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GUILTY-GLOW

by xintegratorx

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15 Comments

Details

Date Published

March 19, 2018

Date Built

March 16, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

Description

My first attempt at building a custom PC in 7years.

I tried to keep the cost to performance ratio as balanced as possible. The RAM was the biggest cost hit. I wanted to go at least 16GB with the lowest latency compatible QVL'd RAM possible for the MoBo so I had so spend about $100 more than I wanted to.

Initially, I'm going to be using this as a WIN10 HTPC/Steambox,

BIOS needed to be updated in order for a few things to work well but after that, setup was a breeze.

XMP needed to be enabled in order to take full advantage of the 3200mhz RAM. Default with no XMP is 2133mhz.

Prices are all in Canadian Dollars.

Compatibility Flags:

Flag between the case and the APU radiator. - Everything fits beautifully.

Flag between APU and MoBo. - No Issues, boots nice and seems to be nice and happy.

LIKED:

  • Easy build. Everything fit together like a dream.

  • Crazy fast little machine. NVME drive plus the low latency RAM makes this thing boot incredibly fast and everything is nearly instant.

  • The x370GTN MoBo has some definite quirks. 3 BIOS updates. I couldn't get it to recognize a Bootable USB over 16GB. A lot of what I would consider default options needed to be enabled manually. The boards load out packs a bunch into a small amount of real estate.

HATED:

  • The CM-E110 case was tough to work with. The front panel I/O cables are a disaster and the case was warped out of the box. Holes don't line up without flexing the case into uncomfortable positions. (I'll be changing cases at the next opportunity.)

Part Reviews

CPU

So happy this came out. It has been great.

CPU Cooler

Nice little cooler. Fit great in my ITX case.

Thermal Compound

Took a few days to see the benefit, Its not amazing but its better than the standard Thermal paste for about the same price.

Motherboard

Weird little board. Packs a lot of I/O into a little package. No wasted space on it.

Memory

Paid way more than I wanted on this kit, but so far it has been worth it.

Case

Pretty flimsy box. Does nothing to help with cable management.

Power Supply

First one I received was DOA. Second has been working so far. No Ketchup and mustard cables, which is nice, but all the cables are over 12-15 inches.

Comments Sorted by:

VladQwerty 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

The cable management irritates me too, but it's a pretty decent PC.

I feel bad about that nice PC and that wire management! :(

xintegratorx submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

I do as well. Unfortunately no amount of tying down and strapping made it look any better and there is no where in the case to hide it. I'm thinking a new case might make a difference. I'm not happy with the case itself. I'll probably change it soon.

gabman2303 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

I will be building my first pc ever soon, would you recommend this build for gaming? Mainly shooters like siege, fortnite. Also what case would you recommend trying instead? Im very new to this all so I don't know a lot about this yet. Thanks!

xintegratorx submitter 1 Build 3 points 6 months ago

I haven't thrown anything major at it yet. Dropped a classic on it from Steam last night and Republic Commando maxed out did pretty good, no tearing only a couple of occasional jitters driving my 49' OLED TV and everything stayed pretty cool and happy.

I've heard the APU has put up respectable stats in CSGO. But nothing about this specific build and the title you mentioned yet.

The thing to keep in mind is that you need to manually assign how much of the RAM(MAX 2GB) you want to reserve for the On Board Graphics if you aren't going with a discreet video card.

If you're going On Board Video You are also going to want to get the lowest latency(CAS14) RAM available that has been tested with which ever Motherboard you choose to go with.

xintegratorx submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 months ago

Ran up Fortnite last night for a few hours and it handled everything pretty well. Maxed out the settings, Vsync enabled, kept the resolution to around 85%. Some small tears here and there, but nothing that affected game play. Frame counter never dropped below 55fps and input delay hovered around 13ms.

VapelordTakeTheL 1 Build 0 points 6 months ago

RGB psu, lol

xintegratorx submitter 1 Build 3 points 6 months ago

Board has RGB, RAM has RGB, CPU radiator has RGB, why not the power supply? If you're ever at my house I can easily turn it off if it bothers you that much... :)

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build -3 points 6 months ago

Why would you buy a biostar board lol

xintegratorx submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

It checked all the boxes. ITX, A4, x370 chipset, M.2 slot, HDMI out, Optical Audio, and a Good Price. So far its been working great. only major issue in the build right now is the Cable Management.

What board would you have gone with?

Stereotypical_Whale 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

I wouldve went for the strix board but it is admittedly much more expensive.

xintegratorx submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

That board looks alright. It would cost much more(needs discreet video). Definitely prettier, but it doesn't have the optical Audio on it or HDMI out so I can take advantage of the 2400G.

My only other option I saw was the ASRock Fatal1ty, and at the time it was close to $130CAD more. It has gotten a lot cheaper.

lboyin 2 Builds 2 points 6 months ago

I just got the same board and 2400g, glad to hear everything is working. You mention BIOS had to be updated. Did you mean BIOS had to be updated to accept 2nd gen Ryzen?

xintegratorx submitter 1 Build 1 point 6 months ago

The 2400G is technically a first Gen Ryzen just has integrated VEGA11 Graphics.

In order to get the On Board video working properly you'll need to update the BIOS to the latest. If you're going with discreet video I don't think it is as important.

Biostar recommends updating to the latest BIOS to support Raven Ridge APUs. They suggest it might be risky putting your APU in before the board is up to date.

My board came out of the box with ver. X37AK41. I didn't have another AM4 chip hanging around to do the update with, so I took my board to a local PC place and asked them to update it to X37AK209. They updated it to X37AKB30(Latest Pre-APU release) instead without telling me so when I got home and fired everything up, I had a bit of a panic attack, but it turned out to be alright. I'm running X37AK309 now and everything has been fine.

Firmware here: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=879#download

Also make sure you install the Raven Ridge specific chipset and video drivers. (Biostar recommended.)

EDIT: Another small gotcha that I ran into is that BIOSTAR/AMD only have a WIN10x64 VGA driver for the Raven Ridge APUs.

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