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This is my first PC build in 10 years to replace a faithful but tired AMD A64 4200 X2 based system on Windows 7. The purpose of this build is to support my computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacture (CAM) activities which require a high performance workstation for geometry definition and 3D ray-trace rendering. The Ryzen 5 1600X satisfies on all points with amazing value-for-money performance.
GPU: AMD Firepro W4100 2GB VRAM Cape Verde GPU. Good value for money card for 2D and light 3D Models. Supports up to 4 Displays (HDMI)
Case: Gamemax Falcon RGB White. Very similar to the AeroCool 800 but with 1 rear fan, 2 front fans with multi-colour LEDS whose colours are changed by the supplied remote control! it also has a fan controller built in as well. The case can accommodate 240 AIO water coolers in the top, if the total thickness does not exceed 65mm. In the front position there is a bit more room. The case has great features and many holes to run the wiring and have a clean interior. I paid £45 for the case and it is amazing value for money. Has better features than cases costing twice as much. Nearly forgot to mention are the case filters on the top, bottom (by the power supply) and front so your case will stay nice and clean inside!
Cooler: Corsair H60 v2 mounted in the top of the case drawing cool air through the radiator. With this setup I get around 35 to 40c idling temps which is fine
SSD: Samsung PM961 NVMe 256GB. This is the OEM version of the 960 EVO at a greatly reduced price (£100). Out of the box it gave 3300Mb/s read 1400Mb/s write. Results in a 10 second boot time aft the bios screen!
HD: 2TB Seagate Baracuda. Nothing more to say. great fast, reliable hard drive
RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 DRAM 3000MHz C15 Memory Kit. This is CL15 ram and it appears that Ryzen is quite sensitive to RAM type at the moment. Bios upgrades in the future should fix this. Better to buy CL14 or CL16 ram (3200 Mhz) at the moment. My ram is currently running at 2133Mhz and the performance is good enough.
Motherboard: Asus Prime X370-PRO. The last Asus board I bought lasted over 8years and as I plan on keeping this system a long time, I invested in a good quality board. All the features I could ever need - and more!
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit. Required for my CAD software and future proof.
The only overclocking I plan to do on this system is for the RAM to bring it up to full speed once a stable BIOS has been released. Otherwise it is fast enough for my needs at the moment. The Ryzen is still a new system and is still being developed so if you are not prepared to be patient, then choose another platform. But if you want good performance now and a good upgrade path without having to change everything in your PC, then RYZEN is the way to go. You won't get better value for money performance than RYZEN
Finally, workstation class performance at an affordable price. If you are not into CPU overclocking buy this - it does it for you automatically as the workload increases. Thank you AMD!
Absolutely amazing value for money. Best purchase decision made in this build
The Gamemax version of this case (Falcon RGB) is absolutely brilliant for the money. See the online review of this cases at KitGuru. Another good purchase decision!