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With a lot more time being spent indoors likely in the coming months, and a big-0 birthday present past due, I’ve finally decided to get a real PC and just leave the Thinkpad for work and stop thrashing it with virtual machines, data crunching, software synths, DAWs and occasional games.

This build is to be a solid mid-ranger, for gaming and music production as well as some software development/virtualisation. It probably will get a CPU upgrade at some point in it’s lifetime, but we’ll see what happens.

I’m also wanting something that looks really clean and neat and it’s going to be a Stormtrooper colour scheme. A few components just might have been chosen for looks rather than value.

Orders have now been placed, so no criticism is allowed or I might feel bad. This is the first time I’ve built a PC in a decade, so hopefully I haven’t stuffed up too badly.

Read on for parts list…

Can’t be bothered formatting the product list, so here’s a wall of text.

Vendor: PCCG

Qty. Product Unit Price Total Price
1 AMD Ryzen 5 3600 with Wraith Stealth $279.00 $279.00
1 Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SATA SSD 1TB $219.00 $219.00
1 NZXT H510 Mid Tower Case Matte White/Black $135.00 $135.00
2 Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2×8GB) 3200MHz CL16 DDR4 White $139.00 $278.00
1 CableMod PRO ModMesh Cable Extension Kit White $69.00 $69.00
1 Cryorig H7 Ultra CPU Cooler $69.00 $69.00

Yes, 32GB RAM. Because all RAM slots must be filled (I don’t make the rules, I just follow them). Also, white RAM is faster.

Vendor: ShoppingExpress

Qty x SKU Product Price Subtotal
1x RX-5700-XT-MECH-OC MSI Radeon RX 5700 XT MECH OC 8GB GDDR6 Graphics Card $559.00 $559.00
1× 32GK650F-B LG 32GK650F-B 32” QHD VA 1ms 144Hz FreeSync Gaming Monitor $425.00 $425.00
1x B450-TOMAHAWK-MAX MSI B450 TOMAHAWK MAX AMD AM4 ATX Gaming Motherboard $181.00 $181.00
1x CP-9020178-AU Corsair RM650× 650W 80 Plus Gold Modular ATX Power Supply $165.00 $165.00
1x ArcherT6E TP-Link Archer T6E AC1300 Wireless PCIe Adapter $52.00 $52.00

ShoppingExpress has nothing like the reputation for reliability and customer service that PCCG has, but the sale price on the 5700 XT was too good to turn down (and once I was buying one item, I also saved a bit on the rest of the parts here). I know there are driver issues to deal with the 5700XT, and the MSI hasn’t got the greatest/quietest cooling (although a few mods can improve it). So basically it’s fingers crossed on all that.


Product Qty Price Subtotal
Ducky One 2 Skyline Double Shot PBT Mechanical Keyboard
-Switches: Cherry MX Brown
-Free Bonus: Limted Edition – Frozen Llama MK Sticker
1 $99.00 $99.00

Because clackity clack.

Future? – More/better case fans? – Possibly some (tasteful) case lighting? – Any other suggestions?

I’ll be getting into Borderlands 3 pretty early, I think. Other game suggestions are welcome.


Robag's picture

i like your bits LTmon

The NZXT H510 Mid Tower Case is a solid case for the price

yep i do like PCCG they are good i get my water cooling parts from them
the AMD drivers after AMD Releases Adrenalin 19.12.3 are supposed to fix a lot of stability issues

my 2nd nvme drive is one of these WD Blue SN550 1TB M.2 2280 NVMe SSD WDS100T2B0C around the $244 mark all the stem games

N0mad, Chipper and i picked up BL3 super deluxe edition on sale 50% off last week
Borderlands 3 Sundays :D


ltmon's picture

BL3 Super Deluxe

Still on 50% sale until 21st March, so hopefully I’ll be joining you soon depending on how fast this shipping happens.

n0mad's picture

Great news LT

Can’t wait for u to join us.
We have 4 games on rotation
1. Vermintide 2
2. Borderlands 2
3. Borderlands 3
4. Strange Brigade

I think you would like all of the them.

Speak soon.


ltmon's picture

Already got BL2 of course

Hopefully I can max out the settings now.

The rest look good, looking forward to some co-op. With any luck by the coming weekend.

All my basketball games have been cancelled, so lots of free evenings coming up.

chipper's picture

Nice Lt

Congratulations mate that looks awesome! In addition to giving the new rig a run on all the games n0mad flags will have to check it on smoking guns and padman ;) I hope it all goes together smoothly.

ltmon's picture

I dunno...

I’m not sure it can handle the awesomeness of Smokin’ Guns.

Parts received, and now mostly built. It looks pretty, but I’ll find out if it POSTs tomorrow night.

Also looking forward to Bannerlord, Chiv 2 and Crusader Kings 3. I’m just a sucker for a good mediaeval game.

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But will it POST?

Find out soon…

ltmon's picture

It's aliiive

Should be fully up and gaming tomorrow evening, with any luck.

n0mad's picture

Update ?

Starting t0 l00k the g00ds LT

CYA on Sunday early for BL3 ?


chipper's picture

very tidy

Looks awesome! Have you downloaded BL3 yet? Be prepared for it to take a while…

Microman's picture


Looks bloody good, Lt!

ltmon's picture

Downloading now...

Still an hour to go.

I’ve run a few benchmarks, and the system is staying pretty cool and quiet before any undervolting or other tweaks. Very happy!

chipper's picture


So how was the first in game test run?

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