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Artorias The Bloodless

by gabriursa

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16 Comments

Details

Date Published

July 10, 2017

Date Built

July 9, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.8GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

34.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

61.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.59GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

8.01GHz

Description

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.

Part Reviews

CPU

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.

Motherboard

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.

Storage

I'll never use another SSD brand, perfectly functions and I got it in a sale for nearly half off, couldn't be happier.

Video Card

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.

Case

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.

Mouse

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.

Comments Sorted by:

twistedwrister 1 point 10 months ago

I have the same processor! Just came in yesterday haha

gabriursa submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

You'll enjoy it dude! It's seriously impressive and I wish you the best of luck on the silicone lottery!! :D

Skippz95 1 point 10 months ago

what is the silicone lottery?

gabriursa submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Sadly not all Ryzen 7 1700s are made the same, some have better silicone placement than others, meaning some can overclock higher than others on the same voltage, so not all Ryzen 7 1700 can overclock to a stable 4.0+GHz, mine for example can hold 3.9ghz stable at 1.375v, which is fantastic, I can go 4ghz at 1.45v but it's not worth it for the voltage input.

Original_KFerg 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

How much space is between the front SSD and the glass? I want to put an acrylic backplate on it and I want to know the clearance. if you could measure that somehow, that would be awesome!

gabriursa submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

There's literally less than 5mm of space, the thumb screw just barely misses the glass itself so I'n not sure i'd recommend the back plate to go onto it if mounting on the side of the shroud as opposed to the top. I hope this helps :)

Ardavan 1 point 10 months ago

I really like your build! Do you have GTA V on it? If so, how well does it run with the ryzen 1700 and GTX 1070?

gabriursa submitter 1 Build 2 points 10 months ago

Just installed it last night and i'm getting on 1440p, average of 80FPS on Max settings with HD textures. 1080p much higher, near 100s. Only seen it dip to below 65 FPS once.

Ardavan 1 point 10 months ago

have you had any temperature problems when overclocking?

gabriursa submitter 1 Build 1 point 10 months ago

Not at all, I run a stable overclock of 3.8ghz, at 1.32v, and I average temps of 32 idle, 50~ under load, even stress testing, with fans set on auto, it got to maybe 70. The MAster Air Pro 4 is serving me very well.

WolfenWings 1 Build 1 point 7 months ago

I was actually looking at the Air Pro 4 for my next build when Coffee Lake releases. Gladd to see its that decent for its price.

WuKat 1 point 9 months ago

Im curious, are you having any ram issues or the speed because I'm looking at the compatibility and it seems like the ram speed (with your ram) seems to only say supported speed is 2400 while RAM speed is 3200?

Note: Yea, after reading what I just typed... It seems that I butchered what I'm trying to say so uhh forgive me :)

Edit: I also am not too familiar with RAM speed and such ;-;

gabriursa submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

Nah, AMD is a very new platform still, so stuff is slowly building, but I'm clocking my RAM at 2933/3200, the new bios update in August is likely going to bring it up to 3200 if anything. Zero issues with RAM though, literally zero.

WuKat 1 point 9 months ago

Oh ok, thanks :3

natesmith0323 1 point 9 months ago

Great looking build man, I'm currently looking at a near identical one that will use a Ryzen 5 1600 and Asus Dual 1070, but I'm looking at the same RAM, storage, case, and mobo. How exactly did you get rid of that hideous red LED near the CPU on the motherboard?

gabriursa submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 months ago

It sounds stupid, but I took a very very fine drill, and popped the little bulb. I really don't recommend this, but I do a lot with electronics so I trusted myself.