Nice one! Other than the unused wires I wouldn't worry to much about the power supply. That's a 200-220 watt build at peak draw, tops, so you have a ton of headroom. It could even handle a 1070 or 1080.
Nothing wrong with a 1600 + 1050 ti, either. You still get the multitasking of the 1600 and solid budget gaming. It's not like the 1600 suddenly doesn't do its tricks just because you went with a modest GPU. And a 1400 or 1500x wouldn't have saved that much money anyway.
Nice build! I love my 1600 + 1070 combo as well. Enjoy.
Don't be too hard on yourself. It's impossible to get everything right on most builds, I bet, let alone our firsts! I had an EVGA graphics card in that same form factor. How are the temps? You might want to mess with the fan curve a little to drop the fan speed if you have headroom with the core temp. Unless it's hitting 80C I would definitely try to ramp the fan down if you can. I also doubt it's getting enough cool air if that front fan is the only one in your case. Maybe try one in the bottom pointing up to give some more cool air to the GPU. The fan won't try to work as hard if it's getting cool air instead of recirculated warm air. R4 is a nice case, too, but that single fan is working against the obstructions of the noise blocking door and the dust filter. What are your CPU temps like, too? If they are high, I'd say airflow needs to be improved. Sorry for the unsolicited advice, I just enjoy troubleshooting :)
Edit to say that the top vents are there for either a water cooling radiator or exhaust fans. You wouldn't see any increase in dust if you went with those options, no that you need to. Otherwise keep the Modu-vent covers on.
Looks super clean, nice choice of parts. Will definitely be a solid editing/creating/1080p gaming machine for the recipient, though I'm guessing not a ton of editing/creating with only 500GB of total drive space.
Did you get the EVGA RAM to run at 3000? My Tomahawk has been very finicky. I'm still at 2666 with my 3200 rated Corsair sticks.
My feeling is that Ryzen can overclock to 3.7 in this case with stock case fans and stock cooler. You might get lucky and get decent temps with 3.8 GHz, but you should definitely be good with 3.7 and under, including stock speeds. Let me know when you get it all built!
I know right? I feel like I'll be using this thing forever. I did go ahead and replace the stock fans with 2x Noctua 140mm intake and 1x Noctua 120mm exhaust and my CPU temps went down average 8 degrees, GPU down ~4 degrees. The front air intake is pretty restrictive with the door and filter, so installing better static pressure fans makes a huge difference. How are your temps? And on what CPU and cooler?
I also went 750 Ti --> 1070. Whole new universe. Hoping to get 3-5 years out of it.
I tried this but had to buy a pair of Reebok Pumps to get the box, which put me 1,000% over budget immediately. THEN it caught fire and I lost my house. Any tips?
Nice one! Just sold my 750 ti after 3 years of good times together. Loved that little card.
3.8 @ 1.2v is great. My 1600 needs 1.325v for 3.8 and I consider it middle of the silicon pack.
Nice build! I was about to start looking into used 970s for my nephew since 1060s and others are OOS with the mining craze. Ironically I think they'd be popular for mining if it weren't for the 3.5 + .5 GB memory they have that caused so much ire toward Nvidia a while back.
You gotta have another upgrade to aspire to later on, right?
Great build! How are your temps with the 1600 and stock cooler?
Nice build! A couple comments. First, 100 C is definitely too hot for that chip at 3.7 GHz, even with the stock cooler. I'm sure my case has worse airflow than yours and highest temps I saw on my 1600 ( same TDP as the 1700) at 3.8 GHz was 90 C during stress testing and BOINC distributed computing work. I dropped that to 80 C by putting in my Noctua NH-L12, which I also like because the top down design cools the VRMs. Which brings me to my second point...
The MSI B350 Tomahawk is perfectly adequate for mild overclocking like you're doing. I've had no stability issues running 3.8 @ 1.325 V and I've tested it with every program there is. I might not say the same for 4.0+ efforts, but I haven't tried and don't plan to. That probably is more X370 territory.
No way, I was fishing for 2nd best from the get
Great looking, simple, clean build. Congrats! What temps are you getting at 3.8 using the stock cooler? I was 75-85 normal use, 85-95 stress testing. I needed to pull back to stock clocks until my AM4 bracket arrived for my trusty Noctua. Probably the fault of my case, mostly. Temps drop 10C if I open the sound dampening front door.
"State of the badass art!" - Pvt Hudson
Looks pretty sweet to me. I also upgraded to a 1070 then a monitor upgrade. Went 1440p 60Hz (OC'd to 80Hz) but sometimes wish I had gone 1080p 144Hz. I love the higher res for photo editing, though.
The innovative cooling systems are what sell me. How come I can't find these various fan designs on Newegg??
Looks great! I've been putting 1.35v on my 1600 to get 3.8, but I am inspired to try some lower voltages from this and a few other builds I've seen recently.
Doubt it. I researched all the Zotax 1070 and 1060 options and they are well rated across the board. EVGA is the one that had a few problems this time around with the overheating VRM problem.
I first tried just posting over my existing SSD without prepping new drivers or anything on it. Keep in mind this was attached to 8 year old Intel hardware, and I was asking it to make nice with 2017 AMD hardware without any warning (i.e. pre-installing drivers). It was okaaaay at first, then I got a "blue screen of death", then another, then another, until it finally wouldn't even boot. The drive was totally corrupted. So I wiped it, did a clean install, put back my backed up files, and everything's been great.
I would recommend the clean install for any new build, and I was going to do that anyway. I just wanted to see if I could get away with the lazy way. And no, I couldn't.
Beauty! Also loving my 1600
How loud does it get when maxed out? What's the loudest part? I ask because my new silent build is much more sophisticated sound dampening than the sheet metal case I'm coming from, but the GPU uses so much more power in this so much more cooling I think it's three times as loud!
Ikea Micke double wide all day long. It's not "nice" like fancy nice, but it's exactly the dimensions we wanted with joy inducing little perks like a hidden cord management trough under the back that I bet 90% of owners don't even know about. And one side of the legs is open so I can see my beautiful new PC from all angles.
I went 1440p for two reasons: photo editing and creating an excuse to buy a GTX 1070, which I've coveted since they came out. If I were more reasonable, I would probably have put the money into dual 24" 1080p monitors. Hell, that's probably what I should have done anyway, but I like to think my photographic artistry simply needs 1440p and tight pixel pitch. See how good I am at self-enabling?
I should add that gaming at 80Hz looks perfectly fluid to me, but that I have no real experience with 144Hz. It might very well make you J in your Ps 24/7 but I wouldn't know.
Best looking most badass machine I've ever laid eyes on. And I've watched the Terry Crews delivery video! Also big points for using real speakers.
The Acer, I assume? I wanted 1440p at a modest size (25"), IPS panel for photo editing, high brightness for use in a brightly lit room (350 cd/m2), overclockable to 85 Hz, no ghosting during gaming, and solid reviews. This checks all those boxes and so once it was on sale for $209 a month or two ago I had to go for it. I'll get a 2nd one as soon as it goes on sale again. I guess it's every few months at both Newegg and Amazon. Gaming at 1440p on a bright IPS monitor with ultra settings at 70-80 fps is super sweet.
The things you have to put up with for the low price are no height adjustment, slightly flimsy stand, useless speakers, 60 Hz native refresh (easily overclocked), and external power brick. Worth it to me.
Nice one! Your build has given me the confidence to say screw it to black white and red and embrace some Noctua tan & brown. Looks great and you're getting better temps than I am with a similar case and stock fans.
Thanks, I'm really proud of it. Except for the BSOD death spiral I first went through in the first few days resulting in a complete reinstall, everything went peachy ;-)
Nice! You'll be very happy.
I do, too. I wish they put the LED model in with the 5 series :)
I would definitely not advise splitting different resolutions and panel types unless you have very different needs for your different screens. I'll be adding a second 25" Acer 1440p IPS and scrapping the old Viewsonic as soon as I can afford it. The Viewsonic TN panel looks yellowish, dim, and blotchy in comparison to the Acer. But the Viewsonics lasted me 10 years so I can't really fault them. The new tech just looks way better.