Description

I'm using this computer to game, stream, and start working on my video editing and production. It's a skill I've always wanted to work on but never had the hardware to continue learning on my own (until now).

I've got the R7 1700 going stable at 3.9GHz. I'm only using 1080p monitors because I have yet to find a 1440p that I really like. For now I play my games with super-sampling and ultra settings. It's a huge step up from my laptop, so no complaints here. The RAM overclocked fairly easily. I got it to 3200MHz with literally no issues, but the latency and timings couldn't be changed much. Very quick RAM and again, no complaints there.

Temps are fine. CPU never over 50's, GPU never over 70's max. Dust has been an issue in my apartment, but I recently did a MASSIVE cleaning and took care of some furniture that was producing way too much dust. I have added fine mesh filters on all intakes as well. They seem to be doing the trick and haven't impacted cooling at all. I just need to clean them out often which is easy on this case.

Six Corsair HD120's- It's as incredible as you could imagine.

And finally, the case. I love this little box. They sent me white instead of black, and after an initial freak-out, I grew to absolutely love it. I had black/white cable mod cables so it really works great. I basically decided that if I had a component that was dead on arrival, I would also return the case. If not, I'd keep it. And so I kept it!

Great first build, this thing will last me a while. I'm really excited to use this thing every single day! And I'd like to thank everyone from PC Part Picker and Linus Tech Tips forums for their help in this!

UPDATE: I added another 2x8 trident z kit. 32GB of ram now with all four slots filled. Tightened up my timings, still running at 3200MHz.

Comments

  • 24 months ago
  • 3 points

dam

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

I also use the Ryzen 1700, if you download the AMD Ryzen Master utility you can overclock your processor without having to deal with the bios bugging out. I run mine at 4.0 Ghz :P

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! Have you had any issues with Gpu temperature using your AIO as an intake? The manual recommended doing so but I ignored it fearing it'd cause my graphics card to throttle (it does so at 84 degrees and currently peaks at 74).

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Nope. I ran several GPU benchmarks consecutively. Since I keep my apartment very cool, it doesn't affect the temps at all. Highest I've gotten so far is about 71. I also have the fans set up to be reactive to the GPU temps instead of the CPU (for the most part), so intake is usually stronger than exhaust. Plenty of flow for the 1080.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

how is your hard drive space? would you have room for one more 3.5" hdd? about to build a similar build and been reading theres not enough hard drive space

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I absolutely have room for another hdd. The Air240 comes with three drive bays in the back compartment. In fact, I'm planning on getting another hard drive to throw in there. Already at half capacity with my 2TB lol In total the thing supports 3 3.5 and 3 2.5 drives.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Great build +1! I have a MSI mobo and I have noticed something buggy with the bios updates as well, mostly with the RAM overclocking and not maintaining the frequency and defaulting to 1866MHz. After conducting some research I found that the Ryzen CPU doesn't support high frequency when using over 2 sticks of RAM according to AMD, and gives the ranges of 1866 - 2400MHz frequencies to use when using 4 sticks of RAM. However, I have mine currently set to 2933MHz with 1.35v and it has stayed stable so far. I'm going to try using the AMD Ryzen Master utility to see if I can achieve a 3200MHz frequency on my RAM.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting, because I have four sticks of RAM at 3200MHz currently with no issues at all. That being said, AMD DOES say that they don't currently support higher speeds...but that means it isn't 100% tested for sure to work. You can research and find RAM that is most likely to work with your motherboard, because all that note from AMD means is there's no guarantee anything not on their list will work. I took a bit of a risk, but it worked out for me I'd say.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build, dude! Trying to choose between a black or white air 240 myself lol

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Couldn't believe it came the wrong color! I ordered black but got a white and nearly died when I opened that box on build day. I'm SO glad I stuck with it now. It offsets my black everything else and looks sleet AF. Honestly, you can't lose either way. Just depends on what you're going for. Good luck!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks dude!

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  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting issue I ran into with the 1700: I can only clock up to the point where I'd need to adjust voltage to get any higher because the system defaults to 1550MHz if I change the voltage AT ALL. Very strange. Basically, I have it at 3650MHz, because any higher and I need a voltage change. I've tried everything, and it seems to be a very strange bug in the firmware. I'm at the latest version too. And to be clear, it's at 1550MHz even under load. Those benchmark scores were...terrible lol

  • 24 months ago
  • 2 points

Hmm, set the mainboard at default settings and try AMD Ryzen Master utility through Windows. It should give more stable results.

Good luck!

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

It said it doesn't apply but it actually does. 4.1GHz on eight cores! Oh man does it feel good...

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  • 24 months ago
  • 0 points

Where did you get that information concerning the r7 1700 overclock. I have mine running at 3.8 GHz with 1.35 Volts. I have read many overclocking articles and have never heard not to go beyond 3.75

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

The information was just my experience with the bios. I'm still having the issue, but found the Master utility for overclocking bypasses this issue. I'm at a stable 4.1 now.

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  • 24 months ago
  • 0 points

Umm 1.35V for 3.8GHz is actually very average for a 1700. Many can get to ≈3.9GHz will that much power (not very many 1700's can hit 4GHz without >1.4V though).

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