Description

Built for myself. Finally ascending from old, crummy, borrowed laptop. Budget of £1,400 including all peripherals, software etc. Purpose: gaming, graphic design work, general Internet usage, looking good.

CPU

Probably the best bang-for-buck Ryzen. Currently on stock cooler with stock clock. Planned upgrade to NZXT Kraken X62 liquid cooler.

RAM

At the time cheapest 16GB set of DDR4-3200 without weird colours or heatsinks.

STORAGE

Nothing to see here, really. Typical solution.

GPU

Best AMD card available to date. Chosen it for FreeSync and to support AMD - we need more competition on the market! I didn't want to wait for Vega, I can just upgrade to it later down the line if it proves worthy.

CASE

Sexy glass side panel and great cable management, and no unnecessary drive bays. Easy choice. By default both fans are exhausts - I switched the top one to front intake instead. There isn't a whole lot to show off for now - only the motherboard and GPU have LEDs - but I plan to add an RGB liquid cooler and a Hue+ with AER RGB fans later.

PSU

Enough extra power to handle some upgrades later down the line. Fully modular for ease of building.

MONITOR

24" is a good size for my desk and the distance I use it at. Very good tilt/height/pivot range. 144Hz, 1ms and FreeSync for the price is a steal. Doesn't have the greatest colour out of the box, but that's easily fixed with correct OSD settings and applying colour profile. I will definitely add a second one later.


Problems encountered

  • Nothing! Building it was a breeze!

Part Reviews

CPU

Great performance for the money! Overclocked to 3.8 without a hitch on stock cooler, running at 34.6 idle and 63.5 load!

Motherboard

Good overclocking features, plenty of high speed USB ports, good fan header location. LED is nice and bright with plenty of options.

Runs Corsair Vengeance LPX 2 x 8GB at 3200MHz without a problem.

Great choice if you don't need SLI.

Memory

Only had to apply XMP profile to get full speed. Works flawlessly with Ryzen 5.

Video Card

Drives a 1080p144 panel beautifully.

At least 60 fps across various games, generally in 80-90 range, and 100+ in less demanding ones. Overwatch never drops below 100 and averages 140.

72C load, 31C idle.

Case

Extremely sexy. Super easy to build in. Managed cables without a single zip-tie!

Would give 6 stars if I could.

Power Supply

Good performance and fully modular, black, sleeved together cables.

Monitor

144Hz, 1ms and Freesync is ridiculously good for the price.

It's a TN panel so colours are somewhat washy out of the box - I recommend going to pcmonitors.info review of this monitor and applying their OSD settings and colour profile.

The only feature I'd like to see is OSD crosshair but that's not a big deal.

Comments

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build, wish I could get an RX 480 with 8 gigs of VRAM but they're out of stock everywhere :(

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

Just get an RX580 - same price and slightly better.

  • 27 months ago
  • 0 points

What I meant - I'm still used to previous gen aaaaa

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Really nice build - Pretty much the same build I have planned later this year. I have a question though: How many intake and outtake fans do you have? Was it only the one intake fan and one outtake?

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

The case comes with 2x 120mm fans, one as rear exhaust, one as top exhaust. I removed the top one and placed it in the front as an intake.

In future the front will be a 280mm radiator as intake and other fans will just be exhausts.

  • 27 months ago
  • 2 points

Can you comment on any problems you faced or the process of getting your ram running at 3200, I would love to do a super similar build but have heard it can be a real pain with am4 mother boards right now.

Thanks! Gabe

  • 27 months ago
  • 4 points

Went to UEFI > set XMP profile > Done.

Easy peasy.

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Wow great build for the price, not even kidding how is it so cheap?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Is it really? I don't think so... I mean, there's a lot here that can be done cheaper here but I made a point of not skimping out on details.

You could get a cheaper case if you don't care about looks and windows, cheaper nonmodular Bronze-rated PSU, slower RAM, motherboard without fancy-schmancy LEDs .

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey man that seems like a really solid rig for the money. Any benchmarks you could post? I'm looking to build for my little brother and this looks pretty legit but I'm a numbers kind of guy. Thanks, and nice rig bro!

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Many thanks! Sure I'll throw some numbers your way. All in 1080p.

Tomb Raider 2013
Ultra, FXAA, TressFX on
Built-in benchmark
Average 95.2, minimum 64.0

Fallout 4
Ultra, Shadows High, Godrays Medium, TAA, SSAO, Hi-res texture pack
Locked at 60fps (because it has gameplay problems above that), never drops below 60 unless you start shooting dozens of nukes everywhere.

Deus Ex Mankind Divided
Settings: linked below
Between 70-90 in most situations, 60ish if there's a lot of people around.

GTA 5
Very High, Grass High, Ambient Occlusion High, FXAA
Built-in benchmark
Frames Per Second (Higher is better) Min, Max, Avg
Pass 0, 23.663773, 147.798401, 85.876617
Pass 1, 63.326172, 143.459930, 98.066338
Pass 2, 57.720005, 144.202759, 96.058212
Pass 3, 54.108276, 169.420135, 106.552498
Pass 4, 40.429409, 165.029846, 107.341644

Witcher 3
High, SSAO, AA on, Hairworks off
Around 90fps running through wilderness

Deus Ex settings

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man! I appreciate it!

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Amiborg, I did your build but replaced the 580 for a gtx 1060. I'm having an issue with the build though, everything works great, until I'm under heavy load. After about 30 minutes of gameplay my keyboard and mouse shut down then a second or two later my gpu shuts down, did you have any issue like this when you build yours?

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

Hi man,great build.I bought the same cpu,ram,motherboard,ssd and hdd and are great solutions :-) one question:my ram runs at 2133 with the latest update and would like to increase it.Is it safe?I mean did you have any issues when you increased the sleed?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

It should be perfectly safe to just set the XMP profile in BIOS and the RAM should be working at its advertised clock and timings.

Worst thing that can happen is that the PC will not boot up - in that case just reset the BIOS and set the RAM frequency manually.

I've found that my PC was a bit unstable at 3200MHz (would crash sometimes) but 2933 works perfectly.

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

I really like this build! I hope to build one that is very similar

  • 19 months ago
  • 2 points

Just a quick question, how did you get the Motherboard to run the ram at 3200? I have the same ram speed and same motherboard with the memory running at 2133. Did you just do a bios update or did you set it to that speed manually?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

You have to set the XMP profile in BIOS, or manually up the speed, yeah.

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