Description

The goal of this build was to create a PC that could support 1440p 144hz gaming. Budget was 2000-2800 USD. My previous build was an FX8350 with a 1050ti. Using Windows 10 LTSC.

Part Reviews

CPU

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 3.6 GHz 8-Core Came with Agesa 1.0.0.2 out of the box and only boosts to 4.3GHz occasionally. Maintains 4.2GHz at about 60 degrees C when gaming. I have never seen it clock to the advertised boost speed of 4.4 GHz. For my purposes this is fine. Will upgrade when there is a more stable release.

CPU Cooler

Scythe Mugen 5 Rev. B 51.17 CFM Came with mounting components for AM4 as well as a magnetic screw driver and paste. I used Kryonaut instead of the provided paste. Mounting procedure was not difficult. Cools adequately and is not noticeably audible. I believe I have mounted the heatsink backwards. When in the correct orientation there would be more clearance for RAM. The RAM I used did not require more clearance so this was not discovered until after the build was complete. This can be corrected at a later time.

Motherboard

Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS ATX AM4 Initially had planned to use a Gigabyte Master or Asrock Taichi. Decided to use this board and forego the more premium features and bigger VRM's to save on cost. I hope I do not regret this in the future. The board feels sturdy. A large metal backplate is included. The only RBG illuminated area is on the lower right side. Installation of parts was uncomplicated. I have not used the BIOS extensively.

Memory

G.Skill Flare X Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 This is often recommended for the Ryzen platform and was available for an acceptable price. Easily attained advertised settings with XMP.

Storage

Inland Premium 1 TB M.2-2280 SSD This was installed on the only m.2 socket that had a heatsink. Used for storing Steam library. Became noticeably warmer during download according to HWINFO.

Video Card

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB VENTUS OC

Overclocked to +120MHz core clock and +1150MHz memory with power limit and temp limit maxed using MSI Afterburner. Idles at 32 degrees C and reaches 71 degrees C under load. Runs Monster Hunter World on Highest settings with 60-80fps. With a custom fan curve the fans are never distinctly audible.

Case

Heavy metal case with some plastic parts. Front and back panels are hinged. I have only been able to remove the front panel easily which made instalation of parts easier. Includes 2.5" mounts x3, 5.25" mounts x6, 140mm fan x3, screw caddy and gpu anti-sag bracket. There is a pre-installed fan hub in rear compartment. The cable is only long enough to reach the bottom of the case. I was unable to connect it to a chassis fan connector on the motherboard so it was plugged into the cpu fan connector. The cpu fan was then routed to chassis fan 1. This can be fixed with an extension cable at a later time. 3 Noctua 120mm fans were mounted in the front easily with the lowest fan still above the cutout for the lower compartment.

Monitor

Performs well out of box with stock settings. Set to 144hz refresh rate in Windows settings. Mount allows height adjustment as well as angulation.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Sooooo.....Windows 10 LTSC huh? 2019?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Is this case quiet for you?

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 point

Yes. My case fans all run locked at 40% and you can't hear a thing unless the gpu fans rev up and even then you'll probably only notice if your room is completely silent. I do have the front vent and top vent covers on though which may give you higher temps.