Description

Gaming and General computing use. Runs very cool when idle, and even under load, the fans barely need to ramp up. Games run smoothly in 2k, and I'm just generally please with the performance and responsiveness. The Ryzen 5 3600 boosts up to 4.2 GHz (with Precision Boost activated). RAM is also overclocked to 3200 Hz. The system is incredibly stable, and I cannot be happier with my part purchases.

Part Reviews

CPU

It's a work horse. With Precision Boost enabled, it does anything and everything I've demanded of it with ease.

CPU Cooler

At first, I was concerned that I would be needing a bigger radiator. I soon realized that I could install the radiator onto a fan already on the case, and mount the fan that comes with it onto the other side of the radiator; one fan pushes air while the other fan pulls air (there's screw holes on both sides of the radiator). By doing this, I increased the airflow through the radiator and made it so my CPU never sees temperatures higher than 49°C, it idles around 29°C.

Motherboard

The base of my system. The foundation upon which everything has been built upon. Asus had earned my loyalty years ago, and they continue to keep it with quality products such as this one. Installation was easy, and the UEFI software is easy to use and navigate. It made overclocking my CPU and RAM easy and almost brainless.

Memory

Solid, hard working, and stable. I have mine overclocked to 3200 Hz, CL16, and they just keep chugging along without a hitch.

Storage

May not be the leader of the pack when it comes to NVMe speeds, but it hasn't made me wait at all with all of the tasks I demand of it. Game installs only take as long as the download of the files, and installations are near instant. I'm not a 'power' user, so my experience with this SSD is for the average everyday individual.

Video Card

A solid 2K gaming GPU. Everything I ask of it, it delivers. The stock fan curve is too passive, but using the AMD provided, Global Wattman, applying a custom fan curve was super easy, and it loads automatically every time I turn on my computer. With the custom fan settings, it doesn't get above 65°C even while gaming. The RGB lighting is easy to control as well using the Powercolor program.

Case

Spacious, and beautiful looking. It had lots of extra racks and shelves that I did not need. Installing in this case as easy, and cable management was also pretty simple. It has good airflow at a fairly low noise level.

Power Supply

Modular makes cable management a breeze, all wires snapped in firmly and securely, and it's providing the needed juice as the system asks for it.

Wireless Network Adapter

I would much rather have a dedicated Wifi adapter over onboard wifi. It's just a personal preference. Easy install, and Windows 10 had basic drivers for it already. I didn't need to use the software CD at all. The connection via 5ghz is stable and strong, and my in-game latency is the same as if I was wired directly into my router.

Case Fan

Easy to install, pretty lights, and they push lots of air at a low noise level.

Case Fan

Easy to install, pretty lights, and they push lots of air at a low noise level

Comments

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

tfw your Corsair RMx (2018) 850 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply box is the same height as the base of your computer desk.

Also I think spending those $70 on the RGB fans would have done you much better in a better CPU.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Good catch on the PSU box, I wanted to take pictures without unplugging the system entirely. At the time of purchase, the 850w was cheaper than a 700w (which is what I had picked out originally). Those two cards might be cheaper, but my bigger concerns were thermals and fan noise. The two best cooling solutions for the 5700 XT were by Sapphire and Powercolor. I have no way of defending my choice on the fans, besides that I like the pretty color patterns, and I had an aesthetic going that I wished to retain. Also, in a year, I'm building another system for a friend, and I'll be putting the R5 3600 in that system and purchasing a R5 3800x, if the 4th gen Ryzens aren't released by then.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ah, understandable.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

nice

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Tbh, you could have saved some money by getting a 600 or 650w unit instead of an 850w one as its kinda overkill even for overclocking. You could have also saved some money for extra performance on a gigabyte 5700 xt oc or msi mech oc as tjose are cheaper and have higher base and boost clocks. Nice build otherwise.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

At the time of purchase, the 850w was cheaper than a 700w (which is what I had picked out originally). Those two cards might be cheaper, but my bigger concerns were thermals and fan noise. The two best cooling solutions for the 5700 XT were by Sapphire and Powercolor.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Okay, I understand your choices now.