Description

This is my first PC build ever. It's mostly a gaming PC but I do work on it as well. I have it paired wit ha 1080p60Hz monitor that's probably as old as my old PC but it works fine so it's not on the shortlist to get upgraded. For peripherals I use a Logitech MX master mouse and the Logitech G105 keyboard. For audio I have a set of 5.1 surround speakers from Creative (don't have a model number for them) and a Sennheiser HD 559 headset.

The ssd, hard drive and windows were ported from a very old 2008 prebuilt HP desktop that just wasn't cutting it anymore. This is why I decided it was time to rebuild it and salvage any parts still worth using. Saving the existing storage devices saved me around 150 euro. That amount was conveniently allocated towards buying a new graphics card. My old PC had a RX 550 and it just wasn't cutting it anymore.

Coming from different prebuilt PC's it was an absolute delight to work with Fractal Design's case. The space and cable management inside is top notch. I was able to build the complete build within 2 hours which imo isn't too bad for someone that's never built a PC before. I spent quite a bit of time on cable management because I love a clean cable setup. This translates outside of my case to my desk as well. There's no cable in sight except for the keyboard one but I'm not drilling into my desk to hide that so I guess I'll have to live with that.

Once I finished building I also tried overclocking for the first time. I had done a lot of research on the topic and more specifically on the new Ryzen chips. Needless to say that it was very easy once you know what you're doing. My chip reached 4 GHz at 1.36V but I had to turn that down as the Wraith Spire cooler wasn't doing a good job with the temperatures. I have turned it down to 3.9 at 1.3V and it's running just as cool as it was out of the box, 40 ish degrees on idle/light productivity and it reaches to around 80 after 30 minutes of AIDA's stress test.

PS: I disassembled and turned my CPU cooler 90 degrees so that the AMD logo is up top. It was really really bugging me :)

Edit (13 april 2018): Video card upgrade: to Asus ROG Strix GTX 1060 OC 6 GB and added 2 140 mm fans to the front of the case. This gives me positive case pressure and should keep most dust from getting inside the case.

Future upgrade plans: - M.2 SSD, probably WD blue 500 gb - DDR4-3200 low latency RAM, probably G.Skill Trident Z RGB 3200 mhz CL14 Ryzen optimized version

Part Reviews

CPU

This has to be the best bang for your buck in terms of processors. 6 cores 12 threads for under 200 with a decent stock cooler. Performance with it is great, it handles whatever I throw at it. Be that as it may, older games such as World of Warcraft run very poorly on mine with 2666 mhz ram unless I turn on Vsync. Streaming and recording is a breeze, 1080p60 looks great on stream and even better when recording only.

Motherboard

Probably the most high end B350 motherboard atm. BIOS is well laid out with lots of options. Unfortunately for both core speeds and voltages you need to work with offsets rather than absolute values which is a bummer but that's pretty much the only bad thing I have to say about this motherboard. It has 6 PWM connectors, 1 M.2 slot, 6 SATA ports and more. There's a mounting kit included for the M.2 drive but no heat shield. That shouldn't matter because it's placed above where a GPU would sit.

Video Card

As far as GTX 1060's are concerned this is one of the pricier options but with good reasons behind it. The 3 fan heatsink is massive, so is the card for that matter but that translates to incredible cooling which means that this GPU is perfect for overclocking. While it comes overclocked out of the box I was able to push it further as the cooling is top notch. The fan configuration out of the box is so that the fans doesn't spin until 55-60 degrees. Under full synthetic load with maxed out power and temperature limits and +100 on both core and memory clocks the card maxes out at 73 degrees. I'd say that's damn impressive as my old card would reach 80 degrees in GTA V which put 100% load on it. Last and not least, the card's riddled with rgb lights on the bottom and the side. Those look really good and can be controlled through Aura Sync which my motherboard also supports. Needless to say it was plug and play and the lighting looks great!

Case

At first I was skeptical about getting a case with a window. After all, it's my first build and I wasn't sure it could look good. When the build was done and I put the side panel on I changed my mind entirely. The whole case is really well built with very nice features such as cable management grommets and a lot of space on the back of the MB tray for cable routing. The case can hold 3 120mm fans in the front or 2 140mm, 2 120/140 mm fans in the top and 1 120mm fan in the back. Surprisingly the bottom can hold a single 120mm fan as well which was a surprise but it means removing the hard drive cage. This case has 3 dedicated 2.5 inch drive mounts (behind the MB tray) and 2 3.5/2.5 drive cages (under the PSU shroud). Building in it was a breeze for me as a first time PC builder. All the needed accessories were included in a tiny box in the case. I had to install MB standoffs myself but I don't think that's worth nit picking as the case is under 80 euro. To sum it all up, a great case when you don't consider the price. Once you take that into consideration the case is amazing value for the money. Definitely worth trying!

Comments

  • 19 months ago
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Nice Build +1

  • 19 months ago
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Good job man. +1

  • 19 months ago
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how much did the whole system cost you?

  • 19 months ago
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I spent around 500 euro to build it. However the GPU and storage was pulled out of an older PC so those were "free" :)

  • 19 months ago
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I love clean builds!

  • 19 months ago
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Why would you pair a 1600 with a 550?

  • 19 months ago
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It's a card I had left over from my old PC. It's getting upgraded asap.

  • 19 months ago
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Why did you pick the B350-F over another motherboard? (Even if in the past, any particular reason you liked that MOBO over others?) :D

  • 19 months ago
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I found a great deal on it. Got it for 70 bucks!

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