No extra RGB. Minimal flashing lights. Just raw power to get the jobs done, and wow does it do the job. I am Thunderstruck!
“Back in black, I hit the sack. I've been too long. I'm glad to be back. Yes, I'm let loose From the noose” - AC/DC
I wanted to put together a clean workstation for graphics and content creation with a little node to gaming and the flight school at Star Citizen that I have been neglecting due to my old rigs performance. My old rig is a restoration and upgraded “Dell sleeper” XPS 8500, i7-3770, gtx 970, 860 Evo 2 TB NZXT 400 case, and corsair 750 w power supply - I will give this to my son till I can afford to build him a new rig.
I fell in love with the Asus - ROG Crosshair VIII Hero (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard as I listened to Buildzoid rambling about about ALL the ASUS X570 motherboards. Then I threw my wallet at the screen, with one goal to build the best good looking black and silver themed computer I could afford. The Motherboard, cooler and GPU provide enough RGB lighting. The result is Back in Black.
Yes, I went overboard with Ryujin liquid cooler, ready for the next CPU upgrade. I did initially have some issues with the AIO cooler fan and pump control using the AI suit but after I deleted the suit and used the bios control on the mother board to control all system fans and pump the AIO worked great.
The Intel Optane SSD 9 280 GB was purchased over a year ago and was waiting for a home it is now my daily current client’s files drive, it is fast and hopefully will stand the test of time and daily use.
The Sabrent 1 TB Rocket Nvme PCIe 4.0 is for windows, programs and games.
The 860 Evo 2 TB was from my old “Dell sleeper” and is my long-term storage.
Please Note: I use Backblaze back up and would recommend it if your files are important. In addition, I back up Locally to a freestanding 2 TB back up which is slower than a snail.
I got my Ryzen 9 by pure chance from Microcenter after waiting for 6 weeks for a CPU on backorder, I looked online and they had 10! I got the last one.
The CPU is overclocked to 4.3 GHz on all cores runs at 36c idle, daily use under normal loads 36-54c with multiple files open. (Picture included above for the skeptics).
In an all-out load in CINEBENCH 20 score is 7528 (Picture included above for the skeptics) and holds steady at 84c after multiple ruins which is hot! I have noted that after about a half hour of multiple runs the system throttles down a bit to get lower scores of 7521 and I even had a 7409!
Gaming in the alpha Star Citizen the CPU stays at around 55-68c depending on location.
The x570 Rog Crosshair Mother board is beautiful. The voltage settings are a bit off, so I adjusted them down based on JayzTwoCent video about overclocking on the board the core voltage is down to 1.345 v perhaps when I have time, I should drop it down further till the system crashes. What are your thoughts?
The Ram is overclocked using the DRAM Calculator for Ryzen by Iusmus set to fast there are a lot of numbers but the ones you probably are interested in is 3600 (1800) to match the chipset the CAS latency 14 ( though Ryzen master is showing 20? Timings: tRCD: 14 tRP 14 tRAS: 28 by by Iusmus setup -Any thoughts on this?
The Graphics card is amazing, I have it overclocked for gamming and it hits 2100 MHz but hovers around 2055 MHz at 55c. For daily use I use Asus GPU tweakII “Gamming mode,” which by comparison to my overclock with fans at 78% is quiet! When I get a bit more time, I will adjust the fans down a bit.
I was a bit disappointed in the O11 case it came banged up, the glass was scratched a bit, and a rubber Gromit/cable pass through was missing… Building in it was great, but not as easy as the NZXT 400 I moved my old Dell into. Overall the quality compared to the NZXT 400 is in my opinion a bit lower.
The Silent wings 3 case fans are easy to install and run “quiet” up to 1400 rpm which I have them set as the minimum at. Ramped up to full speed 2,200 rpm they are loud. The Quality compared to the industrial-grade Noctua radiator fans is a slightly lower but the Noctua’s are louder when ramping up and down so I adjusted the ramp up down times to compensate.
The Cablemod cables are fantastic, though they took forever to arrive. I thought I had an issue with missing cables (see pictures) but that is apparently normal.
I have now been running my system for three weeks with no problems.
Thank you to all for the builds posted, reviews and comments. The great content on PC parts picker, combined with YouTube content from, Paul's Hardware, Bitwit, Actually Hardcore Overclocking, Hardware Unboxed, Tech YES City and JayzTwoCent just to name a few who gave me the courage and knowledge to build. Without your content I would never build my first full PC. Thank you.
The next challenge will be to build my wife and son a new rig, then when to water-cool Back in Black with those EKWB's zero maintenance black tubing and black nickel fittings.
Overall, I believe the build is solid. Thank you all for sharing your builds.
Please let me know what I could have done better.