Welcome to my first build. I've always been intrigued by PC building but always felt intimidated, by the cost of each part, the structure, the risk involved. So I've always just bought into Apple products and had a simple unit that just worked. Sadly a few months ago my iMac finally gave up so I took it as a new opportunity to get a new computer. But the cost of the latest iMac was close to £2k!! After much thought, and so much research, I put the budget of what I was gonna spend on an iMac and built this behemoth and still had change. The aim of the game was White minimalist here.
I knew I wanted Ryzen. Ever since the launch, I followed it closely, I do a lot of video editing for work and I stream too, so I was hellbent on having a great workstation which had high level gaming and overall performance even. I originally started on the Ryzen 5 1600, then quickly realised it was great, but I'd need the multithreading functionality of the 7, and I was fairly confident with Overclocking manually, so I settled on the Ryzen 7 1700. I think I got an above average chip in the silicon lottery here, I run standard 3.8GHz at 1.3V, I can get 3.9 stable at 1.38v, but I really am babying the chip, I don't want to stress it anymore than I need to and 3.8GHz manages perfectly fine.
I opted for the MSI Tomahawk B350 Arctic, because I had originally wanted a black build to suit the name, then realised Black and Red builds are so overdone, I mean white is too, but I wanted to create a consistent theme, so I wanted all out white, and have it as the Bloodless (No red LEDs). The board comes with a red LED as a status light, but I've already altered it out for a white one. Flashing the bios and updating it, along with the overclock settings, the bios made this a breeze. Ignore all the comments you've read about it being slow to post. I can boot up into the bios menu within 8 seconds. Timed it multiple times, and the longest it ever took was 13 seconds.
The Graphics card. The crème de la crème. The icon. The staple of every build. This is what you all came to see. I know it's ironic I made a white build but bought the black edition of the EVGA 1070 8GCB SC. But the decision was easy, the standard one has a backplate that is more prominent and was more expensive. I'm in the process of getting a custom matte white backplate for this, as it doesn't have one, and it runs identical to the non-Black Edition, meaning I saved money by going for it. It runs everything silky smooth, buttery smooth, like a hot knife through butter. I play all my games at max (Doom, Overwatch, PUBG, Bioshock Infinite, Rocket League, Witcher 3) and it's never fell below 70fps on 1440p. I've always been a console gamer so seeing this has given me so much hope in the graphical potential of the build.
I'll update with better photos once my NZXT Hue+ arrives, but I'm really happy with how this came out, I achieved the theme of white minimalist, and it's everything I envisaged with the performance to boot.
Sorry for the long post, and thanks for looking!!
If anyone has any advice, please let me know.
By far the best chip price vs value. The performance of this is far and beyond the best value you can get out of the Ryzen family and even the stock cooler is great. Would've used it had I not had a Master Air Pro 4 lying around.
Great times to post, easy to overclock, bios is easy to navigate and has enough ports for everything I needed whilst keeping with the theme, and having a nice ambient light under the MoBo.
I'll never use another SSD brand, perfectly functions and I got it in a sale for nearly half off, couldn't be happier.
This just eats everything I throw at it with ease and more. I wish I really could stress it within 1440p but it has handled everything like a champ on max settings 1440p. Even Witcher with hair details and higher settings couldn't budge it. Genuinely very impressed and I'm a big fan of EVGA's customer support. Incredible company.
For my first build, this case was perfect. The cable management was sublime, the tempered glass makes everything look crisp and suits the minimalist look, and it's just beautiful to build in and look into.
The best gaming mouse ever. The sensor works wonderfully, zero latency when using wireless, you couldn't tell the difference, it's that good. The RGB is a fancy add on, but the true star of the show is the functionality, and the look and feel. Whilst it's not as ergonomic as the G502, this just beats it in every way, and it's not exactly uncomfortable either. My hand didn't ache playing claw on Overwatch for 6 hours so that's a testament.