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Project DiggleCOMP (First PC Build)

by Kitan3000



Date Published

Nov. 21, 2017

Date Built

Nov. 19, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.7 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

65.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.247 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.89 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

40.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

80.0° C


Project DiggleCOMP was meant to be a modest first build...

I was originally going to get an RX 580 with a 1080p 75Hz freesync IPS monitor and call it a day, but things escalated quickly.

It all began when my friend told me about his new 144Hz monitor and how everything from opening and closing windows to gaming was buttery smooth. He helped me find a second-hand and barely used BenQ XL2730Z monitor at an amazing price.

And that's how it started.

I did some research on 1440p benchmarks and was quick to realize that even though the RX 580 is an excellent card it won't cut it for my needs wants as a 1440p, high FPS card. I got the RX Vega 64 Limited Edition card because the card looks clean AF and it would make for a good centerpiece in the setup. It was also convenient that the red accents on the Vega 64 matched the red accents on the monitor and the headset. The reason I didn’t go for the liquid cooled version of the card is because at the time of purchase the LC card was $200 CAD more expensive. I’ll eventually undervolt the Vega 64 to drop the temps after I’ve done some more research.

I snagged the Ryzen 7 1700 processor and I have to say it is amazing for multi-threaded tasks. The included RGB cooler works like a treat and made color matching the system possible, also the CPU is overclockable out of the box which is another plus. I was able to OC to 3.7GHz at 1.25V on all cores on the included cooler which is sufficient for my needs for the time being. The ram was overclocked to 2933MHz in just a few clicks. The reason I chose RGB ram was so I could colour match the entire build which is a pretty big deal to me. For storage I have the 250GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD as my main boot drive and a 3TB Seagate hard drive for mass storage. I had never experienced the speed of an SSD before this build and all I can say is that they’re so damn fast: would highly recommend.

The Fractal Design Define Mini C TG suited my needs; the original Mini/ Mini C had amazing reviews and was widely regarded as one of the best all around computer cases so when Fractal released the tempered glass version of the case it was a no brainer. I liked the look of the two included fans so I jumped on newegg and bought a third fan to match. I live on campus for most of the year and the rooms don’t have ethernet ports so I went with the TP Link Archer T6E for my wireless adapter and it works as advertised.

So I had the graphics card, CPU, ram, PSU, and storage, I must be good to go, right? WRONG! I thought the build would look aesthetic if I ordered custom sleeved cables that incorporated all of the main colours in the rig. I am so happy I discovered the CableMod ModMesh cables because in my opinion they complete the look of the entire build.

Now that everything is up and running, I’m going to go lock myself in my room and game until my heart’s content. Hmmmm what should I play? GTA 5? Witcher 3? ROTTR? BF1? Overwatch? Decisions, decisions, decisions.

If anyone has any questions about the build process or any of the components then feel free to post a comment down below!

Thanks for reading and I hope you liked my first build! :)

Comments Sorted by:

x1034 1 Build 3 points 14 months ago

Looks really clean man. That graphics card reminds me of team rocket. Which size extension cables did you get?

Kitan3000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Thanks! And yeah it does actually haha. I have the 300mm extension cables, if I could change one thing in this build I would probably get shorter extension cables because it was a tight fit.

ApeWithRock 3 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

Nice! Why no 960 EVO and G603 though?

Kitan3000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

:) I got the 850 evo because it went on sale and was $50 off, one of my friends has the same card so he recommended that I buy it. And I've had the G602 for some time now, it hasn't given me any issues and the battery last forever! Maybe sometime I'll upgrade/ sidegrade to a different mouse. I'll keep the G603 in mind.

Radox-0 5 Builds 2 points 14 months ago

A really clean looking build, more so being a first. That rgb ram works real nice and those sleeves cables look great! Easy +1

Infernitron 1 point 14 months ago

Dirty Bomb is good and free; worth your time to check out if you can. From one Canadian to another, nice build! I'm hecca envious

Kitan3000 submitter 1 Build 2 points 14 months ago

I have DB I'm my steam library! I could check it out once again now that I have the hardware to run it, my old laptop couldn't keep a stable 60fps at 720p! Thanks, I just realized that the colour scheme kinda represents Canada too!

CSB0518 1 Build 1 point 14 months ago

Clean. You should get the 49in Samsung Freesync monitor to go with that vega.

Biono 1 point 13 months ago

How do the cloud alpha's sound?

Kitan3000 submitter 1 Build 1 point 13 months ago

They sound amazing! The bass isn't overwhelming but still there, and I have great spatial awareness with them on. They are good for all types of games: I've tried OW, rocket league, BF1, WW2, dirt 3, and even Netflix too! The headset has a premium feel to it and they are comfortable too so long gaming sessions shouldn't be a problem.

I would highly recommend them.

jamesbarry86 1 point 13 months ago

Super clean build!!... Amazing.

DavidJelic 1 point 12 months ago

Have you tried 4k performance? Cause I have seen that r5 1600x and rx vega 64 can run 4k ultra, in a bunch of games at 60+fps