The purpose of the build was synonymous with my first build, to be able to game at ultra settings as well as fulfil my passion for CAD (computer aided design), the two applications fortunately require a similar level of hardware.
Why the upgrade/ build...
I call this an upgrade however since I replaced everything but the storage, power supply and GPU I am more inclined to classify it as a build, I went from team blue to team red due to a few factors, my i7-4790k although fine was air cooled and was not really able to deliver the productivity performance I required for university, CAD projects were only getting more complex. The Ryzen launch came at the perfect time, especially when I was preparing to spend £600 plus on the CPU upgrade alone (got to love Intel's monopoly), all I had to do was wait out the initial launch to snap the 1800x for £268 and the very nice H115i pro AIO cooler from corsair. Being a CPU upgrade I already knew I would have to change the motherboard and RAM as a minimum, the change in the case was due to mt insistence on water cooling the CPU, my previous case the Be Quiet Silent Base 800 did not have the airflow to achieve the temperatures I desired. I planned to (and did) sell my previous PC to a friend to help recover some costs, so naturally fans were next on the agenda, again it seemed luck was on my side as corsair just released there ML series of fans which utilise magnetic bearings making them quiet and able to spin at a much higher speed than most with fluid dynamic bearings, also I wanted the RGBness so bite me.
Issues and Commendations
Since I like to over engineer everything I produce I set my mind to having push pull air flow on the CPU radiator, the problem with this was that the Enthoo case did not provide enough space with the dust filter in place, on a side note I really dislike the standard fitment of the dust filter as you have to take the whole front panel off to clean it, but I digress, I did away with the wish mesh grill and drilled holes in the edges of the dust filter frame so it could sit flush against the backside of the front panel, this solved the spacing issue as well as the cleaning issue as without the mesh grill I am able to clean the dust filter without removing anything due to it being fully exposed.
I will give a commendation to the case, the Phanteks Enthoo Pro M Tempered Glass, firstly the air flow is awesome, big front section (with an 5.25" slot might I add) with a proper opening with magnetic dust filter at the top made it easy to mount two out of the three exhaust fans, the rear of the case is also has a nice amount of space for heat to escape; cable management was not hard, grommets are nice and flexible but supportive enough for the larger cables, but more importantly long so I did not have any trouble getting my fingers in along with cables. The tempered glass side panel is nice and large with minimal black area around the edge, it really allows me to properly gawp at my beauty (the PC, definitely not my reflection). The only thing that annoyed me about this case is the button for controlling the power button LED (which has 10 colour variety) has an activity light for something surrounding this button, as I have my PC next to me on my desk this randomly blinking light was very distracting, I was able to cover it up with a 3D printed piece (smiles smugly in engineering student), however I do not know whether you can disconnect the cable for this button and whatever colour you set for the power button stay.
My 1800x overclocked to 3.72Ghz at 1.4v on all 8 cores, even at this high voltage the 280mm radiator does its job well never allowing the CPU go over 50 degrees.
Kingston Predator RAM again only has a slight overclock at 3333MHz from 3200MHz standard, reliable and fast, nothing more to add.
As consequence of the improved air flow my faithful G1 gaming 1070 has a core of 1910MHz and boosts upto 2062MHz most of the time, usually sitting at 2050MHz with the memory at 9002MHz, consistently gives me 70 to 80 fps in most demanding games (GTA V) and in e-sports games (CS-GO, rocket league, pubg) 144 fps is no problem at max settings, res is 1080p.
Overall I love the upgrade/build 1st gen Ryzen is a beast at gaming as well as CAD simulation/ photo-realistic rendering, plus CPU stays under 50 degrees and GPU stays under 70 degrees.
Thank you for reading and have a nice day :)