Description

This was the first build I have ever done. Weeks of research, and reading reviews, and price checking (Thanks Miners). I found myself here. All though I have all the parts, there is still a few cosmetic things that I would like to add. I will update as I get them in place.

Part Reviews

CPU

It has been awesome. Hovers around 27°C Idle, CAM software has been showing me running about 39°C after about 2 hours of Witcher 3. I have not done any benchmarking since I got everything installed. I have not done any overclocking on it as of yet just because i need to do more research on how to do it. I literally have no idea what needs to be done. If you are looking Ryzen, you won't be disappointed in the results.

CPU Cooler

I'm taking a star simply because it is a pain in the butt to get a AM4 bracket to fit this. After finally looking around, it seems NZXT, Corsair, and Thermaltake all use the exact same AM4 bracket. This made life much easier. This was a gift from my little brother, and he didn't have the original 140mm fans. That is what the Artic F140s are for. White fits the build. Overall been very happy they are nice a quite on about 60% load through CAM.

Motherboard

Ok, so, I love this board. It is small, stylish, the Red LEDS (Yes red is all you can get). I knew I wasn't going to be trying to Crossfire any GPU any time soon so it didn't bother me to sack the other PCI-E slot. I did run into an issue flashing the BIOS for the Ryzen CPU (which others said was REQUIRED. After flashing, the PC would not boot past the BIOS, I could not get it to see any drive (SSD, HDD, or USB) to install Windows. I fought with it for three days looking up what to do and finally right before I was about to send it back to Newegg, I flashed it again and everything worked. Don't know what went wrong the first time, don't know if I did something out of order but everything has been fine since then so I ain't complaining. Overall if you aren't looking for a Full ATX and are looking AM4, give this one some thought.

Memory

It's RAM, I have it running at 3000 Mhz and it is stable. can't complain.

Storage

Works great, Loads Windows 10 Home in less than 4 sec.

Storage

Holdover from a older computer I had. Works and I am using it for storage of games and media mostly.

Video Card

If I could give this bad boy 100 stars I would. I got this before the 2018 price jump, for $489 on Newegg. Oh boy was I glad I did. This thing is a champ. Handles everything I throw at it and it does so without me even knowing that it is on and running. Stock MSI fan curve won't even turn the fans on till it reaches 60°C. After about 45 mins of Heaven and Valley, I never saw the temps get above 71°C. I got scores of 3558 in Valley and 2422 in Heaven, both set to Ultra/Extreme. I'll catch some flak for not just getting the 1080 but I wan't to save the money, still compete with the Vega 54, and with a slight overclock I am right there at 1080 for $50-100 less. I can live with that choice.

Case

This was one of the last pieces I got for the build (had an older PC tower I was using till I figured out which one I wanted). I went back and forth with the this and the Corsair 400C. Honestly it could have went either way. I went NZXT simply for the SSD display trays, the tempered glass panel (which is awesome), and the front panel HDMI and USB 3.0 for VR. One complaint I will say. You will not being doing a Push/Pull config with an AIO in this thing. It only fits with the fans in the Pull position.

Power Supply

Wanted full modular. EVGA and Corsair were neck and neck, I went EVGA for no other reason then it was on sale for $74.

Operating System

Windows, what more can be said.

Case Fan

These were a screw up order on my part. I thought they were 140mm to use on my Kraken x61. Instead of returning them, I am currently using them as case fans since my MB has 4-pin fan headers. They are quite enough and I like the matte black.

Case Fan

These are used on my Kraken x61. Reviews were good, and I was really digging the white/black look. Overall been very happy with them. Quite and dependable.

Monitor

Little small but it serves my needs well. No complaints.

Monitor

This this is a beast. Love it. I can hook my XB1 or PS4 up and it will allow me to input select without messing with anything on the computer. Wish it was a 144mhz but I'm not that worried about it at this point.

Keyboard

Love it. I don't like mech keyboards at all, at least none that I have tried. This board gives me the feel of a regular keyboard, with the style and function of a gaming mech board.

Mouse

Got it on sale. Love the DPI selection and the button remapping through Logitech software. Software is easy to use and to understand.

Headphones

I have had these for 6 years now, and I don't know where I would be without them. They work on my PC, Xbox 1 and PS4 with no issues.

Custom

Since Thermaltake, Corsair and NZXT all use the same AM4 bracket. This was the only one I could find not on ebay. Works great, just remember it doesn't come with a backing plate so make sure you keep the stock one from you motherboard.

Custom

The MSI 1070ti Titanium is a massive card that weights a ton. I had to add the support bracket to eliminate the sag. This works like a charm.

Comments

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

+1 for Trivium alone. Nice build!

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you sir

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

What is the GPU brace?? How does it work? does it work?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

It is rather simple in design actually. A simple L support that bolts onto the expansion slots. They align with the outer most portion of the GPU, and come with two or three small risers that you place on the support in positions that will not interfere with the fans. The mounts are slotted so you adjust its height to whatever you need. And yes mine does work perfectly. The 1070ti is really heavy and even though I have reinforced PCI-E slots, it still sagged. Mine is made from aluminum, but I have seen others made out of acrylic or even Delrin Acetal. The last part on my part list is the brace I got. I have heard and read reviews where if you have a really thick GPU (Zotac 1070 AMP) you might run into some problems getting the bracket mounted.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks a lot! i'm getting the Asus 1060 6GB. I dont think ill need one but i was just curious

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

no problem man, glad I could help

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

1070ti, but 2 60hz monitors? get a 144 and let that gpu free

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

I want to oh so bad. Was just a little constrained when I got the setup. Any recommendations on a 144mhz?

  • 15 months ago
  • 1 point

Dell - S2716DG 27.0" 2560x1440 144Hz Monitor I got this for 419, 0 complaints, great reviews too. Also has g sync

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Same though here. :)

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Without a doubt one of my go to bands. Seen then multiple times and I have never been disappointed.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

I don't suppose they come to Australia. So there's that for seeing them perform live. :(

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Yea. I'm a big fan of them.

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