I started scouting out parts for this build nearly 3 months ago and have finally brought it to completion. From a plan for an all AMD Vega/Ryzen freesync 4K power hungry monster to a more quaint hydro GTX 1080ti/Ryzen collaboration: I bring you Eaer in all it's glory.
Goal: To build the best performing gaming/streaming PC I could while getting the best deals and polishing it all off with one darn beautiful machine.
Performance: Overclocking the Ryzen 7 1700 was as easy as a few clicks with the Ryzen Master Application Tool. My Cinebench score at 4 ghz was ~1700 pts. I have not been more impressed by a CPU for the price I bought it. 8 cores 16 threads at this price a year ago would have been unbelievable!
The Corsair GTX 1080 Ti Hydro was expensive and the Core Clock says it runs at 1569 MHz but it overclocks to 1950 MHz in every game I play, automatically by choosing OC mode in Gigabyte App. Center. Although the 1080 Ti was the only part I didn't get on sale I must admit I'm pretty impressed. This card pushes through 4k games (Witcher 3 avg. ~55 FPS in 4K) with smooth framerates and stays nearly 100% inaudible the whole time.
As for the other parts, the PSU was an easy decision as the 850 watt RMx is known to be reliable and the power requirements are well below the max. The RAM was a slightly more interesting choice as RAM prices have significantly increased over a one year period: if you look at the price of the Corsair Vengeance RAM I bought nearly a year ago it was half the price! In the end I decided to buy the 3.2 ghz speed because it helps Ryzen performance however I am yet to get the RAM and CPU to both overclock fully together. The Plextor nmve ssd was a great choice and involved no setup as some nvme ssd's require which was quite nice: also 512 GB is well enough for me as any other storage I would keep on a cheap external disk. The MB is fine just make sure to install all Gigabyte drivers before overclocking the RAM or CPU.
Cost: Slickdeals has always been a friend to my builds. My whole build is ~10-20% off MSRP depending on how you look at it. I have always found cost to be an equivalent player to perf. for any successful build. I recommend any first time builders to take at least a month to search for holiday deals, random hardware sell outs and ebay auctions.
The AMD Problem: Originally I had everything planned out. AMD Vega teamed with Ryzen on a 4K freesync monitor: a perfect price to performance build (especially if the rumored $499 pricing was true). Sadly, where AMD amazingly succeeded in the CPU they failed miserably in the GPU. I expected better. After waiting a whole month more than I wanted AMD released the hyped AMD Vega 64 with an arguably negative supply of GPU's as well as prices far above advertised. I am loyal to my plans but not unreasonably loyal so I conceded Nvidia won (again): the truth is the best GPU on the market is the GTX 1080 ti for high end gaming. I went with the Corsair water-cooled version because it is pretty good with screen-tearing and keeps nice and cool. I am also used to a freesync monitor.
My grandpa's hobby is carpentry so the stand that the build sits on is a stand I drafted and he made out of cherry wood from our yard: there is a picture in the slideshow.
All in all, I'm happy with how the build turned out. Looking at what were the best product releases of the semiconductor industry over the past year the ryzen 1700 and gtx 1080ti have to take a pretty high place on the totem pole. Price ended up well too and the Corsair Crystal 570x acts as the best case I've ever seen to enshrine yet another great journey of PC building.
Thank you for reading! I look forward to your comments.
Oh, and it can play Crysis
A great CPU all around. Can easily be overclocked to 4 ghz where it might as well be as good as the 1800x. Good job AMD.
A good water cooling unit. But definitely don't get if you don't plan on overclocking at least some.
Nice MB. I got it on sale for $136 and it does the job well. The bios I think needs some help but for the most part you can get by with any overclocking or system changes under applications in the OS.
Too expensive compared to DDR3 but overall nice RAM. You may have to spend some time getting it to run at desired speeds.
A great NVME SSD! Easy to install on my GA-AX370 and no problems on first boot.
Expensive, but worth it. An all-in-one liquid-cooled GPU capable of playing smooth framerates in 4K and staying super quiet all the same. There really is nothing like the 1080 Ti on the market. Great GPU!
Gorgeous case. Some people have problems with wire management but the way I set up my build this case worked just perfectly. If you can get it on sale too all the merrier. Highly recommend!
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