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.
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!