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The Killer Spectrum

by diypartsjoy



Date Published

Dec. 27, 2018

Date Built

Dec. 26, 2018

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

56.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

954 MHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

1.6 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

37.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

72.0° C


How the Killer Spectrum Was Born

I was wondering what to ask for Christmas and couldn't think of anything. I thought long and hard and then it came to me, computer parts. My old system was getting slow and wasn't reliable. A new system would cost too much to ask for for Christmas. I decided to upgrade my system. Many of the parts in my system were good parts, there were just some that could definitely use an upgrade. I decided to ask for these items.

-AMD Ryzen 7 1700X

I like AMD Ryzen processors and found this one on sale for $150 at the MicroCenter. It was a great deal so I looked at the specs. It had eight cores and sixteen threads. It seemed to have good specs. I looked up reviews on this processor and it seemed really great so I decided to ask for it.

-AMD Wraith Max

This was a decent cooler. I don't need top of the line right now. I plan to upgrade it in a few years so I can overclock but for now, I'll just use the processor at its stock speeds.

-ARCTIX MX-2 Thermal Paste

This thermal paste had great performance and is pretty cheap. My other option for the MX series would be the MX-4. The MX-4 was runnier and harder to apply, so I decided on the MX-2 instead.


This motherboard is awesome. It supports 2-Way SLI and 3-Way CrossFire. It also is a full ATX board. It supports Aura Sync so I can sync up all my RGB components. I found it on sale at the MicroCenter for $139.99 after bundle savings.

-G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 3200

I was actually not expecting this memory. I asked for G.Skill Aegis 8 GB (1x8GB) DDR4 3000 memory. I was surprised to see this under the tree. I love this RAM. It has an addressable strip on the top of the memory. It is super high performance. I love the heat spreader design also.

-2x Magideal SATA Cables (Purple)

These SATA cables fit my purple and black theme. They weren't too expensive also. I needed two of them for my SSD and HDD.

-Deepcool (3-in-1) RF120 Case Fans

These case fans look nice. I was actually not expecting this either. I was expecting one Cougar Vortex RGB fan. Instead, I got these. They are a great deal. They look nice and perform nice.

-NZXT H500 Mid-Tower

This was a big surprise for me. I never asked for a new case at all. When I was done opening presents (at least thought I was done) my dad said he had to go get something. He brought back a giant present for me. I opened it up and it was a new case with a side panel window!

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To see higher resolution images, click here*.

* All photos shot with a Canon Rebel T3i.

Part Reviews


I was blown away with this processor. On a regular working load, this processor never gets fully loaded. It was a huge upgrade from my previous processor. It is even unlocked for overclocking.

CPU Cooler

This cooler is amazing! It is ultra quiet, even during a stress test, and gets decent temperatures.


This motherboard is a beast. It has support for dual graphics and triple graphics setups, two M.2 slots, and always-on USB ports. It looks very nice in the case and the RGB is amazing.


I wish I could rate it five stars, but I can't. I have tried for two days now to get this memory to run at it's maximum speed, but cannot. It is kind of disappointing, but the memory looks nice and is still good memory.


This SSD is awesome. It doesn't hit exactly 600MB/s, but it gets close. The read speed and write speed of this drive is impressive.


This drive gets five stars because of it's price. It didn't cost me anything. I pulled it out of my grandma's old laptop and I decided to put it in my build. It is actually a very quiet drive.


The only reason I rated this five stars is because I got it for free. My dad found a computer in the garbage can and this drive was in it. I decided to put it in my build because why not? It actually worked out well because I needed a drive to back my files up to. It is not the best drive, but it is much better then having no backup at all.


I got this hard drive while it was on sale for thirty dollars and it works great. I will always be buying BarraCuda hard drives from now on.

Video Card

It is not the best graphics card, but I needed something that would work before I got a beefy graphics card, so I chose this.


My favorite computer case. It has great cable management and a clear side panel window. It is very simple, clean, and compact.

Power Supply

I had to get a new power supply because my previous power supply did not have everything that was needed. It is a very nice power supply and I am very satisfied with it.

Operating System

It took me a long time to figure out how to transfer this product key over, but I finally got it. It is the best operating system I have used in my life and would highly recommend it to anyone.

Wireless Network Adapter

It is not the best, but it allows me to have wireless internet and Bluetooth. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a budget wireless adapter.

Case Fan

Great deal for a three fan pack. These fans are a bit noisy, but they perform well. If noise bothers you, these might not be the fans for you, but if you are looking for cheap budget fans, this is a no-brainer.


Decent paste for the price. It has good cooling performance, as far as I can tell.


I wanted to do a purple build at first, so I asked for these cables. Then, I decided I wanted a red build. It is no big deal though, because I can't see much of them when they are installed in the case. They are great cables for very little money.


My only concern about this product is that it will breathe out a little fire every once in a while and the fans have to spin a lot harder then they usually would. It is very detailed and fits my red theme. It has silver and gold on the top and bottom also so it gives my build something more interesting.

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ShineGlizzy 1 Build 3 points 1 month ago

Nice bro! We need more pics!!

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

What would you like pics of?

Also, I was thinking about overclocking it. The CPU, not the GPU.

ShineGlizzy 1 Build 4 points 1 month ago

We need pics of the case too!

ShineGlizzy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

How are the temps of the cpu? Edit I see 45c, overclock her a little bit and see how she handles it.

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

They are listed under the part list.

CPU Temperature While Idle 24.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load 45.0° C

AMD Ryzen processors can run continuously at 80° C and under.

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Sorry, I was wrong about CPU temps. 56 degrees under a load.

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

My PC is not a girl. My PC is also not a boy. My PC is agender

Also, I will overclock it a little bit after a month or so. I want to make sure everything is fine before I go voiding warranties.

ShineGlizzy 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Yea that's a good idea

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Do you have any opinions on the list of upgrades I plan to make next year? Is there anything you would add, remove or change.


diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 month ago

Everything is working fine so I went ahead and overclocked it. It is running stable right now at 3.6 gigahertz, 1.1 volts. Right now, the CPU is starting to get into the fifties. And yes, I am typing this message with a CPU stress test running in the background. LOL to me.

acwt 1 Build 1 point 14 days ago

More photos of the rest of the system rather than close ups of fans!

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ImperiousBattlestar 2 points 1 month ago

Nice, what's the 710 going to make way for?

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Thundercatz888 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

Your photos remind me of my build that I completed last year, they look good.


How are you liking the case? I'm thinking of transplanting my system into the H500, I like the clean look of the case. Nice overall build you got here.

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 2 points 1 month ago

I like the case. It is very clean. It has great cable management in the back and the drives and power supply have a "secret compartment" in the case. I had to take the fans out to get the motherboard in, but it wasn't a big deal. It fits radiators up to 280mm. The case comes with two preinstalled case fans. I absolutely love it.

Graywolf226 1 Build 2 points 7 days ago

Nice build and theme.

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 7 days ago

Thanks! I was planning on doing a purple build but the RGB doesn't look right when I mix colors. ) :

Otterman366 12 Builds 1 point 9 days ago

you should get a gpu backplate

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 9 days ago

I plan to get a GPU that has a backplate in the future.

Scurn 1 point 5 days ago

Nice meme

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 day ago

What meme?

Scurn 1 point 1 day ago

It's a meme that you always say "I would get a GPU backplate."

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 1 day ago

Oh, that has now turned into a meme?

Scurn 1 point 1 day ago

Pretty much, lol.

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 8 days ago


CPU and GPU have been overclocked


Single Threaded: 461.1

Multi Threaded: 4907.6


Cinebench CPU Test: 1740


Sequential Read: 550.3

Sequential Write: 522.5

PerformanceTest 9

Overall: 73

CPU Mark: 99

2D Mark: 78

3D Mark: 40

Memory Mark: 67

Disk Mark: 93


Link: https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/14558679

Aaditya1203 1 Build 1 point 6 days ago

The PC looks really neat close up. How about some pics of the whole case?

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 2 points 6 days ago

But the rest looks ugly. Lol

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shreduhsoreus 6 Builds 2 points 17 days ago

Not every PC is a gaming PC.

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

Yeah, I don't game.

diypartsjoy submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 days ago

I don't do anything that is graphically intensive.

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