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R & R - Ryzen for Renders (First PC Build)

by rhino5ice

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This is my first PC build - the experience was amazing, with much help from this site. My background is in architecture and visualization so my needs centered around rendering and CAD programs. Recently I have been interested in doing some side work outside of my day job and need a machine to run Cinema 4D and Rhino as my daily programs (with some Adobe sprinkled in). I don't game at all - I think the last games I played were Roller Coaster Tycoon 1 and some of the Myst series.

I had a machine lined up with and Intel i7 7700k, however when AMD dropped the Ryzen multi-cores I was sold based on my needs. I was also interested in a small form factor (or as small as I could get - I bought just before the ITX motherboards for AM4 were released or I may have had a different case!) so settled on the mATX motherboard. My last desktop was a 2007 Dell XPS Monster and I wanted something much smaller!

Quite happy thus far with all components - had to wait more that I wanted for the upgrade bracket from Cryorig, however the cooler is working well.

Hardest part for this first time builder was the software install - Windows had some early issues with temporary user bug and I had to reinstall which caused some drive partition issues (since I was still a bit unclear on install order/boot order - which have a better grasp of now). The partitioning stuff was resolved after some research and 3rd party software. Same goes for some MSI software issues - related to the C drive partition stuff, I think. As for now, stable and ready to crank out some renders. The only test I have run is Cinebench since its my only real goal for the machine - and thus far I hit 1474 on the CPU test and 90.1 frames on the GPU test with temps hitting 71C.EDIT: not sure why early tests hit that temp... ran bench again, idle temps as low as 29C, cinebench to 1440s and temps only hitting 35C. I might try that OC! Still nervous though I have seen higher 1700x scores, however, I'm not quite ready to dive into many settings yet. My b350m with my 2133 RAM may lower the CPU score slightly..?

I might overclock as read / research some more. However, my new sub $1000 machine (not counting my peripherals) beat my work Mac Pro (3 yrs old..)with 12 cores by over 100 points in Cinebench so I'm not complaining.

All in all - great experience and I'm hooked.

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DubiousDeeds 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Great build, love the cpu cooler... +1

Karsty5 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Beautiful build!

Ranatenor 1 point 22 months ago

I LOVE THE CHOICE OF PARTS... and the final result. :)

PoeDomo 1 point 22 months ago

Good build! I would have gotten an X370 board in your place, but the build's solid.

Styln 1 point 22 months ago

At this time only BioStar makes a mATX X370 board. Op did good as his needs were rendering and aesthetics, not multi-GPU gaming.

Lobsterareawesome 8 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Love the build!+1

FurryJackman 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

FYI, there's cutouts in the PSU shroud specifically to route cables in the bottom IO portion through the back. Overall makes the build much cleaner. I just built in a Define Mini C and just found this out. Your Audio I/O, Bluetooth USB, and a fan cable can be routed using one of the PSU shroud cutouts. Understandably, the RGB header needs to remain on the visible side of the case so that can be left alone.

rhino5ice submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Cool! Thanks, I'll take a look and try some more cable management.

DeathToaster45 1 point 20 months ago

What is the small half sphere you have in the case in image 26?

rhino5ice submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

It's a test 3d print I made using Rhino 3D modeling and grasshopper parametric design.