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Negative Bank Balance, Positive FPS

by hayswald



Date Published

April 26, 2018

Date Built

April 21, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.85 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

77.0° C


First Build in over a decade! Due to current PC Component prices, I really had to hunt to get everything at a reasonable price. I started buying parts in early February(started with GTX 1070 FE) so I was frequently on r/buildpcsales.

  • Purpose

  • I built my first PC in 2007 but she's been long dead. The PC component world has changed ten-fold. (I had 4 sticks of 1GB DDR2 @800 MHZ)

  • First and foremost I love all things tech. I'd consider myself a hobbyist and had some friends build PCs back in January so I got very jealous and took the plunge. (May have intentionally one-upped them!)

  • PLEX Currently, I run a Plex server with 8TBs off a mac-mini that can transcode 4K on a good day but typically just 1080p. So I wanted to beef it up a bit. Ryzen 2700x with 8 cores enticed me.

  • Gaming Been console forever(PS4 Pro) and probably still for exclusives but cheaper prices, a bigger selection, and more friends on PC it felt like the right move.

  • Video Editing Have terabytes upon terabytes of unused GoPro footage. Never really had a computer that could hand 4K video editing.

  • Multitasking I want a 24/7 Plex server. The Ryzen line enticed me because of its performance in multi-threading. I want to be able to transcode 3-4 Plex streams and still be able to game.

  • Problems

  • I always get anxious with thermal paste. The Prism cooler comes with it pre-applied but I still wanted to get it right the first attempt. I did not! The first attempt I could not get the damn hooks on the prism to lock onto the motherboard and ended up getting frustrated and pulling it back off. This led to thermal paste dripping down the edges of the CPU so I cleaned it up and re-attempted. Turns out the Prism's tension lever for locking it down was in the wrong position first attempt.

  • Everything else was smooth sailing!

  • Additional Notes

  • I bought a CPU Cooler before I had the CPU! I intended to use the Hyper 212x Dual Fan cooler but once I got the 2700x I just loved the Prism Cooler too damn much! Once I break in the new machine I may explore better overclocking and swap in the 212x.

  • All prices are tax included

  • Stores Used Microcenter(MOBO,CPU), Best Buy(Monitor, GPU, keyboard,mouse,headset) Amazon(PSU, fans, NVMe, OS), NewEgg(SSD, RAM, Case, 212x)

Comments Sorted by:

Ben28282 2 Builds 3 points 8 months ago

Thanks for using the stock cooler. No one else has used the beast.

Krossrunner 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Really dig the name LOL!

Also good jerb on the build too! :D

Yognaught_Ace 2 Builds 2 points 8 months ago

Saw the R+ in the thumbnail and clicked instantly, but really nice build man

jamithbermudez 2 points 7 months ago

I have the same board and I'm looking for a upgrade of my RAM, are you running the yours at 3200 Mhz stable?

hayswald submitter 1 Build 3 points 7 months ago

yes i have stable with this board and zen+. just gotta go into bios after first boot up to clock up up to 3200

RazerGamer 1 point 8 months ago

Love this PC. Hows the change from the older PC to the new one? +1

hayswald submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Old PC has been DEAD since 2013. So not much comparison to make. My old MOBO had 10 different colors on it so a lot has changed and would be comparing apples to oranges

MaxXlr8tion 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Noice build man +1, How are you liking the 2700x?

hayswald submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Keeping up with whatever I've thrown at it! my voltages seem to fluctuate a bit more than I was expecting but need to dig into that a bit more

MaxXlr8tion 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

I have noticed some voltage spikes up to 1.52v, very briefly... I also noticed it doesn't do it if I keep the Ryzen Master software open, I haven't applied any changes using the software, but watching HWinfo, my voltages hold at about 1.35-1.4 with R.M. open, but start fluctuating up to 1.5 as soon as I closed R.M., kinda concerning really, I'll be interested to see what you find with yours.

ComputerBlooperNoob 1 point 8 months ago

That's probably XFR. It really shouldn't be of concern since it only spikes it up for very short periods. If it's still bothering you, you can overclock the CPU manually to lock it at a certain voltage.

bseyyar 1 point 8 months ago

Any problem when using the new 2700x with your B350 mainboard ?

hayswald submitter 1 Build 2 points 8 months ago

Older chipset MOBO needs to either be upgraded to latest bios(w/old Ryzen 1000 CPUs) or be shipped with Ryzen 2000 Zen+ support. Notice in my "boxes" picture there is a sticker that says "Ryzen 2000 Ready". A 350 or 370 board without updated bios would not post with Zen+.

FurryJackman 2 Builds 1 point 8 months ago

Just a little protip, the Meshify like the Define C has cutouts just below the common positions for front panel and USB connectors on ATX motherboards. You could pass your cables through there for a tidier build.

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 8 months ago

Nice build.

The biggest improvement of Zen+ over Zen is the clock/voltage optimisation.

You should be able to do 4GHz at 1.175V (LLC lvl 4), which will lower the temps by around 10-15° C:

GamersNexus - AMD R7 2700x & 2700 Review


Symbiocide 1 point 6 months ago

If you don't like to apply thermal paste, check out thermal pads.