Description

Hey fellow PC enthusiasts! This is my $1000ish price-to-performance - somewhat - ghetto PC with a 80+ certified heart of gold. She ain't pretty yet but she'll play some games! I'll be listing parts here as well as some performance data. This is a work in progress! I started with just the necessities and am upgrading part by part. I will do another post when I upgrade the case, add more RAM, add an SSD, and add my final fan set-up. If you have similar parts or are looking at some of the parts listed and have questions, I'll do my best to answer them. I have been testing it pretty extensively while overclocking. I've had this version of the build for a couple months. I would also love any constructive suggestions you all might have. Thanks!

I originally had the AMD Wraith Spire (non-LED) stock cooler with my Ryzen 1600. I could only achieve a dodgy 3.8 MHz overclock because the temps were too much with increased voltage (getting up to 80C).

Current overclock specs:

CPU @ 3.875 MHz

RAM @ 2666 MHz (won't post and have to reset CMOS if I try 2999 MHz)

Voltage Offset (only option on this mobo): 0.1375

"Set" Core Voltage: 1.384

Voltage highs at 100% load: 1.461 momentary peaks, 1.417 steady avg

Note: BIOS main page reports higher temps for CPU than other software (+10 degrees)

Sample Load Times

HDD from post to desktop: 38.85 seconds

Sample Commonwealth load-in time from Fallout 4: 3 min. 24 seconds (brutally slow!)

Part Reviews

CPU

I really like this chip. Most piddly desktop activities I'm using under 10% of it. Gaming fluctuates but most of the time overall usage is under 40%. Mine is not the unicorn MHz golden child of overclocking lore but I can keep it running steadily at 4.875 at 70 C. It's a good chip for busy Total War games and that's one reason I got it. I'm looking forward to trying out streaming with it eventually.

CPU Cooler

Little guy packs a punch! I don't have what you call "adequate cooling" and my Ryzen 5 1600 CPU peaks at 70 C during stress tests at a 3.875 overclock w/ voltage avg. about 1.417. Compact and great looking too. Cooler pump and fans are audible during stress testing from six feet away.

Motherboard

Okay, this mobo is adequate but nothing to write home about. One - count it - ONE chassis fan and one CPU fan. I bought a cheap fan hub to compensate for the time being. This board rides the struggle bus above 2666 MHz on RAM. I have heard of a few people cracking 2999 but I have yet to sit down and finitely tweak to try and get there. I'm also not sure if this board is ideal for squeezing the last bits of OC juice out of your CPU. Lack of heatsinks, maybe? Look good in a black scheme though.

Memory

It's fast, it's low, it makes your PC go.

Storage

Decent speed for a hard drive. Do yourself a favor and buy a SATA SSD if you plan on playing triple-a games. Load times become bathroom and drink breaks on games like Total War and Fallout 4. Steam can also bottleneck the heck out of it if it's running a background process. That might be a bug, though.

Video Card

Ricky Martin once said "she bangs" and I agree. This card is bang for buck! At least before the Great Mining Catastrophe of 2017 it was. I was going to buy the last RX 580 in the entire world at my local Best Buy until I saw this sweet little number. Stays cool and fan noise is not a problem. Slightly slower than it's bigger 1070 brethren but the price cut was worth it! Eventually will bump to a 1440p monitor to revel in high-density pixel action. OC'd to 1.86GHz on core clock, 2.23GHz on memory. I'm overstocked on frames with my 60 hz monitor. Fallout 4 downtown, Mass Effect: Andromeda and Total War: Warhammer are the only games still giving the card some fight at the "I'm running out of boxes to check and put at Ultra" level. Part of that is, I believe, poor optimization on the first two games.

Power Supply

I'm really not an expert on electricity. EVGA gave me a bunch of included velcro straps sooo five stars...

On a serious note, I got this because it was highly recommended by several websites on power efficiency. Cables are sleeved, nice, and were easy to work with. Not stiff!

Operating System

Auto-update one more time while I'm overclocking Windows...

I prefer the USB stick for install. Made the process a breeze although it is super tiny!

Case Fan

Really not bad for the size. Pushes some air. The speed toggle from low to high is nice.

Case Fan

I bought this fan for a short fix to mount on a side panel while overclocking. It dropped CPU temps several degrees in a case with bad airflow. Has good weight and materials feel solid. Have had a good experience with Noctua customer service as well!

Custom

PWM wasn't registering from PWM slot. Has only one PWM master, the rest of the fans are supposed to be slaves. Ended up just running fans from power supply max speed instead of in tandem with mobo. I now sound like I'm operating a hover craft in my living room.

Custom

Does a good job blocking dust. Doesn't look too shabby.

Custom

My laptop gets 200 mb/s download speed from our router. This (while a little further away and partially blocked by a concrete wall) is hitting 100 mb/s. It's usb so I'm a fan of the simplicity. Worked without driver installs!

Comments

  • 28 months ago
  • 3 points

Cut some fan holes in it and add a few. Great build.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice sleeper build! I'm pretty sure if you got a new case with airflow in mind, you'd see your temps drop a good amount.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

A bottom-mounted PSU should also help with temps a little bit.

I've always loved the new-build-in-old-case builds though. It's part nostalgia and part seeing something that ain't new being repurposed instead of discarded. I'm curious how you mounted all the fans where there were no mount points though.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Adhesive velcro. One side on hard drive rack, the other on the fan. Worked in a pinch.

Edit: And the front ones I just mounted through the grill with screws xD

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Ah. Thanks for the reply! I've been needing to put another front intake fan in but only have one mount and was trying to decide the best way to do it

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Avocado socks... +1

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, but where in the world did you grab a 1070 for 334 bucks?

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Amazon before the price hike, no joke. These minis were on sale and way cheaper than the other 1070s. 580s were running upwards to 280 so I thought 50 bucks more...why not.

I considered selling it when the price rose, but I really like it.

  • 28 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for cute pupper

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. She helped with morale! :D

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice Avocado Socks.

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case!! I think that was my first "nice" case purchase, used for a modding contest where I got second place in beginner category... yeah, those times where transparent fans with LED lights, neon light tubes and 5 1/2 bay accessories were the things to go for! I also have two of those Silverstone fan grills and I'm using them in my current build now :D

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

d o g g o

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