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Background: Ive been building a long good while, and since I started ive been pulling my system apart pretty much every other week. Ive once rebuilt my system 4 times in 2 weeks. It turned into me spending more time building than using my PC. Ive also built 40+ PC's for college students (learn to budget people) and just decided it was time to have a single solid build. What better time than Ryzen!?! Ok So first off, here's Duke.

http://gph.is/2mVSBoL

http://imgur.com/a/zD2Cd

I dont have a nice camera to take good pictures... but thats what I got.

Here is the build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/mWWcjc

So this build hit alot of potholes.

1) When I ordered my 1700 it came with a tomohawk motherboard. The next day the Asrock x370 board went on sale, so I bought it, and ended up returning the tomahawk.

2) Fans. ALL the fans. Figuring out the fan setup was a bit rough, as I needed to link all the RGB sp120's to the fan controller (which is hidden under the top IO) and the controller sits out the side attached to the front. Alot of wire management as the fans have 2 cables off them, one for the fan and one for the rbg.

3) Several of my PSU cables went missing, so guess who had to splurge on some new ones? THIS GUY. So I decided screw it and went with some white corsair OEMs. Two of my sata cables came with broken sata ports. Just FYI. Another delay.

4) The Thermaltake Versa c22 has NO CABLE MANAGEMENT OR SPACE. Seriously behind the back panel there is no space almost, maybe 1.5cm of room, so be careful.

5) the gpu is easily only a 1.5-2 socket card, but its MASSIVELY WIDE. With the new cables and that, it presses against the tempered glass (tinted so I can sleep).

6) The Audio IO cable was too short, more cable goodness. Seriously... this case has alot of shortcomings, but its so pretty and EXTREMELY light.

So those were my troubles, now lets talk about the good.

THATS ALOT OF RGB LIGHTING.

I used the phanteks one because beleive it or not, the front LEDS on the C22 are phanteks strips. I tried wiring ALL my LED strips and the case to use asrocks mobo controls, but i couldnt get it to work through the proprietary board. Still, looks fine to me.

Another good is performance. Its super cool (suprisingly), and isnt as noisy as I thought it would be. It performs similar to my older 5930k but runs much cooler, and gaming seems to stutter less.

OH THE RAM. The Geil EVO X ram is cheap feeling and enormous. I used the hardline connection instead of attaching to the motherboard, because when I used the fan LED controller on all AMD boards, the lights were dim on the DIMMS (heh...)

SO OVERALL, I love this build and am happy with my work. NOTHING (short of Vega) will get me to change a thing on this build.

Duke, the party trooper, will live on.

I hope you liked it, any criticisms are welcome, just be constructive. Thanks!

Comments

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my, it actually exists???? I thought the duke was just a fake prototype floating around on the internet +1 because it looks good and i found this valuable info!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah if you have any questions at all ask away! Thank you for for the +1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Well if you insist haha, have you overclocked the card at all and how are you liking your Ryzen chip? I was thinking of doing my next build with a 1700 or 1700x.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm in love with your case...

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Fans. ALL the fans

+1

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice Build. Any Benchmarks yet?

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey OP,

I'm very new to building and wanted to start with a build that someone else had done but that had the specs I was looking for. Yours caught my eye and I'm considering copy-catting it, but when I'm looking at parts, it warns me that the CPU cooler you have listed here is not compatible with the Ryzen and your MOBO. Is this accurate and/or did you have any problems?

Thanks in advance for the answer!

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Currently with PCPP most coolers won't shot as compatible, just double check which model it is with the manufacturer. Some are offering free AM4 brackets, or charging like $5 for them or something.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

You have the get the h100 because it has the specific mount. Just do research on AMDs older style mounts.

  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

How did you find the motherboard, would you recommend for a new builder looking at risen 5?

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Great motherboard with ALOT of features. Definately a suggestion for that size.

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

Quick question, did the GPU come with a backplate? Wondering because I was thinking about buying the card

  • 30 months ago
  • 1 point

yes it did, great gpu.

  • 29 months ago
  • 1 point

your case could fit 5 fans i wish i knew what the configurations are so i dont buy to many or 2 less

  • 28 months ago
  • 1 point

hi i hope you are doing fine i am planning to get this case for my new build so whaf do you think about it and what is the pros and cons of it?

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

Pros: Looks nice with LEDS, so a themed build works. Actually pretty good layout and construction.

Cons: Its a mess if you run ALOT of connections (like I do... lord 5 fans, a hub, led sli bridge, phateks strips, rgb ram, then EVERYTHING ELSE.

OVERALL: SOLID case for what you pay, only aesthetic thing I can complain about is the plastic looks a bit cheap, and maybe the dark tint of the panel is a problem, but not for me.

  • 27 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi!, love your build i am getting a one fan AIO liquid cooler where do i put it on the top or front?

  • 26 months ago
  • 2 points

I ended up putting it on the front, as the top did not allow me to (I run dual fans, 2 on each side of the rad).

Overall, came out really nice, and after hours of recabling last night, moving the ssd into the lower casing, and installing the sli 1080's....

I would generally not use this case though, unless you want it for aesthetic value.

What is your build? Sorry for the late reply.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/rJMxBP This is my build all my parts came yesterday all im waiting is for my case it is nothing extreme but for the games i play it should be fine. The Versa C22 case is not the best but i want it for looks and for a challange. This will be my first build so wish me luck. And no i did not get an ssd because i just couldn't afford it but i will in the future.

  • 17 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fans come wuth the case

  • 14 months ago
  • 1 point

How many fans do you need for this case? Sorry if this is a dumb question im new to building pc's

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Any airflow problems with the case?

  • 31 months ago
  • 0 points

do u experience any bottleneck with this cpu ?

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

Its hit or miss. Thermaltakes are all pretty similar for quality, and this was not my first. I had a Versa N21 and that was MUCH worse. Originally said it had E-ATX support. It didnt so I used a dremel to "make it so".

Honestly though, the annoyances I have with it can be overcome. There is a TON of space where the PSU and HDD trays are that just need to be tapped into.

Figure out a way to adapt the 6 pin LED adapters on the top, and you are golden too. The front use phanteks adapter, which I happened to buy (lucky break).

Overall... I like it. With ALL the LED's going inside, the side acrylic piece does a good job of showing off but also making it dim. If you run a less LED lit build, might not be as nice.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

He's using an Ultrawide at 144Hz, so I think the 1080 is a fine choice. I bet a 1070 wouldn't quite reach the 144FPS mark.

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  • 31 months ago
  • 3 points

This is the OP's choice. 144Hz is a great experience for gaming. Also, the GTX 1080 isn't really meant for 4k only, as it can hardly push past 60FPS in some titles. Most of the time a GTX 1080 runs at about ~55FPS in most games. For 2560x1080 144Hz, the GTX 1080 is a fine offering.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itzoEVyrOyw

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  • 31 months ago
  • 1 point

its really not, more of a future proof build for gaming, and eventually, much more.

I also use a 4k tv from time to time, so thats another thing I had to consider.

I got the 1080 for 500, with wildlands, which to me was worth it as this card OC's like a champ.

Ill go check out your build, thanks for the +1!

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  • 31 months ago
  • 2 points

USD unfortunately. And yeah I almost got For honor, but I figured they would drop the price on that one soonish. Also I enjoyed the Division.

True enough about future proofing, but with an ultrawide 144hz, its hard to push those frames sometimes. The 4k it doesnt really break a sweat. Used to run triple 1080p before with a 980ti. That was interesting ahah

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