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new ryzen build

by corey01



Date Published

March 24, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.657 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.01 GHz


so I figured with the launch of a new platform it was time to upgrade my computer of yesteryear.the old system was built when the am3+ platform was launched, moving from a fx 8350 with an original pair of hd6850's in crossfire about a year ago I upgraded to to a r9 290. it was alright and it certainly handed some of the older games I played. but some of the newer stuff just wasn't cutting it anymore. between that I started moving all of my movies and shows from discs and converting them to watch and stream throughout the house was hoping the updated processor will show an advantage in handbrake taking my iso files and converting them to mp4. some would say on my 1080p 144hz monitor a gtx 1080 is overkill, but I am building this and stuck with it for the next 5ish years or so so I wanted to make sure it lasted. as far as overkill that's why I didn't buy the 1080TI as im pretty sure it would be lost on my system

one of my huge annoyances with my old build was the noise so moving from 120mm fans on my old system to 140mm fans at a lower setting I will be water cooling this within the next few months. I have the block for my video card already just waiting for the funds to get the rest of the parts. I will be doing soft tubing and then in a year or so if I still feel like it/ think its worth it moving to hard line tubing.

as far as the actual build. I tried more than I have with any other system to do a good job of cable managing. my big annoyance with this is the psu with its mustard and ketchup cables. its quite old and not modular but its still running like a champ so I couldn't justify buying a new one. I was also using a beta version of the bios for my board and couldn't get the sound recognized until I flashed it back to a stable version. atm I cant get my ram running past 2166 but im sure in a few weeks to a month a better bios will be out to at least get it up around 3000. im hearing the memory controller is pretty weak on these and it might not be able to push everything for quite as high as its rated. but if i get the 3200 kit running at 3000 eventually ill be ok with it.

update 1 added some more photos and got in my 140 mm orange exhaust fan. ATM my ram is sitting at 2666 BTW for anyone who is interested.

lets add some cons. this case the core v51. never in all my builds have i ever seen the backside of a case offer so little in the cable management dept. it is terrible back there. i think there was all of 2 tie down points. and I didn't realize when I bought it. that the back area where the HDD's are racked was visible from the front of the case so you have to be very very careful about cable placement there.

as far as the PSU shroud. while it looks fantastic from the side. looking at the case head on as in its on the desk beside you. you can easily see up and inside. and all the cables under there can only be hidden so well. so my solution was a piece of black card stock cut to fit. it does the job well enough but is certainly not quite the fix i had in mind. will need to work on this

but yesterday i had the first box of water cooling parts arrive so that's always exciting.

update 2 So finally got the rest of the water cooling components together and installed. that was quite an experience. having never done it before but I got through it allright. with only one slight mishap of a few drops seeping from the res. it wasn't quite tight enough on the base.

so I think we are just about done here. finally settled on an OC and ram settings, set at

1700x 3.9GHZ @ 1.356V 32G of Dual Rank DDR4 @ 3066 14-14-14-34 (can boot at 3200 but isnt very stable) Best run of SuperPI 32M 8.56s cinebench 1741 Heaven 2560x1080 ultra/extreme 91.6fps 2307score I have more scores but dont have my records offhand to post them. and I know they can all be slightly imporved

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Magnumpies 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Add more photos! +1 for Wall-E

CRS10114 7 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Good lord do I love the orange/blue in your build. I have always wanted to make a build with that CPU cooler, but never found the parts to go with the copper. I suggest painting the red bits of your GPU shroud orange to really tie everything together.

Regardless, really nice build my dude.

Cheers, CRS10114

P.S. - My name is also Corey!

corey01 submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

the cpu cooler and the gpu shroud are only temporary as in a couple of months its getting liquid cooled with some pastel blue coolant. offset some of the orange. thanks for your support!

cool about the name. even cooler that its spelled properly!

syg101 3 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

really nice cables! +1

corey01 submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

thanks. its the first time ive ever done more than just plugged in the psu cables. I was worried the sleeved extensions wouldn't be worth the cash but I thought they turned out nicely.

McF182 1 point 21 months ago

Great build! Question, what's the point of having both an M.2 and SSD 2.5"? I'm new, still learning.

corey01 submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

there really wasn't one, the 2.5 inch was from my previous fx8350 build. and when I got this motherboard since it had m.2 support I decided I wanted to see what nvme was all about. other than going from 10 seconds to the desktop with the 2.5 inch drive to about 6 seconds with the m.2 I don't see much of a difference in day to day use. but I was in the position where I was told spend what you want but what you get has to last the next 4-5 years so just trying to future proof myself.

achronicdeth420 1 point 21 months ago

Well i guess its time to upgrade from my FM2 A4 5300 now that theirs something that can actually compete with it..lulz

RedRageTNT 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

For using orange have a +1.

Osiris.Rufus 1 point 20 months ago

If you don't mind me asking, how was the mobo to work with and the BIOS? I know you already talked about it a bit but I'm thinking about getting this board and don't want to shell out 200 with no idea about how good this boards BIOS are and what not.

corey01 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

the only real downside I initially had with the bios was the inability to instantflash from the start. I was forced to install windows. then use the in windows bios updated to bring the bios to a level where it could be updated through usb/ or the internet. I probably could have used the command line version to initially update the bios but I didnt feel like mucking about with that at the time. i then updated to a beta bios and windows did not recognize the onboard sound so I then had to flash back to a stable version which at the time was something like 1.6 I think? since then they have released incremental updates and I am at bios 2.0 ATM my ram is still running 2666 for 2 dimm dual rank Gskill and I have heard that some of the overclocks for the cpu that were stable have become unstable along with bios updates. I haven't personally OC'd my chip since bios 1.7 or something like that and was put off by the incorrect temp readings at the time. sensors said the cpu was around 100C since then Ive heard things have been updated to show the correct temps. but I haven't tried again. I will when I get the rest of my water blocks. sorry but thats about all I can say about it. other then that its been a great board and im firmly happy with my choice, and I still think I wouldn't pick a different one. hope that helps.

necrodor21 1 point 20 months ago

your memory works well? i just wanna know

corey01 submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

ATM my memory is stable @ 2666 on a 3200 mhz kit. hoping with the May AGESA Bios update that's supposed to a dress the memory controller things become stable enough to push it closer to the 3200 speed. but i'm having no problems with the 2666 speed ATM

necrodor21 1 point 20 months ago

i see... they downgraded to 2 level behind thanks for information

moskeale 1 point 17 months ago

Just wondering, have you been able to get your memory up to 3200 since the June AGESA BIOS update? I'm about to start a Ryzen build with that same Taichi board and trying to find the right 2 or 4 16GB sticks to run at a decent speed...

corey01 submitter 1 Build 1 point 16 months ago

I can boot @ 3200 cas 14 however its not stable. I BSOD within a few minutes normally although I haven't played too much with voltages and put the time in to try and make it stable. I have been running at 3066

moskeale 1 point 16 months ago

Ah, good to know. Thanks.

spacemonkeyjon 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Nice theme. beautiful.

corey01 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

well thank you, I actually finished the loop a week or so ago. I haven't gotten around to posting photos of it yet.

Pyrothegreat -10 points 21 months ago

ryzen is bad 7700k performs way better in games than ryzen the only thing ryzen is good for is editing and processing videos

Dreamsandlies 1 Build 4 points 21 months ago

Was this needed? Im an Intel Fanboy and get tired of seeing this nonsense. Ryzen is in no way bad.

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Crofter 5 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

The op mentions the use of handbrake so I guess he is needing the raw multi core power for that. Both chips not too different in price, 7700k maybe little cheaper (speaking UK prices here) so he is generally getting more bang for his buck for his multiple tasks. Though I may have personally opted for the R7 1700 for my sweet spot due to each chip seemingly based on early data to OC to equivalent levels.

I am a bang for buck kind of guy myself, and monitor cpu prices and choose performances specific to my needs. Due to this I have flip flopped between AMD and Intel CPUs .

From what I have seen, yes with todays game benchmarks the 7700k is demonstrating higher FPS, but you really need to build other factors in to the equation such as what FPS you are satisfied with, the GPU and monitor you are using, games played and other uses for the CPU.

On that note, it would be good to have some qualification of what "way better" means to help people make a judgement.