Description

I'm a Longtime tech enthusiast and PC tinkerer, but this is my first ever build from scratch. I've long worked in the OEM HW business, so PCs were always easy to come by and I had a hard time justifying building my own system, but when Ryzen hit the scene I just couldn't resist. I wanted to see what this thing could do and how far I could push it. Having lots of fun thus far playing with overclocking and just general benchmarking. Ultimately I will use this system for some gaming, video editing, and just general performance tweaking. It is definitely adult legos and I see myself jumping on the bandwagon of regular updates and mods.

My home office is in need of a definite makeover, and so I will be building a new computer desk to prominently display my build and provide ample room to work as well. As a self-taught welder, fabricator, and DIYer I'll be building a butcher block type top with steel legs... I'll post pics when I finally get to that, but on with the build...

I've spent the last few months collecting parts and as the kids started spring break it was finally time to sit down and start building! I contemplated holding off until the x470 chipset & boards were available, but I just couldn't wait and I was trying to cram everything in a pretty tight budget and use some stuff I already had laying around. The build itself went pretty smoothly, thanks to all those knowledgeable and experienced you-tubers. I spent the last few weeks brushing up here on PCPartpicker.com, and watching various videos from the likes of Linus Tech Tips, HardwareCanucks, & Paul's Hardware.

The hardest part was definitely cable management and trying to get everything to fit in the Corsair cable routing channel on the back side. A fully modular power supply is definitely in my future list of upgrades, as I'm loving the white & black look and want to be able to run fully sleeved white power cables at some point.

I was also challenged on where to place the radiator, again with budget being key I chose to run the H60 AIO cooler that came with the case. The hoses weren't long enough to reach the front bottom of the case(Where the coolest air would come from), so I had to go with the top front. The radiator is mated to one of the included Corsair SP120 fans, and seems to be staying plenty cool in that configuration. I ran the ML120 fan as an exhaust at the top of the rear of the case because I didn't want to cover up the slick "RYZEN" logo on the I/O Shield at the back of the MOBO. With overclocking I've been able to hit a stable 3.9Ghz @ 75.5*C after an hour of running Prime95 across all cores. I'm fairly certain I can push it to 4.0-Ghz, but I need to keep tweaking to get there.

I added a Corsair lightning node Pro and with RGB LED strips to light things up, and I'm loving the control I have with Corsair Link in choosing configurations and lighting schemes. An upgrade to Corsair LL120 Fans is definitely in the future as well. Lots of folks complain about the white LED lit Corsair logos on the front and side of the case, and eventually I'd like to see if I can replace those with an AMD Logo and "RYZEN" logo in the side panel that would be illuminated in the same manner. I'd also like to fab a cover for the end of the PSU Shroud to hide the cables.

Thanks to the in-socket compatibility I'll likely jump to a Pinnacle Ridge CPU later this summer.

Updates (6-4-2018): Finally got my computer desk finished! As mentioned in my original build thread I built a butcher block style top with a steel frame. I left the legs open to run wires and cables and even added some wire hangers on the back of the frame so I could completely clean up the wiring underneath the desk as well. It's great to finally have space for both work and play on one desk surface! Desk measures 68" x 30".

More computer updates coming as well... stay tuned.

Part Reviews

CPU

What's not to love about 8c & 16t of performance! Not to mention I've been able to achieve a stable overclock of 3.9Ghz on a 3.4Ghz part!

CPU Cooler

Works well and gets the job done, keeping the CPU nice and cool while not taking up a lot of space. I may step up to a 240mm radiator at somepoint, but so far so good.

Leaves some to be desired as far as looks go, but performance is great, especially since it was free with the Corsair Crystal 570x White case.

Motherboard

Not a huge fan of the limited RGB on this board, but otherwise it's a big step up over the B350 chipset I was running before. Extra points for the white & Black color scheme that matches my case and I love that bold black "Ryzen" logo on the I/O Shield.

BIOS is easy to work with and much cleaner than Gigabyte's IMHO.

Memory

This is a case of run what you've got. Mismatched memory is not ideal, I'll eventually step up to Gskill Trident, but no complaints so far.

Memory

This is a case of run what you've got. Mismatched memory is not ideal, I'll eventually step up to Gskill Trident, but no complaints so far.

Case

Loving this case! Very spacious and the white makes everything very easy to see! I wish the cable management channel in the back was just a touch larger, and it really needs a cover at the end of the PSU Shroud. Plus the ability to control the color of the Corsair logos on the front and side would be nice, but overall this case has the room I need to grow and eventually add a custom water loop!

Power Supply

Gets the job done. I'll eventually step up to a fully modular PSU.

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Comments

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

Is the case good looking in person, and good for cable management? Im thinking about getting that for my build. What is the benefit of a 32gb polaris? I would have gotten a vega frontier edition, it would work well with the CPU. Doesnt the polaris have freesync as well? Overall nice build.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I love the case. Definitely, very open and the white makes it easier to see everything. The case has tons of spots for cable ties and a generous lip around the backside for hiding cables. The included cable management channel is nice as well, but it was pretty tight once I got everything in there. The included velcro straps and zip ties help tie everything down.

I just happened to have the Radeon Pro Duo. It does support Freesync, but I don't currently have a Freesync monitor. It's on my list of future upgrades!

  • 18 months ago
  • 1 point

I have been searching for someone with a radeon ro duo 32gb since soo long.Please man,take a minute or two of your time and tell me about your experience and answer a few quick question that can help me decide. It loud be greatly appreciated :)

1-does the gpu has a option to toggle crossfire on/off? 2-is there a option to change between pro and gaming drivers? 3-if no option for gaming drivers, than do the current ones deliver in gaming well > single and crossfire? 4-how are your temperatures at gaming or intensive tasks?(stable) 5-3d modeling performance?

I'm a long time maya user but I use the unreal engine a lot so 3d modeling and gaming is in my scope

Woud make me very happy if you can provide the above info and what ever more you know.

Cheers!

  • 22 months ago
  • 2 points

How is the Radeon Duo Polaris Pro treating you? I've had my eye on that video card for a while now, and I've been curious as to how good it is.

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

Its running great. I have it setup to hashmine when idle, so between my regular uses and mining it's been running at close to 100% utilization for over a month now without even a whimper of a problem.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

the new h65 would have been amazing in this build. However it looks really good

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

What's the H65? At first I assumed that's the replacement for the H60, but I see the new H60 has just been updated for 2018 and kept the model number the same... Which is likely why they are giving the older version away for free.

  • 23 months ago
  • 2 points

(whoops i put 65 not 60 2018)

I only said it would be good because on the part list it said £63.95 and the new version is nearly the same price. And the new one has a white LED what will fit in your build very nicely.

But since you got the older h60 for practically ''free'' then i would say you got good deal

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a bundle with a corsair crystal 570x and h60, so the h60 would only cost 20 bucks. its in microcenter

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I got it off NewEgg = $179 for the Corsair Crystal 570x White included the H60 for Free.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

How do you like the speed of the WD Blue and what's the pros of owning a polaris GPU

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't benchmarked performance of the WD Blue, but I like it. Extremely fast and responsive, Plenty of storage space.

Not many cons to a GPU that came as a perk of my job, but one challenge of the Radeon Pro Duo is not being able to run the Radeon gaming drivers. With other Radeon Pro cards you can actively switch to the gaming driver. Other than that the thing handles anything I can throw at it and then some. No complaints.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought about getting the WD Blue over the samsung 960 but didn't know how fast the WD Blue was do you think it preforms as good or better than the 960

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no experience with the 960, but a quick google of benchmarks shows it to be much faster than the WD Blue, however price was my main driver and I'm very happy with it. Most my stuff goes up to the cloud anyway, so I'm not as worried about local R/W speeds. That being said, I'm very happy with the WD Blue, and not sure I would notice a difference with a faster drive, but then I'm not working with excessively large video files either.

  • 23 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, Thanks

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  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

What programs did you use to overclock your CPU? And is it compatible with i7-8700k?

  • 22 months ago
  • 1 point

AMD procs come with unlocked multipliers, so I'm simply adjusting multiplier and vcore in BIOS to achieve the desired overclock then test for stability by running Prime95 for 30minutes to an hour.

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

How are you finding the Pro duo Polaris card? I was first looking at this for Blender/Premiere Pro but as I want to game just a little bit am now thinking that the Asus Strix vega 64 might be better. I have everything else, but the graphics cards are making my head explode

  • 21 months ago
  • 2 points

Sorry for the delayed response. I love the Polaris Pro Duo card. It's handled everything I've thrown at it, including running games in ultra graphics settings (Starcraft II, WoW).

  • 21 months ago
  • 1 point

No problem. I finally opted for the Asus RX Vega 64 Strix OC.

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you experience any problems running certain games due to the nature of the single card having to cards being in crossfire?

  • 20 months ago
  • 1 point

No, no issues to date.

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

Good job on the AMD Radeon Pro Duo Polaris 32GB!

What voltage did you use to get to 3.9GHz on the ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac board?

  • 19 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm running at 1.4v