Description

I built my first computer in college when my Macbook just couldn't handle my code compiling & VM needs. Since then, things have gotten a little out of hand.

After college, it basically became my netfix box that I would occasionally game and write code on. I wasn't planning on any changes to my 4790k based system since Intel's been selling the same tired 4 core chip for 3 years and buying a new 4 core chip in 2017 was not really an upgrade.

When AMD launched Ryzen, it was genuine innovation and I made the leap. So far, I'm really happy with the build. I have it at 4.0Ghz at 1.37v with cl14 3200Mhz ram and the machine has been running for months without a hitch.

My next upgrade will be Threadripper for my freenas build. Intel's x299 was a major disappointment, I don't want their fire hazard in my closet

Part Reviews

CPU

Intel hasn't made a processor worth upgrading to in 3 years and their next 15% improved 4 core chip won't be something I will invest in either. I use Xeon based blade servers at my job and it involves compile operating systems a lot and when I wanted to learn anything at home my i7 4790k would take forever to compile. The 1800x has cut down the time by almost half! All the Intel mainstream processors like the 7700k get manhandled by the 1800x.

For gaming my performance improved since I always play with 10 chrome tabs, Twitch, Spotify and a couple other things running with my game, also I get much better lows since the cpu isn't pegged at 100% which forced the scheduler to juggle more than it can handle.

CPU Cooler

Decent cooler. I upgraded the fans to Corsair's ML series

Motherboard

I was originally planning on getting the Taichi but the Gaming Professional came in stock at my local Microcenter and I got tired of waiting. I went for this board for the 16 power phase design and 3200Mhz memory support. I really like it so far. The initial bios upgrade is frustrating and I would highly recommend doing it over a usb stick with dos on it rather than through windows. Once you're at v1.5+ you have the option of doing it straight from the UEFI as long as you have a internet connection.

Storage

Pretty good drive. As of now, I don't know if the difference in performance between a nvme drive and an ssd is worth it for most people

Storage

Best drive to get right now.

Storage

Decent drive. Go with reds for reliability

Video Card

It's a good card, no 2 ways about it but the reference cooler is ****, it chokes the card pretty frequently and is definitely not value for money. I usually go with the ti release but gambled on this card since the ti release was nowhere in sight when I got this card in September. With the new Xp release, I feel completely screwed over since they sold me a 12 cylinder car with one cylinder turned off only to start selling the same thing with the full 12 cylinders 6 months later. I won't be buying a titan again. If AMD can deliver competition to this card, I would be happy to switch over.

Operating System

I hate this adware/spyware OS. It is literal dogshit. You can throw thousands of dollars to polish this turd but sadly macbook or my Ubuntu Elitebook are still a much better overall user experience. If I get over gaming, I will be installing a proper OS on this computer

Monitor

After using a retina macbook, I could see the difference in the detail of text between that and anything 1080p and there was no going back. I value 4k detail a lot more than 144Hz and this tn monitor has served me well so far. It's not the best out there but for the price, it's pretty good.

Keyboard

I initially got a razer keyboard but it's not very good for couch gaming. It weighs more than a laptop and doesn't sit well in a living room, I really like this keyboard. It has a solid construction, it is really light and has a good battery life.

Custom

Pretty good overall. I wish it didn't have such an ugly shroud and maybe a little better fan

Custom

They sound really good, they're comfortable for short periods but if you don't have them on just right, they can get uncomfortable

Custom

Love this thing, it powers everything I throw at it well and has 4k passthrough

Custom

This things sound better than a movie theater

Comments

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

the titan has ryzen?

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

Was wondering why it cost so much... till I saw you added every single item in that room. Looks good though

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  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

Please keep feedback polite and constructive. There's no reason to attack the owner of the build or make fun of him for including extra components.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

it's a fantastic beast. where can I find it? :D

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

That depends on which briefcase you currently have in your possession.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Great use case for a monster Ryzen build.

Would love to see a few benchmarks if you have time

Also, how is the onkyo as a receiver for the Samsung? I have the same tv and am trying to figure out if it makes sense to get a receiver.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like it. It has 4K/60 Hz HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2. It also has airplay, spotify and pandora streaming. It provides pretty good power to speakers as well. The UI & remote isn't the best though

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

2expensive4me

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 nice build

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for balancing your monitor 45% off the desk. You're a risk taker.

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It's fine haha

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Interesting choice of RAM, 3200 MHz @ CAS 14. That's a great choice if you're going up to 64 GiB RAM, I'd say but if you're using something that is CPU heavy and memory hungry, I'd go with a lot more memory but if you're staying in and around 16 GiB, there is a less expensive option and has much better bandwidth realization because of a lower CAS time. There is a 2400 MHz CAS 10 memory out there and isn't over-clocked.

The general performance profile of 3200 MHz CAS 14 is about 228.

The general performance profile of 2400 MHz CAS 10 is about 240.

All you're doing is dividing operational frequency by the CAS time to get this information. CAS timing is important when it comes to CPU intensive calculations. It spends less time waiting for the memory to become usable to read or write to it versus that of higher CAS latency RAM. CPUs are medium bandwidth, ultra low latency devices. While GP-GPUs (graphics cards) are ultra high bandwidth devices with a medium latency.

I'm not saying your memory choice is wrong just for 16 GiB, just different the way I would have configured the same system.

I take it you're using either GCC or LLVM to do the embedded Linux distribution builds? BusyBox/Linux or something else? You can configure your GCC or LLVM compiler to use more memory, by default it won't use more than 4 GiB of RAM even if you have way more than 8 GiB. I also assume that if you're using say, GCC that you're using something like "make -j 16" (to use all the available threads, instead of relying on the default) on your AMD Ryzen CPU.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

The interconnect between the two quad-core CPU Complex blocks runs at the same speed as the actual memory clockspeed. Hence, I got 3200Mhz cl14 memory. I use Yocto which has great options for scaling with cores and caching unchanged parts of a binary.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yocto uses BitBake for compilation support.

Here's a site you can read about it.

https://marcin.juszkiewicz.com.pl/2008/04/07/speeding-up-bitbake-builds/

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I've used Yocto and BitBake for years, I really like it.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I feel bad for you.. i really do. Nvidia being screwing their enthusiasts customers lately

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it sucks. I won't be buying a titan again.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

As an audio guy, I appreciate the list, sweet build man! How's the 1800X treating you?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks man! I really like it, it's the best upgrade I've had in a long time. What audio setup are you rocking?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

nothing as fancy as this, but I'm running some Def Tech floor standing speakers (forget the models, but the newest models). I'm a Twitch streamer so I have a preamp, mic, and mixer right now too. Headphones, audioquest nighthawks, vmoda m-100's, and beyerdynamic custome one pro's hooked up to a creative soundblaster ZXR and a handbuilt tube amp I made myself :)

Still jealous of those B&W's man, I love that company.

I'm running a 5820k but need more threads and better encoding, I think Ryzen 1800X will be an upgrade for me.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I love Definitive's speakers. That setup sounds awesome man! Yeah Ryzen is great value for money. Plus the AM4 socket will supported till 2020

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I know man, I'm so stoked to get Ryzen

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnmnnnnnnnnnnmnnnmnmn, this build is so cool.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you fit the cooler to the front???

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I placed the fans where they needed to be then put the screws in just enough that they would pop out behind the fan and aligned the radiator then screwed them in once they were aligned

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

"Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit I hate this adware/spyware OS. It is literal dogshit."

Check out https://youtu.be/wgKJMsJ-6XU it will help you with your nasty *** Windows 10 :)

Enjoy

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I saw that one! Thanks though. Yeah I have like 5 utilities and a traffic firewall going haha

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build mate. How much clearance do you have on the ram? A lot of reviews say you can't use high profile ram in these cases with a cooler up the top.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I was able to fit the Trident Z with the 120mm gpu cooler on top but a 140mm cooler wouldn't really work since there isn't a lot of height clearance if that helps.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome man, I'm looking at a AIO 240mm so that shouldn't be an issue. Thank you heaps

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

You bet!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Ugh, pic 4 is giving me a heart attack with 40% of the monitor's base off the table...

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hello,

I reckon it must be superfluous for a college student. Never mind. I can only hope that you did not buy that from a card!

My best wishes for your career.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi,

I had a 4790k and a 980ti for my college build since FPGA hdl circuits and VLSI chip designs would take hours and up to days to compile on a laptop and made me struggle to meet deadlines making a powerful desktop a necessity

Thanks for the wishes!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

HOLY ****! amazing build! But kinda got screwed over with that titan card. GG no re. 9/10 IGN +1

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

dope build m8 now im going to buy this case forsure

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Awesome build! Congrats on everything, especially on the ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming mainboard - best AMD board currently, and maybe of all time.

You can use a better PSU though. For a powerful and overclocked system like yours 1000W is a must - like SeaSonic PRIME Platinum/Titanium.

Can't wait to see your future Threadripper + Vega 64 build. :)

Cheers and good job.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

A audio-file eh? 10 points gryffendor i dig it. now the real reason im commenting is im concerned about you creating negative pressure in that case. also ive never seen a radiator front facing like you have it, is there a particular? reason did it not fit? is there a method to your madness? is it all about pride? (+10 more points if you get that joke)

lovely build man how is the audio system im looking to hook one up myself right now im running a old school 20 y/o bose wave through my blue yeti

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

Nice! You're not holding back at all, looks like a fun build. Nice choice on the Razor keyboards, they gave such a satisfying feeling when hearing that clicking sound. XD .

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I definitely agree!

  • 32 months ago
  • -1 points

nice build!!! but why a titan and not a 1080Ti???

  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it for my last build a while ago and didn't really see a point of buying the ti

  • 32 months ago
  • 0 points

oh okay

  • 32 months ago
  • -1 points

a pc costing 8k+ dollars having just 16gb of ram ??

  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

32gb would have no added value for my needs.

  • 32 months ago
  • 2 points

If you take a look he actually lists his home theater parts as well, TV, speakers, receiver and that was a large chunk of the price total.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

It's really nice!

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  • 32 months ago
  • 3 points

What was the total counter at the end of that one? I remember feeling the need to start yelling at the screen.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

Its fine.

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  • 32 months ago
  • 1 point

If I were getting a card today I definitely would but I got the titan in November for my last build