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Ryzen 3600 / VEGA 56 OC Budget Build

My first ever build at college to replace my Macbook Pro + eGPU setup, which gave me far too many headaches than it was worth! Having already got my GPU ready, the Sapphire Pulse Vega 56, I committed towards moving to a full desktop build so I can enjoy m sim racing hobby and new Oculus Rift S in peace and harmony. This also allows me to use my Macbook Pro 15" solely for its intended use and no longer have to massively overheat the CPU whilst gaming on Bootcamp, arguably saving more life to its £2500 price!

I endeavoured to complete this build as cheaply as possible as it will be from my own barely dignified student pockets, the commitment was largely because I neither wanted to give up my sim racing past time and also be able to enjoy my Oculus Rift S without dealing with the chaos that is eGPU usage (well, on a MacOS using Bootcamp at least.) Thus, a lot of items were bought at sales and auctions. The case for example was £20 used on eBay, there are MUCH better options out there. Also, with some extra stretching you could perhaps go for 5700XT rather easily, or even an X570 motherboard - perhaps both if you could push your budget. If you are at an absolute limit though, this mobo is perfectly good and the GPU is fantastic.

Though lesser praised, the VEGA 56 has aged like wine and is proving to be a real wolf in sheep clothing. It damn near comes close to some GTX1080 gpu's, and can be flashed to a Vega 64 if you ever choose to go down that route - it's absolutely open down the road. Of course 1080 level of performance comes at the cost of massive power usage and overclocking, but that's part of the enjoyment in my opinion.

Lastly, the random addition of a higher end CPU heat sink was due to losing a standoff screw for the stock cooler. Though I did manage to install it, there was clearly an issue as the temps were too high, so be warned. Many people are happy with the stock cooler so long as overclocking is kept to a minimum, but be warned that they are noisy. The Noctua upgrade was a happy accident, it absolutely destroys the stock cooler both in performance and noise and enables overclock-ability hugely. I was comfortably able to OC my CPU to 4.2ghz that under load hits about 75c max (Cinebench just about touches 93c). Ram has been OC'd to 3200mhz though I'm sure 3600 is viable. My overclocking knowledge is extremely limited as this is all new to me.

I am absolutely happy with this build, it is arguably twice as powerful than my old setup at a fraction of the price, cooler, quieter, set to age humbly. I will give this about 3 years perhaps before feeling to upgrade anything. Though I do sometimes enjoy the odd AAA title games (which this machine absolutely demolishes anyway), my main needs for sim racing which is heavily CPU lenient and VR gaming is met with ease.

Things to change/Future plans:

  • Add more acoustically designed 120mm fans (3 currently, 3 more can be added)

  • Add some internal HDD storage

  • Try to somehow replace the window panel as its plastic and scratched and crappy

  • Possibly flash BIOS to Vega 64

  • Optimise thermals

  • MAYBE change the entire case to something more compact and robust

Benchmarks Timespy 7235 stable

Firestrike 19890 stable

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  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Did you actually pay 500 bucks for the GPU or did you buy it used?

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It was brand new, I paid the equivalent of $365 (£280), but having looked around I see massive price hikes for these cards in the states.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ah nice

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks nice!

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Thank you! Much appreciated :-)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

:)