Description

Just want an upgrade since my PC was 6 year old already and I'm constantly running out the RAM with 16GB.

The purpose of this build is video encoding/editing and some light gaming with emulator. So other than the cpu everything is whatever that is cheap. Total cost around $1350 before tax.

CPU temperature fluctuated at idle and reaches 87C at full load, but after some research this temperature is normal for 3900x.

One new thing I tried is replacing thermal paste with the Innovation Cooling graphite thermal pad. The result is pretty good, I got about the same temperature as Paul from Paul's Hardware got on his 3900x build.

UPDATE 7/27/19:

After the terrible experience with the Corsair Carbide AIR 540 case, I returned it for refund and go for the Lian Li O11 Dynamic, it is day and night.

UPDATE 8/2/19:

After some thermal paste change and AMD driver update, the temperature of this machine finally settled down. Idle temperature stays around 39-44C and max temperature never get passed 87.5C. I would like it to be around 80C but that might be because of my high ambient temperature.

Part Reviews

CPU

Best consumer CPU on the market right now, did the passmark benchmark and it said I'm in the top 1%.

CPU Cooler

Very well thought design, neat cable management, and very quiet. The random sound on the street was louder than this under full load.

Thermal Compound

This is the replacement for the IC Graphite Thermal Pad that I've tried. That one doesn't work for high ambient temperature, my room temperature is between 30-32C and my cpu reached 94C and rising under full load. While after apply this Thermal Grizzly, temperature never passed 87.5C.

Memory

Not the fastest RAM but the price is good, and there weren't really any other 32GB kit alternative to choose from anyway. It's a little slower than the 3200@CL16 on paper but that only affects gaming, so I'm fine with it.

Update 7/27/19

I'm able to tighten the timing to 16-19-20-36 with the help of DRAM Calculator for Ryzen, 30 minutes stress test in memtest64 stable. (I don't have time to do longer test).

So this ram actually became the best bang for the buck for Ryzen 3000, with it able to reach the sweet spot DDR4 3600 @ CL16.

Storage

A lot cheaper than the Samsung one offering the same speed, best bang for the buck at $65.

Capacity wise this is the sweet spot for system drive. I have everything that I needed installed and it still has 240GB spare.

Video Card

This cards provide all the things I needed: light gaming and HEVC/H264 decoding. I brought this pretty much based on the gaming emulator reviews on Youtube, they compared the AMD RX 580 which is about the same price but this card is better with less graphical bugs.

I got this off ebay for $135, so very good balance between price and performance for me.

Case

After the horrific experience with the Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 case, I returned it and started looking for a new case that can fit my 360mm radiator AIO. After looking around this site and some case reviews, I settled with this Lian-Li PC-O11 Dynamic. And the experience is amazing.

Everything is so precisely cut and perfectly aligned. Installation is silky smooth, for example when I was installing the little back plate that was used to hide the cable, I just put it somewhere near where suppose to be and it just falls right into place with the screw holes perfectly aligned ready for screw in.

There is a reason why this case is so popular on this site.

One thing to note though is that this case is very heavy, mine with full installation weight about 40 pounds.

Power Supply

Got this for $59 on the Amazon prime day, there is nothing to complain.

Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you think about the motherboard?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I think it's good, no extra features like wifi, RGB, shields or extra pcie 4 slot, but I don't need those anyway.

I haven't try tightening my memory timing though so I don't know how it handles that, but I doubt that it would had any problem.

One thing though is that it doesn't come with heat sinks for the m.2 slots, so you may want to buy one yourself if the ssd gets too hot.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you connect both CPU power connectors (PWR1 4+4 pin and PWR2 4 pin) or does your build work with only 4+4?

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

I only connected the 8 pin one, my psu doesn't have an extra cpu cable anyway. And the system is running fine.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hello :) what is your pch(chipset temp) ? My temp idle 60c

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Hi, mine is at 62C

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

What happened with the Corsair Carbide AIR 540 case?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It doesn't really fits the 360mm radiator, even on the front panel, the screw holes can't line up.

Its prepositioned sata connectors for HDD on the bottom is a very bad idea. It gave pretty no space for cable routing when installing the power supply on the back. And then the HDD bays in the front were so stiff that I can barely slide them out even with nothing on them, and they can't be slide back in when mounted with HDD, which makes the case pretty much useless.