My oldest son Daxton has been diligently saving his money and earning a bit more doing the yardwork and housework for me and Lisa this summer and was eager to build a high end gaming PC for himself.  He spent several weeks researching what he wanted and where to get it from and then asked me to review his work.  My experience building PCs like this was pretty old (early 2000s) so I had to refresh myself on all these new components and how it works together.

Back 15-20 years ago, the options for CPUs, video, motherboards, cases, etc etc was not as elaborate as it is now.  While most of the items are designed to work together, they may not be as an optimal setup for what Daxton was trying to achieve.  We decided to change a few things on his list so that we could purchase the entire list from Memory Express in Edmonton as it would be all in stock and he could build it that afternoon (with some of my help, which turned into a lot more that either of us thought).

We arrived at Memory Express Sunday morning when it opened and went up to the till.  The guy looked at our list a few times then said: “I don’t mean to shit on your build, but why did you pick these components?” He basically said what I was thinking earlier that all of these pieces WILL work together, but there is a more optimal way to spend the same amount of money for a better setup.  We let him do his thing and then went through his build and agreed that it was pretty good.  At the very least, we got the CPU, Motherboard, Power Supply and Graphics Card family right.  Not bad. 🙂

What did we end up with?

Case: Corsair 280X with RGB fans

Motherboard: Asus TUF 550M

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

Video Card: EVGA GeForce RTX2060 KO Ultra 

16GB RAM, 500 GB SSD and other odds and ends made for a nice build.

Daxton mounted the CPU and the cooling fans for it.  The motherboard install and graphics card were pretty easy.  We had some problems with the wiring as we ended up missing a couple of key things that gave us some headache but we troubleshot our way through it.  Add in a problematic windows 10 install and 8 hours later it was done.  I would have never bothered building something with all of the RGB LED components in it back in the day, but it does end up looking pretty cool in the end.