Wireless Network Adapter
EDIT: 03/25/2018- Have installed the second pair of drives, One with Windows 10 pro and for secondary storage. Windows 10 Seems to run a lot smoother than I expected.
EDIT: 03/06/2018- I purchased two more drives, ssd and hdd, to have Windows 10 Pro on it. I will be manually changing the boot orders for the ssd's (both of them will contain windows OS. I will put more information once I complete the OS installation and bench marks.
EDIT: 11/30/17 AMD BUILDERS- Windows will try to make you go to Win 10 by stating your CPU (ryzen/ 7th gen cpus) is unsupported. Look through the world of the internet to find a way to by-pass it. It's the greatest thing. I did that and was able to get all the latest updates. I will milk out Windows 7 even when it stops support in 2020. If Windows can clean up that massive amounts of issues for Win10, maybe I'll update (Probably not).
Not Even two months have passed and I decided to do a second build. This time I have both of cpu giants under my belt. Computer building is addicting and expensive.
My previous build, https://pcpartpicker.com/b/dxfH99 (Dragon Twins), has an Intel Core i5- 6600k and now belongs to my twin sister.
This time I decided to give the AMD cpu a try. I've had a bad experience with the pre-build amd computers, both on laptop (radeon with Windows 10 Home) and desktop (Athlon with Windows 7 Home). The performance was lacking, lots of issues in processing and gaming with hardware compatibility (:coughwindows10suckscough:)
I did lots of research for the ryzen series, both in the forums and through youtube (Bitwit, Linus Tech, and Science Studio) and went with the ryzen 7 1700. Ebay had a good deal on an open-box ryzen, which was about $20-30 cheaper than some of the listings in the parts list maker and came with the wraith spire cooler. Instead of the spire, I went with the Deepcool Gammax GT RGB Cooler with four Deepcool RF 120mm fans. They keep the system cool, though they are a bit noisy for a few seconds when the system boots up. A RGB splitter was used because I couldn't daisy chain all the fans together.
The ryzen then paired with the G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-3200, 4 x 8GB sticks. I'm always afraid of getting dead sticks and having to RMA them as I've seen stories on forums, but they worked out great. Especially with the Asus Strix B350-f, I like how it has a good amount of USB ports and simple RGB listing on the logo plate.
Since the B350-f didn't have it's own wifi adapter, I used the Asus PCE-AC55BT PCI-E Card. It has great range and when connected to my wireless, I have low ping since I don't have a powerline to my tower.
This thing is really fast thanks to the Samsung 850 EVO SSD I put in. As a first time SSD user, I'm blown away at how MUCH fast it loaded Windows 7 Pro 64 Bit and other programs. I installed HitFilms 4 Express on it and my build video rendered in 5 minutes, with near identical upload times to Youtube. There is also lots of space with the Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD, the same one in the Dragon Twins build.
Gaming is great as well. The Asus GEForce GTX 6GB ROG STRIX Paired together with the Asus VG248QE at 144hz makes for smooth game play. Overwatch on Ultra goes up to 90-95 FPS and Assassins Creed Origins is extremely smooth on High ( I got the game for free from the Asus promotion period). Steam games are a breeze on here too.
Now the build itself didn't take very long and the NZXT s340 is a beautiful, clean case. My gripe of the build was my cable management. Since I used Phanteks extender cables for color scheming, cable management space was limited to the amount of space this and the actual PSU cables took up in the bottom compartment. The version I got was Shiny black and boy, is it a finger print magnet. It's still pretty and I added magnetic dust filters to the case because this is in my basement due to the lack of space upstairs.
I even made my own table for it. I used an extender that is normally used to make a table wider and two metal shelves. The tower is off the floor and on top of some Styrofoam to save it from humidity and possible flooding (I have a sump pump in the basement)
The wires also jutted out in the back when I tried to bunch them together and made it difficult to close the case. I had to forgo my initial group strategy and made sure that the wire were flat enough for the back panel to close. For the RF 120mm fans, I used those 3M Velcro Strips to stick it on to the back since the original adhesive was not strong enough to stick with 4 power wire in it.
This thing is fast. As a first time SSD user, I am blow away on how fast the loading and processing speeds are. Windows 7 Pro 64 bit is installed here along with the main asus programs, Hit Films 4 Express, and maybe more editing software in the future. Total amount of space used is 124GB with plenty of space left for updates and more. A 4 minute video with 1080p footage rendered in 5 minutes and uploaded to youtube around the same time.
This case is great because of it's compact size and sleek design. The black version is SHINY and, of course, a finger print magnet. I did have some cable management issues, but it had to do with my beginner cable management skills. I do with they came with dust filters for the top and back fans and at least two more usb slots, but it's still great.
works great with the B350-f mobo. This allowed me to use wifi. It's fast and keeps strong with my router. Depending on which wifi source I use, I have 30-60 ping on games like Overwatch. This is not bad since I can't use a powerline in the basement.
These little fans are great. They are quiet and the RGB is nice. I would get the three pack so you can get the daisy chain wire and the power hub.
I'm new to the 144hz screen game. This has totally made me forever push away the 60hz stuff. The graphics and screen items run smooth, Game play like overwatch goes up to 90+ FPS on Ultra setting using Display port (if you want 144hz, make sure to use the display port cable). It has decent built in speaker, but it's in stereo. I'm using a bluetooth cube speaker from Auvio instead. The screen moves up and down for height management and tilts for viewing.
These extension cables are really nice, they were kind of long and bulky so it took up more cable space. It also made my cable management a bit harder with some of the loose cables (I zip tied them). I've seen other custom cables that are really neat and organize so I may go for them in feature builds, but I'm happy with this for now.
This filter is nice, but does not completely fit the back fan area of my NZXT s340 completely. The thumb screw for the side window panel kinda prevents it from seating completely over the fan grill, but it works. I have my tower in the basement so dust is going to be a problem. The dust filter came with two (from amazon).
I got these splitters on amazon. It comes with in a two pack, but it helped me share an RGB splitter on my mobo because the Deepcool fans I used were daisy chained to the max.
This filter fitsthe top of my NZXT s340 perfectly. I have my tower in the basement so dust is going to be a problem. The dust filter came with two (from amazon).
This cooler is beautiful. It not only has an RGB fan included with it, but there is RGB in the cooler itself. The designed plate allowed the RGB LED to shine through and make it pretty. With how bright the LED is on this with a total of 5 deepcool RF 120mm fans, I don't even need led strips.
It keeps my ryzen 7 1700 cool and is only noise when at max.
Better than Windows 10 that's for sure. If you have an AMD ryzen/7th gen build, Windows will try to make you go to Win 10 by stating your CPU is unsupported. Look through the world of the internet to find a way to by-pass it. It's the greatest thing
Deepcool's fans are really quiet and I love the led on them. They were easy to daisy chain. The power hub is great, but the adhesive needs work. It wouldn't stick to the cable cover on my NZXT s340 because the power cables were bulking it up, so I used velcro 3M strips (the no-damage ones) and cut it to size.