Description

Back in early 2018 I started collecting Samsung Evo SSDs when I would find them at Micro Center as open box deals. The NZXT S340 Elite was also discontinued in 2018, so I kept one for future projects.

I love open box deals and added the X62 Kraken and Sapphire RX590 earlier this year, leaving just the CPU and motherboard remaining to complete the PC. Last week, I found the X470 Prime Pro ,another open box sale for 89.96. Coupled with a 80 dollar R5-1600 CPU made the deal to good to pass on.

The challenge was making the blue Sapphire RX590 meld with a black/white case. I may have done a fairly amateurish job of painting, I can live with it and to my eyes, it's very satisfying.

Part Reviews

CPU

I'm very happy with this CPU so far. I bought it as a placeholder for a future Ryzen2 upgrade, so it had to be cheap. Since the 1600s are going for 80 right now at Micro Centers, this had to be the one, and I'm so glad I did. This golden sample was able to be overclocked to 4.1 Ghz passing NEARLY every test. Sadly Cinebench-20 would crash it (BSOD) so I dropped the chip to 4.05 and now CB-20 scores from 2975 to 3013.

CPU Cooler

With the 1600 at 4.05 to 4.1 Ghz, the max temps are 70c so this X62 is doing the job. This is another open box deal, but still cost 107.96usd, so not exactly cheap, but with the OC I say it was worth it.

Motherboard

I actually chose this board 100% for aesthetic reasons, and had serious misgivings that the X470 Prime Pro would satisfy me. (I had Taichi X470 obsessions) After all is said and done, and since it was cheap enough at 89.96usd, it was the obvious choice. That the board allowed a 4.1 Ghz overclock truly surprised me.

Storage

I own 5 Evo SSDs (three 250 and two 500 GB units) and prefer them to other drives. These are in a raid 0 setup, used for Steam library.

Storage

I love Samsung SSDs and have 8 of them. This is my only Pro drive and I expect it to be a good one.

Storage

This is my first Crucial NVMe and my 4th NVMe over all. It runs right at its' rated speed, and I am happy to have it in my system. NVMe is so cheap now, I was able to get this at full retail prices... a new day in storage is here.

Storage

This is a part I had found a few years ago in a bargain bin. It clicks annoyingly and is not fast for a 7200rpm HDD, even at 2.5" I expected better, buy oh well it's just for games I don't want on the SSDs.

Video Card

This card is great. I was able to slightly under-volt it while increasing the core speed by 3% and setting memory to 2200 vs the 2100 it ships at. I am a lover of the RX cards, with this being my second. The color was the real challenge of having this card. Blue is not an easy color to meld with most setups, but I did the best I could with the black/white/blue contrast I ended up with.

Case

This is the case that got me to want to build again in Dec/2016 seeing it while shopping for a mouse for the wife. I ended up not getting the S340 initially since Steve at GN said it was a hotbox that would thermally crush the CPU. Eventually I decided to risk it and see for myself if it was going to slay any build I installed into it. An X62 helps keep it all under control, so I think my fears were a bit unwarranted. Overall, I love the look of this case and do not regret having the S340 Elite at all.

Power Supply

This is a refurbished PSU I was using as a backup power supply. Because the RX590 is so power thirsty, I decided to switch the PSU from the EVGA BQ-650 watt I had intended to drop in here for the 750 refurb unit. It's been holding it all together through a lot of stress test and benchmarks, so two thumbs up!

Case Fan

I've never owned one of the MLs but always wanted to. Seeing a refurbished one for 15 bucks was irresistible. It does a good job moving air silently, but as important to me, it illuminates the silver in the motherboard and video card, highlighting their beauty, and pleasing me at the same time.

Case Fan

these are the fans that come stock with the X62 kraken.

Comments

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Idk about the saphire gpu but otherwise seems like a pretty good build

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks, and yeah the card is very hit or miss on either performance or color. Being the best cheap card to my taste, the performance is excellent. A blue video card is a harder thing to work around.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you mean?

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

That card is a beaut! Impressed to see how you made the colors work

That Ryzen 1600 deal at Microcenter is insane. I've been trying to come up with an excuse to buy one but haven't found it yet

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you, the X470 deal was my excuse. Keep on their website like it's your job and you'll find your excuse.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah. Whats the advantage of getting an X470 over a B450 which after the combo discounts can be found for around $50-60

  • 5 months ago
  • 2 points

Not a ton TBH, for me it was aesthetic.The board does have decent enough VRMs for a good overclock.

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

love the build buddy

  • 5 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks dude... I've felt left out of all the fun since Ryzen launched in 2017 so it's nice to finally have an AM4. Now I can dream of the sweet 3900X

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice colour matching; fantastic looking build.

  • 2 months ago
  • 1 point

Thankyou! I've been able to get really good performance out of this CPU, with a vCore of 1.36375 using LLC4, it's posting at 4.1Ghz and scoring 3033 in cb r20 with temperatures going to about 71c. None of that matters however, because to be honest, I just wanted a PC in that S340 Elite. It's a great time to be building PCs right now, with so many amazing options to choose from.