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DO NOT BUY THE G.SKILL FLAREX RAM FOR RYZEN It's not as compatible as they brand it and I got way better becnhmark results by using some TridentZ 3000 ram. The flarex ram I got wouldnt even run in dual channel mode or at advertised clock speeds/timings. Maybe it will change in the future but I would not recommend G.Skill FlareX

Thanks for checking out my build! This was an upgrade from my original build @ https://pcpartpicker.com/b/N8GfrH I have always been an AMD fan and they really surpased my expectations this time. Don't believe the hype and the media speaking negatively of Ryzen due to launch problems and compatibility issues. I am thoroughly impressed by how powerful the 1700X is and what most people down talking this release fail to mention is the performance increase percentage over their prior most powerful processor and let me tell you from experience the gains are huge! But enough of that let me tell you about the new parts individually!

Check my previous build for any part reviews that may be lacking here as I reused a bunch of my old parts. I did not spend anywhere near the quoted price for this build and most everything I buy I wait for sales. Thank you for reading and I hope you liked the build!

Part Reviews

CPU

Amazing performance and easily overclocked to 3.95 ghz stable 24/7! I see a lot of people going for the 1700 over the 1700X but I chose the 1700X due to feeling that the 95 watt over the 65 watt tdp would most likely yield more stable AND EASY overclocks, I'm not saying the 1700's can't be overclocked to the same clocks as the 1700X I'm just saying it overclocks easier with less tweaking of BIOS settings. Highly recommend to anyone looking to have a highly capable gaming computer AND a killer workstation environment.

CPU Cooler

First off let me say Corsair thoroughly disappointed me with this as it came bundled with the 1700X when I bought it thinking to myself it must be shipping with the am4 bracket since it is being bundled together with it. Makes sense right? Nope! After contacting newegg I was told to use a promo code after creating an account on corsair's website to get the bracket shipped for free. So now I'm thinking gah this sucks but ok I'll give it a try it says it will ship within 1-2 weeks no big deal. Wrong again! The am4 bracket for the H115i didnt ship until April 7th when I put the order in on March 15th. All in all it's a good cooler for the money I haven't had the slightest issue and corsair link is nice but the whole bracket situation combined with the lack of support on the matter from their support team kind of soured me to corsair in general and my next builds will most likely not feature a single corsair product.

Memory

If you are reading this then you probably already saw my rant about FlareX. The TridentZ isn't advertised for use with AMD or Ryzen but they are working great for me and other people in random forums I found. Got them on sale for 114 so I was thoroughly satisfied with the price and the ram sticks are some of the most pretty ones I have owned and handled to date. They red paint really lights up with RGB lighting! Highly recommend!

Video Card

This was an upgrade in my previous FX-8350 MSI build and I plan on upgrading to a 1080 Hybrid from EVGA in a month or two but I blew my budget on the Ryzen upgrade lol. The card performs great though if you got it on sale when the RX480 launched like I did and only paid 300 for it. It lives up to it's reputation as a heater but as long as you have a good case with plenty of air flow it's no biggie. BUT THE PCB DID BEND even though it has the "reinforced" backplate so that is disappointing as the card has a considerable amount of sag after the pice slot. I would recommend a GTX 1060 or 1070 at this point in time.

Power Supply

This is a power supply that has lasted me through the past 4 builds and has yet to let me down! Bought this bad boy at BestBuy on sale for 49.99 in store and have been pleased ever since. No it's not the most aesthetically pleasing shell and the cables aren't fancy but are a definite upgrade from old school colored wires, this power supply is just simply a great buy for the long run! It has run an Fx-8350 and two R7 370's in crossfire with no issue and is now currently running the listed hardware without issue! Highly recommend!

Monitor

I got this on sale from a newegg email deal blast for 300 and have loved it ever since. I do not run it in 4k resolutions as my graphics card isn't up to par for that but I run 1920x1080 @ 120hz and the picture is amazing!

Custom

AMAZING BANG FOR BUCK!!!!!!!!! For only 23 bucks shipped to my door in 3 days I got some amazing quality rgb lighting that was super easy to install, is extremely bright, has good magnetic strips for easy and fast mounting, and includes a useful remote for changing the color and lighting mode. Highly recommend to anyone with a windowed case!

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Did u have any bios or ram speed issues with tridenz . How's gaming perfomance

  • 34 months ago
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I get the best overclocks with the 1.63 beta bios and the ram is running at 2666 currently so I'm not reaching the full 3000 but I'm satisfied with the performance over the FlareX series. Gaming performance is amazing I run every game at ultra 60+ fps in 1080p and don't see any frame lag when broadcasting!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

What made you want to choose 3000 ram vs 3200 for the Trident series?

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It was on sale. I got it for 116 as opposed to the 200 dollar 3200

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet, thanks. Do you recommend updating the BIOS immediately to avoid any issues?

  • 32 months ago
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With my ASRock X370 Killer SLI I'm getting the best overclocks with the 1.62 Beta bios but it may be different in your case as you may have different hardware. Typically it is best to always run the most current bios but in my circumstance it has been an exception for some unknown reason I can't figure out.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah hopefully if I go with an ASRock build I won't encounter any issues. It'd be my first time going with an ASRock motherboard... I'm actually kinda indecisive between an MSI motherboard and this:

MSI: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/hugo.pena/saved/8tmTWZ

ASRock: https://pcpartpicker.com/user/hugo.pena/saved/BcR3CJ

But anyhow, thanks for your input!

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem! Personally I would go with the MSI board as I'm sure it will last longer and be prone to less issues.... But however the wireless and bluetooth on the ASRock board do work quite well and is a great feature to have. Good luck with you're future build and I wish you all the luck! Also if you do end up desiring to test out the beta bios I use just let me know and I will upload it somewhere as it is not available on the ASRock website any longer.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks - really helpful to see your comments on RAM, as I'm trying to find Ryzen-compatible RAM for this build: https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/7gbXsY

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

What voltage do you use for the CPU?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

1.325 seems to be the sweet spot for me

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow, awesome!

Btw, the G.Skill Flare X problems might be BIOS related. Trident Z 3000 are also great, nice build.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey I have a i5-6600 and I'm getting an r9 390x can u tell me the performance of it in games and whether I should get a 60hz monitor or an144hz monitor or should I swap it with a 1050ti?

  • 27 months ago
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It walks all over the 1050 ti but the 1050 ti will run A LOT cooler. The R9 390X puts off a lot of heat! I wouldnt advise getting it unless you are getting it for less than $250

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I found it for a pretty cheap price but ended up getting a 1060 thanks anyways :)

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for the nice build

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Initially with the G.Skill FlareX Series 2666 it would not post with the modules installed for dual channel. I did some research and found others using certain TridentZ sticks and they are runnings at 2666 with 16-15-15-35 timings in dual channel configuration with no issues. (they will run at 2993 with looser timings but the performance gains were negligible so I just keep them at 2666)

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  • 32 months ago
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No I really don't recommend the ASRock boards on the simple fact of I'm getting higher stable overclocks with the 1.62 beta bios(which isn't even available on their website any longer) than I do with their most current 2.30. I don't really understand why this is but I cannot get a stable 4.0 overclock with the latest bios running the same voltages etc. as on the earlier 1.62 beta bios. I have heard amazing things from friends about the ROG Crosshair AM4 mobo.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

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  • 34 months ago
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Thanks!

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry for what? but yea Corsair did me dirty but oh well! Nice benchmark the r9 390x is really hindering the system and I can't wait to see the benchmarks with a 1080!

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol only in the graphics department look at the cpu score and it's nearly double your score :') go run a Passmark Performance test if you want to truly compare computer performance.

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm just happy AMD finally released something that is actually a performer lol!