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So finally, after gaming on a laptop, lurking on the buildapc subreddit, and completed builds section here. Decided to build my own, what better way to start with new Ryzen CPUs. So just going to run over briefly why I chose each part.

CPU - So i became interested in building a PC as I got tired of a slow laptop, at first I was going with intel, specifically the i5 kaby lake lineup, luckily I didn't pull the trigger too early, and low and behold decided to go with the ryzen 1600, also planning to stream so the extra cores should help

Cooler - I initially was just going for a stock cooler, but after watching a few reviews I decided to go with an aftermarket cooler like the famous hyper 212 evo, however, I saw the deepcool captain 240 ex for a decent price, So hey I went for that.

Mobo - So I really wanted to build a mini ITX build, however at this current date of writing, There weren't any b350/x370 in the market, so I went with the cheapest b350 in the market, however I did regret this a little as there is only 1 fan header, but hey the accents on the board goes with the whole build.

RAM - Simple, wanted a white build, so instead of going for a RAM with a white heatsink, I decided to go with a LED heatsink.

Storage - went for the cheapest 240gb SSD, and the all famous WD blue 1TB HOWEVER, all was not well as it was the only component bought that did not work - more on this later.

GPU - went for a 1070, avoiding those blower style coolers, so went for this one, the white LED at the wrong also goes with the build.

Case - wanted something that was white as this was an all white build, didn't want to go for a mid atx as the mobo would look weird and I don't like that, so I went for this case.

PSU - wanted something that was modular and gold rated, so got the cheapest one in that filter, I initially thought it was fully modular, but when I opened the box it was semi, it's not too bad, but yeah.

Build Process - It was as expected, did the following order: CPU>RAM>cooler bracket>MOBO mounted to case>installed PSU routing all the necessary cables>installed storages> plugged everything in>installed cooler> installed GPU viola.

Problems - I thought the stock backplate on the motherboard wouldn't come off as it was glued in, just carefully pushed it out and it came off. Wanted to fit the radiator at the top as an exhaust however it was hitting the motherboard so I put it in the front (went for a pull config so I had space to install a 2nd case fan at the top as an exhaust), good thing the deepcool captain 240 ex came in with a pwm fan hub I used all of the slots as I had 4 fans in total, last but not least, booted first time, however the HDD was not being read in the BIOS, luckily my SSD was fine, requested a return and bought from the same shop, probably just a faulty one from the shelf.

Future - I am definitely going to buy some LED's to better stand out the inside of the case making use of that window!

So now I present (name from an anime called Code Geass)

P.S I didn't expect the CPU to be that heavy! haha

Lancelot Albion!

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 2 points

4.8 billion transistors in that CPU, that's why it's heavy :)

Ryzen's got solder under the heatsink, so you can run the voltage higher than on a standard intel i7-6700k, or 7700k.

AMD recommends you don't go over 1.45v, but the stock rating is 1.3625v. From my testing it doesn't start harming the CPU in any way unless you go above 80C, and or have the voltage above 1.45v, so you have way more room for an overclock.

I'd like to see if I could get mine to 4ghz, but I do not have a liquid cooler with the proper mount.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

ahh thats great to know!, yeah i cant get 4ghz unless i really crank up to 1.425, but during stress tests it spikes over that so just stuck to 3.9 @ 1.36v currently :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Up to about 80C your CPU will run fine 24/7, if you disable your boost speed, and other features like "P states" I think it is called, maybe it's called "C states" It differs per motherboard, but it sets the voltage so that it will not fluctuate, and that should help you out! :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

so i tried disabling core performance boost and the global C-State option under AMD CBS, it was still spiking to 1.46, ill just stick to 3.9 for now :), i do have a cheap motherboard so may not have the options to let me control those fluctuations :) thanks anyway

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you do this in the bios? The only way to actually disable C state modes is in the bios for most motherboards.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

yes i did :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

i shall give it a go :) thanks!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Wonderful build! Now let me see that cable management ;)

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

haha, that was actually a reflection of plugin cables like lan, hdmi, etc etc, yeah i know it should be cable managed too, but the actual build is pretty clean, i shall take a picture to better show that :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Good thing you didn't go for the Hyper 212 EVO, the Air 240 has a height clearance limit with the side panel for a lot of popular CPU coolers, and even tall GPUs for that matter. I like the case but they really needed to note the height limit more prominently.

Sweet build though, sure your cable mess isn't that bad. That is one of the best things about the 240, you can hide nearly all of the rat's nest of wires in the other chamber :)

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah i actually forgot about the height clearance! luckily i stuck to my guts with that white AIO :), and yeah working with the case is great!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow this is soo similar to the build I'm planning on doing. https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Zukhan/saved/DKxmGX How is that mobo? Does your ram run at full speed?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

hi, haha thats great to hear, yeah its a really great mobo for its price and i am able to run my ram at 2933@ 1.38v, 15-15-15-35, HOWEVER, i would definitely get a different mobo if i had the chance to reasons why: naked VRM's with no heatsinks which apparently is really bad (didn't know about these until further research after i got my build), and it only has one chasis fan header (forgot to research on this due to excitement), and its in the middle, so you're gonna have to get a fan hub which will run along the motherboard. nevertheless my temps are great, i have had the pc for a month now, my temps are all great.

P.S i would've have gotten the msi b350 tomahawk arctic but it wasn't out yet unfortunately when i bought my parts.

P.P.S i used the fan-hub that came with the deepcool captain 240ex, its plugged in to the one and only fan header and it has the 2 rad fans and 2 case fans connected to it, theyre all running great - obviously all these fans are running on one signal from the MOBO so I cant run them at different RPM's, but its okay!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow thank you for this! Yeah I really want the b350m pro4 but if it doesn't go back in stock at microcenter I might go with b350m mortar arctic

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello. Did the RAM run at 3000MHz speed or lower?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

hi, it currently rans at 2933