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My last PC had a Ryzen 1700. It ran games well, but when it came to recording gameplay, I had to make a lot of graphic sacrifices on both the game, and the recording. No such issues so far with the 2700X. I’ve been using OBS, Xbox capture, and ReLive as capture software. It hasn’t had any issues with any of them, and I’m now recording at a smooth 1080p while gaming in 1440p. All that without any graphic sacrifices. Very happy with the difference.

The motherboard has caused a couple issues by now. Nothing to bad though. My brother ordered the first one from B&H as a gift to me. The website stated it would be back in stock within 11 days (this is in September). Since it was the cheapest price, we went ahead with the order. A month go’s by. No word, emails, notifications about changes. Nothing from B&H. Upon reaching out to them, we learned that their entire stock of MSI B450M Mortar was back logged, and I was very far down on the list of people waiting on boards.

So we canceled the order, and I ordered another one from Amazon. It was in my hands in days and I was building. Fast forward to the end of December, a package from B&H got dropped off on my porch. It was the original motherboard. So they didn’t cancel the order and it still took four months to arrive. The entire time, their website was never updated, the page constantly saying it would be in stock in 11 days. B&H will never get my money again.

The storage is where the motherboard itself got a bit weird. I installed the m.2 drive as a boot, and its amazing. I’m shocked at the difference in loading times compared to my last rig. I tried to utilize the second M.2 slot on the board. I knew this would make PCI_E4 unavailable, but wasn’t ready for the weirdness that took place after that. Not only was the drive not detecting, but it caused my GPU to malfunction as well. The DVI and HDMI ports functioned, but not at the same time. It was one or the other. I didn’t have any Displayport monitors or cables to test that at the time.

Wanting to know if it was the mobo or the hard drive that was causing the issue, I had my brother bring his pc over, so we could rebuild it and test the hard drive. We replaced his old board with the first one we ordered, and we installed windows on the drive in question. Everything worked, and as soon as the drive was out of the M.2 slot, my GPU returned to normal.

The GPU has done quite well. Outside of the issues mentioned above, there has been only one other problem, and that was just because of an unstable overclock. I attempted to use the MSI Gaming App to put the pc into Overclock mode. After reboot, I made it to the login screen, and after signing in it went straight to black screen. I shut the overclock mode off in bios, and rebooted, and was met with artifacting at login, and black screened once again. Third reboot was normal, and no problems since. I limited myself on the PSU. It was one of the first parts I purchased along with fans and the case. I simply wanted to get some of the cable management done before the motherboard arrived. It was a mistake though, because now if I want to upgrade my GPU to something that can run 4K 60FPS, I have to replace my PSU as well. Should have just went big right off the bat.

Again, one small issue with the PSU, I originally had ordered a TX550. It was DOA, and after a brief email exchange with Corsair customer support, I not only had a new one on the way after shipping mine back, but a better one at no extra cost. They were out of the TX550 and opted to ship me an RM550x in its place. This prompted me to regret already spending money on TT fans, and caused me to decide to stick with Corsair for my ram, mouse, keyboard and headset.

The Riing Plus fan line is pretty amazing. I don’t like the software as much however. If I put my computer to sleep, it forgets which profile its supposed to be doing, and reverts to its default light profile. For two months now, its wanted me to update, but the update screen is in a different language. I emailed Thermaltake support about it, I have not heard back yet. I will be opting for a different rgb option in the future.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

How did the Thermaltake core v21 treat you i might be using it in my upcoming build

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

It was an absolute joy. Made the build way easier being able to reach everything. The fan rails pop right out, so you don't have to unscrew all the fans if you want them removed. Its also super customizable, you can put the clear side on either side or on top. It can be built as a traditional vertical layout, or horizontal like I have it. Works perfect with that AMD cooler, blowing hot air straight up and out of the pc. I have all fans in the front pulling air in, and the 3 in the back blowing it out. Even just making little upgrades is easier in this thing because of the accessibility.
If you intend on liquid cooling, you can bolt two of these together to put your cooling stuff in a seperate space.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I saw the liquid cooling stuff about it Ill probably use this case or the Corsair air 240

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

The only weird thing about this case, and it likely doesn't matter much to most folks, is where the slot is for a disk drive or blu ray player. Its behind the front panel, above the fan. And there is no way you'd fit one in there with a big graphics card, unless you did build vertical. Its also weird they want you to pull your front panel off every time you want to pop a disk in as well...

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that is kinda odd but I don’t really think I will be using dvds that much

  • 13 months ago
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That was my thought. I figure if I find myself in need of one, I'll just get an external, and put it away when I'm not using it.

  • 13 months ago
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Wow that's a really cool build! You're really bold for going with that 1tb m.2 I would love to have one but I never really thought about spending a lot on storage. Lol everything will be butter smooth. This deserves a +1

  • 13 months ago
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Thanks! All issues aside with the second M.2 slot on the board, its been awesome. Even my brother noticed the speed difference. Just after completing the build, and before steam, oculus, and all sorts of other things were installed, it had an 11 second boot time, lol. In the coming months I will be grabbing some traditional SSD's to house my game libraries on, to free up the boot drive again.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Sweet! I basically have a watered down version of yours if you want to check it out. Lol this is why I love this site because we can unlease are inner nerdiness and socialize xD

  • 13 months ago
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Yeah, I just took a look at it. Whats funny is that the same GPU I have is now way cheaper. Saw tons of sales after it was installed, lol.

  • 13 months ago
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I got mine last year when GPU prices for insane. Im gonna get a new GPU by the end of the year though so I can use this one for another build.

  • 13 months ago
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I just have to say, I like your username

  • 13 months ago
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Thanks! 12 guitars and 4 amps later I'm finally actually content with my rig, lol. I plan on setting an Apollo USB up on this rig, and depending on the quality. Maybe even an aftermarket sound card. This is expensive though and will require some budgeting. In the meantime I use a Tascam hand recorder as an interface, and just record directly to the sd card in that.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

You sir have good taste.

I would like to know how well you card pushes that amazing Freesync monitor? I am considering something very similar and I think I am encouraged by your results so far. I guess I'm wondering if such a system could also steam twitch effectively?

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I haven't tried streaming to twitch at all. Although I was screen sharing on discord with a buddy while playing Planetside 2, and had no issues. I have noticed a bit of flashing, but only on loading screens, otherwise its super smooth and clear. I was stuck playing the Witcher 3 and Kingdom Come for about 7 hours each after getting the monitor, lol. But- This is my first 144 hz monitor, and I'm coming from using an old 4K tv.

But the monitor is very nice, I took a picture with my phone, and that looked amazing. I'll post it if you want.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Cool, thanks for all the help man, I'd love to see more of the monitor!

So Basically I was planing on building a rig similar to yours and getting a 1080p 144hz monitor. But now I'm really encouraged by your build results with that 1440p monitor.

I'm thinking of maybe that 30' Acer you got with whatever 580/590 that's onsale

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I've been getting pretty smooth 1440p gameplay on most games. So far I'm hitting 60 fps on ultra with games like planetside, Arma 3 (dips down below 60 in heavy combat), and a few other older games.

Witcher 3 is ran at 1440p ultra, and averaged between 30 fps and 55 fps, environment dependent. But I can live with that. I posted a couple pictures taking with my phone of the Witcher. Phone was set at best possible quality (Galalxy S9+) and still doesn't do it justice, lol

Kingdom Come still has to be ran at 1080 for decent fps. I can play in 1440, but some of the cut scenes choke down to an unwatchable 11 fps at that resolution with my gpu.

Best game, that I posted a screen grab and benchmark for, is FC5. I did a bit of tinkering last night and got some pretty decent results. And I would have to say, it was a much better option to go with the 1440p monitor then to go 1080 and wonder if I could step up. I've had good luck with most games.

I did try to record at 1440 while playing and OBS dropped frames like hot pennies. But it does great at recording 1080. Will try to set base canvas at 1440 and output to 1080 to see how well that works out.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah that FC5 screen grab looks phenomenal. Thanks for the help man, I think I'm gonna try to swing that monitor if I can get my hands on one. Its a really nice price point and it looks amazing.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

My other choice was going to be what amounts to the MSI version of it. But it was like a $20 difference. And, it comes with a display cable. Didn't know that when I ordered it, and ended up with an extra one.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

So I overclocked the GPU today. Didn't have a super high ceiling, and didn't want to change the cooling. So its modest, but made a difference. Getting about 100 points higher across the board on my 3D Mark Bench's. And actual in game the improvements are even better. I maintain about 55-63 FPS at 1440p (Sub-Ultra settings) in the Witcher 3 now, only dipping into the high 40's on cutscenes and sometimes in big cities.

Good luck with your Build!