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Cool & Quiet (Ryzen Version)

by Mercurius360



Date Published

April 15, 2017

Date Built

April 13, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

17.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.721 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

10 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

29.0° C


This is my very first build, after so many years of using branded PCs from DELL to Alienware Aurora R4, which is four years old, and outdated (2x GTX 680 & i7-3820 @ 3.60 GHz, & 32 GB DDR3 RAM)! And what better timing to move forward, as I went for the Ryzen CPU way, while still keeping in the Nvidia GeForce graphic card base. Places where I bought them include Newegg, NZXT, Amazon, and eBay. Total for this build is around $3,202!

Similar to bitwit's build, which you can see here, but a few changes: the CPU, case, case fans, & motherboard has been changed to the AMD Ryzen 1800x CPU, Fractal Design Define C, Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition fans, and the ASUS motherboard.

  • The first thing I bought for this build was the Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB, which was on sale on eBay for half of the original price. Then, I had to wait until the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard was back in stock, since that usually sells out fast, every day...plus, it accepts AM3+ brackets for the CPU coolers.

  • The monitor was the next to be upgraded, so why not go with an ultrawide monitor, about the height of your last one, which was a 4-year old 27" DELL widescreen monitor. So, I went for the LG 34" ultrawide monitor, which has 2560x1080 resolution, and good for gaming AND productivity!

  • Along with the motherboard, I picked up the Ripjaws V 32GB RAM sticks, so I can upgrade later. I know there's some issues with these, but I overclocked them from the default 21XX to 2666, with the timings matched to the RAM numbers, and it's stable so far, with the BIOS version 0083, until the May update.

  • I picked the Fractal Design Define C for three reasons: 1) It's compact size, that can fit on my desk, unlike the Alienware Aurora R4. 2) It's very helpful for not making much noise...not as much as the Aurora R4 I had. And 3) I can customize it to my extent. :P

  • The Samsung 960 EVO 1TB NVMe drive was the only thing I bought from Amazon, as it was available on there, at the time I bought it. Used to install Windows 10 on it.

  • NZXT's Kraken X62 was bought directly from the NZXT site, as it sold it with free shipping. Wasn't available on Newegg or elsewhere at the time, but it's a best-seller to keep CPUs very cool! And yes, I immediately went to order an AM4 bracket via NZXT's ticket service. Took a couple weeks but got it after I recieved the BluRay burner.

  • The fans from Corsair are quiet, and capable of making the push-pull configuration for the liquid-cooled EVGA FTW Hybrid GTX 1080, keeping that card very cool..and amazingly quiet.

  • The very last thing I bought was the External BluRay Burner from ASUS, since the Define C doesn't include a bay, but it's needed for the space, and to burn stuff, when needed.

The benefit of a custom PC is that you can upgrade certain parts at anytime, so that's the best way I can put it, to build my own PC, for the first time! This is an achievement to distant myself from Alienware/DELL/intel, as AMD's Ryzen sold me. ^

Minus the monitor, the build can be helpful, if you want a REAL QUIET Ryzen computer.

**NOTE: I didn't do much testing with this build, cause I just built it, and added the apps. Haven't done much testing, but it works, as I'm tying on it right now. :P

Part Reviews


A productivity/gaming machine! You get to work with eight cores (16, if you set your power options in WIndows to Performance), and works fast. It's used for my first build, after deciding between 7700K or this. Well worth it! :D


This is one of the best motherboards for a Ryzen build. A bunch of apps to add, and it illuminates well when the PC's on AND off. But, if you're going to use an AM3 bracket for this, use a AM3 backplate that you have, or buy one ASAP at either Amazon or eBay, cause this only has an AM4 backplate. I'm docking one star off, just because ASUS doesn't provide you with an AM3 backplate, if the motherboard is compatible with AM3 brackets.


This is a pretty good M.2 drive, if you want to install Windows on it, for your custom PC. Fast boot times, and very useful for productivity.


Can be noisy at times. Otherwise, it's a good HDD for mass storage.

Video Card

If you want your GTX 1080 to not run hot, this is for you. It's common to see graphic cards run with liquid cooling. But, if you don't want water-cooling on your system, this is the next best option. Doesn't come with two sets of long screws for the fan's push-pull configuration, but you can make it cool with just one fan on it on either push or pull.


Very helpful case, for a small desk space...and it keeps stuff quiet at all times! Amazing job, FD!

Power Supply

This is one of those ECO-friendly power supplies. Only runs when it's needed, when you turn on the ECO mode. If you want your rig to run with less usage of the power, and you have 450 watts max, after you picked your parts, and want it on a small ATX case, then this is a must-buy.

Case Fan

These are amazingly quiet, that you can barely hear it, when you have your ear to them. Used them on the EVGA GTX 1080 Hybrid, to keep that in the 20s under load.

Comments Sorted by:

blockbuster4664 1 Build 3 points 23 months ago

Rip, such a good RGB enabled CPU cooler only to be blocked by a non-windowed case, it's a shame. Great build though, you don't see 2560x1080 too much these days

Mercurius360 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Thanks. I didn't want to spend more, just to get the window to show the stuff, but it's noise vs inside appearance. Dunno if a windowed Define C would keep the acoustics low or not.

Ahajha 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I realize this was posted a while ago, but the Define C Tempered Glass came out recently, and I think they will be offering an upgrade package (I'm guessing $10-$20) if you're considering a window!

Mercurius360 submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

I checked it out, and saw that there's holes for the tempered glass mounting, so it wouldn't fit the normal Define C panel.

mlach 4 Builds 2 points 23 months ago

Even with the solid side panel, i feel weird knowing the cables aren't managed as well as they can be. +1

Mercurius360 submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

I tried to manage it better. Straightening​ some wires out, and tie some to clean up the clutter, while I keep the HDD bay.

wcjohnson21 1 point 23 months ago

You immediately went to order an AM4 bracket via NZXT's ticket service.

I want to use a thermostats cpu cooler. I should contact thermaltake right? I also will require am4 bracket.

Edit: http://ttpremium.com/product-category/product/am4-bracket/ (Should've did my homework first..I know better...smh)

KarmAngel 1 point 21 months ago

Hi :)

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 10TB 3.5" 7200RPM: how does it perform? I am interested on buying it for storing alot of games, play them and save them there as well. Is it good for gaming?

Mercurius360 submitter 1 Build 2 points 21 months ago

Those with 7200RPM do perform decently with games and are much-preferred.

If you want to store a bunch of games on that, then go for it!

KarmAngel 1 point 21 months ago

YEY! ^_^

Thanks man :)


favourxyz 1 point 17 months ago

comment on gtx 1080 with ultrawide 1080p @75hz??? gonna go same path :)

Mercurius360 submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

It's real good with ultrawide, depending on the game. Played GTA V on it and it runs very good...as long as you get the settings right. ;)

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