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The Big One™

by yoku



Date Published

May 13, 2017

Date Built

March 27, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.85 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

79.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.985 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.01 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

36.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

90.0° C


Introduction: Prior to this build, I had never really owned much more than a decent laptop for gaming and a budget Athlon build from years back. This is my first proper PC, for both productivity and gaming. I really made no compromises on this build, or at least tried my best not to.

This build will primarily be used for CAD, 3D, GPU rendering, and gaming on the side.

AMD Ryzen 7 1700: Having loved my old 860K to pieces I felt almost an obligation to stay with AMD, and Ryzen couldn't have come at a more perfect time for that. I went with the 1700 knowing that they were just lower binned 18/700Xs, and the inclusion of a stock CPU cooler. The stock CPU cooler is actually pleasantly surprising, being able to hold mild overclocks easily. My current daily is 3.85Ghz @ 1.25v, and temps seldom pass 80C. This benchmarks higher than a stock 1800X, and on a stock cooler! Really cant go wrong with the 1700. Having never had more than 4 cores in any system I have used, doubling that amount has been more than I could have asked for. I do all of my rendering on GPU when available, but for the few programs that don't support it, the 1700 holds its own miles ahead of anything else I have used. I honestly have no complaints about this , and it went way beyond my expectations.

ASRock X370 Taichi: The Taichi was a no-brainier as far as AM4 motherboards go, with the absolute best power delivery system, plethora of features, and a spot on price, I was very lucky to nab it during the times when it kept selling out on Newegg. The BIOS has its quirks, but is well built for the most part. It has a plethora of very very useful functions you wouldn't find on other boards. Almost every aspect of the system is tune-able. My one complaint about this board isn't anything with the hardware, its the BIOS. Whenever you change BCLK , CPU, or memory frequency, everything as far as timings, voltages, and multipliers reset. Every time I want to make an adjustment I have to input everything by hand all over again. ASRock has been good though about frequent bios updates, and it seems they are steadily improving every time, having added overclocking profiles in one of their latest BIOSes.

G.Skill Trident Z 16GB 3600: As everyone has been saying, Samsung B-Die DIMMS are the way to go with Ryzen (for now). I'm able to get 3200mhz easily, and with pretty tight timings (14-14-14-32 @ 1.375v). I may upgrade the RAM once memory issues are sorted out on this new platform, but for now the Trident sticks have served me very well, easily hitting 3200mhz. No complaints on these either.

Plextor M8Pe 512GB NVME I was originally going to purchase a 960 EVO, but the Plextor had a far better warranty and higher rated cycles than the Samsung drive (I have personally had bad experiences with Samsung and their warranty service). This drive is obviously my boot drive, and will be the home for my main programs as well. Once you pass a certain R/W speed, the differences become almost unnoticeable. The MP8e has a read of 2100Mb/s, and write of 1300Mb/s. Not quite as fast as some of its competitors, but for the price and warranty, its a justifiable trade-off. One thing, and it may be an issue with the motherboard, is that 4K speeds are much slower than they should be. I have seen similar complaints across the board with NVMe on the Taichi, so that may be the cause.

Seagate BarraCuda Compute 4TB I found the Seagate drive on eBay brand new for a truly unbeatable price, and having herd some good things about their new line of Barracuda drives I will be giving it a go (This will be used as my mass storage drive). No complaints yet, but I also have yet to get a lot of use on it.

MSI Geforce GTX 1080 TI Founders Edition: The reason I went with the 1080 Ti over the 1080 was for the unlocked FP16, something that's already been very useful in compsci, as well as the much greater performance with Octane over the 1080. I would have waited for the aftermarket coolers, but my plan all along was to go with a custom loop at some point, but since I do have the Founders Edition cooler, I can tell you that it is NOT ADEQUATE for this GPU at ALL. This thing throttles so easily, and is constantly hitting the thermal target, and gets there quicker than I would like. Another issue that I believe is universal with the 1080ti is that there is a noticeable amount of coil whine. Despite these, I still am very satisfied with it. It's handled everything I have thrown at it, and does it well despite throttling very easily. There are very few games I can't max out at 4K and get a solid (or close to it) 60 frames.

Phanteks Eclipse P400S TGE: For the case, I was looking for something silent, but that could still showcase the build and offer adequate water cooling compatibility (something I will be doing once I can afford it). The case is truly amazing, cable management is decent, its damn quiet, and the inclusion of lighting is very welcome, especially at the price point. My only complaint is that if you want a 360 rad, you have to get rid of the drive cage. I've seen other cases fix this issue by making the drive cage movable, but this case lacks that. But for the price, you really cant go wrong with the P400S.

EVGA SuperNOVA G2 850W 80+ Gold: Yes, I am well aware the PSU is overkill. When I bought the 1080Ti, the only way to get it through B&H was in a bundle with this PSU. That said, I honestly don't regret it at all, it provides plenty of power and is totally silent on Eco mode. The modularity is a HUGE plus, everything looks super clean inside my case. It's really nice not having to worry about wattage with the excessive amount I have on tap, and even better knowing I can totally expand upon this build in the future with another graphics card. Absolutely nothing bad to say about this PSU.

LG 27UD68-W 4K Freesync Monitor: My first worry about this monitor was it's size, the largest panel I owned before this was a mere 19 inches. After mounting it up and getting used to it, I wish I had gone with something EVEN BIGGER. the amount of screen real estate has changed my workflow completely, and the inclusion of PIP software from LG has helped even more so. My second worry was about 4k; I had never owned anything higher than 1080p in my life, so I was somewhat skeptical going up to four times that. I was quickly proven that my skepticism was for absolutely nothing; 4k is actually life changing. The size of the screen combined with the absurd resolution has made for the most visually immersing setups I could have ever imagined. I am very happy with the color accuracy (it comes factory tuned), and the lack of any light bleed whatsoever. I may invest in a color tuner in the future just to see how far i can push this panel, but for now the 99.9% Adobe RGB is perfectly fine for me!

EKWB-KIT L360: I will review this as soon as I have it. My only complaints about it without owning it is the lack of a drain valve and the absence of drainage fittings, and the ugly black tubing that's included. While I know that this tubing is far better than any clear offering as far as maintenance goes, I am fine with draining every now and then if it means a better looking build.

Conclusion: Because I am so used to using sub-par parts and compromising on almost everything in the past, my reviews may seem a bit too positive. I don't have much prior experience with anything else, so going from low-tier to top of the pack has been a very drastic change. With that in mind, I cant see how I could have made this build better. This PC exceeded every expectation I had for 'top f the line' and then some. I will update this with benchmarks, both for productivity and gaming, as well as some much better photos in the future. CPU-Z Validation + Bench

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Eject91 2 Builds 4 points 20 months ago

I've finally found a reason for windowed cases - putting best girls inside. +1 for Ruri.

yoku submitter 1 Build 3 points 20 months ago

This is actually one of the reasons I went with windowed. I love silence, but I love best girl even more.

Wolfemane 7 Builds 3 points 20 months ago

I've been trying, with 0 luck, to get my timings down to that with my g.skill mem. Nice job! +1 clean build

what figurine is that?

yoku submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Thanks a ton! Just for some peace if mind, B-Die can take like 2 volts I think. Most people I've seen with my DIMMs have had to use 1.45-1.5v, so you should be okay if you need to pump more. IIRC increasing VDDCR a little helps if your board supports it. Also, it's the Kotobukiya Kuroneko and Kurnoeko Nendroid

ParadoXGodzillA 3 points 20 months ago

Very great RGB Flavored build!

By the way, I just thought of this, how do you feel about the Titan Xp coming out after GTX 1080 Ti.

yoku submitter 1 Build 5 points 20 months ago

Thank you very much!

I would only be personally frustrated if they released something like a 1080Ti². I honestly cant justify pricing wise the extra $500 for a 5% performance gain. That said, it is still very sad to see Nvidia short their customers like this. Hopefully this doesn't become a trend.

ParadoXGodzillA 2 points 20 months ago

Your welcome.

Also, same as you said, I hope it doesn't become a trend because people like jayztwocents are pretty pissed off by this.

arom 2 points 20 months ago

The title is pretty nice. Oh, and the build also.

Donutman125 2 points 20 months ago

I was lucky to snag one of these boards two weeks ago, still haven't built mine. Waiting for my Cryorig H7 AM4 bracket. Have the same case too lol. +1

yoku submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Sounds awesome, best of luck!

Cloud887 2 points 20 months ago

From Laptops to a Monster...Well done! Great build.

Zacthelazy 2 points 20 months ago

Why not opt for a g-sync monitor to pair with your gpu? Great build otherwise!

yoku submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I thought about that actually! Seeing that I got a great deal on an amazing panel (retails for about $400) I wasn't really keen to paying an extra $200 just for that function.

corruptGamer698 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Where did you get that amazing deal for the monitor?? I would love to get a 4k monitor for under $300.

yoku submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

eBay! It was actually a store return but I was in close communication with the seller, sent me a lot of pictures to verify it was near mint. Make sure to message the seller about the monitor beforehand, it can be hit or miss buying used/refurbished monitors.

corruptGamer698 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Alright. Thanks a lot man. Ill have to start searching ebay more often.

blockbuster4664 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Gotta love the Phanteks p400s, I've already. Chosen it as the chassis for my next build, even though I've just built a system that will last for quite a while.

Lyrix 2 points 20 months ago

1+! looks great! awesome build! i like the stock cooler! :D

yoku submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thanks! I love it too, I'll miss it when I set up my custom loop.

Lyrix 2 points 20 months ago

well a custom loop is way more awesome :D

AnimeGamer 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I LOVE IT (Love the figure)

Squarewave 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

Sees anime figurine

clicks out

In all seriousness, your build looks super sleek. +1.

gbop61 1 point 20 months ago

What CPU cooler is that?! It looks beautiful!

advancedmemery 2 points 20 months ago

It is the stock cooler for the Ryzen 7 CPUs.

opgYTgmr 1 point 20 months ago

I have the Same build same case and everything except the gpu. I have a 1080.

Vince_aviator 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

Nice build, where did you get the figurines?

yoku submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Thank you! Both of them were gifts so I honestly dont know. You can find them both on Amazon here though: Kotobukiya Kurnoeko & Nendroid.

Someone0011 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

why a reference card?

yoku submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I plan on water cooling it fairly soon, as well as removing the shunts. Ref design makes both of these the easiest.

Someone0011 2 Builds 1 point 20 months ago

that would make sense

habbakavula 1 point 19 months ago

Did the plan to water cool in the near future (plus the fact that u like silent) factor in to why you didnt add a few more case fans?

yoku submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

Exactly, I didn't bother buying more up front if I was just going to get a kit that had the already. The EK Vardar fans I'm using now are very nice. 3 intake, 1 exhaust.

ImHazards 1 Build 1 point 15 months ago

Quick and irrelevant question, I'm planning to use this case in my build. Can the LED be changed to purple? Thanks in advance! :D

yoku submitter 1 Build 2 points 15 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, yes they can! However I have the internal LEDS on the Taichi RGB header now, and you can pinout the external LED/Switch LED to do so as well with some light modding.

tuninglegend 2 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

Is it normal if my top covers are a bit yellow-ish, instead of the same lucid white that the entire case has?

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yoku submitter 1 Build 0 points 15 months ago

Actually, Pascal is designed to go up to 112°C, thermal max before throttling at 91°C, thermal shutdown at 120°C. I don't think such a low limit has existed since well before the GT8xxx days. Even then cards were designed to go up to 125°C, limiting at 105°C.

1700 sits just fine at 4.0ghz with 1.345v (about 57°C), and even when I had it on air 80°C is just fine. Voltage degradation would be more of a concern than thermals at that point, and seeing as I only had it at 1.25v, I was sure fine in both regards. I don't know why you think 3.8ghz is a max for the 1700, some people got well binned chips (like mine).

Not a girl btw.

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yoku submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

Didnt even think about that! Thank you!