Description

Built to replace my aging i5-2500k build that has served me well. Re-used a number of components (GPU, SSD, HDDs, ODD, GPU, display & speakers). Absolutely loved building in the Phanteks case, best case I have ever used.

Planning to add an NVMe SSD as soon as the right sale appears and upgrade to a Nvidia Ampere GPU next year.

EDIT Well Black Friday happened and I ended up with a 1440p/144hz display and NVMe SSD, so I also picked up a MSI 1070ti to hold me over until the Ampere cards are released.

Part Reviews

Memory

Fast and stable. Running on ASUS Prime X570 Pro w/Ryzen 3600. Hynix DJR IC according to Thaiphoon Burner. Have not played with OCing but it loaded 3600 speed/16-19-19-39 timings through DOCP right away and I've had no issues. 32GB is probably overkill for right now but I wanted to be ready for the future.

Power Supply

Ordered from Newegg and got a better PSU than I was expecting; PSU that arrived is rated for 650W @ 50C (previously 40C), has a 140mm hydraulic bearing fan (previously 135mm sleeve bearing fan), and has OTP (previously none). Also has a new modular panel with 18+10pin for motherboard instead of 24 on the original (using vSense wires now). So far it's been working great and I'm happy with the purchase.

I got all black cables on mine; EPS 4+4pin cable is on the short side. I was able to make it work with no extension on my Phanteks Enthoo Pro M case, but just barely. Also would have been nice if all cables were sleeved (only mobo cable is). No rating deduction though due to the price.

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Comments

  • 2 months ago
  • 4 points

The 970 still pulls its own weight! Glad to see it still being used

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

My 2500k was gimped by PCIe 2.0 so I went from a CPU bottleneck to a GPU bottleneck, that's for sure...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

2500K is gimped by slow IPC and low thread count. 4770 for example is still nice thing, anything older than Haswell is old. but this is only my opinion based on what i've seen on people pc's.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Goodboy AMD. Goodboy with cooler. GTX 970 worse than 1660 tho.

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah I'm aware it's showing its age in 2019, but I buy for the long term so unless a killer deal pops up I'm waiting for RTX 3070 (or whatever Ampere is called)

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

what is so super about ampere, get 2070S/2080S/2080Ti whichever best suits your wallet and you are futureproofed again. You could "wait" for something newer & better for years :DDDDD

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

If 2070 had just come out I would buy, but we're about 9 months out from Ampere, so I can wait...

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

about 9 months=almost a year.. well, everyone has own feel of patience :D

  • 2 months ago
  • 2 points

Well, you got me...I broke down and bought a 1070ti to hold me over xD

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

good choice! that 1070ti is very close to plain 1080 just like my 2070S is barely same as pure 2080, lol

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the review of the memory. Do you know if this memory has temperature sensors?