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Like Ryzen, this is my first clean slate build for myself in around 6 years. My goal was a nice little birthday present to myself as my old workhorse, the Desktop of Theseus, had become a bit long in the tooth. Nothing wrong with the ol' 8320E@4.0GHz/270@270X clocks/12 GB DDR3 for 1080p gaming and the occasional video rendering and what not, but at this point it was more viable to do a straight new build over the usual upgrade cycle that brought me from the humble Phenom II x2 555/Radeon HD 5770 combo it had to what it is now. The timeframe also lined up nicely with the birthday present, so why not right?

All the parts except the CPU/mobo/RAM were bought around Black Friday 2016, which is why some of the prices are a lot lower than expected (after Cali sales taxes are calculated in). The RAM was bought with the case and GPU rebates which is why it isn't the ridiculous price it's currently hovering at the time of writing this, although I still wish I had jumped on that earlier. PSU might be a bit overkill but I like to build upgradability into my personal system even though my current plan with this is to at least prolong the first upgrade cycle's timeframe compared to my usual 2 year cycle, hence the Ryzen 7 1700 and RX 480. The Lenovo LI2264D monitor is a definite step and a half up from the older AOC e2251swdn I was using as a primary, and I can finally use the Freesync on it after having it be unavailable on the older build.

So far, she's been running faster and much quieter than the Desktop of Theseus. There's still a few teething problems being a brand new platform, mainly regarding the RAM stability outside of the default DDR4-2133 mode. The LEDs are quite fun and I even added to the amount of light since I had some 5050 lying around from my desk backlighting. Gaming performance is pretty much double or more than the DoT which is really nice. The Wraith Spire has definitely impressed with the performance and really puts Intel's solutions to shame.

As for why I've named it so, I liked the idea of the DoT's rebirthing every upgrade cycle, the Greco theme naming, and the fact that this is the first true successor to the DoT. If you know your codenames, you can see why I chose Callisto instead of continuing with Theseus (a clue lies further up above). I would have liked to put in a Polaris bit in the name but nothing was really matching cleanly and I reckon the GPU will be the first major component swapped out anyway.

I already have a good feeling that this one's gonna last at least as long as the Desktop of Theseus. Definitely pleased with it right now and it can only get better as AM4 matures.

Comments

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

RGB cooler = +1

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build m8 +1=)

  • 33 months ago
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You know the only thing you need to upgrade to the next "Zen+" architecture is a new CPU now right? They are going to be using that motherboard platform for a while.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

You might want to consider overclocking this, it can get the same performance as the R7 1800x if you overclock it to 4 ghz, since they are the same CPU, but the 1800x is guaranteed to reach that speed.

  • 33 months ago
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Oh I'll definitely crank it up. Just waiting on more motherboard stability so I can actually POST with the RAM at its rated speed first. The aim is 3.8 GHz right now since it's around the safe bet most people are getting with the Wraith Spire and it's also the same clockspeed I used to have on my old Phenom IIs when I cranked those two up.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Sounds great, let me know how she does!

I have seen the Ryzens get 4ghz on stock cooling with 6 of the cores enabled, so I'm hoping if I make a Ryzen 5 1600 build, I can get there.

If not, I'll buy a liquid cooler.

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

What is that cooler?

  • 33 months ago
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That's the stock Wraith Spire cooler that comes in the 1700 box. It's pretty damn cool both figuratively with the built in RGB LEDs and literally with the temps.

  • 33 months ago
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That's cool! Once I upgrade I think I will definitely be considering ryzen as an option especially because I plan on building an RGB themed build, which not spending 150$ on an RGB cooler would be nice

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice!

  • 33 months ago
  • 1 point

those ram sticks look gorgeus. any issues with that ram with Ryzen except not able to run past 2133?

  • 32 months ago
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At the time, it was only just the RAM not liking any changes from stock. Now with the 0604 BIOS update from Asus, the RAM is now working at the QVL rating of 2666. Still not the sticks' fully rated speed of 3000/2933, but it's definitely improved performance.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

An update to my RAM speeds, I just got around to getting the 0803 update (the one with AGESA 1.0.0.6) installed right now and it seems to be quite happy at the rated 3000/2933 MHz now. I'll give it a few days and some heavy gaming to see how it fares but it looks to me that I can shift my attention over to my CPU OC now.

  • 32 months ago
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Is it real that There is only one RGB header on the prime x370?

+1 for the definitely Good build

  • 32 months ago
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Yes, there's only one RGB header. You can use any 5050 LED style splitter to split it to the lights and the Wraith Spire RGB, or do what I did and string up the lights and CPU cooler up in series (I thought I still had extra splitters, that wasn't the case). Either way, there's no real way to get split lighting control so any added strips will use the same color command signals as the CPU cooler.

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