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Update* I changed out my Strix Vega 56 for Liquid Vega 64 (: Also changed from Crosshair VII to Gaming 7 (RGB is better, IMO)

I built this system with the intentions of upgrading as soon as possible to the nexxt Ryzen generation once released, assuming it'll be worth it, which I'm rather optimistic about! Also plan to upgrade to whatever video card AMD produces next.

This was a time consuming build as I couldn't make up my mind on which motherboard I wanted but I'm glad I finally decided to go with the Crosshair, as it has the most options for pretty much everything. Everything finally came together nicely, and I'm happy with the outcome. I'm primarily using this PC for fun, work (web design) and some gaming. This computer turned out to be better than I expected and is actually quite fast and very responsive, I'm impressed..

Some benchmarks are in the photo gallery above. I also threw in some pics with the Gigabyte Gaming 5 and X470 Strix before I upgraded to the X470 Crosshair VII WiFi.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great processor for most things. If you're not doing anything that requires heavy lifting, this thing is perfect! It's pretty fast, especially when you combine it with fast ram. I have mine overclocked to 4.3 and everything is running mint. I planned to overclock so I was going to get the 2600 but this went on sale for 169 when I was in the process of buying so I just grabbed it. No reason to spend the extra money unless you're not overclocking. 10/10, would buy again.

CPU Cooler

This thing is a beast! This, when I bought it, was also on sale around Black Friday. It's probably way overboard for my use but I got it primarily for it's looks so that it took up the entire space I wanted it to. RGB is fine and works as good as one can expect, doesn't sync with motherboard, have to use Corsair software. I think this is one of the better 360 AIOs on the market! Definitely would buy again! 10/10!

Memory

Overclocked 3400c14 with optimized timings. Great non-rgb memory that perform great! These combined with the Ryzen platform really create a responsive computer that will feel extremely high end a long time! 10/10.

Storage

Mine is currently running like ****. My write speeds are higher than my read speeds and it doesn't matter what motherboard or platform or computer I use it in, I cannot fix it and at this point there's no use in sending it back. I will buy another one eventually, though, just think I got a bad egg! 6/10.

Case

This thing is a beauty in and of itself! It was absolutely easy to build inside and cable management could not possibly get any better! I would buy this again and again! I mean, just look at my pictures for proof, simply stunning! I researched, browsed, and researched cases endlessly for months and finally opted for this beauty and so far I am not having one regret! If you're undecided, just get it, it looks so much better in person. Extremely professional looking! 11/10!

Power Supply

Does what it needs to and does it well, not sure if the fan has ever kicked on but if it has I haven't heard it.. It could have more connections but works for me! 10/10!

Keyboard

Awesome keyboard! A lot of people make the mistake of not researching things properly, this thing does what it needs to and does what it advertises all while looking very beatiful! RGB is bright and effective and comes with multiple options. If you're use to RGB you may want something a little more advanced, although this does everything I could possibly want it to. Rainbow, static or multiple colors and couple cool effects is all I need and this one delivers! 10/10!

Comments

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Really sick setup, I'm planning a Ryzen build myself currently. I've been checking out this case for a while, had a quick question about your front rad setup.

If you had the 3.5" HDD mount underneath the PSU shroud area would you have clearance for a rad/fan as well? I tried to go off your pictures and the ones on the Phanteks site but I figured I'd ask someone who owns/built in this case to be sure.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! I took it out of my case (using a 360 radiator, you have to if you're mounting in the front), but yes, you can leave it in and put a 240, maybe 280 above it without them interfering but you'll probably have to take out the optical drive cage.

  • 6 months ago
  • 1 point

Either way, this case is made for liquid/AIO cooling, so there's plenty of room for everything and you have lots of different options, as far as different configurations go.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

My build currently has the same power supply as yours. I am hoping to upgrade my graphics card in the future to either what you have here, the new Radeon VII, or Navi. Have you had any issues with your PSU powering this Vega 64?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Nope. No problems with the power supply and I have my cpu and gpu both overclocked. My Vega pulls in a max of about 330-380 watts under stress test. My cpu does about 140 watts in prime95 (you'll never see it that high in every day tasks, even gaming). So 650 is the bare minimum I would use, but I have no problems at all and can make it through any test. I get over 143% on userbenchmark for just my Vega 64 Liquid overclock and my PSU is just fine.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no plans to overclock my GPU. I just don't have the experience and not sure I want it lol. So that means it should be good then! Thank you so much!

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Then you're good. The VII should be better on power, too, since it's 7nm. If you go Vega or probably anything from AMD, it's probably a good idea to at least undervolt your card as it will reduce unnecessary power draw and heat while boosting performance. It's pretty common knowledge in the tech community. If you ever need any help just shoot me a message.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Great. Thank you so much on your offer! I'll definitely take you up on that.

I'm considering VII for sure, depending on the reviews and if the price will come down with AIB partners. Is undervolting a GPU complicated?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Not with AMD, IMO. Using their software is actually pretty easy once you use it a couple times. It's testing that becomes a little bothersome if you'r new to it, which is why I offered to help. I literally just learned it myself and needed help as well, but now I have the highest score I've seen on userbenchmark.com, after configuring it to my liking.

You're basically just lowering the voltage the GPU is already using to reduce the heat and power to it so that it doesn't thermal throttle. This helps with boosting to higher clocks as well but is ultimately important, IMO, to reduce the high power consumption AMD loves to eat up (also reduces heat inside your case).

You can Google it if you want, but it's pretty confusing trying to understand how each person does it differently. It took me a while to fully understand what I had to do to make it work, so I'll save you some time once you're set up lol.