Description

Casual gaming and home theater PC. Connected to a 55" HDTV @ 1080p 60hz.

CPU + Motherboard: Originally planned to pick up a 2700x for $169 from Newegg's Black Friday preview ad, but couldn't resist going Zen 2 when they dropped the 3600x down to $199 on Thanksgiving. As a result I ended up spending a bit more on the board than I wanted, but the MSI B450 Carbon Pro had the best feature set and BIOS Flashback to guarantee out of the box Zen 2 support. Didn't even need it as it came Ryzen 3000 Ready. Only $15 more than the Tomahawk and is a way better board.

Graphics Card: I really wanted to pick up an RX 5700, but the only ones that were on sale were the ones with thermal issues and didn't feel like spending another 60% as all I need is 60 FPS for my 60 hz monitor. The MSI Ventus OC XS 1660 non-super and TI versions have great reviews for noise and thermals, so I went with that model for the Super (seeing as there were few reviews available at the time of purchase and the board/cooler design is identical).

Case: I'm most excited about the case, if you can believe that. It is quality beyond belief and I strongly recommend it to anyone. I wanted no clear side panel as this is for a home theater rig (who wants RGB lights when you are trying to watch a movie?) and I wanted it DEAD SILENT. This case is all that and more, and was pure joy to build with. Comes with two 140mm pure wings 2 silent fans (non-PWR but who cares?), and to that I added a third 140mm fan (this one PWR). You can get it with a clear side panel if that's what you are looking for.

Memory: Will likely do some video editing so upgraded to 32 GB of RAM, which was insane for only $109 for 3600 (2 x 16gb). Remember like 6 months ago when RAM was almost double what it is now? Why not go 32 gb?

Storage: I bought this drive on Black Friday 2018!! (Actually a couple of them and this one was still left over). Would have gone M.2 but honestly why spend more money? 1 TB Intel 660p would have been the choice if buying new.

PSU: Power supply was the cheapest acceptable. I've owned a number of EVGA power supplies and the dang things seem to last forever (I know I've now cursed this one!).

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  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Is the 1TB 860 EVO your boot drive?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Initially it was - remember it was a leftover from Black Friday 2018. But for Christmas I purchased the Sabrent Rocket 1 TB NVME and that is now my boot drive. Samsung 860 EVO is now just additional storage.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

Was it decent? I actually got two of those, one 500GB and one 1TB, on a VERY good sale. They're for my upcoming build. How fast did they boot?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

EDIT - I think I misunderstood your initial question. For the 860 EVO, it boots great. Top notch SSD performance. Honestly unless you are doing heavy duty workloads (and you'd know if you were), you'll likely never see the difference between an SSD and NVME Drive.

Previous Response (regarding the Sabrent M.2): This is what I purchased: https://amzn.to/36uZCR2

Boots amazing. Very fast. Windows loads almost instantaneously (like pushing the wake button on an iPad). Honestly unless you are doing tons of heavy video encoding (2+ hour encoding times) or crazy huge sequential file transfers I wouldn't go any more expensive.

  • 1 month ago
  • 2 points

That's all i wanted to hear! :) I'm very excited for my upcoming build with this fancy 860 EVO.

Thanks for the reply, and happy late new year! :D

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Additional performance notes:

  • I'm running this with Precision Boost Overdrive. I tried a 4.2 GHz manual all-core overclock but the thermals crept up to 86 C in Cinebench 20 testing. A little too toasty for my taste and I'd recommend an aftermarket cooler if you are looking to to push this. With PBO thermals never get past 75 C under full load in Cinebench. I will likely upgrade the cooler in the near future but I am pretty impressed by the Wraith Spire which would be great at stock settings.

  • I have tightened the RAM timings to 16-19-19-38 using MSI's "Try It!" feature. Seems to be stable so far but will do more stress testing of the memory soon.

  • Hit 3740 in Cinebench 20 with the manual all core overclock at 4.2 GHz after hitting ~3600 at stock with XMP timings. Currently running at ~3625 with PBO and tighter RAM timings (nothing to write home about!).

Will run some other benchmarks this weekend and update.