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Noctua NH-D15 on the way and then the OCing can begin for real. Sitting at 3.4 GHz on 8 cores, 3000MHz C16 DDR4 (can't get C15 right now, I suspect bios issue). I might return it for sticks that are better supported.

Also I don't have a window in my case. The fact that everything is RGB is pure coincidence, lol.

Full build pics to be taken when the D15 comes in, these were just quick snaps during installation.

Future upgrades:

Noctua NF-A14 for 1 more intake fan to create positive pressure in case

Sleeved cables from Ensourced

Depending on how multi-gpu/Vulkan support and crossfire in DX12 shape up, another RX480 8GB or Vega or 1080?

34" 1440p 100+Hz Quantum Dot Freesync (a man can dream, anyway)

Part Reviews

Video Card

Great board but fans aren't as quiet as some of the competition. Mine's sitting happy at 1375/2100, slightly undervolted. I can push it further but the gains were minimal so I reeled it back a bit.

Case

Amazing case. Great fit and finish, incredibly quiet, great cable management and a whole lot of drive and fan/radiator options. Very easy to work in and great airflow. The included fans and 3 speed fan controller (w/ switch on the front) aren't too shabby either. The sound dampening is THICC

The only minus I've found so far is that some of the drive configurations aren't very well secured. You can attach one of the hard drive cages to the top, for example, where the optical drive bays are originally so you can fit two 140mm fans in the front. Unfortunately, it ends up being held in by one screw and not-the most secure clips so I didn't even try it. I could feel it flex even poking it with my finger. The cage is fine when in most other locations since it's secured more points.

Monitor

Great monitor with a few flaws. The stock stand is straight garbage- get a mount or replacement ASAP. The frame is kinda thick and not the highest quality plastic. Also it only works on DVI-D.

The plus side is I got a 1440p, 100Hz 27" monitor for under $200 (with a bit of luck on craigslist) with great color and brightness.

If you're willing to overclock, it's well worth the purchase (though the next generation of OC-able Korean monitors has started to come out).

Keyboard

MX Reds but didn't really start to shine until I put on some pbt caps and added some O-rings. Now I love it, and the aluminum faceplate really pops.

These go on sale a lot these days, and they're absolutely comparable to the other entry level mech boards like Duckys or Coolermasters, and also offer Corsair service (which is nice considering Ducky is Taiwan) and nothing else in this price range has an aluminum back plate and RGB.

Mouse

I used an MX518 for nearly a decade until it died. After trying a Razer Deathadder for a few years I'm back and I regret ever leaving. <3 Logitech mice

Speakers

Wait for a sale and then take comfort in knowing that you're getting pretty much the best deal for computer speakers around - and they'll probably last you a decade if you take care of them.

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

this is a beauty!!! +1

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Amazing!!

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

How is that motherboard as a whole? I'm thinking about either that or Crosshair, but can't decide!

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

I'm liking it but I'm still getting used to the OC settings. I'm not sure if it's just because I'm not familiar with the BIOS or if there are some options that aren't enabled because I'm on a beta bios. So far, the consensus is that the gigabyte and asrock boards OC best and support the widest variety of high MHz RAM so I'm gonna see how it shakes out.

Other than that, the board is ******* amazing. Really solidly built, well laid out, easy to work with and the power phases look beefy as ****. Also has a ton of ports and a built in sound card with headphone amp if that's relevant to you, as well as USB parts for quick charging and a USB type-C port- all stuff I actually find pretty useful.

Also, check out the pic of the little rectangular black connector- it's called a G-connector and it lets you plug all your case connectors (power button, LED, etc) together to make one convenient normal size plug instead of fiddling with 9000 tiny ones. Lots of little attention to detail like that for quality of life.

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

That sounds fricking rad bro, thanks for the info!

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

1st full AMD build to not suck on PCPP.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I just go with whatever works best for the least money, but I'm glad AMD is back just to give intel and nvidia some competition again.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

You can OC to 3.7GHz with ease on the stock cooler.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I've heard that but I haven't seen them run Prime95 which pegged me at 75C at 3.5GHz (75C is tjmax for ryzen). I know that's not a normal use case but since I would just be going through the whole OC again when my D15 comes in (Wednesday!) I didn't bother trying too hard.

I'm also on stock thermal crap and I smudged a bit on the very edge. I suspect if I was using better paste and it was better applied, I could hit 3.5-6 even playing it safe but I think 3.7 would really be the absolute limit. It's not a bad cooler but it's just not that capable.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok, I'll check back in to soon to see how it goes.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Just wanted to let you know, you were right. One of the screws on the cooler was a bit loose and I got 3.7 with no problems. Getting to 3.8 requires a bit more voltage so that's where it starts to depend on your chip. D15 arriving tomorrow so I'll be seeing if 1.35-1.4V can get me to 4.1.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Haha, glad it was a loose screw and not something else. So 3.7 it is :) I...well, AMD said that they don't recommend that you go past 1.365v as a daily OC but for benchmarks it's fine.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, but AMD is always gonna give a very a conservative number, it's just the nature of the business. I've done a ton of research and it seems like the best and most knowledgeable overclockers say 1.4V daily is safe on top end air cooling/AIO/custom water loop, or 1.45V on something like chilled water.

I'm finishing up a final, completed build post (leaving this one up for people who want to know about the stock cooler) that I'm gonna keep updated with overclocking results and temps if you're curious. Let me just say this to whet your appetite: 19C cooler at idle, 58C max after an hour of stress testing at 3.9GHz and I think I can still lower the voltage.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Just for reference if you want to compare to some other builds, Wraith Spire seems right around or slightly worse than a stock hyper 212 evo (stock is single fan i think but you can fit another on) for temps.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you get that 75C max temp figure from? I heard it was 95C.

Also what temps are you getting on the mother VRMs?

Thanks

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

AMD cites tjmax as 75C

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh right. thanks

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! +1

Just curious, does it look possible to unscrew the fan on the stock cooler and rotate it so the AMD logo is sitting on top?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

yeah, i put it that way for wire management

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome thanks!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What sort of motherboard VRM temps are you getting when overclocking the CPU?

I'm getting the Gaming K7 but I heard the VRMs are the same.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I can't figure out which reading in hwinfo or gigabyte SIV are the VRMs, lol. If you can tell me exactly how to find it I'll let you know. I'm no longer updating this post though, I made another with full pics of the new fan and all that so I'm gonna put any new info there, I'm leaving this one so people can reference the stock cooler stuff.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Benchmarks please

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Check newer post, I'm gonna keep that one updates with benchmark info and tweaks

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Check newer finished build for updates on OCing, published 3/15/17. I'm gonna leave this up in case anyone wants more info about the stock cooler but I'm not updating this one anymore.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey dude! Are you able to connect the wraith CPU cooler to the mobo to control it's RGB?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Yes but it requires a bios setting change and I wasn't 100% sure which fan connector I was supposed to use (LED_C1 is my guess) so I said **** it. I don't have a window on my case, plus I knew I was going to replace it with an NH-D15 (which arrived and is ******* great, newer build published a few days ago) so I didn't even bother

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, so fancy! In a cheap price! +1!