Ryzen 7 2700x on a MSI x570 with 32 gigs of ram and OC 2060 Super inside a 20 year old case! Total build cost was under $1000 thanks to various holiday discounts.

Part Reviews


At the $150 price point from 2019 winter sales, this processor is a beast. Though the single core base speeds are lower than a 3600, and the pcie and ram controllers are also dated, the combined processing power of the 8 core is much better than its 6 core competitor.


Very middle of the road, the Dragon Center software leaves A LOT to be desired, and the bios needed an immediate update. Finding a few glitches here and there regarding backwards compatibility, but overall it was the second cheapest x570, so not too terrible.


Can't really get the timings any tighter than advertised, and have had no luck getting a stable over clock. That said, these have been very compatible with my build running at 3200.


This is actually a WD80EMAZ in my system, and it runs fairly slow as it should. Massive storage though and the price point was excellent when it was an external unit.

Video Card

Card is a beast, using the mSI OC Scanner, hits max clocks on the curve of 1935mhz with a 90% stability rating. I have pushed the curve to 2000mhz and have had very few issues aside from less popular UE based games.

-1 star though for their both of RGB lighting software... They are unstable, and crashed all the time. Hopefully Asus can get their RBG act together.

Power Supply

Works great, though not modular. Does not support 3v sata so beware. Also only supports 4+4 cpu power, so if your board is 8+8 or 8+4 and you plan of extreme OC, then you may want something different.

Operating System

Got this free from the original Win7 upgrade program so my opinion is a bit biased. As a free OS, it has been GREAT! If you don't like the Win8 style start menu you can easily replace it with Classic Shell and have a somewhat Win 7 / XP visual experience. -1 Star for it's app store, which is quite dangerous to new and inexperienced users.

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  • 4 months ago
  • 2 points

The 1st time this AMD server was built was back in 2000, it lasted almost 8 years until it was eventually replaced by a fresh new (2007/2008) Intel build, then in 2011/2012 replaced with an Intel based Alienware. 2019 AMD Prices were so good that I decided to dust off my old Antec server case and resurrect it.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

What’s the smaller msi graphics card in the photos?

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

That was the MSI GTX 1060 that came out of the Alienware, then went right back into the Alienware when I finally got the 2060S for the Antec.

  • 4 months ago
  • 1 point

Fun story, bought the 1060 used, and a month later the fan burnt out... So I modded 2x 1070 fans onto it because MSI couldn't provide the OEM replacements.

Modded 1060 pic 1

Modded 1060 pic 2