Not the best monitor, but it does the job.