This is my second computer build, which was completed in the summer of 2018. The purpose of this computer is mainly gaming, 3D modeling, a ton of college work, and to be overkill... The college work consist of "normal" engineering homework to more advance simulations and of course the aforementioned 3D modeling. At the time of building this computer, it cost roughly $2600. A full price breakdown, along with a total, can be found in the images above. I am sure if anyone is looking at this in the near future, most of the prices will be nonexistent on the part list due to parts being replaced by their predecessors.
I have not settled on an overclock for my CPU yet, but I have mess around with it quite a bit. I do not think I will be leaving my CPU on a permanent overclock due to the heat it generates. In my previous build I had a FX-8370 CPU paired with a Gigabyte - Radeon R9 390X 8 GB SOC GPU (The Atomic Pillar) and that combo would literally raise my bedroom temperature 10°F to 15°F, and I do not want to go back to that. If I do settle on a permanent overclock, my goal will be to have the CPU's clock rate between 4.15 GHz and 4.20 GHz. The maximum temperature I hit on my CPU under stock-clock is 58°C with an ambient room temperature of 24°C, so there is a decent amount of headroom when it comes to temperatures, since the maximum temperature for the Ryzen 7 - 2700X is around 85°C. This maximum temperature of 58°C was reached after nine straight hours of running an AIDA64 Extreme CPU stress test. This stresses the CPU at 100% until the test is manually stopped or the CPU thermal throttles.
The maximum temperature reached by the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB SC2 was also achieved after running an AIDA64 stress test, but this stress test was only ran for one hour. The GPU stress test on AIDA64 works in the same manner as the CPU stress test. It utilizes 100% of the GPU for the duration of the stress test, or until the GPU thermal throttles.
I have had absolutely zero issues with this build, and it performs exactly the way I expected. Leave your thoughts and any concerns you may have in the comment section below!
Monitor: MSI - Optix G27C2
Keyboard: Corsair - K55 RGB
Mouse: Corsair - Glaive RGB
Headset: Corsair - Void Pro Wireless
Speakers: Logitech - Z333
The Atomic Pillar (First Build)
builds.gg Link: https://builds.gg/builds/the-atomic-pillar-first-build-7640
PCPartPicker Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/fY29TW
The Pocket Rocket (Second Build)
builds.gg Link: https://builds.gg/builds/the-pocket-rocket-second-build-7643
PCPartPicker Link: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/pCKBD3
The AMD Ryzen 7 - 2700X is an absolute beast, flaunting eight cores and sixteen threads, it has been able to chew through everything I have thrown at it. I have dabbled in some overclocking earlier in my CPU’s life. I was able to hit a stable 4.1 GHz overclock at 1.3875 volts, but I stop there for the following reason. While it did score much higher in Cinebench than the stock frequency, the performance in game was slightly lower. At the stock clock frequency, my CPU runs at a consistent 4.0 GHz and will go as high as 4.5 GHz when under a load. Now, I will admit that Intel would've been a better choice for gaming, but my setup doubles as a workstation so I regret nothing. Not only that, but it is a huge improvement over the AMD FX-8370 I had in my previous build.
This liquid cooler is one of the nicest looking AIOs I have ever seen. The LED's are easy to adjust, although the remote is attached to the LED cables and must be inside the case, which makes it a little bit of a hassle to change the settings, but an overall controller might do the trick to make it work with a wireless remote. Newer motherboards, like mine, will have LED controllers built in with them allowing the AIO to sync with the motherboard and other RGB components through a software such as Aura Sync. It was easy to install like most AIO and the parts are made with quality! This AIO is worth every penny in my opinion. The fans are not too loud, and the spinning flow indicator is a nice touch. Also props to Enermax for providing all cables you might need, such as a Y adapter to be able to plug both fans into one slot.
Beautiful motherboard, and in my opinion the best Mini ITX option out there for the X470 chipset. I do have two things that do somewhat bother me however. Firstly, the HD audio plug is placed in a very awkward location on the motherboard, just above the M.2 heatsink. Which this makes it difficult to maintain a clean look inside whatever case you may be using. I was able to hide my HD audio wire fairly well under my AIO CPU mounting bracket, but that may not be the case for everyone. Secondly, there are two SATA ports located between the M.2 heatsink and the RAM DIMM slots. I do not use these two SATA ports, but for anyone that would, I believe this would cause the same wiring problems as the previously stated concern.
Colorful and very easy to control using the Aura Sync software provided with my motherboard. These RAM sticks provide a tasteful amount of light inside my case and look great pared with the rest of my RGB components. Overall, a very decent RAM kit, albeit a little more expensive than others of the same level.
Also, for you AMD Ryzen builders out there, I had zero issues getting this RAM to run at the advertised frequency and CAS despite not being on my motherboard’s approved list of RAM. These are also made specifically for Intel I believe, but like I said, not issues what so ever.
I wanted this build to be as quick as possible, so I decided why not get one of the fastest storage options out there. My new build boots from a cold start just as fast as my previous build would awaken from a sleep despite having a Samsung 860 EVO SATA 128GB SSD as its boot drive. I partnered this Samsung 970 EVO M.2 250GB SSD with a Samsung 860 EVO SATA 2TB SSD, which I use as my main storage. Samsung is my first and only choice when it comes to SSDs, I have yet to have an issue with any of their products.
This SSD is fast, it's as big as my primary drive over on my old FX system, and looks decent through the glass of my case. In my experience, an SSD is the difference between an entry level rig and an enthusiast level rig. Practically everything opens instantly, and CAD files load with relative speed. Samsung is my first and only choice when it comes to SSDs, I have yet to have an issue with any of their products.
Awesome GPU that has handled everything I have thrown at it with incredible speed and most importantly high FPS. The only reason I took a star off is that, this card is not meant to be overclocked. It not only has slightly worse cooling than that of its FTW3 counterpart, but also less power. This makes it a little more difficult to overclock, but at the time the price was impossible to beat for a GTX 1080 Ti.
In terms of Mini ITX form factor cases, this is by far the best I have seen aesthetics wise. It much smaller than any of the previous cases I have built in before, but still maintains that sought after gamer PC look. The cable management was a breeze despite my lack of experience with running computer cables in an efficient and visually pleasing manner. The only complaint I can see someone having is that this case is a little big for a “true” Mini ITX build, but it was perfect for me.
It is EVGA so the quality as always is good, comes with a nice storage bag for unused cables, and at the time it was cheaper than any other gold rated PSU on the market.
It is better than Windows 8 so....
The fans look amazing, are easy to clean, and push air extremely well. With that being said, they do not match with the two other fans I got with my Enermax - Liqfusion liquid CPU cooler. The LED colors do not perfectly match and the RGB patterns are far different from one another.
Cables worked right out of the box, I got mine for an EVGA 850 G2, and they look great with my build.
The 24-pin layout for this cable kit is different than the cables that are included with my EVGA power supply, but it caused no issues. The cable kit comes in quite a large box with each type of cable individually packaged, which made for quite an impressive unboxing experience considering the contents just being cables.
The cable combs included with this kit are rather flexible. like a pliable rubber rather than hard plastic, but they were included for free so no real complaints there.