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Built this for a coworker. As is obvious from my previous builds . . . I'm partial to the black & red theme.

The goal of this build was simultaneous gaming (1080p @ 60hz) and streaming. Target budget of $1,500. I've been building PCs for years but don't have any experience when it comes to streaming. My research indicated that it was quite CPU intensive. Because we were only looking at 1080p @ 60hz for the gaming display, we opted to go big on the CPU and more conservative (but admittedly still a bit overkill) on the GPU.

Originally, we were building around an i7 6800k; however, we posted for feedback the week of the Ryzen release and got a lot of suggestion to consider Ryzen on account of the increased core count. I haven’t built an AMD rig since 2001 (when the Athlon was actually causing Intel to sweat a little!), so I hadn’t even considered Ryzen. Ultimately we agreed with the suggestions and I scrapped the build and started over with the 1800x as the centerpiece. I considered a 1700x w/ an overclock to save a c-note, but given the fact that we live in a climate where summer temperatures can hover at 105F (40.5c) or more, I opted to stick to the 1800x with no overclock.

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Comments

  • 35 months ago
  • 4 points

Nice job! I commend you on tackling the sleeving yourself, as I hear it can be quite a painstaking process...and going with metal rather than acrylic for the custom PSU shroud, don't see that as often.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate it! I definitely had "crack pipe" thumbs after doing the sleeving! I enjoyed it, though. Put on some podcasts and zoned out.

For what it's worth: The polycarbonate sheet I bought (just in case!) before starting on the PSU shroud is still in the garage. I almost gave up on the steel when the aviation snips failed so miserable, but I'm glad I didn't.

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Cool build, cool pun, I think this deserves a +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks!

  • 35 months ago
  • 3 points

Wow wow wow. Very nice job

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated! :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Beautiful build. It looks like you have a blue light casted on the case for your photos. It gives it a nice purple appearance that I like.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I used a Phillips hue bulb for the blue light to enhance the contrast with the red. I quite like how it turned out, as well!

Someone elsewhere commented that it reminded them of a Batman movie.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Rip, overclocked 1700@3.6Ghz is the performance of a 1800x for a lot less money

Either way that build has a lot of power

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

I hear you. Here's my reasoning (which admittedly may not be entirely sound as this was my first AMD build in nearly 15 years): From what I've read if you OC Ryzen it stays at that high clock speed 24/7... It throws "turbo boost" (or whatever it's called with AMD) out the window. I wanted the marginally higher stock speed without the 24/7 OC due to regularly very high ambient temperatures where I live.

I also don't know that it's fair to say that the 1700x at 3.6 in your example would offer identical performance since the stock 1800x has the ability to turbo up to 4.0 (whereas the 1700x in your example would have ALL cores locked at 3.6 all the time). I feel as though the ability to have individual cores boost up to 4.0 as needed makes sense for this build.

Also, at the end of the day we'd only be saving a $100... It's not like that's going to get me a 1080ti (which wouldn't matter for our 1080p 60hz setup anyway). Could've gotten a bigger SSD or doubled the RAM, but both of those things can be added down the road easily, I don't think either would make an impact on performance in the same manner as the 1800x for what it's currently being used for.

I feel like the 1800x was the right choice for this build considering its usage and environment it'll be housed in, but I agree with you that the 1700x is more than sufficient for many situations.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah considering your situation the 1800x would have definitely been better, especially since if you live in a warm/tropical environment. My house is Air Conditioned and also I live in an area where it only gets to 70 in the summer so heat wasn't really a concern for me when it came to overclocking

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen summers here hit 118. That's extreme, but we're regularly around 105. Don't get me wrong, we've got AC, but it gets pricey in the summer so I often keep the thermostat in the mid to high 70s and sometimes even low 80s!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Jeez, running any pc in that temperature has to get risky, especially under load, my pc barely hits 100F (~50C) under load

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Yup. I've got a 240mm rad on my personal rig which I keep at 4.8ghz in the winter and drop back to stock clocks in the summer. The one I really worry about is my home server which has an i5 2500k with a stock cooler... I keep it stock clocks 24/7 but it still gets pretty toasty. I'm actually in the process building a new server on an old dual-Xeon enterprise board so I can convert the 2500k build into my son's first gaming rig (because Reader Rabbit needs a 2500k! LOL).

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

This looks great. I love the custom PSU cover you made, along with the photos as well.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you I appreciate it!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You're welcome

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Red passion with Ryzen +1

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, man. I just peeped out your build - awesome!! Did you wrap the whole case in carbon fiber vinyl or is it actually a carbon fiber case? If you wrapped it you did it a great job... Those drive cages must've been a PITA!

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes it is me with a little patience and with heat guns thank you comment I appreciate :-)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice. Good work on that!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

You also good job my friend :-)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the title. The PC is pretty cool too, I guess.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

damn! 1+! i like it! looks great! love the EVGA theme! wow!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you for the kind feedback. I'm admittedly a bit of an EVGA fanboi!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

There is nothing wrong with that! :D

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

This PC is MADNESS... Good Work, man!

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :)

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Holy ****!!!! This is amazing! So much time and effort put into... well everything! And it paid of soooo well!! Wish I could give infinite +1's. Totally gonna get that water cooler now.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. Did the RAM run at 2666MHz speed or lower?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Great looking build!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Much appreciated :)

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

This is amazing, I'll have to check out your latest builds.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I appreciate it :)

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