Description

Build #5

Date of Build: June 2017

Name: Miku V2 is an evolution of my first build: faster, prettier, and more capable than ever.

Client/Recipient: Me

Purpose: Game recording/streaming, Video editing, Vocaloid production, Overclocking ;)

Special Notes: All parts with a cost of $0 were hand-me-downs or gifts. The OS, PSU, HDD's, WiFi Card, CPU Cooler, and GPU, Monitors, and Mouse are being carried over from my previous build.

The Story Behind it: My original Miku build didn't have a color theme, couldn't overclock, and wasn't good enough for game streaming or serious video editing. In other words: Soulless and mediocre. This upgrade is designed to fix those shortcomings.

Other Part Reviews:

  • Corsair Spec Alpha ATX Mid Tower Gaming Case (White/Teal)

This case is a Fry's Electronics exclusive and I think it fits the Miku theme very well. It's a lighter turquoise/teal so it better matches Miku V3 or V4X as opposed to her official V2 artwork. It has enough room for a 180mm+ power supply without compromising the drive cages which is a huge plus for me. Overall build quality is good, but I wish Corsair had made it a couple inches taller because there is no way to route cables behind the motherboard. It may look like there is a hole on the top left of the motherboard tray but that gets covered up completely when you install your system. The three fans it comes with provide plenty of airflow and are acceptably quiet. The manual makes a couple mistakes when referring to specifications. Up to three 120mm fans can fit on the front panel (not just two,) and 160mm coolers are not too tall to put the side panel on (156mm is the stated max height.)

  • Glorious Modular RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard (Barebones) v2

Absolutely LOVE this keyboard! You can get this shipped from PC Gaming Race with your choice of Gateron switches and a set of keycaps for under 120USD. Hot-swappable switches, a standard layout, lack of annoying logos, and a very easy to use RGB software make this keyboard a must-buy for enthusiasts. There is some slight variation in color consistency, but other than that this keyboard is perfect.

Part Reviews

CPU

Excellent price to performance. Stock cooler is quiet, but not adequate for anything more than mild overclocking. I have mine stable (Prime 95 stable, not just "it boots" stable) at 3.8GHz @1.35v. Cannot get it to 3.9GHz or more even at 1.4v.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is designed for boards with large RAM modules where other tower coolers won't fit. Good for Ryzen 7 overclocking as long as the you set the voltage no higher than 1.4v. I received a free AM4 bracket from Phanteks about a week after submitting my proof of purchase. Even though the Corsair Spec Alpha states coolers larger than 156mm won't fit, this one does, with a couple millimeters to spare.

Motherboard

Early stability issues required the use of the dual-BIOS since it froze up during an update. Includes on-board buttons for: Power, Reset, CMOS clear, and OC (I am now convinced that the OC button does absolutely NOTHING.) Has tons of fan/pump headers and a tasteful board design. The biggest complaint I have is that the Motherboard LED sectors are not individually addressable, many colors do not work well, and there are large color inconsistencies between individual sectors that can only be remedied by keeping to either solid Red, Green, or Blue.

Memory

It's RAM. Nice heatsink with decent timings. Can't get it to 3200MHz on my Gigabyte AX370 Gaming 5 yet.

Storage

Admirable performance for an antique. SSD's are more expensive now than two years ago, so I just use these and keep my computer running 24/7 :P

Video Card

When you first buy a reference card, you'll hear the fan noise and wish you had gotten an aftermarket solution. Then as the months go by, you start to become oddly attached to your card and stop minding the noise and high temperatures. This is a solid card. Too bad the miners have ruined the market for them.

Power Supply

Excellent value and warranty. Gives you the option to turn off the fan during low loads.

Operating System

Recent changes to the update system has made this OS much more tolerable.

Wireless Network Adapter

Dual-Band WiFi and Bluetooth all in one card. Works out of the box in Windows and Linux. Unless you are part of the 0.01% who need Gigabit wireless speeds, there is no better option.

Monitor

Cheap VA panel. Good colors. VGA and DVI only.

Monitor

Decent IPS. No idea why it costs so much.

Mouse

Software has a learning curve. Mouse feels comfortable and performs well. Also, RGB.

Custom

Stand is a bit weak, but it works. Microphone is better than most headset/clip-on mics, but I'd look elsewhere for a dedicated podcast/streaming mic.

Custom

Underrated. Excellent option for budget audiophiles who need isolation and something that is semi-portable.

Custom

Works fine with Studio One. I don't play piano but I do use it for instrument sampling.

Custom

It was cheap, did not require a power adapter, and matched my color scheme. No problems so far.

Custom

Has everything I need for recording/guitar practice and none of the features I don't. Love the special-edition Miku theme!

Custom

Tasteful pink LED fan. Decently quiet, but only comes in a 3pin/molex option.

Comments

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

N I C E

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Looks nice, like the theme. That cable management could have some work on it though

  • 30 months ago
  • 2 points

Feature worthy? YES!

Please feature staff!

Also knew the case was a FRYs exclusive before I read your review. Glad to see a build with it looking epic.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

How'd you color your case teal?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a FRYs exclusive color, not a custom paint

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, man.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I forgot a link, here

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

+1, Really like the color scheme, it works well for this build.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

LOVE THE MIKU THEME BRO! MIKU HATSUNE FOREVER!

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

So kawaii~~

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

oh god dat table tho

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah it's pretty sketch. I'll be replacing it once I move out.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I love this build, it has a lot of style, great job!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

can u turn off the mobo lights completely?

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes. This setting can be changed in BIOS or in the OS with Gigabyte's app.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Love that you kept with the theme the entire build, other than a small bit more cable management required, great build!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Any updates on the RAM compatibility? :/

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

After extensive testing, 2933MHz at standard timings has proven stable on the newest BIOS version.

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

You should be able to tighten up the timings. I have the same board/CPU, and the 3200MHz CL15 TridentZ (OG not RGB though) 32GB kit (16GBx2) and while I can't hit the rated 3200MHz yet (even w/ the latest F6 BIOS w/ AGESA 1.0.0.6a; Ryzen really doesn't like these SK Hynix DRAM dies, the Samsung B.die on the CL14 3200MHz TZ models has absolutely no problems running full speed, whatsoever), even if I loosen up the timings a bit (doesn't help that pre-Ryzen 16GB DIMM's are all dual-rank, pretty sure the 8GB versions are SR so you'll probably be able to get the full 3200MHz before I will), they are running absolutely rock-solid at 2933MHz CL14 though. Going from 15, 15 etc... to 14, 14 etc... really helped make up a lot of the ground caused by being stuck at 2933MHz (according to AIDA64's Cache & Memory Benchmark that is).

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

That's an awesome build. Might I ask, what speed is you RAM running at? I have the same kind running about 2933 on the ASRock Taichi

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

I just updated to the newest bios, F9a, and as with the F6 bios I was using before, I cannot get it past 2933MHz with CL16 timings.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Same here. It'll be some time before we get 3200. Can you change subtimings on your motherboard? I can, and if I can get a good timing to clock at 3200, I'll let you know.