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The painful build from Hell...

by Kanata23



Date Published

May 14, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.594 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.008 GHz


My cousin liked my previous builds, and asked me to build him a slim ITX media and light gaming PC.

So I figure, I enjoyed building pc's, and my last builds went so smoothly....

This build didn't go smoothly...

I purchased all of the following items around US Black Friday (it shows you how long it took to get this all working!). Quickly put everything together and it worked for a good week of testing and updates before I delivered the PC.

My cousin has the computer for one whole day, and then "poof!", nothing, just a black screen and no POST.

Over the next five months I try many solutions with no luck, and end up having to RMA many different pieces of this build, before it finally booted up again.

In the end it was faulty GeIL RAM and the AMD CPU that seemed to be the culprit, it must of been a compatibility issue that caused both to not work. So this PC took a lot more money, sweat and tears to get working.

Props to Newegg for being so good during the RMA process.

In the end this a good decent build, but the pain and time wasn't worth it, until the next time that is....


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Memo1010 1 Build 5 points 11 months ago

wow, that took a LONG time. Glad you finally got it up though

wilhelmpeltzer 1 Build 3 points 11 months ago

Nice build, surely appreciated more because of the effort. How's that low profile fan working for you? thinking of putting it in my next small build. +1

Kanata23 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I would say it's good, but not exceptional. Due to the low profile of the cooler design, the fan is forced to spin quite fast (around 2000 RPM), so I find it a bit loud compared to my AIO water coolers. I find the temps averaging around 45" celsius. I would use the Noctua low profile cooler for a slim build next time.

wilhelmpeltzer 1 Build 1 point 11 months ago

Ok thanks! What AIO cooler do you use?

Kanata23 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

On my other build I use a Corsair H100i V2, but it turns out virtually all AIO coolers are made by Asetek and are the same, so in the end you just end up buying the name brand you like best.

Bronstet 4 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

Props to you for sticking with it and coming through. I myself used G.Skill DDR4 3000 mHz memory and had zero problems with my Ryzen 1600X. It seems like Crucial and Geil have issues though. Glad you managed to fix it.

Kanata23 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I think I'll avoid Geil like the plague from now on. G Skill from now on!

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Kanata23 submitter 3 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

I too have had AMD systems before, but this was my first attempt at a completely brand new chipset. I agree they do seem to run hotter than team blue. But this is the first time I've ever had THIS level of problems with a build. For my next build I'd recommend sticking with tried and tested parts, and not try the newest CPU generation where incompatibilities can pop up anytime. Lesson learned.

Scavenger1610 1 point 11 months ago

Quick mention, incompatibilities with ryzen APUs not booting systems and having to get a new CPU for amd was because of mobos not having the right bios version, not necessarily a ryzen cpu fault.

Kanata23 submitter 3 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

I think this problem popped up after the system did an automatic update (as it worked great the week before delivery). In the end, I honestly believe the cheap RAM crapped out first taking the CPU with it. Next time G Skill!

Scavenger1610 1 point 11 months ago

G skill definitely, they actually have amd approved ram meant for ryzen processors

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