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UPDATE: Sorry no new pics but have GPU upgrade MSI - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB in spring 2018

Overview: Using this PC for both gaming, live encoding gameplay videos, and video editing. I also don't like having loud systems either and this system stays nice and cool with fans set to 5v on the fan controller built into the case. At that fan speed I can't even hear if the PC is on or not and I love it. I did have a fair budget to build a PC and decided to go all out on core components such as the CPU while saving money in other areas such as the GPU and storage.

Build video I made for this PC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUvjuqXsBds

CPU: R7 1800x -Currently have clocked to a stable 4.0 GHz at 1.375v, will be working on OC later when I have days off of work.

CPU Cooler: Dark Rock Pro 3 -Not the easiest to install but wasn't too bad for how I did it -Cools really well and really quite even when fans are at 100%

Motherboard: ASRock AB350M Pro4 -I like the aesthetics of this board -Has 9 phase VRM for overclocking

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB 3000mhz -Was debating on 16 or 32gb, can always upgrade later on with 4 ram slots on motherboard -Still running at 2133, next day off where I have time I will try and see if I can get it running close to its rated speed -Short enough to fit under the massive cpu cooler

SSDs ADATA SP550 240gb -Used as a scratch disk with adobe premier pro and a buffer drive for my game recording -Got it extra cheap

Intel 600p 512GB -Lightning fast SSD for the price -Using for main boot drive and install my most played games -Love the m.2 form factor on both SSDs

HDDs: All 3 -Was an upgrade to my prior system last year and moved them to my new system as I do store a lot of video

Video card: XFX RX 470 -An upgrade fall last year when released in my old PC, rather happy with this card for now so saved money on my build and didn't buy a new video card. I can always upgrade later on.

Case: FD Arc Mini R2 -I love the looks of this case and just the right size for the place I wanted to place it -Great air flow and dust managment with built in fan controller -Came with 3 decent fans, 2x 120mm and 1x 140mm

PSU: EVGA BQ 650w Bronze rated -Ample power to run the system with plenty of headroom -Was 165mm long as not to block the bottom case fan spot -Semi modular was great as I used all 3 permanently connected cables and didn't need to have all the cables in the build to manage.

Extra Fans: Cougar CF-D12HB-B -Silent even at full speed (same cant be said for default case fans on 12v but gg fan controller) -Adds a nice blue light accent from the front of the case to match my desk setup of black/blue

PC Wheel Tray: DYI built -Scrap reclaimed wood cut to slightly larger than the case itself -4 caster wheels that makes the tray stand 1.5" off the floor -Painted black to match the theme -Cut out in bottom to allow air intake from bottom mounted PSU and bottom intake fan -PC feet on a flat surface allows 3/4" airspace for intake air for said spots but with the wheel tray its doubled for better airflow -Perfect for under my desk when I have to pull out the case for cleaning

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  • 37 months ago
  • 5 points

+1 for cat

  • 37 months ago
  • 5 points

Ryzen + Cat = +1

By the way, are you getting bottlenecking from the CPU? How is the card doing paired with such a powerhouse?

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

not OP, obviously, but atm i'm running a stock-clocked R7 1800X with a stock-clocked GTX 1080. i haven't noticed any "bottlenecking" and i can't imagine there would be any "bottlenecking" from the new Ryzen chips.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I think he was asking if the CPU was bottle necked by the lower end GPU.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm sure my video card is far weaker than what my CPU is capable of but as I already had said video card buying a new more powerful one would have to be taken out of some other parts for the system. I also only have 1080p displays and I am still happy with the 470 so I saw no reason to upgrade just yet.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

then in that case, i wouldn't know. it's not every day someone asks if the GPU is the weak link.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

if we're talking games & a 1080, ryzen is indeed bottlenecking a powerful gpu in certain games

not the biggest deal if you vsync at 60fps, but some people may want 120 or 90 or 75

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

sadly, yes, and forgive me if i may sound like a proud fanboy of AMD but i still pin most of the blame on inefficient coding for lack of gaming performance, whether it'd be on the game-side or the driver-side of things. the reason i say this is because Nvidia's drivers may also have a small part in the less than stellar gaming performance with Nvidia cards.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

that may happen sometimes, but certain calculations are serial in nature where the only way to do them is on a single thread

dosbox for example was mostly coded years ago, it doesnt know cores, it doesnt know the latest intel, certainly doesnt know ryzen, all it requests is a fixed set of math that can only improve by increasing clockspeed or redesigning the cpu architecture per core

cinebench single threaded numbers are a vague way to visualize this

i'm also ignoring the slowdown that came from transferring data between powered down cores which was one of the obvious issues early on with ryzen (well i also remember seeing user forums talking about disabling hyperthreading years ago as well)

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

okay, fair enough.

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! +1

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

will be working on OC later when I have days off of work.

Sadly, Ryzen can't really achieve much higher than 4.1ghz

  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

UPDATE: I was not able to OC past 4.0 GHz with keeping the voltage under 1.4v and I found out over longer term it was a tad unstable at 1.375v so I had to bump it to 1.381v to keep it perfectly stable at 4.0.

I was not able to get my RAM speed to 2933 but I did get it to 2666 and cinebench shows awesome CPU performance.

Here is a screen shot of cinebench on this CPU, I had saved my previous system OC test scores from my old PC (overclocked FX 8320) http://imgur.com/a/bvyUs

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same mobo with a 1700X, the power phase is actually 3+3, not 9 (or even 6) as they advertise. So its alright for a moderate overclock, and it does have good cooling on the VRMs, but I really wouldn't push it anywhere above where you got it.

Have you flashed to the latest BIOS? Most recent version allowed me to hit 2933 instead of 2666 pretty easily.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I found out after I made the post, it HAS 9 physical VRMs but 6 of them are paired up to share the load for 3 phases. Lucky it's more than enough support for a Ruzen 7 CPU.

I am running bios 2.40 and I still could not get it stable at 2933, what did you do to get yours stable at that? Also are you running the identical memory or different?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, I was a little disappointed to learn about the 3+3 after I got mine. It seems to run great though, although I haven't pushed the overclock much above 3.8 yet to see how I faired in the lottery. If it does as well as yours I'll be happy!

Huh, I figured the Vengeance LPX would hit 2933 easy now over what I have on the 2.40 update. I have ... well, the cheapest DDR4 kit I could find at Microcenter, EVGA SuperSC 16GB 3000. I didn't even realize EVGA makes RAM, apparently its exclusive to Microcenter.

Well apparently with AMD's new AGESA build it should address more RAM issues, so hopefully the next BIOS update you can get there!

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Does the am4 bracket add much height to the cpu cooler?

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Brackets adds zero height to the cooler. It keeps the cooler mounted to the motherboard which means the bottom flat plate of the cooler making direct contact to the CPU. If it held it higher than it would not be able to do its job with a gap to prevent thermal transfer.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

thanks a lot! Definately sold on a Be Quiet cooler now, appreciate you taking the time to reply.

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build! I love the M.2 form factor too and so fast!

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, how's ram clearance for the nearest ram slot to the socket? I'm looking to install this on my MB but I'm using all 4 slots of ram.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Well the ram I picked for this PC would still fit under said cooler, if I had taller heat spreaders the first slot for sure would be compromised by this cooler.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

The ram itself is not tall and I know it will fit in terms of tallness. I'm mostly asking to see if the heatpipe extends to the point where ram would be blocked by the cooler.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

What I meant to say about "Taller heat spreaders" I was refering if you decided to use another ram kit that used taller heat spreaders the first ram slot would be compromised with this cooler.

  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah, sorry. Now I get it.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

What sort of performance difference do you get with the kitty? I am thinking about getting one for my rig :3

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

When her fur gets caught in the dust filters it helps filter even more dust out of the air. Coincidentally enough I actually just upgraded the GPU to a MSI GTX 1070 aero ITX card then moved the rx 470 to my Black Ice HTPC build about a week ago.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

+1

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

dope pc love how small the build is

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  • 34 months ago
  • 1 point

Well my VRMs are doing well for my 8 core @ 4.0 GHz. The MSI board I was looking at during the time I was picking hardware I found reviews of them running 130+c with 1.4v of power so I decided to steer clear of that board. I am happy with the ASRock board and it has been rock solid for me, it has been my daily driver ever since I built it.

The bios was fairly easy to use and I had no troubles finding advanced settings for overclocking for both CPU and ram. As far as the colour goes be glad it's not shoving red down your throat like so many other boards.

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  • 37 months ago
  • 1 point

As I used the GPU from my old PC and didn't buy another one buying a newer higher end video card would have been far more expensive than the price difference on the CPU if I dropped to a 1700. As for the motherboard I also already had the case from before and it needed to fit in a MATX form factor so I picked the top motherboard for the VRMs that I could find with little regard for the price.

I do love this CPU as it certainly does crush projects in Adobe Premier Pro compare to my old CPU of a FX 8320.