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Black and Blue (and RED all over!)

by KittyKatt



Date Published

March 15, 2017

Date Built

March 14, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

26.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.178 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01 GHz


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.

Part Reviews


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.

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elijahk33 3 Builds 3 points 21 months ago

so colorful! I like it. The Evolv case is lovely. I've got the ITX version. It's just awesome to work with

KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

I'm in love with this case. I think the motherboard/case combo I've chosen is a little weird to route because most of the holes in the backplate don't make sense with the ports on the board. But I make it work!

elijahk33 3 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

yeah I see what you mean. But the end result is fine anyways. On the ITX version it could be really useful to have those openings at the bottom of the motherboard, next to the power supply

jtrier1 3 points 20 months ago

Check for a BIOS update. AMD released a firmware update to get the memory working at the correct speeds the other day. JaysTwoCents posted a video on YouTube yesterday about it.

RedRageTNT 4 Builds 2 points 21 months ago


KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

My pleasure with this build is surely Ryzen.

xTwistts 2 points 21 months ago

Wow, nice build! +1 how is that Ryzen chip holding up??

KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Holding up pretty nicely. Haven't had a lot of time to stress it much with simultaneous gaming and streaming, but I ran a few CPU intensive things last night after finishing up my Windows install and it never even sweated. I'll update the build with maybe some benchmarks and further review after I get all my games back on it and put it through the gauntlet.

RIsaac 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago


He_162 2 points 21 months ago

I've seen people overclock this processor, and you can, but since it already "turbo's" up to 3.75ghz, you really don't need to, that is really close to the highest overclock you'll achieve anyway, so it's generally the best it can be out of the box in terms of what you'll notice.

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

You have the wrong psu in your parts list. This is the correct which is also much better btw...


If XMP profile isn't working you can try setting manually all timings and speeds. MSI still hasn't release a newer bios for this motherboard but you could contact them.... BTW nice build!

KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Woops, you're completely right! I dunno how I missed that haha. Thanks!

EDIT: Fixed!

pegotico 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Looks much better now!! :)

Fork_and_Spoon 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Yea Sick build,

royalba94 2 points 21 months ago

Hey :)

The Build looks great!

KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Thanks! It'll look a lot better with sleeved cables. ;)

royalba94 2 points 21 months ago

;) ;)

PotatechG 1 point 9 months ago

If you're thinking about the crosshair VI Hero: GET IT it is like... the most epic am4 motherboard! mine arrived in the mail on saturday, haven't built my system yet because my ssd and case aren't here. But from what I can see so far, It's great. I'll put a link to my build here when I'm done.

msynyster95 2 points 21 months ago

Where did you get that wallpaper??

KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

https://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/5ysju4/saw_a_post_showing_these_covers_lining_up_so/ In this reddit thread. If you scroll down, there's a guy that linked an album of different wallpapers in the comments somewhere.

TheGateKeeper6 2 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Can you overclock with the stock cooler ?

SuperSquishy 2 points 20 months ago

You can but I wouldn't recommend going to high. It's not the best cpu fan

He_162 1 point 21 months ago

The motherboard requires bios updates to support the faster ram, and Ryzen needs some microcoding changes to support the ram, but 2133mhz is plenty anyway.

Minerfantasyy 1 point 20 months ago

Gaming benchmarks please!

KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 20 months ago

I've never actually done any gaming benchmarking myself. What programs do you recommend?

Minerfantasyy 1 point 20 months ago

Don't know honestly I just wanted to see what kind of performance I would get if I built a computer similar.

KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 2 points 20 months ago

I can say that I've played FFXIV with all effects turned on and OBS streaming with no problems.

I've also played Overwatch without really tweaking the settings and streamed with OBS no problem as well.

SuperSquishy 1 point 20 months ago

So has anyone else with this board checked the msi page? It's a nightmare to find ram for this! BTW nice build! Also I did see that on msi it seems to be that only samsung chipset will overclock to 3200 ish depending on the ram

Gooberdad 10 Builds 1 point 15 months ago

Very nice build. Love the Microcenters. I see you picked up two of the Micron M.2 SSD and what a steal at $20 each. Combo deals? Anyway, it looks great.

Thumbs up.

cptheartless 1 point 14 months ago

I have a question, how were you able to get your ram to clock at 2400mhz? asking because I am having the same issue.

DannyJSchwe 1 point 8 months ago

What ram speeds are you getting now? I have the same mobo and I'm unsure of which ram to get...

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KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

According to MSI and a few other places, a lot of the G.Skill RAM WILl run at 2400 if you're only running two DIMMs. I could be reading it wrong, though!

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KittyKatt submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

Ah, yes. I hope so! Not that I mind ALL that much because it's a huge improvement over my DDR3 RAM I was using in my last build, but it would be nice to get the 2400MHz I paid for.

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