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First PC Build - AMD Gaming/Home Use

by dslansky

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8 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 17, 2017

Date Built

July 15, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.35GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7.01GHz

Description

So this was my first PC build that I have ever attempted. I did a lot of research, and used this site extensively to figure out my approach.

I wanted to use the new AMD chips to help promote a healthy competition in the industry. Intel makes great processors, too, and for my purposes, either would have worked well.

The CPU cooler was a Thermaltake air-cooler (Contac 12 Silent), similar to the one listed here. It is rated for 150W, which should be enough for the 95W Ryzen R5 1600x. Getting this CPU cooler on was a pain in the neck. I was about to resort to a method of loosening the screws on the mounting hardware, attaching the cooler, then re-tightening when it finally clicked into place.

The video card was a compromise, as I wanted a 1060 or 1070, but the current mining craze has them hard-to-find or too expensive. Maybe at some point I will upgrade, but for now it is a good match with my older 1080 monitors.

The remainder of the build was pretty easy, and my son was able to help me with some of the finicky bits with his sharper eyes and smaller hands.

I have not played around with the settings as of yet, and need to update the bios to get a better memory speed (currently showing 2133 MHz).

All in all, it was a good experience, and I have confidence that I can design and build a PC that is less expensive (and more fulfilling) than simply buying one retail.

Part Reviews

CPU

So far, so good! I will try over-clocking at some point in time. I'm glad to see AMD step up with the CPU competition. I think having two premium suppliers in the market will help all PC enthusiasts, whether you favor AMD or Intel

Motherboard

Manual was easy to follow, and the board seems well-built. I'm not much into the "cool" LED lighting, but the ones on this board seem fairly under-stated. I got it in a processor bundle with the CPU at Microcenter. With the rebate, total was about $40 for the motherboard, which seems like a great deal.

Case

Roomy and easy to work in. Plenty of room for expansion, and a lot of space for longer video cards in the future. With a rebate, I feel like this was a great buy.

Comments Sorted by:

juhni 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Overall a pretty nice build.

You need to put the ram in the red slots. Right now your ram is running in single channel mode. Ryzen is very sensitive to ram speed and this could be causing your issue. I have the same ram and with some playing around can get it run at 3000(2933).

Tetsuclaw 3 Builds 1 point 4 months ago

I checked the manual for which ram slots are in channels. Going from the CPU to out it's in the order of 4-2-3-1, and the 2 slots closest to the CPU is channel A and the 2 slots OP has is channel B. He does have both sticks in the same channel for dual channel support.

The manual can be found here: http://www.gigabyte.us/Motherboard/GA-AB350-Gaming-3-rev-10#support-manual Page 4 shows a diagram of the board on which slot is which and page 9 explains the channels for the memory.

juhni 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Gotta love Gigabyte for making things obtuse. From page 10 of the manual"When enabling Dual Channel mode with two or four memory modules, it is recommended that memory of the same capacity, brand, speed, and chips be used. For optimum performance, when enabling Dual Channel mode with two memory modules, we recommend that you install them in the DDR4_1 and DDR4_2 sockets."

dslansky submitter 1 Build 1 point 4 months ago

Wow, after looking at the manual, I think you are correct. I assumed that the slots went in order (4,3,2,1 as you move away from CPU). But, they do not.

I will try changing this and see what RAM speed I get. Updating the BIOS did not seem to make a difference.

Thanks for catching this mistake. The Gigabyte design is a bit obtuse!

RookieComputerBuilder 1 point 3 months ago

Any update on the performance, after the changes?

dslansky submitter 1 Build 3 points 3 months ago

Success! I boosted the RAM clock to 2933 MHz, up from 2133 MHz. Everything seems stable.

Thanks again for your help.

dslansky submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

I have not tried changing the clock speed in the BIOS, as I have been away on vacation.

I may give it a try this weekend.

Catarino. 1 Build 1 point 2 months ago

you might want to switch around the orientation of the hdd tray that way the sata cable and the power cable aren't visible good build btw