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1600X Lightning X Build

by Manhook



Date Published

Sept. 24, 2017

CPU Clock Rate

3.6 GHz

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.569 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

11.124 GHz


I am currently using this computer mostly to edit/render videos and play games. I got a few items on sale, so the end price ended up being more around $1800.

Here is a link to my build video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO6SJ1j_GNs&feature=youtu.be

Part Reviews


For mostly workstation uses and moderate gaming, this was a solid choice. It came shipped with 3 bent pins I had to bend back into place after having a heart attack, but it works fine. I know I could get more fps with current titles optimized for higher clocked 4 cores, but I wanted to extra juice for encoding longer, heavily edited videos. Also, I'm taking the gamble that upcoming titles will be utilizing more cores. Although I haven't tried, I suppose I could try to disable 2 of the cores and OC the remaining 4 like the old i7 950 (my old build) when I game.

CPU Cooler

The price drop to $99 and not having to buy a bracket for my 1600X Ryzen are the main reasons I went with this older model versus the V2. Keeps my 3.9 GHz OC under 60C and my case keeps it quiet.


This is a solid board to overclock Ryzen with. There are guides using this exact board to OC with which made it really easy to follow along. Included dual band wifi meant I didn't have to spend $50 on an ethernet as well. Make sure to update the chipset and bois before trying any memory and CPU overclocks!


It's shiny. Both sticks worked flawlessly when I got them. I unfortunately got them during a price spike so they were a bit expensive. They operate at the advertised speed. Did I say they are shiny? I sometimes just look at them while drinking tea and think about how far we have come as a species. Damn they are shiny.


I got this during a price drop on Amazon. It would be cheaper to get 2 of these than the 1tb version. Neat.

Video Card

I got this on Massdrop for $800. It's still a lot, but I don't plan on buying another card for at least 2 generations. +85 core / +375 memory on afterburner on top of the default OC from the factory. I didn't plan on getting water cooling so this was the best option on top of being a higher binned chip.


It came shipped with minor chips on the front panel and the MOBO stand offs weren't properly threaded. For a white, minimalist case, this is great. I have rgb parts in it as well and it looks amazing with the tempered glass. Overall it will look amazing, I just can't give it a perfect score considering it wasn't shipped perfectly.

Power Supply

It holds my Ryzen 1600X and 1080ti overclock at full load. for at least an hour. I ended up using the included EVGA velcro ties to do cable management on the tempered glass side of my case.

Operating System

Google this. Got it for $15.

Comments Sorted by:

Pydariax 3 Builds 2 points 19 months ago
  • The 1080 ti looks amazing
  • This is a clean build and cool build Just

Why don't choose the H100 v2 ? why you take some rgb trident z and your part list this is Corsair rgb ? and 500 gigs is engouhg for you ?

Manhook submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Thank you :)

I honestly didn't want to bother ordering the bracket for H100i V2. This is keeping my temps under 60C under load for 99$ isn't too bad.

My bad on the list, I must not have updated it when I was ordering my parts D:

500 gigs is plenty at the moment because I quickly delete games I finish. Also, I am using an additional 250g SSD from my laptop and waiting to take a 125g M.2 as well. I also don't hoard my clips I'm working on. If I start a new project I toss anything worth keeping on an external HDD.

yveshe 5 Builds 2 points 19 months ago

Good job on the GPU! It really helps with the RGB and the way the card was designed

1+ for the overall build ;)

Manhook submitter 1 Build 3 points 19 months ago

Thanks! I got lucky with finding the card on sale :3

corbliss 1 point 19 months ago

I think it's great. However, if I were you I would've gone for the Corsair H100i v2.

Manhook submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

It would have looked nice, but the price difference and dealing with ordering a separate bracket didn't sound worth it. I also don't plan on overclocking too hard. I just want to cross the 4GHz eventually.

Specter-Builds -1 points 19 months ago

Needs moar rgb. +1 for the awesome gpu!

corbliss 4 points 19 months ago

"moar" is such a dead meme. get some fresher memes.

Specter-Builds 2 points 19 months ago

I like my memes stale... they get chewy, yum!

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Manhook submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago


Manhook submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

Isn't she beautiful? I even took it out on a date before we got down to the dirty ;3

Nuclear_Physicist_Thats_A_Birb -4 points 19 months ago

You should get a HDD to store your long term files like .PDF or .JPEG. Also if you have that much of a high budget get a M.2 instead of a SATA SSD

Manhook submitter 1 Build 1 point 19 months ago

You're right, that would be a good investment. I'll fill the 2 M.2 slots as I make money from projects. I wanted to have solid core components and still have headroom with the things I can upgrade down the line.

Jseenthefuture 2 points 19 months ago

Careful on buying m.2 the port provides no increased speeds. There are a lot of m.2 SATA drives that are the same as SATA port ssd's just more expensive. Make sure you're getting an NVMe ssd

Manhook submitter 1 Build 2 points 19 months ago

I will, thanks!