Description

This build ended up costing around $1,400 (including tax) when we finally bought it about a week ago.

We successfully installed both Windows 10 & Ubuntu on the SSD (even though I had to reinstall Windows after discovering I should've unplugged the HDD first).

The machine is used for music production with Cubase and some plugins, and also some light gaming, like Fortnite.

There have been no issues in terms of speed or usability.

Part Details:

Copying from the SSD to the HDD and vice-versa resulted in speeds of up to 130 MB/s. Moving files within the same storage disk was instantaneous.

The case provides a "fan controller" cable that would be connected to a NZXT Sentry 3, for example, as it can't be connected to the motherboard. It's fine if you don't connect it anywhere, though.

More information about each part down below in the part reviews.

All in all, this is the fastest computer I have ever used myself.

Benchmarks:

Benchmarks with Cinebench resulted in a CPU score of around 1741, and 110fps for the OpenGL test. We own a $2,600 iMac from mid-2017, which scored a CPU score of 746 in Cinebench.

Possible Upgrades:

If anything would need to be upgraded here, it will most likely be the RAM. 16GB may be more than enough right now, but may need to be upgraded in the future. Fortunately, that's easy to do, and shouldn't cause any troubles.

There's the possibility of adding at least one more fan to the case to keep temperatures even lower, and maybe we will try to connect the fans directly to the motherboard somehow (as they are 3 pins), but right now we'll leave them the way the came.

Part Reviews

CPU

CPU has never reached above 20% usage as far as I could see, keeping the temperature at around 40-50ºC.

CPU Cooler

A nice, quiet budget cooler.

The mounting adapter was included in the package from Newegg, make sure you request one from the CoolerMaster store if you need one.

Motherboard

A very nice budget motherboard for the AM4 chipset. Nice BIOS, and the App Center from Gigabyte lets you configure various things, like the RGB.

Memory

It may be a bottleneck in the future, however as of now it hasn't gone above 30% usage, keeping at 2-3GB usage when idle.

Storage

A very nice SSD that has given no problems so far.

Storage

An incredibly fast HDD with large capacity and barely any noticeable noise.

Video Card

40-50 fps on Fortnite at Epic settings with 99% load in "Gaming Mode".

Case

Beautiful case with side panel, very clean and easy cable management. Includes 2 "Pure Wing 2" fans.

However, the fans are connected by default to the case, which includes a controller for the fans with 3 speeds. The case provides a "fan controller" cable that would be connected to a NZXT Sentry 3, for example, as it can't be connected to the motherboard. It's fine if you don't connect it anywhere, though.

Power Supply

Has been able to power everything completely fine.

Optical Drive

High read speeds, not sure about write. Makes a lot of noise on boot, though.

Wireless Network Adapter

Can find WiFi signals of 2.4 GHz on its own. Using the antenna provided it can locate 5 GHz signals and the range is significantly improved.

Comments

  • 16 months ago
  • 1 point

i wonder to know what kind of software and enviroment (windows or linux) do you plan to use for musical production? i'll build a desktop for musical production for my daughter

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Sadly, we are unable to use Linux with Cubase, the software we have for musical production, as Cubase is a Windows & macOS application.

However, we haven't had many problems with Windows 10 yet (apart from blue screens of death because I like to play around with things I shouldn't xD).

Windows boots up in about 5 - 10 seconds and is pretty quick at doing basically everything.

I definitely recommend this CPU, but you may be able to get away with a cheaper Ryzen if you don't need as much performance as it gices.

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm wondering for Audio production, do we need a sound card or the mobo build-in is fine? The hyper Evo is hella fine but for a ryzen 7, I would consider a Noctua cooler. I'm looking forward to studying audio/music production when I go to college. I have a question, Is Cubase required many cores from the processor? Nice build overall.

*The GPU and Ram market are so high at the moment. UgH

  • 15 months ago
  • 2 points

We use an audio interface, and after some research found that if we used it, we wouldn't need a sound card. We do have some issues with our Audio Monitors making a weird noise, and after looking for fixes we found one other person who had the same issue when plugging it into the interface, but not the PC. That's unrelated tho xD

About the cooler, this is my first build, and I saw a ton of videos with Intel & AMD CPUs that used the Hyper 212 Evo. It's been running completely fine for now.

Cubase only says that it requires a "64-bit Intel or AMD multi-core processor (Intel i5 or faster recommended)". You could probably get away with the Ryzen 5 2600 3.4GHz 6-Core processor.

Hope I helped!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the microphone pick up the pc when the fans are on low?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends on the microphone, but I can barely hear the fans myself when they are on low. You can notice them when they are on high if the room is quiet. This would also be affected if you have the top part of the case (not sure what to call it) open for more air flow, though I haven't found it necessary so I keep it closed.

  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

There have been reports of poor latency with Ryzen compared to Intel. This would be an issue when recording audio and some music producers record audio more than others. What has been your experience with this? What buffer settings are you using? Also, have you found any limitations using the ssd/hdd combination. Do you think ssd/ssd would offer significant benefits, bearing in mind price difference?

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I don't use it for music production, but the person who uses it for that hasn't said anything about latency. Not sure about buffer settings, doubt said person even knows what that means lol. Haven't experienced any limitations with SSD/HDD combination. Not sure how SSD/SSD would work, I haven't heard of anyone having 2 SSDs, only one for the main boot drive and then usually a 2TB hard drive. We needed the 2TB hard drive for all the music software, which occupies upwards of 70GB, and the music files.

Sorry I wasn't able to give you much for an answer. Hope I was able to help, though.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the case come with standoffs? Nice build.

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Yep! Thanks :)

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice looking rig! I am interested in your latency in Cubase. Do you use mostly VSTi or do you record live instruments? I primarily record DI guitar with sims (S-Gear, Bias, Toneforge etc) and I don't have a lot of VSTi running besides-SD3, Trillian and maybe a few synths. No Kontakt or heavy samplers.

I have heard the Ryzen isn't that great for lower latency applications like DI recording and am curious to know about your experience. Weighing the options of 8700k vs 2700x for an upcoming home DAW build.

Thanks!

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not the one that uses it for Cubase, but the person who does hasn't said anything about latency. She records from a Kronos workstation, which is connected into a Scarlet 6i6. In Cubase she sets up the track with sounds from Omnisphere and Keyscape. As far as I know, she doesn't do much expert stuff except record from the workstation and test out sounds for her band, so I apologize as I can't provide as much info as it would be helpful. The only issues she's had are Windows related, drivers doing weird things, and Cubase being weird lol.

If you don't mind waiting, perhaps you could hold off on building your rig until the Ryzen 3000 series comes out. As they will use the new Zen 2 architecture, perhaps there will be improvements in the sound recording field. I'm not an expert though, so don't quote me on that.

Hope I helped a little. Have a nice day!

  • 11 months ago
  • 2 points

I appreciate the reply. I have to pull the trigger in the next couple of weeks before I blow the money on something else, so waiting isn't an option. Will power has never been a particularly strong attribute of mine lol.

The trouble with benchmarks is while they do show performance comparisons, there's very little out there that shows what those performance differences relate to in real life use. Input from a user is the best source for that but most of that input available is from gamers, which tasks a CPU in an entirely different way.

Thank you for taking the time to answer!!

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

What size are the fans that came with the case?

  • 8 months ago
  • 1 point

From the be quiet! website:

120mm at the rear, 140mm at the front

Both are be quiet! Pure Wings 2

  • 8 months ago
  • 2 points

okay, thanks a lot!