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.