For Cyber Monday, Amazon had the Ryzen 7 3800x, the MSI MPG x570 Gaming Pro Carbon Wifi, and the Samsung 970 Evo m2 ssd on sale and with my aging i5-2500k, I decided to pull the trigger and jump on the Ryzen train!

With mixed reviews on the stock prism cooler, I decided to upgrade to the Noctua NH-D15 Chromax Black. The Noctua cooler is a beast! So much so, that I was only able to mount it using the single fan orientation. Coming from an AIO h100i and an intel chipset, I'm a little concerned about my temps and how much the cpu frequency fluctuates (30s - 40s idle ), but using cinebench my cpu never gets above 72 F. I am not overclocking or anything like that at the moment, I just wanted to get a baseline. I have all the fans on PWM with the stock fan curves - I wanted this build to be quiet as well hence the Be Quiet Silent Wings 3 case fans. With all that considered, I think the temps are decent - please let me know if not!

Update: After some research, apparently a lot of the monitoring applications out there differ compared to Ryzen Master with how cpu temperature is reported - namely max core temp vs avg core temp over the specified polling interval. According to Ryzen Master, which measures average core temp, my idle CPU temps are in the low 30s which makes me feel much better.

Like my cpu, my old gpu (GTX 770) was due for a replacement. I wanted to pair the ryzen with a 5700xt but with the driver issues and with the higher end ones being close to Nvidia's price range, I opted to get the MSI 2070 Super Gaming X on sale from Newegg and holy moly is this card big! Despite its size, it did end up fitting in the first PCI slot even with the big Noctua cooler! I also greatly appreciate the brace MSI included with the video card to help reduce sag!

I did end up using my old PSU, old SSD, and old HDD from my previous build. Other than that, the build was very straight forward. I did foolishly install MSI Dragon Center without reading any reviews and that did cause variance with the cpu frquencies being pinned, so I had to reformat but with my OS being on its own drive, that didn't take too long at all to get everything back up and running. If you plan on using the onboard wifi, I would also highly recommend downloading the latest intel drivers from here (and not the dated ones on MSI's site).

Overall, I am quiet pleased with the build and I just have to get used to seeing varying idle temps since ryzen likes to scale up and down apparently!

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Edit: Decided to put the rest of my peripherals in as well!

Edit Again: I added in a 3rd front fan for better airflow. I also spent way too much time trying to figure out the random vibration was caused by the 140 mm cpu fan the noctua cooler came with. I switched that to a 140 mm Be Quiet PWM fan and the infuriating vibration is gone!

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Nice build. I got the same bundle on Black Friday. I have seen a lot of reviews of the motherboard that point to issues with it running very hot. Have you noticed any of that at all? I'm currently considering returning it and getting another. Cheers.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi Derok2, thanks for the compliments. I would definitely refer to the reviews for mb heat concerns, but I haven't noticed the chipset fan kick on or anything like that. I do have very good airflow in this case however. If you have the money, there are definitely better motherboards out there. I'd refer to Gamer's Nexus for their very in-depth reviews and buying guides. Best of luck with your build!

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

For what it's worth @derok2, I went ahead and ran a cinebench run with dwinfo64 up to record mb temps during the run. You can see the results here -

  • 20 days ago
  • 1 point

Hey, I also got this black friday deal and am planning to build in a month. I've chosen the same RAM and cooler and am building in a corsair 500d. Was wondering if you couldnt use two fans because of the RAM clearance or something with the case? Trying to picture everything before jamming it all together.

  • 15 days ago
  • 2 points

I was unable to use the 2nd fan due to the ram height and my case not being wide enough to accommodate the 2nd fan. That said, I am likely going to order a 120 mm fan and use that as my 2nd. Hope that helps and hope your build goes well!

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 point

Hi, I noticed that you are using the Nh-d15 with a NR600, 165mm cooler in a case with a 166mm of clearance. Did you face any issues installing, is it too tight or just okay?