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My 13 year old daughter built this one.

by Thor80

Description

She wanted a PC that she could use to create some content and play some games. The Ryzen 5 looked like it would be perfect for what she wants to do.

We picked the parts over a 2 month span, bought them as they went on sale as we waited for Ryzen 5 to come out. We went with a X370 board for a few of the features and the better power delivery.

She decided on a safe overclock of 3.9 on all cores, and we have the RAM clocked at 2933 for now. We got the RAM stable (so it seemed) at 3200, but the morning after we thought it was stable the system decided not to boot. Was a good learning experience for her, but she liked the idea of keeping the RAM at 2933 and we have had not had any further issues with stability.

I am looking for some decent hard drives we can put in RAID 1 to give her some nice storage for her content she creates.

Part Reviews

CPU

Nice so far, easily overclocked it to 3.9 on all cores.

CPU Cooler

Got the free bracket for the AM4 socket, really nice AIO. The USB 2 cable to control the pump was long enough to route the cable around the back of the MB.

Motherboard

Still needs a bit of work on the firmware side, but fairly stable so far. We had the RAM overclocked to 3200 and it appeared to be stable, but the next day we booted it up and it was no longer stable. Just had to clear the CMOS, but for now we are running the RAM at 2933 and have not had any more issues.

Memory

Was decent for the price, and the color went well with the build.

Video Card

This had a $30 mail in rebate, so we could not pass it up at the price. We really like that it has a built in fan header so you can control a case fan based on the temp of the graphics card.

Case

For 70 bucks it is a great case. Being able to mount a radiator outside the case on the bracket and then putting it in the case made building in this case very easy. The cable management was very easy, we had plenty of room to route all the needed cables.

Power Supply

Very nice power supply. was just going to get the G2 but this was on sale for the same price.

Case Fan

Silent, moves a lot of air, and looks nice. Included extensions, anti-vibration mounts, everything you may need.

Monitor

Picture quality is good, the speakers are horrible.

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FlyinToasteronie 4 points 18 months ago

Take good care of her, she's awesome!

(I'm afraid to death of OC'ing lol)

blockbuster4664 1 Build 4 points 18 months ago

your 13 year old daughter built a better pc than my 16 year old self. and mine still looks like trash

Jokin_Is_Here 2 points 18 months ago

Nice but, why did you go with an rx 470 over an rx 480 or 580? I mean, it seems like you would have the extra money as you bought an aio and the most expensive ryzen 5 chip.

Thor80 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 18 months ago

The games she plays right now do not need anything more than the 470, and for the price we got it at with a $30 mail in rebate, it was a great deal. I tried to convince her to get a 1070, which we may upgrade to later, but she wanted to be more practical than I am.

Jokin_Is_Here 1 point 18 months ago

I see... well good eye finding the rx 470 for as much as a 1050 ti, and it blows that card out of the water!

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

if you are going to buy the most expensive ryzen 5 chip, why not buy ryzen 7 1700. It is literally like 10-20$ more expensive, and the performance you can in exchange is insane.

Thor80 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

The 1700 was considered, but at the time it was $80 more. $329 vs $249, for what the system was built for, the 2 extra cores was not worth the price difference for us. The prices for the Ryzen chips has fallen quite a bit since we built this, especially the Ryzen 7s.

Kobay 2 points 18 months ago

I planned my build for a year still haven't built it yet

Camranatic101 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

I've planned my build for about a year and a half and still haven't built it yet. I've went through Intel 4th Gen, to Intel 6th Gen, to Ryzen, completing re-specing the each time and I made two PCs from all platforms, at two different price points, depending on my fluctuating budget.

Link4134 1 Build 2 points 7 months ago

Ahem From what I know about boost clocks, if you were to leave it alone it'd be running at up to 4GHz. If you look up the 1600x its" Max Boost Clock" is 4GHz. This means out of the box it should run up to that (but adjusts as needed). So you could leave it alone, or you could go into the clock-speed and set it to 4GHz, that way it's always running that speed (imo having a set clock-speed performs better when gaming). Either way you're not technically "overclocking" until you go above 4GHz on that processor. Setting it to 3.9GHz would actually be a minor "underclock" when running games.

https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-5-1600x

Hope this helps!

Edit: Looking at your twin fan liquid CPU cooler, I would definitely overclock it (so over 4GHz). Just use HWmonitor to check the temps, and FurMark to test stability, or whatever tools you use. Personally I don't let it peak higher than 72 degrees C.

yooj 1 point 18 months ago

How is the Team Dark ram doing, at what speeds are you able to get it on your ryzen/mobo?

Thanks

Thor80 submitter 2 Builds 2 points 18 months ago

I really thought it was going to work out, we had it stable at 2933 and she played some games and it was working fine. I decided to do some stress tests, then the machine started acting a bit off. It crashed after about 20 minutes of stress testing, so I tweaked some more settings, upped the voltage a bit for the RAM (we had it at 1.350V) now it does not want to go over 2133, no idea why. We reset the CMOS and started from scratch, had the CPU at 4.1 stable, then decided to tweak the RAM again, and it refused to go over 2133. We undid the overclock on the CPU, and tried doing the RAM only, still wont budge past 2133. We even messed with the timings a bit.

At this point I am thinking we will get some RAM in it that has the recommended B chip or whatever and just stick with that, but we may just wait to see if ASUS has a UEFI update that will resolve the RAM issue. My daughter is happy with how it operates now, so it is up to her on how we proceed from here. A big part of this project was learning about building a system etc, so I am actually glad it did not go all according to plan :)

She backed down the overclock to 3.9 on the CPU, we need to dial back the CPU voltage to see how low we can go and maintain stability still, I think we can get it to just above 1.3 (1.275 was not stable). I hope either ASUS updates the UEFI so we can keep the RAM we have, or she decides to go go with some of the RAM that people are getting good results from, because I really want to see what the Ryzen 5 can do.

Thor80 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 16 months ago

With the newest BIOS update, we have the RAM stable at the advertised speed and timings. Windows Update decided to Bork the system, so we did a restore (good learning experience again), updated the BIOS, redid the OCs, and have the CPU at 4.1 stable.

DG3CA 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

Nicely done!

Agentcows 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

I'm 13 years old and I want to build a computer too, sadly my parents won't let me :( oh well I'll just dream for now. Awesome build by the way!

DavidTheNewGuy 1 point 17 months ago

just tell them you'll make the money, that's what mine said yes to ;)

Camranatic101 2 Builds 0 points 16 months ago

bruh my parents are like, if you do ok in school, do whatever.

Anishbrok 1 point 14 months ago

Use head phone if your gaming, thanks for the individual feedback on each part, it really helps. at 3200 a mother that is stable must be well build. Hope you daughter loves it and your proud o this amazing pc thanks. Also that 470 GPU is not the most demanding so guessing the games your daughter plays are not hard core, demanding RPG's like the Witcher 3(R18+ anyway). Nice build and thanks for the feedback

twf46 1 point 11 months ago

Could you provide the height of your RAM?

Thor80 submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, it is just over 38 mm

twf46 1 point 9 months ago

Thanks!

RR_DEADPOOL 1 point 8 months ago

I pretty good build, I must say, but teach her some better cable management. That's all it needs.

keizeikeitara 2 Builds 1 point 5 months ago

And you some proper grammar.

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