Description

This is my first build in a bit over eight years, so quite exciting for me!

My original budget was suppose to be around $1500CAD, while keeping all the peripherals I currently had. The old rig was an E8400, 4gb ddr2 ram and a 650Ti. Over the eight years, it needed 1 hard drive replacement as well as an additional one. The graphic card was originally an 9800GT but the fans gave out. I also originally only bought 2gb ram but my local store was out of stock so I had to buy the 4gb.

After six months of researching and watching hundreds of videos on youtube, I was torn between waiting for coffeelake or just getting Ryzen. The Ryzen 7 1700 finally dropped in price and I bit the bullet, buying the case, cpu, ram and psu. I had the 250gb ssd from a 2011 MBP that I sold and a 500gb ssd I had bought a few months prior. At this point i've spent about $1200 on parts with a graphic card, meaning I was gonna be over budget. I figured I'd use the 650Ti for a month or so till I could get a new card. I originally planned to get a 1070 but due to the price inflation from miners, I opted for a 1080 a week later since using the 650Ti in this system seemed so... well underwhelming.

The 1080 started giving me issues when I first installed it, it kept shutting down after a few minutes whenever I played a simple video or Overwatch. I tried everything, new drivers, bios, underclocked, nothing would stop it from shutting down, Two days later I decided to check the power supply, turns out the second cable wasn't plugged in all the way into the power supply, rookie mistake on my part. With the graphic card fix, I was suppose to be done right?

Wrong. My friend came over and mentioned that the 1080 was too much for my old monitors ( 2 x 1080p 72hz). I started looking at battle stations and decided on a 34 ultrawide. The Asus was more then the Acer and by the end of it, it came down to the Dell U3417W or the Acer Predator x34. The Dell could of been bought brand new for $850 all in compared to the x34 for $1480 all in, I decided I wanted gsync and the extra 40hz. After setting it up on my desk, absolutely zero regrets in the purchase of this monitor!

I know nothing about mechanical keyboards and was content with my old Microsoft sidewinder from 8 years ago. The more I read about them and the more the guys on discord kept talking it, I decided to try one out. I got the K70 LUX with red switches and I really like it, so satisfying to press and hear the keys.

So here I am now, WAY over budget but completely happy with what I got. I plan on added another 16gb ram in the near future, as well as a Kraken x62, and maybe some NZXT HUE+ and fans.

Part Reviews

CPU

Lives up to the hype so far, running it at 3.6GHz on stock cooler currently. Handles everything I thrown at it. No issues

Motherboard

Great board, only thing is the RGB is blocked when the graphic card is in. 5 stars still

Memory

Asus Aura controlled is nice, wish I could hit 3200 on Ryzen tho. Maybe in the future with some BIOS updates.

Storage

always used seagate hard drives, only had 1 failure in ten years.

Video Card

awesome card! handles everything on ultra so far !

Case

great case! the full tempered glass is awesome, cable management is super easy in this case as well.

Power Supply

no issues, comes with lots of cables

Monitor

Great monitor, prices seem to be dropping on them current, keep a look out! Mine came with no dead pixels and minimal BLB

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Comments

  • 30 months ago
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Best name ever 10/10 IGN

  • 30 months ago
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Nice build! Like to see people put time into the description. +1

  • 30 months ago
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Very pretty. What are the figures?

  • 30 months ago
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Whats Coffeelake?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel's new CPU generation. They plan to compete against Ryzen by adding more cores and threads to the i3, i5 and i7. You can search it up since some information has been released.

  • 29 months ago
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is it safe to put a toy on top of the backplate?

  • 29 months ago
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well he hasnt melted yet lol

  • 29 months ago
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I see Asus released a new bios on the 20th, I'm thinking of the same ram / motherboard combination myself - have you been able to get it to 3200MHz yet?

  • 28 months ago
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i've been able to to hit 3066mhz from two bios ago, the current one is still at 3066. it'll probably hit 3200 in a future update.

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  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

fixed haha

  • 30 months ago
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Did you manage to run your ram(F4-3200C16D-16GTZR) at 3200Mhz on the STRIX B350-F GAMING mobo ?

  • 30 months ago
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i was at 2400 at first and now at 2800 with the latest bios update, i havent played with the voltage/timings yet tho. Someone else on here gave me settings for 2933 but i havent had the chance to try it out yet