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WRAITH - Balanced RYZEN Gaming Build

by asone_



Date Published

May 7, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.2 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.12 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz



Here's my most recent build - WRAITH.

The objective here was to create a balanced gaming build for around $850 that didn't compromise on processing power, storage, power supply, and aesthetics. I did a video on the build process which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TBfqncvM9U&lc=z12hwhjjomucepnav04chfrgipvpspgqr5w

Let's talk about the components.

CPU Although Intel's i5 offering is still capable of decent gaming performance, I have observed the 4 threads to be limiting in some games. The AMD R5 1400 double's this thread count and i've even overclocked it to 4.05GHz @ 1.35v which definitely helps it catch up to the i5's single threaded performance which it's renowned for. A lot of enthusiasts will suggest the 1500X for the extra L3 cache and beefier cooler, however that extra cache provides a very minimal, if any difference in gaming performance when paired with a realistic GPU (RX470, RX480, GTX1060). I don't see the cooler to be an issue either, as i'm getting load temps of around 70 in prime95 with the chip OC'd to 4.05GHz.

GPU The RX480 8GB provides very decent gaming performance here and pairs nicely with the R5 1400. It's an AMD match made in heaven. The RX580 was just released and the hype was real, but seeing as the RX480 could be OC'd or flashed to meet it's performance, I didn't see the point of spending extra here. At the time of building, the RX480 was about $30 cheaper than the RX580, but that seems to have changed. I went with Gigabyte's G1 card, as it was the cheapest, had RGB, and a stealthy backplate that suited the theme of the build.

Motherboard I knew I wanted to go with the AM4 B350 Chipset, as I wasn't planning on X-Firing GPUs here, so the X370 chipset's extra PCIE Lanes weren't necessary. The MSI B350 PC Mate was the stealthiest option here. A neutral coloured motherboard is important to me - i'm personally not a fan of the camo / stripe / patterned boards that are coming out these days. Stay classy.

RAM Even know this is a budget build, I would consider 16GB of memory to be a minimum here for a comfortable playing experience without micro-stuttering. Games like BF1 and Battlegrounds are known to chew up 8GB+ of memory, and coupled with a some background tasks (Google, Discord / Skype), it's easy to agree. Corsair's Vengeance LED Memory clocked @ 3000MHz provided a nice option here without having to spend too much. The extra speed has given the Ryzen processor a nice boost and the Red LEDs look great inside the case.

Storage Not much to say here - seeing as I wanted to make this build nice and balanced, I didn't want to compromise on storage speed or capacity, so I went with a 240GB SSD + 1TB HDD combo. The SSD will provide enough space for the OS, some vital programs, and a couple most played games, whereas the HDD can be used for everything else.

Power Supply The choice here was between EVGA's popular 500B, or the Corsair CX450M. I chose the CX450M because it was semi modular and had neutral, black cables, unlike the ketchup and mustard scheme of the EVGA 500B. The bronze rated 450W provides enough headroom for the R5 1400 processor and even the power hungry RX480.

Case There are plenty of options for cases in this price range, but none look as elegant and clean as the Corsair 270R. This case has a beautiful black finish with no ugly accents, some good cable management options, and is not oversized. I love how the PSU is hidden away underneath the shroud, and the tinted window provides a nice touch, allowing some visibility to the LED Components.

Thanks for checking out my build!

Comments Sorted by:

Footsocks 1 Build 5 points 22 months ago

Dang dude, you must have hit the silicon lottery with that chip!

SmartWolf 4 points 22 months ago

Go AMD!!!

jrieder -16 points 22 months ago

G4560 is equal in most single core operations and much cheaper

LatamirDigital 3 Builds 11 points 22 months ago

Lets see how well it does in productivity versus the 1400. (Hint: 1400 kills it). You sound like a borderline Intel fanboy, be nice, this isn't the place for that BS.

pegotico 2 Builds 5 points 22 months ago

this isn't the place for that BS.


TH3_R3AL_R3D 1 Build 4 points 22 months ago

PLEASE DO NOT BIOS FLASH THE RX 480 TO A RX 580: https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/248044-flashing-rx-480-gpu-rx-580-bios-really-really-bad-idea

Not a good idea. Not for any GPU. Other than that very good build.

Jackdupondew2k5 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Really nice build. I just built mine back in March when the ryzen 7 came out. I have the ryzen 7 1700 CPU in mine. Only one thing that I could say is that I think you over paid alil for that graphics card. I have the MSI GamingX 8gb RX480 and paid $200 for mine. And most of the rx480's are about that price. But other than that nice build. Are you getting the full 3000mhz with your ram? I'm not but I think mine has to do with cus I have 4 sticks for a total of 32gb of EVGA superclocked 3000mhz

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Laceyn56 1 point 22 months ago

Awesome build! I actually am in the market for a new gaming build. I was debating on what Ryzen 5 CPU i wanted as i mainly just play WOW,Dark Souls series and BF1. I wanted to reuse my old parts and just upgrade the motherboard, CPU and PSU. You have helped me decide what i want to do. Thank you! I plan to get the same Motherboard,CPU and PSU since my budget i set for myself was $300.

solson32 2 points 22 months ago

Hit up your local microcenter for 50 off that ryzen/mobo combo ;)

riftking 1 point 22 months ago

With 300 I think it might be better to go for the pentium G4560 or wait for Ryzen 3, because the 1400+b350+8gb is already $280...or did you mean 300$ for the memory, motherboard and CPU?

Redrusler 1 point 22 months ago

so, that's where fern went.........

animehero124 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

How does it do when gaming on like CS:GO and Overwatch? PLus I subbed

asone_ submitter 7 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I'll be testing Battlefield One, Battlegrounds, Witcher 3, Far Cry Primal, and Doom once the 3200MHz RAM kit arrives (should be 1-2 days). Thanks for the sub!

riftking 1 point 22 months ago

It's the rx 480, it'll get 100s of frames in csgo and 100+ in overwatch. If you're only playing those games it's probably better for you to get the rx 460/1050/1050ti

Nova631 1 point 22 months ago

Great build and glad I found it, I was thinking of going Intel with my next build but this will keep me in the AMD fam. My only concern is that I've got quite a few things connected via USB and this mobo doesn't have much.

asone_ submitter 7 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

A USB hub will fix that :) But yeah, totally agree on the lack of USB 3.0 for the PC Mate.

GDamien 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Hey men ! First your build is awesome. I usually do not like the black and red build but this one is very elegant, doesn't look like tuning x) Then, I've just one question. Pushing temps for the cooler higher approximately to 70°C doesn't damage the CPU ? I mean at IDLE the CPU turns around 50°C and under OC at 3.8 GHz it goes to +60°C. Is it a problem for thermal paste or something ? Is the stock cooler provide enough airflow to properly cool the CPU ? Btw, subbed to you YT channel, great content :D

asone_ submitter 7 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I haven't tested temperatures inside the case yet (stay tuned in a few days), but no - load temps of 70C will not damage the processor. Idle temps of 50-60C are a bit high though. Usually 35-45 is more common, even when OC'd. What is your Voltage set at?

And yep, I believe the Wraith Stealth is sufficient for this chip!

GDamien 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Thanks for answering ! I'll stay tuned do not worry :D Concerning temps, I do not have the CPU yet but i gave these temps according to YT videos I saw. The IDLE temps are a bit high, I agree, I must have exagerated them a bit :P But you totally answered my question, thank you very much. I really wanted to know if the Wraith Stealth was enough good to cool this CPU under high load (OC frequency of 3.8GHz). Thanks again

Firewalp 21 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Awesome build! I love the part choices and the overall build. I have a R5-1400, 2933mhz ram and a RX 580 myself. I could only get 3.9ghz @ 1.4v though with my MSI B350 :( It makes me so sad to see the OC you got with your 1400, haha. Jealous!


asone_ submitter 7 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Silicon Lottery man, just how it works!

Pegla 1 point 22 months ago

Really nice looking build. It's very elegant, but i have to ask you because I was planning to get same motherboard, how satisfied are you with it? I have doubt between that one and AsRock b350m pro4

asone_ submitter 7 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I have a review going up on my YouTube channel of the motherboard in about 4.5 hours. It's a lot more detailed than I could possibly write here!

Pegla 2 points 22 months ago

I watched it and it was really good. Thanks

adventureguy 2 Builds 1 point 22 months ago


asone_ submitter 7 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

I wish! Maybe next build ;)

Eisendrache 1 point 22 months ago

Best part, u can swap out the Ryzen 5 1400 for a 1700 or 1600x and then maybe add another 480 for crossfire

Kwerpi 4 Builds 1 point 21 months ago

Really nice looking simple. Good photos also help. I appreciate the fact that the red motherboard LED matches the RAM.

schimmdog 1 point 21 months ago

What speeds are running the ram at and what did you have to toggle to get that? I am thinking of that same set.

CalFariC 1 point 19 months ago

Wow! Wish I knew how to overclock like you can! Vewwwy nice build, I'm comparing it to my own plans for Christmas time. My build is similar, but I'm using the Fractal Design Define Mini C case and appropriate MATX mobo. Also using a 4GB RX 570 since GPU pricing is sky high here in the UK. Thanks for such a clear and detailed writeup, as well as the sexy camera shots too! :D

Juggerron 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

JUST WOW I have the wraith spire on my 1400 and when I put 1.35V in order to get 3.9/4.0 the prime95 hits above 85C and the PC restarts so I am stuck at 3.8 at 1.275V

great chip you hit the jackpot

animatingblue 1 point 9 months ago


This is one good bang-for-the-buck build, and I can very much respect the way that you chose your components, with the reasoning and all. I love it. Plus, it looks really good. And even with today's inflated prices, I was able to get a ~$850 PC just like this but with no HDD, an RX580 8GB, and still 16GB RAM, the same one you chose. It's really an awesome build.

Awesome build, mate!

TheDiamondPig 1 point 1 month ago

Is that the stock cooler?

suck3rs 0 points 22 months ago

I think the parts match pretty well given the focus of your build. The write up was pretty good, but your lingo was killing me lol. Not sure why people are calling cores threads now. An i5 does not have hyperthreading and is flat out a 4 core processor.

Good build.

asone_ submitter 7 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks for the comment. But the i5 does have 4 threads, you do realise this right?

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Flyrobot27 1 point 22 months ago

It's multi thread is more like it 3770 non K.

asone_ submitter 7 Builds 2 points 22 months ago

I actually surpassed the Cinebench R15 score of the i7 4770k with the OC'd 1400.

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