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Yin and Yang (Ryzen)

by couchlion



Date Published

June 3, 2017

Date Built

June 2, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.9 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

31.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

69.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.974 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

5.508 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

51.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

71.0° C


This is not my first build, but it is my first build worth posting. I built a very minimal gaming pc to get into the scene a couple years ago and loved it, but it just didn't do what i wanted it to. So i started researching a more "enthusiastic" rig I could save towards. I was deadset on an intel platform until last year when I saw talk about AMDs Ryzen processor. I'm a huge mulit-tasker, but intels cheapest 6-core was around $400 at the time. Once I saw what the Ryzen chips were capable of I decided that was it. I also love streaming games so it was a no brainer to go with Ryzen.

Once I saw the Asrock Taichi motherboard back in March I knew I wanted a White/Black build.(Original I know) Fell in the love with the looks and features it had. Was overly excited to buy it as it would be the first purchase in the build. Quickly found out how rare getting one was. So I moped around until mid April and all of a sudden they're available again. However, the process started with getting the Ryzen 1700X for on sale $320. It was all downhill from there. Originally planned on the 1700, but since this was the same price even after shipping I had to get it. Higher base clock speed for easier OC, although it doesn't come with a stock cooler. Then came deciding on the right case. Obviously had to be white/black and I was almost ready to order the NZXT S340 Elite, but had to go with the H440. Little bit bigger and I liked the smaller window better.

The cooler is definitely more than I need as well as the fans I added. Was very close to getting the RBG models as well as the RBG memory, but all that RBG would have thrown off the Zen!

All prices are AFTER shipping and taxes. Got some decent deals on most parts so I was happy with that. I probably went a little overboard with the storage but it was one thing I just didn't want to have to worry about for a while and I don't think I will. I know "future proofing" really isn't what it sounds like, but I'd like to think I got most of the parts to last down the road and just make upgrades as needed.

I'm a huge fan of Logitech peripherals(if you cant tell) and all of these I already had from a previous build. I definitely absolutely did not NEED to upgrade to a high end PC like this. This is the result of some things going very well financially in my life so I splurged. Very happy with this and happy to be using this for years to come.

I have never owned an enthusiast or high end Graphics card and I thought Vega would be my first. Seeing how AMD handled the gaming editions I was less than thrilled and was not ready to wait another 2-3 months for something that MIGHT be good enough. So I bit the bullet and got the EVGA 1080ti FTW3 and a nice Gsync monitor. Only a bit more expensive than some of the Freesync ones but totally worth it. Might even get a 4K monitor next year if they go down in price. For now 27" 1440p at 144hz will be more than enough for all my gaming needs.

MONITOR: Already had the 24" 144hz 1080p from a previous build. I know its Freesync and it won't help, but it was the same price without Freesync and my 27" 144hz 1440p Gsync that is listed will be coming in Tuesday.

Will update with more pics and benchmarks soon!

Part Reviews


Runs like a dream. 8 Cores and can overclock very easily. Got it to run fine at 3.9ghz may go higher later on.

CPU Cooler

Overkill, but fantastic. Temps don't go above 40-50 under load.


Bios is friendly and easy to use once you understand it.


Memory OC to 3200mhz on Asrock AM4 Taichi Mobo with OC profile 1 booted no problem.

Video Card

Monster of a card, runs everything I throw at it maxed out no problems. Will be running benchmarks soon. Sort of inexperienced with that stuff.


Overall very well made, but the backside panel is tough to get on if you don't work on your cable management.

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syg101 3 Builds 3 points 22 months ago

This PC is awesome. the color scheme is just perfectly balanced, and the performance seems great as well! +1

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you!

Idel386 2 points 23 months ago

Love the color scheme and the Ryzen CPU. Nicely done

couchlion submitter 1 Build 2 points 23 months ago

Thanks! Didn't want to go too overboard with flashy RGB but i thought it could use a little pop.

SirHalpin 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Simple, powerful, and clean as heck; all you can ask for. +1

Tootall4la 2 points 22 months ago

check messages. Sweet Build

SwagMaster02 2 points 18 months ago

White build, +1 <3

285Tech 1 Build 2 points 9 months ago

A Marvel to just look at.

celticdb 1 point 22 months ago

Very nice build, I'm picking out a part listed very similar to yours except I'm going with the stock ryzen cooler. How is the lighting around the perimeter of the case window achieved? Is this something included in the case or did you add lighting internally? Again...very nice build. Enjoy!

couchlion submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Its just an RGB magnetic strip I bought off amazon Here I'm just using the white default LED because it goes with the color scheme more.

celticdb 2 points 22 months ago


Cromic0872 5 Builds 2 points 21 months ago

Very nice build indeed! Question about the LED strip. I checked your Amazon link and doesn't look like they can plug into the Taichi MB RGB LED connectors...or can they? I'm looking for some basic LEDs I can keep static as white, plug them into the MB, and utilize ASRocks LED utility.

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

There is actually a molex connector that came with my PSU and its powered that way.

Tetsuclaw 5 Builds 1 point 22 months ago

Awesome build and glad to see you are overclocking with that motherboard and cooler combo. Be a shame to leave it at stock speeds ;D. As for CPU choice the Ryzen 8 core cpus are awesome chips, that being said if its "ONLY" for playing games then the i7-7700k is currently the top FPS performer on games. I am not saying Ryzen wont game, it does so very well. The other side of the coin is the AM4 platform AMD stated plans to keep it in use for the next 4 or so years while I dont see the sockets for Intel staying that long.

CPU choices have not been this difficult for ages. At least with that Ryzen you got some serious horsepower in that case for content creation or game recording. That is where all the extra cores can come in handy compared to the i7.

Great looking build, +1 from me.

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thank you and yes I was dead set on the 7700K but for the reasons you mentioned is why I went with the Ryzen. That's what I was thinking as well though, that if this series of Ryzen CPUs weren't top notch then I could always upgrade to Zen 2 when its released if they improve on a lot.

Lyrix 1 point 22 months ago

1+ great build!!!

DayQuil_Man 1 point 22 months ago

Really nice build OP +1.

Can"t wait to see those benchmarks!

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I posted a few pics of my firestrike and timespy scores. Any more recommendations for benchmarking?

PhilippBenedikt 1 point 22 months ago

Guess you additionally added the NZXT Aer P, 140mm fans?

couchlion submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Yes I did. As well as the white trims

PhilippBenedikt 1 point 22 months ago

Thx! But they are included with the fans right?

PhilippBenedikt 1 point 22 months ago

Opps! Just saw that you have to get them separately :-/

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

No the trims you actually have to buy separately. But it was like $6 for a pack of two so not too bad.

memphissheik 1 point 22 months ago

Great build. I'm looking to use the H440 myself pretty soon. Quick question. Did you have to pull any of the HD trays out to get the video card to fit?

couchlion submitter 1 Build 2 points 22 months ago

Yes I absolutely did. The card is huge and actually kind of goes under the little wall the HDD trays are mounted to. I took out 2 to be safe, but you could probably just take 1 out and manage your cables.

memphissheik 2 points 22 months ago

Awesome! Glad to hear that. I was fiddling around with the case yesterday and installed a few drives just to get it out of the way. That definitely makes the situation that much better for an absolutely insane video card. Thanks mate!

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

No problem

kenlao 1 point 22 months ago

choosing between Aorus AX370 gaming 5 and X370 Taichi, which do you think i should get?

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I can tell you that the Taichi has been great aside from a pretty slow boot time(15-18 seconds) but other than that Overclocking has been a breeze. Don't have any input on the Aorus because I've never used one, but I would try and find some reviews online first and make sure you get memory that is supported or Samsung B die.

kenlao 1 point 22 months ago

still can't choose from the 2, both had good and bad reviews so it's hard to choose the right one

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I don't think you'll regret either one honestly the Taichi is agreat board and the Aorus looks great too. Asrock makes great boards all around and the BIOS updates improve so you'll be safe choosing either one in my opinion.

eebow421 1 point 22 months ago

Weird... I am building nearly the exact same computer with only minor differences but same manufacturers. Yours looks great! Mine on the other hand is having issues... I'm getting a high pitch 'electronic static' from the board. I'm on my second Taichi now, and contemplating dropping it because of this issue. The high frequency 'electronic static' I mentioned sounds similar to the R/W access of a spinner drive; changing in tone with activity on the computer.

I've talked to ASRock and the reseller; both claim that this is NOT normal and have worked with me to get it fixed. However, I have tested with different GPU's, PSU's and M.2's in place. I have not changed the RAM or the CPU yet. And the noise still persisted. Using a paper tube to "listen" to components I have found that the noise on my current MB is emanating from a square chip between the DDR slots and video card marked "R47-712-VFR." I am thinking that this is a Voltage Frequency Regulator.

So, my question of you is if you have noticed any high pitch "static" type noise from the MB? ASRock thinks that this may be a PSU issue or a problem that could be related to the batch that my reseller has.

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 21 months ago

I haven't noticed any static noise myself, but using the H440 case its pretty quiet and I'm not sure how loud this static is you're hearing on your end. But no I haven't heard any kind of weird static coming from the MB since I built it.

eebow421 1 point 17 months ago

At first I thought it was the M.2 drive or the RAM due to their proximity to each other. Samsung suggested replacing the M.2 and when I did, it was still making the sound. In the end, I RMA'd 2 MB's before going to the Asus ROG CH6 Hero. Which did not fix it. Turns out that air in the AIO was causing the issue. Had a hard time believing it until I was proven wrong.

skyrise 1 Build 1 point 18 months ago

What voltage do you use for the CPU at 3.9GHz?

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TravisSnowStorm 1 point 18 months ago

I know this is a bit dated, but how can you verify that the ram works for the Taichi motherboard- especially when the taichi is saying it's only capable of 2(xxx) or lower for speed?

It's a bit late to be asking this, as I've already bought 2 8 ram sticks of trident 3200 haha..

couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 17 months ago

Yes the RAM im using works great :) OC to 3200mhz as well

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couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Thanks! Yes so far I like it a lot, OC is easy and simple to use.

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couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Which version did you upgrade from? I'm on 2.3 right now, worth upgrading? Also have to revert all overclocks before flashing correct?

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couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

Okay, should I revert all overclocks to CPU and memory before flashing?

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couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 23 months ago

Cursed! I like the little touch the blue adds actually.

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couchlion submitter 1 Build 1 point 22 months ago

I was close to getting the Hue+ but decided I didn't really need it. The little magnetic strip did the job.