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"The Wife Eye-Roller 1700X" Ryzen/1070/Fractal Design/Corsair RGB mATX Dream Come True

by zprater

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Date Published

July 3, 2017

Date Built

June 26, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

30.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

52.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.69GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.2GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C

Description

Hey PCPartPicker!

Thank you so much for the feature! :)

In case you couldn't tell, I had a TON of fun with this build. I built my first system a year ago and made the mistake of buying outdated parts thinking I was getting a "good deal." I game on both PC and console, record (with an external capture card for console), stream, and edit videos. After some time, I realized my i5 4460, 16GB DDR3 RAM, and R9 380 weren't enough to satisfy everything I wanted to do.

Thankfully, with permission from the wife, I've spent the last 6 months slowly picking up new parts to finally put together my dream build… And I'm absolutely ecstatic about the final product! I went back and forth for MONTHS whether or not to stay with Intel (with a 7700K) or hop on the Ryzen hype train. After finally deciding to go with Ryzen, I bundled at Microcenter to get a 1700X for the same price as a 1700. Going from 4 cores/4 threads to 8 cores/16 threads is an absolutely unreal improvement.

Altogether, it ended up being about a 2 week building process. After my wife bought me the 1070 for Christmas, I told her that "all I had left to upgrade was the CPU, MOBO, and RAM, and then I promise I'm done…" Well, after my best friend paid me back with an H100i v2 for a few games I bought him while he was broke and in college, I realized the old case I had wouldn't fit all of my new parts.OOPS ¯_(ツ)_/¯ It was always a dream of mine to build in the Fractal Design Mini C, and because I now have a window to see my components, I just HAD to pick up some extra case lighting and fans (as well as custom sleeved cable extensions). After the countless eye rolls and sighs from the wife, it's all finally all finished!

All in all, I'm SO happy I decided to go with Ryzen, and would not change anything about this build even if I had the chance! Thanks for checking out my build!

Part Reviews

CPU

I wish I could rate this 6 starts! Went from 89% CPU usage while recording/streaming with 4 Cores/4 Threads to 30% usage while I'm recording, streaming, watching a YT video, and using multiple other tabs open in a browser. Absolutely flawless processor.

CPU Cooler

Keeps everything nice and cool inside of the case! The stock fans are a little bit noisy at anything above 60%, but that was easily adjusted with the fan curve. It looks fantastic, too!

Motherboard

Best mATX board they had at Microcenter at the time of purchase. Got $50 off with the 1700X bundled. The board looks great, performs well, and I'm pretty happy with the improvements MSI has made with the new BIOS versions released. Looking forward to more improvements (like getting my RAM from 2666 to 2933) but everything has been great so far! Might knock a star if there isn't any improvement to the BIOS in the next 6 months or so. But for now I have no room to complain!

Memory

Looks amazing! Only running at 2666 currenlty, but hoping to run these at 2933 after a BIOS update from MSI in the future!

Edit: Good news! After BIOS updates from MSI, I can get my RAM to run at 2933.

Storage

Wish I would have gone with a 240GB to start with. I only had about 100GB of space after I loaded my OS onto this.

Video Card

This is a fantastic little card! I'm a fan of small form factors, and this was on sale around Black Friday so I couldn't pass it up! With a good amount of air being pushed through my case, this thing overclocks like a champ. It destroys everything I throw at it with the highest settings at 1080p. I don't want a 1080 as I'd never take advantage of 1440p or 4k with my current set up, but I'm fairly confident this card is going to last me for a long time!

Case

Building in this case is a dream come true! So many AIO mounting options, perfect airflow, and plenty of room for everything I needed to hide in the back of the case as well as the PSU shroud. For only $70 on Newegg with 3 day shipping?! What more could you ask for??

Case Fan

Paired with the Corsair Lighting Node Pro, these things are fully customizable with the Corsair Link software. They look incredible, and I'm glad I went with these over the SP120's! The individually addressable LEDs in the fan are so awesome compared to the static options of the SP120s. Definitely worth it in my opinion!

Monitor

Great price/performance ratio! Easily attached to my VIVO mount.

Headphones

I love having my MixAmp to be able to quickly adjust volumes across both my Xbox and my PC. Incredibly comfortable headset for long gaming sessions.

Other

If you play competitive FPS games on Xbox, I would highly recommend this controller over a SCUF. I've had multiple SCUF's over the years, and I can honestly say this controller blows them out of the water in build quality. Everything from the paddles to the thumb sticks are much more durable and comfortable.

Other

I use these when I'm not gaming, as they are a bit lighter than my gaming headset. Great comfort and quality.

Other

I love that each LED is individually addressable and easily controlled with the Link software. Everything in my case also looks great paired with 3 HD120's!

Other

This made my non-removable ketchup and mustard cables look so much better! They're the perfect length to be able to tuck away any excess cabling with the proper space given in a case.

Comments Sorted by:

Obamas.mama 3 Builds 14 points 7 months ago

+1 for title

akamute1 5 Builds 5 points 7 months ago

+1 for the whole wife back story lol

dylzilla777 1 Build 3 points 7 months ago

Have you had any problems with the Gskill software? I've heard of people having a lot of problems with ryzen (with some of the gskill rgb leds even dying).

zprater submitter 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I haven't even tried to use the Gskill software. I honestly don't mind not having control of them. They look amazing without having to sync them to my build since I always have the rainbow wave on in the rest of my case. But i might change it later on if i want to have all one color.

NvidiaNewt 1 Build 3 points 7 months ago

yess, ryzen :D

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

you better believe it! so happy with my decision. :)

Ant_Teh_Nee 1 Build 3 points 6 months ago

Did you manage to get the RAM any higher than 2666? Considering this is a month old I figured it might work properly now.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

haven't tried yet. I'll check and see if there is a bios update later this week and then check back with you if i manage to get it to run any higher!

Ant_Teh_Nee 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Alright, cool!

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

After updated to the most recent BIOS update from MSI, I managed to quickly get it to 2800. Couldn't get it to go any higher but I didn't have much time to tweak a number of different settings. I'm assuming with a little more time on my hands and some patience I can get it to run at 2933/2966. I'll let you know if i do.

AtomicFastdrive 2 points 6 months ago

Hey Zprater awesome build I have a question and wanna see if you can help me I get ram related bsods with this mobo and an r5 1600 do you have any advice as to new ram I should buy (keep it cheap please

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

Hey AtomicFastdrive, Sorry I just saw this! Have you flashed (or updated) the BIOS for your motherboard? Also, what speeds are you trying to run it at?

zpeachfuzz 3 points 6 months ago

so much unnecessary items on this list. computer without other accessories is like 1500 but all the extras add up to like 1700 dollars. i can give you a keyboard, mouse, speakers, headphones, mousemat and a nice microphone for like 250-300. same quality just cheaper.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

All of the things in my office I've purchased over the years specifically for my setup. So that's why I've included them. Also if other people are interested in what I have included, they have the available custom link to the part!

RhettRO55 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Very nice! Great build, great use of space. Love you vented the top of the enclosure for the Xbox One. I see so many people putting consoles inside of cabinets with maybe 1 opening and little ventilation. Well done! Also congrats on the supportive and understanding wife, having one of those makes a love/hobby like this a lot more realistic.

Side ? - I have the same microphone but wanted to put it on a boom, do most boom arms come with the standard threads it uses or did you have to get an adapter?

zprater submitter 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Thanks! I actually found the enclosure at a thrift store for $1 and it looks like someone just custom made it out of some plywood and a grate.

And to answer your question, Most boom arms should. I had to remove a piece of what would normally go on a different microphone, but it works perfectly now! Check out this video that helped me figure it out. Best of luck to you!

Gentleman00 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Does it roll your wife too?

zprater submitter 3 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

Nope, just her eyes. haha

Neltax 2 points 7 months ago

I love this build sooooooo much the colors are amazing! Keep up the great work! I hope to see more from you in thw future! +100

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

thanks! :D

Neltax 1 point 7 months ago

I love rgb so its sooo hard to get over that stuff! :D

De_Martian 2 points 7 months ago

First read it in my head as "WiFi roller" lol great build tho!

Whalachai 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Love it.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you!

jk184 11 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Nice build. And nice battle station!

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

thank you!

RSTArmpit 2 points 7 months ago

One word: psychedelic

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Haha, totally radical!

PoochieMoo 2 points 7 months ago

This build is really, really sweet. All the RGB lights just make it look so awesome. I love the RAM you're using as well.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you! I decided if I'm going to have a go at RGB, I might as well go all the way out!

ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 7 months ago

Great build, never tired of seeing RGB builds right here! +1 :)

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you!

MCProd1 2 points 7 months ago

DAMN! Now just add a sleek GPU backplate and it's a done deal. +1, amazing build

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you!

Yahtadi 2 points 7 months ago

"You are not gonna be done, even you promised so" Thats Enthusiast Nerd 101

G_I_L 2 points 7 months ago

That RAM. I'm in love.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Me too! And for only $128.99, I couldn't pass it up on newegg.

G_I_L 2 points 7 months ago

140EUR in Germany. Might get this RAM as well..

Orlyy 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I'm really itching to upgrade. I've upgraded parts here and there, but I am wanting to move to a different CPU/mobo/DDR4 now. These are my specs: https://gyazo.com/589a27f0d6fa304ee96dbb59104b42ed

So with that being said what would your opinion be on going from a 4670k to that or an 1800x?

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I went from very similar CPU/RAM/mobo combo and I have to say it is an incredible difference. When using my recording software, I went from using over 80% of my CPU on just the capture software to only 18%. Yes, EIGHTEEN. The 8 cores/16 threads just rips through anything I'm doing. It's an incredible difference. I would also highly recommend a 1700X over the 1800X if you are comfortable with overclocking and don't plan on doing anything incredibly complicated. Best of luck!

islandg@m3r 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

NICE COLORFUL BUILD!!! Here's a +1 also Linus did a crazy All RGB build a few days ago it looks sick AF think it is his best work to date =)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M30fAvrpj18&t=0s

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you! And yeah I saw he posted this RIGHT after I posted my final build. It felt pretty cool that I used some of the same parts as he did without knowing they were going to do an all RGB build!

EndTheFed 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I love the newer compact GPUs coming out. Love it and love the build! Indeed, total wifey eye-roller, lol!

swordthief 2 points 7 months ago

You have officially convinced me to change a few things in my computer build. I've never built a computer before (and believe me, I'm getting all the help I can get), but I've been going back and forth on a lot of things. You've convinced me of two things: 1. liquid cooling, and 2. RGB looks amazing!

Side note: if you want to continue pursuing as much RGB as possible, I would recommend the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Headset. It's wired, but when it's plugged in, it has light settings on the sides, plus a ski band for comfortable wear for hours! I personally like it since I'm prone to headaches xD

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I was very hesitant to go with liquid cooling at first. Just the concept of it scared me for the longest time! But after seeing countless builds with AIO and custom cooling, and knowing I was going to overclock my system, I realized it was a no-brainer. And I'll look into that headset! I've had my Astro's for a few years now and I can honestly say I can't see myself wearing anything else, but maybe for the extra RGB ;)

dixonerfais 2 points 7 months ago

+1 for that little plastic dresser I definitely don't have as well

customgtp 17 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Very nice build... An NZXT cooler would onset this off even more. +1

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I thought about that, but I realized that with the Corsair lighting ecosystem already in my case (both the fans and LED strips), I didn't want to introduce NZXT/Cam software for any more custom lighting. I agree with you though that it would be cool to have the RBG "NZXT" logo in the middle of my build, but the LED on the CPU block for the H100i v2 is fully customizeable to any color I want.. so I was pretty happy with that. Thanks for checking out my build though! All of your builds are amazing! I wish I had as many friends as you that let me get my hands dirty with their systems, haha.

customgtp 17 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

My friends and coworkers help me feed my addiction haha

FrankV01 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

Love the name. I can so relate.

Connor_The_Gamer 2 points 7 months ago

great build + just enough rgb.

+1
rudymcintyre 2 points 7 months ago

Lovely, if only the GPU had a backplate, or an RGB backplate!

XenoBladeNinja 2 points 7 months ago

Nice build :P

CraigM6 2 points 7 months ago

when your mousepad costs as much as your motherboard

ffs

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Totally necessary, amirite?

Gooberdad 7 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

It's like a psychedelic circus in there. Great job.

Congrats on the featured spot.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I know right! Thanks!

EternalRest 2 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

How's that motherboard working? I'm looking at getting it for my 1600x build I'm planning. There is not many choices for Matx for AM4 builds. =[

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

It works pretty well! Kind of bummed that i could only get my RAM to run at 2666. Would have liked to have it at 2933, but hopefully that will come with another BIOS update in the future. I don't care about the red LED's either. But I like only having 2 DIMM slots because all I will ever has is 2 sticks of RAM. Also, with having only 2 system fan headers, I had to buy a fan hub to run all 3 fans, not that big of a deal though.

Design1stcode2nd 5 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

+1 For orienting your AIO tubes the right way when front mounting.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thanks! I've seen it a few times upside down on other builds and have no idea why!

Keatononame 3 points 6 months ago

How's there a right or a wrong way? Especially if you had +300mm video card? Nice corner station, miss my old corner rig in older apartment.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

some people mount their AIO with the Corsair logo upside down. Not sure how (or why) but i've seen some say that's the only way they could get it to fit.

tadashi 2 points 7 months ago

Kudos to you for installing the AIO radiator in the right orientation.

milessweet418 2 points 7 months ago

I think the lights alone make me want to +1 this build. Amazing!

plosss wunnn

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

thank you!

thekasafist 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

The only thing missing is a Steam Controller LOL! It's really the true cross breed between a traditional gamepad and the keyboard and mouse if you give it a real try. I have some amazing configurations already for TES: Oblivion & Skyrim. Along with the Batman titles. Anyhow love the title and the build very nice. +1

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I typically only play FPS games like CS:GO, H1Z1, and PUBG so a steam controller wouldn't be as advantageous as a keyboard & mouse. I also have an xbox one elite controller that i absolutely love the quality of, so i use that if i'm playing games like Rocket League on PC. But thanks for the advice! and thanks for checking out my build :)

thekasafist 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

No problem. Loved the title LOL! My gf rolls her eyes at me sometimes too haha! I think maybe one day if you gave the Steam controller a try you would like it. It just took a bit of a learning curve but the possibilities are nuts. They really did a great job with it. Anyhow love the build.

SheepOnTheRun 2 points 7 months ago

it looks so good...

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

thanks! :)

TitanG545 2 points 7 months ago

Dude has his very on personal disc club in his man cave. Nice build.

nick9910 2 points 7 months ago

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!

ElijahDawgOne 2 points 6 months ago

Awesome freaking build!!!

zprater submitter 3 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

thanks! :)

savagetoastness 2 points 6 months ago

same question with the latest BIOS updates with this mobo did you ever get your Ram to run any faster ?? thanks in advance

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

haven't tried it yet. I might see if there is a bios update later this week and then try again. I'll let you know when i do!

savagetoastness 2 points 6 months ago

Just bought the ram couldn't wait, I have the latest bios I will update you if it can do 3200

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

updated my BIOS last night. i got it to 2800 but i didn't spend much time trying to get it to go any higher as i would have to change a few more settings to get it perfect. did you end up getting your RAM to run at 3200?

savagetoastness 2 points 5 months ago

I got mine up to 2933 without turning on xmp

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

what all did you change to get it to run at 2933? or was it all at the the default voltage? also what CAS latency does your RAM have?

pepoxx 2 points 6 months ago

your wife seems like a good woman a very patient one too, you should keep it, mine otherwise... maybe a couple pizza a new bunny and a little begging (nagging) will do the trick (fingers crossed!)

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

She's the best :)

askinglotus 1 Build 2 points 5 months ago

I was like WOW there are no cables.. And then I saw the back picture and was like "Oh there they are"..

Very well done! Beautiful!

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 5 months ago

I know I'm late but does the Case have tempered glass?

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Nope! It's acrylic.

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 5 months ago

Is it at least good quality acrylic?

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

yeah it's not bad. i didn't have any side panel window before this case..so any window was better than none, haha. But my next case will most definitely be a tempered glass side panel. I'm super happy about this one though! I would highly recommend some sort of case lighting in this case to show off the clean insides! Whether that's LED case fans or lighting strips, there's definitely room for lots inside!

IncognitoGamer123 2 points 5 months ago

Yeah, I'll be getting LED's

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Awesome. It's honestly an amazing case to build in. Good luck!

IndianaJeff5 2 points 5 months ago

You should cable manage the entire setup not just your PC.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

Since posting pictures I've cable managed a lot of the wires on my desk and on the ground. Thanks for the tip though!

ZIC 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Does the motherboard overclock well

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

yep! it overclocks well. I have my RAM running at 2933MHz as well as my CPU overclocked to 3.8GHz. handles everything with a breeze

Cooe 1 Build 2 points 4 months ago

Absolutely killer build, but you need to get an M.2 NVMe SSD in there as your boot drive STAT son haha. Seriously, throw a 250/500GB 960 EVO in there and clone your boot drive over with the Samsung software and it'll change your life, again.

3vilgenius 2 points 3 months ago

All these posts about men asking their wives for permission to buy these things and the eye rolling, what the hell... Seriously insane build through dude. Well done.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 2 points 3 months ago

thanks! And i don't know if you've ever heard of the expression "happy wife, happy life" but that is a great motto to live by. Marriage is the most rewarding thing in life (in my opinion), and continually making an effort is important. I wouldn't want my wife to make any large decisions without my input either.

3vilgenius 2 points 3 months ago

good point

_Numbb 2 points 3 months ago

:O

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

:D

_Numbb 2 points 3 months ago

:O

_Numbb 2 points 3 months ago

This is an AMAZING build omg, I'n building this - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/vmWNKZ I love your triple monitor display and HOLY RGB. Love the build and great job! DREAM PC!!!

stalewind 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Unnecessarily excellent. Made me smile at every photo.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

thank you! Love your build man!

Antxxn 2 points 2 months ago

+1 for the title and RGB heaven XD

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

Thanks :)

KEN.SG 2 points 2 months ago

Nice setup... I have the Zotac 1070 mini, very good card for the money. Rebuild my box, Definitely moving the 1070 into my new box I love picture no.10..WickED Setup

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

thank you! :D

MK26 2 points 2 months ago

Nice, but work on that cable management.

bburns91 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

That title definitely sounds about right lol

zincfusion 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

+1 for Wife Eye-Roller lol! Very nice build and desk setup.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Thank you! As I've already said before, your build is gorgeous. I wish I had the same photography skills to show off my setup like you!

zincfusion 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Some tips for you, focus on lighting up your case with torches, lamps etc and use tracing paper to act as light diffusers. Or you can depend on sunlight and use aluminium foils as reflectors. Lighting helps a lot in photography. Once you nail that even a smartphone can take really nice pictures. Cheers!

zprater submitter 3 Builds 2 points 1 month ago

Wow, thank you for the tip! I got my wife a nice DSLR camera for Christmas, so I might use a few of your tips and update my pictures!

GODMODEfnTASTIC 2 points 24 days ago

Hell of a 2nd build! I'm being just as meticulous with my 1st build since like 2004. Hopefully mine is just as impressive, but technically you built a whole room lol so I can't even compete.

What's up with the upturned monitor BTW??

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 23 days ago

it helps with things like word documents/reading pages without having the need to scroll. it's also nice to have a lot of programs that don't take up much horizontal real estate (like discord, spotify, msi afterburner, task manger, steam friends, OBS, etc.) and have them all stacked from top to bottom when i'm doing things like streaming/gaming at the same time. that way i have one monitor dedicated to games, one split between a browser and my stream dashboard/chat, and one for my voice clients, hardware monitoring, music playlists, and friends lists. i'm not a big fan of having to navigate to a minimized window when i'm doing multiple things at once, it's nice to have everything visible at once. completely personal preference.

GODMODEfnTASTIC 2 points 22 days ago

Seems logical.

once_upon_a_goat 2 points 3 days ago

Did you need a separate mount for the CPU cooler?

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 3 days ago

yes, i had to order one separately from Corsair. It was free with proof of my purchase, however. This was 8 months ago, so it might be included now though.

once_upon_a_goat 2 points 3 days ago

Thank you the response, I was using the same cpu and cooler and I got a notification about that.

MannyPCs 1 point 7 months ago

Really good build, I give my +1 to you. How is the corsair HD 120 doing for you? Does it have good airflow or RGB?

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Airflow is great! I have the H100i v2 as intake and all 3 HD 120's as exhaust, and everything stays nice and chilly.

MannyPCs 2 points 7 months ago

Great, thanks for telling me, hope you enjoy your build!

DontLookAtMyName 1 point 7 months ago

seems like that would be negative pressure, have you thoroughly checked? just askin

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I'm okay with a little bit of negative pressure. I adjusted both my intake and exhaust fan curves to make them a little bit quieter and didn't notice any impact on the cooling performance so I'm not too worried about the slight negative air pressure. I also always take apart my system and dust it every couple of months, so I'm used to getting rid of dust.

TheGateKeeper6 2 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

I also have the same case, it was very easy to build in and looks great.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 2 points 7 months ago

I see you're not a fan of the RGB, haha. But thanks! Your build looks great as well!

TheGateKeeper6 2 Builds 3 points 7 months ago

I like it but its just getting crazy and out of hand IMO. Your build looks pretty friggin awesome though. Nice and clean.

Lyrix 1 point 7 months ago

WOW!!!

This looks really cool! 1+! maybe buy a backplate for the gpu or just build one yourself easily! The rest is very amazing!!!

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

Thank you! I really appreciate the advice. Any advice on how to make one myself? Like where to start?

Lyrix 2 points 7 months ago

you buy some cast acrylic on your local hardwareshop, measure your gpu pcb and then you use something sharp to mark a area as big as your pcb on the acrylic. then you break it on the marks and take some wd40 and put it on a file and you smooth out the edges. you can also use a saw like and then you can spray paint it.

here is a link: https://youtu.be/1Lo8ZjtlciM?t=2m22s

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

thanks for the tip and video! I really appreciate it! That might have to be my next weekend project! :)

Lyrix 1 point 7 months ago

Yes it will look way better! It looks great now too tho!

austinp 1 point 3 months ago

I rarely post comments on PCPP but I will say this and please trust me when I say I mean well.

That motherboard was a terrible choice. It has a 3+2 phase VRM with anemic heatsinks on the Vcore VRM. You're running an octacore CPU at a clockspeed that likely needs around 1.35V to hit stable. You're also running an AIO which prevents any passive airflow from going over the VRM heatsink through use of an air cooler.

Your motherboard's VRM will not last. I'd be willing to bet that, if you stressed your CPU in Cinebench or AIDA64 for 10 minutes and touched the back of your motherboard where the Vcore VRM is that you would back off quickly because of how hot it would be to the touch. I can say with certainty that the VRM would hit 150C, probably higher. Here's one of the better B350 boards running a hexacore at 1.4V (so using less power than your chip) where the VRM breaks 150C, despite having 4 Vcore phases (more phases for heat to spread across and for current to travel) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4aUhki_KFM

For the safety of your motherboard (I doubt it has OTP), run your 1700X at stock clocks.

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I'm running 3.8GHz @ 1.375V and i haven't noticed my temps get anywhere close to worrisome. I also have a fairly high amount of air flowing through my case with the two front intakes pulling a decent amount in, and then 3 exhausts (1 back, 2 top) pushing it out. I literally always have temp monitoring up (corsair link, ryzen master, msi afterburner) when i'm doing things like gaming, streaming, video editing, etc. and have never seen my CPU go above 62C. One of my SSDs also sits right behind my motherboard in my case and I've only seen that go barely above 60C as well.

austinp 1 point 2 months ago

I'm not talking about CPU temps. I'm sure they're fine - the CPU is being cooled by water.

Your VRMs, again, are what I'm worried about. Download HWinfo64 and see what the VRM temperatures are getting up to when the CPU is under Cinebench load.

You are killing your motherboard very slowly. The VRMs on that chip are barely enough to handle a hexacore at stock, let alone a heavily OC'd octacore.

EDIT: Here's a PCB breakdown of your board. Perhaps this will give a little insight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BYAdyO9nZo

zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 2 months ago

I believe what you're telling me, but my PC is never under full Cinebench load. With my normal "high" usage, my system is sitting at 60-65% load. And did you see the note I added in the last comment about the amount of air that if going through my case and over all of my components? and isn't pushing a 1700X to 3.8GHz not very heavily overclocking it? From my understanding, that is the default max turbo frequency of the 1700X..

Thanks for your concern, I really appreciate it. I don't want you to think I'm not taking your advice or guidance to heart.. so thanks for that.

austinp 1 point 2 months ago

Ah, well I assume most people going for an octacore plan on stressing their CPU. In reality though, that VRM is so crap (sorry not a personal attack on you :P) that I'm genuinely surprised MSI allows for that CPU to be installed in that board. Asrock doesn't allow for greater than hexacore chips in their super low-end boards because of the power delivery. I wish all board manufacturers did that.

The comment about airflow shows me that you at least are concerned about the VRM, but that heatsink is so anemic that I doubt it's doing much to keep the VRM cool. To really cool it you really want a downdraft cooler like the AMD or Intel stock cooler literally sitting on top of the Vcore VRM heatsink. That's how poor the heat transfer is on it.

If you could, can you let me know what your Vcore voltage is from your UEFI (unless you're using Ryzen Master to overclock, then let me know what Core Voltage is set in that)? 3.8GHz might not seem like much but it only turbos to 3.8GHz on one or two cores at a time which doesn't require much voltage. 3.8 on all cores on an octacore requires a lot of sustained voltage. If you're using auto voltage then you're sure to be using at least 1.35V, which is too high for that VRM.

I getcha, I just would recommend buying a different board when your warranty runs out on your board. If my Asus Strix B350-F (which has betterpower delivery and 4 Vcore phases) can't handle 1.38V sustained without the VRMs getting to 105C (the max rated temp of the caps on the board) then a lower-end board most certainly cannot.

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zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 6 months ago

it did not! I had to order it separately from Corsair. It was free, however! It just took a few days to come in. Sorry for the late response!

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zprater submitter 3 Builds 1 point 7 months ago

It went down from $150 to $128.99 on Newegg and I bought it immediately. I checked back the next day and it was back up to $140. I guess I just got lucky!