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!)
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.
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.
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.
It's fast, it's low, it makes your PC go.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Really not bad for the size. Pushes some air. The speed toggle from low to high is nice.
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!
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.
Does a good job blocking dust. Doesn't look too shabby.
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!