Description

This system is my newest gaming computer. I won a new Ryzen PC online and that gave me the base parts I needed to transform it into what I have here. Many of the parts came from my older SnowDrop build, which was an AMD FX-8320 based AM3 system. With this new setup, I've basically upgraded nearly my entire PC, including the Ryzen 5 1600, 16GB of Ballistix DDR4, MSI MicroATX AM4 motherboard, and the MSI 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio graphics card. My Corsair H100i GTX (V2) 240mm CPU water cooler moved over from SnowDrop, along with the Fractal Design Define R5 White/Window case, Corsair 950W PSU, and NZXT Hue+ lighting system.

New here are the Steelseries Rival 700 mouse, Logitech G910 Spectrum Keyboard, and Razer Man-O-War 7.1 Wireless headset. The Ryzen CPU and Nvidia 1080 Ti GPU really make this a whole new level of gaming for me, and it would not have been possible without Elite Gaming Computers and their monthly giveaways. Also from another giveaway comes the Samsung CF-971 curved 34" Quantum Dot LED monitor.

Yes this is a Freesync monitor which I did use for a short time with SnowDrop and its dual R9 390X video cards. However the new MicroX MSI motherboard only has 1 PCIE-16 slot and came with an EVGA 1060 6GB card, which I wanted to upgrade with a Vega card. Unfortunately at the current time it is near impossible to get any Vega cards due to crypto mining, and so I decided on the 1080 Ti, which should push my 3440x1440 monitor without needing Freesync. I don't have any pictures up yet, but the basic idea is the same as my SnowDrop build as far as external looks go, as SnowDragon is using the same case.

Part Reviews

Case

I can't say enough good things about this case....but I'll try. It's kinda like the TARDIS - bigger on the inside than on the outside. The cooling options are insane for a mid-tower, and the cable management is a dream, unfortunately I can't enjoy that part due to my PSU's 400 feet of cabling. I love the fact that all of the hard drive bays can be moved around, spun, or removed altogether, which is what I eventually did as I have no HDD installed. There are two SSD mounts behind the motherboard tray where my OCZ and Crucial live. There is plenty of sound dampening material inside and the front door can mount on the left or right. I only mounted one optical drive and left the insert cover in place because I won't be using it much. If I had to be picky I would wish the case came with rear dust filters, but it does have removable front and bottom filters. I added some magnetic filters for the back, and if I ever add more radiators for the top I will have to add filters for that. So far the case if very, very quiet. I'm running 2 120mm Fractal Design intake fans in front, 1 140mm Thermaltake Riing (White LED) intake fan in the bottom, and 1 140mm exhaust fan in the rear.

Power Supply

I've had this power supply since it debuted in 2009, originally for my Red Dragon build. It has power to spare and all the reviews gave it top scores for best parts and ability to run at 100 percent all the time, pushing 3 GPU's at once. It's been a wonderful investment, however for this build I wish it was modular. There are an insane amount of cables and connectors, which was hard to hide in my old Cooler Master HAF 932 full tower case. In this case, I covered the power supply with glossy white vinyl film, rather than painting it. Turned out better than I expected.

Monitor

Got this from a giveaway and I love it. Quantum Dot and 3440 x 1440 resolution at 34" 100 Hz refresh with a 1500R curve is so nice! It's Freesync, but my current new build is Nvidia based so I can't use Freesync at this time. With my older PC using AMD R9 390X's, Freesync worked but not great. This monitor has a lot of flicker in the wider band engine (40-100hz). I never get tired of looking at this screen.

Keyboard

I wasn't sure I would like the Romer G switches from Logitech, but with this being my first mechanical keyboard (since the old IBM days), I don't have anything to compare it to. It's not silent but it's not overly loud either, and the main feature I like about it is the RGB lighting doesn't leak out the bottom of the key caps, as Cherry MX and others do. So far it's an exceptions keyboard. This version of the 910 has standard key caps, unlike the G910 Orion Spark which had oddly shaped caps. I highly recommend this keyboard.

Mouse

I've seen a lot of bad reviews on Steelseries products the last couple of years, but I still chose to get the Rival 700 for it's looks and features. It hasn't let me down yet after a year of use. There is of course RGB lighting, changeable optical/laser sensors, changeable braided and smooth plastic USB cables, lots of programmable buttons and even a digital LCD screen. It has haptic feedback via an internal rubmler, but I don't use it (this mouse is geared for eSports games that have profiles for some of these features, but I don't play those games.) I would recommend this mouse.

Headphones

This headset is the finest one I have used so far. Easily getting the full 16 hours of battery charge (unless using the RGB lighting), they are very, very comfortable for long gaming sessions. Plus I am able to get up and walk around the house, get something to drink or whatever, without removing them as they stay connected over a large area. The sound is powerful and full, but not overdone. I never imagined this kind of bass coming from a headset, and the 7.1 surround is built in to the hardware itself, not software driven. I don't use the mic so luckily it retracts into the headset staying out of the way, and can be muted. On-ear controls include volume, mute, mic mute, mic volume, and power. RGB lighting and other features are controlled via the Razer Synapse software, which is very well done as well.

Speakers

300 watt sub-woofer and 5 satellites/center give this system some serious boom. Sometimes we use the PC for music during family gatherings instead of the stereo, and it's more than enough to handle it. Gaming is superb on it. The remote is very useful and everything works like it was new however I've had this thing longer than I can remember.

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Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks great mate! I am not a picky cretic who will say ''damn that, or this or do this'', I like it how you used the providen msi thingy for in case ur gpu sags :)

Many new parts indeed ! I my self, too have am3, old cpu, motherboard and ram won't be used with Ryzen sadly, but the spirit is still there and will be xD

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! I put a few more picture up. Still more to do. I want to try building a PSU shroud out of acrylic, and maybe even doing a full acrylic side panel. I will update with more pics as I get started on it.

The MSI GPU bracket thing is a good idea, but I'm not sure how much it helps. I had picked up a different bracket from Amazon thinking it would be more stiff, but after receiving it I'm not sure it's any better than what I have. I keep a short piece of PVC pipe in the bottom of the case for when I have to move it to the table - I just run that pipe vertically under the end of the card and brace it at the bottom of the case. There's less than 1/8" of fan shroud to work with touching either the pipe or the bracket, so I have to be careful not to lock up the fans (that did happen the first time I turned it on and the only fan running was the first one, until I pulled the brace toward me some to clear the fans.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

you overpaid for those ssd's the m.2 is the only one that is semi resonable. Great to see you love the define R5 i was thinking about doing my own build in it but was sceptical to the lack of a PSU shroud. is that not a big deal or should i find a different case?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually I got one of the 960gb SSD's free and the other one on sale. I haven't gone through the price list yet and fixed all that. Plus the Ryzen CPU and MSI motherboard and half the RAM were free, along with the M.2 drive.

I have really enjoyed the R5 case, and like you I wanted a PSU shroud, which is available at V1Tech for $60 but I'm gonna try building my own from acrylic at this point. Really haven't needed one but I still want to try it and there are some pretty good videos on youtube for that.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

The Define R6 comes with a PSU shroud, vertical GPU mounting options, full tempered glass side panel, and a lot of improvements. It just came out and it's worth a look.