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Zenzos: A Midrange Masterpiece

by ilovepcs10

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7 Comments

Details

Date Published

Oct. 14, 2017

Date Built

July 20, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

21.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

41.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.51GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.1GHz

Description

BACKGROUND: I'm a bit late with this post, I know. I built this machine over the summer to replace my old computer (i5 6500, rx 480) because I sold my rx 480 4gb (that I got for $170) on eBay for $320 on eBay and then sold the rest of my computer (excluding the ram also) to a friend. I went with ryzen even though I use this system for gaming mostly. This is because I wanted the ability to do things like stream or edit videos if I ever decide to get into those things and also a the ability to upgrade the cpu down the line (good platform longevity).

USE: As I mentioned earlier, I use this computer mainly for gaming, along with some basic things (web browsing, youtube, Netflix, and Microsoft Office). It serves me well for these purposes and I am very satisfied with it.

Conclusion: With a bit of deal hunting and good timing, I made out with a great setup at a great price. System Price: $880 Peripherals: $270 Total Price: $1150

I will add more photos and benchmarks later when I have a moment.

EDIT: My old mouse (g300s) is pictured in the 4th photo, not my G203. Also, there are probably a lot of typos, but oh well. You can see my leg in the 4th picture lol.

Clarification: The first 2 aida64 stress test pics are with the stock cooler and the 3rd and 4th are with the corsair h100i v2

Part Reviews

CPU

I chose this one because the value for money (at the time of purchase) was just unmatchable. Also, it includes the wraith spire stock cooler which I used to overclock my cpu to 3.7ghz stable (until I got the liquid cooler).

CPU Cooler

This was a completely unnecessary purchase (the wraith spire is more than sufficient), however, I saw this for $85 on amazon prime day and could not resist. Anyways, It is a great cooler and I used it to overclock my cpu to 3.8ghz (I don't need to go any further and don't want to take the time to) at amazing temperatures.

Motherboard

I got this for $50 ($50 off) at micro center due to their deal when you bundle a cpu and motherboard. Good motherboard with lots of features, fine for overclocking (I personally prefer MSI/ASUS bioses).

Memory

Salvaged from my previous system; I got the kit for $75 when ram prices were reasonable. It works and I overclocked them to 2666 without any trouble.

Storage

Unnecessarily fast and expensive.

Video Card

I got this for $210 at micro center (after a $20 rebate). It's a good gpu and a slight upgrade from my rx 480 4gb.

Case

This case is sooooooooooo sexy and very easy to do cable management in. I am very satisfied.

Power Supply

Not the greatest but it has a lot of headroom for upgrades and I got it at a pretty good price.

Operating System

This one is actually kind of funny, I put windows on this machine via USB drive without using a key. Then, when I booted up the machine and went into settings it said windows 10 was activated. It has been 3 months now and it still says activated so I'm not complaining because I bet that watermark would be annoying.

Wireless Network Adapter

I used this for a while until I went back to school where my room actually has a ethernet outlet. It is actually surprisingly fast for not being ethernet.

Case Fan

2 nice looking blue LED fans for $20? Don't mind if I do.

Monitor

Another amazon prime day buy. Color accuracy was okay at best, but at least I was able to overclock it to 85hz (Stable).

Keyboard

I have tried Cherry MX Reds in the past and I like those but I must say, browns are by far my favorite. Add in a bit of rgb and a nice, clean black finish and you've got the perfect keyboard (I went for the ten-keyless because I have no use for a number pad and unfortunately my desk is kind of small).

Mouse

This mouse fits perfectly in my hand and feels and looks great.

Comments Sorted by:

skyrise 1 point 2 months ago

What voltage do you use for the R5 1600?

ilovepcs10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Something around 1.35 if I remember correctly

HereLies 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

This is beautiful! And with your operating temps so low, it's going to last forever.

I'm really digging the blue, it's my color and so many builds are all red and black. I'm looking at my case right now and thinking, 'I could put some fans, right there.' I've even got an LED FAN slot open on my mobo, so I wouldn't even need to get a fan controller.

I've gotta be honest, the water coolers make me nervous, even the AIOs. How's the Corsair been? It looks great and those temp readouts make it really tempting.

Great Build +1!

ilovepcs10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thank you for the kind words :)

I would definitely recommend some led fans if your looking to spice up your build a bit.

As for the AIO, It’s working great so far. However it is completely up to you if you want one as the wraith spire should be working just fine. Corsair was even nice enough to send me the AM4 mounting brackets for free. The only difficulty I had was installing it (it’s a bit tricky to do), I recommend having another person to hold up the radiator when you screw it in because it was a pain to do on my own.

tuninglegend 1 point 3 days ago

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

ilovepcs10 submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 days ago

I don't have mine on me cause I use the mesh ones (better airflow probably), so I couldn't tell you. As far as I remember mine were the same color as the case. If it really bothers you I'd just use the mesh covers or if you really wanted to return it I guess (but that's kind of a hassle).

tuninglegend 1 point 2 days 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