Description

Also called "Ryzen Shine"

I didn't plan on upgrading from my previous PC, The Bargain Bin. Sure, It had an AMD FX in it, but it still worked just fine for what I used my PC for. It even handled multiple instances of Omnisphere just fine.

But, the motherboard in that PC decided to kick the bucket. To this day, I have no idea what caused it. I wasn't overclocking and everything was getting adequate power. I get up to go get something and I came back to a PC that wouldn't post.

Oh well. It wasn't that big of a deal, as I happened to get on the crypto mining train right before it took off in mid to late 2017. Even with my single R9 390 doing all of the work, I still managed to make around $5k when BTC spiked to $20k and I cashed out when it began to fall.

I bought all of these new parts with my newfound wealth and saved the rest for a car.

The motherboard and GPU are different to what I originally had in this PC. At first, I had a Gigabyte X370 Gaming K7 and an ASUS Strix RX Vega56.

The K7 was the biggest mistake of the original build. After about a week of use, the bios decided to corrupt itself and it couldn't do a bios flashback for whatever reason. So I sent it in for an RMA and got a new one 2 weeks later. The same day I get my new one it dies again. Same issue. This happened a total of 4 times and the whole ordeal lasted at least 2 months and over $50 in shipping. I've had it and managed to get a full refund 3 months past the Amazon return window and got the Crosshair instead, which has given me zero issue since.

The Vega56 was killed by the CPU liquid cooler a year later. The leak happened at the fitting that holds the hardline pipe on the block, which just happened to be right above the only exposed part of the GPU PCB. Deepcool gave me a full refund on the GPU and a replacement cooler. I went back to my 390 because I didn't notice much of a performance difference in the games I played and bought a switch with my refund.

Everything seems to be working fine now, and I don't think I need to upgrade it.

Part Reviews

CPU

best value for the money. Ive seen these for as low as $150 brand new. If you can find it for that low of a price I'd recommend getting this and overclocking it over the newer generation non-X 8 core parts.

CPU Cooler

The pump is pretty loud, but it cools my GPU better than the stock cooler.

CPU Cooler

Leaked within a year. If it wasn't for deepcool's excellent service I wouldn't recommend this at all.

Motherboard

Rock solid stability, lots of connectivity, and isn't gaudy like the newer ROG boards are.

Memory

Does its job. I bought this during the memory price spikes so I'm a bit salty about how much I had to pay for it. I wish I could buy another kit of this for under $200 new though :/

Storage

Not a very fast NVME drive, but still wipes the floor with its SATA counterpart. Another victim of the memory prices though.

Storage

Runs like new after 5 years of ownership.

Video Card

Still a stellar card for 1080p. It runs most new games at high to ultra settings at over 60fps. I wouldn't buy this now, as it's a 4 year old card, but if you run across one for very cheap I'd pick it up.

Case

The perfect blend of cooling performance and minimalistic design. It's quite a rarity to find a case with a mesh front that doesn't look like gaudy gamer crap. It also has the same excellent interior layout as the EVOLV case. I also appreciate the side mounted I/O

Case Fan

It's noisy. It makes really bad rattling sounds at low RPM and sounds like a jet engine at high RPM. Unfortunately this was the only option from a "reputable" brand that didn't use a proprietary controller box so I could use the motherboard controls. Don't buy this.

Case Fan

It's noisy. It makes really bad rattling sounds at low RPM and sounds like a jet engine at high RPM. Unfortunately this was the only option from a "reputable" brand that didn't use a proprietary controller box so I could use the motherboard controls. Don't buy this.

Case Fan

It's noisy. It makes really bad rattling sounds at low RPM and sounds like a jet engine at high RPM. Unfortunately this was the only option from a "reputable" brand that didn't use a proprietary controller box so I could use the motherboard controls. Don't buy this.

Custom

They look good and come with cable combs. The PCIe power is fraying a lot though.

Custom

It works. The included fan is dead silent even at full RPM and I appreciate the holes for zipties to keep the cables tidy. I just wish it was a bit cheaper.

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