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Kony 2012

by QuantumPelican



Date Published

Oct. 12, 2017

Date Built

Sept. 18, 2017

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

35.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

75.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate


GPU Temperature While Idle

38.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

47.0° C


This is my first build, with video editing as its primary purpose, and gaming secondary (hence the balance of the CPU and graphics card).


Ryzen 5 1600 (OC'd to 3.7 GHz): Ryzen was the obvious choice when I bought parts given its multicore speeds. I initially planned to buy a Ryzen 7 and repurpose an old GT 220 in the short term, but I decided that a bit of balance would be a good idea. Video editing is very smooth on this, though I occasionally have to turn the preview down to 1/2 or 1/4 quality depending on what effects I have active. It hasn't been a bottleneck for gaming since I tend to play less intensive games.

MSI B350 Tomahawk: I wanted to go with a full ATX board for its PCI-e slots. At first I planned on going with the MSI B350 PC Mate since it's essentially the same as the Tomahawk besides aesthetics (and I didn't want a case with a side panel window), but costs less. It turned out that it's functionally the same price for me because of merchant availability and shipping charges, so I went with the Tomahawk since it was available locally and I prefer to deal with warranty issues in person. I had the usual Ryzen chipset issues at first but after a BIOS flash, it's functioning perfectly.

Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB: I initially intended on installing 16GB, and still plan on doing so, but I've found 8GB to be reasonably sufficient so far. This 3000 MHz kit was cheaper than the equivalent 2400 kit for some reason, and it's overclocked to 2933 MHz without issue.

Samsung 960 EVO 250GB: Boot drive. A bit over the top, but useful in editing large video files. This is the first PC I've had that's actually booted from an SSD, so it's pretty neat.

1TB WD Green drives: I had these lying around.

GTX 1050: Most of the games I play run at ultra settings, at a smooth 60FPS at 1080p with this card. I considered buying a 1050 Ti over this, but this has a very solid build quality and the only Tis at reasonably comparable prices do not. A key consideration for this part was dual monitor support for my editing workspace, and this card's 3 HDMI outs makes it very suitable, another advantage of this card over some of the low-end 1050 Tis. It's also better than than the old GT 220...

Corsair Carbide 100R Silent Edition: I'm very happy with all my decisions to this point, but the 100R Silent edition is an exception. Not that I don't like it - it's pretty sleek and does what it needs to do, but has insufficient cable management space (I have to force the back panel on), and rubber grommets on the cable management holes would be nice. I will definitely look to something a bit roomier in future (though this is the first time I've really done cable management inside a PC, so my inexperience may have made the problem worse).

Corsair CX500 PSU: I do regret this decision, though the PSU performs fine. Had I known how little the cable sleeves do to improve aesthetics, I would have spent more to get something semi-modular with black cables. Not that it matters too much since the case has no window, but it bugs me knowing that the cables look like that inside. That said, it was at a good price and has kept my system running perfectly, so it's not a big deal.

TP-Link 802.11n Wireles NIC: This isn't the best or fastest adapter out there, but the network it's connected to isn't the fastest either. It's functional.

To summarise, I'm pretty happy with the build overall, and it does its job well. My biggest issue is cable management, but I've learned my lesson on that front for future builds.

Part Reviews


Great value processor that overclocks nicely on great value boards with the stock cooler. Very solid performance, to boot.


Good board, great value at the right price. M.2 and crossfire support are very nice, but you definitely need a BIOS update to get maximum performance out of your PC. The one thing I'm not a fan of is that it only has 4 SATA ports, which is probably more relevant to my own use case than that of anybody I know.


Really solid memory that runs at full speed without issue. Definitely worth it if you're in the situation I was in where the 2400 MHz equivalent is somehow $5 more expensive from the same vendor. I also really like the aesthetics of low profile memory over the bulkier stuff, so it has that going for it.


Fantastic speeds for regular Windows tasks, absolute overkill for games, and very nice for dealing with video files.

Video Card

As far as GTX 1050s go, this is of an excellent build quality with a great set of video out ports. Only four stars for its value (or lack thereof) compared to the 1050 Ti and 1060. I can only really recommend it in a scenario similar to my own where CPU performance is far more important than graphics, and you need something within a specific budget that's reliable, while making use of the video out. Otherwise a low-end 1050 Ti, or a 1060 if you can scrape the cash together, would definitely be worth it.


It's aesthetically clean, but really requires higher-end PSU cables for smooth cable management than its price would suggest.

Power Supply

Definitely solid, will handle pretty much any moderate, single GPU system with ease. It'll just do it while looking really ugly.

Comments Sorted by:

24p 6 points 11 months ago

This is probably one of, if not THE BEST build name I have ever seen.

618MQG 2 points 11 months ago

So this is where my $ went when I donated to the cause back in '12. Bout time we see it being put to use.

QuantumPelican submitter 2 Builds 2 points 11 months ago

This was always the plan.

scss 1 point 11 months ago

please tell me about ram is it stable at 2933 ?

QuantumPelican submitter 2 Builds 1 point 10 months ago

Yep, I had to flash the BIOS to get it to run higher than 2133, but since then I haven't had a problem with it.

IncognitoGamer123 1 point 11 months ago

Why do people get 5400rpm hard drives instead of a 7200rpm?

ImperiousBattlestar 1 point 11 months ago

Probably cost (cheaper than 7200RPM), or energy efficiency (slower drive speed=less power consumption and more energy efficient)

QuantumPelican submitter 2 Builds 1 point 11 months ago

As I mentioned above, I had them lying around. They're just drives I'd retrieved from older computers and the like.

Crescive 1 point 25 days ago

If I'm not wrong, you could instead use an AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Processor instead of 1600, which has a 3.5GHz Clock Speed to boot for around the same price. Also, I don't know what kinda games this is meant to handle, but 2GB VRAM seems to be a little edgy. Otherwise, the build looks awesome.