Description

A video editing, Blender rendering, gaming computer to replace my good ole first build, Helga. The i5 3570K and GTX 660 were both wonderful pieces of hardware, but their age was starting to show, especially under heavy workloads.

The Phanteks P300 is very compact for an ATX case, which is nice. It comes with zip ties and velcro straps and it also has space for routing cables. Things are very tight under the PSU shroud while using the 3.5" drive bays, but I don't mind. The included dust filters are definitely a plus since my wife and I just got a dog who does a fair amount of shedding. The additional fans keep everything nice and cool during normal use and gaming.

The Ryzen 1700 caught my eye when it first came out. It is a budget rendering dream! The stock cooler is very good too. Plus, Intel's 8th generation seemed like a poor choice as far as future upgrade paths for the motherboard socket.

I choose the ASROCK Taichi because of the plethora of settings it has for tweaking. RGB lighting and advanced fan controls are all in BIOS. POST times were initially very long, but changing some settings made it start up a lot faster.

The GSKILL memory chips were not on the motherboard's QVL... but they were on sale for less than the price of an approved 2400Mhz kit. Even though they are Dual Rank and Hynix M-Die, I currently have them running at 2666Mhz. I can boot with the full 3200Mhz speeds but it isn't stable.

I went with two GTX 1070s because Blender scales wonderfully across multiple GPUs. While the case does have room for dual-fan cards, I went with the compact MSI versions because they were significantly cheaper. They are not configured for SLI so I can choose to either use both for rendering or render on one while I game on the other. Gaming temps are fine, but dual rendering can get toasty with both cards hovering around 80 degrees.

Also, this build is my first time venturing out into the world of Linux. So far, I like it. Coming from 100% Windows, it's a bit of a pain to learn the new folder structure and commands. Even so, it is incredibly fast, extremely configurable, and very easy to use. Ah yes! And I don't get forced reminded to install updates that make my computer run worse.

Part Reviews

CPU

Great at rendering and good at gaming. I haven't overclocked it yet and it already blows my old i5 3570K out of the water.

Motherboard

RGB and fan controls are all in the BIOS. All the fan headers auto-detect 3/4 pin and let you set a custom curve. Also, the Wifi/Bluetooth is nice and it has tons of USB 3.0 ports.

Memory

Hynix M-Die, but still very good!

Storage

It's an SSD and it works.

Storage

Reliable, and good amount of space.

Video Card

It may be tiny, but this GPU is powerful! No problems with temps, noise, performance. As far as I can see, it performs just as well as larger dual-fan cards.

Case

Love the tempered glass, the LED lighting, and the air filters! A bit crammed if you keep the hard drive cages in, so definitely use with a smaller modular PSU.

Power Supply

So, so, so, soooo much better than a non-modular PSU. Small, quiet, and drives my whole system flawlessly when under load

Case Fan

Very quiet and very effective with moving air.

Comments

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks good and clean +1

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks. The modular power supply really helped with keeping things tidy.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Looks awesome. Love the dual 1070s.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I have the same case, same CPU, same stock cooler, but two dual fan gtx 970's in SLI and I am having serious overheating problems with my GPU's, to the point after 30 minutes of online gameplay my screen blacks out and the computer freezes shortly thereafter. Any cooling tips? Anyone?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

How many intake fans do you have? I set mine at higher rpms and the temperatures are fine, but things would definitely be too hot if they were spinning slower, or if I had just a single fan.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

What Linux distribution are you running on that, out of curiosity?

  • 20 months ago
  • 2 points

Ubuntu Budgie. I've been keeping an eye on Solus too... Might try it in the future.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

I hear good things about Solus; haven't tried it personally, though. Nowadays I run Fedora.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build. Wish this case had been out when I built my current Ryzen system . . .

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

looks so cool!

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  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks!