Description

This is my upgrade/overhaul build(Original Build: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/PdKZxr).

I have overclocked the CPU to a constant 3.6GHz.

Several parts are pulled from my previous build: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, ADATA 64GB, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB, Corsair CXM 750W, Lite-On, LG 29" 2560x1080.

The upgrade:

AMD Ryzen 7 1700X: I went with the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X simple due to the price at the moment, I can easily overclock it to 1800X levels in the future should the need arise.

ARCTIC MX4: I swapped thermal paste from Arctic Silver to Arctic MX4, and so far I have been seeing much lower temps on my old FX-8350(Put into my wife's computer). It also seems to be doing a good job for the 1700X.

Asus STRIX X370-F G: This board is a more recent option from Asus on the Ryzen model. It has all the features I was looking for and doesn't break the bank for no good reason like the Asus - CROSSHAIR VI HERO. I would not recommend using the 5-way optimize feature on this board as it is very unstable.

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series DDR4-2400 x 16GB: Cheapest ram on the market at the time of purchase.

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM: It's a hard drive... Not much else to say about it. I've had good luck with Barracuda drives.

MSI GeForce GTX 1080 TI DUKE OC: The highest factory overclock for the price at the time of purchase. So far it has been shredding everything I throw at it. It is truly VR Ready and can handle 4k gaming with ease.

Phanteks Enthoo Luxe: What can I say, great build quality. Toolless design with built-in cable management making your case look nice and tidy. The only fault I could find would be the extra power HUB mounted on the back of the case, I couldn't get it to work correctly and control my 4 pin fans, essentially put everything to max rpm. Good thing you don't really need to use it.

Summary: This build turned out very nice. Cost me roughly $1500 to upgrade, and should last another 4-5 years before needing a retool like my previous build. Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, some of my choices were due to budget constraints. I will be getting an AIO water cooler around Christmas to clean up the inside of the case and get that massive CPU cooler out of the way.

Update: This build now has two 29" LG 21:9 screens stacked on top of each other. I have also added an M.2 Drive because I needed more SSD space for games(Thanks Comcast for the data cap that requires me to horde games like their the last copy ever), and the price difference for a SATA SSD was close enough that I figured why not increase my load speeds even further for my most played games/windows.

Comments

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. Did the 212 EVO work out of the box or did you have to get an upgrade bracket?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Worked off of my old build, this board had two sets of brackets so it is backwards compatible.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

I am building with the same motherboard and ram kit, first Ryzen build I've done, and I noticed that the Gskill ram isn't on asus' supported ram list for that motherboard, have you had any issues with that ram? and if so, how did you troubleshoot? Thanks in advance for the help, hard to find much info about this with it being so specific.

  • 12 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the late response! I haven't had any issues with Gskill ram on this board other than the board not setting speeds to 2400 by default. I've overclocked, messed with timing, and have had zero issues with stability or performance. To be honest I'm not sure what the difference is between this ram(F4-2400C15D-16GVR) and the ASUS recommended ram(F4-2400C15Q-16GVR).

  • 11 months ago
  • 1 point

I finished the build and had the same issue. Thank you for your reply. I think the only difference is something to do with the actual chips themselves. I kinda forgot about it. Did you have any issues with the rgb on your board? Mine doesn't seem to want to light up no matter what drivers I install.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

What made you get the a full tower instead of a mid tower case?

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Mostly the extra room to work with. Easier for me to do cable management.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Okay