Description

This build was a personal treat after graduating from both high school and college in May of 2017. My previous computer was showing signs of aging (see below), and with the launch of the Ryzen 5 1600, I decided it was as good of time as any and began sourcing parts. I use my computer for web browsing/school work, Premiere CC, Krita, PC games, and Dolphin/PCSX2. My FX based PC performed well in modern AAA games, DOOM 2016 ran a little too well, and less intensive indie games, but when playing slightly older PC games, such as Borderlands 2, the system would reveal it's abysmal single threaded performance. DirectX9 32-bit games and Dragon Quest VIII on PCSX2 were the worst offenders, but recently more and more games, such as Metal Gear Solid V, have also shown the limits of the FX-6300.

Besides the CPU limitation, there were some other improvements I wanted to make: replace the "turbines" with a much quieter fan/case setup, have a much faster boot ssd than the Silicon Power 120GB, install a larger HDD (The WD Blue was sitting at 96% capacity), use a much more compact case as I have no intention of running custom water cooling, Get rid of the side panel window (the additional noise cancelling beats out the "coolness factor" of acrylic side paneling and LED case fans), and use a motherboard that will be able to handle higher end CPUs in case there comes a time for a later impulse buy.

Previous Specs: CPU: AMD FX-6300 @ 4.4Ghz Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme3 RAM: 2x4GB G.Skill Trident X 2400Mhz Storage: Silicon Power 120GB SSD, Western Digital Blue 1TB

P.S. At first, I was pretty disappointed with real world performance out of the box (Cinebench R15 score of 1129 was pretty cool though). MGSV:TPP ran at ~50fps, right at the performance of my FX-6300. Dragon Quest VIII also ran about as well as the old Vishera chip. On a whim I decided to turn off SMT as I heard it was having issues with games. Wow, did that ever solve my dilemma. Everything ran perfectly after that. AAA games ran like butter and the emulators were at least on par with my spare parts rig that rocked a G3258 @4.2Ghz. Much happier with the Ryzen chip after turning off SMT, though I wish I didn't have to as it's a significant downgrade in multi-threaded performance. PSU: Corsair HX 650w GPU: Gigabyte G1 Gaming RX 480 8GB

Part Reviews

CPU

Everything positive you've heard is true. This chip is definitely worth the money (especially compared to Intel's i5 offerings).

Motherboard

Awesome X370 motherboard for the price. Intel LAN and Wifi are excellent. Ram compatibility is still very hit or miss, even now in June (2x8GB 3200Mhz Trident Z kit runs at most 2400Mhz).

Memory

Great looking RAM...does what RAM does. Good stuff.

Storage

Used as a boot drive. I went into this drive expecting real world preformance comparable to an MX300 annnnnnd...that's exactly what I got. The drive itself is very good for specific use cases, but for general use it's pretty much the exact same as any other decent SATA SSD. Temps were a lot better than I was expecting (have yet to go beyond 40C).

Storage

So far so good, although I admittedly haven't had this drive for long. Everything seems to be working for now.

Video Card

Although this card has been dubbed "the Absolute Worst RX 480 You Can Buy," a pretty fair assessment, it has performed well enough for my needs. The cooling is pretty bad, an aggressive fan curve is necessary, and there is a complete lack of overclocking headroom. But if you don't plan to overclock and you just so happen to catch a good deal on this card, then go for it.

Case

Excellent case. Actually quiet, even with three cases fans at full speed. Quality materials. Excellent filtering. However, there are a few issues. The 3.5" Hard Drive bays are a joke, no airflow whatsoever. If you are planning on using a mechanical hard drive in these bays definitely move the fans down as far they go or at least open the PSU shroud. Also, The captive thumbscrews are pretty bad, just saying.

Power Supply

Everything about this PSU just screams quality and longevity. The size (150mm) makes it great for cases like the Define (Mini) C. The all black cables are also really good.

Operating System

Definitely snappier than Windows 7. However, that comes with the burden of Microsoft's new bloatware and spyware programs. Simple things, like searching for files, are made more difficult than they needed to be with the forced inclusion of unhelpful software (looking at you Cortana). Also, this may just be me, but the Desktop seemed noticeably more "blurred" or otherwise less appealing to the eye than something like the Kubuntu Plasma Desktop, but again that may just be me.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

you got it for good price

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Heavy abuse of Ebay and Jet promotions (r/BuildaPCSales is bad on the wallet).

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You don't need the X370 motherboard, instead you could've gotten the B350 one as you are not using your gpu in sli. The 960 evo is not necessary, unless you do 4/8k editing on it. And even if you do so, 250gb of it is simply not enough. You could also opt for the 7200rpm counterpart of the hdd as 5400rpm is slower than a turtle at 0.01x speed. Since you got this pc in May 2017, I believe the 580 has already been released which is what you could've gotten. However, their differences are not that big.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

I bought the X370 Killer board for the Intel Gigabit LAN and 802.11ac and the better vrms over something like the b350 Pro4 (plus, the board was only about $115 after rebates, so it's not like I made some sort of grave error). Like you said, I have no intention of running multiple graphics cards. I also agree the 960 Evo was completely unnecessary. However, I wanted to try it for a few reasons: experience firsthand the performance of an nvme drive, have less SATA power/data clutter in the case, and it was only about $20 more than something like an MX300 (my original choice). The RX 480 was carried over from my old computer. The barracuda is just as fast if not faster than my WD Blue 1 TB. I have had no issues with the HDD's performance, and the 5900RPM disk speed allows for a cooler running drive (helps in the Define C's restrictive hard drive bay).

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Reply accepted :)

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you graduate high school and collage in the same time!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Local school offered concurrent classes with the neighboring community college. Since I lived in a small town I figured I may as well make the best of it.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

o ok well nice build

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Would you recommend this motherboard to others? Im considering it because I need something with wifi and dont feel like buying an extra pcie wifi card. Im not sure if you overclocked the CPU, but if you did, did the motherboard allow the 1600 to run quite stable?

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

This motherboard will run the R5 1600 easily at the upper 3Ghz range, the VRM design is solid. The Wifi and Lan on the board is phenomenal. Both are Intel parts and have performed very well. Buying a motherboard with a built-in Wifi card is great, even if you don't end up using it right away (one less thing to buy/have go bad). I highly recommend this board.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I myself am planning on a ryzen 5 1600 build, im to the part where i need to finds a good reliable 650 watt psu, ive looked to the EVGA G3, why did you pick this gpu over the others? thx

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I have a evga 650 supernova and it's great, no problems ever.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

Can you max out your ram speed now at 3200, like intended? The reason I ask is I’m thinking about doing a meshify c build with the same ram and motherboard that you are using, and want to know if the board is worth getting. I found a cheaper board that is a little older, but I kind of want to future proof this build.

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

About a month after I assembled the machine, I was able to get my RAM to 2933. Since then, with every bios update, I've tried to get the RAM to run at the rated 3200Mhz speed to no avail. It runs well at 2933, but I highly doubt it will ever run at its rated speed.