All the hardware inside Richard's custom PC build

Phanteks Eclipse P350X
Phanteks Eclipse P350X (Image credit: Richard Devine / Windows Central)

A lot of PC hardware comes across our desks every month, and while testing and recommending what's good and not so good, I'm often asked what I'm using myself. In years past that would be an easy answer, with either a laptop or pre-built desktop my go-to machine, but in 2018 I finally took the plunge and built my own custom rig. It's not the same today as it was then, but here's what currently finds itself at home in my custom PC.

Performance on a (reasonable) budget

I love the freedom you get from building your own PC over buying something from a manufacturer, and the cost savings are easy to see. I love my PC, but more importantly, when putting it together I've tried to be sensible and maximize what I could get without spending absurd amounts of money. That's not the only reason I ultimately settled with a Ryzen 7 2700X and RX Vega 64, but it certainly didn't hurt.

For an all-round PC build to do more than just game on, it's hard to ignore the value you can get from a Ryzen-based system. The AM4 platform will be supported for years to come, so there's an easy upgrade path, though the performance of the 2700X is sure to be enough for me for a good while yet.

Besides the AMD hardware, the case is my favorite part of this build. It looks great, it's not over the top with its RGB and being a Phanteks, it's both easy to build in and superb quality. I'm always tempted by new cases, but I can't part with the P350X just yet.

Richard Devine
Managing Editor - Tech, Reviews

Richard Devine is a Managing Editor at Windows Central with over a decade of experience. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him steering the site's coverage of all manner of PC hardware and reviews. Find him on Mastodon at