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by wAFFLES2310



Date Published

May 22, 2017

Date Built

May 22, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

66.5° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

39.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


EDIT: Bought a cheap HP 1080p monitor on black friday and threw it in vertical for easier programming. Here's the amazon link. http://a.co/5yeJfgT I also removed the front panel and tossed the two included fan filters meant for the top grill over the intake fans . It's clearly not an intended solution, but it provides much better temps and I can lower the fan speeds to compensate for the more open layout, meaning noise isn't any more of an issue than before.

EDIT: Got some decent peripherals now. Build is officially complete and I love every inch of it.

The pictures get better near the end, I promise.

First build I've done, though I spent a good deal of time doing all the research for it. I aimed for the best all-around gaming performance, I play newer AAA titles as well as competitive FPS games, so I need speed and quality where they count. The R5 1600X doesn't bottleneck the 1080 Ti as far as I can tell, and the added multitasking was worthwhile for me to invest in. The only part that gave me trouble was the motherboard, AURA SYNC software would not and still does not launch on my system. Seeing as nothing in my rig is SYNC compatible anyway, I didn't attempt to fix it.

Ryzen was still a new platform when I built this, and the hardest part was waiting for the bracket to use the CRYORIG cooler with the AM4 socket. Since it took a solid month for that piece to come in, I ordered a be quiet! Pure Rock cooler for the interim, and it served fairly well. The CRYORIG H5 was definitely worth purchasing though, and temps are never an issue.

Assembly was quick and easy, nothing was broken or DOA and all the pieces clicked together smoothly. I do think the Phanteks Eclipse has less than optimal air flow, though it does keep the system noticeably quieter than open air. In the most desperate of situations, I can remove the front panel for far improved cooling. I may consider buying a large magnetic dust cover and simply doing away with the front panel permanently. With enough tweaking, I'm happy with the thermals I get while gaming with the front panel on, as I prioritize lower temps over a quieter rig.

I did one thing to solve the GPU sag that, in my opinion, was very clever. I took one of the PCIe slot covers that I removed and bent it into a support pillar, then used one of the thumb screws to hold it in place in the grill on the PSU shroud. It solves the problem of GPU sag perfectly, and it matches the case aesthetic by default.

Even though the 1600X is supposed to be a binned chip, I find that anything over 3.8GHz adds instability for me. I could be lack of prowess with overclocking, or it could be bad voltage settings. I may have been better off with an R7 1700, and I may plan an upgrade someday.

Instability also appears when I clock the RAM past 2933MHz, so that's where that sits as well. I think I got poor luck when it comes to hardware.

-September 2017

Part Reviews


Chose this over a comparable Intel i5 because I had hopes of streaming someday, I like multitasking, and as an engineering student, the multi threaded performance can come in handy for simulations.

I haven't been able to push my chip past 3.8GHz without getting random crashes here and there while gaming. I suppose I just lost the lottery? At 3.8GHz, though, the chip is stable, runs fairly cool as far as I know, and does everything I need it to flawlessly.

CPU Cooler

Looks great, performs great. It took a solid 30 days to get my AM4 bracket for the cooler, but now that I've installed it everything's perfect for me.

The AM4 bracket did NOT slot onto the standoffs smoothly, either a result of burrs on the drilled holes or just weird threads, but once it was on, it was snug and didn't shift around. CRYORIG uses two screws to tighten down the heatsink, and rather than reach around the fins, you use a really long screwdriver and go right through the middle. They provide that screwdriver, at least, and they also designed it to be very hard to overtighten the screws, since you have no way to see what you're doing.

For the most part though, if you follow the instructions, it should be impossible to mess up the installation. CRYORIG's included thermal paste also performs admirably.

Thermal Compound

Didn't use it for my build, as CRYORIG's included paste does better. I let a friend use it with his old Intel i5-4690K and Noctua NHD15, and he seems satisfied.


No issues as far as putting the build together goes. Plenty of IO for my needs, plenty of ports on the mobo, padded IO shield, good color scheme on the board itself, and a neat little RGB stripe running along the audio components on the left. UEFI is straightforward, pretty, and fairly easy to navigate after a few minutes. ASUS makes updating the UEFI fairly easy, I had no issues getting up to date there.

I tried installing the AURA SYNC software, and it crashed on launch every time. No clue what happened there, but seeing as nothing is SYNC compatible in my build anyway, why bother.

I do wish the IO shield had some more style to it, the outside is simply plain silver. Nothing really wrong with that though.


I originally planned on the plain black Vengeance memory that Corsair sells at the same speeds to save a few dollars, but the temptation was too great and it was on sale at the time. Overclocked it to 2933MHz at 1.375V like everyone else with a Ryzen chip seems able to achieve. Anything beyond that, and I seem to get random crashes while playing games.


Amazing improvement over my old laptop's single platter drive. I boot in less than 10 seconds. HwiNFO64 reports temps of 36-37C at pretty much all times, and being located above the GPU on the motherboard, I will be keeping a close eye on these temps for issues under loads. Otherwise, well worth the purchase.


I know, I should've gone at least 2TB. I have another drive bay, I may choose to add one in the future. For now, it performs perfectly for storing games and recorded footage from said games. And I'm not worried about running out of space anytime soon.

Video Card

Using it to drive a 1440p 144Hz monitor, for FPS games and for AAA titles. Eats up anything I throw at it. PUBG can run 60FPS at max settings, though I play lower settings to reach past ~110FPS for smoother play. Killing Floor 2 runs at 150 FPS at near max settings, with Flex physics (guts and gore) turned off.

Doesn't get absurdly hot either, though I have an aggressive fan curve to keep it as cool as possible. I've peaked around 70C in my setup, where the fans start running 100 percent. The noise is noticable, but I have good headphones and a thick case, so I put up with it for the performance.

I've tinkered with GIGABYTE's AORUS software, mostly to control the RGB logo. I use Afterburner for everything else. AORUS is a little buggy and hard to use, but otherwise acceptable if you're not too picky.


I love the aesthetics, the tempered glass, and the RGB lighting, but the case definitely trades function for form. The thermals are less than ideal, mostly because the front intakes are rather small. I make regular use of the built in fan controller to turn the fans up in order to keep my 1080 Ti cool during heavy gaming sessions, it is incredibly convenient having my three chassis fans tied into it, although it is worth noting that the fan controller only has three speeds which cannot be modified. Given how convenient the fan controller is for me, I suppose the worse thermal performance wasn't a total oversight, although I may be simply doing away with the front panel someday in favor of a large magnetic dust filter.

Power Supply

Great power supply from a great company. This power supply came with all black, sleeved cables that look beautiful and don't detract from the build at all. Be warned, the sleeves and cables themselves are fairly stiff, I felt like I should have taken more time to soften them a bit before plugging them in, but that may just be my inexperience talking. As expected of EVGA, the unboxing experience was amusingly pleasant. There's even a Velcro bag for unused cables.

Operating System

Windows is Windows. If you're gaming, you get Windows. This is the newest version of Windows right now. What else do you want to know?

Wireless Network Adapter

Due to the lack of ethernet in my living situation, this was a necessary purchase. I think I got it on sale for 45 USD, but it performs well enough and looks nice enough that I wouldn't mind paying retail now that I know it works. I installed the Win10 driver with zero issues and it works without a hitch.

I did purchase an extra large antenna from TP-Link in order to avoid the issue of having wireless antennas trying to reach the router from behind an all metal case, and that performs beautifully as well.

Case Fan

Phanteks fans for a Phanteks case, I decided not to think too hard about it. The white LEDS are nice, but their brightness is tied to the fan speeds. For me that's a nice feature, for others possibly not. Two 140's in the front, one 120 in the back, and off I went. I don't have any other fans in order to compare, but I felt that the Teflon rubber in the screw holes was far too stiff, I nearly stripped the screws that came with my Phanteks Eclipse case. and didn't bother tightening them all the way down, so all the fans are floating on their rails.

Phantek's fans include a separate switch for turning the LED's on and off, placed at the end of another wire. I decided to just route them to the cable routing space in the back and zip tie them together. They are bright and pretty, but not so bright that I'd feel the need to turn them off and on on an regular basis.

Supposedly these fans have the best air pressure to noise ratio or something like that, but I wasn't thinking too hard. They are fairly quiet, though, and at the low setting they're inaudible. The high setting is noticeably louder, to the point that I wouldn't ramp them up unless I really needed the airflow. Medium is a good in between, only bothersome when there's nothing else to hear.


The price seems to be dropping regularly for this monitor, which is very nice considering it's already a good deal. The build quality is perfect for me, the stand is rock solid, the mount has zero wobble, the bezel is super thin, the matte finish is lovely, and Dell doesn't believe in the flashy, RoG gamer aesthetic.

1440p at 24 inches provides good pixel density, and is perfect for gaming on. There is a 27 inch version for those closer on the spectrum to content creation, but this one perfectly fit my price range. Though, the TN panel likely means you'll look elsewhere. 1ms response time is a nice feature as well. 144Hz is, as everyone says, night and day compared to 60Hz gaming, and you should look for high refresh rates no matter what your price point is for a gaming PC. The advertised 165Hz overclock goes unused, as I don't notice the difference and would rather extend the life of the product, if only a little. Oh, and it has G-SYNC for buttery smooth everything.

I do notice that the monitor tends to flicker when my PC cold boots, which I think adds a good 5-10 seconds onto my boot times. Could be my configuration, could be something else.

Display inputs are sturdy and don't feel like they'll snap if I pull a cord, and the USB hub is a creature comfort for me.

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cherty 1 Build 9 points 9 months ago

Hey the 1600X is totally fine for gaming and with the RAM you've paired it with your frame times and 1% lows will be better on Ryzen than Intel. Also it means anything multi threaded (and future game titles) will love your extra cores (and threads, 7600K doesn't have hyperthreading). The only thin I would've done differently would be getting a 1600 over the 1600x. With overclocking they're essentially the same chip.

wAFFLES2310 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks! That was my thought going in, I figured people would be more interested in the build side of things for this review, especially considering my troubles getting this system off the ground. But yes, I definitely agree that performance shouldn't be an issue, especially going forward. I do think going with the 1600 would have saved me some build troubles though. Oh well, live and learn.

daroyaljester 1 point 5 months ago

Not really the same chip. The higher base TDP gives the 1600X slightly more OC headroom before hitting voltage limits, which while isn't a major advantage, it is still a difference. Not really a $30 difference, but whatever

Tamriel_Bound 1 Build 5 points 9 months ago

I LOVE what you did with the PCIe slot cover! BRILLIANT! Ive never seen that before, never thought of it myself either. When I do my own build, I always planned on holding it up with some fishing line, as thats pretty hard to see but also incredibly strong.

+1 for ingenuity!

wAFFLES2310 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Thank you!

NuclearKing 1 Build 5 points 9 months ago

Please don't grill yourself about the 1600X. I have a 6600K and grill myself for not waiting about 4 months for Ryzen. The the same price I could've gotten a 6 core 12 thread CPU which while it doesnt get the same single threaded performance as my OC'd i5 (4.5 GHz), the 1600X's multi threaded performance and frametime consistency is on a completely different planet. Just realize there are i5 owners who feel the same way about their CPU that you do about yours. You will get very nice gaming performance, and absolutely phenomenal performance multi-tasking, streaming, and what-not. Pat yourself on the back instead for choosing such a great CPU. Also 45C is perfectly acceptable, in fact you're completely safe up until about 75C. I bet you can make it to 3.9 at least, maybe even 4.0.

5yt6tiut7 1 Build 3 points 9 months ago

Very nice looking PC, i also have the 1600X, cheers! The P400S TG is so beautiful, isn't it?

wAFFLES2310 submitter 1 Build 3 points 9 months ago

After looking at your build, that's quite a compliment! Yours looks amazing compared to mine.

5yt6tiut7 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Our PC are equally amazing!! Haha

Awd222 2 points 9 months ago

Love it when people post the build process pics. :D Great build. May you have many max graphics settings in your future!

OtakuNaoki 2 points 9 months ago

I don't get it. Why do you regret getting a 1600X over a 7600K? The CPU is still great for gaming and matches performance with the 7600K in most cases. Also, with simultaneous multithreading and 2 more physical cores than a 7600K, I don't see the loss.

wAFFLES2310 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Mostly it was a result of extra problems getting the build off the ground, especially with the X version I got without a stock cooler, but now that I've gotten it out of the way and overclocked it a touch, it's no longer an issue.

5PingPlsb0ss 2 points 8 months ago

This is an amazing build, I like the simplicity of the whole thing. Makes me want to build a PC sooner rather then later :) I love it mate!

PigWithAMustache 2 Builds 1 point 9 months ago

How does the 1600X handle the 1080ti? Is there a bottleneck? Nice build tho

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prd7 1 point 5 months ago

Hello, have you had problem to set up the ram @3200 mhz with your mobo? Congrats for the configuration

wAFFLES2310 submitter 1 Build 1 point 5 months ago

I keep it at 2933MHz, as that seems to eliminate random crashes I would get while playing games. To me, that's an acceptable overclock. The only reason I chose the 3200MHz kit was an ongoing sale, and it had LED effects over my first choice.

tuninglegend 1 point 2 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?

wAFFLES2310 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

I dont have the best eye for colors, but mine don't appear slightly yellow to me. They do appear a slightly different shade of white though, since they're made of plastic while the surrounding case is painted metal.

tuninglegend 1 point 2 months ago

Well mine are like a washed mate white so I don't know if I should ask phanteks to replace them or not. What do you suggest? https://imgur.com/a/AoLVo

X7DragonsX7 -1 points 3 months ago

I5 and 5 1600X aren’t even comparable. Sorry

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