My goal for this build? Screaming hot deals ONLY. For the most part, I succeeded. Every single published price is what actually came out of my bank account for each component. (You'll notice the mobo is $0 and the RAM is $0.13... XMAS gift and AMEX Reward Points, respectively)
I originally budgeted $1000 for this build and set an intention of rock solid 1080P 60+ FPS. As you can see, I came in WAAAAYY under with the wheeling and the dealing.
CPU: The Ryzen 7 1700X. What can I say? It's a beast of an 8 core / 16 thread processor. I won an eBay auction on an unopened 1700X the DAY before the 1700 (non X chips) dropped to $160. So, that stung. But them's the breaks with computer builds. It's not like I'll ever be unhappy with the 1700X and $187 is a very solid price. It's completely stock, at this point. I intend to utilize Ryzen Master in the future for some light OC work, but I'm satisfied, for now.
Cooler: Look at this gorgeous beast of a tower cooler! My goodness. I didn't go with the LED version cuz $35 is about my upper limit for an air cooled solution and AIO sales just never dropped down enough for me.
Motherboard: XMAS GIFT ALERT!! Yeah, this one is kind of cheating. It DID cost $100 (there's also a $10 rebate card supposedly coming, but if the MIR game is anything like it has always been in the past, I'm not holding my breath), but I did not pay that. (Thanks mom!) It's a solid mobo, big fan of the B450 chipset. BIOS flashed to the August 2018 version easily and I'm happy with the XMP profile. I wanted to build a computer with the option to connect to WIFI and this board was the best value for performance with that feature. No complaints.
Memory: Absolutely gorgeous. XMP brought it right up to 3000 MHz. No issues. Well done, ADATA. After bringing the GPU (below) down into my price range, I had JUST enough points left over to ALMOST get this for free.
Storage: You're scratching your head here, I get it. So, my original plan - in an effort to keep things CHEAP - was to boot to a smaller SATA SSD ($40 or less) and use a 7200 RPM HDD for main storage ($60 or less). Thus the ADATA 240 GB (which is actually an SU655 not a 650 but I could not find that component on this site???). THEN the Samsung 860 Evo's went on sale on Google Express and I hadn't used that lovely coupon code what was floating around for a bit, so I pulled the trigger. So now? I have Windows and games on the Samsung and the ADATA will be used for doc storage.
GPU: AMEX REWARDS POINTS got the price down. Before you ask. And yeah, I absolutely should have shopped around or done some research on this card before buying it (SPOILER ALERT - it's a 12 nm RX 580, if ya didn't know. That's IT) The 3 free games from AMD do mitigate that sting a little bit; however, they don't come out till next year and none of them are exactly my wheelhouse. As far as the card, itself, tho... one huge bonus is that this particular little nugget provided me with the inspiration for the build name. Yay!
Case: I almost went with a Couger MX330-G cuz those are consistently less than $50, but then Phanteks popped off a $25 MIR for this case and (I KNOW) I NEEDED IT. Look at this thing! It's absolutely stunning. Easy to work in - plenty of cable management room.
PSU: Y'all see the price on that PSU? Yeaaahh I did. Snagged it from Amazon Warehouse deals. Ahem - back in my day, it was all non-modular ketchup and mustard cables. Holy hecc, I will NEVER buy one of those ever again. This was a dream! Big fan.
Case Fans: The included 120's with the case are fine. I moved the front one to the top to serve as exhaust with the rear. The Corsair AF120's fit my aesthetic and they pull air in just fine thru the probably only big complaint area I have with this case - the front air chokepoint.
I intend to update this post with better pics (sorry for the low light cell phone shots) and some bench results (especially on the GPU)
A fantastic 8 core beast. Easy to OC (thanks Ryzen Master!), but it honestly doesn't need it... the boost clock performance is optimal for most uses.
So far, I've put this CPU through the ringer with an (accidental... yep! AMA) Prime 95 all core 48 hour ~75% load stress test DURING WHICH I regularly ran other applications' benchmarks. It never got above 69 Celsius.
Very impressed. And honestly, maybe the Ryzen 30** series will change this... but until the 2700X comes down within 10-15% what buying the 1700X AND a decent air cooling heatsink costs, I would recommend the 1700X every time.
This. Thing. Is. Gorgeous.
I haven't had any issues, the fan is quiet, the temps are stable. I love it. Absolutely would buy again. (And hey, there's an RGB version for $5 more which obviously translates to 100% better performance)
I was a little wary of this board, to be honest. But I found a great deal on it and the MIR brought it down below $90, all in. (It also helped I was getting reimbursed as an Xmas gift)
I wanted a B450 chipset with onboard wifi just in case I needed the connectivity. This was the cheapest full sized option from a recognized name that I could find.
But, I have been (mostly) quite pleased with it.
Only issue I've had, really - I can't seem to update the BIOS past the F2 Aug 2018 release... (there's an F3 from Dec 2018). I am using the @BIOS application from Gigabyte that runs in Windows. I haven't tried flashing from a USB stick just yet. I'll update if that works out. On a related note, the Gigabyte App Center is kind of a trash application. I haven't used it to download anything else Gigabyte offers and I don't plan to...
Would I buy this again? At the current retail/sale pricing, maybe not. For the <$90 that this ended up costing me? Absolutely.
It was the rock bottom cheapest DDR4 3000 MHz memory that was also on the board's QVL when I purchased.
Verdict? It easily OC'd to 3000 MHz from XMP and has been performing as expected ever since. I'll take it!
No DRAM, so not getting the OS. It's extra storage. It's consistently cheap. I got it on sale, so it was even cheaper. Does what it says on the tin, but I don't expect it to last more than a couple of years. Will swap for a Crucial MX500 at the earliest convenience.
Boot drive, productivity applications, and some of my games. Win 10 is up in ~10 secs, every single thing installed on this drive is zippy and responsive.
What can I say about the 860 Evo that hasn't been said? It's one of the best SATA III SSD's on the market. I'm very happy with my purchase.
4 stars because the retail pricing on this is a pretty obvious dig at NVIDIA (I'm looking at you, massive overstock of 1060's) at the consumer's expense. Seriously, before I say anything else about this card, HODL for CES 2019 and the Navi GPU's... I think that's gonna be the game changer on RX 580/590 pricing.
If the RX 590 was being released at $249 and AMD was dropping their MSRP on the 580's down to $219 and below BEFORE SALES, I'd say GO GO GO! At $279, go buy one of the MANY ~$200 RX 580's on sale right now.
With the complaints out of the way ... It's an absolute joy, this card. Fantastic performance at the mid-tier level. Crushes 1080P everything I've thrown at it, laughing all the way. (I don't have a 1440P monitor, so I can't comment on that area) I need to really have a look at temps under stress, but with MSI Afterburner up during gameplay and benches, I haven't seen anything concerning at all.
Conclusion? Solid mid range card... but you expected that from a Polaris GPU. And it's totally NOT a re-brand cuz it's 12 nm instead of 14 (har har AMD). But I honestly would not recommend a 590 over a 580 at their current pricing structure. It's ~10% of a performance increase for ~25% more money.
P.S. Yes, this thing draws an obscene amount of power. Did you remember it's an AMD GPU?
This case is extremely aesthetically pleasing and very easy to build in. More cable management room than I was expecting.
Tempered glass for that sweet, sweet showcase of your components? Oh yes.
BUT! mounting points along the side of the case would have been nice for my zip tie happy ways. It all worked out just fine, though.
I dig the color scheme on the model I got (black/red) and I'm a big fan of the other color variations, as well. The included LED strip is a wonderful touch.
I'm still not 100% sure about the intake airflow from the front. It has two very small top and bottom "slots"(???) with dust covers. That's it. With that said, the temps have been absolutely fine, idle/workload/stressed. So... maybe I get over that?
I got this with a $25 MIR from Newegg, bringing the total cost down to ~$55. At the <$60 range, BUY THIS CASE. Right now, the P400 series cases are creeping closer and closer to $100, retail. And honestly? I wouldn't do it, at that price point. They're $60-70 cases. At $90+, there are better options with better airflow.
Amazing PSU. I'll never go back to ketchup and mustard, non-modular power supplies ever again. I am officially all kinds of spoiled.
It's quiet. It's efficient. It's exceeded my expectations. EVGA makes an amazing juice box.
Using these as front intake and to add to my build's Black/Red theme. They're quiet enough, they keep things cool, I have excellent front to rear airflow. No complaints.