Description

My very first build was an AMD Athlon XP back in the day. It was mainly a Blizzard machine. WoW, Diablo 2, etc. That PC lasted many years. I have built a couple Intel systems since, but for this build I wanted to go back to AMD. Especially since Ryzen has received such positive marks. I had a budget, and mostly stuck to it. I took advantage of Black Friday sales on every single part except the mobo, which refused to go on sale.

I did not have any hardware issues. The case was easy to work with, and everything powered on with no problems. I did have initial problems with connecting to the internet and downloading drivers, which gave me anxiety. Luckily, it was just a router issue.

Part Reviews

CPU

Fast and efficient. Everyone knows this is a pretty good cpu. The stock cooler does make a hum that bugs me quite a bit. I will be replacing it soon.

Motherboard

I could have spent less, especially since this was the only part that didn't go on sale. But I like MSI and I wanted onboard wifi. Options were limited in this department.

Memory

Runs stable at 2933. No issues so far.

Storage

This is my first time using a SSD. I like it.

Video Card

I went with this because I got it for $129 plus two free games from AMD. With Navi around the corner, I didn't want to invest too much right now.

Case

Nicest case I've worked with so far. Cable management was pretty easy.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm a little worried is there not a second 6 pin eps connector for your graphics card?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought that was only needed if I was going to OC the card. Am I wrong?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

you might be right but just incase thats not what wits for i would connect the other power connector

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

have same card and verify the second six pin is only if u are overclocking

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great! Well done. I've had issues with the past two MSI boards I've used. Two different boards in two different builds but the same problem, no network drivers! Even using the disk that comes in the box I was unable to install them. Thankfully a clean wipe of windows manage to fix it, but very frustrating.

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for your bad luck. I am happy my issue was not hardware related. Just a reset of the router and it was good to go.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Beautifully clean build, nice work.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice clean build, I would still recommend plugging in the other 6-pin power connector just in case.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

I will do that. Thank you guys for catching it.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build how’s the mobo?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It’s been great. No issues with temps or oc’ing.

  • 3 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you for the insight. I did end up connecting the 6 pin based on the feedback received. For the ram, 3000 wasn’t listed under the xmp profiles available, but I haven’t updated the bios. I will get around to it eventually, but for now I’m happy with what I’m getting.