Description

I built this computer to replace my aging Sandy Bride 2500k system that had started to show signs of it's age.

Update 11.06.2019: My G600 broke, so I had to replace it, I chose G430 as the replacement.

Update 04.04.2018: I ran out of disk space so I bought a 2TB Seagate Barracuda to expand it. I am not using it for anything performance sensitive so it should be fine even though it's not quite as fast as the WD Black drive I have.

Update 13.11.2017: I upgraded my aging Radeon HD 7970 to GTX 1070 Ti. I guess it's slightly overkill for Full HD gaming, but it should last me a while.

CPU: I decided on the Ryzen 1700x to be the heart of my new system with the following reasons:

  • I got myself a homeserver recently and run Plex media server on it, so I am in process of ripping my large DVD/Bluray collection to it, but as raw blurays are quite large (around 30GB) I re-encode them before transferring them to my server. With my overclocked 2500k this took over 2h per movie, now I have reduced this time to around an hour, and DVDs go in 10mins compared to 30mins with 2500k.

  • Virtual Machines like cores.

  • I was also considering 1800x, but the price gap was 100e and I didn't consider the small frequency bump worth it.

  • Ryzens single core performance is enough for me as I am not a hard core gamer, so I didn't find 7700k and Z270 that appealing compared to the 8 cores AMD provides me.

Motherboard: I was originally gonna buy the Asus Prime X370 Pro, but I decided to spend the extra on ROG board so I get the better audio solution.

RAM: Ryzen benefits from fast ram so I got some. 16GB is just for now, I am planning to bump it up to 32GB for more simultaneous virtual machines.

Storage: These are left over drives from my previous build apart from the 960 evo I got so I can store more games/virtual machines on SSDs.

GPU: GTX 1070 Ti, fast GPU that has not problem running any game at max settings when playing at 1080p 60hz. This will hopefully last me 4 to 5 years.

Case: Nice and quiet, doesn't have any leds that would annoy me.

PSU: Plenty of wattage to grow into, quality components. I am disapointed that it didn't come with one extra sata cable so I could use the ssd mounts behind the motherboard tray.

Upgrade Plans:

  • New GPU

  • 32GB of Ram

Part Reviews

CPU Cooler

It's very quiet and performs extremely well. It beats out single 120mm radiators in benchmarks. For the looks, I think any Noctua product brings premium look to your computer and as I don't have window in my case I don't really care what it looks like.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

What are the settings on your cooler ? Is it silent even to keep the temps below 60 ? Considering this combination for my new build too :) Btw great build man !

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Imo it's ridiculously quiet right now, fans run at 300rpm at idle. And I can't hear sizable difference with the load noice levels, as the fans are still quite slow spinning. I am using the low noice adaptors + AI Suite to control the fans.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Under load CPU cooler is running at around 700rpm.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

You're using the regular Noctua D15 and not the SE AM4 version, right? I've seen the Hero VI is backwards compatible with AM3 so the non-AM4 version works just fine?

Asking cause Amazon does same day shipping with the regular D15 and not the SE AM4 version :(

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

I just bought the AM4 upgrade kit for my cooler as I didn't want to mess with the mounting stuff on my board. So I don't know the procedure of mounting the cooler with AM3.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

T H A T C P U C O O L E R I S T H I C C

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm planning on buying the 1070 Ti myself soon and I was wondering how it's running now from the time that you used it?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have only used the GPU for around 2 weeks, but so far so good. Performance is what I expected from benchmarks online. Only disappointment with this particular card is that fans don't stop at idle.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Does NH-15 come with AM4 mounting-Kit now?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't know as I bought the cooler back in 2014 to use with my 2500k build. I bought the AM4 kit to make it compatible with this platform.

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  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Says in the description that it was his old card.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, I bought the card back in 2012, and now I am just using it as temporary card.