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This build is actually just an upgrade from my old one which you can find HERE, I recommend you read that before continuing because it covers most of the uses of this computer.
Upgraded to the R5 1600 because of its amazing multi and single core performance and cause Microcenter had a very nice deal on it, $169.99. It was pretty much in between the 1600 and the i5-7600K but in the end I went with Ryzen because of the higher core count and my need for speedy renders. Overall im pretty happy with its performance I can tell that programs like F360 and Photoshop are definitely a lot quicker and less laggy as well as the way faster model loading and rendering compared to the 8320.
The STRIX B350-F was chosen because it was the only price range applicable AM4 MB at Microcenter at only $84.99 with the -$30 CPU+MB combo deal. I didn't expect a lot from this board though ive actually been blown away by some of its features and premium feel for only $85. To start the heatsinks and overall feel to the PCB are just great and feel, very nice and sturdy. The onboard "Asus Aura" RGB section does get pretty much completely covered by my GPU though thats not a problem because of the RGB strips I added inside the case. The added functionality of the Aura RGB headers running on just the simple 12V, R, G and B pins makes it super simple to add any kind of off the shelf LED strips which is another great feature. Another thing I didnt realize existed until I visited the B350 webpage was the option to 3D print addons to the MB like an IO cover, Main Power connector cover or even cable combs. I do own two printers so I may try and print the IO cover but other than that I think its a little more gimmicky than anything else, its still a nice touch though. The BIOS is awesome and super easy to use though most of them are these days, but another cool feature is how on startup the only screens I get before Windows starts are these awesome Republic of Gamers logos and nothing else, no AMERICAN MEGATRENDS screens or whatever, just sleek ROG. One thing I do wish was different is the fan headers, I wish there were just more of them and towards the middle of the board or around the main power connector as well.
16GB of Team Dark DDR4 was chosen because it was the cheapest option available, at $140, for 16GB of RAM during the tragic worldwide NAND shortage that I hope to god will be over soon. Took a little bit of fiddling with in the BIOS to get running at 2933MHz but its been running well so far. Clearance is also not a problem even with the giant 212 EVO cooler on it so another +1 to the B350-F.
Other than that I haven't changed to much from before except for a couple more fans an extra 256GB SSD and a new keyboard. Below is a short list of benchmarks.
As you might imagine FurMark saw literally no increase because its solely GPU based so the score stayed pretty much exactly the same.
OLD SETUP: FurMark; Score: 5418 (FPS: 90) 1920x1080 8xMSAA
Now Fire Strike on the other hand saw a HUGE performance increase on the Physics side, over twice the Physics score at 16,059 compared to the 8320's 6,768. NOTE: I haven't overclocked my GPU yet so thats why the score is a bit low.
Fire Strike; Score 10,235 | Graphics Score: 11,570 | Physics: 16,059
OLD SETUP: Fire Strike; Score: 7,991 Graphics Score: 11,384 Physics: 6,768
What a case, I love it and everything about it! The main feature and reason I bought it was because of the PSU cover which makes all the difference in the world for how clean your build looks. The front door is super useful because you can still have the external bays for optical drives or in my case a fan controller but you dont see it from the front constantly because of the door. Overall its been my favorite case to work in so far and I would highly recommend it.
These headphones are the best i've ever had. I think the main feature I love is the UBR system which pretty much just makes the headphones vibrate on really hard bass, but it just makes you feel like there's a giant subwoofer sitting right next you. The microphone auto mute when you put it up is a really nice feature that I use all the time. The red accent lighting looks awesome and while it does have a switch to turn it off I keep it on all the time. The 7.1 surround sounds is awesome and works very well, I can always tell way better where someone is shooting from in a game compared to my friends.