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This build is my first Ryzen and I consider it a Mid-High End 60% Workstation 40% Gaming build. I will use the machine mostly for Video/Audio editing, High volume Excel and database management, Multi VM sandboxes and Youtube Streaming. Gaming is a secondary component and I went for above average, but certainly not best.

All components purchased 8/11/2017

Ryzen 1700 Amazon - $290.89 I do not think they sell a package without the Wraith stock cooler or else I would have bought that knowing I wanted to go water cooled. Most people gave great reviews about the Wraith, but I just really wanted water-cooling. You could save 100 going stock here without much impact beyond a bit of noise. Microcenter actually sells this CPU package for $270 local pickup and offers a 30$ discount if you pick up a compatible board but...its a 2 hour drive for me to get there in Los Angeles, so...amazon wins.

ASROck X370 Killer SLI/ac NewEgg - $149.99 The ASROck x370 supports SLI in the future if I go dual GPU and also supports 2 M.2 slots, which I will probably like when I get my VMs up and running. It also has onboard dualband Wifi which I think only the Taichi model has but at 40 dollars higher a price. I am using a USB dual band Wifi stick by ASUS that I am going to return so I get 80 dollars back on that. Overall a good board, middle of the road but is ready for future expansion. Its only got 4 DIMMS for ram but i assume 16GB is fine today to get me going, 32GB running a few VMs and 64GB in a few years for god knows what.

G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3200 NewEgg - 126.99 Between the Corsair Vengeance and G.Skill Ripjaw I read they are pretty much the same components just different brands. That and Corsair Vengeance LPX costs 20 dollars more for apparently no reason, well ok, you can choose your plastic cover colors, which almost got me because I really wanted white to go with my Mobo...but for 20 dollars ill live with Black that blends in. Ram is Ram, and even though I bought 3200 i think this will probably run at 3000 because firmware or something.

Masterliquid 240 All-in-one CPU Cooler by CoolerMaster Amazon - $87.99 Pricing here is the same on Amazon, Newegg etc. Prime however for me offers free shipping whereas Newegg charged a few dollars. Pretty standard all in one water cooler. Its not as pretty as the NZXT and I think the NZXT Kraken 62 fans are nicer but I think for the price the Cooler Master is better value. The similar 240 Corair H100 is about $30 more for the same thing with equally mediocre design compared to the NZXT.

EVGA Geforce GTX 1060 6GB SSC Amazon - $330 This one I admittedly overpaid for by about 30 dollars. Reason being, all Geforce GTX 1060's are out of stock everywhere and the GPU seems to be in short supply. This EVGA version I think just looks the cleanest and I did not want to pay even more for 3fan MSI equivalents when I know i wont be overclocking the GPU much.

Samsung EVO 960 M.2 500GB NewEgg - $234 This is a no brainer. 256GB is just not quite enough for running VMs and I already have a few 3TB drives I use for storage that Ill be moving into this build. There was the option of PRO but I figure the speed of the M.2 will be quite an upgrade already from my 4 year old SSD.

EVGA SuperNova 650 G3 80 Plus Gold Amazon - 99.26 Could have gone with a Bronze rated but I figure that slight power efficiency increase will pay for itself over the next 5 years for the 10 dollars more it cost. 650W is plenty and even with a second GPU later on I probably wont max this out.

Fractal Design Define C TG NewEgg - 94.99 Dont be foolded by SUperBiiz or that other sellers low 94.99 price, its not including their ridic 30 dollar shipping cost. Amazon sells it to you straight up 125.99 but not via Prime so I trust it less to come in without issues. NewEgg shared 9.91 shipping mostly for just this case so it is in fact the best price. The Define C TG is a new model (Q2 2017) and offers a full tempered glass panel, vs their older model which has an aluminum frame surrounding which does not look as clean. Has the same Fractal Design Define sound dampening stuff I think, but just a clean, low key, windowed case to highlight the build.

All in I paid $1530.80 up front. That includes $56.60 in tax from NewEgg and $44.23 in tax from Amazon which for whatever reason partspicker does not calculate for you. Amazon shipping through prime was $0.00 and NewEgg costs 9.91 mostly because of the case.

The ASRock Mobo has a $20 mail in, so factoring that in, the build comes up right at $1510.80.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

any reason that you chose to put lots of money into cpu and not gpu? Might have been able to get a ryzen5 and 1080. Do you have a particular workload that requires cpu? nice build btw!

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

I am not as big of a gamer as I am a heavy compute user, i.e. Multiple VMs running flavors of Linux for test environments.

appreciate the comments!

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I was thinking that same exact thing.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

True, in retrospect, vm sandboxes might be benefited by the 8 cores that Ryzen has to offer

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed. I have never used a phantoms case but i like the fractal one:)

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

I have never used the Fractal Design before but I really liked the full tempered glass without a metal frame around it.

super clean case and has enough space for dual GPU if i need to. I did consider the Phanteks Enthoo Pro tempered glass, they are very similar but because it was larger, it would have taken up too much desk space on my smaller setup.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

ya, oh well. still a nice build, solid 1080p gaming for a while until GPU prices drop and then he can always upgrade the GPU

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey any way you can provide a closeup of the m.2 installed? This is exactly what I drew up and just want some visuals.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Are you not using any fans in the front of the case?