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I always intended for my original build to last me a few years, knowing that I would definitely upgrade the GPU and probably the CPU at some point as the platform was solid but budget restricted me at the time to the G4560 and a free GTX 560 Ti from a friend.
Fast forward 8 months and I'd upgraded to a very cheap GTX 970 and was pretty impressed with how the G4560 was performing in my favourite games - even if it was maxed out most of the time. So I struggled to justify a CPU upgrade until the Ryzen 1600 popped up for just £136 on Amazon!
I chose to pair it with the MSI Bazooka B350m and keep everything else in my build the same including my BeQuiet Pure Rock slim that was thankfully compatible with no mounts. (Seriously couldn't be easier!)
I've overclocked my 1600 to 3.9GHz and that seems to be all I'll get from it, which is still fantastic to be honest. I also sadly didn't get one of the rebadged 1700s!
The RAM is from my original Pentium build and was the fastest I needed at the time, I've only been able to get it stable at 2667MHz but I'm happy with that.. [insert complaint about RAM prices here].
Everything else is solid, could not be happier with the build!
The value for money on this CPU is just unbeatable. Particularly with the price I paid. I was able to OC mine to 3.9GHz with 1.36v but that's as far as it would go, no matter the voltage it just would not boot with 4GHz.
It works fantastically for both playing and streaming my main games (Overwatch and WoW) so there's that too.
I get well Over 100 FPS in Overwatch with everything maxed out at 1080p by the way.
Another incredible value for money product! This cooler was severely under-utilised in my previous build where I'd used it to replace the insanely loud Intel cooler on my G4560. So I was curious as to how it would perform with an overclocked 6 core CPU.
The answer? Amazing. Max temps with 100% simulated load (Prime95) were 61 Degrees. It's also rarely above 50 in gaming too. As the name suggests it's also very quiet.
I dare you to try and find a better cooler for the same price.
This is a tough one and I wanted to give it more stars because overall it's a great mobo. It's just missing some things whilst the BIOS is easy to use... it has a mind of it's own!
Firstly it has only two sys fan headers, which as it turns out is a common theme among Micro ATX B350 motherboards. I couldn't go to ATX due to my original case at the time and the case I now have was already on the wish list. But it bugs me because my Gigabyte B250M was able to get 3 headers and 2 more SATA ports in the same space. I am using 2 y-splitters to get over this.
Which brings me on to the 4 instead of 6 SATA ports. Again problem could be solved I suspect by going for a bigger format but as someone with a lot of media storage it'd be nice to have more. I see a PCI-e SATA card in my future.
Onto overclocking... So far no problems at all with things like VRM temps at 1.36v (ish..) and it was very easy to set in the BIOS. However for some inexplicable reason the BIOS actually changes the voltage you put in. So for example I was trying to go lower to 1.34 and it would change it up to 1.37.. Various things like this and I only noticed it when running CPU-Z.
MSI have said that this is "normal" and not to worry about it but, it's rather frustrating to not have complete control over the voltage to be able to maximise the OC of my chip.
I actually cannot fault this RAM, sadly though I am only able to OC it to 2667MHz. Nothing else will boot.
I do wish I had faster RAM but, well, you know what RAM prices are like right now.
Fantastic SSD and yes it's tiny storage capacity is a problem, however this was all I could afford at the time of my first build. It's on par with the 850 Evo for less money!
Solid and reliable if a tad slow. Probably not far off replacing them they've been in service since 2012.
I paid a great price on this one through Facebook Marketplace and I could not be happier.
Shame about the loud and hot cooler though.
I got this so cheaply because it was slightly second hand on eBay. However it was in basically new condition. Only trouble was it didn't come with the fan/radiator mounting rails. :( Thermaltake do not sell them separately either.
So easy to build in.