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My First Build: The Heron (2017 Christmas)

by Mindmixer

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11 Comments

Details

Date Published

Dec. 16, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 9, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.4GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.71GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10.0GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

50.0° C

Description

Hey everyone! (I want to preface with the fact that the pictures were taken with a phone, lol)

First off, I want to thank the PCPartPicker community for the advice I have received via the forum and Discord. I learned a ton and everyone kindly answered my questions.

This was my first build. I previously had a build from my Grandpa that began to struggle playing simple games. So, I convinced my to parents to let me build a custom PC (Mom wanted a laptop, as she hates the amount of space a desktop takes). My Dad assisted me in the building process; without him, this beast wouldn't be running. This PC is primarily for gaming. I also stream a decent amount and plan to begin some video editing and blender modeling here soon.

I have saved for a while, and my parents were very generous with Christmas this year, so a huge thanks to them! The parts to this build were bought in about a months time. I snagged all the sales I could. My best deal would be the monitor. I got it for a lot less than it usually goes for!

The name "The Heron" is an ode to the Brotherband Chronicles by John Flanagan. I think of this machine as I do the boat in the story: graceful.

All that being said, here is how the build process went:
1. First, I took off the side panels of the case and secured the MOBO. This went relatively easy.
2. I then popped my CPU, stuck in my RAM, applied my Thermal Paster, and mounted the CPU cooler. The Mugen 5 is very large, but has adequate clearance for RAM. It did make access to the MOBO CPU Power connector difficult.
3. I got in my SDD and PSU and started hooking up cables. The MOBO Power cable is very stiff!
4. I secured the Wireless Adapter and GPU. Since I didn't route the cables through the back (I am sorry!), the GPU was a tough fit.
5. At first, PC wouldn't boot. I hopped over to BuildaPC and got some help; all I did was plug the power button connector into the wrong pins, haha.

Some quick justifications:
I went with the Ryzen 7 1700x because I wanted the AM4 platform, and because I got it cheaper than the 1700 and already planned on buying the Mugen 5 anyways.
I've heard it many times: the 1070 Ti is a better value than the 1080. However, I wanted as much power as possible and didn't feel comfortable OCing the 1070 Ti to the max.
I sadly couldn't go with a wired connection as the router is a floor above me and my parents aren't keen on the idea of a hole in the ceiling. I looked into powerline, but went with wireless. I haven't experienced too much lag yet, even when my brother is stealing bandwidth with the XBOX.

Part Info:
Ryzen 7 1700x
Works great. Doesn't seem to limit my FPS. The 8 cores will be awesome when I begin video editing and 3D Modeling.

Scythe Mugen 5 (rev b.)
Very big, very cool. Almost got cut by the sharp side of the heatsink plugging in cables..

Asus STRIX B350-F MOBO
Q-LED monitors help a lot.

G.Skill Trident Z 16GB DDR4-3200
Went for high speed for Ryzen.

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
This thing is ridiculous! The jump from an HDD to an SDD is spectacular. Will be getting another soon.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 SC ACX 3.0
Hits high FPS and looks great. The EVGA Precision OCing Software is somewhat lacking but simplistic.

Corsair SPEC-ALPHA
Has a cool shape and easy to remove panels.

Seasonic FOCUS Plus Gold 850W 80+ Gold
It was this VS. EVGA G2/G3, but the price dropped, which made me go for it.

Windows 10 booted fine.

Wireless Adapter seems to be fine. No problems yet. The drivers came in a CD, so I had to pop it into an old laptop, transfer the drivers to a USB, and then install them.

Dell S2716DGR 27" 2560x1440 144hz
This is my favorite part of the build; it is like I am sitting with my nose up to a movie screen!

Corsair peripherals are great. They all work well and are synced with CUE. I love the RGB.

My Firestrike Score: 16659
My Timespy Score: 7572

Thanks for reading! The whole building experience was awesome!

Part Reviews

CPU

The Ryzen is performing great. I may try to OC it further soon.

CPU Cooler

The installation was a bit of a pain (probably since it was my first), but it is crazy silent and keeps the CPU cool.

Motherboard

Easy installation, RAM is working @3200 14-14-14-34 (I think that is the order?) after tuning profile.

Memory

Worked as it should after a bit of BIOS tuning, and wasn't DOA!

Storage

I have always used HDDs (and the HDDs I attempted to transfer didn't work), but this SSD is wicked fast! Windows boots in a few seconds, as do games.

Video Card

Works perfect. Most games hit 144+ FPS at high settings! (PUBG gets 60-80 at high settings, but I am not complaining).

Case

Great looking case. 3 fans included. A hassle to cable manage in, as the routing in the back was a wee bit tight. Thus all the cables out front...

Power Supply

Looked at JohnnyGuru and saw that it is a good unit. Got a good deal on it @ Newegg.com Black Friday week.

Operating System

Worked fine. No issues.

Wireless Network Adapter

No problems yet. The drivers came in a CD, so I had to pop it into an old laptop, transfer the drivers to a USB, and then install them.

Monitor

Perfect color out of the box. I can't even tell that the monitor is TN; no problems with the viewing angles. This thing is huge! I feel completely immersed in my games. The 144hz comes in handy, and the G-SYNC is great.

Keyboard

Mechanical + Cherry MX Red = Great!

I love the CUE sync across all RBG Corsair Devices.

Mouse

Very nice. Smooth and has a fast DPI.

Other

I have the cloth version. It works great. The mouse glides over it. The mouse "pass through" port is nice.

Comments Sorted by:

Dmolitor 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Amazing build! With that monitor, if it has an issue powering up with your PC and doesn't come on, there is a deep sleep feature that sometimes comes enabled for some reason. Turn that off and you'll be set :D

Mindmixer submitter 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

Thank you so much!

I noticed that my monitor wouldn't wake after mouse movement, hitting a key, etc. I found that the deep sleep option was on. Haha.

Dmolitor 2 Builds 2 points 2 months ago

Yup! I had the same exact problem. Looked it up and it was that feature. I was like why would you send a monitor to me with that enabled? XD glad to help!

the1689dark 2 points 1 month ago

+1 for brotherband and and the heron! (That is my favorite series ever!!!!)

Mindmixer submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Thanks man! Same here! John ftw.

ogbog 1 point 1 month ago

This looks like a solid template for what I'm hoping for. Can you run the BMW test on it? https://www.blender.org/download/demo-files/

Mindmixer submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

I have the file, but what is the "test"?

Yognaught_Ace 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

I know im not him but I think it means to render it out and check the time, I might be wrong though.

TurtleMann85 1 point 9 days ago

Just purchased this monitor...really want IPS but went with this cuz it went on sale at Best Buy and it’s the 27” I wanted. My only concern is that I have a 1060 6gb. IPS for the features you want (G-Sync, 144hz) is absurdly expensive.

Should I just get a 1080p 60hz IPS Monitor for gaming? WORRIED ABOUT COLORS WITH TN and it being bland as heck.

Mindmixer submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

This screen is fine; my colors were perfect out of the box. I don't know how the 1060 6GB will do with it.

IPS isn't a must for gaming. The better refresh rate (and the res.) is the selling feature in my opinion (for gaming).

TurtleMann85 1 point 9 days ago

I think my 1060 will do better with a 1080p screen. I want 1440p but I also don't want to spend over 250$ on a monitor maybe 300$. Have some very nice IPS monitors for under 300$ though they are 60hz I rather save a little now so that when the new GPUs come out between now and next year I can upgrade both.