My build of April 2013 is fine (i5-3570K & GTX 670 with Intel Extreme motherboard) but I was intrigued by the new Ryzen chips and wanted to update and create a new machine (but most definitely not break the bank!). At the moment, apart from normal everyday internet surfing and Microsoft Office works, I am also using my computer to digitise not only my CD collection but also my record collection (LP's, 12" and 7" singles) to FLAC files, which can be quite labour-intensive. Thus I decided to go for the Ryzen 7 1700X. I bought the various items for my build over three months, only buying when an item was on sale or from EBay. Most of my ordinary purchaces were from Newegg. Problems with the build itself were neglible as the Sharkoon case is more than big enough to hold everything with room to spare, and it is a very nice case too, well-built and very solid. Cable routing was easy and I kept it pretty neat but wasn't OCD with it. Was worried about the Thermalright CPU heatsink and fan as far as height, but the Sharkoon case came through again with about 5mm to spare. The Thermalright is a very nice bit of kit, beautifully made and similar efficiency but for about half the price of an equivalent Noctua. The case came with three fans (2 front, 1 rear) which were not PWM which frustrated me, hence the reason I purchased the three Rosewill PWM fans (also the MB has red LED's on it and the rear fan that came with the case was blue, so bought a red one instead, since I had too). I used one of the original 140mm fans as a top fan to help with exhaust (visible in photos). I had the Samsung SSD from my previous build and I was not using it so decided to put it in as the OS drive and use the WD Blue as a storage drive. The CPU, the Video card, the DVD drive's came from EBay, the rest, as I mentioned earlier, from Newegg. Since I am using my machine for a lot of audio work, including editing, I wanted a very good sound card and used the one I purchased about a year ago for my old machine. It is a Terratec Audeon 7.1 PCI, which is a very good card from a German company (available through and knocks the doo-doo out of the usual stuff available here (Creative and Asus). Paid about 75 bucks for that. ( All-in-all it has turned out as a very nice, good looking, pretty fast machine, which I am very pleased with.

Part Reviews


It's an 8 core, 16 thread Ryzen 7 1700X and I got it for 270 bucks! What more do i need to say? It is superb.

CPU Cooler

Beautifully designed and equally beautifully made. Very nice, very efficient CPU heatsink and fan. It's performance comes close to a similar Noctua fan but at about half the price!


Nice board with some very cool features. The red LED's being one of them. The Killer network app is another. Haven't had a chance to try overclocking with it yet though. Probably in the near future. Good price and well-built.


XMP'ed it with my MB and got the full 2800. Seems solid.


Apart from losing it's firmware on me a while back (which necessitated a mailing to Samsung to have it reinstated) it is a great SSD.


No complaints about this drive. It's quicka dn does the job. I did consider the WD Black of the same size, but after reading up about the differences between the Black and the Blue, the Blue went on sale at Newegg and the choice was made for me.

Video Card

Was lucky enough to get this off EBay at a very good price and can't fault it. It's fast and the resolution is superb (I run a 27" 2K monitor). Since I don't game that much it'll do me for a few years yet.


Brilliant case. Understated and very well-made. Very solid and with great cable routing options. Love the looks of it and with my various cooling options, very quiet too.

Case Fan

Nice 140's. Well-made and pretty quiet (can hardly hear them at normal speeds).

Case Fan

Nice 120 fan with a red LED that goes with my system. Sort of spoiled myself with this as I didn't really need an LED fan but I thought, what the heck, need to change it for a PWM so might as well make it red to match the rest of the sysytem. Pretty quiet.

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  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

very nice build, did you have trouble overclocking in that motherboard :)

  • 29 months ago
  • 2 points

To be honest, I haven't had time yet. But I have the RyzenMaster software on the machine, waiting for me to give it a shot.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

ok thanks

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fps did you get on any fast paced game/Do you need those optical drivers