Description

First off, this PC is an upgrade, but also the culmination of past builds. Most notably, the storage is a mix between old and new drives, all dedicated to certain tasks.

I use this PC for recording and mixing in Pro Tools, gaming at 1440p/144Hz, and video editing and content creation on the 1440p/60Hz monitor. Mostly just wanted to try out Ryzen. I am thoroughly impressed. Although it came with a few headaches, it was Windows 10 that ended up being the culprit as far as Pro Tools and gaming issues.

My 1700 is overclocked to 3.8GHz at 1.35V (shows up at 1.288-1.308 in HWMon, AIDA64, CPU-Z, and BIOS) and is running at 30C idle to 60C at full load (~80F ambient typically). DRAM is running all 32GB at 2933mHz at 1.35V. I dropped the ball and didn't get B-Die when I committed to Ryzen from a perspective Intel build, so it was having issues with higher OCs. Going to do more tweaking at some point, but I am very satisfied with it. Almost a lateral replacement for my 4770K, but in multithreaded tasks, it does make a difference. Too bad my audio work and gaming doesn't require so many threads. At very least, it's not a downgrade!

The Fractal Define S was from a custom loop build, but although its airflow isn't the best, it's not exactly hindering performance. It also gives me options later when I want to switch back to a custom loop.

The storage will be optimized soon. Probably won't be any less drives (actually probably more for sample streaming and scratch disks), but I'm probably going to get rid of all my spinning drives and use them only for backing up. For now, though, dedicated drives for system, games, samples, media, audio, and raw media is a lot better for my OCD and easier on my drives.

My old TN Swift is awesome for gaming still. No issues there since I don't game at an angle (uh who does besides surround guys). The PD2700Q is a great monitor as well. It's an AH-VA (IPS similar) panel with fine colors for my use. I have them in vertical landscape orientation, and it's the best setup I've had yet. For you audio people out there who need decently large dual monitors but have issues with reflections, stacking them on a VESA stand is the perfect solution. My nearfields can move closer now, and most unwanted reflections off the back of the monitor are eliminated.

Some audio hardware I have includes: RME Babyface Pro (just upgraded from an old first gen 18i8) Behringer MONITOR2USB (really cheap, transparent monitor controller) JBL LSR305 nearfields + LSR310S subwoofer (sub was muddying up mixes, but still wanted it for playback, so the controller is a good workaround; the sub is standalone into the mono input) The only problem with this configuration is the lack of crossovers for the nearfields now that they aren't running through the subwoofer. To be honest, with decent calibration, I can't even tell there isn't a crossover. It might be because there's a null in the listening spot (actually unsure if I measured my room correctly) but the bass response seems very similar to the default 2.1 setup.

Finally, I should note that the price is not what I paid. I got it all through Amazon Prime, and almost half of it was existing, and purchased over the course of the last 3-4 years. The platform change was the biggest change.

Also I was too lazy to change the OS to the English/download, so it's showing as French DVD lol.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

After you tidy up the cables, it'll be a good looking build

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, I did tidy up a bit since taking these pictures. But honestly, since I upgrade fairly frequently, I like to keep it pretty plug and play instead of worrying about the looks. I stopped worrying about looks after I took my custom loop out. And the cables aren't so bad that it's detrimental to air flow/a tangled mess. The window is now solely for checking to see if my AIO bursts hahaha.

Thanks for the comment!

EDIT: Oh, and just to clarify, the reason I got an aftermarket set of cables was more for function than looks. It's way easier to route things when it has more give. My last 24-pin broke my motherboard because it was constantly trying to bend and pull the plug out.

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  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

this is a high end build bro u got a gtx 1080 and a ryzen 1700..u got the next to the strongest graphics card great build tho i like it

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol thanks. I just didn’t want to call it a high end build when there’s 1080 Ti + Titan XP and Threadripper, but I guess that’d be enthusiast tier. Either way, thanks for the comment!

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, I know its been a couple of month since published, but can you take a photo of the system without the side panel where you can see the entire case? I want to build something similar and want to see how it would look, Thanks!

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, yeah I'm waiting on a couple parts and I'm going to be logging a custom loop build in this. I'll definitely post the before pics before I start the process so you'll have it in a couple days, and I'll link you to the video when it's done that'll have a little tour of how it is now. If you're still planning at that point I'm sure it'll be helpful.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

many thanks!

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

Did the Arctic liquid cooler have AM4 support out of the box?