Ever since my brother built his PC in 2015 I've always wanted to build my own. I've been using an ASUS laptop for quite a while now so coming to a desktop has been a very nice change. I started putting together the parts list in July and have been doing lots of research and learning new things since. I plan on using this machine for mostly gaming although I wanted to make sure that it could handle the occasional SolidWorks or CAD if needed.
I decided to go with the Ryzen chip because it was clearly the best value for money in my opinion. I then started to build from there.... Soon enough I had the whole parts list picked out by mid to late october. I then waited on deals and whenever I felt that a part was a solid deal I would order it. I had all the parts but the graphics card by Thanksgiving weekend and decided to build everything then and test it out with a gpu from an old computer to make sure that everything ran correctly.
With this being my first build I wanted to make sure everything was going to be perfect. The H7 Quad Lumi cooler was kind of weird to set up because until you mounted the cooler onto the mounting bracket the bracket seemed loose but as soon as it was fully assembled it was very sturdy. Then everything else went very smoothly. The phanteks case was a joy to build in with all the grommets and cable management help. I still can't get over how good the case looks being such a reasonable price. When my gpu finally arrived it was very easy to mount and get set up.
Once I had it completely built I wanted to sync up all the lighting effects, this being an rgb build it was essential. The H7 was very easy and self intuitive to set up through the NZXT CAM software. The asus AURA SYNC was another story however. After installing the aura software, it would say it wouldn't recognize any rgb elements. After browsing forums I discovered that you need to unblock the zip file before you uninstall the software in order for it to work properly, after that everything synced up without any issues.
After I got all the lighting figured out it was time to overclock my cpu. With all the help on youtube I was easily able to overclock my gpu to 3.8 GHz without any issues. I didn't want to push it more because at the moment I don't have a need to. A problem that I am having though is with my G.Skill Trident Z RGB ram. Unfortunately my motherboard doesn't fully support it at its rated speed of 3200 MHz. With some BIOS tuning I can get it to run at 2933 MHz but every once in a while it will crash. I haven't tweaked any of the gpu's settings yet but I don't know if I'll have to. With everything running the system is still very quiet and everything stays around 60-65 C under load, which I'm very pleased with.
That is how my build process went and I hope you enjoyed it.
Here are some benchmarks with the cpu at 3.8 GHz and ram at 2933 MHz:
Cinebench Multicore: 1217
UserBenchmarks: Game 114%, Desk 85%, Work 84% CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 - 90.8% GPU: Nvidia GTX 1080 - 143.6% SSD: Samsung 850 Evo 500GB - 102.6% RAM: G.SKILL F4 DDR4 3200 C16 2x8GB - 100.9% MBD: Asus ROG STRIX B350-F GAMING
AC Origins on Ultra at 1440p Benchmark: Very High Frame Score of 7612 66 avg FPS