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Dad's Christmas Gift

by A2minater

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5 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 22, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 13, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.5 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

73.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.384 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

2.25 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

76.0° C

Description

Over the past year, my dad has basically upgraded my PC for me, starting with getting me an i7 6700k last Christmas and continuing with buying me a GTX 1080 literally on a whim. I had been planning on getting a 1080ti once I was able to afford it, so I kept saving and used the money to upgrade his machine. I probably could have saved some money, but I wanted it to look pretty.

My dad was previously running an i7 3930k with 32gb of DDR3 ram, and an HD 7770. He uses his PC for work and relies on more cores over clock speed, so the R7 1700 was the clear choice for me. He's not much of a gamer but has expressed interest in VR so my RX 480 that I had before he got me a 1080 will hopefully be enough to satisfy any gaming urges he has. I wish I could have gotten more RAM, but even with black friday and cyber monday deals I was not able to afford more than 16gb. Lastly the optical drive in the part list is a place holder for a multi-function card reader.

Update: My dad bought a 1TB 960 Evo NVMe SSD for a boot drive, another 2x8GB kit of the g.skill memory, and the 2 hard drives are from his old PC. He says the biggest difference is how quiet it is now, and he loves looking at it when he's on a phone meeting.

UserBenchmark:

Game 66%, Desk 74%, Work 80%

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 - 87.6%

GPU: AMD RX 480 - 67%

SSD: Samsung 830 512GB - 76%

SSD: Crucial_FCCT256MX100SSD1 256GB - 77.4%

RAM: G.SKILL F4 DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB - 96.9%

MBD: Asus ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING

Cinebench: CPU: 1533 OpenGl: 109.51fps

Part Reviews

CPU

Great CPU with a Decent stock cooler

I was able to OC my 1700 to 3.5ghz on the stock cooler without going above 76c while remaining close to silent. The RGB ring also works well with my AURA motherboard. I could push it a bit further if I sacrificed noise or got a better cooler but I'm pretty happy as is.

Motherboard

Beautiful motherboard, overclocks well but has a weird BIOS OC utility.

Looks beautiful and has every port I need for a decent price. The OC utility in the BIOS can be very frustrating though. Also was unable to get RAM past 2933mhz even on the latest BIOS, although that could be a problem with RYZEN still.

Memory

Looks gorgeous and works without issue.

Video Card

XFX cooler works pretty well, keeping the card relatively cool at a good volume. Has a decent amount of coil whine, not enough that it can be heard over headphones or even speakers, but it's there.

Case

Hands down my favorite case on the market right now. Has excellent cable management along with great airflow and water cooling options. I love the option to add more drives down the line (albeit at a price), but I don't see myself needing more than what it came with anytime soon.

Power Supply

Nice black cables, and remains virtually silent under load.

Comments Sorted by:

Biopat 2 Builds 2 points 16 months ago

+1 indeed ! wonderful build and also love the story!

AZAZELMILLZ 2 points 16 months ago

very simple and beautiful man nice job....did it come with the rear fan??

A2minater submitter 6 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

The rear fan is from my Phanteks Pro M. I wasn't using it and thought it would go perfectly with it.

gentlegiantgabz 2 points 12 months ago

Very sleek! Was curious which card reader you ended up going with?

A2minater submitter 6 Builds 2 points 12 months ago

I got this card reader because it had a usb-c connection as well as three usb 3.0 ports and an SD card reader. My dad recently upgraded his phone to the galaxy s8 and had been using a usb-c to usb-a adapter to transfer files from his phone to his PC.

If you do get this make sure your motherboard has two usb 3.0 connections because I overlooked that and as a result, the two usb 3.0 connections on the case are not functional.

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