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
Everything positive you've heard is true. This chip is definitely worth the money (especially compared to Intel's i5 offerings).
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).
Great looking RAM...does what RAM does. Good stuff.
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).
So far so good, although I admittedly haven't had this drive for long. Everything seems to be working for now.
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.
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.
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.
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.