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Team Red, all AMD!

by Shvian



Date Published

March 14, 2019

Date Built

March 1, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.12 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

6.08 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

44.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

88.0° C


Usage: Mainly gaming machine, some occasional 4K drone footage editing.


CPU: Have a cool and quiet "summer" profile at 3.8Ghz on 1.15V with turbo going to 4-4.5Ghz in games, maxing out at 48C under full load. For the performance "winter" profile, I was able to hit 4.1Ghz at 1.296V and temps maxing out around 60C. It wouldn't seem to take 4.2Ghz stable even up to 1.35V which is as high as I would like to take it. I am very happy with the overclock as it sits near 98th percentile compared to other Ryzen 5 2600's.

GPU: Downloaded MSI Afterburner, then set the R9 290 from 947 to 1120Mhz core clock , and from 1250 to 1520Mhz memory clock, power limit +50%, and am still testing lowering the voltage down from the current +70mV. Temps are high, maxing out at 88C (about 10C higher than stock) during benchmarks. (Also set the target framerate to 144hz in Wattman.) Currently performing at 98th percentile - faster than a stock RX 580. Will probably try undervolting at stock speeds to get a nice and cool profile for the hot summer months.

Storage: I wouldn't have bothered to throw in the 128GB SSD, but the 450 motherboards have StoreMI which I wanted to try out since I already had the hardware lying around. I've got the OS and all software on the Crucial M.2 and all games on the StoreMI array containing the 1TB Velociraptor and the 128GB SSD. I am not normally a fan of disk array's without parity, especially at a software level, but since it was just going to be used for games, I figured why not. I've had no issues with it so far and it seems to be accelerating at least Apex Legends since I've been launching that so frequently lol.

I already had many of the parts from past builds. That's why some of the choices are a bit unusual.

Already had:

Corsair H60 AIO (previous build), Corsair Vengeance RAM (came free from an x99 work machine that died due to leaking AIO watercooler), OCZ Agility 4 SSD (previous build), Western Digital Velociraptor HDD (came free from work - has some bad sectors, but still works well), XFX Radeon R9 290 (previous build), Rosewill 1200W PSU (previous build), Peripherals

New stuff:

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 (replaced i7-3770k), Gigabyte B450M Aorus (replaced cheapo 1155 board), Crucial P1 500GB M.2 SSD (replaced a SATAIII SSD), Thermaltake Core V21 (replaced Corsair Air 540 - too big!), 2x RGB LED Light strips,
2x Thermaltake Riing fans

Ready to replace the R9 290 as soon as Navi comes out...


UserBenchmarks: Game 79%, Desk 114%, Work 98% CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 - 98.5% GPU: AMD R9 290 - 74% SSD: Crucial P1 3D NVMe PCIe M.2 500GB - 215.9% HDD: AMD T00 StoreMI 1TB - 87.1% RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400 C16 4x4GB - 87.8% MBD: Gigabyte GA-B450 AORUS M

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LeMMingSlayeR 24 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Very nice! I absolutely love the XFX R9 290, aesthetically the R9 200 series from them are about the nicest I've ever had. I previously had two XFX R9 280 Black Edition cards way back in 2014 paired with an FX-8350, and although Crossfire was crap in most games and the system was pretty underwhelming compared to what I've upgraded to since, it really did look good with those cards.


Niciasgyrfalcon 2 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Very nice! I did a team red build in the same case. How did you like working with the Thermaltake Core V21?

Shvian submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

At first I wasn't quite sure what was going on with the power supply bracket or the movable fan mounts. Otherwise, I love the case. The design is definitely well thought out and at such a great price.

Amazing plexiglass work on your build! Also I'm jealous of your Vega card.

Niciasgyrfalcon 2 Builds 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks so much! I really tried to put some love into it. I got lucky with black friday sales, and rewards points on that card. I was originally going to put an RX 580 into it based on my budget, but with the extra money off from the sale and reward I spent the same amount of my own money and was able to get the better card. It runs like a dream!

JDawn747 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

1200W PSU? Holy smokes!

vincent_2006 3 points 1 month ago

lol, Nice build though!

Shvian submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Thank you!

vincent_2006 1 point 1 month ago


Shvian submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Ha yeah, it looked more appropriate back when I was running an overclocked x79 Xeon and 2x R9 290's. (Nice and toasty at least!)

BobTheBuilder66970 1 point 1 month ago

Nice power supply but you could've bought a way better gpu with the extra money and adding a bit more.

Shvian submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Power supply was leftover from an old build. New gpu is definitely in the works though.

BobTheBuilder66970 1 point 1 month ago

I love the idea of a mini itx build. I'm building one over the summer that is very similar! https://pcpartpicker.com/list/h48ZbX

Shvian submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Looks awesome! I didn't know they made a smaller version of the same case.

RazerGamer 1 point 1 month ago

Personally, I'd be smarter to go with the 2600 since it's near same performance for much less and you get Divison 2 for free. You also can take the extra money to getting a fully-modular supply which would vastly improve cable management.

göt 1 point 11 days ago

what led kit is that, it looks awesome it's as if its illuminated from nowhere?

Dm_Lightning 3 Builds 0 points 1 month ago

Just wait till you see my Team Red build :'D it was a real hit back in 2017

Shvian submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Can't wait to see it!

Shvian submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Sick build and top notch parts!

Dm_Lightning 3 Builds -1 points 1 month ago

the pictures will have to wait, but the part list is https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Dm_Lightning/saved/bqFD3C

Benpcgamer123556778 0 points 1 month ago

why liquid cooling, not needed and could be used to by a better graphics card, same with your storage, 250GB is fine. Could of upgraded the card and still heald the same performance, good ram, good cpu (not for streaming really) and ergonomic case

Shvian submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I didn't list it in the description, but half of the parts were ones I already had (otherwise I wouldn't have bought). The liquid cooling and storage being some of them.

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