Description

I needed an upgrade from Intel HD Graphics...

edit: got a cheap side monitor, will take new pics later...

Part Reviews

CPU

Overclocked to 4.0ghz.

CPU Cooler

Looks great, cools great. Ryzen 5 2600 at 4.0Ghz has 32°C idle and 45°C under 100% load with an aggressive fan curve. Very impressive!

Motherboard

Motherboard came Ryzen 2000 Ready. Had to color in the standby LED with a marker to make it dimmer. Wish I had more control over USB in S4 and S5 power states.

Memory

A bit expensive but well worth the price. Fast and beautiful ram.

Storage

I've been using Linux on this drive and have no problems.

Storage

Cheap boot drive. Windows boots at around 10 seconds.

Storage

Works with no problems... Faster than I thought.

Video Card

Gets over 144fps for most of the games I play on 1080p. A bit of coil whine in certain games, but any noise cancelling headset makes that inaudible. The fans however, are deafening compared to everything else in my PC.

Case

Easy to build in. Love the rubber grommets.

Power Supply

A bit hard for me to route the SATA cables, but it's probably just me or this specific case. Nearly silent.

Monitor

Not as vibrant colors as a QLED display but fits the great price.

I was able to set mine to 72hz without overclocking it, making it a really good secondary monitor if you already have a 144hz refresh rate one. You don't need to deal with the 144hz 60hz dual monitor stutter problems since the frame buffer is in sync because 72 divides evenly into 144.

Monitor

Great monitor. I was a bit skeptical at first due some reviews saying it had a purple artifact issue. Glad to find out mine didn't.

Keyboard

Got mine with red switches. Very sturdy build quality. Comes with software allowing for easier customization compared to the previous generations.

Mouse

Looks great. Included weights allow it to feel like my old wireless mouse that had batteries.

Headphones

Really impressive bass despite being open backed. Pretty good soundstage with ok imaging. At first the clamp force was a bit too strong, but after being broken in for a few weeks, it's pretty comfortable.

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Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 7 points

notices your psu cover OwO what's this?

  • 23 months ago
  • 4 points

Have you seen the Intel stock coolers?

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah you're right. I'm just salty the 1600 gets the wraith spire cooler while the 2600 gets the wraith stealth cooler.

  • 23 months ago
  • 3 points

This is a B350 board which means the 2nd PCI-E full x16 physical slot is only wired for x4. I would highly encourage you to move the GPU to the primary x16 slot unless you have a very specific reason for keeping it there.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

This motherboard comes with 3 x16 PCIe slots. The first 2 slots are PCIe 3.0 x16, both running with the full 16 data lanes while the last one is PCIe 2.0 x16 which is only a little bit slower than the previous ones. I'm just using the second 3.0 x16 slot rather than the first.

The reason I'm doing this is because the graphics card blocked the motherboard RGB when I put it on the first slot, and the AIO tubing would push against the graphics card with a decent amount of force.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

The first PCI-E x16 is actually x16. The second is only wired for x8 or x4. Asus marketing is only going by the PHYSICAL length of the slot, not the electrical wiring or the BIOS config.

The AIO tubing on the Kraken is relatively flexible, you can potentially push it higher as the tubing going into the pump is hinged.

However, if Chipset RGB matters that much to you, use a Vertical GPU adapter from Cablemod so that you can still see the RGB, and you can still use the first x16 slot.

https://store.cablemod.com/product/cablemod-vertical-pci-e-bracket-hdmi-displayport-black/

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, I listened to your advice and moved the radiator up a few inches so that I could fit the GPU into the top slot.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Love the purple! Such an awesome build!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you use a light strip?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the P400S case came with a RGB strip that I put on the top of the case to shine down. It uses magnets to stay in place.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Just wanted to ask, I'm using the same motherboard as you and plan to get that particular RAM as well. Is it holding its speed well and do the RGB lights work properly? Thanks!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah the ram is working perfectly. It's supported on the QVL list on their website. The RGB works well. You can use the GSkill or Asus Aura app to edit the colors

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

hows the freesync range?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

how mcuh the freesync range in that monitor?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

70-144hz

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build mate. Have you managed to OC the 2600 to the elusive 4.2Ghz? I've seen it done but wondering whether its relatively common or whether those guys just won the silicon lottery

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Unfortunately, the highest I was able to get stable is 4.1Ghz with 1.375 volts, which I felt was negligible performance improvement compared to 4.0 on 1.325 volts given how much more power it was consuming.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeeeooooo I’m planning to get a Ryzen 5 2600 and Asus B350F Motherboard. How you able to use the motherboard when it’s not compatible to Ryzen 5 2600? Did you update your BIOS and works fine? Please let me know fast!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't have to update the bios. It came with a sticker saying Ryzen 2000 ready. I got mine from Newegg, but I'm pretty sure it should be compatible straight out of the box for most major retailers this late into 2018. If you have that motherboard without the updated bios, you can contact AMD and they will loan you a free AM4 CPU to update the motherboard with.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

Also can you overclock this motherboard and possibly overclock it to 4.1?

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

You can overclock if to 4.1 volts, but the jump from 4.0 to 4.1 required like 0.05 more volts for me which was not worth the performance.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

OwO

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

Very nice build. What's the sauce on that wall paper?

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  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Care to explain more in depth?

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

Please keep feedback polite and constructive.