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UPDATE: As per suggestion I have tidied up my cable management and have added some new photos. :)

Mainly used for gaming at 2K. Only tested on a few games so far: L4D2, Witcher 3 and CSGO. Witcher 3 is handled fine with everything except for shadows on ultra at 2K at 60fps. The other two games run fine at ultra at 2K as expected.

With overclocking I have only pushed it to 3.8 Ghz at the moment as it was crashing at 3.9, hopefully bios updates will help with that. Vcore is currently at 1.3375 v and is stable with 45 mins of Prime95 and probably longer but I have yet to test it. During Prime95 I was getting max CPU temps of about 65-70 degrees celcius and at idle with current voltage I get 25 degrees on initial boot which then rises and hovers around 29 degrees. Cooler is very quiet and does a good job overall.

Many people have said that this mobo has quite a few problems but I presume they have all been fixed now because I have had very few problems with this board and no issues with getting the ram to the specified speed with A-xmp on. Posting time has never been that long - less than 20 seconds even on first post.

I am happy with the case but one thing to note is that installing the three fans in the front is a bit of a tight squeeze(or at least for me it was). If you persevere you'll get it eventually, it just takes some rearranging and re-positioning.

Note: for some reason I'm getting high spikes in temps during gaming up to 70 degrees Celsius, I have yet to find out why but i think perhaps it something to do with the cooler taking in warmer air from the GPU. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Any questions please ask. :)

Comments

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build man, I have a very similar build on the way with the same processor and gpu on the way but in a overkill-ish setup lol. Great to see someone using the 1600 and the 1070. +1

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks :) I heard in a lot of places that the 1600 and the 1070 were a very good match for each other which suited me as I wanted to game in 2K :) What else is going to be in your build?

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

Yup same with me also. I am using EK's Fluid Gaming A240G watercooling kit for the cpu and gpu, powered by thermaltake's 850w psu for 2K games, futureproofing, and sli ish lol

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

NICE!! Bet that will run like a dream. I haven't really looked into cooling loops. How do you install them to the cpu and gpu?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah it'll look amazing, but I think pretty easy to install the cpu block and the gpu takes a little time since you have to unscrew everything and apply thermal pads, paste, and screw it on the gpu block.

  • 26 months ago
  • 1 point

How come you bought such a high wattage power supply? i'm sure even a 550 watt one would be fine. But overall I like your build.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I originally bought the seasonic 520w but I decided that if I wanted to do upgrades and stuff in the future then it'd be good to get a bigger psu. Another thing is that with the 520 it wouldn't be running at 80% wattage. It was also the same price as the 520w.

  • 25 months ago
  • 3 points

well that makes sense

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I just had a look at that PSU. Looks pretty solid. What was the two R9's in crossfire like? some people have mixed opinions about SLI/Crossfire.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Work on cable management, you have cables sprawling out everywhere

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Some things I don't really know where to put. Like the fan header cable from the aio.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you like that case or would you have gone with a better one?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I really like this case, it looks amazing with the smoked glass at the front and it hides everything like the PSU and HDD at the bottom out of sight. One thing I would like is for there to be fittings for a fan at the top of the case but I would definitely buy this case again.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Are 2 fans and a default 1 fan in the case enough for the pc to keep cool?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you mean two fans at the front and one at the back as an exhaust? With mine everything seems pretty cool, but one thing I have noticed is that in HWmonitor and other apps the mobo temp is always higher than the cpu temp which I think must be a bug because when I load bios, the mobo temperature is always lower than the cpu.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, 2 front and 1 exhaust, is that enough?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I would say so. I would go with some high speed and high airflow 140mm fans at the front (I think this case supports two in the front). I'd Keep an eye on the mobo temperature to see if it is going too high when overclocking/gaming but I think it'll be fine. What sort of cpu cooler are you planning on getting?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

The stock amd ryzen 5 1600 cooler. Should be good enough for light oc, right?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes it is fine for light oc. In fact I'm not sure how true this is but I've heard of a few getting up to 3.8/3.9 GHz with the stock cooler. I'd take it slowly though and try not to push it too much. The fan on the cooler should also help with airflow in the case too.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi , i am about to get the same ram kit , did you manage to get 3200MHz ,if you did ---( i heard that if you overclock the CPU ,you can't get the ram over 2993Mhz )

  • 25 months ago
  • 2 points

I have overclocked to 3.8 and still have the 3200 MHz speed. I turned on a-xmp to profile 1 and then saved and exited bios. On restart I was at 3200 MHz. After that I started upping the clock speed multiplier and the Vcore until I hit 3.8, ram still at full speed. :)

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Hi! I used the MSI B350 Tomahawk and a Ryzen 5 1600 CPU as well. I finished the build and everything is looking great except one thing. The Gigabyte GC wireless network adapter won't work for me! How did you get yours to work?

Any quick answers appreciated. Thank you!

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I just plugged it into the PCI-E socket, attached the cable from the card to the motherboard and then screwed in the antennas to the back of the PC. Do you have no wifi capability at all?

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry that I'm kinda late to the party, but I had a question about your case. I really like the all glass aesthetic that that case has, but how is the case other than that, so does it have decent cable management and or dust filters? Thanks in advance for your response (if you see this).

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Dust really isn't a problem with this case because the front is closed apart from a small vent at the bottom. Cable management is good, quite a few places to tie things and whatnot but it's not fantastic. Cable management wasn't a problem for me with this case.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

did you have problems with bios on initial startup before installing windows or any graphics drivers? My brother just bought the same motherboard and cpu with a evga nvidia geforce gtx 970 and he is having problems on initial startup. No post and no bios display. He has tried removing the mobo battery. Any help is greatly appreciated as I am also trying to buy the same mobo and cpu. Thanks

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't have any problems. Try just using one stick of ram first to see if it will post. To reset cmos you could try using the method that is described in the mobo manual. In the manual you use a jumper over two metal contact pins on the mobo to clear the cmos. If you don't have a jumper with you, you can just use a screwdriver to act as the jumper. Sometimes the first post can take a long time, it didn't for me but perhaps it will for your brother. As far as I know, the GPU shouldn't have much effect on this as long as it is plugged in correctly, unless it's DOA.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you liking that Tomahawk? I have it in my shopping cart at Newegg ready to buy

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

It's a good board. If you want to max out the chip though you might want to look into an x370.

  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Nah, going to keep it stock. I’ll buy it thanks

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How's the airflow in the case? I just got it on sale, and I'm concerned because there's only one exhaust fan.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

It's not the best but it's not terrible. What's your setup?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

i3 6100, RX470. Same case.

Airflow isn't as good as the last case I had (Zalman T2 plus), but it's worth the aesthetic.

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

How is the airflow in the case ? I am getring the THE one that has 4 fans installed? Is it really that bad as shared by some youtubers?

  • 24 months ago
  • 1 point

Depends really on what you want. If you're madly overclocking then don't get this case. If you aren't going to oc to the max and value the aesthetics then go for it.

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! :) Yeah I made sure to check the QVL before hand but then I had my father to help me, if I hadn't then I probably would have done the same as you. I think you're right though - a couple of hundred MHz more wouldn't be that noticeable and I suspect you're also right about the bios updates too. What do you think of Ryzen 7?

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  • 25 months ago
  • 1 point

Good to see such improvements with just the Ryzen chip and the ram. I haven't much experience with many of AMD's previous chips like the FX series and not much with Intel's previous chips (this is my first build) but my dad told me a while ago about the Ryzen chips maybe being something to look into and he was right. In fact I hear that the Ryzen sales have overtaken Intel sales somewhere in Germany just recently. Are there many games that use all 8 cores?

You're setup sounds pretty nice, I looked at a few ultrawide monitors. Whats it like playing Witcher 3 on it? I presume it would be more immersive.

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