Description

Hey. My first foray into PC building from scratch. The story behind this build is essentially I was placed into a new role in work that rekindled my previous knowledge of PC building, but it was in the new team where I found the people who would nurture this love of tech and madness that is the PC hobby/love affair.

The goal of this build was just to stop being forced to play older titles because there were some parts on my previous PC that were upto eight years old. The graphics on the previous machine were a serious sore point for me, playing the Witcher 3 at 13fps is not a pleasant experience, but it could play GTA San Andreas just fine...

So this machine was also intended to do a bit of content creation, recording audio for our D&D games, editing the audio, my multi window weird gaming process of having netflix or youtube open in one window and playing games in another and to just see how well I could build a PC on a budget, this is reflected in the components and where my love of AMD grew.

First thing purchased, the case. It was ErnestVanilla's https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/b/cqP323 build that made me fall in love. I knew that it had to be an NZXT case. Unfortunately I couldn't afford to swing for the Elite, especially when I seen a SI overstock sell a S340 for near half the price, that had to be got. And it's pretty too. As well as easy to build in, despite the USB3 connector on the motherboard against the PSU cage, it was a tight awkward fit.

Second thing was the Kingston SSD - I needed an SSD as the last machine took, and I counted, 112 seconds to boot. So now that I have an SSD that boots in 21 seconds, MSI motherboards are notorious for a slow post screen, I have never had a more satisfying experience with computers.

Third I believe was the PSU - A coolermaster 550. I bought secondhand from Ebay. Much to the terror of my workmates who thought for sure it would be dead. But no, it was like brand new. No dust at all, its just difficult to bend, as you can see with the GPU in my pics, and you only hear the fan when the load goes above 15%, handy.

Fourth was a GPU not present - A mate of mine sold me an MSI GTX 760 2gb. It did the job, can't complain about it, but I knew this was going to be the bottleneck but it's £50 and a good stopgap to get it up and running.

Fifth it was the Motherboard - got myself a MSI X370 Gaming Plus. It's so pretty, has a tonne of IO options and probably way too over the top for anything I will use it for but it is almighty pretty and cool as hell.

Then it was RAM. This was bought just when the RAM prices was dropping back down to normal, I dropped £76 on Team Group 8(4x2)gb 3000Mhz ram. I recently bumped this up to 16(8x2)gb of the same 3000Mhz Team group.

Getting there, one of the last was the CPU, just around black Friday so I could get them deals and bang for buck. Of course it was going to be AMD, having taken the time to actually look up the specs of the Intel stuff for the last near decade or so I was always going to go AMD. Obviously I had decided that too when the mobo choice came along. Anyhow, got myself a sweet deal on a Ryzen 5 1600X. Pretty hardcore in my opinion for what I would be using but still at that price, why go quad core when hex can be done....Only problem, no stock cooler.

So, a mate of mine offered me a cooler and I went over to another friends house to put it all together and hopefully have the cooler there. Unfortunately the cooler he loaned me was AM3 and not AM4 and was not going to fit. So here I am with a 90% machine and I can't play it. Uggghhhh....

So last item got, Coolermaster Hyper 212 replica, a hyper H412R. Put it on with probably too much thermal paste but this completed machine runs nice and maybe I need to investigate my idle temps. It runs at 23C in the BIOS though??? Will probably swap it out for an AIO when I upgrade the Mobo and CPU to Ryzen 3000.

After some time then, February to be specific, I got myself a Sapphire RX570 8gb. The cost price king these days and if you do like I did and get it on Ebay, you can get an amazing deal.

Just a wee note, was I concerned the GPU woulda been mined on, nope. The aforementioned mate, Michael Henry, assured me that even if it was we could probably clean it and re-paste it and it would be all good. And of course, during the assembly I through in the old laptop hdd and a 1TB hdd I got hold of, not really worth a section all on their own.

Anyway, there;s your lot. Opinions? Feedback? All welcome, cheers.

Part Reviews

CPU

A little beast of a CPU. Chop's through some rendering items like I have never experienced and at a great price. IT DOES NOT COME WITH A STOCK COOLER!!! But as long as you are aware of that and get an aftermarket cooler, you're fine. Still full marks from me.

Motherboard

I got myself a MSI X370 Gaming Plus. It's so pretty, has a tonne of IO options and probably way too over the top for anything I will use it for but it is almighty pretty and cool as hell. The post time is really long for some reason, I don't see why? But still, shite tonne of utilities built into it too. Just the post screen taking it down on my rating.

Memory

Runs at rated speeds, fast, cool as hell looking and some of the cheapest you can get. 10/10 will be buying another set of this to bump it to 32gb.

Storage

I needed an SSD as the last machine took, and I counted, 112 seconds to boot. So now that I have an SSD that boots in 21 seconds, MSI motherboards are notorious for a slow post screen, I have never had a more satisfying experience with computers.

Video Card

Got it secondhand, installed the drivers and ran the health check, all green, all good and definitely all you could ever want for a budget GPU. This thing tears my screen no matter what I try and run and I am an advocate of V-Sync at 60Hz especially since this bad boy will run most anything. Will probably be quite some time before I upgrade this, or if the NAVI stuff is out of this world and priced amazingly.

Comments

  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice, and the 1600X should have a bit of a boost over a 1600. I assume you run in Winders, download hwinfo64 and check out your idle temps there. BIOS "idle" temps are often high because some BIOS's (at least mine) do polling loops for input rather than interrupt-wait, so the CPU is much busier than normal idle. (My 2700X "idles" in the BIOS at 50C Tctrl, real idle in linux or windows is 32C Tctrl, which means 22C Tdie and the room is right around 19-20C ... can't beat that.)

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Good build, maybe get some custom sleeved cables in the future or a GPU backplate. However, this build is really good as it sits. Also, love how in depth your pictures were!

  • 4 months ago
  • 0 points

would have gone for the 1600 and not use the hyper 212, its too overhyped and the weird kingston ssd. elite doesnt have the best airflow either.