Description

This is the 3rd version of this Ryzen build. Upgraded parts along the way and new pictures will be coming later. My favorite part is definitely the Phanteks Enthoo Pro TG Special Edition case. The white interior is beautiful and goes very well with the Deepcool Captain 360mm white aio (despite the compatibility filter on this website saying it doesn't work). Upgrades include: Ryzen 7 1700x, Gigabyte AX-370 Gaming 5 motherboard, Corsair RM750x white psu, Corsair white RGB Pro memory, corsair HS70 headphones, Samsung 970 evo nvme 500GB ssd, (some not pictured at this time).

Part Reviews

CPU

For $159.99 BRAND NEW there is no better cpu value on the market as of 2018 when I purchased it. Overclocking isn't phenominal and IPC for gaming was made better with the second iteration (2700x) but for an 8 core 16 thread processor with its capabilities there just isn't a better cpu for $160 anywhere.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Motherboard

The physical aesthetic of this motherboard is GREAT and it has LOTS of fan headers and sata output. But that's about where the positives for it STOP.

I've tried 5 different bios "upgrade" options available that I found by digging through numerous chat forums on the motherboard. They ALL have issues an no one has been able get one just right including the most current (which I believe is FE25, and the one I'm currently running). At this point, its a lost cause.

The lighting doesn't work properly because of REALLY bad Gigabyte software issues. They refuse to fix it. They cut everything down to two total zones (even though they could have done 5 or 6) and there are two REALLY annoying super bright led's glaring out of the I/O section at the top left of the board. I basically have to turn that zone OFF.

The memory compatibility is awful (runs my 3200mhz ram at 2133 unless I use an XMP profile). Overclocking is mediocre at best (I was able to get 4.0ghz out of my 1700x but at a voltage I wasn't very comfortable with so I backed it off to 3.8 since its a daily use computer). It only has ONE m.2 slot which is poorly placed under the top PCIE slot. One RGB header at the bottom, plus one in the middle for cpu cooler that I dont use.

I got this board remanufactured for $73 and I STILL wouldn't purchase it again. Overall... the x370 series was just really bad for all the motherboards. Motherboard manufacturers had to push out their lines very quickly and weren't given adequate time. The memory compatibility issues are STILL present (despite what is being told to everyone). Save your money and upgrade to B450 or X470.

Gigabyte on Ryzen sucks and I wont be purchasing any of their products again until they can prove they are past these software issues.

Memory

Had to RMA the first set I got. (Ordered new from Newegg) When I finally got the new set it seems to be working great and I was able to get the full 3200 Mhz out of it. The heat spreaders on this memory are insane! Very heavy, thick, and durable. Not to mention beautiful with the lighting. Wish I hadn't had to go to the trouble of RMA'ing them but it was worth the wait.

Storage

One of my favorite SSD's. Gets the job done and I have never had any issues with the Samsung drives I've owned.

Storage

Love this nvme m.2 ssd. To me, its worth the extra money over sata or other brands of nvme but your mileage may vary. Since the new 970 evo PLUS is now available (which is even faster) I wouldn't suggest buying one in 2019 unless its $100 or less new)

Storage

Slow... but super durable, very reliable, and provides great storage at a fantastic price for its purpose. I wouldn't store games on this though.

Video Card

Its a GTX 1080. It works and games fine. It runs cool bc of the giant cooler on it. If you dont care how it looks, its fine. But if you do... Gigabyte software is EVEN WORSE on their GPU's then it is on their motherboards believe it or not. There are currently no solutions from Gigabyte to give proper lighting to this gpu. I had to use a 3rd party app just to adjust basic lighting functions so that my black/white build didn't have ORANGE all over it.

My other gripe about this card is the X-pattern bracket going across the center fan (which also has lighting built into it). Sure the center fan flowing in the opposite direction is a great idea. But the bracket is very brittle/fragile. When I first got the card the bracket was actually making contact with a fan. I was able to slightly adjust it but it was a design flaw to say the least.

Power Supply

Awesome PSU even if it is a bit overpriced. White "brick" (-Verge) is cool. White cables are awesome too. No need for cable extensions with this PSU. 750 watt gold rating is MORE than enough for "future-proofing" any systems I will build with it.

Keyboard

This was the K95 version that launched right before the renowned K95 platinum. Its a great keyboard if you can get it for around $100 or less. Comes with all the usual Corsair keyboard goodies... RGB effects, cherry mx switches (mine has reds... meh), volume scroll wheel and media keys , 3 adjustable user profiles built into keyboard, connectivity to Corsair ICue software, n-key rollover, individual per-key lighting, braided cable, removable wrist rest, etc. Also comes with a dual bios (which I haven't and wont use) and what I really LOVE about it... 18!!! macro switches! Basically a massive stream deck without paying for one.

There are a couple reason I give it 4 stars:

No USB or audio pass-through... Major bummer. That is almost a must have on high end keyboards these days.

Wrist rest is HARD plastic, small, and not very comfortable. Corsair sadly continues to use the same one on current kb's. Not sure where their disconnect is.

Only switch options on it were MX Reds and MX Blues. This kb was before their speeds, silents, and many other newer better switches came out. Even if they had just made it available in mx-browns would have been a major upgrade.

Mouse

I love this mouse and I think it is one of my favorites despite one small glaring issue. I've owned 4 of them (2 black, 2 white). The buttons are clicky, sensor is on point, works great with Corsair software, aesthetic is beautiful. The DPI switch on the top is great and can be used as macros for anything you want using the Corsair software.

Only difference between the black and white (besides the color) is that the top is a glossy finish on the white, where-as its a more tactile matte grippy feeling on the black (same as the side grip on this mouse.

The one negative about this mouse I can confidently say is the "sniper button". Its in a really awkward position (directly under where my thumb grips the mouse) and I accidentally click it A LOT when I dont want to. I would have preferred it to be in a slightly more forward position so that I could grip the mouse more easily without clicking it. In the last year or two they FINALLY updated the Corsair software and I removed the sniper button from doing anything so it fixed the issue. But still seems like a slight misstep.

Headphones

Quality wireless headset for $60... pretty hard to beat. Sound is fantastic using one of the preset settings. Mic is removable for those using a separate mic. Connectivity to Corsair's FANTASTIC ICue software for adjustability is great. Earpads are decent but my ears do slightly bottom out on the drivers. I might try to replace them with something a little thicker. Look/aesthetic is GREAT. No RGB to run the battery down. Battery life is ok... lasts about 8-10 hours of straight gameplay at 80% volume before a charge is needed. Sure, there are better options out there for battery life (like the Hyper X Cloud Flight which last about 20 hours+) but they are double the price. Simply put... for $60 you will be hard pressed to find a better wireless option anywhere. They are definitely RECOMMENDED at that price... but dont pay more than $70 for them.

UPS

This is an amazing battery backup/UPS. It has 5 surge only outlets, 5 switched and backed up outlets (for a total of 10) plus a separate master plus 2 outlet protection for coax and 6p6c. The display on the front can be left on or turned completely off and has numerous settings for monitoring EVERYTHING related to your power you could want including total power draw and amount of backup power/time that can be output if the power were to go out. I have EVERYTHING hooked up to it in one way or another. It retailed for $150 at Best Buy. Got 5 of them in a local auction.

Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Gave an upvote just for the $50 Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD. That price is long gone now.

Very nice build. Are you using the "Constellation" HDD for gaming duties? How do you like its performance?

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Thanks man!

Yeah... I have a few games stored on there that I dont play as often. Performance is pretty decent. I've had that Constellation for a while and its been a good drive. It was even a main operating system drive for a bit.

My steam library is pretty small in general and I'm picky about games. But when I find one I like I tend to stick with it for a while. Mostly I use the Samsung ssd to store the main game I'm playing though. (Right now its Battlefront 2 but I also keep Rocket League, and a few others)

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Interesting. I didn't think the Constellation would perform well enough for use as an OS/gaming drive. I will have to reconsider that for future builds. I am using a 4TB Toshiba X300 HDD for my games/documents/etc., and want to add an SSD or two for gaming duties. I have a small M.2 for my OS duties. This is my first build; completed a few months ago:

https://pcpartpicker.com/b/H3RJ7P

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Its mostly about cache and drive speed with HDD's. This Constellation has 64MB cache and is 7200 rpm so it should be fine compared to most HDD's but I would stay away from anything with less (for those specific purposes). I like Toshiba HDD's. They're pretty reliable.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Where did you buy the GPU so cheaply?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Purchased in November of 2016 well before mining craze.

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  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

This build is not in the case that it claims to be in. Not sure if the poster realizes this or I just did not look in the comment section or read any of his description, which then I am sorry for bringing this up.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Which one do you think you're not seeing? There are pics of BOTH cases (DIYPC is white, CoolerMaster is all black with larger window and has 3 fans in the front). I only left the pics of the white DIYPC case to show how cheap it was and so people would have an idea of why I didn't go with it. It was part of the story of this build but maybe its too confusing.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Oh yeah. lol

Sorry, didn't think there would be 2 cases! Great builds though! I just picked up the masterbox lite 5 rgb, how is the build in it?

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Its nice... For a $60 case to have tempered glass and 3 RGB fans plus a non-rgb one is pretty good. Cable routing is pretty decent. My main two issues with it... I wish it had a better/easier place to mount SSD's. If I can add a sled in the future I'm going to try. And lastly, I wish it had top radiator/fan mounting. The only option for 240mm or 360mm is in the front, which isn't optimal considering it doesn't get great airflow from there. I would give it about 6-7 out of 10. For $60 it isn't bad at all but I still prefer the Deepcool Dukase V2 that my other main rig is built in which I payed $47 for. Its predecesor, the Earlkase was on sale for $50 this week and I'm considering picking one of them up.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Hm, ok. I don’t have an ssd, just an shdd right now so I’ll see what I think when I build mine. Thanks for the feedback.

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

32 gb of RAM for 150. Good old days

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