Description

From my previous build I'm using the same parts except for a new CPU (Ryzen R5 1600), Motherboard (MSI B350 Krait Gaming), RAM (G.Skill's Trident Z), and I've added a 120GB SSD (Kingston V300) that I found on sale for $48. That was back in May of this year, now, I wish I bought a 500GB M.2 SSD. I got tired of seeing my HDD's sit on the floor of my case so with the help of some 3.5 to 5.25 adapters I've secured them in my ODD bay. Before that, they were Ghetto mounted up there with 2x screws holding in each drive (from the same side). Yeah, that was painful to look at and made moving the system a tedious task. Oh, almost forgot. I added a wireless card too (TP-Link's AC 1750). I hardly use it though.

This is my "3rd" build but my 1st time hearing about QVLs. Man, I wish I read about that before I had purchased this kit (RAM) just to find out that it wasn't compatible with my mobo! Yes, it posts but it's not guaranteed to reach 3200MHz. And it doesn't, so far, the highest stable speed I've achieved is 2800MHz, which is what I'm running them at right now with default timings but bumped up the voltage (1.375V). Lesson learned, do your research! Due to pricing, this RAM's going to be with me for a while lol.

Other than nooby mistakes and more money wasted on unnecessary items, If I could redo this build I would choose EVGA's G3 650W, Cryorig's H1/R1 Ultimate, Samsung's 960 EVO 500GB, and Phanteks Eclipse P400s. Thing's I wish I didn't buy, NZXT's HUE+, NZXT's Kraken X61, EVGA's 600W PSU, TP Link's T8E, and while I love you, you're heavy, Fractal's Define R5.

Part Reviews

CPU

"Oh boy!" That was my reaction after launching Battlefield 1 for the first time after upgrading from AMD's FX 8350. You don't know what you're missing out on until you experience it first hand. BF1 ran great on my 8350 as seen here but switching over to this Ryzen chip showed me just how much my GTX 1060 was being held back. On avg, minimum FPS dramatically increased, avg FPS was a little bit higher and max FPS were around the same. Games run a hell of a lot smoother and VR gaming is no longer interrupted with little stutters.

3D Mark Cloud Gate

FX 8350 | 3DMark Score: 19271 | Graphics Score: 75236 | Physics Score: 5348 | Graphics Test 1: 287.87 fps | Graphics Test 2: 378.76 fps | Physics Test: 16.98 fps |

Ryzen R5 1600 | 3DMark Score: 31807 | Graphics Score: 92161 | Physics Score: 9662 | Graphics Test 1: 391.27 fps | Graphics Test 2: 410.60 fps | Physics Test: 30.68 fps |

CPU Cooler

It Looks Nice But The Stock Fans Run A Bit Loud On The "Silent" Profile (Fans - 550RPMs / Pump - 2600RPMs) when compared to my R5 1600's stock cooler. Here's A Tip For Anyone Who Decides To Run In A Push/Pull Configuration. Four hands work a lot better than two but if you can't get help from someone else, use one hand to hold the radiator in place while applying pressure towards the case and the other hand to screw from corner to corner. Don't be stupid like me and attempt to install from left to right top to bottom. Yor holes won't stay lined up no matter what. It may sound weird but it's true. The torque that's being applied from the other screws lifts part of the radiator away from the case, preventing you from properly screwing in the rest of the screws.

One Last Tip. I don't mind the somewhat loud fans due to my case have sound dampening panels but you'll want to run your pump at 100% speed and set up a custom fan curve. To achieve this you plug your pump's 3pin into a 3pin on your motherboard. Most boards will have that run at 100% by default. If that's not the case for you, then change that under your bios. As far as the fans go, plug those into 4pin connectors and create a fan profile also through your bios. A maximum of 900-1000RPMs is good. Runs cool and very quiet with this config. But to each his own. Try it out yourself.

Memory

Psh...DDR4's pricing will make you go mad! This is a quality kit that would've been perfect for this build if only I had checked the QVL. Shame for shame. Great RAM though, still managed to pull off a 2800MHz overclock.

Storage

My first SSD so not much to say other than Windows boots in less than 8 seconds and it's more responsive to commands.

Video Card

Asus, 11/10 with this card! The GTX 1060's already a low TDP so their heat output's a lot lower than GTX 1070s, 70 Ti's, 80s, 80 Ti's, etc. The cooler's overkill which is a plus. The fans only spin up once the GPU die or another component on the PCB reaches around 60C. I found that my card sometimes idles in the 30's with the fan off and other time's 52C with the fans also not spinning. But a few seconds after launching a GPU intensive title, I'll see the fans start to spin. If this card had 2x 8-pin PCI-E ports I'm sure I'd be able to push this thing even further as I'm currently power limited. I'm running the core at 2101MHz and the Memory at 4705MHz. The RGB add an additional 10fps BTW!

Case

I only have two "bad" things to say about this case. One, it's heavy, and that's without a tempered glass side panel. Two, instead of the case having slots for users to manually adjust the height of the radiator like there is for smaller radiators, mounting holes are pre-drilled. So if your radiators screw holes aren't 1:1 with the case's holes then you may have a little bit of extra work to do. The dust filters are nice, sound dampening panels greatly reduce noise, there's a big clear window that scratches easily, supports up to 6x fans, and has a built-in fan hub that supports up to three fans (3pin).

Operating System

It's Windows.

Wireless Network Adapter

It works. Speeds/Signal are what you'd expect from a $90 wifi card. I use this in combination with TP-Link's 2.4GHz 8dBi Indoor Omni-directional Antennas (TL-ANT2408CL)

Case Accessory

While I wish this was $40 instead of $60, it's come a long way from when I first bought it. This, along with the rest of NZXT's peripheral's performance are dependent on the software that controls them. The desktop app is a lot better than it used to be but the mobile app.....dont even bother installing it.

Custom

Quite a bit of a tight fit (just this extension) but that may be my cheap PSU and not the cables themselves.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 3 points

One of the most attractive builds I've seen so far. I love it.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you. I had received quite a few negative comments on a previous version of this build cause people assumed I was "copying" another persons setup. The build they referred too was a complete custom loop and was 100% dedicated to Star Wars. Custom case and all. I just stuck my guys in there cause they fit the theme and I liked looking at them.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I could've sworn I replied to your comment. Damn phone. Yeah, thanks for the recommendations. I do like the TG but I don't care for that black outline around the windows as it's not uniform. But this looks clean. The P series is dope. Huh, I thought M.2's were even faster than SSD's, maybe in workloads then, like exporting and or real-time rendering or something like that. Ah, I don't know if I can drop Afterburner just yet. I've realized that when I don't see its overlay I freak out and toggle it back on lol. I developed a habit of running so many benchmarks for hours on end. Again, thanks for your input. I'll hold off and that M.2/New Case as they're not really needed. But a new PSU is at the top of my list. Hell, if I see a 650/750W Platinum I'd scoop that up.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, didn't know about that. Thanks!

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

:O You have an R1. You must post your build. My X61's nice and all my the stock cooler that came with my R5 1600 was near silent and I miss that about air cooling. I could swap the fans on the rad but I'd rather just go back to air cooling. Fewer points of failure and not as heavy....sometimes.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't skimp on the important components. I see the ASUS ROG Strix 1060 6GB as a "Premium" card. It's cooler is pretty overkill for the 1060. You can save money by getting EVGA's FTW model for $240 on Amazon. Is this the build you're going with here?

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Check This out. From personal experience, I'd pass on the water cooler. The Stock air cooler is actually really good! You can OC to 3.8GHz and still maintain decent temps.

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  • 12 months ago
  • 1 point

Late reply but the stock cooler's really quite too! Quieter than my NZXT Kraken X61's stock fans. They're the loudest component in my build.