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Gaming Build Follow Up - 1 Year Update


The MicroATX gaming build is going great. I have to be honest though, I have not gamed on it much.  It sees action daily however, because my soon to be 13yr old has stolen it and drives it daily.  It's solid so let's go through the parts again. (whitelist this site and you shouldn't get any errors opening these links. They are commission links BTW. Thanks for your support)


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Mobo - https://fave.co/3do4taO - ASRock B450M PRO4 AM4 AMD Promontory B450 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $75 - Fantastic board. Go through the ports and slots list. It has it all.  I didn't want full size but also didn't want Mini.  This micro has enough slots that I could make it a server in a heartbeat.


CPU - https://fave.co/3b7PWxS - AMD Ryzen 7 2700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler - $198 - I was pricing LED fans and CPU's and it seemed better to just step up to this one with the cooler. It is really good looking in the case.


Case - https://fave.co/3b5ZTvC - Thermaltake Core V21 SPCC Micro ATX Cube - $70 - Love it. Tons of options. Not your typical tower. Modular. See through. Moveable.


RAM - https://fave.co/33ukw22 - $93 - Corsair Vengeance RGB PRO 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200MHz - Good looking Corsiar RAM can't be beat. 


GPU - Picked up at Fry's Electronics back when they had some stock. https://fave.co/2UkQObB - MSI Gaming GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 192-bit HDMI/DP 6GB $280 I have a 28" 1080p monitor so I chose to save a few bucks but get something that would be decent.


Storage - https://fave.co/392vkWy - $170 - Samsung 970 PRO SSD 512GB - M.2 NVMe - When I bought it, it was the best and fastest for my board.


Keyboard Mouse - https://fave.co/3bb6Yex - Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard - $50 - Nothing special, entry level, good looking, programable. Get this combo for $55 - https://fave.co/2IWpZFs I have the mouse and it works well.


Mat - https://fave.co/3ddT9Os - LIEBIRD Extended XXL Gaming Mouse Pad - Portable Large Desk Pad for Laptop - Non-Slip Rubber Base - $12 - Huge! Love this mousing surface.


Power - I had a modular 650 in stock so I used it. https://fave.co/2wloYUL - If i was doing it again, probably get this one or a Corsair unit. - $90



Total - All parts except GPU are $758. GPU was about $300. So we are looking at around $1k to buy it outright. That doesn't mean you can't substitute parts or BYO.  That plays huge to the bottom line. I had the keyboard, mouse, mat, P/S.


I also added a Thermaltake case fan with LED. I had a huge fan that I also used as the intake. The box is quiet.


It's not pro but neither am I.  I also wanted to try the AMD route instead of Intel. It had a few bumps loading Win10 but after updates it has been rock solid.


You could save money on RAM and the CPU. They Ryzen 7 I got was also not the latest version as the new architecture just dropped. I didn't want to fuss with the boards and even more research though.


Would I do it again?  If you told me I could have my computer back from my teenager, yes, I would purchase this again.  It was a fun build, not a cheapo, but not a $3k extreme rig either.



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I recently updated my rig, went from i7-3770, 16Gb 500Gb 860 Evo to..

Ryzen 5 1600AF, 32Gb RAM, 500Gb 970 Evo Plus, it boots faster but thats about all I've noticed, gaming is happening a bit more due to CoD: WarZone, prefer that to Fortnite tbh

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