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So, I was in need of a new PC to replace my A10-7850K that I had been using as a desktop/media server. Since I've been getting into more and more PC gaming, I wanted something that could game fairly well but also stream/voice chat/run a buttload of browser tabs. I've really been on board the AMD Ryzen hype train for a while and decided to take the plunge. I pulled some parts (MSI GTX 960 4G, Corsair CX650M, and some SSD/HDD parts) out of my current build (which you can find in my saved parts list as Current - 2017 or NAS/Server) and got started.
Luckily, I live about 25 minutes from a MicroCenter and I gotta say, they've really been the heroes for this Ryzen release. Not only did they have boards in stock, they had every board I was considering in stock. Got my board and CPU from them and sat to wait for my case and RAM from Newegg. Then I put it all together. I REALLY enjoy the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX - Tempered Glass case a LOOOOOT. It's been a pleasure to build in. The way that all the cables come already velcro'd and managed is awesome; it saved me a lot of time.
So far, my only gripes are with the RAM, small grip with the board/cooler compatibility, and a small gripe with the case. The RAM consistently gets throttled back down to 2133MHz even if I set it at 2400MHz. Most likely the board's fault. My other board problem is that I can't seem to get BLUE to show on the included Wraith AMD cooler's RGB ring. Using MSI's Mystic Light stuff, I can get orange, green, and red. No blue yet, though. I've read that maybe flipping the connector around may help. I'll try that tonight. The PWM board that comes with the case is not sensed by my sensors at all, so far. Possibly just need some driver updates to the board itself or something I haven't installed yet from Phanteks.
I did bend some of the pins a little on one of the USB3 headers that I will pull the machine apart and correct. I was trying to route the USB3 front panel cable somewhere and ended up just fighting with it too much and bending some pins.
If anyone wants more pictures of anything in particular, I'll be happy to take some and attach them. I'll fill in some more of the PCPP information later and will post all pictures tonight! I'm still in the process of getting the drives all hooked up, too, so I'll take more pictures with the gorgeous glass panels on after that as well.
UPDATE: Added closed tower pictures. SSD mounted and glass panels put on. Sexy!
UPDATE: Got Windows installed! Updated with monitor pics. Once I get my desk fully built, I'll move the machine onto the desktop and take a full picture of the entire setup.
UPDATE: Upgraded the 960 to a 1070. That's arriving in a couple of days, so I'll load it in and take pictures of it then.
UPDATE: Added pictures of 1070. Looks amazing in the system.
Awesome CPU. Have yet to really crank it up with gaming and streaming, but I'm confident it can handle my intermediate needs very well.
Beautiful looking board. Has everything I need. Like I mentioned in my main text, POST time is a little longer than I expect it to be which kind sucks, but I hope that gets better in an update!
UPDATE: Mystic Light is pretty frustrating. It doesn't coordinate with the RGB Wraith spire well and the G.Skill RAM at all, so I have to use G.Skill's own configurator for that, which is also pretty terrible. I'm lightly considering selling this and buying the Crosshair VI Hero.
Pretty cool RAM. The configuration is a little clunky sometimes. Refuses to run at 2400, but that's probably the board's fault at the moment.
UPDATE: Running at 2400 consistently now.
This case is ******* beautiful. All of the included cables come velcro managed across the back plate with room to spare for all the extra cables you'll have. Included radiator area that I'll eventually make use of. Glass panels are gorgeous.