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Covert Ops

by dhrurules1



Date Published

Dec. 21, 2017

Date Built

Dec. 1, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

60.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.38 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

43.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C


At last, my ideal computer. I've been planning this build for years and finally started on Black Friday week.

I use this build mostly for gaming, work, video editing, and modeling.

The build was pretty simple, nothing went wrong for a first build. The first kit of ram did arrive with 1 dimm defective so I had to rma that. The reason I didn't title this build "First Build" like every other build out there if because I thought it would be boring and plain. Keep in mind none of the prices listed include rebates. I get 60 fps in Forza 7 and Forza 6 at 4k Ultra but 30fps on GTA V 4K Ultra without AA.

Part Choices

CPU: I chose the Ryzen 7 1700X because it was a well-rounded affordable cpu. My original plans were for a i7-8700K but after waiting months for the price to drop, I decided to just go with Ryzen. I currently have it at 3.8 GHz with 1.3V. Temps on the mobo vrms never go above 75°C. Temps on the cpu itself never go above 60°C under load.

CPU Cooler: I chose the Corsair H115i because it was a 280mm AIO from a trusted company for under $110. The rgb lighting is a plus but I don't understand why they couldn't put the link cable on the top of the pump/cpu block. Keeps the cpu nice and cool.

Mobo: I chose this motherboard because it was the only available motherboard from a retailer other than Asrock that had dual M.2, AC WiFi, and was X370. I could have chosen the pro carbon ac but this board had a few extra features like M.2 heatsinks which I wanted.

RAM: I chose this ram because it was only $25 more than same-speed non rgb kits. I don't regret paying the extra for rgb at all. I currently have it running at 3066Mhz with XMP.

Storage: I chose this configuration because one of my priorities was a nvme ssd along with at least 2tb of hdd storage. The system never slows down under load and GTA V Online actually loads in 1 minute.

GPU: I chose this because I found it for a fairly good price on Black Friday. It was the same price as the cheapest 1060 6gb or 580 8gb and had 2 fans and a backplate. It gets about 30fps on 4k ultra with no AA. Overclocks really nice; 1380 Core, 2250 Memory.

Case: Heard great reviews about this case. It has a nice tempered glass panel and affordable price while maintaining a clean and simplistic look. The included puck is nice too. The only setback is that my cooler doesn't work perfectly with this case. The front I/O metal cable holder blocks the top of the radiator so only 1 fan is currently screwed into the radiator because there isn't enough space. The other fan is screwed to the case only.

PSU: It was the cheapest 80+Gold Fully Modular psu on black friday. Works fine and is silent.

Part Reviews


Great affordable cpu. Unless you want a stock cooler or have a tight budget, I see no reason to choose the 1700 instead. I get around 1650 on cinebench at 3.8GHz. Handles all of my cpu-intensive workloads great.

CPU Cooler

One of the best 280mm aios in the market, only rivaled by NZXT's kraken x62. I got this for $110 and it cools my 1700X well, temps never go above 60°C under load. It even came with a AM4 bracket in the box.


Very solid motherboard, dual M.2 slots with heatsinks are a rarity with the X370 chipset. The included Killer 1535ac adapter is very useful along with the software. You can route lower priority programs to use Wi-Fi instead of Ethernet leaving more bandwidth on your pc for games and other tasks.


Beautiful rgb on these ram sticks, the 3200MHz speeds only make it better. The sad part is the software doesn't always work. I had to rollback to a beta version of the software for it to work. If you can get this for under $175, it's a great deal.


This has got to be one of the fastest storage mediums I have seen. I was able to install and boot windows in 5 minutes. The ssd stays at about 45°C under my M.2 heatsink. One of my favorite things about it is the ability to load GTA V in 1 minute or less.


Mainly got this because it was a 2TB hdd at a great price. The drive is formatted as 1.8TB for some reason which I don't like because it advertised a capacity of 200GB more. I checked my partition on the hdd and there is no unpartitioned portion anywhere near to 200GB

Video Card

For the price that I got it, it's a great gpu. For some reason pcpp doesn't list the sellers that sell this card (newegg). Dual fans and a backplate are really nice features for the price.


Great case overall, I can tell that NZXT put a lot of effort into developing it. I don't have any negative comments about the case but I think PcPartPicker staff really need to put an advisory that the corsair H115i and possibly other 280mm coolers won't fit in the case properly.

Power Supply

This psu is a great choice for most builds. It's fully modular and gold rated which makes it great for beginning builders and experienced builders alike. It stays very quiet and I don't think I have ever heard it over the sound of my other components. It comes with a convenient cable pouch and bag.


Easily the best 4K monitor for its price. While others may say that 24" is too small for 4K, I think it's just fine. The monitor itself has a great design and has very little to none backlight bleed. It comes with insanely high-quality Display Port AND HDMI cables. The HDMI cable also carried Ethernet while the DisplayPort cable is 1.4. Both cables have push-button latches. Got this for $220 on sale at Newegg.


Pretty good headphones for the price, I like to clip the volume-wheel/mic-switch piece onto the mousepad so the cable is a bit short for me. Audio is great but it gets uncomfortable after long gaming sessions (2+ hours). Made with decent materials and it feels fairly high quality but not the best. For it's price however, its a good choice.


These are the best speakers for less than $30 that I've ever owned. The volume knob on the desktop piece is great, I often use it to tune the audio. The on/off switch on the piece and 3.5m pass-through is also useful. The only concern I have is that the cable from the sub-woofer to the speakers are too short, they only allow you to have the speakers on the desk, and not a shelf above like I wanted. However, the speakers look great and sound well with decently crisp audio.


Great for eating yourself even though it says party, bad part is pcpp didn't warn me it would stain my keyboard.


Tastes good when cooked right but overheats easily.


Awesome mousepad, at $12 there's nothing that can beat it. It's gigantic.


Keys are loud and clicky (like MX Blues) but the rgb backlighting is great, arguably better red lighting than any backlit mechanical keyboard. Only thing is there's no customization of the lighting other then the 7 full-keyboard colors.


Really nice if you get it for $35 like I did (Newegg Black Friday). They give me a 60mbps download speed at the opposite corner of the house while Wi-Fi only get 30-40mbps.

Comments Sorted by:

Artificialrice 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

Thats a lit build +1 for putting food in your part list

MrSynister 1 point 13 months ago

How is the performance on the R80? I picked this card up for a slightly higher price before it sold out on New Egg.

dhrurules1 submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

You picked the red dragon rx580 too? Great choice, the two fans and a backplate are great for the price. Performance wise, it’s great I find it hard to believe but it fluctuates around 30 FPS in gta v at 4K ultra without AA (AA for shadows is still max). On FPS games like payday 2 it gets 40-50 FPS at 4K ultra with AA. Temps however go up to 75 degrees C while gaming. I left it at 1350 on the core and 2250 on the memory for saving time. I’m probably going to tune the oc and the fan curve once I get time which will improve performance. Considering I got this card for $239.99 after rebate, it’s a unbeatable choice.

Mason54 25 Builds 1 point 13 months ago

I gotta ask... how did you get the food section on there?

dhrurules1 submitter 1 Build 3 points 13 months ago
jfrichter4 1 point 13 months ago

You and some other guy are the only two who have reviewed that exact Rx580 - I guess it's not a very popular version of the 580... I have the same one in my build, I don't have other 580s to compare it to, but it is a pretty good card.

IceGuardian 1 point 12 months ago

Nice how did it turn out

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dhrurules1 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Just put a metal sheet on the radiator and put the pizza on top, good multitasking.

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dhrurules1 submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Sorry for the late reply, but the vrms are great, they deliver a stable 1.3 volts and slightly decrease voltage under load as per my settings. I don't really know why MSI's X370 and B350 vrms are hated so much. Though my board has the best of MSI's X370 vrms, it isn't low quality.