Description

Background: This was my first build ever. I needed a computer that had a productivity and multitasking backbone with enough guts for decent 1080p gaming. My laptop I used for Adobe Lightroom/ Photoshop/ Premiere was WAY too slow and ran super hot. Started looking into pre-built machines but my research lead me to building my own - I caught the bug!

Will be upgrading my monitor when I can afford something like a 1080p 144hz FreeSync (hopefully a IPS or VA).

EDIT: I have recently purchased an LG 24MP59G-P 23.8" 1920x1080 75Hz IPS FreeSync Monitor.


Overclocking: Achieved a stable overclock of 3.85GHz with 1.38V. Bench testing using Cinebench R15 (1272 cb) followed by an AIDA64 Extreme stress test. GPU stats are stock and temps are gauged after gaming for about an hour.

EDIT: After running my computer at 3.85GHz at 1.38V, I decided I was happier with a cooler and quieter system. I have since brought my voltage back down to stock (1.2V) and was able to achieve stability at 3.70GHz.


Lessons Learned: Don't build at 3 in the morning no matter how excited you are. You'll end up plugging the PLED into the PW header and end up worrying that you'd fried your motherboard. Other than that, no real issues. Took advantage of some good Black Friday/ Cyber Monday deals, mail-in rebates, and MemoryExpress's price beat guarantee. All prices include shipping and tax (Alberta, Canada).

Part Reviews

CPU

Most reviews for this CPU demonstrate 'best-bang-for-buck' along with comparable performance with the 1600X series when overclocked. Six cores will help with productivity/ multitasking and the CPU comes with a decent stock cooler. However, that cooler is the loudest thing in my case at low speeds (still acceptable for now, may upgrade in the future). The cooler was very difficult to install. I had to push harder than I expected to get the screws to reach the motherboard's standoffs. Giving 5 stars for the CPU, would give 4 stars for the cooler.

Motherboard

Really well reviewed motherboard. I don't imagine I'll be needing to Crossfire/SLI in the future. Room for further expansion and has red colours/ RGB. Worried about temperatures with this board due to reviews. Has decent audio, dual bios, and lots of fan headers (still needed a splitter, though).

Memory

Needed at least 16GBs for productivity/ multitasking. Heard Ryzen scales well with faster memory, so opted for DDR4-3000 to hope to avoid motherboard compatibility issues. Currently running at 2933MHz after enabling XMP profile in BIOS. Still kind of wish I went for DDR4-3200, but I doubt I'd see an appreciable difference.

Storage

Needed a fast boot/app drive for productivity/ multitasking. Heard there wasn't an appreciable difference between the SATAIII and the NVMe SSDs. Went for the standard solution, will buy a high capacity HDD in the future. From cold start to login screen is about 15 seconds, after login screen everything is ready to go nearly instantly.

Video Card

Should be more than enough for editing and high fps 1080p gaming, though I haven't really pushed this guy yet. Wanted to go for FreeSync in the near future. I liked that it comes with a backplate and good fan/cooling technology. Has dual-HDMI/ dual-DP/ DVI-D. Goes with the red/black theme.

Case

Small enough to fit on my desk and looks badass. Love the tempered glass. Good cable management down the back and grommets in the front. Awesome airflow - comes with 2 fans and supports up to 7 fans, but I went with 2X140mm in the front and I didn't put one on the bottom. Magnetic dust traps have already caught lots of cat hair!

Power Supply

A tier 2 PSU with more than enough juice while keeping the heat/noise down. Semi-modular is good enough, it's not like you're going to remove the 24 pin. It's in eco-mode so the fan doesn't even turn on until it hits 40% load.

Operating System

Just the basics for my day-to-day.

Wireless Network Adapter

Really handy being wireless and ability to use Bluetooth. Antenna has a magnet to attach to the case in the back. No problems.

Case Fan

1X ML120 for rear exhaust. Corsair moves high CFM and whisper quiet at normal speeds. Really pricey fans, though.

Case Fan

2X ML140 for front of the case. Will move the 2 fans the case came with the the top of the case. The Meshify case has dark tempered glass, so I wanted some LEDs to brighten it up (barely does though, pretty dark glass!).

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Your Ryzen 5 1600 came with the 7 blade fan ?! Is that a thing now ? Smart build btw : 3

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I didn't know the fan was offered any other way, so I guess it did change? :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, the 5 blade is the standard one and it gets a bit noisy at load.. so it's nice to see the 7 blade one hence it's quieter and more durable.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Hmm well this guy is still 'loud'. It's not that bad, but compared to the Corsair MLs it's the loudest thing in the case. Might swap it out in the future :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Dude this build is gorgeous man!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch! I had fun building it :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice photos! But pls, can u take some others of the frontal with ML140 leds on? I want to know how the frontal looks with 2 fans of 14cm instead of 3 of 12cm

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Added - what do you think? If you want 3 X 12cm I think you'd need to remove part of the psu shroud to fit them all in there.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you sir :) 3 of 12 is a little more impressive, but looks really nice anyway. I will choose 2 of 14 for noise and probably for a 280mm rad in the front. Im right that u can slide down a lit the 2 fans?

The build looks awesome, wondering how u did it in ur first build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I think the 3 fans look nice too. I went 2 because of noise and cost (expensive, these fans). Yes, the 2 can slide down about a 1.5 inch or so maybe a bit more. Will probably do that so more air is hitting under my gpu directly. :) thanks again! It's all due to research and mainly pcpartpicker! Being able to compare parts/builds/comments/prices I was able to visualize what I wanted before it even arrived :)

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  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

The red color scheme really looks good with this case! I at least now have an idea on how my future build will look like. haha! I hope you update the pics if you ever replace the fans at the top.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! Yeah, the case fans work okay but not nearly as well as the Corsair ones. I'll definitely update the pics if I ever upgrade :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks really good. Not a lot of RGB all over the place, but still really pretty.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you! I hope to upgrade the cpu cooler with something that has a red LED in the future :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

RAM working at its full capacity?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I think so, after enabling XMP profile it shows 2933. No issues

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

You could look at a Crossover Monitor from Korea or a Pixio monitor if you need something with Freesync.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Great! Thanks I’ll look into them

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Just came across this build, very nice man! My only gripe is that monitor, 1280x1024! Damn! Your setup is overkill af for that resolution, you can get good cheap 1080p monitors now, and I would recommend a freesync one with over 60hz :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

lol thanks for your concern! If you look at my description, it says that i'm saving or for a 1080p 144hz freezync! haha. But in fact, I think I'm going to go for a 2k, because my primary use is editing. I guess i have to make a compromise somewhere - and it'll have to be fps gaming!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah my bad, did not read that. Makes sense, and yes 2k will be better for editing for sure.

It's a lovely computer though enjoy it :)

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks iiNNex!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Awesome build!! Probably the cleanest meshify build I've seen on PCPP

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a bunch! Really appreciate it!

  • 3 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! I'm thinking about doing the exact same configuration for my Meshify C's fan set up. How is it working so far up through today? Any tips?

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey! The fans are perfect. I might get an AIO cooler one day and use these fans with them. - I would suggest going for all Corsair fans instead of using the Meshify's fans if you're concerned about noise/heat. They don't push nearly the same air as the corsairs. Best luck with your build! Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

thanks for reply! Yeah, I decided on doing all Corsair, too. When I eventually am able to afford my projected build and finish it, I'll be sure to let you know lol. thanks again.

  • 23 months ago
  • 0 points

Why the ram for that much? i found similar ram for way cheaper

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Ram is cheap where you live? When did you buy it? The price of ram has taken off everywhere lately. Looks at the two year trend: https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/product/MYH48d/corsair-memory-cmk16gx4m2b3000c15?history_days=730

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I've seen ram on this site go for 140 usd (about 180 cad) for 16gb

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure, but when? was it DDR4-3000? was it in the QVL of my motherboard? did that include shipping & tax? Link?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313643 This is what was on pcpp and last I checked it was 140 usd, although it may have gone up since last week.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Sure. I'm glad you found some deal that works for you. However, the memory that you linked isn't in my motherboards memory QVL: https://rymem.vraith.com/specific/12 Also, the memory you linked (CAS 16) has higher latency (lower is better) compared to the memory I purchased (CAS 15). The memory you linked is also in American dollars, doesn't include tax, and doesn't include shipping. All the prices I provided were final costs, including everything.

  • 23 months ago
  • 0 points

On black Friday I got this for like $159.99 USD. Although it's not DDR4-3000, it's close enough at DDR4-2666. On black Friday/cyber Monday I looked on Newegg and found DDR4-3000 for like $140 USD but it was only for Intel Z170, hence why I didn't get it. This is the RAM I BOUGHT ->https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820236173&cm_re=16gb_ddr4-_-20-236-173-_-Product The RAM that WAS $139.99 -> https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIACVB5MB5401&cm_re=DDR4-3000_16gb_g.skill_ripjaws-_-20-231-878-_-Product

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Even for pcpartpicker's entry level AMD build, they recommend at least DDR4-2800 or 3000 ram. Ryzen scales really well with high frequency ram. Lots of people even vouch for 3200. So no, I'm not going to settle for 2400 or 2666. My prices also include all shipping and tax, in Canadian dollars. I'm glad you found a good Black Friday deal...