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No frills Ryzen build

by Mirthslayer



Date Published

Jan. 18, 2019

Date Built

Jan. 12, 2019

CPU Clock Rate

3.4 GHz

CPU Temperature While Idle

32.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

51.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate

1.168 GHz

GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate

7 GHz

GPU Temperature While Idle

28.0° C

GPU Temperature Under Load

67.0° C


My very first build was an AMD Athlon XP back in the day. It was mainly a Blizzard machine. WoW, Diablo 2, etc. That PC lasted many years. I have built a couple Intel systems since, but for this build I wanted to go back to AMD. Especially since Ryzen has received such positive marks. I had a budget, and mostly stuck to it. I took advantage of Black Friday sales on every single part except the mobo, which refused to go on sale.

I did not have any hardware issues. The case was easy to work with, and everything powered on with no problems. I did have initial problems with connecting to the internet and downloading drivers, which gave me anxiety. Luckily, it was just a router issue.

Part Reviews


Fast and efficient. Everyone knows this is a pretty good cpu. The stock cooler does make a hum that bugs me quite a bit. I will be replacing it soon.


I could have spent less, especially since this was the only part that didn't go on sale. But I like MSI and I wanted onboard wifi. Options were limited in this department.


Runs stable at 2933. No issues so far.


This is my first time using a SSD. I like it.

Video Card

I went with this because I got it for $129 plus two free games from AMD. With Navi around the corner, I didn't want to invest too much right now.


Nicest case I've worked with so far. Cable management was pretty easy.

Comments Sorted by:

PcDude12 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I'm a little worried is there not a second 6 pin eps connector for your graphics card?

Mirthslayer submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I thought that was only needed if I was going to OC the card. Am I wrong?

PcDude12 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

you might be right but just incase thats not what wits for i would connect the other power connector

node202 1 point 2 months ago

have same card and verify the second six pin is only if u are overclocking

jct4027 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Looks great! Well done. I've had issues with the past two MSI boards I've used. Two different boards in two different builds but the same problem, no network drivers! Even using the disk that comes in the box I was unable to install them. Thankfully a clean wipe of windows manage to fix it, but very frustrating.

Mirthslayer submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Sorry for your bad luck. I am happy my issue was not hardware related. Just a reset of the router and it was good to go.

nicisdiz 1 point 3 months ago

Beautifully clean build, nice work.

Destroi16 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

Nice clean build, I would still recommend plugging in the other 6-pin power connector just in case.

Mirthslayer submitter 1 Build 1 point 3 months ago

I will do that. Thank you guys for catching it.

Vycyous 5 Builds 1 point 3 months ago

+1 for building an excellent value gaming PC. The Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 570 you got is arguably the best RX 570 on the market (other than the 8GB version of the same card). I nearly bought one of those when I saw them marked down to $130, but I just didn't have a use for it at the moment. You're correct about the extra 6-pin - it's really there for (extreme) overclocking purposes and isn't necessary for stock settings. A single 8-pin (with a good power supply) provides plenty of power, even for basic overclocking on an RX 570. However, since I'm sure you have another PCIe/VGA cable, I'd still plug it in.

I would think you should have no trouble running your memory at its rated speed and timings (3000 MT/s CL15). In fact, I bet you might be able to get it to run at 3200 (or better), although DDR4-3000 CL15 is pretty decent and possibly a bit faster than, say, 3200 CL16. If you haven't already done so, I'd check to see if the motherboard BIOS is fully up-to-date and/or that you're enabling the correct "X.M.P./A-X.M.P./D.O.C.P." profile.

Anyway, great job on a nice, well-rounded machine.

Mirthslayer submitter 1 Build 2 points 3 months ago

Thank you for the insight. I did end up connecting the 6 pin based on the feedback received. For the ram, 3000 wasn’t listed under the xmp profiles available, but I haven’t updated the bios. I will get around to it eventually, but for now I’m happy with what I’m getting.

Mrtrump 1 point 2 months ago

Nice build how’s the mobo?

Mirthslayer submitter 1 Build 1 point 25 days ago

It’s been great. No issues with temps or oc’ing.

choiboii 1 point 2 months ago